The small Himalayan state of Uttarakhand is popular for Garhwal Himalayas and Kumaon Himalayas. The most noteworthy of all the town in the Kumaon belt is the lake city of Nainital, it is a popular tourist resort of Kumaon. The other popular destinations in Kumaon include Almora, Chaukori and Kausani. However, the beautiful village of Munsiari has made a place for itself in the recent times. The Kumaonis are simple people, extremely friendly and trustworthy. The Kumaonis love their sweets and they mostly work on their own farmlands. They greet tourists with a smile. Often in the villages, the kids gladly show their village around to the tourists.
The bus had been honking for quite some time now. I am in the northern fringes of India and the big plan of this day was to travel from Chaukori to Kausani and then indulge in Kausani sightseeing. I hopped aboard and the vehicle started rolling down the hills. It crossed the farms, villages, huts, shacks and finally stopped in the town of Bageshwar for a break. Bagnath Temple The locals gave me the direction to the temple. The alley leading up to it was congested with shops selling various products like handicrafts, utensils, clay pots, stationery, sweets and snacks. But the more dominant items were flowers, incense, conch shells…
It was supposed to be a day dedicated to Nainital sightseeing on foot. From the roof I watched the sparkling green water of the Himalayan lake of Nainital in India. The next sight where I settled my eyes on was the exquisite minarets of the Jama Masjid. It is impossible not to praise the beauty of this mosque. The hotel I stayed in was perched atop a steep incline emerging out of an alley near the Nainital Stadium. Due to the steepness of the hotel’s location, watching the town from its roof was like observing from a watchtower. The Sun was shining bright when I climbed down the steep alley…
In the Kumaon circuit of India, Almora is more or less overshadowed by the presence of its ‘big brother’ destinations. The travelers are more engaged composing poetry in Munsiyari or sailing the yachts in Nainital. This is my second visit in the Kumaon belt and in my first one I too had developed such a ‘nothing special’ concept of Almora. It changed this time. I rediscovered Almora. A walk down its lanes revealed Almora : places to visit and things to eat. The tedious train journey from Kolkata to Lalkuan followed by the short bus ride to Nainital for overnight stay before setting off the next day to reach Almora had…
My travelogue on Munsiyari, Uttarakhand