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5 DAY TRIP FROM DELHI | NAINITAL - ALMORA - RANIKHET

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This trip demands considerable trekking / walking

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Delhi City

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 5 Days

Ideal Start Time: 5 AM:9 AM:8 AM:8 AM:9 AM

Total Places Visited: 19

Day 1 Destinations | Day 2 Destinations
DAYS

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO NAINITAL & NAINITAL SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Delhi City to Nainital

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: Boating Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Boating Cost: Rs. 120 per boat for two people, Rs.150 per boat for four people (1 hour)

At a distance of 1.5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Nainital Lake is a natural freshwater lake, situated amidst the main town of Nainital. Nainital Lake is one of the prime places to visit in Nainital town. The lake is most commonly represented to promote Nainital Tourism.

According to the history, this lake was built in 1839 by P. Barron at an altitude of 2,000 m. This is one of the four lakes of Kumaon hills, the other three lakes are Sattal Lake, Bhimtal Lake and Naukuchiyatal Lake. Nainital Lake is lunar-shaped and has an outlet at the southeastern end. The lake covers a perimeter of 2 miles with a depth varies from 6 m to 28 m. Northern part of the lake is called as Mallital while southern part known as Tallital. Balia Nala is the main feeder-stream of the lake. Other than this, 26 major drains, including the three perennial ones, feed it. It is surrounded .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 9.30 PM
Entry Fee: Entry Free

At a distance of 2 km from Tallital Bus Stand, The Naina Devi Temple is situated on northern end of the Nainital Lake near the Nainital Boat House Club in Nainital.

The presiding deity of the temple is Goddess Naina Devi represented by two eyes. According to the legend, Naina Devi Temple is the place where eyes from burned body of Goddess Sati fall when her corpse was being carried by Lord Shiva. The word Naina is synonymous with Sati's eyes. The temple is one the main places to visit in Nainital.

It is said that the current temple at Nainital actually replaces the original 15th century temple. In 1842, a devotee Moti Ram Shah installed an idol of Naina Devi. A major landside has destroyed the temple completely in 1880. Naina Devi temple was replaced by the present structure in 1883.

Inside the temple, devotees have darshan of three deities. On the extreme left is Mata Kali Devi, the center .....

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM, Closed on Saturdays
Entry Fee: Ropeway Ticket: Rs.150 for Adult, Rs.75 for Children for two-way

At a distance of 3 km from Tallital Bus Stand & 2 km from Nainital Lake, Snow View Point is one of the most beautiful places in Nainital and also among the most visited Nainital tourist places.

Situated at an altitude of 2,270 m, Snow view point offers excellent views of snowcapped mountains like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot. It also offers great views of Nainital Lake and the town. Snow view point is well connected by road but a ride in aerial ropeway from Mallital is the best way to reach this place.

In order to provide a perfect view to visitors, a pair of huge binoculars is installed at this spot. A small temple housing images of Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman with Durga and Shiva is located on the peak. The Tibetan monastery Gadhan Kunkyop Ling Gompa of the Gelukpa order situated near Snow view point is also a must visit spot. An early morning trek to this place gives some of the best .....

Shopping

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 10 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 1 km from Tallital Bus Station, Mall Road is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Nainital. It connects the North and South West corner of Nainital Lake known as Mallital and Tallital and runs parallel to Nainital Lake. Shopping in Mall Road is one of the top activities in Nainital.

The Mall Road was constructed during the British colonial rule. This is the main commercial area which runs through the heart of the Nainital town. The Mall road is now named as Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. The road has a number of Hotels, Banks, Showrooms, Department Stores, Shops, Restaurants and Cafes. It is a cluster of many small shops offering varied products.

Visitors can enjoy their leisurely evening stroll on the Mall Road, with a cool refreshing breeze blowing across the lake on to the road adding to the charm of the Mall. During summers, this road becomes crowded with locals and tourists enjoying the evening weather.

The entry of vehicles is restricted .....

Overnight Stay in Nainital

DAY 2 : NAINITAL SIGHTSEEING

Resume Nainital Sightseeing

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 8 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Himalayan Darshan is a viewpoint situated in Nainital. Located on the way to Kilbury, it is one of the popular vantage points in Nainital and among the top Nainital Tourist Places.

Nestled at an altitude of about 2000 m, Himalayan Darshan is also known as Himalayan Viewpoint and is a beautiful tourist spot in Nainital. This viewpoint offers some spectacular views of several prominent Himalayan peaks along with surrounding lush green hills and valleys below. It is a very good place to spend some time in solitude amid the Mother Nature.

Due to its close proximity to Nainital Town, one can visit this place by hiring a taxi, horseback or on foot.

Timings: 6 AM - 5 PM

Entry: Free

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 1.5 km from Eco Cave Garden and 5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Lover's Point is a vantage point situated near Bara Pathar in Nainital. It is one of the scenic viewpoints in Nainital and among the must include places in Nainital Tour Packages.

Lover's Point is famous for the scenic views it provides. The Lovers Point is genuinely romantic and extremely appreciated by couples in love. A small walk through the rocky road from the parking lot takes you to this point. The mesmerizing beauty of this place is liked and frequented by many tourists. One can avail horse from this point to upper points like Tiffin Top, Naina peak, etc. which are not accessible by vehicles.

Contiguous the cliff of Lovers Point there lies the Suicide Point, the awfulness of everything. Many people have jumped off from this point and committed suicide and that is how this point got such a controversial name. The view from the suicide point is no less exciting than the one from Lover's Point. .....

Park

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.20 for Adults, Rs.10 for Children

At a distance of 3 km from Tallital Bus Stand, the Eco Cave Garden is actually a natural park situated in Nainital. Located along the Kaldungi Road in Mallital, it is one of the beautiful parks in Nainital and among the must include places of Himalaya Darshan Tour of Nainital.

Maintained by the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, Eco Cave Garden is a newly developed tourist spot in Nainital. This natural park is a collection of interconnected rocky caves and hanging gardens which offers the glimpse of Himalayan wildlife through different caves. It has a total of six caves namely Squirrel Cave, Bat Cave, Panther Cave, Ape Cave, Tiger Cave and Flying Fox Cave. The caves here are of different dimensions narrowing down further into the tunnels which give it a natural look.

It is the epitome of the wild jungle and hills of Nainital. Mainly suited for children, this place will be enjoyed by the whole family. Kids like these informative caves as all the caves are adventurous and filled with .....

Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 3 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry, Horse Ride: Rs.500 for person

At a distance of 5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, Tiffin Top also known as Dorothy's Seat is located in Ayarpatta Hill of Nainital. This is the second highest peak in Nainital after China Peak.

Situated at an altitude of about 2,290 m, Tiffin Top is a famous vantage point in the scenic hill station of Nainital. It is one of the most famous among Nainital places to visit. It is also one of the best places for short trekking in Nainital. This place is named after Dorothy Kellet, an English Painter, who died in a plane crash. Tiffin Top is a stonework bench built in the memory of Dorothy Kellet by her husband J.P. Kellet. This was the place where she used to sit and paint the beautiful town and its surroundings. Later, it started becoming a famous picnic spot for the Rajas who ruled this place and hence was officially converted into a picnic spot and locally named Tiffin top which denotes packed food consumed during the day.

Tiffin Top is a very popular picnic spot and is sought .....

Wildlife

Duration of visit: 3 Hours
Timings: 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM. Closed on Mondays and national holidays
Entry Fee: Rs.50 for Adults, Rs.20 for Children, Rs.25 for Camera and Rs.200 for Video Camera

At a distance of 1.5 km from Tallital Bus Stand, G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo is a high altitude zoo situated in Nainital. It is one of the popular Nainital tourist places and is one of the three High Altitude Zoo Parks in North India, apart from those in Darjeeling and Sikkim.

The Zoo was established in 1984 and is spread over an area of 11 acres. It is situated on the Sher Ka Danda hill at an altitude of 2,100 m (6,900 feet) and is the only zoo in Uttarakhand. The Zoo was opened to visitors on 1st June 1995 and is managed by Bharat Ratna Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Management Society, Nainital from 1st March 2002.

The Zoo was established with the objective to conserve and protect the wildlife and biodiversity of the hill region of Uttarakhand. The zoo has several endangered species of animals in the Himalayas and animals like snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, Japanese Macaque, Sambar, .....

Overnight Stay in Nainital

DAY 3 : TRAVEL TO ALMORA & ALMORA SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Nainital to Almora

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 3 km from Almora Bus Stand, Bright End Corner is a vantage point situated at the end of Almora ridge. The place offers some of the most picturesque views of the sunrise and sunset amidst the mighty Himalayas. The point marks the beginning of the Mall Road at Almora and is named after Mr. Brighton.

It is also known for its various meditational centers like Sri Ramakrishna Kutir Ashram and the famous Swami Vivekananda Library. Tourists from across the world travel to this place during April to June and September to October seeking to take up meditation classes. A little away is the Vivekananda Memorial where Swami Vivekananda had spent some time on his journey to the Himalayas.

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 4 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 37 km from Almora, Jageshwar is a Hindu pilgrimage town in Almora district of Uttarakhand. It is located at an altitude of 1870 m on the banks of Jataganga River.

Jageshwar was once the center of Lakulish Shaivism (Lakulish is 28th Avatar of Shiva). Origin and history of Lakulish (Shiva with a wooden stick) traverse back to Gujarat region of current India. The temple city comprises a cluster of 124 large and small temples with many preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India, which include Dandeshwar Temple, Chandi Temple, Jageshwar Temple, Kuber Temple, Mritunjaya Temple, Nanda Devi or Nava Durga, Nava-grah temple, a Pyramidal shrine, and Surya Temple, amongst which the oldest shrine is the Mrityunjaya Temple and the biggest shrine is the Dandeshwar Temple.

There is no definite dating of the construction of Jageshwar group of temples but according to the ASI, they belong to the post-Gupta and pre-medieval eras. These temples range in the period from the .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 10.30 AM - 4.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 10 km from Almora, Chitai Temple is a sacred temple situated near Falsima in Almora district of Uttarakhand.

Chitai Temple is devoted to the mythological and historical God of the Kumaon region, Golu Devata or Lord Golu. Perched on a hilltop, this temple was constructed in the 12th century by a general belonging to the Chand dynasty. Golu Devta is famously regarded as God of Justice.

According to the legend, once a king went into the forest for hunting, when the king became thirsty he ordered one of his servants to fetch water for him. In turn the servant disturbed a female saint deep in meditation. The woman, in a fit of anger, insulted the king. The king got fond of the lady and married her. As the other queens of the king became jealous of the new queen they stole the newborn child of the queen and replaced it with a stone and threw the kid in a lake where a fisherman found him. Later when the boy realized about his true identity he decided to seek on the .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 10.30 AM - 4.30 PM on all days except Mondays, Second Sundays and national holidays
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 700 m from Almora Bus Stand, Sri Govind Ballabh Pant Government Museum is situated at Central Lodge and is one of the popular places to visit in Almora city.

Govind Ballabh Pant Government Museum was established in the year 1980. It was built in honor to Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant's contribution as a freedom fighter as well as his efforts to develop Uttarakhand. The museum is known for possessing a varied and good collection of ancient antiques which date back to the Katyuri and Chand dynasties that ruled Uttarakhand for several centuries.

The museum has an interesting collection of art and crafts. It includes folk arts, textiles, Boshi Sen's personal collection, miniature paintings, woodworks. The museum also has an assortment of sculptures, terracotta, coins, bronzes, musical instruments, ivory copper plates, beads, manuscripts and many other things. There is a good collection of Kumauni ancient style painting called Aspen in the museum. These painting are .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM - 10 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 500 m from Almora Bus Stand, Nanda Devi Temple is situated above the Mall Road in Almora. It is one of the most famous and sacred temples in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Nanda Devi, the patron goddess of the Chand Dynasty. She is believed to be the destroyer of evil. Nanda Devi temple dates back to 11th century and is built in Kumaoni-style architecture within the premises of a Shiva temple. The idol of the goddess Nanda is a huge monument with a stone crown encircled by a wooden roof. The surrounding walls are graced by intricate stone carvings of several life size statues.

Nanda Devi temple is quite famous not just in Kumauni people but whole of Uttarakhand. There are numerous temples of Nanda Devi in Kumaon hills and the hills of far-western Nepal dedicated to goddess Parvati as the daughter of Himalayas. The temple is most famous for the Nanda Devi Fair that is hosted every year in the month of September. Tourists .....

Overnight Stay in Almora

DAY 4 : TRAVEL TO RANIKHET & RANIKHET SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Almora to Ranikhet

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 20 km from Almora and 30 km from Ranikhet, Katarmal Sun Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated at Katarmal village in Almora district of Uttarakhand.

Katarmal Temple is dedicated to Lord Burhadita or Vriddhaditya (the old Sun God) and is one of the famous historical places of Kumaon hills in Uttarakhand. The present image of Surya in the temple dates back to 12th century. Built in the 9th century by Katarmalla, a Katyuri king, this temple is perched at an altitude of 2116 m.

The Sun Temple is noted for its magnificent architecture and is a monument of historical importance. The temple complex has one main temple surrounded by 45 smaller exquisitely carved temples. The idols of Shiva-Parvati and Lakshmi-Narayana can also be spotted in this temple. The building faces the east in a way such that the first rays of the sun fall on the Shiva Lingam. Stone-built walls, intricate figures, beautiful pillar carvings and exquisitely cut out wooden doors are among .....

Miscellaneous

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 7 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 6 km from Ranikhet Bus Stand, Upat Golf Course is one of the highest golf courses of Asia, located at Upat village near Ranikhet.

This Golf Course is a 9-hole course making it one of the prime attractions of Ranikhet and is maintained by Kumaon Regiment. The green meadow of the golf course at such high altitude is awe-inspiring. This place is famous for providing panoramic views of surrounding snowcapped Himalayan peak. The area is surrounded by lush green forests densely populated with pine and oak trees.

Though primarily used by the army men, golf course is open to general public as well for a nominal fee. The golf club provides membership plans for outsiders as well. Few domestic tournaments are held at this course.

Timings: 7 AM to 7 PM

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 9 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 20 per person

At a distance of 1.5 km from Ranikhet Bus Stand, the Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum and Memorial is situated near Somnath Ground. The Memorial was built in 1974, as a symbol of bravery and sacrifice made by soldiers of the place. The young soldiers take the pledge of loyalty to their motherland at this memorial. To commemorate the sacrifice of soldiers, a parade is also held here every year.

Apart from the memorial, this center also comprises a museum which was built in the year 1978. This Regiment Museum showcases the history of Kumaon and Garhwal regiments. It displays admired treasures like Rani Jhansi's argent scepter, Chinese rifles from the 1962 war, a World War-II Japanese wireless acreage blast and abstracts accompanying to the Kargil War. The Kumaon Regiment Widows Welfare Association runs a shawl weaving center here.

Entry Fee: Rs. 20 per person

Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 5 AM - 12 PM & 4 PM - 9 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 500 m from Ranikhet Bus Stand, Mankameshwar Temple is a Hindu shrine situated next to Narsingh Maidan in Ranikhet town of Uttarakhand.

The Mankameshwar Temple was built in 1978 by the Kumaon Regimental Centre of the Indian army. This temple is dedicated to three main deities namely Goddess Kalika, Lord Shiva and the pair of Radha-Krishna. Mankameshwar Temple is surrounded by eternal beauty and hence it is one of the most picturesque spots in Ranikhet.

Mankameshwar temple is a popular temple for locals and remains busy with devotees throughout the year. People, especially the family members of military units in the Kumaon regiment frequently visit to worship in this shrine. The temple is particularly popular during the months of Sawan; unmarried girls keep fasts during this time and pray for a happy married life. The tourists can also visit the Gurudwara and a woolen garment factory, which is located near the temple.

Timings: 5 AM - 12 PM and 4 PM - .....

Overnight Stay in Ranikhet

DAY 5 : VISIT BINSAR MAHADEV TEMPLE & TRAVEL TO DELHI

Travel from Ranikhet to Delhi City

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 7 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 18 km from Ranikhet, Binsar Mahadev Mandir is an ancient Hindu temple situated at Bisaona near Ranikhet in Uttarakhand. The temple is surrounded by thick deodar forests and lies at an altitude of 2480 m. This is among the most visited temples in Uttarakhand.

The Binsar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva worshipped here as Bindeshwar. The temple was built in 10th century by King Pithu in memory of his father Bindu, hence this temple is also known as Bindeshwar temple. The temple also houses the idols of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Gauri and Goddess Mahisasuramardini. The idol of Mahisasuramardini is engraved with texts in Nagarilipi which dates back to as early as the 9th century.

The temple is known for its fine architecture. It is believed that Binsar Mahadev temple was built in a single day. The surroundings of the temple offer beautiful views of fresh water springs and cedar forests. It is a unique place for meditation and picnic. The temple also has an .....

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