Top 10 Hill Stations in Kumaon Region

Hill stations in Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand are known for its natural beauty and salubrious climate. Apart from the well-known tourist spots, there are plenty of other lesser known hill stations in Kumaon that are waiting to be discovered by the adventurers and tourists alike.

Following is the list of top 10 and best hill stations of Kumaon Region

1. Nainital

 Sagar Balmiki : A beautiful colorful view of Naini lake, Nainital

Nainital is the crown jewel of tourism in Uttarakhand and attracts thousands of tourists every year. Located 286 kms from Delhi, Nainital is a perfect weekend getaway to get away from the hustle-bustle of city life and spend some quality time. The nearby places like Bhimtal, Khurpatal, and Naukuchiatal are popular excursions from Nainital. The majestic Naini Lake is the centerpiece of Nainital and boating is one the most popular activity among tourists.

2. Kausani

 HimaÅ‹shu Rawat (Facebook): Mesmerizing view of snow capped Himalayan peaks from Kausani.

Nicknamed ‘Switzerland of India’ by Mahatma Gandhi, Kausani is a paradise amidst the mighty Himalayas that look upon this picturesque hill station. Situated in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, Kausani provides a stunning panoramic view of the magnificent peaks like Trisul, Panchchuli and the mighty Nanda Devi. The lush greenery that envelops Kausani makes it a perfect place to explore with family and friends.

3. Binsar

 Arvindmax10 : Adorable view of mighty Himalayas from Binsar

Binsar - A Bird Watcher’s Paradise, The sleepy region of Binsar is one of the scenic places of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Perched at an elevation of 2420 meters, Binsar is known for offering spell-binding views of the majestic Himalayan peaks such as Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Panchachuli, and Kedarnath. The main attraction of Binsar is the 300 kms of a majestic and panoramic view of Himalayan peaks from Zero point.

4. Ranikhet

 Parth Joshi/ Flickr: Himalayan range as seen from Ranikhet

Aptly nicknamed ‘Queen of Meadows’ Ranikhet is a magnificent hill station nestled in the Almora district of Uttarakhand located at a height of 1,800 meters above sea level. Enveloped with lush green forests, pine trees, and vivid flora, Ranikhet is a spectacular home away from home where you can unwind and lose yourself in the cozy lap of nature. 

5. Mukteshwar

 Photo by x`x(facebook): View of Mukteshwar town after heavy snowfall(during winters)

Tucked away at an elevation of 2,285 meters above sea level, Mukteshwar is a scenic hill station in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It provides a panoramic view of the imposing Himalayan range with majestic Nanda Devi clearly visible from the vantage of Mukteshwar. It is also popular for adventure activities like rock climbing, rappelling, and paragliding.

6. Almora

 Himanshu Shekhar: Snow clad view of Almighty Himalayas as seen from Almora..

Located at a height of 1,638 meters, Almora is a popular hill station in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The salubrious weather and lush greenery of Almora attract tourists from far and wide as it did Swami Vivekananda who visited Almora thrice in his lifetime. The lush greenery that envelops Almora makes it a perfect place to explore with family and friends.      

7. Bhimtal

 Khetan singh/facebook: View of Bhimtal lake with beautiful colourful boats.

Bhimtal is a lake city named after Bhima, the charismatic mythological character of Mahabharata. Revered for its aesthetic beauty, Bhimtal proudly sits at an altitude of 1,370 meters above sea level. This lake city is gaining popularity with each day as it is located in the vicinity of Nainital and features some of the stately hotels that are comparatively cheaper than that of Nainital.

8. Ramgarh

Views of Ramgarh

Ramgarh is emerging as a popular destination of Uttarakhand state as it is one of the hidden jewels of the Kumaon region. Ramgarh is earning good name by word of mouth from the tourists who visit this heavenly hamlet. Ramgarh is also known as the 'Fruit Bowl of Kumaon' as it houses verdant orchards of apples, apricots, peach, and pears.

9. Munsiyari

 Alpha : Nanda Devi temple offers one of the best views of Pancachuli peaks in Munsiyari. One should not miss the views from Nanda Devi temple.

Munsiyari is a small hill station situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand which is since become a popular trekking base camp. Treks to Milam Glacier, Namik Glacier, and Ralam Glacier commences at Munsiyari. It is known for its untouched and pristine natural beauty which is surrounded by snow-covered Himalayan peaks. One can also explore the beautiful village and learn about their customs and culture.

10. Abbott Mount

Abbott Mount is an unsung and untouched hill station which has managed to retain its natural charm and splendor for over a century. Obscurely located amidst the Kumaon hills, Abbott Mount offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks of Nanda Ghunti, Trisul, and Nanda Devi. If you are a bird lover, Abbott Mount is the go-to place with over 200 species of birds, both resident and migratory.  

Other Hill Stations in Kumaon which are getting popular

Chaukori

The kaleidoscopic hill station of Chaukori is one such place where the dreamers can turn their imaginations into reality. Besieged by the imperial Himalayas and the thick woodlands, Chaukori offers a spectacular view of the gorgeous Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, and the Panchachuli peaks. This dreamy village is tucked at an elevation of 2,010 meters above sea level.

Lohaghat

Situated at a height of 1,754 meters, Lohaghat is located amidst towering pine and oak forests with abundant natural beauty wherever one looks. This quaint and secluded hill station is one of the hidden jewels of Uttarakhand. It is an ideal place to indulge in nature walks on forest trails that take some through lush greenery.  

Berinag

Perched at an elevation of 1800 meters, Berinag is a small and secluded hill station, which has missed the eyes of tourists for decades. Some of the most amazing Himalayan views can be witnessed from Berinag as peaks such as Nanda Devi, Trishul and Panchchuli are visible from Berinag on a clear sunny day. Berinag is also known for snake temples that are scattered all over the region.

Jeolikot

Jeolikot is a hushed hill station located just 17 kms from Nainital. With over 200 aviary species, Jeolikot is a paradise for the bird watchers. Jeolikot is more of a retreat destination where tourists come to relax and unwind in the calm and soothing lap of Mother Nature. Situated 277 km from Delhi, Jeolikot is a perfect weekend getaway destination. 

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