Ranikhet, Kausani, Munsiary, Choukori & Binsar are the 5 hill-stations, in Kumaon, that we a took a summer vacation trip to avoid the sweltering heat of Mumbai in April-2010:

Ranikhet, Kausani, Munsiary, Chokori, Binsar

Use cursors buttons at Map's top-left corner ... to move around the map and zoom-in/out  ... Earth view is best for me! 


We did many walks and treks in the wonderful woods of Ranikhet

Clumps of beautiful roses in Ranikhet KMVN-TRH garden

Baijnath's ancient temples (16th Cent AD) on way to Bageshwar

Sunrise view of Panchachuli range behind us at Munsiary
 
In Munsiary, we visited this private museum of tribal artifacts and handicrafts of the region; collected & maintained by Dr S S Pangey

    Trekking in the wonderful forest trails of Binsar Sanctuary

View of Nainital Lake from the cable car ride to the ridge top. On our way back we stopped in Nainital for 4-5 hours to kill some time before catching our train from at Kathgodam at 8:30pm

Our Boatman on Nainital Lake ... he seemed to be sincere & hard working sort of chap ... insisting on doing the full lake circuit that we had paid for ...  even though we said he can turn around midway!
I have been to all these five hill-stations in Kumaon before; mostly to relax for a couple of days after completing some strenuous trek. They are all quite and serene places in good altitudes of 1800-2400M and with wonderful Himalayan snow-peak views. Quite different from the touristy hill-stations like Nainital, Mussorie, Shimla etc.

For several years now, I had been wanting to take my wife and show her these wonderful places. April was good month to go as these places would be cool to relax, but I knew viewing the Snow-peaks in summer haze was going to be chancy. So it was, but we did manage to get some very clear sunrise views of Panchachuli, from Munsiary, thanks to some thundershowers in the previous night clearing up the skies.

Faint outlines of Himalayas snow-peaks seen from Ranikhet  - behind the smoke from forest fires rising in the middle distance

Tea Gardens on the hill-slopes below Kausani

Thats how clear the view was in Munsiary (click image to enlarge)

The Nanda Devi temple located in a serene & peaceful bugyal on top of a hill-ridge, some 2 Kms out of Munsiary town. But we were not lucky enough to get the awesome Panchahuli presence that my friend Mr A. K. Chowdhury got in Dec-2007, when he was here (see his pic below)

Nanada Devi Temple, Munsiary (click on Image to enlarge)

Two oldies .... enjoying a boat ride on the Nainital Lake

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