Less Crowded Hill Stations in Uttarakhand

by Saheli Basu

India is a place of hidden wonders when it comes to tourism and travel. Uttarakhand, a state in Northern India is among the best known for its travel destinations. Among all the travel destinations, Uttarakhand has several offbeat places that will never fail you in quenching your thirst for travel. If we eliminate the most popular places in Uttarakhand, it has many more hidden mesmerizing tourist spots that will definitely beat the foreign beauties. Listed below are some of the top but less crowded hill stations in Uttarakhand that you can consider for your next trip if you wanted to avoid the tourist mania.

Chakrata

Surrounded by gorgeous mountain ranges of Himalayas, this place is a great combination of green hills, snow-capped mountains, and blue sky. Chakrata also has much more to other than natural beauty. Here are 15 popular things which you can do in Chakrata.

  • Kanasar: Popular site for camping and river rafting
  • Tiger Falls: A popular waterfall and good trek to experience the beauty and get lost in nature
  • Deoban: Nearby forest, best known for bird watching
  • Chilmiri Neck: To experience an unforgettable and gorgeous sunset view
  • Yamuna Adventure Park: Water activities
  • Kimona Falls: A beautiful waterfall that also is a great spot for waterfall rappelling
  • Chakrata Forest Check Post: Horse Riding
  • Makhti Pokhri Village: Beautiful place to walk or do some cycling.
  • Lakhamandal Temple: Marvelous architecture
  • Mundali: Go skiing
  • Ram Tal Horticulture Garden:  Great place to relax, indulge in sports and picnic
  • Local food: Best option to fulfill your hunger
  • Local fairs and festivals: Unique experience and a lifetime memory

Isn’t it beautiful to experience so many things in one place? This hidden gem will never fail you with its beautiful meadows, Deodar forests, rocky paths, and picturesque landscape.

Less Crowded Hill Stations in Uttarakhand

Munsiyari

This is another marvelous place in Uttarakhand that has alluring beauty and breathtaking views all around. It is situated on the banks of Goriganaga River and attracts a lot of mountaineers and trekkers due to several nearby snow glaciers and trails. Munsiyari is also known for its lush vegetation and diverse wildlife. You can visit Munsiyari in any time of the year. If you wish to experience the snowfall and relish the majestic view with hot coffee, then winter is the best time to fulfill your dream. The entire town gets covered with snow and can give you an experience of a lifetime. There are few places which are must visit in Munsiyari as mentioned below.

  • Panchachuli Peaks: Visible from all the corners in Munsiyari. The sunrise and sunset are beautiful behind these peaks.
  • Birthi Falls: A hidden waterfall after a great walk through the forest. The best time to visit is from September to June to experience the massive water flow.
  • Balanti Potato Farm: Situated very close to the Munsiyari bus stand. A good experience to see the vegetation of the potato and the importance of farming.
  • Khaliya Top: An easy trek that should not be missed by any of the trekkers. From this place, visitors can see the snowline in summer also. A very good place to camp and experience the mesmerizing view of sunrise and Panchachuli peaks.
  • Nanda Devi: Munsiyari is the base camp to reach the Nanda Devi temple.
  • Milan Glacier trek: Trekking enthusiasts should not miss this trek. This is the largest glacier in the Kumaon region. The total duration is 9 days.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Munsiyari

Khirsu

Khirsu is largely unexplored but at present, it’s gaining its recognition as a hill station. This place is famous for its distinctive placement and due to that, one can notice the sun-kissed Himalayan ranges all around. Located in Pauri Garhwal district, Khirsu is situated at a distance of 15km from the Pauri town.

The entire route and the village are covered with the forests of pine, Deodar, oak, apple, and orchids. The wide, panoramic view from Khirsu is truly majestic.

Nature walk and bird watching are two most popular activities in the village. A quiet and peaceful nature walk through villages will be the next best thing to do. The roads through Oak, Pine, and Deodar trees offers you unforgettable serenity.

This hidden gem of Uttarakhand is unspoiled due to less tourism activity. You can experience an authentic mountain village by taking walks between different places in the village.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Khirsu

Mukteshwar

Known as ‘Apple country’, Mukteshwar is situated at the elevation of 7500 feet in the lap of Kumaon hills. It got its name from the Mukteshwar Dham temple, a 350 years old Shiva temple. This place gives an amazing 180-degree views of the mighty Himalayan range.  There are few activities which will make you happy amidst beautiful nature.

Adventure sports

Mukteshwar is well known for its adventure sports such as rock climbing, rappelling. The huge cliffs situated near Mukteshwar, known as ‘Chauli – ki – Jali’ is famous for rock climbing. Paragliding is another attraction in Mukteshwar.

Trekking/ Hiking

For adventure lovers, Mukteshwar is awesome for trekking and hiking. There are many beautiful trails that will surprise you and will satisfy your thirst for trek and hike. One can trek from Peora to Mukteshwar or Peora to Almora, as well as Binsar to Auli.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Auli

Camping

This is another best option to spend some good time with your family and friends. The green forest and mountains are the best place to camp in the lap of Mother Nature.

Less Crowded Hill Stations in Uttarakhand

Binsar

If you are a nature lover and adventurer, then Binsar should be in your bucket list. Primarily this place is very famous for its bird sanctuary. Binsar is situated at an elevation of 2,420m and 95 km from Nainital. It offers some of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas. From here one can witness the beautiful Chaukhamba peak, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Shivling and Panchchuli.

Binsar is also a trekker’s paradise. There are beautiful trails amidst nature, tall trees, lush forest of Oak and Rhododendrons.

Binsar Bird Sanctuary

With 200 over bird species found and recorded here, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is nothing but a paradise for bird lovers. It’s a treat to see different kinds of birds including both resident and migratory birds. The beautiful nature, lofty mountains, and exquisite birds will fill your heart with joy and wonder.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Dhanaulti

Binsar

Kedartal

Situated at a high altitude in Uttarakhand, Kedartal is also known as Shiva’s lake. This is one of the highest lakes in Uttarakhand, at an altitude of 4,912 meters. It has been formed by the melting of Kedar glacier, thereby giving birth to the Kedar Ganga river. This is one of the most challenging trek routes in Uttarakhand.

Kedartal is surrounded by Thalay Sagar, Bhrigupanth, Jogin 1, Jogin 2 and other Himalayan Peaks. As this place is naturally diverse, one can notice vivid wildlife such as blue sheep, Ghoral, Himalayan black bear and various birds. The crystal clear water of the lake surrounded by mountains and tall peaks that will thrill you for sure.

Also Read: How to Plan a Trip to Nainital

Lohaghat

Blessed with scenic beauty, Lohaghat is a mesmerizing town in the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. Enriched with an astonishing historical past, this place was the cultural capital of the Chand dynasty. It is situated on the banks of the Lohawati river. One can opt for fishing and water sports which are great recreation apart from exploring the beauty of Lohaghat.

Apart from Yoga and meditation, this place is ideal for camping, bonfire, and some leisure time activities. Since it is not a trekking destination, one will have to bring their own camping equipment.

lohaghat

Less Crowded Hill Stations in Uttarakhand – Conclusion

Above mentioned places are famous but less traveled yet. If you are keen to hit the less travel road then they are all are for you. These places are not unknown but due to fewer tourists, they are unspoiled and intact with natural wonders. Put all these in your bucket list and be ready to get amazed.

I hope the list above was of help. If you have any questions; or need any other details; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum; and I will be glad to answer.

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