Pangot is fast becoming popular for nature lovers and the lush green thickly forested areas offer a perfect setting for bird watching and trekking options in the hilly terrains.
Pangot is a small mountain village located in the Kosiyakutoli tehsil of Nainital district of Uttarakhand, India. And at a distance of just 15 kms from Nainital, Pangot is a must visit destination for those craving for some quiet & relaxing holiday.
Pangot has a unique quietness and tranquility about it. Relatively free of the crowds and a close proximity to New Delhi, it is an ideal destination for all age groups. Pangot is a photographers and bird watchers delight and has an amazing palette of more than 150 species of Himalayan birds!
Go Trekking: Pangot has some easy walks through rich oak and rhododendron forests! One popular walk through the forest is from Pangot to Kilbury forest resthouse. A long trail (15 km to and fro) leading up to Naina peak at 8,563m affords picture perfect views of snow-clad peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Ghunti, to name a few.
With its soothing cool climate even in the hot summers or the humid monsoons, its a place ideal for a short getaway. With a laid-back charm that attracts tourist all year round, Pangot is also a favourite for those who want to experience snowfall during the chilling winter months.
Click here to know more on Ramakrishna Sarada Mission – Pangot that was established in the year 1989 by Janet (Jenny) Cochius, Jeanne Bakker and Sujata Leemans of Holland with an aim to assist women in being independent and help develop their spiritual lives.
Sightseeing in Pangot:
Jeolikot: This small village is a delightful place for those in love with nature and offers simple walks amidst hilly green forest. On your trek you would come across diverse flora and fauna, fruit bearing trees, seasonal flowers and sweet scented shrubs and will be delighted to spot different species of butterflies and birds.
Jeolikot is a popular stop enroute the ‘Kilbury bird sanctuary’ which has amazing view of the snow clad peaks and is home to over 240 species of birds. Jeolikot is just 18 kms short of Nainital on Nainital-Haldwani Highway.
It is a secluded place for nature lovers and is only 6 hour drive from New Delhi, which makes this place a perfect weekend getaway for family and friends alike.
Route: NH24 to Rampur via Hapur, Gajraula, Joya and Moradabad; NH87 to Jeolikot via Haldwani, Kathgodam and Ranibagh. Being an ideal location for solitude and healing, it is no wonder was one of the chosen destinations for meditation experts like Guru Swami Vivekananda, Shri Aurobindo and Swami Vivekananda who spend a decent time here in these hills.
Interesting To Know:
- While a small village, Jeolikot has a colonial past that is worth exploring with old ivy emblazoned cottages and cemeteries found tucked away in hidden corners and pathways.
- Among the more popular cottages is the House of Warwick Sahib, a retired major of the British army who lived in Jeolikot. What made Major Warwick more than a footnote in Jeolikot’s history is the fantastic secret hung on, till death, that he was actually a she!
- Another bungalow with an interesting story is of a lady – a direct descendent of Napoleon Bonaparte – who came visiting to Jeolikot, fell in love with a local boy and stayed on.
For those looking for cheaper yet best budget options visit: Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam
The Nest Cottages Birds Valley is located on the Kilbury Road, Pangot and is quite decent place to stay with average amenities but good service. But keep in mind, that the restaurant serves only pure vegetarian meals (eggs included), in keeping with the resort’s philosophy of environmental coexistence. Tariff: 5175 – 6900/-
The Oak Trails Eco Lodge: Just a 1 km walk (15 minutes) up the road takes you to this little but lovely hill top cottage located in Haryal Village. A perfect place to unwind amidst nature, the place is owned and managed by Bobby, a dog lover who is friendly and would go that extra mile for your comfort. The place offers splendid views of snow clad Nanda Devi Peak. Tariff: Tent: 1500/- and Deluxe Rooms: 3500
Jungle Lore Birding Lodge: Surrounded by thick Oak & Rhododendron forest on 3 Sides, this lodge offers the best stay option especially if you are travelling with family. Tariff: 3500/-
Click here to know about an interesting DAY TREK offered by the Jungle Lore Resort.
Mountain Quail Birding Lodge: This lodge is run by a couple: Siddarth Anand and Bhavna Anand, both passionate adventure travelers. The lodge commands a panoramic view of the hills and adjoins a forest teeming with birds and wildlife. The accomodation consists of 4 comfortable cottage style suites, 3 mountains log labins and few safari tents for outdoor camping fun. Tariff: 6000/-
HOMESTAYS NEAR PANGOT/JEOLIKOT
James Cooks Cabin, Jeolikot: Situated in the laps of nature, this is a charming stone heritage cottage built more than 100 years ago. The place offers solitude and soul healing! Accomodation offers a choice between 4 bedrooms with attached bathrooms, a dining room, bar and a study area. Another option is of a 2 bedroom unit that has its own kitchenette and dining area. Tariff: 3000 – 4500/-
The Cottage, Jeolikot: Originally established as a health resort during the victorian times, the cottage has been owned by Bhuvan Kumari since 1994. It is a family run guest house designed to cater to all your comfort needs with tradition and embraces the Raj era in each of its 5 bedrooms. Spend some picnic time at the tiny river just below the cottage or visit the little secret places in jeolikot with your own local guide.
Don’t forget to carry your binoculars and butterflies guide book. The Cottage shares its fence with the govt apiary and horticulture dept, where you can buy fresh ruits like kiwi, mushrooms, olives and strawberries. And do buy your stock of some fresh wild flower honey! Tariff: 4500 – 6000/-
Distance from New Delhi: 298 kms
Distance from Jeolikot:7.8 kms (15 minutes drive)
Best Route: from the Moradabad bypass continue to Rampur turn left here via Bilaspur, Rudrapur, Haldwani, Kathgodam and up to Gethia via Jeolikot.
Lookout for the sign of `Pilot Baba Ashram’ at Jeolikot, which is a popular local landmark. Two Chimneys is a couple of kilometers ahead.
Two Chimneys is a beautiful serene premium boutique resort located on the kilbury road, approx 8 kms from Nainital and 25 kms from Pangot. Tariff: 4800-7200/-
All places offer food cooked using farm fresh vegetables and freshly ground spices from the nearby villages. The food offered is exquisite and uses traditional homemade recipes. Another twist to your stay is that these places have an option to request for ‘picnic lunch’ that can be carried on your treks!
Kamp Land, Sigri: located just 22 kms away from Nainital, Kampland is a quaint luxury resort that’s well connected and easily accessible by roads. Open all year around, the camp offers picturesque views and flourishing with a variety of birds and wildlife too. And to top it all, its not just perfect for the adventurer in you but an idle weekend getaway for city people needing relaxation and fresh mountain air.
Kampland Nature Resort is one of the best places to camp out in the middle of lush green valley, surrounded by dense forests and yet it has all the modern day luxuries including a swimming pool! Offering 7 luxury Cottages on double/triple occupancy with attached bathrooms, the camp has a well equipped recreational room and even includes a pool.
Food offered includes local cuisine with buffet style dining. Pets are also allowed. Tariff: 3500/-
The location of the camp is on a cliff offering an unbeatable spectacular view of the high mountains and valleys beyond.
Connect with Somriti Mitra (Owner): +91-8826657657, +91-9599224657 and visit the website.
Sigri Camp: Sigri Jungle Camp is situated at altitude of 7200 Ft (2194 meters) above sea level and is just 16 kms from Kilbury Forest and Pangot.
The drive to Sigri itself is worth every second. You drive through the forested area of China Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury, the main habitat for an amazing range of exotic birds. Sigri offers 8 swiss cottage tents with attached toilets. Tariff: 1150/- Per Person Per Night + Taxes
Camp Mehi: Camp Mehi was started in the year 2008 with the aim to increase and highlight the adventure activities in the Kumaun region.
The camp is perfect for schools and corporate camping trips and has lots of activities to choose from. Contact Person: Sanjay Budhalakoti +91 9012063669, 9012589415, 9456763669 Camp phone:- +91 9682701879
saleeltambe.blogspot.in By Saleel Tambe tells you interesting tips to travel to Pangot.
The Pangot Adventure! By Ankhi BhattacharyaDistance from Nainital: 15 kms and just a 45 minutes drive!
Distance from Haldwani: 48 Kms
Distance from Moradabad: 138 Kms
Distance from New Delhi: 304 Kms – 5.5 Hours
Stopovers on the way: Sky Lark Dhaba: Approx. 9 Kms from Garhmukteshwar, Ganga River. Food is served fresh and it’s hygienically tasty. Punjabi Potli, 22 kms ahead of Rampur (just 8 kms short of Bilaspur).
Pangot can be visited at all seasons. While winters can be really chilly, summer are cool and cozy. Do try to take a trip during March to April as that’s when the whole valley is rendered in crimson red of the blossoming Rhododendron!