The Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand has at all times been the travellers paradise, consisting of six districts- Almora, Bageshwar, Champawat, Nainital, Pithoragarh and Udham Singh Nagar this region is also home to a hidden treasure veiled by the breath-taking natural picturesque views and spiritual incarnation. Least to the tourists realisation, the local people with astounding skills and proficiency look forward to an earning for their livelihood amidst the hustle and bustle of tourist and pilgrimage traffic.
Rural and semi-urban areas of Kumaon are packed with diversified local culture and tradition, arts and crafts, products and technologies, as much as necessary to attract a hoard of domestic and foreign tourists with specific interests. The various socio-economic activities can be classified into three main categories:
Arrive at Nainital
Arrive at Nainital by afternoon / late evening. Nainital (6500+ ft asl) is a renowned lakeside Hill station in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.
Nainital and around
Visit Naina Devi temple & Hanuman Garhi temple. Enjoy boat ride at Naini Lake and / OR take a cable car ride to visit snow view point. Enjoy walk on the mall in evening.
– Kasauni enroute visit Jageshwar
Depart for Kasauni (112 kms – 4 hrs). Kausani (6500+ ft asl) is a himalayan hamlet and is renowned for its panoramic Himalayan views (Oct – March). Enroute guests can visit Jageshwar Shiva Temple complex (requires 30 kms one way detour). Jageshwar is believed to be the site of first of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The temple city comprises a cluster of 124 large and small stone temples, dating 9th to 13th century AD, with many preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Kausani – Chaukori via Bageshwar and Berinag
Depart to Chakouri (7000+ ft asl, 110 kms – 4.5 hrs) and a Himalayan hamlet renowned for its Himalayan views (Oct – March). Enroute visit Bageshwar (Ancient temple complex), Berinag (12 kms from Chaukori), a view point for Panchachuli and Nandadevi ranges and home to a Berinag Nag Mandir (Temple dedicated to snake god).
visit to Patal Bhubaneshwar
Day visit to Patal Bhubneshwar (36 kms, 1.5 hour one-way). Patal Bhubaneshwar is a cave temple. It is believed that underground cave enshrines Lord Shiva and thirty three crore Gods. The cave is 160 m long and 90 feet deep from the point of entrance. Limestone rock formations have created various spectacular stalactite and stalagmite figures. This cave has a narrow tunnel-like opening which leads to a number of caves. It is one of a kind experiences in India.
Depart for Munsiyari (6000+ ft asl, 127 kms – 4.5 hrs). Munsiyari is a himalayan destination in remote upper Kumaon area and renowned for close range Himalayan views. Munsiyari is also a base point for many walks and treks around the area. Enroute visit Birthi Falls (35 kms before Minsiyari). Reach Munsiyari by evening.
Visit Nanda devi temple (3 kms from Munsyari). Undertake Walks / short treks around the area to spots like Masar Kund, Balati farm or just walk around to enjoy remote Himalayan beauty of the area.
Munsiyari – Almora
Proceed to Almora (6500+ ft asl, 200 kms – 8 hours). Stopover for the day.
Depart from Almora
Depart from Almora and proceed to Kathgodam (nearest railway station – 110 kms – 3 hours) or Delhi (400 kms – 9 hours).