Sheraghat is a small unnoticed hamlet on the banks of meandering river Saryu(also known as Sarju) in the Kumaun Region of Uttarakhand state. Sheraghat is popularly a halting point among the travellers who are on the way to discover more popular sites of Kumaun Uttarakhand.
It has been traditionally very popular, as a refreshment point, among the daily travellers travelling from Almora to Chaukori or nearby places or beyond. The place is surrounded by green towering mountains. Sheraghat is an enchanting place for lazy getaway for anyone looking.
A bridge over the Saryu river connects Sheraghat with Berinag and beyond. The bridge gives you some of the perfect frames to capture. Sheraghat has been an important place in a mythological sense as it finds reference in the Ramayna. The place also used to be a halting point for the Adi Kailash Pilgrims.
As mainly considered refreshing point between the journey, Sherghat has not much Hotels to accommodate, though few hotels basic amenities are available. You can enjoy the local fish dish, as served by almost every restaurants and dhabas nearby. The place is famous for its fish dish serving from decades ago, as the place falls on the main route.
A vegetarian of mine confessed even the Rajma here is worth a try. They use the home grown hill rajma along with some of the best local seasoning. A treat not to be missed.
Activities in Sheraghat?
One can go for angling on the river Saryu. And can also join the local anglers, that catch the fish with their tradditional way.
Hiking is another option to the nearby villages. Meeting villagers, knowing and understanding their culture, traddition and sharing thoughts may give you a totally new experience. The people are courteous and would gladly open their doors for tourist sharing antidotes with blurry lines between the wild and the supernatural.
Nearby places to visit in Sheraghat:
Gangolihaat: It is about 95 km from Sheraghat; the famous tempe of ‘Haatkalika’, devoted to goddess ‘Kali’ is perched here. Nestled between the thick Deodar trees, the temple has its own charm. The Morning Prayer is worth watching.
Berinaag: It is situated 75 km before Sheraghat. It is the major market for the nearby areas, famous for local fruits and vegetables. And is station for local taxis or other transport.
Thal: It is about 110 km from Sheraghat, and falls on the way to Munsiyari. The town is situated on the banks of River Ramganga. One can go for angling or may sit on the banks of the river.
Munsiyari: It is about 150 km from c, and is famous for its magnificent view of Panchachuli sister peaks. The place is rich in Flora and Fauna. Famous among Bird watchers, Munsiyari has a rich species of variety of high altitude and rare birds such as Himalayan monal, rock bunting, snow pigeon, bearded vulture, griffon vulture and many other. The place acts as the base for the trekker heading towards Milam Glacier. One may also have a day or two day trek to Khulia top in Munsiyari. The top gives a heart touching view of the Himalayan peaks one may camp or return back to munsiyari.
Dharchula: It is about 160 kms away from Sheraghat. This beautiful place is situated on the banks of River Kali and is also trading point with Nepal and is also acts as a base for the ITBP (Indo-Tibet Border Police).
Best time to visit Sheraghat:
Sheraghat is welcome to the visitors round the year. The summer offers the visitors with Mangos but because of its close proximity with Saryu river it gets really hot and humid here . The winters on the other hand are much cooler and thus should be more appropriate if one wishes to make Sheraghat the end point of their journey.
How to reach Sheraghat ?
By Road: Sheraghat is 385 km from delhi (Anand Vihar ISBT). Regular buses are also available from Delhi. You might be well advised to take the train upto Kathgodam.
By Rail: Kathgodam is the nearest rail-head. One can hire a taxi or may board on regular passenger buses and taxi’s.
By Air: Pantnagar is the nearest airport about 108 km.
Distance Chart Sheraghat:
Almora to Sheraghat – 214kms
Nainital to Sheraghat – 274kms
Kathgodam to Sheraghat – 300 kms
Munsyari to Sheraghat – 165 kms
Thal to Sheraghat – 110 kms
Dharchula to Sheraghat – 160kms