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KUMAON DIARIES- PART 5

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This is an English version of one of my Bengali write ups which published in one Bengali magazine ‘Tathyakendra’ on 1st April, 2009. We, a group of 15 members from our family traveled Kumaon in the year of 2008. After 11 years I am reminiscing here one of my most memorable tours. It is an updated one; it will help my readers to know about Kumaon trip.

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DAY 12

Our train Bagh express would leave Kathgodam around 10 pm. So we had a full day in our hand. We checked out our Hotel Pratap Regency around 10 am after our breakfast. On the way first we visited Bhimtal.

Bhimtal was a town in Nainital district was about 22 kilometers (took 1 hour) from Nainital. In the Bhimtal Lake, there was an island at its center. Bhimtal was an ancient place named after Bhima of Mahabharata. Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple, an old Shiva temple was situated in the bank of Bhimtal Lake, was believed to have been built when Bhima visited the place during the exile of Pandavas. Bhimtal Lake that was superbly encircled by mountains tempts tourists with its glamorous yachting facilities. Then we moved to Sattal.

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To reach from Bhimtal to Sattal it took near about 2 hours (50 Kilometers). Sattal or Sat Tal (seven lakes) which was an interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes. During British rule, the area had a tea plantation. From Nainital it took nearly 1 hour 45 minutes to reach there (45 Kms). Set amongst dense forests of oak and pine trees, Sattal was one of the few pristine and clean freshwater lakes in India. These lakes were a paradise for migratory birds. It was home to a number of camps being operated principally by local individuals catering to tourists trying to find outdoor vacations.

Extensive deforestation, dumping of non-biodegradable waste, uncontrolled urbanization and nearby forest was harming the ecology of that area. This results in scanty rainfall, a decrease in the number of plant and animal species. Poaching has eliminated many wild animals. Among seven lakes, Khudariya Tal became Sukha Tal (Dry Lake) due the leakage of water from its western extremity. Sattal has many different varieties of fish. Many tourists were offering foods to fishes. Without activity getting food made them obese. The seven lakes were

  1. Panna Tal or Garud Tal

2.      Nal-Damyanti Tal

3.      Purna Tal

4.      Sita Tal

5.      Ram Tal

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6.      Laxman Tal

7.      Sukha Tal or Khurdariya Tal

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The moment we heard the term lake, the first thought that came to our mind is of a boat ride. We have done boating nearly one hour. Then we went to Naukuchiatal.


Naukuchiatal or “lake of 9 corners” was a little hill station in Nainital district in India. It was also surrounded by hills covered in trees and shrubs. It was the deepest of all the lakes in the Nainital region. Within the valley are opportunities for angling and bird watching. Other activities include parasailing, paragliding, fishing, rowing, paddling or yachting. The lake was situated 9 km from Bhimtal, and 25 km from Nainital. It was believed that this lake was created once exhausting worship of Lord Brahma and a tiny low temple dedicated to Lord Brahma existed close to the KMVN guesthouse. According to locals anyone performing a parikrama (rotation) of the lake would be blessed by Lord Brahma.

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Naukuchiatal – it’s a less explored destination as compared to Nainital. Fortunately it was not spoiled like Nainital Lake with all that litter around. That Lake was surrounded with hills covered with thick layer of trees. One will relish sitting close to the lake varied birds around it.

After spending sometime near lake, we retired back to our next destination Kathgodam to catch our train. Kathgodam was a town in the Nainital district of India. It was part of the twin township of Haldwani-Kathgodam. It was one of the important collection centers for forest products obtained from Kumaon Himalayas. Today, the town contained a terminus station on its Indian Railways line. From this time, one must travel by automobile to the Kumaon region of the Himalayan Mountains. From Kathgodam, mountain roads lead to tourist destinations like Nainital, Bhimtal, Sattal, Mukteshwar, Ranikhet, Binsar, Kausani, Naukuchiyatal and Almora.

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Important Information regarding Kumaon trip:

How to reach Nainital

BY AIR

There are no direct flights between Kolkata to Nainital. The convenient way to reach from Kolkata to Nainital is to take flight from Kolkata to New Delhi then take State Transport Bus from New Delhi to Nainital. The nearest airport to Nainital is Panthnagar, situated at a distance of 70 km. The Pantnagar Airport is a two hour drive away. Direct flights to Pantnagar are available only from New Delhi. Travelers can avail taxis or buses to reach Nainital from IGI Airport, New Delhi, which is a journey of about 7 hours.

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BY TRAIN

Kathgodam is the nearest rail station to Nainital, which is only 42 kilometres away and from the Nainital. You can easily get a cab or even take a bus. There are many alternative trains if you’re wondering the way to reach Nainital, depending on where you are coming from, including the Ranikhet Express, Uttarakhand Sampark Kranti Express, and the Kathgodam Anand Vihar Shatabdi, which all come from Delhi. From Kolkata, Gorakhpur or Lucknow you can avail the Bagh Express Train and if you are coming from Haridwar or Dehradun you can take the Dehradun-Kathgodam Express.

By Road

If you are going by bus you’ll take a bus from Delhi and they leave from the ISBT Anand Vihar and therefore the buses are under the hand of Uttarakhand Roadways and they leave every day. You can also drive here, but that isn’t recommended (as per my recommendation) unless you know roads of that area.

Our itinerary (From Kolkata)

Day 1-Train from Kolkata

Day 2-In Train

Day 3-Reach Tanakpur. Transfer to Lohaghat via Shyamlatal. Nightstay at Lohaghat.

Day 4-Lohaghat to Pithorgarh. Nightstay at Pithoragarh.

Day 5-Pithoragarh to Munshyari via Birthi falls. Nightstay at Munshyari.

Day 6-Munshyari local sightseeing. Nightstay at Munshyari.

Day 7-Munshyari to Patal Bhubaneswar via Chaukari. Nighstay at Patal Bhubaneswar.

Day 8-Patal Bhubaneswar to Kausani. Nightstay at Kausani.

Day 9-Kausani local sightseeing. Nightstay at Kausani.

Day 10-Kaushani to Ranikhet. Night stay at Ranikhet.

Day 11-Ranikhet to Nainital. Nightstay at Nainital.

Day 12-Nainital local sightseeing. Nightstay at Nainital.

Day 13-Nainital Lake tour and proceed to Kathgodam for train to Howrah.

Day 14-Transit

Day 15-Reach Howrah early morning.

For any query regarding booking of Transport/Accommodation at KMVN Hotels, kindly contact-

For online booking follow mentioned link KMVN

Phone No: (05942) 236936, 235656

Mobile No: +91-8650002520

E-mail: crckmvn@gmail.com 

Multi-Lingual Tourist Help Line (Toll Free 24 x 7) – 1800111363 or short code – 1363

Head Office

Mr. Rohit Meena(IAS),
Managing Director, KMVN

Phone No.: (05942) 236209, 235700
Fax No.: (05942) 236897
E-mail: kmvn@yahoo.com, mdkmvn71@gmail.com

Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.
Oak Park House, Mallital, Nainital

Mr. Ashok Kumar Joshi(PCS) 
General Manager, KMVN

Phone No.: (05942) 236356 
Fax No.: (05942) 231504 
E-mail: kmvn@yahoo.com

Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.

Oak Park House, Mallital, Nainital

Dr. Beena Suyal, Tourism Developement Officer

Phone No.: (05942) 236356
Mobile No: +91 7534001723,
Fax No.: (05942) 231504
E-mail: kmvn@yahoo.com
Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd.
Oak Park House, Mallital, Nainital

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Reservation Offices

Central Reservation Centre

Mr. Satyendra Juyal
Manager, KMVN
Central Reservation Centre C/O Parvat Tours Near Rickshaw stand Tallital, Nainital.

Phone No.: (05942) 236936 
Fax No.: (05942) 236374 
Mobile No: +91-8650002520 
E-mail: crckmvn@gmail.com

Tourist Rest House (TRH) Contact Number

Almora———-8650002532

Bagheswar—8650002546

Baijnath——–8650002548

Bhowali——–8650002522

Bhimtal———8650002523

Binsar———-8650002537

Birthi———–9917894096

Champawat—-8650002550

Chaukori——-8650002542

Chiliyanaula—8650002534

Danya———-8650002597

Deenapani—–8650002553

Dhaila———-8650002544

Didihat———8650002539

Gangolihat—–8650002552

Jageshwar—–7534001706

Jaspur———7534001708

Kathgodam—-8650002525

Kausani——–8650002545

Khairna——–8650002529

Lohaghat——-9917905539

Mohan———-7465902095

Mukteshwar—-8650002528

Munsyari——-7534001701

Nanakmatta—-8650666657

Naukuchiyatal-8650002524

P.Bhuwneshwar–8650002543

Padampuri——–8650002590

Parichay———-7534001728

Pithoragarh——-8650002538

Ramgarh———-8650002531

Ranikhet———-8650002533

Sattal————-8650002530

Sitlakhet———-7534001730

Sukhatal———-8650002518

Snow-View——-9411108017

Tallital————8650002519

Tankpur———–8650002551

Thal—————8650955526

Other important phone numbers

Cave Garden, Nainital——8650002516

KMVN Jungle Camp, Sigri–9410120865

Ropeway, Nainital———-8650002507

Public Relation Officers (PRO) Offices

Ahmedabad Office:

Mr. Umesh Pandey

PRO, KMVN 301, Ashwamegh House, Behind Choice Restaurant, Near Swatik Char Rasta, Navrangpura,Ahmedabad. 380009
Phone No: (079) 26421214 
Fax: (079) 26421214
Mobile No.: 9426181624
E-mail: kmvnahd@gmail.com

Dehradun Office:

Mrs. Neeta Rathod

45, Gandhi Road, 
Drona Hotel, Dehradun,
Uttarakhand PIN- 248001
Phone No.: (0135) 2749720
Fax: (0135) 2749720
Mobile No.: +91- 8650666653
E-mail: kmvndehradun@gmail.com

Delhi Office :
Mr. Gopal Bisht

PRO KMVN, 103, Indra Prakash Building, 21, Bara Khamba Road, New Delhi
Phone No.: (011) 23319835, 23712246
Mobile No : 
Fax No.: (011) 41519366
E-mail: kmvnnewdelhi@yahoo.com,
kmvnjanpath@yahoo.co.in

Kolkata Office:

Mr. Surendra Prasad Singh.

PRO, KMVN 7/2C Chakraberia Road (South) P.S. Bhowanipur.
Kolkata – 700025 
Ph : 033-24868295
Mobile : 09339878995
E-mail: pro.kolkata@gmail.com

Lucknow Office:

Mrs. Renu Sah

PRO, KMVN Uttarakhand Bhawan, Near NTPC Vibhutikhand, Gomti Nagar Lucknow- 226010
Mob. No. : +91- 9140366681 ,
+91 7310571857
Phone No. : 0522-2723960
E-mail: prokmvnlko@yahoo.co.in

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Mumbai Office:

Ms. Sapna

PRO, KMVN Office No. 5, Basement, Arun Chamber , Near A.C. Market, TAD DAV, Mumbai Central (West)400034
Phone No.: (022) 23536693
Mobile: 09920593304, 9665022559
E-mail: kmvnmumbai@yahoo.com

Pune Office :

Mr. Vinod Negi

A-23 Prestige Chamber,Opposite Sai Service Centre, CTC No.1262,Deccan Gymkhana,J.M.Road Pune-4 
Telefax-91-20-25535209 
Mob-9869151829 
E-mail: kmvnpune@yahoo.in, kmvnpune@gmail.com;

Ramnagar Office :

Mr. Inayat Hussain.

Tourist Rest House Complex Ranikhet Road, Ramnagar( Nainital )
PIN-244715 
Phone Fax-05947-251144
Mob – 9758330867 
Email ID- proramnagar@gmail.com

Best Time to visit Kumaon

October to December and March to May are the best months to visit Kumaon. While January and February are good for those who wish to experience snowfalls. June is quite hot, while July onwards, Kumaon receives lots of rains which makes traveling quite difficult in the area.

Also read KUMAON DIARIES- PART 4

Last updated on 24.01.21

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