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10 Amazing things to do in Jeolikote for a memorable vacation

10 Amazing things to do in Jeolikote for a memorable vacation
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By Sohini Chaudhary

01 Mar, 2023

Uttarakhand, a state abundant in cultural heritage and diverse influences, is also a well-liked destination for adventure sports such as trekking, camping, rafting, and skiing. The unique cuisine of the region is an additional draw for visitors seeking a comprehensive experience. Nestled amidst the serene mountains of Uttarakhand, Jeolikote is a charming little hill station that promises a refreshing break from the hustle-bustle of city life. Known for its lush greenery, picturesque landscapes, and pleasant weather, Jeolikote is an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike.

Whether you’re seeking solitude, adventure, or simply a tranquil getaway, Jeolikote has something to offer to everyone. In this article, we’ll explore the top 10 things to do in Jeolikote that you shouldn’t miss out on.

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Picturesque view of Nainital Lake

1. Trekking In The Himalayas

Jeolikote is an excellent base camp for trekkers who want to explore the Himalayan ranges. Some of the popular trekking routes from Jeolikote include:

Jeolikote to Pangot trek – The trek from Jeolikote to Pangot is a scenic route that takes you through dense forests, lush green valleys, and charming villages, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas. It’s a great way to explore the natural beauty of the region and experience the thrill of adventure.

Jeolikote to Nainital trek – A popular route that takes you through scenic hills, and quaint villages, offering stunning views of the Nainital Lake and the surrounding mountains. It’s a moderate trek that can be completed in a few hours, making it a great option for those who want to explore the natural beauty of the region and enjoy some outdoor adventure.

Jeolikote to Mukteshwar trek – The Jeolikote to Mukteshwar trek is special because it offers a unique blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage. Along the way, you’ll pass through dense forests, green villages and ancient temples, offering a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the region. The trek also offers stunning views of the Himalayas and the surrounding valleys, making it a memorable experience for any nature lover or adventure seeker. 

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Trek in the Himalayan ranges 

2. Birdwatching At Pangot

Pangot is a charming hamlet located just a few kilometres from Jeolikote. It is known for its rich birdlife, and birdwatchers flock here to catch a glimpse of some rare species. Some of the birds that you can spot here include:

Himalayan Griffon – The Himalayan Griffon is a large species of vulture found in the Himalayan region, known for its impressive size and distinctive appearance.

Himalayan Woodpecker – The Himalayan Woodpecker is found in the Himalayan region, known for its vibrant colours and distinctive drumming sound.

Khalij Pheasant – The Khalij Pheasant is a beautiful bird species known for its striking plumage and graceful demeanour.

Koklass Pheasant – The Koklass Pheasant is a species of bird native to the lower Himalayan region, recognized for its beautiful and colourful plumage, and for its unique call, which serves as a characteristic feature of the species.

Crested Kingfisher – The Crested Kingfisher is a large and colourful bird species known for its distinctive crest, sharp beak, and impressive fishing abilities. 

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Witness the beauty of the Himalayan Griffon in Jeolikote

3. Visit The Naina Devi Bird Reserve

A natural haven for avian enthusiasts, the Naina Devi Bird Reserve is set against the majestic Himalayas. Here, the gentle chirping of colourful birds, the soothing rustling of leaves, and the tranquil flow of water create an enchanting symphony, transporting visitors to a world of peace and serenity. With a diverse range of bird species to admire, including the Cheer Pheasant and Black Francolin, the reserve is a true delight for nature lovers and photographers alike. 

Birds in Naina Devi Bird reserve

Explore the Naina Devi reserve (Picture - Nainital Tourism) 

4. Explore The Nainital Lake

A jewel-toned treasure of the Himalayas, the emerald-green waters of the Nainital Lake are a sight to behold. Surrounded by lush hills and charming buildings, the lake offers a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors can enjoy boating, strolling along the lakeside, or simply taking in the breathtaking views of the lake and its surroundings. 

Nainital Lake in Jeolikote

Relax around Nainital Lake (Picture - Trip Advisor) 

5. Enjoy Boating And Yachting At Bhimtal

Nestled amidst the tranquil hills of Uttarakhand lies the serene Bhimtal Lake, a haven for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. Visitors can embark on a journey across the sparkling waters of the lake, with boating and yachting facilities available for an unforgettable experience. The gentle breeze, the calm waters and the stunning views of the surrounding hills make for a truly magical experience. So hop aboard, and let the waters of Bhimtal take you on a journey you’ll never forget. 

Boating in Bhimtal Lake near Jeolikote

Go boating in Bhimtal Lake (Picture - Thrillophilia) 

6. Go On A Wildlife Safari At Jim Corbett National Park

The majestic Jim Corbett National Park, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, is a treasure trove of flora and fauna. Home to the mighty Bengal Tiger and a myriad of other species like graceful spotted deer, nimble langurs, massive Asiatic elephants, stealthy leopards, swift sambar deer, regal peacocks, elusive sloth bears; the park offers a mesmerizing journey through the wilderness. Visitors can explore the lush forests, go on safaris, or simply revel in the tranquillity of this enchanting sanctuary. 

Jungle safar in Jim Corbett National Park

Witness the wildlife in Jim Corbett National Park 

7. Visit The Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple

Perched atop the verdant hills of Mukteshwar, the Mahadev Temple stands as a testament to the timeless wisdom and rich spiritual legacy of India. The intricate architecture, embellished with intricate carvings and intricate designs, exudes an aura of ancient mysticism and grandeur. The temple’s unique location offers unparalleled panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas, infusing visitors with a sense of awe and wonder. With its pristine surroundings and serene ambience, the Mahadev Temple is a sanctuary of tranquillity and spirituality. 

Mukteshwar Mahadev temple

Discover the heritage sites near Jeolikote (Picture - Thrillophilia) 

8. Go Camping In Jeolikote

Camping in Jeolikote is a surreal experience that offers the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. The picturesque landscape, enveloped by dense forests and lofty mountains, creates a serene haven away from the chaos of the city. The tranquil ambience and unpolluted air provide the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate one’s mind, body, and soul. The best camping spots in Jeolikote are situated in close proximity to the famous trekking trails, allowing visitors to indulge in various adventure activities such as hiking, birdwatching, and nature walks. With the soothing sound of chirping birds and rustling leaves, camping in Jeolikote is an experience that one will cherish for a lifetime. 

Camping in Jeolikote

Take a thrill of camping in Jeolikote 

9. Visit The Kainchi Dham Ashram

The Kainchi Dham Ashram is a spiritual sanctuary that radiates a sense of profound serenity. The tranquil environment is enhanced by the melodious hymns and chants that echo through the ashram, creating a blissful atmosphere. The ashram is known for its unique architecture, featuring an intricately carved wooden door and a beautifully designed stone platform. The divine aura of the place is said to have a transformative effect on visitors, instilling in them a sense of inner peace and spiritual awakening. It was founded by the famous spiritual guru Neem Karoli Baba, who had a large following in the west, including Steve Jobs. The ashram is known for its peaceful ambience and is a great place to spend some time in contemplation and self-reflection. 

Kainchi Dham Asharam in Jeolikote

Experience the energy at Kainchi Dham Ashram (Picture - Holidify) 

10. Indulge In Local Cuisine

No trip to Jeolikote is complete without indulging in some local cuisine. The region is known for its delicious Kumaoni dishes, which are made with locally sourced ingredients and bursting with flavour. Some must-try dishes include:

  • Bhatt ki Churkani – a lentil dish made with black beans
  • Aloo Ke Gutke – roasted potatoes with spices
  • Kumaoni Raita – a yoghurt-based side dish
  • Bal Mithai – a sweet made with roasted khoya and coated with white sugar balls 

Food in Jeolikote

Indulge in the amazing cuisine of Jeolikote 

Where To Stay?

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Discover the tranquil charm of Jeolikote nestled in the serene Kumaoni Himalayas. This picturesque town offers a perfect blend of breathtaking hills, lush greenery, tranquil streams, and scenic vistas, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Located near Nainital and Bhimtal Lake, Jeolikote serves as an excellent base for exploring the natural beauty and cultural richness of the region. Whether you're hiking through pristine trails, birdwatching in peaceful surroundings, or simply relaxing amidst the serene ambiance, Jeolikote promises a rejuvenating experience away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Plan your visit and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Jeolikote, where every corner reveals a piece of Himalayan magic.

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