Kumaon City Guide
Kumaon is a beautiful region in the newly formed state Uttaranchal . It is in the northern side of Uttar pradesh .Kumaon is derived from "Kurmanchal" which meanes Land of the Kurmavtar
Kumaon in Uttaranchal is a land of fairs and festivals, legends and mythology snow capped mountains and glaciers, valleys and glades, lush forests and alpine meadows, lakes and gushing streams, birds and animals, butterflies and flowers, all combine to make a sum of delight unsurpassed elsewhere. Kumaon comprises the six north-eastern Himalayan districts of Almora, Bageshwar Champawat, Nainital, Pithoragarh and Udham Singh Nagar. To the east and the north the region touches the international boundaries of Nepal and Tibet. Nature has been at its bountiful in endowning Kumaon with exquisite tourist sites and scenic grandeur.
Kumaon was classic tiger country. Now-a-days most of Kumaon's remaining Tigers are resident in the Jim Corbett National Park, India's first National Park situated in the lower Kumaon hills (Near Ramnagar).
What To See
Almora Situated on the confluence of two sacred rivers, Saryu and Gomti, Bageshwar is an important centre for Shiva worshippers. According to tradition Markendaya Muni lived here and Lord Shiva wandered in the form of a Tiger in this holy tract. The present 'Bagnath' temple located here was constructed by king Laxmi Chand in 1602 A.D. In close proximity is the old temple of Vaneshwar as well as the recently constructed Bhairav temple.
Champawat (1,615m) offers a captivating view of the delightful wooded country and attracts also by its rich historic wealth. At one time it was the capital of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon. Under the crackling wheels of time, the ancient (11th to 12th century A.D.) shrines of Champawat have lost their main sanctum, but the remaining structure, the ancient temples of Baleshwar and Nagnath as well as the ruins around testify to this day the boundless creative energy of the hill artists.
Pithoragarh (1,645m) is strategically important. On the north it is bound by Tibet and on the east by Nepal. Located in the midst of the extensive Sor valley, Pithoragarh is serenely beautiful. The famous international pilgrimage of Kailash Mansarovar passes through this region. The famous Adi Kailash as well so the glaciers, Milan, Ralam and Namik are located in this district. Pithoragarh is famous for its leather, woollen, wooden and cane goods.
Udham Singh Nagar :
It is a newly formed district carved out from the erstwhile district of Naini Tal. It is named after the famous martyr Udham Singh.
Places To See