Top 5 Unexplored Destinations in Uttarakhand

1. Khirsu

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Khirsu is upcoming as a hill station near Pauri in Gharwal region of Uttarakhand. Khirsu is nature’s bounty and is at about 19 kms drive from Pauri and approximately 90 kms from Lansdowne. Khirsu is perhaps that unknown gem of Garhwal Himalaya from where Mt Chaukhamba can be seen in it’s best position. KMVN is a good option to stay. This is the place for you if you are a Nature lover and like peaceful places. Lansdowne is the nearest Hill Station Besides Pauri. You can hop to this hamlet from either via Rishikesh or Lansdowne. 90 kms either way takes takes minimum of 3 hours to drive. Distance from Delhi is 350 kms.

2. Dhikala

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Dhikala is the core zone of Jim Corbett National Park Region of Uttarakhand. It offers the real feel of forest and nature by living inside Jim Corbett. This place is situated 32 kms inside Corbett National Park. Once you get into Dhangarhi gate, a 2 hour drive takes you to the rest house. It’s a must visit if you want to feel the real wild jungle. You are advised to make plans in advance because the Dhikala Forest Lodge has limited rooms and serves for limited time during the yearn, bookings for which are done well in advance, minimum 45 days booking is required for confirmation. There is heavy rush of wildlife enthusiasts who want to visit Dhikala during peak seasons. Distance from Delhi is 250 kms.

3. Chaukori

 

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Chaukori is a tiny hill station in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Set among the lofty peaks, of the western Himalayan Range in the Kumaon Division of Uttarakhand, Chaukori is at am elevation of 2010 meters affording splendid views of Himalayas majestic peaks. Famous for its tea gardens, Chaukori is considered as the heaven in Kumaon by the travellers. Chaukori is one of the hidden jewels of Kumaon which is still Unexplored by many and is unaffected by crowd and pollution. Providing many photographic opportunities for picturing sunsets and night skies, the place has several ancient temples nearby for a holy experience. Chaukori is at a distance of 530 kms from Delhi. From Kathgodam – 198 kms via Almora and Bageshwar Nainital – 183 kms. The closest railhead is 198 kms at Kathgodam.

4. Chopta

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Chopta is a village located in Uttarakhand. At an elevation of 2,680 metres, chopta is an unspoiled natural destination lying in the lap of the Uttarakhand Himalayas and offers views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. Popularly known as the mini Switzerland of India, Chopta is a heaven on earth. It is base for trekking to Tungnath, third temple of Panch Kedar, which lies 3.5 kilometres away. This place offers stunning views of the majestic peaks specially Chandrishila at 14100 ft. Nearest hamlet is Ukhimath 65 kms away. Distance from Delhi is 410 kms.

5. Binsar

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Time just stands still at Binsar. Near to Almora, Binsar is a Wildlife Sanctuary with an area of approximately 46 square kms. Established in 1988, Binsar is located 33 kms top of Almora. Binsar is a picturesque, sleepy hamlet and one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas. At an impressive altitude of 2420 meters, it offers mesmerising views of Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Shivling and Panchchuli. Home to many rare animals, birds and wild flowers Binsar is a truly fascinating spot. Binsar is also a trekker’s paradise. Little further from Binsar is the temple complex of Jageshwar (34 km from Almora) nestled in a beautiful valley, crested by majestic deodars. This important pilgrimage centre is considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.

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