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Meghna Paul Mar 06 2014

What are the walking trail options in Pangot?

Kanika Nevatia Mar 06 2014
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An illustrious city, which is beautiful and ideal for long strolls along the numerous walking trails in Pangot.The main Kilbury Road that leads from Pangot back to Nainital via Kilbury is an obvious choice for a walk, but the Tanki Road that bifurcates from the main road and through the Kilbury Forest is a much better option, especially if you can tip the guard to let you into the forest area. Or just tell your guest house to wangle this for you.

Photo of Birdwatching at Pangot (by gkrishna63)

This is an area that has over 150 species of birds, where you can spot anything from the tiny Eura- sian treecreeper to the beautiful spotted Forktail, the snarly Lammergeier and Himalayan griffon to the starkly coloured Scarlet finch, and the exotic Khaleej pheasant to the Canary Flycatcher.

Other trails include the one that leads towards the now-renamed Naina Peak (8,563 ft), long called Cheena Peak, one of the most famous attractions of Nainital, which then earned disrepute when that name got corrupted to China Peak! From the peak you get great views of the Garhwal Himalaya, including Nanda Devi. This is a comfortable trekking option, but do ask for a guide at your guesthouse if you’re unsure about heading out on your own and finding your way back along the walking trail in Pangot.

Photo of Pangot (by gkrishna63)

The road leading to Baggar and Pali villages is also wonderful for a long walk, and after a certain point downhill there is a noticeable rise in the temperature. Baggar and Pali are still traditionally Kumaoni in ways that Pangot is leaving behind, and might be worth a stroll if you fancy learning about the local culture of Uttarakhand first hand.

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