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Uttarakhand: The Elegance of Mountains

Customizable Tour: 5 Nights

Generally known as the ‘Dev Bhoomi’, Uttarakhand is a land of numerous ancient shrines and other holy spots. Even so, there is more to Uttarakhand that satisfies the eye. Apart from offering pilgrimage programs through Chardham circuit, Haridwar an, Rishikesh, this North Indian State greets the tourists with several wonderful hill stations like Ranikhet, Almora, Nainital, Kausani, Mukteshwar, Binsar Mussoorie, and Auli. Be it the high mountains cuddled in the snow, landscape ornamented with green carpets or rivers embracing crystal clear waters, these locations are bestowed with every single natural marvel; therefore, offering a relaxing sight to sore eyes.

DETAILED DAY WISE ITINERARY

Day 1 – Arrival in Delhi | Transfer to Nainital (300 km/approx. 08 hours)

On arrival at the airport or railway station in Delhi, drive towards the first destination – Nainital – a sparkling gem in the crown of Uttarakhand.

Nainital is a bustling hill station that lies in the beautiful Kumaon foothills of the Outer Himalayas. The presence of an emerald lake in the heart of the town makes it a paradise for holidaymakers. This hill station has been mentioned in the Indian mythology and ancient religious texts. It is the site of a revered Shakti Peeth and has an old temple of Naina Devi on the lake’s northern shore. The association of this place with the colonial era in India is another reason behind its immense fame. People from all over India and abroad, travel to this place for exploring its natural, religious and historical aspect.

Once you reach here, check-in at the designated hotel and spend the remaining day in activities of your choice. You can either relax in your hotel room or enjoy a boat ride on the glittering Naini Lake (at your own expense).

Return to the hotel for a hearty meal and take a good night’s sleep for waking up refreshed next morning.

Day 2 – Sightseeing in Nainital

Wake up in the morning and get prepared for the day’s excursion. Start with a visit to Hanuman Garhi, which is a famous religious site and picnic spot in the town’s outer bounds. This hilltop temple was built by a highly-revered saint named Neem Karoli Baba in the mid-20th century. Not only is this temple complex a place of veneration, but also a site for beholding the stunning surrounding landscapes. The breathtaking vistas of sunrise and sunset from this place are famous.

Later, leave for an enthralling tour of three lakes – Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, and Sattal. All these lakes are situated at short distances from each other and are known for their picturesque environs and gleaming waters. While the lake in Bhimtal is known for its island, the one in Naukuchiatal is a perfect site for angling and birdwatching. The interconnected lakes in Sattal are quite mysterious and earn fame for their serene location and almost undulated surroundings. You may enjoy boating on all of these lakes and click pictures of the verdant landscapes.

Retire to the hotel for a sumptuous dinner and a relaxing overnight stay.

Day 3 – Drive from Nainital to Kausani (120 km/approx. 05 hours)

After completing all the formalities, check-out from the hotel and drive to Kausani – the next destination. The drive is a scenic one through the winding roads, with views of rolling hills, mountain streams, and dense vegetation. On the way, you can visit Chaubatia and Kalika in Ranikhet. The former of these is a ridge known for its botanical garden and apple orchards, whereas the latter houses a sprawling golf course and a Hindu temple. After exploring these two places, continue the journey to Kausani, a place known for its scenic splendor.

Kausani is a picturesque hill station, tucked away in the mountainous district of Bageshwar. This tiny hamlet is widely recognized for its pristine natural beauty and, most importantly, the sweeping panorama of the Himalayan ranges painted in different hues of the sun. It was even referred to as the ‘Switzerland of India’ by Mahatma Gandhi, during his brief stay in the hill station.

On reaching Kausani, check-in at the hotel and sleep the night away for removing the fatigue.

Day 4 – Sightseeing in Kausani

In the morning, proceed for a half-day sightseeing tour, which would take you to the revered Baijnath Temple and Kausani tea plantations.

Situated just a few kilometers away from the hill station, Baijnath is a small hamlet known for its conglomeration of ancient temples. The most significant shrine in this group is the Baijnath Temple – dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. Constructed somewhere in the 12th century, this temple was built under the patronage of the regional Katyuri kings and is made of stone. The next place to explore is Kausani Tea Estate, where the local Girias tea is grown, processed and then exported to various countries. You can take a walk through the green contours of these plantations and know about the entire process of producing tea.

After an exhilarating day trip, return to the hotel and have your meals, followed by a good night’s sleep.

Day 5 – Drive from Kausani to Ranikhet

In the morning, check-out from the hotel and drive towards Ranikhet – a hill station and cantonment town.

Ranikhet is a beautiful hill station, nestled in the lap of mountains and within the sight of the Western Himalayas. It was used as a summer retreat by the British during the colonial era. Spread across two high ridges, this hilly cantonment is blessed with nature’s bounties in abundance. Temples, colonial establishments, and fruit orchards are the main attractions in this beautiful Kumaoni destination of Uttarakhand.

On reaching here, check-in at the hotel and spend the remaining day at leisure. Spend the night in your hotel room and take a refreshing sleep.

Day 6 – Drive from Ranikhet to Delhi (334 km/approx. 09 hours)

Once you have a delicious breakfast, complete the check-out formalities at the hotel. Thereafter, drive to Delhi’s airport or railway station for the journey back home. Tour Ends.

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About Destination

Nainital

Enclosed by the steep forested hills of Kumaon on the outer Himalayas, Nainital is a town that grew up all over its namesake, Lake Naini. A preferred destination for honeymooners, this hill station, with its legendary past, is a part of the Indian state of Uttarakhand. With a scenery dotted with a variety of lakes like Tallital, Mallital, Sattal, and Bhimtal, it is no wonder that the area is known as the Lake District of India. A spider’ s web of picturesque hiking trails includes the hillsides around Nainital. The spectacular surroundings of the twisted rides and remote peaks of the great Himalayas will hold you spellbound. Spend some time promenading along Mall Road and discover the unique dishes of Nainital and get some unique mementos. Aside from stunning environment, the city also offers other destinations like Nainital Zoo, a cable-car ride to Snow View, an entertainment park called Mountain Magic, the impressive Governor’ s residence, Raj Bhavan with its extensive grounds and many beautiful churches. No matter if it is boating on the emerald green lakes or clambering through the lush forests or simply relaxing in the lap of Mother Nature, Nainital is sure to bring out the romantic in you.

Ranikhet

Set among the Himalayas is the tiny hill station called Ranikhet. ‘ Ranikhet’ basically converts to ‘ Queen’ s meadow’ in Hindi and its attractive environment is sure to astound any tourist at any time of the year. The spectacular beauty of the pine trees, the lush green woods, exciting mix of flora and fauna and the vast field of the Himalayas jointly make the ideal recipe of a stress buster. Add to these, the fresh and pure Himalayan wind, the awesome and relaxed weather and the breathtaking views of the grand Himalayas that will offer you the excellent destination to rest and share a unique bond with Mother Nature. The pine, oak and deodar forest coordinator an array of wildlife such as leopard, barking deer, Sambar, Indian hare, red-faced monkey, red fox, jackal and porcupine. Ranikhet provides a number of places to visit like the Golf Course, Ashsiyana Park, Mankameshwar Temple, Bhalu dam and a sun temple called Katarmal. Ranikhet has no dearth of hotels and guest houses cheap pocket-friendly ones to luxury hotels, you have all the options here.

Kausani

Kausani, situated 53 km north of Almora district in the state of Uttarakhand, is an ideal holiday getaway for the travelers who cherishes picturesque splendor. Lying at an altitude of 1890 m, this attractive hill station provides a wonderful view of the Himalayan ranges, such as mountains like Trisul, Nanda Devi, and Panchchuli, over a stretch of 350 km.

The town is laced by Someshwar Valley on one side while Garur and Baijnath Katyuri Valley borders it from the other. For its beautiful and untainted location, the wonderful little town of Kausani is often known to as the ‘Switzerland of India’. The serene environs and pleasant atmosphere of Kausani further make it a much-sought destination amongst Himalayan tourists.