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Exhausted of all regular destinations for tourism, destination tiredness had set in and I was investigating an escape from scorching heat and moistness of sultry plains of my town. Then I heard to Didihat the rich flora a mountain retreat of Uttarakhand. Its offering scenic views of valley surrounded by attractive points. This town is at pilgrimage route to Kailash Mansarovar a place added to char dham. Some Himalaya peaks including Panchachuli are key attraction here. This Indian tourist place is also a small business hub for Uttarakhand as few traders have coffee and tea plantation in Didihat.

   

The name of the town is inspired from the Kumauni word “Dand” that means the small hammock. The downwards valley is known as Haat Halley that is very fertile as well. Didihat is located in Pithoragarh region of Uttarakhand at 1725 meters from the sea level.   

Reason to Visit Didihat

The town is having historical background ruled by Raika Malla empire of Sirakot. The temple of lord Shiva is big example of Malaynath architecture style. Ancient fort in town is also an example of Reika kings administration. The calm and peaceful nature walks are key attraction points here and you can also enjoy the village walk with no worries from localities.

   

Areas to Visit in Didhat

The most beautiful peak Berinag is easily reachable through Didihat and it's just 53 km away Few more areas such as Ashok Musk deer park and dense forest are listed as key areas of the town as well. You can view the snow captured Panchachuli and Trishul peaks from our destination.  

Activities in Didihat

Hiking: This amazing town is full of greenery and wonderful landscapes. The peaceful charming nature encourages visitors to explore the gripping neighbourhood as well. The breath-taking Himalaya ranges are good spots for mountaineering.

   


Camping: Because of scanty accommodations camping is next inexpensive way and people are really enjoying spending night under gleaming stars. Some of the travel companies are offering packages including bonfire and some adventurous events.


Village walk: This quaint little hillock is offering village walk to their travellers. The remote part of Himalaya is available for walk at this place. You can enjoy the rustic lifestyle and culture of people and relax unobstructed by the noisy crowds.

   


For accommodation few hotels and guesthouses are available though you must check the availability as they are mostly booked in advance. Few decent restaurants are there where you can enjoy the special food of Uttarakhand. Food stalls are also available to taste the local food.

Temperature of the town is mostly between 21 to 34 degree Celsius in summer. However, winder is chilled and you should carry warm clothes if planning for winter visit. 2-day stay is enough for Didihat but if you are planning for longer than you can enjoy some more places of Kumaon region.  

How to reach Didihat?

By Rail: Kathgodam station is nearest big station at 195 km distance. However, you can hire taxi and private buses from outside the station for Didihat. Tanakpur is also the closest railway station at 190 km distance.

By Air: Pantnagar is closest domestic airport at 229 km to reach our spot. Pantnagar is properly linked to big cities of India so air mode is good idea to reach this wonder Indian tourist place.

By Road: Direct buses are available for our spot from Delhi, Champawat, Almora and many other cities.


The heat outside is pathetic and I always search for the destination where I can spend quality time especially when its holiday mood. Today I have a breathtakingly known destination Har Ki Doon also known as Har Ki Dun. It is basically a cradle shaped valley located at altitude of 3566 mts. However, you should reach Govind Ballah Pant National park to reach Dun. This remote destination is offering spectacular views amazing valleys that is not explored to the world yet.


Garhwal Himalayas don’t require any introduction as world. Har Ki Doon is also in Garhwal region attracting trekking lovers throughout the year. However, winter is a challenge for visitors here but still people are reaching at intervals for their adventure or vacations. From December to March the whole valley is covered with snow. Though valleys in Garhwal is also famous for its scenic beauty many people are reaching here for naturopathy as well. Himalaya peaks such as Swarga Rohini, Kala Nag, Bandarpoonch and many more are easily visible from this town. Trekking part in Har Ki Doon goes through isolated villages. These villages are yet unaffected by the Indian civilisation.


If your plan is fixed to reach here you must start from Sankri that is another beautiful town on hills. Trek distance between our destination and Sankri will be around 54 km, but yes, its easy trek so you will not get difficulty here. 2-day stay is enough to enjoy but if you want to take pleasure of weather and the valleys you must stay there for 4 days at least. As Har Ki Dun is not that popular so the challenge here will be mode of transport. If you are going in-car or taxi no issues, but using public transport will be challenge here.


Go through firms or travel agencies as they will guide you about the If’s and but’s of location. Schedule that offered by the travel companies are like

Trekking Plan to Har Ki Doon

Day 1

Reach Sankri: It’s a small village, though public transport is available for this town from various cities. You can book lodging here as there are numerous options of resorts and hotels at this town.


Day 2

Sankri – Taluka – Seema or Osla: Start from Sankri through and cover the distance of 12 km. You will reach Taluka from where the dense forest starts. From here the trekking distance will be 14 km and you will find walnut and chinar forest on the way. You just must stay on right side of Supine river and you will reach your next point. At certain point cross the wooden bridges and go through occasional climbs to reach next spot.


Day 3

Seema or Osla to Har Ki Dun: It’s a trek of 12 km starts after crossing the last wooden bridge over Supin river. Travel till small bridge to reach the stream, though its steep climb and it will take minimum 30 minutes to complete the trek. Once you reach Kalkati Dhar the scenery will change. Enjoy the beautiful nature from this location as the surrounding is dense jungle with core animals. To reach Har Ki Dun you must go to Hata peak and that is our destination of this trip.


There are many other trek points for adventure lovers like people can go to Jaundhar Glacier and some more. However, it’s risky and need stamina to continue as the path is difficult from this point. For return you should go through same route and reach Sankri. From Sankri you can hire taxi for Dehradun if you have plan for other locations.

How to reach Har Ki Doon?

By Road: Dehradun is properly connected big city of Uttarakhand linked to many cities of India. From here private taxis are available for Sankri the entry point. Buses are available for Sankri from outside of railway station.

By Train: Dehradun railway station is closest station and connected to all big cities of India. Frequent train service to Dehradun helps travellers to reach here with no worries.

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is closed air hub for Har Ki Dun. However, its domestic airport but you will get flights from big Indian cities without any trouble.
Jeolikot is the untouched jewel of Uttarakhand located at Nainital region. It is also known as Jiolikot a gateway to Naini lake. This hill station is properly connected through road and NH87 is the highway to reach here. Nainital is only 17 km away from this picturesque town. It is popular among nature lovers especially for floriculture and butterfly loving people. The peasant climate and less crowd is best thing at this beautiful Indian tourist place.



History

Jeolikot town sings unnoticed tales of its royal past as travellers can see numerous Victorian style hugs and bungalows and boneyards dotted around the border of the town. The 2 well-known cottages are House of Warwick Sahib who was the retired major of British army and the one belongs to the lady of Napoleon Bonaparte. The town is that beautiful that many British army men use to stay here for some period.


Activities in Jeolikot

Butterfly Catching:

The town is surrounded with beautiful green hills and best activity in town is watching butterfly. It attracts visitors from all over is the crowd of lovely butterfly species that dwell everywhere in Jeolikot.

Bird Watching:

Around 200 aviary types of birds are reaching this Indian tourist place at different weathers. Jeolikot is a paradise for the bird fans open throughout the year for travellers. There are countless varieties of dweller and migratory birds, that are a pleasure to watch, perceive and capture with the camera.

Agriculture:

The administration encourages gardening or horticulture every year so that tourists come to observe the beautiful flora maintained by department especially in spring season.


Nearby Destination:

Nainital of Kumaon region is big tourist destination closer to Jeolikot. Nainital is another famous tourism place of Uttarakhand famous for lakes. It is big known destination but more crowded than Jeolikot.

Accommodation

Jeolikot offers tranquillity and for accommodation you can book luxurious cottages, resorts and budget guesthouses. In peak season you might face difficulty so we advise you to book online in advance. Else you can stay at Nainital and hire taxi for Jeolikot for daily trip.


How to reach Jeolikot?

By Train: Closest railway station is Kathgodam at 18 km distance. You can easily find the taxi or private buses from outside the station. Train for Kathgodam is available from all big cities of India.

By Air: Domestic airport Pant Nagar is just 56 km away from Jeolikot. However, limited flights are available for Pant Nagar so book in advance in case you have planned your trip to our wonder land.
Mukteshwar is the pleasing spot at elevation of 2,285 meters above sea the level in Nainital region of Uttarakhand. The town got its name from 350 years old shrine Mukteshwar  where the deity is Lord Shiva. The highest peak on which Mukteshwar shrine stands is offering astounding and spectacular views of magnificent Himalayan range.


 

History

Previously town was named as 'Muktesar' as quoted in Jim Corbett’s book “The Temple Tiger.” It became popular by its present name from 1947. The town was established by Britishers as research and education centre (IVRI) in 1893. Surrounded with Kumaon hills the town is bounded by fruit plantations and coniferous forestry.



Mythology of Town

As per a Hindu epic, Lord Shiva had a ferocious battle with a demon, when the demon was destroyed Lord Shiva gifted him the mukti (boon of immortality). The place was renamed to ‘Mukti+Ishwar’ and later changed to Mukteshwar.

Travellers can view the Nanda Devi, Nandaghunti, Nanda Kot, Trishul and Panchachuli peaks from Mukteshwar. One side the town is covered with dense forest and other side is with splendid enchanting valley and the Himalayas ranges. It is the known tourist place that can be visited all year round. It also receives fair share of snowfall between December to mid-February.



Reason to Visit Mukteshwar

This wonderful Indian tourist place offers manifestly visible 180-degree view of the imposing Himalayan range. This unpolluted and unaffected spot is having plenty of accommodation options. As per epics it is held that Lord Shiva killed the demon at this spot and granted him mukti.
The pristine beauty of Mukteshwar has so much to offer. Wake-up with twittering of birds and sun rays kissing the cliffs and take pleasure of short treks in the jungle. Jim Corbett, the nature lover came here to shoot the tiger, though he fell in love with the natural bounty of Mukteshwar.



Attraction in Mukteshwar

Dhanachuli

First destination of town at 14 km distance from Mahadev temple. The spot is surrounded by lush green forest and accessible through road. This tiny hamlet hovering place is 7000 feet above the sea level. Dhanachuli is only 26 km away from Bhimtal, that allow visitors to reach Bhimtal as well which is another big tourism spot of Uttarakhand.



Chauli Ki Jali

Also known as Chauthi Jali is next place to visit here. This spot is located behind the cliff of Mahadev temple at just 250 meters distance from the temple. Chauli means solid rock and Jali means holes. You will find rocks with holes in this area and you have to be careful while visiting this place.



Mukteshwar Temple

An ancient Hindu temple of Lord Shiva at 2312 meters above sea level is next place to visit. This temple is 350 years old offers enchanting view of surrounding landscape.



Activities

Adventure Sports: This town is famous for escapade activities such as rock climbing and rappelling. The sagging cliffs at Mukteshwar known as ‘Chauli-ki-Jali’ is another popular spot people like climbing. Paragliding is popular sport here and travellers can enjoy, though they have to be in queue.

Hiking/ Trekking: Mukteshwar offer many options for trekking here. As there are countless trekking trails visitors can have good experience. Peora to Mukteshwar or towards Almora are best trekking parts of Mukteshwar.

Go Camping: Another good activity to spend time with your family at our destination. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of dense deodar tree forest.

Accommodation in Mukteshwar

Nainital and Ranikhet are two tourism spots closer to Mukteshwar and plenty of accommodations have mushroomed here in last few years. Luxury hotels and resorts are available with excellent amenities in addition to budget guesthouses.
Mukteshwar is famous Hill Station and pilgrimage place and it is recommended for Corporates, Couples, Foreigners, Family and Kids, Groups, Solo, etc.

How to Reach Mukteshwar

The town is located in Nainital region, Kumaon, Uttarakhand. Nainital is properly linked through road and train to various big cities of India. Closest railway station is Kathgodam at 57 km. Nearest airport is Pantnagar at 90 km. Any town of Uttarakhand is linked to major cities of India through road as well so as Mukteshwar.
Hill station is always a first choice for holidays especially in summer. We are here with a new location for you known as Kausani, a beautiful hill station of Uttaranchal famous as Switzerland of India. It is the best destination for backpackers and writers of dreamland located at Baghewar, Kumaon district, Uttaranchal. Basically, it is a village with less population, so crowd is not much here. This quaint hill station is surrounded with valleys and greenery. Dark green hills and crimson sun are best thing to watch here.



Kausani is best destination for panoramic view of Himalaya peaks. Trishul, Naina Ghunti and Panchakuli are main green hills of the region. Himalaya peaks are covered with white snow and because of that it become gold in the morning due to sun light and becomes orange at sunset. Best period to reach town is summer period, though Jan to April is top demanding period and maximum travellers visit the place at this duration. September to October is also a good duration for Kausani. Once you are at place you should spend at least 2 days here. The temperature is between 15 to 27 degrees in summer. As per sources Mahatma Gandhi visited this place twice in his life time. After his first visit Mr. Gandhi named this place as Switzerland of India that is because of its surrounding beauty.

Why to Visit Kausani?

If you look closer you will find that hills are surrounded with alpine trees and all time covered with snow. North Indian travellers are regularly visiting this place as weekend gateway. It's easily reachable threw road, though nearby railway station also allows you to get to your place with no worries. Kausani is the idle place for photography and village walks. This peaceful place is just 132 km away from Kathgodam and Pantnagar is only 192 km. Pantnagar is having domestic airport so if you have plan to visit through flight get the plan for Pantnagar. If you are in the list of adventure lovers you can do hiking to Rudrahari cave temple.


Attraction in Kausani

It is a small hill station, but there are few important spots that you should not miss such as Ana Shakti Ashram, Lakshmi Ashram, Sumitra Nandan Pant Museum, etc. Few big temples like Baijnath temple, Bageshwar temple and Someshwar temple are few holy spots of the town. Few nearby tourism destinations that you can enjoy once you reach Kausani are Ranikhet, Tea Estate, Rudrahari Hills, Observatory and few valleys.


Activities

Museum Visit

Museum is always the best place to learn history of any location. Kausani is also having museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and now this museum is famous as home turned gallery with best collection of Mahatma Gandhi visit.

 

Nature Walk

Enjoy nature with morning walk to lush greenery. If possible try to reach Trishul or Nanda Ghunti to view peaks of Himalaya.

 

How to reach Kausani?

By Road: The town is linked with major cities of Northern India through road. Buses are available from almost all big cities, though frequent service is accessible from Delhi, Lucknow and some more cities. Delhi is 410 km away from our destination.

By Train: Kathgodam is the big railway station at 132 km distance.

By Air: Pantnagar is the closest domestic airport linked to almost all big cities of India.
Belgaum is the 3rd biggest town of Karnataka boarded with Maharashtra and Goa. It is our destination for the day located at mid-way on Mumbai - Bangalore route. It is also the access point for Dandeli at 75 km distance. Offbeat Hill station Amboli is also 60 km far from Belgaum. Chorla Ghats are just 80 km far that means you can enjoy multiple places once you reach prime destination.

Belgaum is known as commercial hub of Karnataka to the world. It is the important destination for fish, vegetable trading, wood & mining trades. Here weather is pleasant throughout year so you can reach the spot anytime. There are few other names of the town such as Belgavi, Belgavi and Venugrama. Locale people identify this place as bamboo village.

   


Attraction in Belgaum

There are around 20 spots for you in Belgaum, though few are very important and should not miss if you have planned your trip to this wonder Indian tourist place.


Gokak Falls

The first place to visit in town is Gokak falls at 6 km distance. The high flow river Ghataprabha is another beautiful spot here. Here you can also enjoy the cable suspension bridge just near the falls. Rainy season is best period to reach here though you can enjoy the small falls at various places here. You can take blessings of Lord Shiva at ancient temple at same place.

   


Military Mahadeva Temple

The nest place is striking shrine at Congress Road. This ancient temple is close to railway station and its easily reachable place for visitors. The temple was structured in 1954 and it is administered by the Indian military.

   


Shree Ramakrishna Mission Ashram

One of the architectural design housing many birds and domestic animals here. It is neatly maintained by local administration and entry is free.

   


Belgaum Fort

Fort is always the important spot of city as it states the value and historical events conducted at that place. As per sources this fort was constructed in 1204, though it requires maintenance now and fort is in bad condition. Still it’s nice and must visit spot so don’t miss Belgaum fort.

   


Kamal Basti

Another temple of the town built-in 1204 AD by Bichana dynasty. This temple was restored in 1996 and now it is maintained by local administration. This heritage place is having details mentioned on next to notice board.

   


Jamboti Hills

If you love to reach hills you can enjoy the beautiful spots at Jamboti hills and can enjoy the green surrounding. It is near the Vajrapoha falls in Khanapur, that is few km away from Belgaum. Excellent gateway and local people are reaching the spot regularly. It has become the big picnic spot for locale.

   


Hidkal Dam

A weekend gateway used by the local people is another spot. You can reach and enjoy the surrounding as there are many parks nearby. Though you must be careful as dam is always full of water.   Similarly, there are many other places to visit in the town such as Shri Hari Mandir, Rajhansgad Yellur Fort, Kapileshwara Temple, Kittur Fort and Palace, Vajrapoha Falls, Safa Masjid, St. Mary's Church, Shree Mauli Devi Temple, Parasgad Fort, Shri Mallikarjun Temple, Asha Kiran Planetarium and few more.  


How to reach Belgaum?

By Road: Town is well-connected through road via NH 4 connecting Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (KRTC) run buses for all cities of Karnataka and neighbouring states. They have online booking system that makes convenient for travellers to reach the spot.

By Air: Belgaum Airport at Sambra is linked to Mumbai and some big states. It is domestic airport and flights are available from almost all parts of major states. Daily flights are available from New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Jabalpur and Mangalore.

By Rail: Indian railway is biggest network having trains for Belgaum as well. Online booking is available so get your seat before its full.

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