Walks & Treks

Following a drive to Chanfi village, the trek begins from the amazing Jhula Pul built by the British in 1910. Enjoy the view of the Kalsa river as you begin your trek along the river banks, and crossing it twice on stone paths (or barefoot if you choose). After 1.2km you reach the gates of Soulitude by the Riverside where you can relax at our riverside shacks and have lunch from fresh organic farm produce growing in the fields. There is a further trek to the mystical and enchanting Parital (less than a km away). You walk along and in the river bed, occasionally navigating small rocks to reach this pristine location that gradually reveals itself during the trek. Its magical and an experience that you will not forget. There are several other treks that originate from our riverside property, including an intense 3 hour trek up to the top of the hill as you navigate 102 bends on the walking path to reach Bamitha gaon. Fantastic views of the entire valley and Parital await you. You can also return via a different route which includes a road walk, visit to the local temple and downhill via the pine forests to reach back. The 800m uphill trek via the pine forests to the road head and the local temple (a further 400m) is an aerobic workout with views of Parital and pristine...

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The trip to the Ramgarh Market is somewhat between a walk and a trek, on a well metalled road with possibilities of taking little detours via pagdandis in the hilly forests and thick undergrowth. More or less on a down hill gradient, it is an easy enough amble for even the most reluctant walker. If not the scenery of hillside, the promise of a hot cup of tea and samosas topped with channa and a herbal chutney at the local Dhaba is enough to pull most to make a mandatory visit to the market. Ramgarh is known as the ‘fruit bowl’ of Kumaon. So good is the quality of the fruit that grows here, that Mother Dairy has established its Safal factory just short of the Ramgarh market, which preserves the best of these fruits in the form of Juices, Squashes, Jams and Jellies. In fact a number of their products never reach their chain in Delhi. In case you do happen to go to the Market, do drop in….and if you are lucky enough to find their ‘Strawberry Preserve’ – as opposed to the ‘Jam’ do pick up a couple – as it renders itself very well to desserts, not to mention what a treat it makes of a crisp hot buttered toast!! Their peach halves are also worth a mention! In case, one too many samosas have been washed down with one too many little cups of tea and the thought of an uphill walk seems intimidating, just hop into any of the one too many eager local cabs to come back! On a lighter note, I asked our very competent manager, Prithavi, whether there was anything else worthwhile that guests could be interested in looking at, @ the Ramgarh Market apart from Bhattji’s Dhaba and the Safal factory… And much to my amusement, Prithavi quipped back “Property dealers!”, knowing all too well how all we slick city dwellers, smitten by the charm of the Himalayas start day dreaming of owing a patch of it’s beautiful playgrounds! Distance: 2.5 km down hill trek from Soulitude. As mentioned above, taking a cab back to Soulitude, on the return is always an option. Time: Maximum time for a trek till the market and back is approximately an hour, plus whatever time one may want to spend at the market. Therefore anytime is a good time of day to undertake this relatively light outing unless one would like to factor in a bite at the Dhaba. Rating: Highly recommended. It is an easy, mostly downhill walk on a motor able road, unless one wants to explore the forest paths in...

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The  Kuleti trek can be best described as a ridge walk which passes through reserved forest area. Though there is almost no habitation in this stretch save three private cottages,  it is however, thickly populated with oak and buransh trees and is home to hosts of flowers, butterflies, wild birds and barking deer. With no big hill  blocking the path of the sun, this forested area  gets more than it’s fair share of sunlight, which makes it a cheerful litle patch of hilly terrain to trek through. There are a few open fields on the way and many a times one can spot locals engaged in collecting wood and fodder for their  daily needs. This trek used to be the old route to Bhowali. From the end of the forested walk, there is a 2.5km down hill trek to get to this little hill town. Distance:  The trek begins 1 km from Soulitude. This can be done on foot as it is a road walk to the point from which the forest begins. Alternately, arrangements can be made to reach the drop off/pick up point by car. The  forest trek is 2.5 km one way. Time:From the drop off point, and back to it, this trek would take a maximum of 2 hour. Rating:  It is a must do. Relatively easy on the foot, it is a comfortable walk with Nature putting up its very best show. The flora and fauna and an occasional sighting of a a barking deer may make this humble trek well worth the effort! Post breakfast or post lunch is a good time for doing this...

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This trek is a birder’s dream, set in dense woods and undiscovered by most tourists. Regular spotting of numerous species of Birds and Wildlife is possible. It is possible to drive to the gates of the Mountain Birding Lodge at Maheshkhan and then trek for 5 kms within the thick Deodar and Oak Forest to reach the Forest Rest House, a British-era Bungalow built in the year 1914. It is also possible to trek further to many other locations from here, including to Tagore Top. Since it is located within the reserve forest area, prior permission is required to enter from the Forest Department. COMMENTS: To reach by car : 4 kms from Soulitude in the Himalayas towards Bhowali. Trek timings are flexible since one can spend just an hour or the entire day in the woods. From the Gate to the Forest Rest House is approx 5 km (10 km return) and takes 1.5 hours (3 hours return). Booking: To book connect with: Divisional Forest Office DFO Upper Danda, Tallital, Nainital Uttarakhand. Tel: (05942) 236 718/469 or Tel: 05942- 236790, 236718 write at dfo_nainital_uta@yahoo.com Chief Conservator of Forests – Kumaon Nainital Tel: 05942-...

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Atop another small ridge, known as Devithan, in the village of Umagarh at Ramgarh, is the home of the famous Hindi writer and poetess Mahadevi Verma. Known as the aadhunik Meera, Mahadevi Verma, one of the chief exponents of Chhayavad poetry, is also remembered for the treasure trove of pen-portraits she wrote, of people who unknowingly stumbled into her life. She was honoured with several awards including the Gyanpeeth and Sahitya Akademi Awards . Apart from her illustrious literary career, she was also known for a sense of deep empathy she had for animals and an almost mother like love she felt for them. She was a strong advocate against cruelty towards animals, and wrote a gamut of delightful anecdotes about her pets who unexpectedly came into and then became an integral part of her life. These include her peacock Neelkanth, Gaura, a cow gifted to her by her sister and a rabbit called Durmukh. While writing about Gillu, a squirrel, whose life she saved, she fondly recounts how when she had met with an unfortunate accident, Gillu had sacrificed his fair share of cashew nuts, which she found heaped in a pile on his swing, upon her homecoming. Gillu had earned the special priviledge of being the only animal to have eaten out of her plate! Another poignant tale is about her pet deer Sona. So attached was she to Mahadeviji, that her absence made Sona so uneasy and restless, that on one such occasion when Mahadeviji was away on her annual trip to Badrinath, Sona unable to bear the pangs of separation, headed into the woods nearby in search of her mistress. Despite being tied, she managed to unfasten herself and in one such fateful attempt, ventured a bit too far into the forests, unfortunately never to return! Each summer Mahadevi Verma would visit Uttararayan – as mentioned in her works, along with her family of numerous birds and animals and immerse herself in the two passions that were the life lines of her very existence; literary pursuits and social work. To savour the flavour of her writings, the original version of Neelu, her ever faithful and most sensitive pet dog has been attached for your reading. Her home, under the care of the Kumaon University is being maintained by it. The cottage has been converted into a Library, which now houses not only by her writings, but also works of other famous literary personalities. It is somewhat of an iconic local milestone and certainly worth undertaking a short trek to. MAHADEVI VERMA MUSEUM, RAMGARH Happy trekking and happier reading!! This trek has a bit of everything, so...

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This quaint little temple set in the hillside will certainly invite you to spend a few quiet moments with yourself. Enroute, the deodhar clearing is also a great place to take a break. Trek distance : 2.5 km round...

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