Haldwani and Kathgodam offer a variety of excursions for the visitor ranging from treks, picnic spots to sightseeing. Due to its excellent location on the periphery of the hills, Haldwani is a unique vantage point.
Some of the popular excursions in and around town include :
It is situated, 11 km from the city of Nainital,1706 meters above the sea level This is a road junction serving all the nearby hill stations from Nainital.Bhowali is famous for its scenic grandeur and as a hill fruit mart, Bhowali is most known for its T.B. sanatorium, established here in 1912, where Kamala Nehru also stayed for a while. It is now an important fruit market for all the neighbouring region, and an important road junction to neighbouring hill stationss, like Nainital, Bhimtal, Mukteshwar, Ranikhet and Almora.
The Corbett Falls ( Kaladhungi )
The Corbett reward all those who take the effort of the one and a half kilometre walk along a narrow trail with pristine views of the cascades. Located in Kaladhungi, the falls are lush with the tropical forest kind of vegetation which is characteristic of the Corbett National Park. Ornithologists in particular frequent the Falls for the rich bio-diversity of bird life in the surrounding region. Corbett Falls was earlier known as Danger Falls because of cave-like formations of unknown dimensions that formed at its base and were big enough to hold a man captive.
The death of 3 locals who went swimming there and got caught in the cave is on record. However, with time, silt and mud naturally covered the holes which can still be seen but pose no threat. A popular legend has it that the Masaan Devta, who was an evil spirit feared and revered by the locals, was bound in chains under the Falls.
Bhimtal is a town and a nagar panchayat in Nainital district in the state of Uttarakhand, India situated at an altitude of 1370 meters above sea level and is about 22 kilometers from Nainital. The major attraction in Bhimtal is the Bhimtal Lake which has an island at its centre. Besides tourism, Bhimtal has also now become a mini district headquarters since most of the district administration offices have been shifted to the newly constructed Vikas Bhawan, the building complex for district administrative offices.
Haidakhan Ashram (Kathgodam)
It is located near Gaula River a few kilometres from Kathgodam the Hedakhan Baba Ashram is an excellent place to visit and spend a day. The ashram is open to all but visitors are advised to infringe on the Ashram's hosptiality. The best thing to do is walk across to the banks of the Gaula, find a nice shallow spot and idle away in the cool waters. Hedakhan Ashram is worth seeing, for all the temples made by its overseas members as well as the caves on the other side of the Gaula river.
Sat-tal (seven lakes) is an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes situated in the Lower Himalayan Range near Bhimtal, a town of the Nainital lake district in the Uttarakhand state of India .Saattal is a drive of half an hour from Bhimtal and about 35 kms from Haldwani.
Naukuchiyatal, is just 15-20 minute drive from Bhimtal has an inherent charm which is uniquely its own and differentiates it from the other lakes of the region. A vast lake with its fabled 'nine' corners lays claim to as much religious significance as the holy city of Haridwar and witnesses processions of pilgrims throughout the year. Equally mythically, the depth of the lake has never been accurately gauged and the exact figure is unknown. Locals believe this is yet another proof of the divine properties of the lake. One of the best lakes to boat on, Naukuchiyaltal is beautiful in autumn.
Nainital is a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace, blessed with scenic natural spledour and varied natural resources .It is set around Naini Lake, at an altitude of 1938 mt. In the central Himalayas of the Kumaon region. Nainital is a lovely hill station surrounded by mountains on three sides.
It was discov P.Barrow, a sugar merchant from Saharanpur in 1841. Dotted with lakes, Nainital has carved the epithet of ‘ Lake District ' of India . Once this area had many lakes and it was called the City of 60 lakes or 'Chakta'. Most of the lakes in the region have disappeared and whatever remains is just a glimpse of what they might have been in the past. Today the life of Nainital revolves around the lake of Naini . But there are few other lakes around Nainital which are equally beautiful and attractive as the Naini lake.
Jim Corbett National Park (Ramnagar)
Jim Corbett National Park --named after the hunter turned conservationist Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment—is the oldest national park in India. The park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. Situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, the park acts as a protected area for the critically endangered Bengal tiger of India, the secure survival of which is the main objective of Project Tiger, an Indian wildlife protection initiative.
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