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Kumaon Top Tourist Destinations

Kumaon is located in the land of Uttarakhand and is famed for its beautiful sceneries and snow-capped mountains. It has as much geographical wonders in store as it has importance as a shelter to holy shrines. Water bodies, valleys and hilly peaks are part of this mountainous region in the foothills of Himalayas.

Kumaon falls under Uttarakhand's administrative division along with the Garhwal division. This administrative division oversees the Nainital, Champawat, Bageshwar, Almora, Udham Singh Nagar and Pithoragarh districts. While Tibet guards its northern part, Nepal borders its eastern side, Garhwal guards the western part and Uttar Pradesh lies on the southern border. Kumaoni is the language spoken in this region with Haldwani, Almora, Nainital, Pithoragarh, Mukhteswar, Kashipur, Ranikhet and Rudrapur as its prominent towns. Below is a list of all the major tourist destinations in Kumaon region.

The Naini Lake:
This is one of the most sought-after fresh water lakes that has a tectonic origin and lies in Kumaon region's Nainital city. It opens with outlets in the south-eastern direction. The most important feeder-stream for the Naini Lake is the Balia Nala. Another 26 drains, perennial in nature, pour into this lake.

The Bhimtal Lake:
It is another very popular lake in Kumaon and is probably the largest lake in the area. It lies 1371m above the sea level and attracts tourists with its hilly surroundings and 'crystal clear' water. Legends claim that the Mahabharata character, Bhim, dug this lake to give water for quenching his brothers' thirst. Today, this place is a 'fish aquarium' with research institutes around this lake for study.

The Nanda Devi Temple:
This holy shrine ranks among the four sought-after Almora temples. It stands over 1000 years and worships Goddesses Sunanda and Nanda. The temple incorporates Kumaoni architectural style to sustain the old-kings cultural symbol in this region.

Several stone pictures adorn the temple walls. The Nanda Devi Fair is the temple's most attractive feature. This Fair initiated in the early 16th century and has continued ever since in August every year. This Fair features the Kumaon and Almora cultures for display.

The Jim Corbett National Park:  
This National Park is one of the famed sightseeing destinations in the Kumaon region. This place came to life in 1936 and named after the famous tiger-hunting personality in India, Jim Corbett. The place is also called 'a home of vanishing species' owing to the vanishing species it houses.

The animals found in this park include man-eaters (tigers), Hog deer, chital, sambar, 25 reptile species, 50 mammal species Ghoral and Nilgai. Old Langur, wild boar, fox, jackals, cobra, sloth bear, python and black bear can also be found here. 580 bird species including peafowl, red jungle fowl, chir pheasant (rare), woodpecker, kites, water fowl, cuckoos, barbets and barbets also dwell here.
Jungle safari is the best way to view the park wildlife. It remains open from 15th November to 15th June every year. Indian tourists have to pay rupees 50 while foreign tourists have to pay rupees 400 to visit this national park. 

The Mayawati Ashram:
It is also called the 'Advaita Ashram' and lies in the Kumaon valleys, popular among spiritualists. Swami Vivekananda while visiting Almora decided to shift his publication 'Prabuddh Bharat' from Madras in 1898 to the Mayawati Ashram.

The Panchachuli Glacier:
This glacier is a natural tourist attraction with snow-capped mountains for scenic view. It beholds the Darma Valley of Pithoragarh district. One can reach the glacier if he treks from Solba for 40km, the last 'bus stop' from Pithoragarh (134km away). The trekking route covers snow-capped mountains and alpine meadows.

Pantnagar is the nearest airbase to Kumaon and this airbase links to all the major cities of the country. The closest rail station is Kathgodam form where one can reach all the important cities like HowrahHealth Fitness Articles, Delhi and Lucknow. One can also ply the bus route for bus service from other Uttarakhand regions

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