Uttarakhand, also known as Devbhoomi, is full of rustic natural beauty and breathtaking views of snow-capped valley and mountains. The state is sub-divided into the sub-regions Garhwal and Kumaon. The Kumaon region is home to many untouched tourist destinations, including Bageshwar, Almora, Dinapani and Chakrata. The region is rich in culture, offers mouth-watering food, and is full of mesmerizingly serene treks. So, if you want to skip the mainstream crowded tourist destinations on your next trip to the state, here are five off-beat places in the Kumaon region that you can visit.
Situated 50 km from Nainital, Mukteshwar offers a window to escape the city life. In the small town you can visit the Mukteshwar temple and enjoy the wonderful view from the top of the hill. From the temple, a short trek leads to the Chauli ki Jali which offers a wonderful view from the peak. You can also visit Bhalu Gad Falls located 10 km from Mukteshwar. It has a scenic route of about 2 km to reach the beautiful waterfall.
Binsar is located about 25 km from Almora. The zero point of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary offers a 360 degree majestic view of the snow-capped Himalayas. You can often enjoy forest walks and spot langurs, birds and hyenas. You can also visit the ancient Bineshwar Mahadev Temple.
Munsiyari is situated amidst the snow-capped ranges of Pithoragarh. Also known as Mini Kashmir, the small town offers pristine landscapes and enchanting views of the Panchchuli peaks. Munsiyari is the base for trekking expeditions to Ralam and Milam glaciers and Nanda Devi peak.
Ranikhet has a centuries-old royal heritage and is the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army. The small town has green meadows and is peaceful and picturesque. It is also home to the highest golf course in Asia.
Located 53 km from Almora, Kausani is a backpacker’s paradise. The small town offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. This place is also famous for Gandhi Ashram and Rudradhari Falls and Caves.