Dec,28,2018 01:09:34 AM

Banlekhi – Time to Relax at a Remote Village Near Mukteshwar

Are you looking for a place to relax? Are you looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city? Do you wish to be close to Mother Nature? Are you fond of delicious and homemade food? It is time to visit Banlekhi, Binsar and Patal Bhuvaneshwar Trip, providing all this and more near Nainital. The trip is designed especially for people who like to travel in an offbeat destination, peaceful place, uncommercialized destination, nature and party with the co-travellers.

Every year, many hill stations in North become the regular tourist attractions. Hotels get overbooked and transport is overcrowded. But if you’re a mountain lover and wants to escape from the crowded city rush and revel in the beauty of Himalayas, here is the secret place just discovered for you.

Situated close to Nainital hills, around 40 km away from Kathgodam is the small village named Banlekhi. This offbeat village is the small place located in a lap of hilly mountains, expansive meadows and gushing waterfalls.

Binsar area is a highly scenic location of Kumaon area of Uttarakhand. Located at a height of 2420 metres, this area is well known for offering spectacular views of majestic Himalayan peaks like Chaukhamba, Nanda Kot, Nanda Devi, Kedarnath and Panchachuli. The primary attraction is of Himalayan peaks from the Zero point.

Patal Bhuvaneshwar is the most spiritual and mysterious place of Uttarakhand. The hidden pilgrimage is located at 1350 mts over sea level is dedicated to Shiva. Patal Bhuvaneshwar is the limestone cave located 13 kms away from Gangolighat in the Pithoragarh district.

Why to visit Banlekhi, Binsar and Patal Bhuvaneshwar?

These are the best locations where you can explore Kumoan culture. People are very welcoming and sweet. They have maintained the rustic charm intact, compared to other tourist attractions.

  • You can relax at the flowing Bhaalu Gaad waterfalls close to the village. Take a hike to this waterfall, have a picnic to enjoy your day. You can also take a deep dip in its crystal clear waterfall. This is also one best spot for the birders.
  • Besides this, you can also take one day’s tour from Banlekhi and visit Mukteshwar, which is very close by and watch the sunrise over Nanda Devi peak. This mountain is known to be the highest and Mukteshwar is the best attraction to spot it.
  • Binsar is a compact town that is surrounded by Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary that serves as the habitat for some rare birds, animals, and flower species. As this place is nicely wrapped up in the thick foliage, undoubtedly it is one of the top places to experience adventurous camping, hiking, and nature walks.
  • Patal Bhuvaneshvar is one highly spiritual and mysterious places of this state and is dedicated mainly to Lord Shiva. The stories and tales contained in the caves are never-ending. Right from the Lord Shiva’s hairs to Kali Bhairav’s tongue, you will find everything in one place.
  • As these are the remote villages, it makes an amazing place where you can learn about the culture of Uttarakhand. You can explore this village on foot, talk with the locals, know more about their day to day lives and explore the new world!
  • Bhimtal is known as an interesting alternative to Nainital, not many people know that it’s one highly underrated location for paragliding. Rolling hills, picturesque lake and vast meadows make this an amazing place to slide over the hills. There’re many adventure events held in Bhimtal area that guarantee you the memorable and safe experience to cherish for an entire lifetime.

No matter whether it is a hill station or a village, there’s always the strong spiritual presence on the hills and same with Banlekhi, Binsar and Patal Bhuvaneshwar. There’re many famed temples in the close proximity of this village like Shiva Temple, Brahmeswara Temple and Rajarani Temple. It is also believed that visiting Patal Bhuvaneshwar is equivalent to doing Char Dham Yatra. Mukteshwar Dham is one highly acknowledged religious location in the area. There is a temple of Lord Shiva and Parvati, and Ganesha making for a supreme place in Banlekhi.

Try delicious food

You can enjoy the local food at this place. The best dish to try out is their traditional Kumaoni dishes like ‘kappa’, ‘aloo ke gutke,’ ‘sisunak saag’, and ‘rus’ amongst many more. Even though being an isolated village, there are not many eating choices in these places. But, one can head to Mukteshwar area and dine at the top-notch cafes, dining restaurants and eateries. Not just can one enjoy the quality cuisine and North Indian cuisine but savour on traditional Kumaoni dishes. Here you will find some amazing joints that every foodie should visit on the excursion to Mukteshwar area.


All these scenic places enjoy the pleasant weather throughout the year. You must visit this place in monsoon if you love torrential rains of mountains. Else, winter and summer are the best times to visit this place. Owing to an extreme climate, onset of summer is associated with natural idea to visit hills and beat the heat. When everybody is busy planning for the same thing, it leads to a lot of chaos. The overbooked hotels, costly flight tickets and overcrowded attractions are a tip of an iceberg.

Your trip is incomplete without witnessing the glorious sunrise against backdrop of Nanda Devi Peak. When getting out from bed in the morning you will come across many tasks, gorgeous view will be guaranteed in making up your entire day!

When to go?

The tour of Banlekhi, Binsar and Patal Bhuvaneshwar starts from 28th December, 2018. The tour is ideal for the wildlife lovers & trekkers. It also can be visited by the couples who are looking for the romantic getaway that starts from New Delhi to Chandigarh. During the months of July and September this area experiences some torrential rains and making it not very pleasant time to visit this remote village.

How to get there?

Via Road: The village is very well connected to Delhi from NH9 and it takes just 9 hours to reach this distance of 325 km. Alternative mode of transportation is taking train to Kathgodam that is a nearest station to Banlekhi village. It takes around 2 hours to visit from the Kathgodam Station in a cab that is around 65km. You can either hike across the village, or you can use the public transport. There’s not many different ways to commute in this hidden village.

Via Air: If your budget permits then you can catch a flight from Delhi for Pantnagar, and nearest town with airport. The flights will begin from Rs. 4,500. After getting down from Pantnagar Airport, you can hire the local cab and reach the village in 3 hours around 100kms.

Via Bus: As these are the remote destinations, you will hardly find any public transport. But, if you do not have any access to the private transport, still you can commute in the state run buses and whose fares begin at Rs. 5.

 So, if you are looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city crowds and enjoy quiet in the mountains, then this is one amazing tour that awaits you.

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