We a bunch of friends shortlisted Uttranchal as our destination.Clearly we wanted to avoid the hustling bustling commercialized hill stations. We wanted to have treks and walks, camping, river beside Jungle trails and mouth watering Kumauon delicacies. The journey to Almora was a mix of rail and road from Delhi. Comfortable overnight train journey to Kathgodam and further the local roadways transport uphill. Almora offers multiple places around it. An hour to 3-4 hours drive. A must visit is the Jageshwar, (40 kms from Almora) which boasts of around 125 temples in the vicinity with pine forests and a beautiful river flowing through it.The locals are sweet and talkative. They will not mind talking about the history of the place :) .
Binsar is another place, known for its wildlife fauna and flora. The treks through the jungle, across the mountains make it a mere adventurous experience. On the outskirts of Binsar is Dhaulchina where we resided. ECO Camp is a must visit place.The brothers who run the place would provide you an amazing hospitality.Local food and treks to die for .
All transportation can easily be done through Local jeeps available at a basic cost. More the people cheaper is to hire the whole jeep.
August though is not recommended due to heavy rains and landslides but believe me its the most beautiful time to enjoy the serene beauty.