- Destination: Nainital & Kausani
- Time to Visit: Any time.
- Suggestion: Stay at hotel Snow View Heritage in Nainital if you want to witness sunrise reflection in the Himalayas
- Date of travel: 06th & 7th March 2015
About: Nainital is a popular hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Nainital is set to have a famous valley containing a peer-shaped lake, named Naini Lake.
Kausani is a picturesque hill station with a 300km wide panoramic view of Himalayan peaks Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli.
Trip Planner: Delhi -> Agra -> Haridwar & Rishikesh -> Nainital -> Kausani -> Jim Corbett National Park
Our Journey Starts:
Anindita’s friend Patrick Mennig from Germany visited India. Our plan was to show him some of the beautiful places of India. After an extensive planning, Me, Anindita and Patrick are all set to start our journey. The destinations we will cover in this journey are Delhi, Agra, Haridwar and Rishikesh, Nainital, Kausani and Jim Corbett National Park. As Delhi is the centre point for all trips to Uttarakhand, Uttaranchal and other places. After having a successful Delhi to Haridwar trip, our plan is now to visit Nainital & Kausani on day 3 and day 4 of our trip.
We boarded the “Dehradun-Kathgodam express” which departs Haridwar at 00.25Hrs and reached Kathgodam at 7.10. Used the retiring room in the platform to get fresh. And we are now at the Kumaon region. The time has almost come to take breathtaking views of The Himalayas. The day we reached Nainital, people were celebrating Holi (festival of colors) and taxi’s been quite less in number, though didn’t have any issue to find one. Booked a taxi for Rs. 700 which took us to Nainital from Kathgodam after a journey of 90 minutes through winding roads of the mountains.
The hotel “Snow View heritage” was pre-booked. Generally, one need to take cable-car (rope-way) to reach to the hotel as it is located in a place secluded from all hustle and bustle. Unfortunately, the cable car was closed on that day due to Holi and we had to book another car to reach to the hotel via road-way. The hotel doesn’t look great from outside, but the inside is marvelous. The rooms have king size double beds with room-heater. Wooden floors and sofas added charm to the room. Dining space is also decorated nicely with long curtains and flowers. The hotel lobby is decorated nicely with real head of stuffed animals. I highly recommend this hotel for any traveler who wants to view the sunrise reflection on the Himalayas which happens around 6.15am. Else one can stay near the Naini Lake or the starting point of the cable-car with lots of hotel options. But staying near Naini Lake cuts out all option to view sunrise over Himalaya. This place is also a sight-seeing point for the people staying near the lake.
We were carrying colors with us and celebrated the festival of Holi at Nainital hotel along with the hotel staffs. We quickly finished our breakfast, and started to walk down the mountains. We took the trail between forests instead of well constructed roads which was quite an adventure. The view of the famous Naini Lake was majestic from the top of the mountain. The gusty wind took away all the pain. The cluster of flying hilly colorful flags added charm to the place.
We reached the base of the mountain or near the Naini Lake. Took a Sikhara (boat) for Rs. 250 for a ride of one hour. Most of the people were not coming out of the hotel due to Holi, as a result the place was not at all crowded which we really enjoyed. Nainital people are also very sober and never put colors without permission. The Sikhara ride over Naini Lake can’t be explained in words. The pure water, clear sky, beautiful little boat and the sound of water ripple is all one need to set a mood.
After a lovely boat ride, we did lot of shopping. Woolens are pretty cheap there. I bought an original Adidas jacket for Rs. 500 which was beyond my imagination. As it was quite late in the evening, we decided to go back. As our hotel was at the top the hill, we called a cab driver (arranged before) to come and take us to the hotel. It took only 15 minutes by car to reach the hotel. The plan was to go to Kausani the next day in the same car.
We woke up at 5.30am next day to view sunrise. We are the only one to witness that, as people staying near the lake has no chance to come here during this time by foot. They can still come later in the day to get a view of the snow-clad Himalayas. Organizers fix a powerful binocular too to take a view of the Himalayas for a cost of Rs. 10 per head. It was a windy and chilly morning. But, the sunrise reflection view on the mountain peaks was amazing. As if, all the mountain peaks are burning with fire. Slowly, the color changes to yellow. This is one of the most charismatic views of the Himalayas and no one should miss it.
After an amazing sight, we packed our bags and started our journey for Kausani via Almora and Ranikhet. It took 6 hours to reach Kausani. On the way, we visited a sightseeing spot called “Toad’s point” where a huge rock is lying in the shape of a toad just next to a stream, which was really nice. There are many sight-seeing point around Nainital one can visit. But I believe, those are not worth in compare to the price they charge except the one I just mentioned.
The road to Kausani was not great, not too bad though. The view is nice throughout. A stream will follow you throughout the journey. We stopped at Ranikhet for some time to take some picture. Ranikhet is also beautiful where one can stay, but we preferred to stay at Kausani as it is in higher altitude in compare to Ranikhet and we were also in a tight schedule. We reached Kausani around 5pm. The hotel Blossom Resort was again pre-booked. The hotel is nice. All rooms are facing toward the Himalayas. Hardly any pollution there, birds chirping all around, get a clear view of the majestic Himalayas from the hotel lawn, what else do you need?
We took an evening walk and reached Gandhi Ashram. One can view entire town from this place. People generally come here to see the sunrise. However, we can see it directly from our rooms as it was facing at the right direction. Kausani has beauty of its own and almost pollution free. The serenity of the place still calls me. We arranged a bon-fire by paying Rs. 250 to the hotel staff. Food was served at the hotel lawn near the fire, which was again an amazing experience under a clear starry sky.
Finally at night, we kept our bags packed as we are going to move out in the morning next day. Woke up early again to view the sunrise. This time we were not so lucky enough, as the weather was cloudy and couldn’t spot the sun. I would suggest travelers to stay at least for 2 days in Kausani.
We boarded the booked cab and started our journey to the oldest national park of India, Jim Corbett National park. It took 7 hours to reach Jim Corbett National Park. The road to Corbett is also beautiful. The winding roads are all around the mountain. Trees from both sides of the road leaning to give a shade. The Ramganga river is flowing at its own pace.
Trip to Nainital and Kausani was amazing. The view of the Himalayas can’t be betrayed at any given time, by any given thing.
Stay tuned for the last part of our tip to Corbett, which is one of the best trip of my life….