20 offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand
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20 offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is a state with the most beautiful and serene places where you can find peace. Let’s get away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and head towards places that offer lush green forests, beautiful lakes, huge waterfalls and mountains covered with snow to find the peace within us.

 

BINSAR:

mountains and peaks in himalayas
Binsar

 

Binsar offers a majestic view of snowy Himalayan peaks from an elevation of around 2500 meters above the sea level. This place is known for its beautiful sunsets. The Binsar wildlife sanctuary is a home to many rare wild animals, birds and wildflowers, where you can enjoy activities like jeep safaris, bird watching and jungle treks. You can go on treks in the clean air and mesmerizing nature. Best season to visit Binsar is from October to March.
Other major attractions are the Zero point and Golu devta temple.


BHIMTAL:

swans in the water
Bhimtal

 

Bhimtal is a town situated at an altitude of around 1370 meters above the sea level. You can pay a visit to the Nal damyati tal which is a small lake. It is believed that the palace of famous king Nala drowned into this lake. You can also visit the small island at the center of the Bhimtal Lake on which there is a beautiful large aquarium, which was a restaurant earlier. The climate of Bhimtal is quite cold during winters but pleasant in summers.
Apart from these other major attractions here are Sayad bala ki mazar, hill of Karkotaka, Hidimba parvat and Victoria dam.


NAG TIBBA:

sunset and mountains
Nagtibba

 

Nag tibba is the highest peak in the lesser Himalayan region. The name of the place itself depicts that it is a home to serpents. It is located at an elevation of around 3000 meters from the sea level. Nag tibba is a perfect place for camping during summers as most of the treks are ceased in winters due to heavy snowfall. The only way to reach this place is by trekking.


CHOPTA:

man posing on a cliff
Chopta

 

Rich in flora and fauna, this hill station is situated at an altitude of around 2700 meters above the sea level. Chopta village is surrounded by thick forests of pine, deodar and rhododendron. You can enjoy activities like rock climbing, rappelling and rock craft. This place is a home to rare species like Pika mouse, Musk deer and Monal bird.
Major attractions apart from these are the treks to Tungnath and Chandrashaili and camping beside Deoria.


CHAUKORI:

a deer
Chaukori

 

Chaukori is a hill station with thick woodlands and a spectacular view of the gorgeous Himalayan peaks. This dreamy village is at an elevation of around 2000 m above the sea level. The Mahakali River runs along its eastern boundary which forms the Indo- Nepal international border. You can enjoy the serene beauty around you and go trekking as well.
Major attractions here are patal Bhuvaneshwar and a trek up to Musk Deer Park.


MUNSIYARI:

sunrise
Munsiyari

 

Munsiyari even being an offbeat destination is quite popular among trekkers as a base camp for treks like Namik trek, Chiplakot trek, Khaliya top, etc. Munsiyari translates a place covered with snow and is also known as little Kashmir. This hill station is situated at an altitude of about 2300 meters above the sea level.
Major attractions are Maheshwari kund, Tribal heritage museum, Birthi falls, Kalamuni top, Thamari kund and Panchachuli peak.


KHATI VILLAGE:

man cycling
Khati village

 

Khati is a small village located on the banks of Pindara River on the route of the trek to Pindari glacier. You have to trek nearly about 5 kilometers to reach this village. Homestays are available here with minimal rates where you can stay and enjoy the nature around.
Major attractions at this place are trekking and camping by the Pindara River. This place is also popular for cycling and mountain biking.


CHAKRATA:

forest and trees
Chakrata

Chakrata was originally a cantonment town of the British Indian army. It is situated at an elevation of about 2100 meters above the sea level in Dehradun district. Way far away from hustle and bustle of the city life, Chakrata is surrounded by the Coniferous forest. You can also visit some of the most ravishing waterfalls, ancient temples and colossal caves. Also Ice skiing is practiced here in winters.

Major attractions here are Deoban, Chilmiri neck and Tiger falls.


PEORA:

pine trees on hills
Peora

Peora is a small village with traditional huts scattered all over the slopes of the mountain surrounded by pine forest. You can see a lot of fruit cultivation including walnuts, peach, apricot, pear, chestnuts, plum and apples. Photographers will find enough to feast their eyes on. September to march is the best season to visit Peora if you love those snow capped peaks.


KHIRSU:

park
Khisru

 

Khirsu is a hill station at an altitude of around 1700 meters above the sea level, famous for its scenic background. You can get a panoramic view of the Himalayas including Nandakot, Nanda Devi, Panchachuli peaks, etc. you won’t be able to see sky even on sunny days here. You pass through the pathways covered with thick forests of oak and pine.
Major attractions here are Ghandiyal Devi temple and Kandoliya devta temple. Apart from these you can go trekking to Ulka ghari peak.


KAUSANI:

hills greenery with a cloudy sky
Kausani

Kausani is one of the top notch hill station, located at around 2000 meters approximately above sea level. This beautiful place is also known as Switzerland of India for its panoramic views of snow capped Himalayan peaks. This place is a piece of heaven for trekkers, bag packers, photographers, nature lovers and couples. You can indulge yourself in activities like trekking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing and rappelling.
You can visit places like Bhaijnath temple, Kausani tea estate, Anasakti ashram for sightseeing. Apart from this you can enjoy the Rudradhari waterfalls with you friends and go shopping at mall road.


DHARCHULA:

man hiking in the forests or hills
Dharchula

 

Dharchula is one of the least visited places in Uttarakhand. This place is a small hilly retreat for trekking and lies on the way to Chhota Kailash and Manas Sarovar. This beautiful village is a home to Kumaoni and Shauna tribal communities. It is situated at an altitude of 915 meters above the sea level and on the banks of Kali River.
Major attractions of this place are Om parvat, Chikrila dam, Mansarovar Lake and an ashram called Narayan. The Mansarovar Lake is considered to be a holy place and many devotees visit to the place to take a holy bath.


PANGOT:

decorated boat
Pangot

 

Pangot is an offbeat place quite close to Nainital. If you are looking for peace away from the concrete jungles and crowded places, this place will be a perfect getaway for you.
The major attractions here are Himalayan botanic garden and Kainchi dam. If you are a nature lover then definitely visit the Naina Devi Bird Reserve and the Himalayan botanic garden.


RANIKHET:

flower and insect
Ranikhet

Ranikhet is also known as the blooming orchard situated at an elevation of about 1900 meters above the sea level. The British government then wanted to make Raniket, the capital of Uttarakhand instead of Shimla. You can enjoy the view of blooming apricot orchards in a salubrious weather. The major attractions here are the Mankameshwar temple and the Jhula Devi temple. You can also pay a visit to the Ashiyana Park.


MUKTESHWAR:

waterfall
Mukteshwar

 

Mukteshwar is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. This place is situated at an elevation of around 2200 meters above the sea level amidst the mountains. Mukteshwar is famous for its holy temples like Mukteshwar dham temple and the Shaolin is jaali. You can pay a visit to the numerous hidden waterfalls and the apple orchards. Don’t forget to go stargazing.


LANDOUR:

2 people drinking at a cafe
Landour

 

If you love peace, then you are going to love this place. The serenity of this place can be beautifully captured by photographers as it is the most picturesque place than any other places in Uttarakhand. The major attractions here are the haunted house and the Char dukaan. Apart from these don’t forget to visit the German bakery to hog on some delicious baked goods.


HEMKUND:

snow capped mountains
Hemkund

 

Hemkund is known for the Hemkund sahib gurudwara and the natural hot water springs and people generally visit here to take a dip in this holy water bodies. Flowers of various colors bloom in the surrounding of this temple also known as valley of flowers and clouds hover over the temple making the place serene.


NAUKUCHIATAL:

people river rafting
Naukuchiatal

Naukuchiatal is a small lake near Bhimtal where one can enjoy water sports like boating, kayaking, etc. The pond beside it filled with lotus flowers which looks amazing. There are several cafes around the lake where you can gorge on variety of foods. To reach Naukuchiatal you can take a shared cab from Bhimtal.


DHANAULTI:

snow capped mountains and trees
Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti lies on the way to Mussoorie and is famous for camping where the weather keeps changing every now and then leaving you in awe. You can head up to one the eco-camps in Dhanaulti and stay there in those luxurious camps engaging yourself in activities like bonfire and other fun games with your family and friends amidst the mountains. There are a lot of adventures planned for the guests at these champs.


SHITLAKHET:

a view from a tent
Shitlakhet

Want to disconnect with the rest of the world then this place is for you. This place is located at an elevation of around 1900 meters above the sea level and is surrounded by lush green pine trees. There are just a few houses so generally you can find tents to stay overnight and you can also enjoy the bonfires under the stars. Major attractions here is the Syahi Devi temple.

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