Things to do

Aside from Himalaica being an ideal base to explore the region, you can find a number of things to do at and around Himalaica itself. Forest walks and treks, bird-watching in the garden, exploring the garden which is replete with a wide variety of plants and flowers, a wide selection of movies, meditation at the temple under the old Oak tree, music on the BoseTM surround-sound system in the Conservatory, reading a book from the library – or do just nothing! There are plenty of places around the property to just be!

Short treks:

Himalaica to Gagar View Point

Wake up early and walk along the road to Ramgarh to catch your first view of the Himalayas. The slightly ardous walk is worth it (easier option is of course to drive!) as you see the rising sun light up the forested and snow-capped mountains; a great way to start your day is sipping ‘chai‘ and dunking biscuits from Sanju’s teashop, while the enthusiastic shop owner points out the peaks – Nandadevi to Panchachuli and more.

Kulethi – Jhandidhar:

Drive 5 km on the Bhowali Ramgarh Road (or to Gagar) and then walk up through thick forests to Jhandidhar peak, with its temple and eccentric priest! ~8500ft AMSL Mahesh Khan Forest and Forest Rest House: Walk or drive 4km on the Bhowali – Ramgarh Road and then enter the Mahesh Khan Reserve Forest, walking along a forested road for 4kms.

Gagar to Tagore Top:

Walk from Gagar to Tagore Top (2km), where Rabindranath Tagore lived and wrote some of his works

Places to Visit:

Bhowali Sanatorium:

Bhowali-Nainital Road. Established 1912, and at one time the second-largest sanatorium in Asia, it is famous as Kamala Nehru was a patient here and was visited often by Jawaharlal Nehru while he was incarcerated in Almora Jail.

Ghorakhal Temple:

Home of Golu Devta, (God of Justice) a demi-God revered by the Kumaon is, 3km, famous for its bells and animal sacrifice during Dussehra

Other Ashrams:

Shyamkhet Tea Estate:

Ramgarh Road, Shyamkhet. An organic tea

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garden

Himjoli

On Bhimtal road and at Gagar – an NGO supporting and promoting the local crafts, organic foods and Aepan – various types of paintings

Things to do near Bhowali :

Bhimtal

Attraction type: water body, walks

Sattal

Sattal – seven lakes including Nal, Damyanti, Garuda, Bharat, Ram, Sita, Lakhshman, Hanuman, Panna. Attraction type: water bodies, boating, picnics.

Nainital

Numerous local attractions such as the famous lake, Church of St. John’s in the Wilderness (1846) at Mallital, Secretariat (1899), the Mall and lake promenade, high-altitude zoo, ropeway to Snow View (2270m) at the Sher-ka-Danda Ridge, Naina Peak (2611m), Raj Bhawan or Government House, Hanuman Garhi temple, State Observatory, Land’s End view point (2881m), Tiffin Top or Ayarpatta Hill, Kilbury, Dorothy’s Seat view point, cave garden, horse-riding, boat club and boating, interesting wooded walks amongst colonial buildings, schools and homes, Bhutia market, Barra Bazaar, Durga Shah Library, Aurobindo Ashram, Gurney House (Corbett’s home at one time) at Ayarpatta Hill, golf, Guano Hills at Pangot for walks and bird watching, Churches – St. Francis, St. Nicholas, shopping for woollens and warm gear

Naukuchiatal

Attraction type: Bodies of Water, Boating

Ramgarh:

Hill station at an altitude of 1789m, with views of the Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, Panchchuli range. Ramgarh is especially known as a fruit bowl for its fruit orchards. Several famous personalities such as Rabindranath Tagore, Narain Swami and Mahadevi Verma had established their ashrams here. Today it is a popular destination for vacation homes.

Dhanachuli:

40km from Bhowali, the drive is attractive, with some of the best views of the Himalayan ranges

Mukteshwar:

Almora District:

It is situated approximately 55km from Bhowali. From here one can have an easy access to the Chithai Temple, Kasar Devi temple, Deer Park, Nanda Devi Temple and Ramakrishna Mission Ashram. One can get the Kumaon art and culture at the Gobind Vallabh Pant Public Museum near the bus stand. It also boasts of many shopping centers including the 200 year old Lal Bazaar. The Famous Nanda Devi Mela is held here at the 100 year old Nanda Devi Temple

Ranikhet:

Jageshwar:

Jageshwar Temple (Jageshwar Dham) Jageshwar Temple is about 35kms far from Almora. Jageshwar assumes importance and considered as sacred as the rivers Surabhi and Nandini flows down and joins at this place. Dedicated to Lord Shiva it is considered as one of the most sacred ‘tirthas’ in the Kumaon region. The linga considered to represent one of the 12 Jothirlingams in India. The temple holds much significance for the devout and it is a must-see destination in Binsar. The temple complex comprises 124 temples. The Mrityunjaya temple seems to be the oldest dating back to the 8th century. The main temple in the temple complex at ‘Jageshwar Mahadev’ is dedicated to ‘Bal Jageshwar’, or the Child Shiva. There is also a temple dedicated to Vridh Jageshwar, or Old Shiva, situated on the higher slopes. In Jageshwar, fairs are held during Shivaratri and in the month of July – August. The place is frequented by both religious as well as nature lover tourists.

Bageshwar:

Bageshwar is a city and a municipal board in the state of Uttarakhand, India It is also the administrative headquarters of Bageshwar district. There are many places of touristic and historic importance in Bageshwar. This town is situated on the confluence of river Saryu and Gomti. There are many old temples dating back to 10th century AD. Among them are the Baijnath temple and Bagnath temples are the most important. the Bagnath temple is situated in the middle of the town just across the confluence of Saryu and Gomati.

Kausani:

Awesome views on the great Himalayan ranges.105 kms

Binsar:

30km from Almora: Binsar is a beautiful, quiet and wild Himalayan destination with rich natural surroundings among dense forest. This region is very famous among tourists and travellers because of the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The hill station named after Bineshwar, an ancient Shiva Temple built by the King Kalyan. Binsar is an ancient town. It was the summer capital of the Chand Rajas. Also a designated wildlife sanctuary, no visit to Binsar is complete without considerable time spent at the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The hill station has about 166 identified bird species.

Chaukori:

Awesome views on the great Himalayan ranges.175 kms

Jeolikot:

30km, Honey production centre of the region:

Jim Corbett National Park:

70km, Attraction type: National Parks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas .Activities: Viewing wildlife

Villages of Kumaon:

Take excursions off the beaten track to the more remote interior areas of Kumaon to see traditional homes, replete with elaborately-carved door and windows of the likhai craft. The homes were made of mud and stone, with slate roofs, in a two-storey style, with livestock below and people on the first level, and a small stone patio in front.

Flora and Fauna:

The forests around Bhowali are home to numerous species, which can be sighted either by trekking into permitted forest areas, or sometimes luckily just off the road. The forests have significant populations of leopard, bear, wild boar, barking deer, sambhardeer, ghoral or mountain goat, jungle cat, porcupine, langur monkey and snakes. Over 150 varieties of birds are present in the forests of the greater area. View the list of birds. There are numerous opportunities for trekking, jungle walks, and birdwatching, amongst other outdoor activities.