Uttarakhand

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Located at the foothill of the great Himalayas, Uttarkhand is a perfect respite from the crowd and noise of city life. From meadows to rolling mountains to small streams, this state is blessed with natural beauty. The snow-capped hills and the cool mountain breeze will inspire you to explore this mysterious land. Uttarakhand is the perfect summer holiday destination, yes. But Uttarakhand is also called Devbhumi for a reason. It is home to several pilgrimage sites and more temples than you can count. Ranikhet, Kausani and Nainital are three of the most famous hill stations in the state and we have a 5D/4N plan for you to experience this hill state. Also Read - Karnataka Revises COVID-19 Guidelines For Home Isolation - Here Are The New Rules

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Day 1

Bhimtal Lake

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The trip starts with Nainital, which is located in a valley, surrounded by mountains and has a lake shaped like a pear. Visit Bhimtal Lake and enjoy a peaceful boat ride. After that take a lazy stroll at Nakuchiyatal Lake, which is surrounded by dark forest. Now that you are hungry after that stroll, head to Ramgarh to enjoy some fruits fresh from the orchards. Also Read - Nepal Political Crisis: Prachanda Meets President Amid Rift in Ruling NCP

Day 2

The second day begins with a visit to Kainchi Dham, which is a small ashram of Maharaji Neem Karoli Baba. Another place worth a visit is the Corbett National Park, named after the wildlife conservationist Jim Corbett. The park shelters endangered Bengal tigers. You can also check out the Corbett waterfall and Corbett Museum. The national park and and Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary are in news presently as thousands of hectares of forest are engulfed in fire. The fire has been raging for more than a week now and it has also destroyed 70 hectares of forest in the Rajaji Tiger Reserve. ALSO READ Uttarakhand fire: 10 things you need to know about the forest fire destroying our national parks

 Day 3

Ranikhet

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On day three, drive down to Ranikhet from Nainital. The drive will take around an hour and half. Ranikhet is a hill station located in Almora district. The scent of deodar, oak and pine tree will invite you to explore the jungle. Visit Binsar Mahadev temple, which is dedicated to Shiva, and soak in the positive vibes. The image of the temple and a small stream gushing close will remain with you long after you go back to your busy life. For the rest of the day you can relax in your hotel.

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 Day 4

Start your day with Katarmal temple, which is more than 800 years old. The temple is known for its intricate sculpture. You can then drive down to Kausani, which will take you about an hour and half. One cannot describe the beauty of Kausani in words. The hill station gives you a spectacular view of the Himalayan peaks. Surrounded by dense pine trees, the place was rightly called the ‘Switzerland of India’ by Mahatma Gandhi.

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Day 5

Kausani

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On the last day, you can visit Anashakti Ashram and Lakshmi Ashram. Then spend the day shopping for souvenirs and beautiful shawls. Have a really long lunch at nearby local restaurant and breathe in the fresh air before you head back. You can take a flight from Dehradun Airport or train from Kathgodam.

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