LAND OF PEACE AND SERENITY
Bhowali happened to me at a time when it was nowhere on the travellers’ itinerary and the place still remained fresh in my memory with its lush green and misty mountains, which I re-visited by chance again this year, while I was looking for a quick break in Himalayas. I wanted to visit a place where I could find a sense of peace and for once not run around and explore but just sit and relax amidst nature. The idea of enjoying a holiday totally at leisure wherein I only had the company of the mighty Himalayas with a cup of tea by me, where at night I would sleep under star-studded skies with a warm blanket and wake up with a wide refreshed smile was tempting. While I was searching for such a place, I suddenly pondered the idea of re-visiting Bhowali as it had left a deep impact on me when I explored it years ago. Bhowali has always beckoned since then, not only because it was less touristy and untouched by commercialisation then but because I found it the best place to rejuvenate the inner self and draw on a well of calmness in the mountains. I remember how I stayed in a home-stay and enjoyed myself on the large farms, from where the locals used to get the vegetables to cook our food. A leisurely walk in the tea gardens and helping the locals plucking the leaves, being scared of animals and specially tigers straying in at night from the jungle, I enjoyed it all then and packed my bags with fresh enthusiasm to renew my memories.
Bhowali in Uttarakhand is nestled amidst the green valleys and the mighty Himalayas and is known for its scenic
vistas, giving the visitor a feel of paradise on earth. An 11 Km drive from Nainital, Bhowali is famous for its fruit orchards and serves as a major export fruit mart for apricots, apples, peaches, plums, pears, and strawberries. Here you can buy its famous bal-mithai, juices, jams, pickles and dry fruits. Bhowali also houses a Sanatorium which was built during the British period, way back in 1912, for people suffering from tuberculosis and lung problems, to get rejuvenated in the hill station’s salubrious climate. It was considered the premier health resort by the British due to its pure air and stunning views. Though commercialisation has now touched Bhowali and I could clearly spot hotels, guest-houses, cottages and even resident societies built on the open hills where I had walked years back, it still retains it’s pristine flavour and is a serene retreat, rich in flora and fauna, with deodar, pine, oak and rhododendron trees and home to wild animals such as jackals, kakkar, Himalayan eagles, pheasants, etc. It is close to Ghorakhal, which is known for Golu Devta temple, visited by many pilgrims, and Sainik School, established in the Estate of the Nawab of Rampur. Many lakes neighbour Bhowali like Nainital, Bhimtal, Sattal, Naukuchiyatal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Sukha Tal, and Khurpa Tal. As a road junction on the motorable road from Kathgodam, it is a gateway to Kumaon’s Almora, Bageshwar, Mukteshwar, Ramgarh, etc. Ideal for camping, picnics or trekking, its nearby attractions are village Nighlaat, a Methodist Church, China Peak, Farsoli Lake and Naina Devi Temple.
Bhowali is located at a distance of 11 kms from Nainital near Bhimtal on the Haldwani Almora Road, 309 Km from Delhi. The place can be visited throughout the year. Carry Light woollens while visiting in summers and heavy woollens in winter. Nearest Airport : Pant Nagar Airport which is 71 km from Nainital.
Nearest Railway station:
Kathgodam Railway station is 36 km away from Nainital. It is best to hire your own car and enjoy the winding roads at leisure, stopping at scenic places and lakes on the way which pique your interest.
Valley Sham Khet in Bhowali
A boulder shaped like a frog in a flowing river in
between Bhowali and Ranikhet in Uttarakhand
Hillside cottage in Bhowali