If you are wondering where you should go on your next vacation, how about the Kumaon region of India? How many of us know that this beautiful region encompasses the northern part of Uttarakhand state and stretches all the way to Tibet? Well-known tourist spots in this area include Ranikhet, Nainital, Naukuchiatal, Mukteshwar, and Kasauni to name a few. It may sound like an exaggeration, but this part of the world is truly blessed with clear lakes, snow-capped mountains, natural beauty, and amazing biodiversity. Tourists have their pick of activities – camping, golfing, skiing, paragliding, trekking, and fishing. Of course, some spots are open year-round and others are accessible only during some parts of the year.
Top attractions in the Kumaon Region
Here is a list (not exhaustive) of the places to visit and not in any particular order.
- Nainital is a must-visit spot as it is rightly called the crown jewel of Though it is frequented by tourists, it is a perfect weekend getaway spot. Live in the neighboring states and want a break? Why not avail the services of a convenient and reliable taxi service in Aligarh? Anything is possible if you can dream it up. Nainital is a great place to visit for most of the year, except in the winter. Go and explore this quaint hill station and find out for yourself why it is the crown jewel.
- If Mukteshwar is missing from a list of must-visit places in Kumaon, then it is incomplete. There is some force in the mountains that always draws me to them and engenders a sense of awe. Visit Mukteshwar and looking at Nanda Devi and Panchchuli peak, you will find out for yourself what the draw is. As a bonus, you get to feel the peace with green-clad mountains and the tranquil atmosphere. Want to feel part of the land? Go trekking, paragliding, camping, and rock climbing to feel nature’s power beckoning and soothing at the same time.
- Champawat is another must-visit place in this region. I know it sounds like I am repeating myself with superlatives for each place in the Kumaon region, but….. when each one is perfect, what can a mere mortal like me do except describing its charms? This is a great spot for those who like the outdoors. Something for everyone – all I can say is go and experience it for yourself.
- Almora’s serene and breathtaking scenery is the perfect setting for a romance. Its USP is that it is never crowded. Go trekking or camping to enjoy the gamut of experiences only possible in this lovely little town.
- Abbott Mount is a fairly unknown and untouched hill station. Set far away from the beaten path, beautiful vistas and lush greenery make it a perfect place for a summer getaway. If you don’t go to any of the more well-known spots and go to Abbott Mount, you will not regret your choice.
- Pithoragarh, while not as famous as all the other spots in the Kumaon, is absolutely worth visiting especially during the summers. Get away from a stressful atmosphere at work or home and reboot before heading back. There are many walking trails which offer great scenery and peace. It is the perfect spot for birders, fishing enthusiasts, and photographers.
- Bhimtal is one of the prominent tourist destinations in this area. This does not take away from the natural beauty of the place though – check out Bhimtal Lake for which this place is named. It is a great place to hang out with family and do nothing special except to unwind.
- Ranikhet, another popular tourist destination, it is a favorite with photographers and nature lovers. Colorful flowers, clean air, and spectacular views make this a haven for those looking for quiet time. Avoid traveling during the rainy season.
- Kasauni, called the Switzerland of India by Mahatma Gandhi truly lives up to its name. If you are an avid photographer, then this place will put you over the moon with happiness. Available activities include temple hopping, trekking, sightseeing, and rock climbing.
- Jim Corbett National Park is one place I have yet to visit. It is a very popular wildlife park and named for Jim Corbett, who wrote the book “The Man-Eaters of Kumaon”. This park covers an area of over 500 sq. km and is home to many animals, and best known for Go on safaris and enjoy sighting wildlife.
However you want to make the trip to this region, one easy way to get there is to book a cab from Haldwani and keep hopping from one location to another.