Almora, another popular hill station of Uttarakhand is known as the cultural capital of Kumaon. This town is situated on a 5 km mountain range situated at an altitude of 1,650 m and from a distance its shape resembles a horse shoe. Almora was not discovered and developed by the British, instead it was the seat of power of the Chand Dynasty who ruled the land of Kumaon for almost a millennium. The town has maintained its old customs and traditions that are visible in the way houses and roads have been built.
The old forts, the historical monuments and the royal courts still exist in decent shape. The Kaushiki (Koshi) and Shalmali (Suyal) Rivers encircle the town, overlooked by the snows of the Himalayas. A must buy are the local Kumaoni sweets called Bal Mithai and Singauri.
Chopta is a small settlement and valley that is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This region is very popular among tourists, mainly because of the number of options it provides for exploring. The entire region is a haven of beauty, and the ones among you who are looking for a good place to relax, without the hustle and bustle of a typical tourist hotspot can visit Chopta valley and gaze in awe at the many peaks located a short distance away from the valley.
Best time to visit Chopta is during winter, due to snow fall in the region. Chopta is located in the Rudraprayag district. Chopta is also starting point of Tungnath and Chandrashila. Tungnath is a temple of Lord Shiva and Chandrashila is the highest point in the area. Chopta is well connected by road to Haridwar, Rishikesh and Delhi. Chopta is located on Ukhimath - Gopeshwar road. Chopta is not like typical hill station with so much hotels and crowd. Chopta is very quiet destination. Chopta is destination for trekking and nature lovers. Tungnath Temple is closed in December to March.
Ranikhet is a place related with the legends of Himalayas. Historical accounts tell us the Queen Padmini of Kumaon was enchanted by this tiny hill paradise. King Sudhardev obliged her, by building a palace here for the queen and named the place Ranikhet (the queen's fields). No trace of the palace can be found today, but the place remained the same: captivating, abounding with flowers, trees and green meadows in the midst of heavenly Himalayan surroundings. Lost into oblivion for long, the picturesque hill station was rediscovered by the British. They bought the land from the native villagers and build it into a summer resort apart from establishing an army recruitment centre. Ranikhet still remains the head quarters of the gallant Kumaon Regiment.
Shri Hemkunt Sahib is an important pilgrimage
destination for Hindus and Sikhs. Hemkund is the breathtaking Lokpal
lake located at an altitude of 4329 m from the sea level. The
picturesque natural settings make this hill region an amazing place for
rejuvenating vacations. One can reach this majestic lake through a
challenging but interesting and enjoyable trek from Ghangharia. Sikhs
consider this as a scared region with one of the famous Sikh Gurudwara
placed in the heart of the region. A Hindu shrine dedicated to
mythological hero Lakshmana is attractive for Hindu Pilgrims. This
temple is built on the banks of Hemkund.