Ramgarh could have been known as a culture capital rather than a hotbed of horticulture had Rabindranath Tagore stuck to his original plan of setting up a centre of learning here. It is now known as the fruit bowl of Kumaon.

THINGS TO SEE AND DO

Ramgarh itself is a small village in two parts, Malla (upper) and Talla (lower) Ramgarh, with a road running all through and beyond into the hills. The town is known for its old Shiva Temple. At Tagore Point (8,500ft), you’ll find the ruins of Rabindranath Tagore’s house. Not far from it is the summer home of late poet Mahadevi Verma, which now houses a museum.

Tribhuwan Tiwari
A plum orchard with the Himalayan foothills in the backdrop
A plum orchard with the Himalayan foothills in the backdrop

WHERE TO STAY AND EAT

Among the nicest of the private villas is Soulitude in the Himalaya (Cell: 09999330379; Tariff: ₹6,000–12,000), a beautiful property in Gagar. Meals are made from fresh herbs and organic vegetables. The Neemrana group offers six lovely cottages at The Ramgarh Bungalows (Tel: 05942-281156/ 37, Cell: 09411108156; Tariff: ₹3,750–8,000).