In the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, lies the pristine, almost unexplored region of Kumaon, which offers some of the most stunning scenery of the entire mountain range including soaring peaks, oak and rhododendron forests, terraced fields and fast moving rivers. Most importantly though, the Kumaon region is inhabited by simple and sincere people, who have been able to preserve their unique culture and traditions in spite of the onslaught of the modern world.

Some of the region’s better known destinations and hill stations are Nainital, Bhimtal, Mukteshwar and Almora.  But any vacation in Kumaon is incomplete without exploring its remote villages, preferably on foot, and there are now some wonderful trekking routes operating from half a day to several days. These are guided walks which either return to the comfort of your hotel at the end of the day or, where it is possible, to stay in converted village homes.  This is such a great opportunity to mix with the locals, understand Kumaoni culture and see some amazing and unspoilt landscapes.

Kumaon is easily accessible from Delhi and a trip to the hills of the region can be combined with a visit to experience wildlife safaris in Corbett National Park.