Uttarakhand, also known as Dev Bhoomi, is full of rustic scenic beauties and breathtaking views of the valley and snow-capped mountains. The state was subdivided into Garhwal and Kumaon sub-region. The Kumaon region is home to several untouched tourist destinations including Bageshwar, Almora, Deenapani and Chakrata. The region is rich in culture, offers mouth-watering cuisine, and abounds in serenely charming hikes. So, if you want to ditch the crowded tourist destinations on your next visit to the state, here are five offbeat places you could visit in the Kumaon area.
Located 50 km from Nainital, Mukteshwar offers a window to get away from city life. In the small town, you can visit the Mukteshwar Temple and enjoy the amazing view from the top of the hill. From the temple, a short hike leads to Chauli Ki Jali which offers stunning views from the top. You can also visit the Bhalu Gaad waterfalls, located 10 km from Mukteshwar. There is a beautiful trail of about 2 km to reach the beautiful waterfall.
Binsar is located about 25 km from Almora. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary’s ground zero offers a majestic 360 degree view of the snow-capped Himalayas. You can enjoy forest walks and often spot langurs, birds and hyenas. You can also visit the ancient Bineshwar Mahadev temple.
Munsiyari is nestled amidst the snow-capped Pithoragarh ranges. Also known as Mini Kashmir, the small city offers pristine landscapes and spellbinding views of the Punchachuli peaks. Munsiyari is the base for trekking expeditions to Ralam and Milam glaciers and Nanda Devi peak.
Ranikhet bears a centuries-old imperial heritage and is the headquarters of the Indian Army’s Kumaon Regiment. The small town has green meadows and is peaceful and captivating. It is also home to the highest golf course in Asia.
Located 53 km from Almora, Kausani is a backpacker’s paradise. The small town offers panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchachuli. The place is also famous for Gandhi Ashram and Rudradhari falls and caves.
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