Garhwal and Kumaon regions, collectively known as Uttarkhand, are one the
most venerated pilgrimage destinations of India. The awe-inspiring beauty of
the Central Himalayan range and solitude of the mountain and forest retreats
have inspired countless generations to seek spiritual inspiration. It also
offers snow-capped mountains, the famous Valley of Flowers, alpine meadows
that are breathtaking.
The Garhwal Himalayas seems to embody a mystical truth beyond the common
precepts of man, a quality that has attracted sages and pilgrims alike for
countless centuries. The peaks of Garhwal have not only aroused a sense of
awe and eternity but also
inspired great poetry. In Garhwal, great peaks like Kamet, Trishul and Nanda
Devi rise majestically, separated by some of the mightiest rivers of
northern India. The crowning glory of Garhwal is the beautiful Nanda Devi,
whose twin summits tower over 26,600 ft above sea level. It is these
awe-inspiring peaks, the mighty rivers, the beautiful valleys and meadows,
and the legends and stories associated with all of the above that make
Garhwal so special.
Major Trekking Routes of
Garhwal and Kumaon Regions
Nainital is a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace, blessed with scenic
natural splendor and varied natural resources . Dotted with lakes , Nainital
has earned the epithet of 'Lake District' of India . The most prominent of
the lakes is Naini lake ringed by hills . Nainital has a varied topography
best suited for trekkers . Nainital's unending expense of scenic beauty is
nothing short of a romance with awe-inspiring and pristine Mother nature.
The hill station, idyllic in its charm, Ranikhet with its majestic pine
trees, is 59.5 kilometres from Nainital. Discovered and built entirely by
the British in 1869.Here amidst the rustling and encircled by dazzling white
peaks, glistening in the sun, once camped a beauteous Queen of legend and
lore, giving the town its name-Rani (Queen)-Khet (Field) falling in
love-with the beauty of the place, she decided to stay and built a palace
near what is now the Ranikhet Club.
European tourists, over the centuries have, enthused ecstatically over its
valley, meadows, cliffs, hills, snow-capped mountains, serpentine rivers and
crystal clear rivulets here and there displaying the rainbow.
Sojourning in the beautiful Almora region of Uttaranchal with its majestic,
snow clad mountains, lakes and rich plethora of flora and fauna, not only
enables one to constantly think about the Himalayas but to behold their
pristine magnificence time and again. The town of Almora is situated over a
horse saddle shaped ridge of a mountain. The eastern portion of the ridge is
known as Talifat and the western one is known as Selifat.
Pithoragarh traditionally held to be the chosen abode of the divine
deities, cascading waterfalls, the splendid glaciers, natural reservoirs
enclosed by fantastic variety of vegetation, serene lakes and noisy
flamboyant rivers are all a part of the rugged charm that the district
possesses to such a stupendous degree.
Once the bastion of the Chand rulers, Pithoragarh town is littered with
temples and forts belonging to that era. The town is set in a valley
popularly known as Soar and lies in the centre of four hills Chandak, Dhwaj,
Kumdar and Thal Kedar, and stretches in the southern flank to Jhulaghat
demarcated by the Kali river adjoining the barren peaks of Nepal Hills
Located 53 Km North of Almora at a height of 1890 mt (6075 ft) above sea
level is Kausani whichis also known as Switzerland of India. It is thickly
forested, and separated from the soaring Nanda Devi ranges by low mountains.
Kausani offers excellent views of the Trishul, Nanda Devi and Pancha Chulli.
Frozen in time, this backdrop makes Kausani the perfect place for a holiday
and trekking along the neighboring ranges of Kausani.