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Honey Chitkara Nov 08 2014

Which are the top offbeat places in Uttarakhand?

Sen Deb Nov 09 2014
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There are a number of unheard, offbeat places in Uttarakhand that many don’t know about. We have compiled a list of our 10 favourite relatively unknown destinations in this lovely hilly state, that are a must visit for their natural beauty and tranquility.


Harsil

Harsil is a spectacular offbeat destination in Uttarakhand where you can experience the all the wonders of the Great Himalayan Range, from hot springs and waterfalls to forests and icy glaciers. This is also where “Ram Teri Ganga Maili” was shot.


Harsil Valley (by Debrupm)

Often ignored by travellers who move on towards Gangotri, Harsil has plenty of trekking options around the Bhagirathi River and in the woods. It is the picture-perfect valley with white sandy beaches, fruit orchards, pine forests and snowy mountains.


Binsar

Known for the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, this is a heavily forested area full of oak, rhododendron and pine trees. This is a birder’s paradise with over 200 species of birds residing here. You will also come across deers, jackals, and if you are lucky, even leopards.


Roufus Sibia (DickDaniels (http://carolinabirds.org)

A must do trek is the 1 km long route from TRH to Zero Point on the Jhandi Dhar Hill. There is a machan erected here, that offers a 360° panoramic view of the sanctuary and the surrounding snowy peaks.

You can find regular New Delhi to Binsar cabs for hire to arrive here by road which is the preferred way for reaching here.


Chir Pine forest (by Sanjoy Ghosh)


Kalsi

Kalsi is a small, sleepy village on the banks of Yamuna, and is blessed with some of the finest landscapes of the Doon Valley. There’s a lot you can do here. The Chakrata foothills is full of intriguing trails. A wonderful 3 km trek begins from the Ashram Road to the Kala Patthar Village.


Yamuna River near Kalsi (by elli)

Other activities include angling, rafting and birdwatching. History buffs can check out the Ashokan Rock Edict, a 2200 year old rock edict of Emperor Ashoka, located on the riverside.

Here you can find a list of hotels in Kalsi for your accommodation choices.


Pithoragarh
An important base for the Indian National Army, Pithoragarh offers little in terms of entertainment, but you’ll enjoy exploring this pretty village. Full of citrus orchards and gigantic cucumbers, Pithoragarh has a fort, a golf course and secluded forest trails


Pithoragarh Panorama (by Deolaji)

You can also plan a trip to Jhulaghat (33 km away) on the Nepal border, just for the fun of crossing a hanging bridge and arriving abroad without a passport!


Jageshwar

Known for housing one of the 12 sacred jyotirlingas in India, Jageshwar is primarily a pilgrimage destination, and an interesting one at that. The small temple complex houses 124 shrines dating from 5th to 18 century, and are now managed by the ASI. The three main shrines of Jageshwar, Mahamrityunjaya and Pushti Devi are a must visit.


Jageshwar Temple complex (by varunshiv)

The guesthouses here, offer the best of Kumaoni cuisine. And there are nice forest trails and picnic spots in the area, where you are most likely to be alone with nature.


Berinag

This small hill station is one of the must visit offbeat places in Uttarakhand, worth visiting for the amazing close-up views of the glorious Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi and Panchachuli. Berinag is also known for its high quality tea plantations.


Nanda Devi (by Paul Hamilton)

This is truly a mountain lover’s hideaway. The outskirts of the town is covered with lush forests and streams, which are teeming with wildlife.


Munsiyari

Nestled right in the middle of the grand Himalayan amphitheatre, Munsiyari is blessed with breathtaking beauty and has the stillness and the quiet that you are looking for. The route to Munsiyari is full of waterfalls, windswept passes and curving roads lined with looming deodar forests.


Panchachuli Range from Munsiyari (by solarshakti)

Munsiyari Bugyal--a lovely meadow that offers spectacular views of the Panchachuli Range and Johar Valley, Darkot Village with pretty 100-year old wooden houses with carved doors and windows, and Mehshar Kund--a sacred lake are worth visiting. Pure handmade pashmina and angora shawls can be bought in the Darkot Village.


Mori

An adventurer’s paradise, Mori is natural beauty, history and adventure, all rolled into one! This is one of the best places for rafting in India. You can also go swimming in the natural deep pools, or go biking down a boulevard of yellow mimosas and pines. And of course, there are plenty of treks to explore around this region.


Rafting on Tons River (by Velvet)

To get the best out of Mori, put up at a campsite. There are many camps with organize activities like rock climbing, rappelling, rafting, angling, nature walks, bird watching, etc.

Pangot

The main attraction in Pangot are the birds. A variety of Himalayan species can be found here. And the surrounding forests are teeming with Himalayan wildlife.


Pangot (by gkrishna63)

Pangot is barely 15 km from Nainital, yet shares none of its bustle and commercialism. This is an ideal retreat to experience isolation and wilderness in Uttarakhand.


Ramgarh

Fruit-laden orchards, brooks and forested hillsides, Ramgarh has it all! The best way to explore Ramgarh is to take a walk around through this sleepy village. The roads are lined with plum and apricot trees, and in season, you can pretty much pick all the fruit you want from these trees.


Apricot tree in an orchard in Ramgarh (by Fir0002)

Gagar and the area around the Khairna Bridge, are perfect for a picnic. Ramgarh also offers adventure sports like rappelling, rock-climbing, angling and river crossing.


These are some of the top offbeat places in Uttarakhand. Besides these amazing places off the beaten track, you can also consider some other choices clubbed under a variety of Uttarakhand holiday packages. The state is full of picturesque destinations and it comes as no surprise that tourists throng to this region throughout the year. After all, there is so much to explore here! Check out our Uttarakhand travel guide page for more details.
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