Spend the first two days relaxing at one of the most scenic hill stations of Kumaon - Mukteshwar. Being at a height of 2200m above sea level it is one of the best places to feel the fresh and crisp Himalayan air, enjoy scenic vistas of the Himalayan range, sunrise and the glorious sunset. Rich in flora and fauna Mukteshwar is home to 250+ species of birds. From Mukteshwar we take you to Nainital which is the most popular lake township in the region. The whole town is surrounding the lake and is bustling with hotels, restaurants, local markets, interesting cafes, sightseeing spots and more. You can shop to your hilt, enjoy culinary delights at a wide range of eateries which our mostly concentrated around the busy mall road, try some horse riding, boating, walk up to the China Peak and Tiffins Top and there'll still be more to do. After the peaceful stay at Mukteshwar this will be quite a contrast but a welcome one for your family. For the more evolved travelers there's lots of history to dive into as this beautiful was founded by the British so you'll have lots of colonial bungalows including Jim Corbett's house, really old churches etc.. There's even a zoo and observatory if it interests you.
Mukteshwar, known as the fruit basket of Kumaon, is a sleepy little Himalayan hamlet perched atop a height of approx. 8000 Ft ASL, providing scenic views of deep wooded valleys, the Himalayan range, sunset and sunrise panoramas, dense forests great for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. You enjoy village walks, bon-fire evenings, fun adventure and outdoor activities like rock climbing, rappelling, trekking, forest / nature walks, forest and stream picnics. A centuries old Lord Shiva temple, revered by locals and worshipers from all over sits at the peak of Mukteshwar. Mukteshwar is also home to a veterinary research institute which was established by the British about 150 years ago. It’s called the I.V.R.I (Indian Veterinary Research Institute) and it is the main reason why 20-25 sq. Kms of Mukteshwar has been conserved for all these years and is rich in flora and fauna.
Weather: The winters (November-March) is very cold and it snows Minimum temperature can go to as low as - 6 DegC.
Summers (April to Mid-June) are very pleasant, offering majestic views. The temperatures during this period are comfortable with maximums settling around 28°C and minimum’s around 12°C, on an average. Monsoon season is from July to September. The place receives good amounts of rain during the period.
Closest airport: Technically Pantnagar (90 Kms / 3 Hrs) but realistically the only option is Delhi airport (390 Kms / 9 Hrs)
Railway Station: Kathgodam railway station, Haldwani railway station and Lal Kuan railway station.
Best time to visit: April – June end and October until mid-November. Beyond mid November until March it becomes very cold.
Generally spoken language: Hindi and Kumaoni and basic English is understood and spoken by the hospitality professionals.
Altitude: 2200 Mtrs ASL approx..
A beautiful but densely populated lake township. The hill town is surrounding the Naini Lake. Nainital has a varied topography. Guests can enjoy shopping, boat rides, horse riding, visit to view points, the local zoo, the observatory etc. The town was founded by the British so there’s a lot of history which one can probe into by visiting some old colonial bungalows including Jim Corbett’s House, Old Churches etc. There are several restaurants and cafes at Nainital and one can really enjoy from the myriad culinary experiences available.
Weather: The winters (November-March) is quite cold and Minimum temperature can go to as low as 2 DegC. Summers (April to Mid-June) swings from pleasant to warm. The temperatures during this period are a maximum 32°C and minimum’s around 14°C, on an average. Monsoon season is from July to September. Nainital, like other hill stations of Kumaon receives good amounts of rain during the period.
Closest airport: Technically Pantnagar (70 Kms / 2.5 Hrs) but realistically the only option is Delhi airport (300 Kms / 6.5 Hrs)
Railway Station: Kathgodam railway station, Haldwani railway station and Lal Kuan railway station (in order of preference). (1-2 Hrs / 35-60Kms)
Best time to visit: April – June end and October - March
Generally spoken language: Hindi, Kumaoni and basic English as it's a touristy town.
Altitude: 1940 Mtrs. ASL approx.