Things to do
Paragliding-short - A shorter version of the paragliding experience in Bhimtal, do this if you have limited time but still want that adrenaline-rush like none other as you soar through the landscape on wings. Paragliding tops the list of adventure activities around the Bhimtal region.
Jungle trek to Tiffin Top - A short 3 kilometre hike through forested hills gets you up to 'Tiffin Top' at 2292 metres above msl. Overall a fairly easy and leisurely hike that is suitable for families and children as well, the trek starts from the Ayar Jungle Camp. If you are lucky, you might spot some wildlife en route to the top.
Trek to Naina Peak - A lovely long hike to Naini peak is a perfect combination of some adventure and birding as well. The trek starts at Pangot and takes you to Naini peak through Kilbury. Never a dull path, your hike will give you the opportunity to spot numerous species of birds. Lammergeier, himalayan griffon, blue-winged minla, rufous-bellied woodpecker, rufous-bellied niltava and the khalij pheasant are a few of the 580 species of birds recorded in Pangot.
Best time to visit October to March
Late September to early November is the best time to visit here after the rains have subsided. The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on till the end of February.
Clear skies through March till the haze by mid-April and mid-June rains. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.
How to reach
The closest airport is situated at Pantnagar which is 60 kilometre from Naukuchiatal (**limited flights on this route and flights are frequently cancelled). Pantnagar is a small town in Udham Singh Nagar District, Uttarakhand. Pantnagar airport is directly connected to Delhi via Air India Regional. You can take cab from Pantnagar for Naukuchiatal. It takes roughly two hour to reach Naukuchiatal.
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Nainital. Kathgodam is situated in Haldwai near Nainital. It is 26 kilometre away from Naukuchiatal. Kathgodam railway station is well connected to Delhi, Kolkata. You can find frequent trains connecting kathgodam as it serves as gateway of Kumaon region. From Kathogdam you can take a cab or bus heading towards Naukuchiatal.
Naukuchiatal has a well-established road network. You can find cabs from Delhi and Kathgodam or from any major city in uttarakhand to Naukuchiatal. Busses are also available from ISBT Anand Vihar Delhi for Kathgodam and Naukuchiatal. If you are looking for more adventure wanna be an un[traveller], you can opt for self-drive and take NH9 from Delhi taking you through the mesmerizing beauty of Uttarakhand state.
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