Adventure / Trekking | Nature

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Distance (From Nainital Bus Station): 7 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 2-3 Hours

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 7 km from Nainital, Jeolikot is a beautiful hill station situated on NH 87 in Nainital district. It is situated at an altitude of 1,219 m and is popularly known as a gateway to Naini Lake.

Jeolikot is surrounded by magnificent mountains, lush green forests and pine forests. This is an ideal place for those who are interested in floriculture and butterfly catching. Maintained by the horticulture department, every year visitors in large numbers come to the hill station to see flowers in bloom.

Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo, the well-known philosophers, spent a lot of time meditating in the hill around Jeolikot. Another important attraction of the hill station is the bee­keeping center. It is a place where honeybees are bred and honey is extracted. This place also offers some adventure activities like nature walks and bird watching.

Jeolikot was a favorite haunt of the British during colonial era. There are many cottages and hotels in Jeolikot, which have been built in colonial style. The house of Warwick Sahib, a retired major of the British army, is one of the main attractions. Another option for sightseeing in Jeolikot is the bungalow of a woman, believed to be a direct descendant of Napoleon Bonaparte.

The climate at Jeolikot is pleasant all around the year. The best time to visit Jeolikot would be from April ­ June and September ­ October. The perfect climate, beautiful surroundings make Jeolikot a perfect romantic getaway and a wonderful vacation spot.