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Discovering the Hidden Treasures of Uttarakhand

By: Akshatha Vinayak

Uttarakhand is a treasured beauty; its bounty of nature allures many travellers. A journey through the virgin landscapes is exciting and rejuvenating. Away from the noisy places, a trip around some unexplored hill stations in Uttarakhand will be a thrilling experience.

An offbeat tour around some lesser known hill stations in Uttarakhand is too much fun!

Kanatal

Kanatal is a hill town in the backdrop of the snow-capped mountains. This hill town is named after a lake called Kanatal which is said to have existed some years ago. Many legends relating to Saji Ji (Parvati) is associated with the presiding deity Surkunda Devi. A temple in the same name is one of the prominent attractions here. Kanatal is one of the beautiful unexplored hill stations in Uttarakhand.

Kanatal

Scenic Vistas of Kanatal
Photo Courtesy: Nimish2004

Naukuchiatal

Naukuchiatal is named after a lake with nine corners; the hill station surrounds this lake in Nainital district. Naukuchiatal is also a venue for 'Escape Festival of Art and Music' which is from 24th May 2016 - 26th May 2016. The festival is a great opportunity for various artists across the country. The serene Naukuchiatal serves as a picnic spot and also a place for adventure activities in Uttarakhand.

Naukuchiatal

Naukuchiatal Lake
Photo Courtesy: Dr Satendra

Lohaghat

Lohaghat is known for various historic as well as mythological significance. Richly designed temples complement the scenic surroundings. Lohaghat is around 60km from Pithoragarh and it is a not-to-be-missed hill town. Lohaghat is known for Advaita Ashram or Mayavati Ashram, a branch of Ramakrishna Math. Hence, many devotees also visit Lohaghat.

Advaita Ashram

Advaita Ashram
Photo Courtesy: Soumya IITC

Pauri

The great Himalayan peaks like Trisul and Nanda Devi make Pauri a dreamy place. A panoramic view of snowy mountains and the patches of thick deodar forests engulf this hill station. A play called 'Pauri Ramlila' based on Ramayana is said to be one of the oldest plays performed even today. Pauri Ramlila holds a special place in the region of Uttarakhand.

Pauri

A View of Himalayan Peaks in Pauri
Photo Courtesy: Fowler&fowler

Askot

Askot is a Himalayan town is known for Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary. Askot, which was once under Doti Kings, also houses an ancient tribe called Van Rawats. Askot with its mystical mountainous terrains is one of the enchanting unexplored hill stations to visit in Uttarakhand.

Pack your bags to explore and feel in the tranquillity of nature at these lesser known hill stations of Uttarakhand.

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