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DAY 02: DELHI/NAINITAL: (DISTANCE:
Morning drive to Nainital. Upon arrival checkin at hotel. Nanital has a unique place of the many hill towns of Uttranchal. Blessed with natural splendour and varied natural resources, Nanital, 'The Paradise City' is a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace. Popular for its large number of lakes, Nanital is known as the 'Lake District' of India. The most prominent of the lakes is Naini lake ringed by hills. Nanital’s unending scenic beauty is nothing short of a romance with awe-inspiring and pristine Mother nature. Nanital is as one of 64 ‘Shakti Peeths’ according to Hindu Mythology.
Afternoon city tour of Nainital will start with: Naini Lake - One of the main attractions of Nainital is the Naini Lake also called Tririshi Lake. The lake is shaped like an eye and is surrounded by hills on all side. It is said to be one of the emerald green eyes of Siva's wife which fell at this site and hence the name NainiTal. The Lake offers its tourists an opportunity of yachting, boating or paddling the boat. Rowing as well as paddling boats are available at both ends of lake. The north end and southern end of lake is called Mallital and Tallital respectably. This also has a bridge, Danth.
Naini Peak (2610 mtrs) - Naina Peak, also called, as China Peak is the tallest of all in Nainital, at a height of 2611 metres commanding the finest views of the Himalayas and an intriguing bird’s-eye. On a clear day, a wide range of the snow-clad Himalayas is visible. Bhowali - Bhowali is 11 kms away from Nainital on the Haldwani-Almora Road. It is quite famous as a market known for its variety of fruits. It also houses the famous Sainik School of India. This place is said to be good for those patients who ail from problems of the lungs. There is also a Sanatorium here. Hanumanghar - About 3 kms from Nainital is the famous temple of Lord Hanumanji. It is a religious centre and is well known for its sunset view. This temple was constructed by Baba Neem Karauli and has a 12 feet statue of Lord Hanuman. Snow View: Snow View is the most easily accessible hill top at a height of 2270 mts. from the sea level and at a distance of 2.5 Km from the town. This scenic spot is accessible through ropeway. This peak is also connected by motorable road. Snow view offers an incrredible and breath taking picture of the glittering and shivery snows of Himalyas. The Flatts: Situated at the northern side of the lake the Flatt is a place of meeting for people from all walks of life. Here evenings are heavily crowded at Flatt. The playing ground of Flatt is used for sports games and cultural activities during festivals. There is Chat Bazar, Bhotia Market in the Flatt. There is Mosque, Gurudwara and Naina Devi temple in Flatts. With cinema, theatre for roller skating, car parking, club, boat house club, Masonic Hall, Flatt is the perfect place for recreation. Over night at hotel
DAY 03: IN NANITAL:
Morning drive to Same day excursion to Bhimtal, The myth goes that the lake was built during the Mahabharata era. You can get taxis and buses at regular interval from Nainital. On the Nainital-Bhimtal road is Mahra Village. Here through the efforts of Dr. Yashodhra Mathpal a rich collection of the cultural and archeological items have been made. These artifacts from the Uttrakhand region gives you an insight into the cultural heritage of this area. At Bhimtal you can enjoy boating and have food at the restaurant on the island in middle of the lake. Bhimtal is 23 kms from Nainital and there are good accommodation facilities at the place. Naukuchiatal Lake: Just four kms from Bhimtal is lake with nine corners hence it is known as the Naukutchia lake. This is an ideal place to spend your holidays and relax. The lake is full of lotus and is surrounded by forest with a backdrop of the mountains, all this creates an ideal condition to enjoy boating in here or sit on the banks and feel the breeze coming from the lake. There are regular bus and taxi services to this place and the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam has got its rest house where you can stay. Over night at hotel
DAY 04: NAINITAL/RANIKHET: (DISTANCE: 54Kms.TIME TAKEN APPROX 02:00Hrs.)/KAUSANI: (DISTANCE: 115Kms.TIME TAKEN APPROX 3.5 Hrs): Morning drive to Ranikhet, quietly ensconced amidst pine trees with a charming background of the snow clad Himalaya, has a breathtaking scenic beauty. Blessed with a healthy climate, its magnetic charm attracts tourists all the year round. It is a haven for bird watchers and visitors who wish to spend their holidays in solitude. Ranikhet is a place which has preserved its virginity and pristine charm. The sweep of Himalayan range visible from here is arguably the largest available from any place. It is a pure heaven 6000 feet above the sea level, away from the bustling lifestyle of city life. In Ranikhet, nature’s beauty overwhelms with its sheer abundance. Majestic snow peaks glisten in the sun. Wind whistle through the pine and towering deodar trees, rustling leaves in their trail. Pathways lead you to a panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas that spell wonderment. After drive to Kasauni. Upon arrival checkin at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Kausani will start with: Pant Museum - Not far from Kasauni bus stand is a very beautiful museum dedicated to national poet Sumitra Nandan Pant. Sumitra Nandan Pant was born in Kasauni. This building in which the museum is located was the place where he spend his childhood. His ancestral house has been converted into the museum. The museum is managed by the state archeological department. It has a good collection of the items which was used by Pantji in day to day life. These include letters, poems and manuscripts etc. Lakshmi Ashram - Just one kilometer from Anashakti Ashram is located a leading social service organisation. This organisation runs many developmental and welfare programmes for women. Sarla Ben, one of the disciples of Gandhiji, stayed here all along her life. From the Ashram are run many awakening and welfare programmes for women. Modern education and developmental activities are main features of this place. The whole Ashram itself is worth having a look. range. Eulogized by poets and philosophers, this scenic spot offers sightseeing, history and complete relaxation. Gandhiji stayed here at the Anashakti Ashram in 1929 and was inspired by the superb Himalayan panorama and the hindi poet laureate Sumitra Nandan Pant grew up here. Over night at hotel
DAY 05: IN KASAUNI :
Morning drive to Same day excursion to Pinakeshwar: This place is 20 kms from Kasauni. Set at an altitude of 9,500 ft., Pinakeshwar is a very beautiful place in the mountains. There is a Shiva temple and beyond the temple are spread deep beautiful valleys. This place is also good for trekking. The area near Pinakeshwar are also worth giving a look. After visiting Pinakeshwar drive to Baijnath Temple Complex : This temple complex is located 17 kms from Kasauni. Baijnath Temple complex has many historic ruins. The temples of Baijnath group are decorated with some intricate and delicate carvings. After visiting Baijnath drive to Bageshwar : Situated some 39 kms from Kasauni, Bageshwar is one of the important places in Kumaon hills. This place is located at a place where river Saryu and Gomti meet. This whole place is dotted with temples. There are two ponds, Suryakund and Agnikund, which are very famous. Every year in January a fair, Uttaryani, is organised here. Over night at hotel
DAY 06: KASAUNI/ALMORA: (DISTANCE: 70Kms.TIME TAKEN APPROX 02:00Hrs.): Morning drive to Almora. Upon arrival checkin at hotel. Afternoon city tour of Almora will start with: Chitai Temple: Eight kms from Almora is the Chitai Temple, dedicated to Golu Devta. An incarnation of Gaur Bhairav, he is reputed to make every wish come true, provided the worshipper ask for it with a clear conscience. All he asks for in propitiation is a bell, as was evident from the thousands of bells strung across the temple premises. Anyone can even seek Gol Devta's divine intervention by writing to him. A stack of letter ws pinned up next to his image, astride a horse. Kosi Temple (10 kms): The temple was built in the 12th century by the Katyuri dynasty. one of the earliest Sun temples in India. After drive to same day excursion to Jageshwar: The pilgrim site located in a verdant valley is 38 kms from Almora and is believed to be one of the twelve Jyotirlinga's in the country. The Swayambhu Linga named Nagesh is enshrined here. The temple complex has 124 shrines and hundreds of statues noted for exquisite craftsmanship. In Jageshwar, fairs are held during Shivaratri and in the month of 'Shravan' (July - August). The place is frequented by both religious as well as nature lover tourists. Over night at hotel
DAY 07: ALMORA/DELHI:
Morning, drive to Delhi. Upon arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day is free for personal activities. Over night at hotel
DAY 08: DELHI/OUT: (BY AIR):
Morning, transfer to Airport to board flight for onward destination.
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