Pangot or Pangoot or Pangooth is a small yet beautiful village located near Nainital, which is approximately around 15 km from this little town. The hamlet is a well known destination for its lush forests and these forests are home to a large variety of birds.
Those who love to stay in constant touch with nature must drive through Nainital in order to reach Pangot. The drive takes you through the Cheena Peak ranges and Kilbury which is a habitat of about 250 odd varieties of birds.
Pangot is one of the places which has rich woods of oak, pine and rhododendron and takes the formation of a green belt which supports the flora and fauna of the Himalayan ranges.
The place is visited by people who are interested in birds, those who are looking for a trekking expedition to the Naina Peak and also for people who are interested in camping here.
Pangot is a year-round destination which offers some of the most beautiful sights in the state of Uttarakhand.
By Air: The nearest airport to Pangot is the airport at Pantnagar which is at a distance of 58 km from here. The airport has regular flights to and from the major cities across the country, with regular ones from Delhi.
By Train: The nearest railway head is the station at Kathgodam which is around 20 km from here. The railway station has trains which connect the place with major towns and cities in the country.
By Road: Pangot is well connected by roads and has regular buses which operate from Nainital. There are also buses which operate from Delhi to Kathgodam and after that one can hire a taxi or hop into another bus from Kathgodam.
The place itself is a major attraction to the tourists; the natural beauty of Pangot attracts visitors in large numbers. The Naina Devi Bird Reserve is a major attraction here.
The Naina Devi Bird Reserve is paradise for bird watching. The area was declared as a bird reserve in the year 2007; however, the public were given access to this natural habitat of birds only from the year 2015. The entire reserve spans over an area of 111 km along the road from Nainital to Kunjakhark.
The reserve is home to a wide range of birds which can easily be spotted at any point of time in its vicinity. Some of the major ones here are the red headed vulture, greater spotted eagle, the eastern imperial eagle, cheer pheasant and many more.
The reserve also has a large variety of wildlife in its radius. The main purpose of establishing the reserve was to put an end to the man-animal conflict. The visitors are asked to refrain from the usage of horns and playing music and any other mediums which would disturb the natural habitat of the birds and wildlife here.
PC: Alosh Bennett
Pangot is a place which has been left open for the tourists to explore it themselves. This place is considered as a bounty of nature and you will cherish holidaying in this place.