Naukuchiatal means “the lake with nine corners”, the legend has it that anyone who sees all nine sides of the lake at one time is blessed with Nirvana and will find his way in heaven. So a lot is at stake when you visit this hidden pearl in Uttarakhand. The place is serenity personified, Contrary to its cousins ‘Nainital’ and ‘Bhimtal’, the place is unlikely to be accompanied by crowds, noise and irritation, even in the peak seasons.
Dense forests and greenery surround Naukuchiatal, the deepest lake in Uttarakhand is about 175 feet deep. It offers some pleasing walks for nature lovers. Famous for its boat rides, it has some of the best scenic views of the sparkling bluish water lake and its delightful environment.
The comparatively stagnant Naukuchiatal Tourism gained recognition after a holiday by the Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in August 1986. The thick green forest cover of species like grave willow shelters not only to deer but also to some of the rare genre of orchards like Dendrobunis, Vanda, Coelogyna, and Serides.
Things to do in Naukuchiatal :-
The beauty of the place is that you don’t have to follow any checklist. It is a place for Nature Lovers who are running away from the maddening crowd and the deafening noise. One can just sit there admiring the lake, taking a sip of tea, and just feeling one with the environment. Trekking and walking along the azure crystal of Naukuchiatal lake, is another delightful option, providing peace and tranquility.
“The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty – to think, feel, do just as one pleases”
Boating is an all-time favorite, and one finds himself surrounded by huge mountains, enjoy magnificent vistas sitting in a Shikara. There are several other adventure activities, being conducted here which include kayaking, zorbing, parasailing.
Apart from the above Naukuchiatal also offers Horse Riding. Kids and ladies can go for fancy dress photography in typical native clothes.
It is a perfect place to indulge in new hobbies like bird watching and angling . It’s a place full of exquisite birds including the lights of kingfishers, swallows and tits. If you are lucky, you can also get a shot of Long-tailed Paradise Flycatchers.
Secluded trails often lead to nearby villages, where one will be able to witness a how phaddi culture embrace the ecosystem around it and their warm hospitality. You can also visit to famous Vaishno Devi Temple, with a giant statue of Lord Hanuman and an artificial tunnel leading into the carven-like temple.
Among the high adventures, paragliding in Naukuchiatal steals the show. Many vendors who are offering paragliding in Naukuchiatal have cropped up in the last few years which provide this service. ‘If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try’. Give it a shot.
The paragliding rates vary according to the season and of course your bargaining power. Normally, Naukuchiatal paragliding rates vary from Rs 1000 to Rs 1500. One can also try offroading in wheel mania off-road track while riding the world’s BEST ATV from Polaris U.S.A.
Naukuchiatal Music Festival:
The Escape Festival, a three-day event which invites some of the best Indie Music Artist (Independent music) from across the country to showcase their talent. It is in these days when the sleepy little lake town is gripped by an infectious wave of excitement. The genre of music features soul-based sounds with a prominent pop influence Slowly and steadily the Indie Music Scene is evolving, the show attracts music lovers (Mostly youth) around the country. The Escape Festival happens in and around May.
Excursions from Bhimtal:
17 km from Naukuchiatal, Ghorakhal is famous for two places Ghorakhal Golju Temple and Ghorakhal Sainik School. It is a pleasing place at an altitude of 2000 meter. Golju Maharaj, the presiding deity, is the God of justice. They write letters,(sometimes on stamp paper) to their beloved deity. The temple is filled with bells which tied by the pilgrims. It’s a perfect picnic spot. Paragliding Activities have also started here.
33 km from Naukuchiatal is on Nainital Haldwani Highway. A health resort and is an excellent spot for those who are interested in floriculture and butterfly catching. The beekeeping centre is an added attraction.
23 km from Naukuchiatal, Nainital is one of the most alluring destinations in the state. The city has evolved around the Naini Lake. The summer capital of United Province continues to be known as the ‘lake district of India” The buzz and noise, the tranquility of Nature, the growing needs of modern traveler Nainital has it all packed in one small hill station.
Located 17 km from Naukuchiatal , Sattal, perched at an altitude of 1370 metres. ‘Sattal’ means ‘seven lakes’. Interestingly, three of these lakes are named Ram tal, Lakshman tal, Sita tal and other are Bharat tal, Hanuman tal, Naldamyanti tal, Gurad tal. TheseIt seven interconnected lakes are surrounded by tall oak and pine trees, and this ecosystem is ideal for bird watchers and adventure enthusiasts. The green mountain ranges and sparkling greenish water reflect nature gloriously in all its bounty.
Located 36 km from Naukuchiatal , Ramgarh is also known as the fruit bowl of Kumaun is divided into two part Talla(Down) Ramgarh and Malla (Ramgarh).The other very famous thing about Ramgarh are the orchards which provide you with one of the best apples, pears, and peaches. It has a history of hosting poets, writers, and artist who come to the hills seeking inspiration.
At a distance of 42 km from Naukuchiatal, Mukteshwar is a stunning place nestled between the dense conifers and fruit Orchards and is situated 2,286 meters above sea level. Mukteshwar offers 180-degrees view of the Himalayan Ranges. One can see the peaks of Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti, Nandakot, Trishul, and Panchachuli. It is a famous hill station in Kumaon.
7. Kainchi Dham:
Situated at 23km from Naukuchiatal, this small ashram compound where Maharaji spent much of his later years. Kaichi Dham had its share of the limelight when in a candid interview, Mark Zuckerberg revealed to the Prime Minister, that he had visited a temple in India on the advice of Steve Jobs
How to Reach Naukuchiatal:
By Road: Naukuchiatal is just 5 km from Bhimtal and the total distance between Naukuchiatal from Nainital s just 25 km. If you are coming from then Delhi then the total distance is near about 290 km.
How to Reach Naukuchiatal from Delhi
The total distance from Delhi to Naukuchiatal is approximately 301 km. Below are the directions & map to reach from Delhi to Naukuchiatal –
Starting – New Delhi, Delhi 110001
- Get on NH 24 in Block S from Raisina Road, Firoz Shah Rd, Sikandra Rd, Vikas Marg and Noida Link Rd 19 min (9.4 km)
- Continue on NH 24 to Tanda Range 4 h 27 min (235 km)
- Continue to Rampur, Haldwani 31 min (24.4 km)
- Follow NH 87 to Bhowali-Bhimtal-Haldwani Rd/Haldwani-Bhowali Rd 18 min (9.4 km)
- Continue on Bhowali-Bhimtal-Haldwani Rd. Drive to Naukuchiatal Rd 49 min (23.3 km)
Destination – Naukuchiatal
By Air: The nearest airport is Pantnagar which is at a distance of 60 km from Naukuchiatal..
By Rail: If you are planning your journey by railways then in that case the nearest Railhead is Kathgodam near Haldwani which is just 29 km away from Naukuchiatal.