Top 10 Offbeat Destinations in Uttarakhand



Pangot is one of the beautiful hamlet in the state of Uttarakhand, which lies just 15 km away from the city of Lake Nainital. It is situated at an elevation of 6300 ft above the sea level and surrounded by the deep forest of pine, oak, cedar and rhododendron. You can reach their passes through the deep forest area of China Peak Rang via Snow View Point and Kilbury.

Pangot is a well known birding spot in Uttarakhand. There you can find the verity of 580 bird species including: Himalayan Griffon, Lammergeier, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, Blue-winged Minla, Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Khalij Pheasant and Rufous-bellied Niltava. There is you can also experience the variety of flora & fauna including: Leopards, Himalayan Martens, Yellow-Throated, Ghorals, Barking Deer, Sambhar and Himalayan Palm Civets.

2. Binsar


Binsar is the Royal Summer Capital of the erstwhile and the trekker’s paradise. It is a picturesque, sleepy hamlet, one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas. It is perched at an elevation of 2,412 meters, 95 km from Nainita. Binsar offers you a majestic view of the snow covered Himalayan peaks, the mesmerizing range Chaukhamba, Shivling, Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. From there, on a sunny day, you can have a glimpse of the holiest shrines in the Himalaya Kedarnath, Badrinath and Gangotri.

Binsar is a fascinating spot, encircled by a vast wildlife sanctuary Nanda Devi, a home too many rare animals, birds and wild flowers. Accommodation facility will be available at Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Jungle Resort.

3. Dhanaulti


Nestled at an elevation of 2286 meters above sea level, Dhanaulti is a charming hill station Mussoorie. It is located 24km far from Mussoorie and 29 km from Chamba. Surrounded by a deep verdant alpine, oak and rhododendron forest its offers you a panoramic view of imposing Himalayan range. Dhanaulti is popular as very pleasant destination for weekend gateway from Delhi. Dhanaulti is also popular because of its nearby tourist spots like Mussoorie, Tehri, Kanatal and Chamba.

4. Chopta


Perched at an altitude of 2680 meters above from sea level Chopta is a very beautiful place of meadows and verdant forest, which is lies at a distance of 1.5 kilometres from Tungnath. Laying in the lap of imposing Himalaya its offers an amazing view of misty Mountain including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. Chopta is a rich in a variety of flora & fauna and surrounded by dense forest of pine, deodar and rhododendron.

Chopta is a paradise for trekkers. There are so many trek and trail by crossing Jungle & Grasslands. Chopta is also becoming popular for bird watching. The destination is a must visit for nature lovers and those who are passionate for trekking.

5. Sattal


Sattal is perched at an elevation of 1370 meters above from sea level. It is inter connected bunch of seven fresh water lakes of Nanital District in Uttarakhand. Theses seven lakes are paradise for migratory birds. Lies among deep forest of oak and pine trees, Sattal is one of the best unspoiled and unpolluted freshwater biomes in India. It is home to a few camps, which is operated mostly by local people catering to tourists who looking for outdoor vacations. This is an ideal place for bird’s lover and photography fantasizes.

6. Mukteshwar


Mukteshwar is a sleeping hamlet atop a high ridge soaring 2312 meters into the sky, is a place of unrivalled by its beauty. Set midst at the conifer forests and orchards, Mukteshwar offers the most enchanting view of the Himalayas and its snow bound Summit.

Away from the popular hill station environ, Mukteshwar is a pure magic. Abundant with apple, plum, peach and apricot orchards place is a hidden beauty, mostly unexplored. Among the major peaks visible from here are Nanda Devi, Nanda kot, Nandaghunti, Trishul and Panchchuli. The most enchanting thing about this place is its serenity and tranquillity. The immenseness of nature in the background of a boundless sky and mighty Himalayas provides. An air, that’s oozing out the elixir of life.

7. Chaukori


Chaukori is a dream destination, surrounded by the imposing Himalayan peaks and dense forests. At a height of 2,010 meters, above to the sea level and 173 km far from Nainital, Chaukori is not just another hill station, but it’s for the very few, who want to stay there, in the majestic vicinity of the Himalayas for an unbound view of the Nanda Devi and Panchchuli peaks.

Chaukori is one of the awesome places in Kumaon, where you will find tea gardens. As the name suggests, it’s like a bowl, cupped with the Himalayan heartland. One of the most magnificent aspects of holidaying in Chaukori is the fabulous sunrise and sunset point, which you are treated to. The night sky is studded with a million stars that simply take your breath away. The exotic mini town of Chaukori is unlike any other hill station you have seen. This is a somnolent, peaceful thorp, untouched by development, free from the clutches of tourism.

8. Munsiyari

munsiyari-flora & fauna

Situated in the District of Uttarakhand, Munsiyari is the easternmost hill in India, bordering Tibet, which is known by the name of Little Kashmir. The region is a Heaven for the nature lovers and the adventurous souls. One can have the breathtaking views of the Majestic Himalayan peaks. Munsiyari is the base for the trekkers to Milam, Namik, Ralam Glaciers and Nanda Devi peaks. It is a fast developing centre for skiing and other winter sports. Munsiyari is at the base of the high Himalayan mountain range, and it is also a starting point of various treks. Glacier enthusiasts, high altitude trekkers and nature enthusiastic commonly use it as their hub or base camp. It is a fast growing tourist destination.

9. Champawat


Champawat is a District of Uttarakhand state and situated at the northern part of India. The tow is a most popular tourist destination in India and was also the Capital of Chand rulers. Champawat has a wide range of popular flora & fauna. The district is covered by the popular trees of Teak, Babool, Eukalyptus, Sagon, Bail and Jamun. The large number of mineral is also available in this hilly area. Champawat is a beautiful town with picturesque landscape and terrace field.

There are also so many popular pilgrims to visit. The main attraction of this town is Baleshwar temple that you must visit during your Champawat trip. The temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and the entire temple is made by stone.

10. Lansdown


Lansdown is a quaint small town of unspoilt beauty and it is situated at an elevation of 1780 mtrs above sea level, south of Pauri en-route Kotdwara and surrounded by thick oak and blue pine forest, with great mountain views. It is a very charming place for a calm holiday as it is untamed of the usual hustle and bustle of other hill station.

Lansdown was originally a well known hill station within the Britishers. Attracted by its salubrious climate and natural beauty, they established a cantonment here. It was institutionalized by the, then Viceroy Lord Lansdowne in 1887, thus the place has been declared as the name of Lansdown.  This is a major place of the activities of freedom fighters from British Garhwal . Nowadays, there is a command office of the famous Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army.


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