Kumaon is a beautiful travel destination of Uttarakhand State (India). Kumaon consists of districts of Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar, Almora, PithoraGarh, Champawat and Bageshwar. The area is in the lap of the Central Himalayas. Kumaon offers the best snowscape panoramas of the Greater Himalayan peaks in the north. God Vishnu’s Kurmavatar was taken here in Kurmu hill and due to the reason the area is known as Kurmanchal and later on it became Kumaon. Wildlife sanctuaries, fruit orchards, religious sites and a beauteous landscape are the different beauties of the region.
The Lake District Nainital is full of beautiful lakes. Its name is upon beautiful Naini Lake named after Goddess Naini.
Almora District, is a beautiful hill district and is very nice for exploring beauty of hills. Almora is the old city with a series of temples all over the District. Ranikhet, Kausani, Bageshwar etc. are other famous places to view in the district.
Ranikhet is known for its tremendous panoramic delights of the high Himalayas. The Famous Baba Hedakhan Temple is also here near Ranikhet.
Dwarahat, place near to Ranikhet is famous for its sequence of temples. It is believed that all Gods decided to stay in this area and ordered Ramganga river to flow from this place. The tree of a “SEMAL” (name of a tree) was ordered to tell the way to the river but the tree slept before arrival of the river and was not able to tell the way to the river. So river went on different route. Due to the reason the Gods were not able to stay in Dwarahat. The temples are very old and according to some people they are made by ‘Pandavas’ during there exile. The area of king VIRAT is also here where ‘Pandawas stayed during there last year of exile named as ‘Ajyatwaas’. There is one place in the area, which is known as bed of Bhima (One of the Pandawas). At this place if you hit on the ground it will sound very nice (like DHUM-DHUM). The area is full of memories of Pandawa’s. The old capitol of Kumaon ‘PALI’ (after Champawat) is also in the same area and known as ‘SARAKAARI PALI’ is still having signs of Gorakha attacks and their stay in Kumaon. After Independence it was a ‘Tahseel’ (subpart of a district) but now it has been shifted to Ranikhet and now known as Tahseel Pali-Ranikhet. In the area a beautiful place Dunagiri (Formally known as Dron-Giri) is there and is famous for Yoga and natural medicines. It is believed that when God Hanumaan was flying towards Lanka after taking Sanjeevani Bootee one part of the hill broke and fell here and this is the place which is now known as Dunagiri. Many famous people came here for Yoga and Samaadhi.
The people of the Kumaon are very peace loving and patriotic. There are lot persons in Indian Army from the region. Who do not know about Capt. Somnath Sharma, The first person who got the highest Indian army award Param Veer Chakra, was also from Kumaon Regiment.
The hills are the best place to spent holidays and for enjoying life.
The nearest airport for Kumaon is Pantnagar, 71 kms from Nainital, 118 kms from Ranikhet and 127 kms from Almora. The newly developed Naini Saini Airport at Pithoragarh shall also start, connecting Kumaon in near future with other parts of the country through commercial flights. The last railhead for Kumaon is Kathgodam on the rail line from Delhi and Lucknow. From Kathgodam regular bus services are provided by UP Roadways and the Kumaon Motor Owners Union, to Nainital (55 kms). Almora (90 kms) and Ranikhet (84 kms) etc.