Ramgarh,Uttrakhand ,india

Published: 19th January 2011
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Located in the fruit bowl of Kumaon, Ramgarh

is a veritable garden of paradise fruit trees abound here and scenic mountains surround it. Even Sri Aurobindo succumbed to Ramgarh and the tranquil charms of this beautiful hill station and established an ashram here.

Historically Speaking
This hill resort once served as a British army cantonment. The colonial architecture can be seen in the Ramgarh bungalows. These bungalows, now heritage properties comprise of the famous Old Bungalow of the 1830"��s, Vista Villa and The Writers"�� Bungalow (1860). The interiors of these bungalows still

retain the old world charm. The house of one of the luminaries of Hindi literature, Mahadevi Varma, in Ramgarh village in Nainital district has been transformed into a national museum by the Government of Uttaranchal. This initiative has been taken to treasure the memory of the great writer and freedom fighter.

Ramgarh does not have any shopping malls and for those who are looking to buy souvenirs, Nainital(approximately 26 kms from Ramgarh) would be the best bet.

Like other parts of India, the people of Uttarakhand too celebrate a number of festivals all the year round. At a time when most of the state was rural and transportation was a challenge, these festivals were a way of keeping the community together. Even today the people celebrate a number of festivals

and during your visit you would be sure to experience an event or two. Basant Panchmi , the coming of Spring, Harela is a Kumauni festival celebrated to mark the beginning of the monsoon, and Makar Sankranti , a popular festival symbolizes the harvest season.

Night Out
There are several confectionary shops here. For your meals, the local food is available at the stalls by the wayside or best eat at your hotel.

Like the scores of illustrious visitors who have come to Ramgarh before, just relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the area. Go for long walks or soak in the silence just pack a lovely picnic basket and stop at the nearest pretty place. Bird watching and gentle nature walks are other ways to enjoy

Ramgarh"��s beauty. - Get a permit from the Forest Department Office and go fishing "�" there is plenty of mahseer in the nearby Kosi and Kalirao rivers. Get a hang of adventure sports here "�" most hotels organize some adventure activities such as rock-climbing, rappelling and river crossing.

Ramgarh is a tranquil hill station where people come to find solace in the lap of nature. There is not much sightseeing to do as such but from here you can enjoy the unhindered views of snow capped peaks. A paradise for nature lovers, from Ramgarh you can see the mighty Himalayas, go for nature

walks, go for lovely picnics in the forest, watch a breath taking sunrise and sunset and taste fresh Himalayan fruits.

How to get there by Air
The nearest airport is Pantnagar. Delhi is the closest international airport 325 kms away.

How to get there by Rail
Kathgodam, is the nearest railway station at a distance of around 51kms. Taxis, buses are available to Ramgarh.

How to get there by Bus
From Delhi Ramgarh is about 325 kms by road. The drive takes up to 7 hours.

Best time to Visit
Spring and summer (March to June) are a good time to visit Ramgarh. The monsoons are best avoided. Winter is good but cold.

Hotels in Ramgarh
There are quite a few accommodation options available in Ramgarh, both budget and mid-range hotels and guesthouses. Some of them are housed in old bungalows and are quite charming. Himalayan View Retreat and Cedar Lodge and the Taradale Cottage offer special packages for couples/families. Be sure to book in advance to avoid any hassles.

Nearby Places
Nainital is about 26kms from Ramgarh and could make for an interesting day visit. You can visit the famous Naina Devi temple, the Church of St. John and the majestic Governor"��s house. Feast your eyes on amazing views of the mountains from Naina Peak and Tiffin Top. Bhimtal Lake

, 22kms from Nainital is larger than the Naini Lake and is a popular venue for picnics and boating. While there, visit Bhimeshwar, a temple complex that dates back to the 17th century. Mukteshwar , 26kms from Ramgarh is a great place to visit. Over here you can see the ancient temple of Shiva. The Angora wool sheep farm and the rock formations at Chauthijalli are interesting to visit. Bhowali is 14 kms away from Ramgarh and is a picturesque town.

Special Permits
If you are interested in angling and would like to go fishing while in Ramgarh you will have to first get a permit from the Forest Department Office.

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