Uttarakhand and its districts are a culmination of all places one craves in times of crisis; or, if we had to summarize it in one word: PARADISE. Whether it is rafting in Rishikesh or cruising through Jim Corbett’s wilderness, these gems in the plains of Uttarakhand are (albeit, commercialized) bucket-list-worthy spots. However, there are a lot more places that people tend to forget about.
Some of these lesser-known places you can go to once it’s safe to include:
With the travel time of around 10 hours from Delhi via NH9, Lohaghat – a hill station is waiting to be cherished. Located on the banks of Lohawati River on the Champawat district, it is deemed important for its temples. A lot of devotees and pilgrims drop by Advaita Ashrama as well as Gurudwara Ritha Sahib. Other places to go to include Shyamla Taal and Abbott Mount, which are merely 8 to 9 kilometers from this town. It is also famous for the Bagwal fight carnival that takes place on Raksha Bandhan, in Devidhura.
This is a spectacular hill station amidst the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Like a lot of its neighbors, it is characterized by its lush forests and breathtaking views of the Himalayan ranges, where trekking enthusiasts can go all out. Located only 400 kilometers from Delhi, Binsar can be reached in about 9 hours via NH9. As mentioned before, it is encircled by vast wildlife sanctuary which is home to many rare animals like the red fox, black bear, leopards, pine martens, birds like the forktail, parakeets, magpies, as well as flowers. It was also once home to the Grand Oak Manor to a British official, which then became a heritage hotel now.
A hill town in the Almora district is a small village with the Forest Rest House as its prime accommodation. This place is laden with fruit orchards where one can taste or delight himself by the juicy Himalayan fruits. Moreover, there is a temple named ‘The Syahi Devi Temple’ which is easily accessible since it is only 3 kilometers from Almora. It takes around 8 hours by road to reach this town from Delhi via NH9. One can also visit Neeb Karori Baba Ashram and enjoy Himalayan peaks all the while.
Nestled in the Nainital district in Uttarakhand, Peora is a small hamlet that sits at an altitude of 6,600 feet and is about 10 kilometers away from Mukteshwar. One can reach this place within 8 hours from Delhi by road. Life and livelihood in this region are defined by fruit cultivation (like that of apples, chestnuts, walnuts, plums, etc.), as well as mesmerizing greenery and flocks of cheery birds. Accommodation options include The Dak Bungalow and Resort Sequester, equipped with suitable amenities.
A great place to witness Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi and Panchachuli from, Kausani located in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand is only around 10 hours away from Delhi by road. Its main attractions include the Baijnath Temple, Rudradhari Falls, the Kausani Tea Estate, and Anasakti Ashram. One can also engage himself in adventure sports and activities such as rock climbing, trekking, mountain biking, and much more. The nearest railhead to Kausani is at Kathgodam, which is 136 kilometers away.
Uttarakhand is a place that pretty much houses the same kind of places however, every place and every district has its little characteristics, waiting to be discovered. We suggest taking a look at these hidden treasures, and many more!