Kumaon Hill Station
Almora is a wonderful place to conveniently enjoy the spectacular
snowscape of the central Himalayas. Most of the days in Almora are flawless. Almost
everyday the tourist can see almost every peak. Almora allows you to enjoy the
mighty Himalayas together with ridge after ridge of hills.The terraced fields,
the stone slatted barrack-like village houses have so far put up a valiant fight
against the encroachments of urban expansion and unplanned development.
Almora also has some beautiful health resorts. The most famous among them is Ranikhet
(1,820 meters from sea level). Ranikhet depicts queen' s field. It is said that
a Rani while spending some time here once gave this name to the city. During the
days of the British Raj, Ranikhet was a British cantonment. ALMORA
- A Famous GETAWAY
Almora was founded in 1568.There are lots of attractions
at Almora.Swami Vivekananda gave famous lectures here and included it in his itinerary
at the turn of this century. From Almora To Colombo record that he was stirred
as much by the stark beauty of the mountains here as by the ocean at Kanyakumari.
The headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, was located at Mayawati Ashram then
in Almora. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore spent a summer to get over the personal
grief after the loss of a beloved child.A little later followed the great dancer
Udaya Shankar. Ravi Shankar, Zohra Sehgal, Simki and the youngster Guru Dutt have
all been here. Others have followed in their footsteps.Pundit Nehru had served
a term of imprisonment in the Jail at Almora and has left behind an evocative
account of the pleasures of solitude and the changing moods of nature in his various
letters written from this place which acted as inspirational guide for the Indians.
Almora, is surrounded by many sightseeing places.
Binsar hill, locally known as Jhandi Dhar, rises to a height of 2,412 meters and
offers a panoramic view of Almora town,Binsar, is an hour' s motor drive from
Almora,the Kumaon hills and the Greater Himalayas. The region around in alpine
flora, ferns, hanging moss and innumerable species of wild flowers. The brow is
reached by an unpaved ridge lined by prosperous private estate. A walk through
the woods comprising mostly oak and rhododendron forest, leads to a vantage point
at the summit, which offers an unclUttared view of the Himalayan ranges and the
surrounding valley. Hindi poet Ajneya treated it as a famous summer spot.
In 1929, Mahatma Gandhi spent three fruitful weeks at this charming spot
called Kausani (51 kilometers from Almora) and described it as India' s Switzerland.
Quaint villages, orchards laden with fruit and hill slopes covered with pine trees
are responsible for the outstanding beauty of Kausani. The snow mantled peaks
glitter in the sun and the breeze carries with it much of the cool freshness of
The mountains around Kausani seem to change in shape and color
all through the day. The Anakshakti Ashram on the top of a hill where the Mahatma
stayed commands one of the most magnificent views of the mountain ranges around
Kausani. The vast sweep of the mountain view , which encompasses a remarkable
350 kilometers at Kausani, is the central point of attraction in this little hill
There are shady paths carpeted with pine needles and in the
air is the wonderful, inimitable fragrance of pine. Terraced fields add a distinctive
touch to the pastoral picture around kausani. VISITING ALMORA
Almora is well connected with all-important cities of India by
road. By Air:
The nearest airport is a Pant Nagar (Nainital). During
the summer regular flights are operational. By Rail:
The nearest raiway
station near Almora is Kathgodam. --» Hotels
The Nainital tourist district is the pride of the Kumaon region
in Uttaranchal. While there are many other places equally beautiful, Nainital
is certainly the most popular tourist destination in Kumaon. It's a pleasant hill
station. For tourists looking for hustle and bustle the best time to go is the
summer months when a lot of traffic ascends from Delhi and the plains.
The town gets equally crowded during the September/ October season which coincides
with the Diwali and Puja holidays. However, like most hill resorts, it has its
quite periods too. During the winter, Nainital is quite another beautiful experience
when it reverts back to the local population and the crowds are absent. Peaceful,
open, and invigorating.
In Indian mythology, Nainital is regarded as
one of the 64 'Shakti Peeths'. Legend has it that a grief stricken Lord Shiva
was carrying Sati's body and one of her eyes fell here. The Nainital Lake is shaped
like an eye and the town derived its name from the combination of Nain (eye) and
Tal (lake). The Naina Devi temple is located at one end of the lake.
The place lay undisturbed till an English businessman chanced upon the location
while hunting. The businessman, Mr. Barron, a sugar trader got enamoured of the
place and decided to start a settlement on the side of the pristine lake. The
British had occupied the area in 1815 and the first recorded reference to the
township can be found in a journal entry in 1841 in 'Englishman Calcutta' which
mentions a lake being discovered in the area. The English settlement soon had
lovely cottages on the hillsides around the lake. Sometime later, a number of
wealthy Indian families from the old town of Almora shifted to Nainital and the
town flourished. Nainital was, at one time, the summer capital of Uttar Pradesh.
The Mini Kashmir The easternmost hill district of Uttar Pradesh,
Pithoragarh is often referred to as ?Miniature Kashmir?. Nestling in a small valley,
barely 5 km long and 2 km wide, the town also known as Sore Valley was an important
landmark of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon. It is situated at an altitude of 1,650
m above sea level and has the facility of three spoken languages, namely Hindi,
Kumaoni and English.
Pithoragarh is the district headquarters and its government
buildings are housed in the hill fort of Pithoragarh at a distance of 7 kms. from
the main town. From the Chandak Hill located at around 2000 metres, one gets a
panoramic view of snow range extending from Trishul, Nanda Devi, Panchchuli group
and mount Appi of Nepal. Askot Wildlife Sanctuary
established in 1986, is located in the pastoral surroundings of Indo-Nepal border,
in Pithoragarh. Excursions from Pithoragarh
Located at an altitude of 2135 mtrs, Munsyari is situated at a distance of 66
kms from Jauljibi and 127 kms from Pithoragarh via Thal. Champawat
Situated 1,615 m above sea level, Champawat was originally the capital of Chand
Raja of Kumaon. Located 76 kms. from Pithoragarh, it was at Champawat that lord
Vishnu is said to have incarnated as Kurmavatar, hence Kumaon came to be known
as Kurmanchal. Chaukori
The charming and picturesque town
of Chaukori is situated in the heart of Pithoragarh District (112 kms).
Jauljibi & Thal Fairs are held every year on Makar
Sankranti at Jauljibi, 68 km. from Pithoragarh, at the confluence of the rivers
Kali & Gori. Punyagiri Fair
Punyagiri Shakti Peeth (20
km. from Tanakpur) situated on the top of a mountain on the right bank of the
river Kali is the site for many fairs. How To Reach There
By Air :
Nearest airport is Naini Saini (Pithoragarh), 5 kms. By
Nearest railhead is at Tanakpur 151 kms. By Road :
connected by a motorable road. --» Hotels
Nestled in the Kumaon hills of Uttaranchal, Mukteshwar commands
a dramatic view of the Himalayas. This little town of red-roofs, wooden window
frames and picket fences takes one back to the days of the Raj. Relax with a steaming
cup of tea and drink in the majesty of the Annapurna peak.
Approached by winding, steep stone stairs
to an altitude of 2315 km. Devoted to Shiva, it has a white marble lingam with
a copper yoni. There are six idols of Bramha, Vishnu, Parvati, Hanuman, Ganesh
and Nandi surrounding the lingam. Chauli ka Jali
to the temple is natural lattice-work around the rock. Legend states that barren
women who came and touched the lattice were blessed with a baby. Also there are
faint outlines of a sword, a shield and a trunk of an elephant which bears testament
of a battle fought here between a demon and a goddess.
Permission is needed to enter the Institute. The campus
has a museum, library and departments for research, animal nutrition, genetics
and bacteriology. There are wonderful, quiet walks within the sprawling campus.
How To Get There - Mukteshwar
Get to Haldwani from
Delhi (215 kms) and then to Mukteshwar via Bhowali. By Rail
Nearest rail station is Kathgodam (35 kms south). From here it is about 3 hours
by road. The Ranikhet Express departs from Delhi at 11 pm and arrives in Kathgodam
at 6.10 am. It departs from Kathgodam at 10.45 pm and arrives in Delhi at 4.45
am. --» Hotels
Ramgarh Location :
Ramgarh is a serene hill station perched at an
altitude of 1789 m above the sea level on Bhowali-Mukteshwar Road. It is located
at a distance of 26 km from Nainital in Kumaon Division of Uttaranchal.
Seeing: Ramgarh is an idyllic place for leisurely holidays in peace and tranquility
with pleasant weather conditions. You can have the unobstructed view of the snow-capped
ranges of the Himalayas from this hill station. Ramgarh is perfect place for the
nature lovers, as you can gaze at the star-lit sky, marvel at the sunrise and
sunset, admire the beauty of the mighty Himalayas and taste the Himalayan fruits.
It is known for orchards of a variety of Himalayan fruits like apples, apricots,
and peaches. The place was once the cantonment of the English army. All India
Research Center for Animal Treatment is also situated here. The famous poets Rabindra
Nath Tagore and Narain Swami had established their ashrams over here. Mahadevi
Verma also visited the hill station of Ramgarh. Rabindra Nath Tagore had composed
some of his compositions at Ramgarh. From Ramgarh, you can go on excursion tours
to Nainital, Mukteshwar, Bhimtal, Ranikhet and Almora How To Reach
There:--- By Air:
The nearest airport is at Pantnagar.
The nearest railway station is at Kathgodam, which is 35
km from Nainital. By Road:
Ramgarh is well connected by surface
network with all the major cities and towns like Nainital, Ranikhet, Almora, Haldwani,
Pithoragarh, Moradabad, Delhi, Bareilly, Dehradun, Haridwar and Agra.
as hill station, is idyllic in its charm, and draws
holiday-makers almost all the year round with its salubrious climate and balmy
breeze. Against the backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, Ranikhet means Queens
Ranikhet hills offers the tourists a panoramic view of the mighty
Himalayan peaks. The environs of Ranikhet are sylvan, peaceful and attractive.
Ranikhet is a cantonment town and is known for its ancient temples.
An unusual name, a quaint legend and the sheer beauty of its envions make this
Kumaon hill station a wonderful holiday resort
Ranikhet is situated in the northern part of the state of Uttaranchal, in the
northern region of India. It is situated in the Kumaon hills and is located on
an altitude of 1824 m above sea level. Ranikhet is 59 km from Nainital and 50
km from Almora. The weather in Ranikhet is alpine. Summers (April-June) are mild
and winters are cold (November-February). It experiences southwestern monsoon
rains in July-September and experiences snowfall in winters. Ranikhet
All the four seasons have something special to offer at Ranikhet.
Therefore, it can be visited at any time of the year. Winters are cold and the
entire region experiences snowfalls during the months of December and January.
RANIKHET - (History)
According to popular belief, Ranikhet
got its name when Rani Padmini, queen of Raja Sukherdev, the local ruler, saw
this place and was struck by its beauty. She was so captivated by the place that
she decided to stay there, and the place came to be known as Ranikhet (literally,
queen' s field). The region around Ranikhet was ruled by local Kumaoni rulers
and later came under British rule. The British developed Ranikhet as a hill station
for their troops and established a cantonment in 1869. Ranikhet is still a cantonment
town and is the Kumaon Regimental Center. RANIKHET - TOURIST SPOTS
Nanda Devi Mela
Nanda Devi Mela is a fair of great religious
and cultural significance. It is held at Nanda Devi Temple in September to commemorate
the memory of goddesses, Nanda and Sunanda. It is said to have started in Kumaon,
during the reign of Raja Kalyan Chand in the 16th century. Nanda means prosperity
and well being. Nanda Devi Mela is held as a symbol of prosperity, both material
and spiritual, of the hill regions. The Nanda Devi Mela is held at Almora, Nainital,
Nauti, Dandidhara, Munsyari & Ranikhet, of which the Almora and Roopkund fairs
are the most famous. Upat and Kalika
With one of the best
9 hole golf links in the country, Upat is a boon to the enthusiast. With the added
attraction of private orchards, it is 5.6 km away. Just one kilometre from Upat
is Kalika with its famous temple to the Goddess Kali. It also has good forest
nursery. A beautiful snowcapped mountain peak is available on the other side of
the golf link at Upat. Chaubatia
As the name implies, these
are four, fruit gardens, with a Government Fruit Research Centre, complete with
a fruit sales depot and cafeteria. It is 10 kilometres from Ranikhet.
On the Ranikhet - Almora road, 13 km, is a spot of entrancing,
celestial beauty. Here is an awe-inspiring view of the majesty of the snoy peaks.
The U.P. Government Agriculture Farm is situated here. Bhalu Dam
Main Source of the town's water supply comes from the Bhalu Dam, 3.2 kilometres
from Chaubatia. It is famous for its fishing. RANIKHET -(Excursion)
Almora is 50 km from Ranikhet, is famous for its health resorts and
panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges. Dwarahat
38 km away, was once the principal seat of the Katyuri Rajas. It is full of ancient
Sitalakhet (35 km), Tarikhet (8 km)
and Khairna (22 km) are some of the places that one can visit from Ranikhet.
RANIKHET -(When to Visit)
Ranikhet can be visited throughout the
year. But the best season to visit Ranikhet would be in the summer months (March-June)
or September-November as the climate is fairly pleasant then.
- HOW TO REACH Air:
The nearest airport is Pantnagar 119
Km away. Rail:
The nearest railway station Kathgodam 80 km, is
directly connected by rail to Lucknow, Bareilly and Agra. Road:
Ranikhet is connected by road to many places.
Road Distances (Some important
distances are: Kathgodam 80 km)
Nainital 54 km
Almora 49 km
Delhi 340 km
Karnaprayag 136 km. Facts & Figures
Languages : Kumaoni, Hindi, and English
Best Time to Visit : Around the year
STD : 05966 --» Hotels