If you seek the unexplored, Uttarakhand has a lot to offer you. Move away from the regular tourist places such as Mussourie, Nainital and explore these amazing lesser known destinations that offer peace and tranquility; as well as some amazing hideaways that ensure a comfortable & memorable stay.
Offering grand views of the snow-capped Himalayas, Almora is also known as the cultural heart of Kumaon region. A hillock in the shape of a horse saddle, it is surrounded by thick forests of pine and fir trees. Flowing alongside the city are rivers of Koshi (Kaushiki), and Suyal (Salmale).
Where to Stay: Itmenaan Estate is a fairytale getaway in a peaceful setting in the Kumaon Himalayas. The 10-acre estate includes pine, oak and rhododendron trees; terraced fields laden with seasonal fruits and vegetables; and to top it all, a small private perennial natural spring. The estate offers panoramic views of the Himalayas including the majestic Nanda Devi. (Click to Book)
Mukteshwar is a quiet paradise near Ramgarh and at a distance of 51 Km from Nainital. The place gets its name from an 350-year-old temple of Shiva, known as Mukteshwar Dham, situated atop the highest point in the town, on the veterinary institute’s campus. Close to it lie the overhanging cliffs, locally known as Chauli-ki-Jali, used for rock climbing and rappelling, with an excellent view of the valleys below.
Where to Stay: Tucked away in a serene, oak-forested hillside on a side road; Cottage Nirvana is an ideal place if you want to connect with nature. Besides providing a spectacular panoramic view of the splendid wilderness, Cottage Nirvana is also an ideal place where you wouldn’t want to do anything but bask in the sunny afternoon and admire the magnificent natural splendor of this place. (Click to Book)
When Nainital gets too crowded, Bhimtal which is located at a distance of 22 Kms, offers respite to the traveller who seeks peace and connect with the nature. The major attraction here is the Bhimtal Lake, which has an island at its centre. Bhimtal is also a good place for bird watching. The forests around this area have more than 200 varieties of birds and more than 500 varieties of Butterflies.
Where to Stay: Located 10 minutes drive from Bhimtal lake, amidst beautiful woods, is this imposing colonial property – Fredy’s Bungalow. The peaceful setting offers an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate. There are beautiful hikes and good birding opportunities. The Bungalow houses an extensive collection of butterflies from a renowned lepidopterist. (Click to Book)
Occupying prime location on the Chamba Mussoorie highway, the high point of the year at Kanatal occurs between December and February, when over 50 inches of powder snow carpets its areas, creating a spectacular Cottonwood Canyon and transforms the landscape into a ravishing white wonderland.
Where to Stay: The Terraces Kanatal is perched at an altitude of 8500 ft, offering a spectacular view of the snow-clad Garhwal Himalayas as from each one of the 20 well-appointed rooms and a luxury suite. It is a place surrounded by forests, chirping birds, unambiguous blues, friendly folks and so on. (Click to Book)