There are two Ramgarhs which I have grown up listening about one was Ramgarh from the “Sholay” movie another was where my uncle used to send peaches and apples from. I was a tad bit sad to discover that both of them are not the same place. Ramgarh of Uttarakhand also known as fruit bowl of Kumaun is divided into two part Talla(Down)
Ramgarh and Malla (Ramgarh). Ramgarh is yet to earn the title of a tourist destination. While you may notice many of the ‘for sale’ tag on properties while you go around the town. Situated at a height of 7,000ft, it is an off-beaten track, near to Mukteshwar. There is no Mall Road like that of Nainital, no shopping centers, no lakes what it has got is the unobstructed view of the Himalayas which is breath taking on clear days.
The other very famous thing about the place are the orchards which provide you with one of the best apples, pears, and peaches. Trust me tourists take car full of peaches from here. Excursionists often mention Ramgarhs as one of the best places to visit in Mukteshwar or sometimes they even mention it as places to visit in Nainital.
Going into the history of the place Rabindra Nath Tagore, Ramdhari Singh Dinkar ,Hirananda Vatsyayan, Mahadevi Verma are few of the famous writers who got refuge for their creative thought in a small village known for its orchards. Inspired by history of creative insights many investors are showing keen interest in Ramgarh.
“Its slowly turning into a place where big meetings are held, ideas, strategy, risk and returns discussed under a clear sky. “Investors could spend some time with these startup companies and afford to have long chats about their propositions – a rarity in Delhi” according to Business Insider.
What to do in Ramgarh?
Ramgarh is a place for those who enjoy simple things in life. You may bump into a small household industry which makes jams, juices, squashes and marmalade. You can of course paddle around the orchards, pluck an apple and taste the forbidden ecstasy.
Travelers can visit a library named after Maha Devi Verma. Various ashrams including Sri Aurobindo Ashram regularly conducts Yoga and Meditation here. A trek of around 4 kms to Tagore Top, where Gurudev lived in 1903 – what remains is only a nondescript cottage.
Another trek which I would recommend is trek to Jhandi Darr. It starts at Gagar which is a few kms on the way to Ramgarh. The place is absolutely mesmerizing with a side view of the majestic Himalayas and other uninhibited mountains.
The Kosi river is filled with Masheer for those who live fishing around. Also promise range of adventure activities which includes camping alongside the river, rock-climbing, rapping etc. Mountain Biking is becoming one of the popular activities.
Excursion from Ramgarh
It sits right in between among many of its popular cousins which includes Mukteshwar which is only at a 20kms distance, Nainital, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal Kasar Devi and Sattal. Nathuakhan which is a small hamlet between Bhowali and Ramgarh deserves special mention for the peace and serenity it offers. This village is surrounded by verdant oak, pine, birch and kaphal trees.
Where to stay in Ramgarh?
This place has to offer from budget hotels to Fully Fledged Luxury Resorts. We would encourage to stay in home stays. It is well connected to Nainital & nearby locations.The people are very welcoming. It helps directly contributing to the local economy. You can easily find accommodation in round the year.
This place is very warm. You need not carry heavy clothes unless you are travelling in winters. Temperature varies from 14 degree to 26 degree Celsius.
How to reach Ramgarh?
By Railway: The Nearest Railway station, Kathgodam, is only 50 kms away from Ramgarh.
By Road: Frequent buses/cabs leave from Haldwani, Kathgodam and Dehli to Ramgarh. The road from Bhowali to Ramgarh is in a much better shape compared to the one that cuts from Khutani.