Uttarakhand is often referred as the Dev bhoomi as a beautiful place is a home to numerous revered temples. The place is blessed with the most beautiful hill stations, places like Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Almora, Haridwar are major tourist places in Uttarakhand but still, there are places which are yet to be explored. The undefined beauty of Uttarakhand lies in its untouched nature and unexplored hills where the only luxury is serenity and tranquillity. Here I have listed some of the places which aren’t commercialized tourist destinations and hence can be your next unexplored destinations in Uttarakhand.
This place is a hidden treasure. Known for the Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave, which is a temple mainly dedicated to Lord Shiva but it is believed that the cave is an abode of 33 crore gods and goddesses. The reason why I listed this place is not just because of the mysterious cave but the surrounding. The quite and serene environment of that place is spellbinding. To reach here you need to travel just13 km from the Gangolihat in Pithoragarh district.
Khirsu is an unexplored place but now it is earning a good name as a hill station. Located in the Pauri Garhwal district, Khirsu is situated at a distance of 15 km from the Pauri town. It is a picturesque and quaint place dotted with the oak, deodar trees and apple orchards. This tiny Garhwal town offers a majestic view of the Himalayan ranges. It is a perfect destination for camping and trekking. It is a paradise for all nature lovers as one gets to enjoy the melodious chirping of the birds, long walks in the forests exploring new routes and capturing the beautiful sight of numerous Himalayan peaks in their memories.
Perched at an elevation of 7500 feet, in the lap of Kumaon hills, Mukteshwar is located at a distance of 51 Kms from Nainital and 72 Km from Haldwani. ‘Chauli-Ki-Jali’, located on the edge of a cliff near the 350 years old ‘Mukteshwar Dham Temple’, is an excellent spot to enjoy rock-climbing. The place offers a breathtaking view of the Kumaon hills and a number of adventure activities. Jim Corbett, the renowned hunter and naturalist was said to be fallen in love with the charm of this place and made it his second home.
Situated at an altitude of 2,300 mt and snuggled in the folds of snow clad mountains, Munsiyari is considered as the Kashmir of Uttrakhand. Located in the Pithoragarh District, it is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations famous for panoramic vistas of the virgin nature. People visit Munsiyari to escape the bustling life of the cities and to feel the tranquillity of this place.The place offers a spellbinding view of the Himalayas and some breathtaking treks. A short trek to Nanda Devi temple is a must do when you are in Munsiyari. It is situated at a distance of 3 km and offers the most beautiful view of the Panchachuli mountains.
Perched at an elevation of 2420 mt, Binsar is a spectacular hill station amidst the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The lush green forest and picturesque views of the Himalayan ranges, this place is a paradise for holiday seekers, nature lovers and trekking buffs from across the nation. The thick foliage, vibrant flower-strewn meadows and dense cover of oak, pine and rhododendron forests, entices every visitor to fall in love with the serene and calm beauty of this place. The Binsar wildlife sanctuary is a home to more than 200 species of birds. The place is famous for the 300 km of a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks.
The beauteous hill station of Chakrata is situated in the Dehradun district and is one of the best-unexplored destinations in Uttarakhand. It is a loner’s paradise and heaven for backpackers. The lovely hill station offers several adventure activities, including enthralling mountain climbing. The picturesque town has numerous beautiful waterfalls, the gorgeous Tiger fall is one of them. Apart from this, the place offers numerous treks, forest camping, and long village walk through the periphery of the hill station.
Blessed with a serene climate, lush green nature and gorgeous views of the Himalayan peaks, Lohaghat is one of the hidden treasures of Uttarakhand. It is one of the least explored tourist places in Uttarakhand, far away from the evil effect of the urbanization and hence a perfect destination for offbeat traveling. Lohaghat is located amidst towering pine and oak forest with abundant natural beauty wherever one looks. It is an ideal place to indulge in nature walks on forest trails that take some through lush greenery.
Perched at a height of 8790 ft. in Rudraprayag district, Chopta is a picturesque hamlet, which is still unexplored. The village is famous for being the commencement point of the highly revered shrines of Lord Shiva, the ‘Tungnath Temple’. A short trek from the temple to Chandrashila will leave you awestruck. The place offers a 360-degree view of the majestic snow clad Himalayan mountain peaks. Chopta is an ideal place to camp and to enjoy the beauty of nature. Camping is an amazing experience to have with family and friends when you are in the lap of nature.
Ranikhet is a picturesque hill station and an offbeat honeymoon destination nestled in the lap of Kumaon hills in Uttarakhand. The unmatched colonial charm surrounded by nature is a perfect place to spend some quiet and intimate time with your soulmate. There are few popular trekking trails in Ranikhet that one can explore with family and friends. Trek from Chaubatia Orchards to Holm Farm is quite popular among tourists. If you ask me, it is one hell of a trekking experience.
Peora is truly the best-kept secret of Uttarakhand, it is untouched by the hands of modernity. If you are looking to spend few days of your life intensely closer to nature, this is where you should be. It may just turn out to be life changing for you. It is only 10 Kms away from Mukteshwar but while the latter is really lovely, Peora is in a class of its own. It is a place where you come to rest and take long solitary walks. It is a beautiful place for artists and creative minds, who are seeking some alone time, to discover themselves.