Ever since Uttrakhand has proclaimed its independence from Uttar Pradesh, the “Land of Gods’ with sublime beauty and picturesque locales, has shaken off its religious tag and emerged as a hot destination for a variety of travel experiences. It has everything in the Himalayan cradle – awesome trek and camping sites, nature’s wonders, modern villages and hill-towns, adventure sport hubs and rare wild-life sanctuaries! Easily accessible from Delhi, the hills of Kumaon beckon you to explore your own self, amidst mesmerizing natural blessings.
Here are top 6 places in Kumaon to get more bang out of your travel itinerary! Believe me, there is enough on the platter to plan 1, 2, 3 and even more trips and still not have seen enough!
1. Lake District of Nainital
The gem of Kumaon, Nainital is a well-developed hill district with rare-to-find lakes. From the urban yet quaint hill-station of Nainital around the beautiful Naini Lake, to the suburb village-towns of Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal and Sattal, this is god’s own portrait of melting beauty. Greenery is a visual treat here and each lake has its own flavor to be relished! The extensions to Sheetlakhet, Ramgarh, Jim Corbett National Park and Mukhteshwar are varied enough to span a long stretched vacation. Or you can savor each of these over multiple visits, and still yearn for more!
Not so well known, this hill-town is 52 km. north of Almora. Feast on a 350 km uninterrupted view of the Himalayan glory, replete with famous snow-clad peaks! Who says that tea gardens are exclusivity of the remote north-east? The Kausani Tea Estate is just as grand and expansive – visit it for the experience of a lifetime! The Rudradhari caves and falls will surely enchant you with their rustic charm!
Stunning in nature’s bounty, this lesser visited land is a balm for your restless mind, weary with burdens of modern hectic life. Trekking tours here are the best way to connect with nature’s quiet, up so close! The Pithoragarh Fort brings ancient glory and legends of yesteryears alive, and the Askot Sanctuary is a thrilling experience for bird and wildlife lovers. You can even get a glimpse of or go up to the pristine Ralam Glacier!
If you are a biker, then this is a grand destination at Himalayan foothills for your next adrenaline pumping expedition! Unmatched natural views of Himalayan peaks and glorious trekking routes make this a romantic and thrilling destination.
If its mountain you love, but are wary of the crowded spots, a dose of Almora is just the prescription that you need! Serenity and tranquility set against a natural backdrop are the essential ingredients woven in the very soul of this postcard village town!
Head for a memorable camping trip in Ranikhet, embellished with natural beauty. Raw and rustic, yet pleasurable, it offers the solitude that a writer or an artist desires. At the same time, thrill is high on the cards here with adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing, mountain biking, rappelling and even white water rafting!
Kumaon nurtures in its folds a spectrum of rejuvenation alcoves, heart-pumping adventures and natural freshness. Take your pick and embark on a fantastic journey!