We always thought to look forward to weekend gateways or small trips to take away ourselves from the hustle of the city life and enjoy the soothing sound of cold wind across a dreaming landscape. But the real question is how often we get to see the mother-nature in her purest form. Is it really so difficult to step out of the busy and fast moving livelihood we poses. The answer is a definite no, it’s just about to stop for a second and give a thought about the web we have been weaving around. We all have such serene places around which can bring peace to its core in our vague and meaningless routine.
In a recent such motion of jostle, I came across a similar place when I step towards Binsar, the scenic and majestic view of Kumaon. Situated at 1638 mtrs of height, we are talking about the cultural capital of Kumaon, Almora. Locals say that its traces can be found in Mahabaharta as well. More than 20 temples are there which are worshipped such as Kasar devi, Jageswar etc.
Interestingly, Almora is a part of Kumaon region of Utarakhand which was earlier known to be Kumanchal, land of Kumavtar(the tortoise incarnation of Lord Vishnu). Such calmness can be feel in the serene views of Himalyan ranges visible from a small town named Binsar, which is hardly 33kms from Almora city where we headed to find our lost souls.
Day 1:- Delhi to Kasar devi(Almora)
We were a group of 4 individuals starting from Ghaziabad towards Rudrapur as i was the one they had to pick, thanks to the nuance nature of my work. Normally, the route is Gaziabad to Mordabad via Hapur, then Nainital and finally Almora which is an approx 8 hrs ride.
Almora is one such place which will give you a glimpse of sudden cold breeze and make you feel closer to mother nature by the lush green trees. It has a sumptuous cuisine, magnificent wildlife, coupled with an easy accessibility.
We chose our first destination Mohan binsar retreat 10 kms from Almora suggested by a friend and is one of the offbeat place to stay with a beautiful picturesque. Unfortunately we didn't made early booking and was hung between the jig saw of resorts and hotels. We ended up booking another gem of the beautiful hill, Kasar Jungle resort, the view was breathtaking, silence which could be heard from miles. It is located near Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and popularly known as Hippie hills due to hippie movement which brought it to International maps.
On the way to resort one can find Hotel New Dolma & Restaurant which is more economical and handy option than Kasar Jungle Resort.