Adwani is a beautiful picnic spot located at a distance of 17 km from Pauri. This is a tranquil place surrounded by green forests. There is a forest rest house located here, where tourists can stay. Adwani is connected by a motorable road from Pauri.
Anasakti Ashram, popularly known as the Gandhi Ashram, was constructed in honour of Mahatma Gandhi. The 'Father of the Nation’, Mahatma Gandhi, visited this ashram in 1929. He wrote his commentary on Anasakti, meaning detachment Yoga, at this place.
There are various books and photographs present in the ashram related to his life. The place has now been converted into a study-cum-research centre and facilities of lodging and kitchen are available here. There is a prayer room where prayers are held every morning and evening.
Angling is one of the recreational activities that visitors to Pauri can enjoy in river Nayar. One can also go for swimming in the river. The Nayar Valley is adorned with natural beauty and charm. Satpuli area is also popular for fishing and swimming. There is a lot of scope to develop this site as a spot for rural tourism. This place also offers both government and private accommodation facilities to visitors.
Auli Artificial Lake is perched at a high elevation above sea level. This lake was developed by the government to provide artificial snow on the ski slopes, during the months of scanty snowfall. The lake water feeds the snow guns that are placed along the ski slopes. It helps in extending the ski season by providing an apt ski surface.
Bageshwar is a religious town situated at the confluence of the two rivers, Saryu and Gomti. Legend has it that the Hindu Lord Shiva, once wandered in the region as a tiger. The religious town is mentioned in Hindu mythology.
The place is located at a distance of about 28 km from Kausani and attracts a large number of tourists every year. The town is surrounded by the mountains, Bhileshwar and Nileshwar, on two sides. A fair known as Uttarayani is organised in the region every year and is a major draw.
Aditya Temple is an ancient temple located in the Ramak village, surrounded by peaks, flower valleys and lush green forests. A large number of devotees visit the shrine to offer their prayers to the Hindu god, Surya. According to a belief, this shrine was built by the kings of the Chand dynasty. Tourists can also visit Adi and Bhumia temples located nearby.
Asan Barrage is located near the meeting point of two rivers, namely Asan and Yamuna. The barrage has an artificial wetland spread over an area of 4 sq km, which is fed by the Asan River. When the water level goes down, some muddy islands can also be seen in the wetland.
The birds seen here are listed as endangered species by IUCN Red Data Book (The International Union for the Conservation of Nature). Visitors can see birds like mallards, red-crested pochards, ruddy shelducks, coots, cormorants, egrets, wagtails, pond herons, Pallas fishing eagles, marsh harriers, greater spotted eagles, osprey, and steppe eagles in the site.
During the winter season, various trans-Himalayan migratory birds take rest here on their way to South India. In the end of October, travellers can see migratory birds from the Pale arctic region. The period from the month of October to November and February to March, are the best months to visit.
This site is a nesting place for Pallas Fishing Eagle for last 30 years. The site offers a rare opportunity to observe 90% of total waterbirds including 11 species of migratory bird during the winter season. Some of them are Brahminy ducks, pintails, gadwalls, common pochards, wigeons, common teals, tufted ducks, and shovellers.
The period from the month of May to September is also considered as an ideal season to see birds like painted storks, open billed storks, and night herons here.
Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary is a popular tourist hotspot, located at a distance of 54 km from Pithoragarh. This sanctuary was set up with a prime objective of conserving musk deer, scientifically known as Moschus leucogaster. Apart from musk deer, other animals found in the park are leopard, jungle cat, civet cat, barking deer, serow, goral, brown bear, snow leopards, musk deer, Himalayan black bear, and bharal, among others.
Besides, this sanctuary offers an opportunity to observe various species of birds, like snowcocks, Himalayan monals, pheasants and chukors. The Askot Sanctuary was established in the year 1986 in the Kumaon region and is nestled at an elevation of 5412 ft above sea level. There are many temples located in the vicinity of the sanctuary as well.
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.
Baijnath Temple is a noted religious site located in the town of Baijnath, around 16 km away from Kausani. The temple, built during the 12th century, holds great religious and historic significance among Hindus.
According to a legend, Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati got married at the confluence of the Gomti river and the Garur Ganga. The town of Baijnath, earlier known as Kartikyapura, served as the capital of the Katyuri Dynasty during the 12th and 13th century.
Ashokan Rock Edict is an engraved rock located in Kalsi. According to records, Asoka, the Mauryan King carved his fourteenth edict on this rock; the edict basically is a compilation of the King’s suggested reforms and advice.
This rock was discovered by John Forest in the year 1860. The description is written in the Prakrit language and the script used is Brahmi. This is an important memorial in Indian epigraphy and has dimensions as 10 ft x 10ft x 8ft. The rock is engraved with an elephant’s outline where the word ‘gajatam’ is written between its two legs.
The names of five Greek kings, namely Antiochus, Magus, Antigonus, Ptolemy, and Alexander engraved on the rock suggest that the edict can be dated back to 253 BC.
Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences is a popular tourist attraction of Nainital. This institute is perched on the Manora Peak and is located at a distance of 9 km from Nainital. As a centre of astronomical studies and astrophysics, it offers an opportunity to observe planets and stars on clear nights through sophisticated telescopes (with prior permission).
The institute was established in the year 1955 and was shifted to its current location in 1961. It has been responsible for carrying out several researches in stellar, solar and theoretical branches of astrophysics. Besides, it also serves as the centre of optical tracking of artificial satellites.
Agastyamuni is situated at an altitude of 1000 m, on the banks of the River Mandakini. This place had been the abode of the famous Hindu Sage Agastya Rishi, who meditated here for years. The temple is also called Agasteshwar Mahadev temple by the locals. Visitors can find images of the renowned Hindu deities carved on the stone walls of the temple. A large number of tourists visit this place to attend the various fairs organised in the temple. The festival of Baisakhi is celebrated with much enthusiasm, and during this time, the temple is flocked by devotees from far and wide.
Tourists interested in fishing can do so in the River Mandakini, which is situated in proximity to the temple. This place also serves as a base for Pawan Hans Helicopter Services, which are available till Kedarnath temple. Food and lodging facilities are available for tourists in the nearby private hotels and forest guest houses.
Aurobindo Ashram is located amidst the green hills of the Kumaon Valley. It is located at a distance of 1 km from the market areas, and offers lodging facility to visitors (prior permission). During their stay, tourists can learn about yoga and meditation.
Arjuneswar Temple is a major religious site, which is nestled at an elevation of 6000 ft above sea level. It is located at a distance of around 10 km from Pithoragarh and can be reached by trekking. This temple is devoted to the Hindu Lord Shiva. According to folklore, this temple was built by Arjuna, one of the Pandavas (the mythological characters of the Hindu epic, the Mahabharata). Arjuna was considered as a great warrior and the best archer of the bygone era.