Charles A. Sherring, a British anthropologist once wrote this about Uttarakhand – “In those lovely valleys there is still the romance and poetry of life: each tree has its god, each bush its spirit”
And it’s true!
Uttarakhand always leaves me stranded for words surrounding me in its high-rising Himalayas, the tree-covered hillsides and enchanting lakes. It is a dramatic land covered with holy peaks, lakes and rivers which makes it one of the finest getaways for a pleasant holiday retreat from our hectic city routines.
On a cold foggy January morning this year, I along with my blogger friends set off from Delhi for Naukuchitaal – A hidden gem in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Literally meaning ‘lake of nine corners‘ this breath-taking lake is adorned with lush, verdant trees. According to popular folklore, the glance of all the nine corners in one go would obtain one with paradise.
HOW TO GET THERE
Located in the Nainital district, this picturesque location can be easily reached by road or rail. Being around 250 kms away from Delhi, a self-drive vehicle was our most convenient option. The nearest station is Kathgodam from where there are plenty of private taxis and buses. The interstate bus service from Delhi to Naukuchiatal is also a preferred option by solo travellers and backpackers.
We were warmly welcomed by the owner of Lake Pleasant Cottages & Resort and his friendly dog. Over the next few days, we explored the peaceful environs and gorged on delicious Kumaoni cuisine. Trips to the mountains are best celebrated with some friends, music and bonfire! The warmth and fun of sitting around a fire, while conversations flow is what made the nights memorable.
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THINGS TO DO
Naukuchitaal will surely win the hearts of nature lovers. Imagine yourself sailing in a colourful boat in the midst of thick green forests of Uttarakhand. Sounds tempting right? This quaint town also offers a significant number of adventurous activities like rowing and paragliding.
Located at an elevation of 1220 m, this enthralling lake is an offbeat destination surrounded by some exotic varieties of birds and wildlife where one can unwind and watch the sun draping the mountains with its shine all day.
Take a hike in the surrounding forests if your heart craves for some adventure. Tap the wanderer within you and discover delightful little paths around the lake and along the woods. Try relaxing in a hammock while you immerse yourself in the pages of your favourite book gazing at the stunning scenic vistas before you.
OTHER PLACES OF INTEREST
Hanuman Temple, also known as the Vaishno Devi Mandir, next to the sacred Bhimtal stands as the symbol of devotion and faith of this small town. Featuring a 52 ft high statue of Lord Hanuman, this temple is located amidst mountain valleys with thick green oak trees.
Located at a very short distance from Naukuchiataal is Bhimtal Lake, named after Bhim from the Indian epic of Mahabharata. Being one of the largest lakes in Uttarakhand, Bhimtal is widely known for its rich aquatic life and rare species of trans-Himalayan birds. The ideal backdrop for a boating experience and stealing some peaceful time away from the hustle bustle of life.
NOW LET’S TALK ACCOMMODATION
Located on a mountainside, surrounded by pine trees and overlooking the sparkling waters of the beautiful Naukuchitaal lake is Lake Pleasant Cottage & Resort, a beautifully designed cottage and resot near Nainital. Sprawling across the reverberating natural beauty this property has well kept, fully equipped with modern amenities cottages that offer an unobtrusive view of the outdoors. So just sit back, relax and enjoy the misty mountains and lush greenery around you.
The owner and staff go that extra mile to provide you with an unforgettable holiday experience. During our stay, they lured our taste buds with some sumptuous food served at their multi-cuisine cafe. They offer a plethora of activities such as Nature Walk, Bird watching, Village Sight-Seeing, Paragliding, Boating, Camping and Bonfire on request. A perfect location for all – families, friends, couples and solo travellers.