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Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Nearest Airport: Dehradun Check Flights

Kumaon Tourism

While most hill stations are flanked by all sorts of conifers and draped in a garb of green, Kumaon changes its coat of blooms several times a year. From a soft pink in the early winters to the scarlet rhododendrons erupting like lava on the slopes in different gradients during summers, Kumaon is a delightful experience for travelers.

With an abundance of lakes, gardens, temples, and even a national park, Kumaon is a place soaked in the culture of the hills and the natural bounty is the icing on top. The Kumaon experience borders on overwhelming all the senses, but makes for a memorable experience, gently dangling all its visitors by an ethereal thread of natural and cultural exuberance, reeling them back in always.

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Hub of Adventure Activities

Trekking: Kumaon offers trekking opportunities in three distinct regions namely the foothills of the Himalayas of Nainital district, the hills of Almora, Ranikhet, Kausani, Chaukori and Pithoragarh and the Himalayan glaciers. Lake area and foothills of the Himalayas in Nainital is appropriate for school children with easy trekking trails. Hilly areas of Almora, Ranikhet, and other regions are ideal for more experienced trekkers. Moreover, for people looking for difficult routes, picturesque river sides and clusters of campanulate flowers, they can go for trekking in the Himalayan glacier area of the Kumaon hills. Various trekking packages are available on Tourism of India’s website and other popular holiday planning websites (shaktihimalaya.com).
Camping: You can go for camping as well. The serene beauty of the villages and the sky full of stars will add up to the experience. Usually, the hotels or the resorts make the arrangement for tented camps for their guests. Also, you can go for walks in the flower valleys and can take a closer look into the village life at Kumaon.

Restaurants and Local Food in Kumaon

Kumaoni food is simply prepared, with minimal spices, but the method of preparation is very different and adds to the flavour of the raw ingredients by simmering on a slow flame and letting the food stew in its own juices. A local cuisine called 'dubke' is prepared by mashing the gram into a paste and cooking it on a simmering flame in warmer spices and a light gravy, thickened by the gram itself. A particular type of lentil, called 'gauhat', is fried in clarified butter or ghee and cooked in curry, the dish is known as 'chudkaani'. Rice is a staple of the Kumaoni cuisine, and a combination of rice and local lentils is extremely popular. Another cereal important to the Kumaoni cuisine is 'mandua', which is ground into a fine flour, and cooked like normal wheat flour into chapattis. The flour of mandua is particularly good for the body, because of its intrinsically warm nature. All the Kumaoni cuisine may not appeal to a person with normal taste buds because of its heavy after feeling, then the flavour fullness, but the same is necessary for the body to run in warmer temperatures.

Kumaon is a rustic place with really less dining in options, but the people are amiable. A few formal dining options with a name are the Neelkanth Family Restaurant, Rituraj, Kiran Restaurant and Anupam Restaurant. Most of these are just a few years old, owing to the sudden influx of tourists. Regional food is available in almost all these places and locally for you to enjoy. Alcohol is a must have for the locals because of the dropping temperatures, but not imperative for everyone.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive at Nainital. Check into your hotel and freshen up. You can start your tour by paying a visit to the Goddess Naina Devi temple, it is considered to be a must for every visitor. It is easy to reach the temple by cab or by any sort of local transport. The temple is located at the end of the famous mall road and has many local restaurants to satisfy your hunger. While returning you can check out the mall road which has many old shops and can pick up many souvenirs. Afterwards, you can enjoy a refreshing boat ride in the Nainital lake where boating is available at fixed rates @ 210/-.
Day 2- You can start your day by visiting the High Altitude Zoo which has a very good assembly of wild animals. Further, you can go to enjoy the scenic beauty Eco cave Gardens has to offer. Walking through the caves might get difficult because of the steepness but the view of Nainital from the end will be worth the walking. You can call your day off by going for a little shopping at Tibetan market and can also see the Raj era buildings like the Nainital Governor's House.
Day 3- Nainital offers you with amazing views of the mighty Himalayan range and you can't afford to miss that. You can have a good authentic breakfast at any local shop and go to see Snow Point View, Naina Peak, Tiffin Top (Dorothy's seat) and enjoy the Nainital Ropeway which will amaze you like anything. Nainital is famous for its candles, don't forget to buy some and you can browse some of the artistic ones at Anil Candles Factory Outlet as well.
Day 4- Reach Kasauni from Nainital and en route visit Jageshwar which has one of the oldest and most renowned temples. The distance from Nainital to Kausani is 112 km which will is a 4-hour car/jeep/bus ride.
Day 5- Depart from Kausani and reach Chaukori which is about 110 km (4.5 hrs). You can enjoy the serenity of Patal Bhubaneshwar Cave Temple, Berinag Temple and various other historic temples around Bageshwar.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Kumaon is the home of the iconic Himalayan Range and those idyllic villages which will give you a complete feel of heaven. Jungle safari, Boating, Trekking and other adventure sports available. Excellent views of the Himalayas and Shivalik Ranges.

What's Not So Great?

Gets crowded during peak seasons. The period from July to August get difficult to access the region as it receives heavy rainfall during this time of the year.

For Whom?

A great place to visit with family for vacations and equally great for people having a special interest in adventure sports. Ideal place to visit for snow lovers and honeymooners as well. Nainital and Jim Corbett attracts visitors from all over the country.

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How To Reach Kumaon

The nearest railway station is located at Kathgodham which is at a distance of 34 km, at the foothills of the Kumaon hills. This railway station has good connectivity with all the major cities nearby like Delhi, Lucknow, and Howrah. Also, daily trains run from Delhi to this place.

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Chardham Yatradeals 1 year ago
i Booked a tour package through www.chardhamyatradeals.com it is a good site for tour booking but i am searching a other site which can full fill my requirements
Shashwat Kant 1 year ago
- Kumaon is a place you would want to go back to again and again, but you may want to keep the season in check. The place gets too chilly in winters, and monsoons can be tough on the terrain. Check the weather report of the last few weeks before planning your trip.
- While on treks, the Nepal-Tibet border crossings may require you to present your documents for verifications. Have a copy of the same handy.
Harish Pandey 1 year ago
Very nice and really morning this site this is Kumun top adventure palace. This place not a artificial location who are interested really nature of Kumaon so one ?? go there and feel there automosfere I went last time this site so enjoy snow fall and rain ?? there night a really good feeling this site
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