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Kumaon Attractions - Tourist Places To Visit In Kumaon

  • 01Abbot Mount

    Abbot Mount

    Abbott Mount has been named after Mr. John Harold Abbott, who was an English businessman. The place offers the magnificent view of snow covered Himalayan peaks. There are 13 private cottages on the hill, which were built during the British Raj.

    One of the bungalows of the hill, situated amid a dense forest of oak and deodar trees was built in the year 1914 by Mr. John Harold Abbott. In order to encourage tourism, many games and activities are carried out in the region.

    This mount is easily accessible by a 3 km long trek or drive from Marorakhan or Lohaghat, which is located at a distance of 7 km. Travellers visiting this place can enjoy different activities like fishing, birdwatching, photography and trekking.  

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  • 02Milam Glacier

    Milam Glacier

    Milam Glacier is located in the Himalayan Range in its south facing slope. The elevation of the glacier ranges from 5,500 m to 3,870 m. Largest of all the glaciers of the Kumaon region, this glacier covers an area of 37 sq km. Moreover, Milam Glacier is also the source of the river Goriganga, which is the tributary of the river Kali.

    The trek to the glacier passes through waterfalls, villages, forests and wooden bridges. Travellers can make Munsiyari, which is the tehsil of the district Pithoragarh, as their base camp, from where they can make arrangements for food.

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  • 03Sunderdhungra Glacier

    Sunderdhungra Glacier

    Sunderdhungra Glacier is located in the western zone of the Pindar Valley. The name Sunder Dhunga means, the valley of beautiful stones, which may have been formed out of ice boulders of the glaciers. There are two glaciers in Sunderdhunga, namely Matkoti and Sukhram, which are in proximity to peaks of Tharkot, Mrigthuni and Pwalidwar.

    The district of Bageshwar serves as a trekking base for Sunderdhungra Glacier, which leads to Loharkhet. An 11 km trek from Loharkhet leads to Dhakuri; 11 km from here is the village of Khati. The 8 km trek from Khati leads to Jaitoli and a 22 km trek from Jaitoli finally leads to Sunder Dunga valley.

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  • 04Pindari Glacier

    Pindari Glacier

    Pindari Glacier is situated amid Nanda Devi and Nandakot Peaks, which lie in the district of Bageshwar. Situated at an altitude of 3627 m, this glacier is about 5 km long. Flowing to the south, this glacier gives rise to river Pindari, which later confluences with river Alaknanada in Karnaprayag.

    The trek to Pindari Glacier crosses through villages of Saung and Lohar leading to Dhakuri Pass. From Dhakuri Pass, the trail goes on up to Khati Village, Dwali, Phurkia and finally, Pindar.

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  • 05Nanakmatta

    Nanakmatta

    Nanakmatta is a historical town, which is located on the banks of the Deoha stream. This place is a prominent pilgrimage of Sikhs, owing to the presence of a Gurudwara, named Gurdwara Nanak Mata Sahib. According to a legend, the first Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev paid a visit to this place while he was on his way to Kailash Parvat in 1515 AD.

    The gurudwara is built over the river Saryu, and the Nanak Sagar Dam is situated nearby. Tourists can picnic here and enjoy different activities like fishing and boating. They can also avail lodging facilities in the tourist rest house and the Gurudwara.

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  • 06Panchachuli Glacier

    Panchachuli Glacier

    Panchachuli Glacier is located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Situated on the eastern part of Kumaon, this glacier is made up of a group of snow covered mountains and is counted amongst one of the prominent attractions of the region.

    The glacier can be reached from Sobla bus terminal, which is located at a distance of 134 km from Pithoragarh and 35 km from Dharchula. A 40 km trek from Sobla reaches Panchachuli Glacier. The trekking route passes through snow enveloped mountains and Alpine meadows. The tourism authorities of this glacier encourage tourists to stay at the places of the villagers for better understanding of the culture and the region.

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  • 07Kafni Glacier

    Kafni Glacier

    Kafni Glacier is located to the south-east of the Nanda Devi on the Kumaon Himalayas. River Kafni which originates from this glacier is one of the tributaries of river Pindar. Pindar river, in turn, is one of the tributaries of Alaknanda river, which finally merges into river Ganges. Two of the other glaciers, namely Pindari and Milam are situated in proximity of Kafni Glacier.

    The district of Bageshwar, serves as the trekking base, which leads to the glacier by the treks from Loharkhet to Dhakuri, Dhakuri to Khati and Khati to Dwali. A 12 km trekking route from right of Dwali reaches Kafni, which is located at an altitude of 3810 m. This place offers majestic views of the peaks of Nandakot and Nanda Bhanar, situated at an elevation of 6,860 m and 6,104 m, respectively.

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  • 08Meetha Reetha Shahib

    Meetha Reetha Shahib

    Meetha Reetha Sahib, built in the year 1960, is a pilgrimage centre of the Sikhs. According to legends, this is the place which was visited by Guru Nanak for religious and spiritual discussion with Gorakhpanthi Jogis. The place which is situated at the confluence of rivers Ratiya and Lodhiya, is popular for the trees of Sapindus emarginatus, also known as sweet Reetha.

    The temple of Dhernath is also located close by Meetha Reetha Shahib. During the Baisakhi Poornima, a huge fair is organised in the temple. The temple is accessible from Dhunaghat, which is located on the Lohaghat-Devidhura road.

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