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Known as Devbhumi, or the Land of the Gods, Uttarakhand is a place where there is immaculate natural magnificence and glorious pilgrimage sites. Carved out from the State of Uttar Pradesh some time ago, Uttaranchal, is a spot that not just brags of glimmering views of the Himalayas but is also a land of fairs and festivals where people live harmoniously with nature.

With oaks, birches, silver firs and rhododendrons decorating the precarious mountain slopes, Uttarakhand offers you a look into untainted, ideal tourist places, straight out of the pages of some old manuscript. Uttarakhand is the starting spot of the Ganga and the Yamuna, two of the most sacred rivers in India.

Uttarakhand is home to the Chota Char Dhams, which are four of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in India – Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. A large number of pilgrims visit Uttarakhand yearly to pay reverence to the Char Dhams along with Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Offbeat Places To Visit in Uttarakhand

Thus, even with all the commercialized places, Uttarakhand still has some offbeat places to offer its tourists.

1. Nainital


A quaint village situated in the lush green Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand. It truly defines what you call an offbeat place, with very less population in the village of about 250 people, you will feel more connected to the culture. The locals in the village are very helpful for any tourists visiting the village.

It gives you an added benefit of the breathtaking view of Kumaon Hills, with endless ranges in front of you. The village is situated near the famous hill station Nainital, taking you away from all the bustling noises of commercialized place into a peaceful journey of its own.

You can visit the local temples in village, or trek to the nearby hills to get a sight of mesmerizing sunset behind the hills of Uttarakhand. You can also visit an NGO in the village, known as Aarohi, which has its own school, where it teaches kids from all around the village. There are homestays in the village at a reasonable rate, for the accommodation of tourists visiting here.

2. Bhimtal


Bhimtal is a lake city named after Bhima, the magnetic legendary character of Mahabharata. Loved for its stylish excellence, Bhimtal gladly sits at a height of 1,370 meters above ocean level. This lake city is picking up ubiquity with every day as it is situated in the region of Nainital and highlights a portion of the stately inns that are relatively less expensive than that of Nainital.

Bhimtal is predominantly mainstream among the voyagers for the grand Bhimtal lake. You can do sailing in the lake and furthermore visit the island in the inside that must be gotten to through water crafts. Strolling around the slopes of Bhimtal is extremely prevalent as they are thick and are a perfect spot for winged creature viewing and photography.

You can likewise visit Garg Parvat which is the wellspring of waterway Gargi. Sattal Lake is another lake that vacationers can visit, yet it is less voyage. It fills in as a perfect spot for winged animal watching and is the home of numerous transitory fowls. While you are there you can likewise visit the Hidimba Parvat. You can trek up to the top. It is an exceptionally calming spot.

3. Mukteshwar


Perfect place to have a breathtaking view of Himalayan peaks, head to Mukteshwar for a full day excursion. Located in the Kumaon hills, Mukteshwar is popular tourist destination. Look for the blessings in the Mukteshwar temple, which is an ancient temple located in a beautiful isolated place.

You can also visit the small church that is 75 years old and located on the side of the hill. In addition, you can enjoy a cable car ride up to the point of view of the snow. The small town of Mukteshwar is an easy drive from Delhi and is one of the most beautiful monsoon destinations in Uttarakhand. A rich bouquet of flowers, birds and variety of trees is a delight to watch.

Famous for its quaint cafes and the 360 view of the Himalayan range from the famous Mukteshwar temple top, Mukteshwar is a not too near or not too far destination from Delhi (approx 333 km from New Delhi). A river picnic or easy trek walk in the mountains with your camera will capture the most gorgeous views and memories.

4. Chaukori


Chaukori is a tiny hill station in the Pithoragarh district set among the lofty peaks of the western Himalayas. It is located about 10 km from Berinag, another small hill station. Very close to Chaukori, Jhaltola is a must to see birds and great views of the Himalayas of Kumaon.

5. Landour


Landour, less than 6 hours drive from New Delhi, is pretty cool year round. The town which is made up of a series of crossroads on mountain ridges, is home to a cluster of writers and artists like Ruskin Bond too. Take some steep walk up and down flinty trails in the bracing thin air, and then enjoy some peaceful contemplation eating momos and other Tibetan snacks, or tea and pastries, in Landour's many cafe's and resting stops.

6. Chakrata


If nature is a chocochip cake, Chakrata in Uttarakhand is like your favorite piece of that cake. Dehradun and Mussoorie are so basic and are always flooded with tourists. If you are looking for an unexplored, less traveled destination, take a trip to Chakrata. Chakrata is one of the army cantonment stations in India. Tiger falls is 6 km from Chakrata.

Falling from 312 meters high, the water that gushes noisily between the hills producing the sound of a tiger's roar. Therefore, the name. There is a pool below the fall that you can consider as your natural Jacuzzi. The weather is pleasant in the summers. In winter, the hill station is flanked by snow.

Deoban, the Gods own Forest is where you can find exotic bird species such as the white-necked blackbird and the woodpeckers of the Himalayas. A walk through the woods gives you a true and peaceful atmosphere, and a time for contemplation. 15 minutes on foot through the dense forests will take you to the place where Rishi Vyas wrote the epic Mahabharata.

Budher caves remain unexploited to date. Exploring the cave would be your closest experience living as a caveman. Also known as the place of the Mioli caves, the only way to get to these caves is by trekking. Walk to the highest point of Chakrata, which is the neck of Chilmiri, and admire the magnificent views of the Himalayas.

Breathe your lungs with some fresh air as you walk to the point of Chilmiri Neck. Your reward will be the amazing view of the beautiful Bandarpoonch, Rohini and Swarg Peaks. Located on the banks of the Yamuna River, Kalsi is a historic city where the stone edicts of King Ashoka are present. The landscape is beautiful for a picnic. You can also fish in the river if you have a prior army permit.

7. Almora


Almora is one of the famous destinations in North India and this is a perfect place to plan your trip with your family, friends or loved ones. Bhowali is a gateway to many places in the Kumaon such as Almora and Bageshwar. The lakes nearby Bhowali are Bhimtal, Sattal, Naukuchiatal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Sukha Tal and Khurpa Tal. Bhowali is famous for its scenic grandeur and as a hill fruit market. It is located near Ghorakhal, known for Golu Devata temple.

Almora is a small village located in the state of Uttarakhand. Its beauty of hills, snow-capped mountains and green valley can not be ignored. Almora gives you some stunning natural beauty, panoramic views of the Himalayas, tasty cuisine and rich cultural heritage.

8 km north of Almora, is the pleasant village of Kasar Devi. The cedar and rhododendron forest below the modest temple of Kasar Devi is nicknamed hippieland by some of the locals. Stop to visit the Kainchi Dham Ashram, where Steve Jobs stayed many years for his meditation and introspection practices.

8. Ranikhet


Ranikhet is the queen of Kumaon Hills. Ranikhet reflects the best of the celestial Himalayas. Its lush green forests, majestic mountain peaks, exotic plants and attractive wildlife. To see the nature and the elements in total harmony of the Himalayas the right place is Ranikhet. One can experience the traditional life of the people by visiting a small yet beautiful village Manila.

This place is a great place to go birding for the beginner and expert. It would be a steep climb at first through dense pine and oak forests. The trail meanders through the Shitlakhet market, though it is the most convenient way to approach this sanctuary and to go around is to walk trough from Chaubatiya or from Kakrighat.

Through the jungle you will sometimes see views of the valley. Then, you reach a small plateau that is the location of the Syahi Devi temple. The walk ends at the temple with views of the Himalayas.

9. Binsar


Our next destination, Binsar, is known for its exotic bird population and staying there gives you the opportunity to experience some bird watching.

Pack your bags for a fascinating time in Binsar, which is also very famous as a bird sanctuary. Get uninterrupted views of the Himalayas, an interesting insight into the life of the Kumaon hills and enjoy nights of stargazing. And if it gets too foggy to look at the stars, light a fire, curl up in a blanket, take a book and sleep in the heat of the Himalayas. No wordplay here.


10. Auli


Get ready for some adventure in Auli this winter. Auli is a stunning hill station in Uttarakhand and an ideal weekend getaway from Gurgaon. If the words camping in the wild, trekking and skiing makes you feel thrilled and excited, you need to head towards this fabulous little town of Auli on a weekend. It is amidst the snowcapped hills and mountains that you will get over all the stress, anxiety about travel and tiredness from those long working hours.

Get allured by the spectacular sunrise. Go on a trek to Nanda Devi Peak, the second highest peak in the country through the not-so-wide pathways and catching the amazing sight of the Himalayan ranges. At night, spend quality time with your group around a campfire. Every corner of this amazing place is blissful and charming for an onlooker.

At 10,000 ft altitude, 3 km from tower 10, the last one for the ropeway originating from Joshimath lies the Gorson Bugyal amidst the tall ranges of Garhwal Himalayas. Quite popular for the trekkers since this is on the way to Kunwari pass a popular trekking destination. This amazing meadow is covered with snow during the winter.

As the temperature rises the field is slowly unleashed, nature then stitches it with green grass and then it is perfectly ready to offer you a Green carpet welcome. This place is easily accessible by foot if you stay at Upper Auli or reach the last tower by cable car. Else one can hire a horse for Rs 1000 (to and fro charges).

The dense pine forest on the way to Gorson is a bonus on this route. A beautiful temple in the solitary of pine woods is always there to welcome the tourists. The adventure freak crowd loves Auli only in winter but believe it or not this amazing hill station has so much to offer even in summer especially for someone who loves greenery on the hills and enjoys solitary.

11. Rudraprayag


As a break from the days you can enjoy an interesting session of yoga and meditation classes in the morning in Devprayag, where the rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi meet in the Ganga. After having breakfast you can go on a city tour to Rudraprayag where we can visit Guptakashi and Mahadev Koteshwar Temple. Also visit the local markets and get to know the life of the people in Rudraprayag.

12. Munsyari


Start the tour with a wildlife safari and a stay in the Corbett National Park. Then you can visit the Corbett museum in Kaladhungi as well. Arrive at Nainital. Go on a horse tour around Nainital.

Depart to the small and picturesque city of Munsyari, a small town in the picturesque Pithoragarh district, with beautiful Panchchuli peaks with views. Trek to Upper Khaliya, located at 11,500 feet. Munsiari, is a great attraction for trekkers, photographers, adventure sports lovers and peace seekers. The mesmerizing sight of sunrise and sunset in the mountains will surely rekindle your love.

Walk along the Gori Ganga River, part of the Milam glacier. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy reel fishing.

13. Pangoot


Leave for Pangot, 15 kms from Nainital, for a nature walk along the Kilsbury point.

14. Kausani


Then drive to Kausani.

15. Askot


Askot is a village in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Askote is not only one of the pitstops as it moves towards the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage, it is also home to one of the rare deer species. Askot is known for its Askot Musk Deer, which is a must see.
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12 comments:

  1. I've never been to Uttarakhand but the place looks awesome and i love trekking! Soon will visit it for sure.

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  2. Oh my it looks quite spectacular. I do like the idea of the yoga and meditation classes, what amazing scenery to relax with.

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  3. Wow you put together incredible lists of places I've never even heard of! All of it sounds amazing and I'd love to visit!

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  4. Gosh there are so many beautiful places to see. This place looks amazing x

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  5. I'm not familiar with Uttarakhand before but it sounds like an incredible place to travel through.

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  6. I have heard of Bhimtal but wasn't aware of other places ☺ These places look so beautiful, would love to visit someday!

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  7. Auli sounds like somewhere I would like to visit! I do like to find offbeat places when travelling, just for a bit more of a unique travel experience.

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  8. Wow I love nature so much. So beautiful. thank you for this wonderful list.

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  9. Your pictures are amazing. I have never been to Uttarakhand but after seeing your photos and reading your post I would love to visit some day.

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  10. These mountains look positively stunning! I’d go for those alone. What an epic spot to do yoga. Adding this to the bucket list

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  11. i've never been here but it all sounds very interesting. great information here!

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  12. Those are some great places to explore and really picturesque. I would love to visit it someday.

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