Kumaon Hills Tour

Kumaon Hills Tour

OVERVIEW- Himalayas of the Kumaon region are among the most picturesque in the country. The beauty of regions such as Almora, Ranikhet, Nainital and Kasauni is rejuvenating. Wrapped in the scenic wonders of hill stations, explore this land to enjoy nature at its best. While most hill stations are flanked by all sorts of conifers and draped in a garb of green, Kumaon changes its coat of blooms several times a year. From a soft pink in the early winters to the scarlet rhododendrons erupting like lava on the slopes in different gradients during summers, Kumaon is a delightful experience for travelers.

DELHI- New Delhi, capital of India is a mix of the ancient and modern architecture. This 3rd largest city of India unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture, and human diversity. Divided in two parts, Old Delhi & New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India and exerts a beguiling charm on visitors.

NAINITAL- It is the pride of the Kumaon region in Uttaranchal; Nainital is certainly the most popular tourist destination in Kumaon. It's a pleasant hill station. A popular health resort, scenic beauty, salubrious climate all makes it a rich hill station. The town has a famous lake Naini to which it owes its name. Also the place is a haven for water sports like Yachting, Kayaking, Boating, play ground for other sports and recreation.

RANIKHET- It is the apex of a triangle which includes Nainital and Almora, driving along gentle slopes and pine covered hillsides, leading to picnic spots in shady glens or to sheer cliffs with breath taking views of the snow covered Himalayas, offering various moods and colors, from the misty morning sun to pink, gold and cobalt blue in all their majestic glory. 

ALMORA- An enchanting place in the Kumaun region lies in the east of Uttarakhand in India and offers breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayas and attracts tourists from all over the world to witness its enticing natural beauty. Almora is famous for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, delicious cuisine and wonderful wildlife. The place is also famous for health resorts and panoramic views of Himalayan ranges.

BINSAR- Binsar in Uttarakhand nestled amidst the beautiful Himalayas is every tourist's dream destination. A few kilometers away from Nainital, Binsar surrounded by Alpine forests, rhododendron trees is your idyllic place for that perfect serene mountain retreat. A small town set in the midst of lush green forests it has plenty of tourist attractions including green meadows, temples and the Binsar wildlife sanctuary.

KAUSANI- Kausani the birthplace of the famed poet Sumitra Nandan Pant is often referred to as the 'Switzerland of India. Nestled in the Kumaoun Himalayas, Kausani in Uttarakhand is one of the serene locales of Uttarakhand. Located at a height of 1890 meters above the sea level, Kausani is surrounded by lush acres of greenery and dense woodlands.

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Tour Destination: Delhi –Nainital – Ranikhet – Almora – Binsar – Almora – Kausani - Delhi

Travel Duration:  07 Nights/08 Days

DAY 1: DELHI - NAINITAL- Today drive to the Paradise City-Nainital. Later transfer to the hotel.  In the evening you can walk around the mall road, shopping and take on horse ride or boat ride in Naini Lake.

NAINI LAKE- Naini Lake or Naini Taal, the picturesque blue green lake is located in the district of Nainital. It is from this lake that the city of Nainital, the beautiful settlement by the lake, derives its name. Naini Lake is so called because of its eye-like shape.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 2: NAINITAL- In the blush of next morning enjoy the scenic beauty of Nainital visiting

HANUMAN GARHI- This place is of religious importance. Situated at a height of 1951 meters this place was established by Baba Neem Kiroli. A very beautiful Hanuman mandir is at the top. From Hanuman Garhi watching the Sunset is very soothing.  

NAINA DEVI TEMPLE- The attractive lake of Nainital is said to be the eyes of Sati, wife of Lord Shiva. Sati jumped into the sacrificial bonfire. Lord Shiva to mourn the death of his beloved wife carried the body across the country. The remains of her body fell at various places which today are sacred worship places for the Hindus.

ST. JOHNS CHURCH- This church was built in 1847. A brass memorial is kept in memory of the persons who were buried in the infamous landslide. The few bodies which could be dug out were buried in the church premises.

NAINI PEAK- Known as the China peak this peak is the highest point in Nainital. From here Nainital appears as a bowl. You can walk or take ponies to the peak. From this peak you can capture the exciting views of Nainital. Naina peak also gives a good view of the Camelback peak. 

OBSERVATORY- The clear skies over Nainital prompted the government to setup an observatory here. The observatory has one of the most advance telescopes in India. With the help of this telescope the movement of stars, planets and other heavenly bodies can be calculated to great precision. 

ZOO GARDENS- Nainital has a small but a very beautiful Zoological garden. There are many animals kept here which includes Deers, Bears, Tigers and many more. 

Overnight at hotel

DAY 3: NAINITAL - RANIKHET- Today morning visit the lakes

SATTAL (Seven Lakes)- On the way from Nainital to Bhimtal is a group of seven lakes called the Sattal. Nature has really provided this place beauty in abundance. 

BHIMTAL- The myth goes that the lake was built during the Mahabharata era. At Bhimtal you can enjoy boating and have food at the restaurant on the island in middle of the lake. Bhimtal is 23 kms from Nainital. 

NAUKUCHITAL- Just four kms from Bhimtal is lake with nine corners hence it is known as the Naukutchia lake. This is an ideal place to spend your holidays and relax. The lake is full of lotus and is surrounded by forest with a backdrop of the mountains, all this creates an ideal condition to enjoy boating in here or sit on the banks and feel the breeze coming from the lake. 

In the evening drive to the Queen of Fields- Ranikhet. Later transfer to the hotel.  

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 4: RANIKHET - ALMORA- In the blush of next morning take on a city tour visiting

GOLF COURSE- A prime attraction of Ranikhet, it is the second biggest natural golf course of the country.

JHULA DEVI TEMPLE- 800-century-old temple of Goddess Durga. Very close is the Ram Mandir.

CHAUBATIA GARDENS- A world famous Apple garden, famous for breeding apples plants . Also have a spectacular view of Himalayas from here.

HAIDAKHAN TEMPLE- 4 Kms from Ranikhet is the Hairakhan Temple, which was established by Shri Hairakhan Maharaj who is said to be incarnation of lord Shiva. One can have a very good valley and Himalayan view from this place. 

In the evening drive to the Almora. Later transfer to the hotel.  

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 5: ALMORA – BINSAR – ALMORA- Today drive to the small town of Binsar.

BINSAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY- Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular wildlife sanctuaries in Uttarakhand. This wildlife reserve is quite popular for housing a vast variety of exotic flora and fauna. The other attraction here is mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views. The sanctuary is home to as many as 180 species of birds such as eagles, woodpeckers, monals etc. Jackals, Red Fox, Grey Langurs, Black Himalayan Bear, Chital, Himalayan Goral and Wild boars are a part of the wildlife at Binsar. There is a place called Zero Point in sanctuary from where wonderful views of Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath Peak, Shivling, Trisul and Nanda Devi can be enjoyed. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Second Valley of Flowers’ as it turns beautifully red after the blooming of red-colored flowers in March. Oak trees and pine trees are found in plenty here

Later drive back to Almora.

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 6: ALMORA – KAUSANI- Today visit

DEER PARK- Situated at a distance of 3 km, the park is must visit to enjoy the real spell of nature. Visitors can sight endangered species such as deer, leopard and Himalayan black bear.

CHITAI TEMPLE- One can find numerous bells hanging in and around the temple. These bells are tied by devotees to get their wishes granted. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is recalled as Lord Gollu by locals.

JAGESHWAR- This is a religious site, which features about 124 temples, each featuring unique craftsmanship of the bygone era. These temples are adorned by lush green pine forests.

In the evening drive to the Kausani. Later transfer to the hotel.  

Overnight at hotel.

DAY 7: KAUSANI- In the blush of next morning enjoy the scenic beauty of Kausani visiting

ANASHAKTI ASHRAM- One of the most popular destinations, this place is also fondly known as Gandhi Ashram. It was during has stay here that Gandhiji's annotations about Anashakti Yog known as 'Geeta Anashakti Yog'.

SUMITRANANDAN PANY MUSEUM- Sumitranandan Pant Museum is a place with an artistic taste and is a whole new world in itself. Dedicated to famous Hindi poet who was born in Kausani, it offers a wide range of his creative work on display from manuscripts of poems and draft work of her literary work to his awards and letters written by and to him.

RUDRADHARI FALLS AND CAVES- At a distance of 12 km from Kausani, bounded by the paddy fields and green pine forests is the spellbinding Rudradhari Falls. Located on the trekking way to Adi Kailash region, one can also explore the mysteries of the ancient caves lying near the falls. According to the legend, this place holds connection with Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The Shiva Temple of Someshwar lies in the proximity to the waterfalls.

SOMESHWAR TEMPLE- The beautiful valley of Someshwar is most famous for its temple. The presiding deity here is Lord Shiva and is a highly revered temple among locals and believers alike. In addition to its religious significance, this destination also has some picturesque sceneries to offer. 

BAIJNATH TEMPLE- An ancient town of Baijnath, located around 20 km from Kausani is a place adorned with several small and big temples each holding a historic and religious importance.

KASAUNI TEA ESTATE- This is a place where one will feel very close to nature and a paradise for tea lovers. Kausani Tea Estate, situated 5 km away from the main town is spread across the area of 208 hectares.

Overnight at hotel

DAY 8: KAUSANI - DELHI- Day free for leisure and later, drive back to Delhi to catch your flights towards onward destination.

Distance & Time (Approx)

  1. Delhi – Nainital: 320 kms/08 hrs
  2. Nainital – Ranikhet: 60 kms/02 hrs
  3. Ranikhet- Almora: 50 kms/1.5 hrs
  4. Almora – Binsar: 25 kms/01 hrs
  5. Almora – Kausani: 50 kms/1.5 hrs
  6. Kausani – Delhi: 420 kms/10 hrs

Uttarakhand at a Glance

  • Capital City: Dehradun
  • Population: 10,116,752
  • Area: 53,483 sq kms
  • Geo Location: North India
  • Average Climate: 12°C - 22°C
  • Best time to visit: All Year Round

Nainital at a Glance

  1. Population: 41,377
  2. Area: 11.7 sq km
  3. Geo Location: Uttarakhand (North India)
  4. Average Climate: 3°C - 30°C
  5. Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year
  6. STD Code: 05942

Ranikhet at a Glance

  • Population: 55,000
  • Area: NA
  • Geo Location: Uttarakhand (North India)
  • Average Climate: 5°C - 22°C
  • Best Time to Visit: Throughout the Year
  • STD Code: 05996

Kausani at a Glance

  1. Population: 2,408
  2. Area: 5.2 sq km
  3. Geo Location: Uttarakhand (North India)
  4. Average Climate: 2°C - 25°C
  5. Best Time to Visit: July - September
  6. STD Code: 059628

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