Uttarakhand is one of the northern states of India. This name is combined with the words Uttara + Khand, which refer “Uttara” to the north and “Khand” to region in Hindi & Sanskrit language. It was declared the 27th state of the Republic of India after the separation from Uttar Pradesh in 2000. Earlier it was known as Uttaranchal from 2000 to 2006. But in 2007 keeping in mind the feelings of the local people, the official name of the state was changed to Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand is a border state which is connected with other states and also with other countries. It is bordering to Nepal in the east, Tibbat in North, Himachal Pradesh in the west, and connects with Uttar Pradesh in the south.
Gairsain - Summer Capital Uttarakhand
Dehradun was the temporary Uttarakhand capital since separation. But in March 2020, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat has announced that Gairsain will be its summer capital. And now infrastructure development work is going in full swing in Gairsain in Chamoli district.
Holy Places to Visit in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand is also called “Dev Bhoomi” because of its holiest shrines. These are Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath also called Chhota Char Dham, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Hemkund Sahib, Bageshwar, Tungnath Mahadev, Baba Neem Karoli in Kainchi Dham, and many more religious places in Uttarakhand.
Tourist places to visit in Uttarakhand
Along with holy places, Uttarakhand state is famous for its tourist destinations among the wanderers. There are many places to visit due to the facility of easy transportation, hotels, restaurants, pleasant environment. Few of them are Ranikhet, Nainital Uttarakhand, Jim Corbett National Park, Chopta, Valley of Flowers, Auli, Mussoorie, Lansdowne, Almora Uttarakhand and many more.
Unexplored Tourist Places in Uttarakhand
But even though there are many unexplored tourist places in Uttarakhand. These tourist destinations are offbeat places in Uttarakhand which are less known among travelers. For a peaceful weekend gateway you can move there. From the treasures of Uttarakhand few hidden gems are below.
Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave
“He who wants to feel the presence of eternal power should come to the sacred Bhuvneshwar situated near the confluence of Ramganga, Sarayu, and Gupt-Ganga.” -Manaskhanda, Skandapuran, whose 800 verses refer to Patal Bhuvaneshwar.
Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a very sacred and ancient cave dedicated to Lord Shiva and thirty-three Koti (33 types) demigods. It is located in northern India in the Pithoragarh district of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Going to this cave is an adventurous and thrilling unforgettable experience. This cave located in the village name Bhuvaneshwar.
“This awesome cave is believed to be as old as the earth itself” This is inscribed outside the temple of this cave. So this cave represents its age. This cave is a narrow tunnel that is 90 feet deep from the point of entrance.
Patal Bhuvenswar is just not a single cave, it is a series of caves inside the cave and it is made by flowing of water to deep inside.
How to reach Patal Bhuvneshwar
Patal cave is half a kilometer away from the motorable road. Pilgrims have to walk a few steps to reach the entrance of the cave and then 100 steps to cover 90feet deep distance to reach the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. After reaching there you will feel that you have reached the center of the earth.
There are many more tourist places near Patal Bhuvneshwar are Jhaltola, Gangollhat, Berinag, Khantoli, Dudila, Chaukroi, and many more tourist destination to visit.
Note: Pls avoid monsoon season to visit there as there may be slippery roads and landslides in mountains region.
Munsiyari is an easternmost hill station in Pithoragarh bordering with Tibet. Because of its beauty, it is known as “Little Kashmir”. This is the base camp for many high altitude trekkers, Glacier enthusiasts, nature lovers, and adventurous peoples who start their camping & trekking to many Himalayas treks like Nanda Devi Peak, Milam Glacier, Bilju, Martoli, Philam, Khalia Top, etc.
Panchachuli, Nanda Kot, Rajrambha peak can be seen from there. It is one of the breathtaking views of the great Himalayan mountain range.
How to reach Munsiyari
Munsiyari is well connected with road and can be reach by own vehicle or public transport from major cities. Nearest railway station in Kathgodam and Airport in Pantnager. It is 130km far from Pithoragarh and approx 200km from Almora.
Mukteshwar is a small hill station in Nainital District. It is 50km far from Nainital. This place is known by the name of Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple. To reach this temple one has to climb about 100 stairs. Brahma, Vishnu, Parvati, Hanuman, and Nandi gods are also seated here along with Lord Shiva.
The elevation of the Mukteshwar Temple is about 2312 meters above sea level. And it is around 350yrs old temple of Lord Shiva.
Mukteshwar is a quiet and calm place to spend a weekend gateway. And if you are trekking enthusiasts, then 5 km trekking Sitla village from Mukteshwar is the perfect place where birdwatching can be enjoyed along with trekking.
Nainital, Dhanachuli, Bhimtal, Almora, Suyalbari, Satkhol, etc are nearby tourist destinations to visit.
How to reach Mukteshwar
Mukteshwar is 350 km far from Delhi. It took approx 8hrs to reach there from Delhi. Prefer route should be from Delhi – Muradabad – Haldwani – Kathgodam – Bhimtal – Matiyal – Bhateliya – Mukteshwar.
Darma Trekking Valley
Darma is the lesser-known valley of remote villages in Uttarakhand. It is amid between two other valleys that are Lassar Yangti Valley in West and Kuthi Yangti Valley in the east. This valley is also known as Darma Ganga Valley. From there you can see breathtaking views of the Panchachuli peaks. You can see and listen chirping of Himalayan birds.
Panchachuli peak and Darma valley follow the same trek route from Dharchula. The only difference is you have to go deep to reach the valley. This is less populated place and rich biodiversity including orchids flowers. During trekking, you can explore the lifestyle of the village’s peoples, engage with them, can stay at their homestays, and make your journey memorable.
The best time to visit Darma Valley is summer or post-monsoon. Because during the monsoon route become slippery and trekking is not advisable. During summer weather is very pleasant as compared to plain areas and post-monsoon there are fresh winds and clean and shiny views of lush greenery of mountain peaks. And during winter, trek closed due to heavy snow covered it.
How to Reach Darma Valley
The nearest town to Darma Valley in Dharchula. It is connected by public transport. From Dharchula you have to hire Pvt taxi till Sobla or Dar (till wherever is available). From Sobla to Dar is approx 5km trek if taxi not available till Dar. From Dar proper trekking starts towards Panchachuli base camp through given route.
Delhi – Kathgodam – Almora – Dharchula – Sobla – Dar – Baling – Duktu & Dantu – Panchachuli Base Camp
P. Barron on his visit had said, “Why go to Kashmir if there is heaven in the world, so it’s in Lohaghat”.
Lohaghat is a quiet hill station almost adjacent to Nepal, it is in Champawat district on the bank of river Lohawati in Uttarakhand. This place is blessed by the God for its immaculate climate, lush greenery, sky-high pine, and oak forests. Because of far most location it is one of the least explored Himalayan retreats.
Lohaghat boasts mythology and historical mystery inside. There are numerous temples and each of them related to our mythological history. Pilgrims & devotees from all over come here for visiting Advaita Ashram which is also called the Mayawati Ashram.
There are many other tourist spots nearby Lohaghat are Shyamla Taal, Devidhura, Gurudwara Ritha Sahib, Abbot Mount Church, Pancheshwar Mahadev, Banasur fort (Vanasur-Ka-Kila), Galchaura, Suin(Pawa), Forti village, Kalakot village, and Maa Bhagwati temple.
How to reach Lohaghat
Delhi – Moradabad – Rudrapur – Sitarganj – Khatima – Tanakpur – Champawat – Lohaghat
Chaukori is a lesser-known hill station in Berinag tehsil of Pithoragarh district. It provides a spectacular view of Panchachuli Peak, Nanda Devi, Nand Kot peaks, Chaukhamba, and Trishul peaks. When rays of sun fall on the peaks of these mountains then imaginations come into the reality of many dreamers.
Chaukori is a beautiful place covered with a dense forest of oaks, pines, and multiple flowers. This place attracts tourists and as well as devotees too. There are many temples and some of them are Kapileshwar Mahadev Cave, Arjuneshwar Shiva Temple, Pinglenag, Harinag, Bashukinag, Kalinag, and Dhaulinag.
This place spreading the aroma of fresh tea leaves. As many tea gardens are there. That was established by Britisher’s before independence. Breathing fresh and cool air, chirping of birds, and the view of sun rays on the peaks of Himalaya force us to forget our daily hustle bustle life and energized the visitors.
Chaukori is hidden gems of nature which is unexplored tourist places in Uttarakhand due to less tourist engagement. So, whoever wants to lay in the lap of nature, want to capture the scenic view of Himalayan peaks, and want to stay for few days with local villagers then he/she must come to make their memories unforgettable.
Tourist places near Chaukori are Gangolihat, Askot Sanctuary, Narayan Ashram, Pindari Glacier, Patal Bhuvneshwar, Bageshwar, Kausani, Binsar, Dana, Munsiyari and many more places which attract tourist to this heaven.
How to reach Chaukori
The nearest airport is in Pantnagar and Railway station is in Kathgodam from there you can reach by bus or Pvt taxi. And Chaukori is well connected by road to the major cities of Uttarakhand.
Peora - An Unexplored Destination of Uttarakhand
In the lap of the Himalayan region, Peora is a less known and beautiful village in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand located between Almora and Nainital. Exploring the natural beauty of Peora is an ideal place for tourism as this is the untouched place from modernity.
If you are Nature lover, bird-lover and photographers then this place Won’t let you down. One can feel the 360-degree scenic view of a wide range of mountains and capture these lifetime memorable moments that will rejuvenate you from your daily hectic busy life.
Peora is a small village in the Kumaon region so there is not much market. So it is advisable to carry the necessary things with you while exploring this place.
Peora is surrounded by dense pine forests and you can spend quality time with the chirping of birds, fresh breeze, and can enjoy lush green fascinating mountain views. Peora is an ideal place for tourism all over the year to visit here to escape from city busy life and crowds of other famous hill stations.
This village is on the way between Nainital and Almora so, there are lots of other tourist destinations to visit. Few of them are Mukteshwar, Dhanachuli, Bhowali Range, Bhimtal, Ramgarh.
How to reach Peora Uttarakhand
Peora village of Nainital district can be reached easily as it is well connected by a motorable road. And services of Pvt taxi and public transport are also available that are connected with major cities.
These are few offbeat Places In Uttarakhand that are less known or less crowded as compare to other famous hill station. Which we try to cover and share here.
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