Captivating natural views, exotic environs, and cascading waterfalls make Kumaon Region, of Uttarakhand, heaven on Earth. Thousands of people from around the globe make a beeline to this holiday hotspot to witness the changing melodrama of Mother Nature. This surreal place holds an important place in history as it is said to be the place of the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The name Kumaon is derived from the word “Kurmavtar” that translates to the tortoise avatar of the mighty Lord Vishnu. This holy land is situated in the Indian state of Uttaranchal, bordered by Nepal on the East and Tibet on the North.
The region of Kumaon is ornamented by crystal-clear lakes, snow-clad mountain ranges, and picturesque landscapes. The entire region is segmented into six districts that include Almora, Bageshwar, Nainital, Champawat, Pithoragarh and Udham Singh Nagar. With a total area of 21,035 sq. Km, Kumaon is cuddled by both the lesser and the greater Himalayan ranges. This makes it one of the best hill stations to spend a rejuvenating holiday. The people of Kumaon speak various languages such as Urdu, Hindi and the native language Kumaoni. Before your trip to this enchanting place, you need to get an insight into the major districts and the places of interest. Given below are a few of the top picks.
Kumaon region is blessed with the bounty of nature making it a perfect hideout for all sorts of wildlife. Apart from this, you can go shopping, sightseeing and enjoy taking part in adventure sports. Shopaholics who throng to Kumaon must take home some of the top items that include
- Woollen clothes and scarves
- Spices and pickles
- Juices, jams, and wines
- Wooden crafts
- Ringaal handicraft