Remember those days when schools declared 'Rainy Day' for a week? We missed going to school, throwing paper balls at each other during classes, eating lunch together..Mom used to make 'khichudi' and 'papad' for lunch at home. We floated paper boats on puddles or streams of flowing water. Monsoons are nostalgic. Every year they bring memories from childhood. As I reminisced all this, I realised I need a 'Rainy Day vacation' this year, and what better place to celebrate the monsoon than in Uttarakhand! We decided to spend a monsoon weekend by the famous lakes of Kumaon. My heart gleamed with joy as I imagined how fascinating the trip would be. The sight of the grey monsoon clouds enveloping the mountain tops, the way the lakes and ponds would appear when a million droplets fell on the surface, the petrichor emanating from the dried soil, the sound of the rain echoing from a distant land - I couldn't wait for it!
So, here is how I spent my exhilarating rainy vacation by the lakes of Uttarakhand's Kumaon region: Bhimtal, Sattal, and Naukuchital.
We decided to stay at Bhimtal and hired a cab to visit the other places. All the three places can be covered within a day, if you leave a little early from the hotel for sightseeing.
We decided to avoid boating in all lakes to save time.
How We Traveled
To reach Bhimtal, we took a train from Delhi to Kathgodam and hired a cab till Bhimtal.
From the hotel, we hired a cab for sightseeing and started with Naukuchia Tal.