15 enigmatic places to visit in Uttarakhand

15 enigmatic places to visit in Uttarakhand
Photo Credit: Rupin Dang

From the picturesque mountain village of Osla, wildlife, the ancient caves of Patal Bhubaneshwar to the beautiful meadows of Ali Bugyal, Uttarakhand is a nature-lover's treasure trove

Our Team
September 16 , 2015
10 Min Read

1. Sat Tal, as the name suggests, is a group of several once interconnected lakes set against a backdrop of oak and pine. For swimming, the pick of the bunch is Garur Tal (aka ‘Panna Tal’, pic), which is shielded from the road and dhabas that blight the other lakes. Nearby Naukuchiyatal is another fine spot for a dip. Particularly if you’re at the lakefront Lake Resort (05942-247183) or the Déjà Vu bungalow (247316).  It is 6hrs from Delhi via Rampur.

14. Of all the forest rest houses scattered along the trails and mountain paths of Uttaranchal, the forest rest house at Binsar is probably the best known. For good reason: it’s located in the middle of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, in the middle of oak and deodar forests, and it offers breathtaking views of the a range of Himalayan peaks, including the Nanda Devi. Like most other forest resthouses, the one at Binsar is old—so old that the forest department doesn’t even know when it was built. And it’s got everything that nostalgia would require—damp plaster, musty carpets, layers of dust, and Ganga Singh to dust it off. There’s tons of wildlife around—at least 166 bird species, and even a solitary leopard. Make sure to trek up to Jhandi Dhar (Zero Point), the highest point in Binsar for the best views. The FRH can be booked from Almora (05962-30065) or from Ramnagar (05947-251489, 251376). For a tour of some of the lovely but lesser known forest rest houses, contact Minakshi Pandey and Ritish Suri of Camp Forktail Creek (05947-287804, www.campforktailcreek.com).  

15. There’s a pot of jam at the end of this rainbow. From Mussoorie, endure the tortuous climb up to the cantonment of Landour. When you think you’ve gotten away from it all, you will arrive at the tiniest market in all India--the Sisters’ Bazaar. The shop which Sobha Ram Prakash set up here in the early 1900s is a bit of hill legend now. Come to Prakash Stores for some fine, locally produced, cheddar and the occasional gouda. They sell peanut butter and jams (gooseberry, apricot and plum) besides. Correctly called A. Prakash & Co, the store may be contacted at 0135-2632544.

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