Almost everyone has thought about what travel would look like in the post-pandemic world. People are already seeking quality over quantity in journeys, which is why we are all set to witness a surge in domestic and local trips, particularly weekend trips. With the opening up of the city of Uttarakhand among other domestic tourist destinations, here are some of the 10 Places in Uttarakhand to visit for your next weekend trip.
Being one of the most pristine destinations in Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is a cantonment town that was established during the British regime. This town is blessed with ample scenic beauty and pleasant weather all year long. Moreover, it gives you a lot to enjoy and experience, especially if you are going on a weekend trip. Enjoy the lush oak and pine trees overlooking forested hills amid quaint landscapes where you can explore trekking, bird watching, camping, and nature walks, etc.
Nestled in the lap of Kumaon hills at an elevation of 1870 meters amid the Deodar forest, the holy town of Jageshwar is situated near the sacred Jata Ganga river in Dev Bhoomi. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This offbeat destination offers a divinely blessed holiday. Make sure to visit the Mrityunjaya Temple or plan a weekend escape to attend the Jageshwar Monsoon Festival, held from 15 July to 15 August.
Binsar is a charming and unexplored destination that offers offbeat holidays in Uttarakhand. Situated beside a wildlife sanctuary, the town is blessed with natural beauty and magnificent views of the Nanda Devi hills, Nanda Kot, Kedarnath, and Chaukhamba. Visit Binsar to spend a lazy weekend amid nature and escape the daily grind.
4. Abbott Mount
Abbott Mount is a beautiful abode that offers spectacular views of the snow-capped Himalayan cliffs in their full glory. Named after an English man who made his retreat here in the early 20th century, Abbott Mount has managed to sustain its charm and ambiance over several decades. Visit the hill station for its scenery, the escape that it offers for city-goers and the picturesque weekend getaway where you can enjoy trekking, fishing, picnics, photography, and bird watching.
Lohaghat is a town that is steeped in history and a destination that holds immense mythological and historical relevance. With the verdant landscape of the lush forests of deodar, the town is a pleasant getaway and perfect for a weekend trip. With great weather and a ton of things to explore like Mayawati/Advait Ashram, Banasur ka Qila, Devidhura temples, and Pancheswar temple, the place is perfect for a weekend holiday.
Naukuchiatal is a lake town in Uttarakhand that is a beautiful offbeat weekend getaway. The nine cornered lake stretches through a kilometer and boasts of offering the much-needed quietude and tranquillity amidst the lap of nature, something that busy professionals crave throughout the week. The natural marvel of Kumaon is inhabited by beautiful butterflies and birds. Experience the joys of boating in the lake, paragliding, angling, fishing, and other adventure activities.
A dreamy town, Chaukori is a hilly destination among the lofty peaks of the gleaming snowy Himalayas. One of the few places in the North where you will find tea gardens, Chaukori offers breathtaking views of the Nanda Devi and Panchachuli peaks. Visit the Mahakali temple, or explore the fruit orchards, enjoy a peaceful break from the city life and relish a weekend holiday.
Mahatma Gandhi once called Kausani the “Switzerland of India”! Famous for its scenic splendor, Kausani is perfect for people who wish to spend an idyllic vacation relaxing amidst the hills away from the noise of the cities. Offering panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks like Trishul Nanda Devi and the mighty Panchachuli peaks, the place is truly ethereal. Visit the quaint temples and enjoy a blissful weekend.
Known for its alluring beauty, panoramic views, and cultural heritage, Almora is one of the offbeat destinations in Uttarakhand that is best for visiting over a long weekend trip. Resembling the shape of a horseshoe, Almora is considered to be the cultural hub of Kumaon. It has managed to successfully preserve the legacy of the mountain natives, handicrafts, and delicious food. Make sure you shop for handicraft products, enjoy the natural setting, or go for long walks or trekking, etc.
Relatively unknown as compared to other towns, Landour in Uttarakhand is a small cantonment town and the epitome of the charm of mountains in Uttarakhand. Explore the colonial architecture and churches of that era or go exploring the trekking routes across stunning pathways. Gaze into the exquisite sunsets and pay a visit to the endearing author Ruskin Bond while you’re here!
So, what are you waiting for? This list is enough for you to get inspired and begin your journey before the mad rush of tourists forces you to get back indoors! For more information, visit us at HI Tours and get to know about the various tour packages that we offer.