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iXiGOers Jul 05 2013

Which are the best hill stations in Uttarakhand?

Vaishali Singh Jul 05 2013
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We present to you the best way of planning your vacation- go hill hopping. Cover these 4 best hill stations in Uttarakhand and lose yourself to a picturesque paradise.

Thrills of a Kumaon break include playing a round of golf at India’s oldest 18- hole golf course, visiting a house haunted by a cross dresser ghost and catching the famous mahaseer. Else, loll in an easy chair and sip on a drink admiring the Himalayas. Pack in a good sun screen, a pair of walking shoes and a warm jacket and head for the hills where the red rhododendron blooms.


A tiny hill-top village surrounded by green hills and dotted with shrines and colonial homes, Jeolikote is perfect for a quiet retreat. If you get bored with the fruit-laden trees, red-roofed houses and ivy-draped walls and fancy a bit of the macabre, head to Warwick Sahib’s old house. It’s supposed to be haunted.

Photo of Jeolikote

Check it out for some goosebumpy moments. Listen to the birdsongs, look out on the moonlight-dappled slopes and swap stories over a drink. If golf makes you come alive, spend a day at India’s oldest 18-hole golf course at Raj Bhavan Nainital where you can hire clubs and play a few rounds for an affordable fee.

Getting there: The best way is to hitch a ride from one of the New Delhi to Kathgodam taxi after which Jeolikote is just 10 km away. Kathgodam is also the nearest train station. Delhi is the nearest airport.


If you want to see the Nainital where Jim Corbett lived and tigers and bears
roamed the forest, steer clear of the Mall Road that goes around Naini Lake
and head for the upper reaches where you have to walk. Walking separates
the real tourist from the riff-raff.

Photo of Nainital

But if you happen to be looking for tandoori chicken and roadside shopping, then the Mall is where you’ll find nirvana. Absolutely bursting with honeymooners and loud families, Nainital is no longer the peaceful lake town locals wistfully remember it as. However, kids and the young-at-heart will enjoy the ropeway to Snow View where you get a thrilling look at the Himalayas, a boat ride all the way to Naina Devi temple or even a cemetery tour checking out the crumbling tombstones and the old Church of Saint John in the Woods. Try not to litter.

Getting there: A ride from New Delhi to Nainital by car takes about less than or close to 6 hours depending on your speed and stoppage during travel.


Named after the famous Pandav, Bhima, Bhimtal is at an altitude of 1,370 m above sea level and is a magic box of fascinating mythology. The major attraction is the tal or lake. Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple, an old Shiva temple on the banks of the lake, is believed to have been built when Bhima was here during the banishment of the Pandavas.

Photo of Bhimtal

The present temple is said to have been built in the 17th century by Baz Bahadur, the king of Kumaon. Near the Bhimeshwar temple is a small hill known as Garg Parvat that is the source of river Gargi, also known as Gola Nadi. About two kilometres from Bhimtal is Nal Damyanti Tal, a small natural lake. You might remember Nal from an Amar Chitra Katha comic book from your childhood. About five kilometres from Bhimtal is the famous group of lakes known as Sattal that attracts nature lovers. The clear water of the lakes and thick forests make it look like a piece of paradise.

Getting there: Bhimtal is located at 22 km from Nainital.


A big statue of Hanuman welcomes you to the shimmering Naukuchiatal (lake
of nine corners). If you see all nine corners, it is supposed to bring you nirvana.
Actually, even one is quite enough for that. Touch the lake and spend
evenings strolling along it.

Photo of Naukuchiatal

When the night lights flicker on in the solitary houses across the nearby oak and pine forests, sit around a bonfire lit on its shores and enjoy the solitude since too many visitors don’t find their way to Naukuchiatal. Try your angler’s luck with the giant mahaseer, known to frequent these waters. Your resort will organise a permit for you after a 24-hour notice. Nature walks, bird watching and boating are some of the other things you can enjoy here. Adventurers can drive up to Pandegaon for paragliding.

Getting back:

Naukuchiatal is 25 km from Kathgodam. You can take a Nakuchiatal to Kathgodam taxi to the railway station or follow the same way back if travelling by road.

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