word Kumaon is believed to have been derived from "Kurmanchal"
meaning Land of the Kurmavatar (the tortoise incarnation of Lord
Vishnu, Preserver of the Hindu Trinity).
from the northern end of the Ganga plains right up to Tibet, Kumaon's
endless panorama of scenic wonders is nothing short of romance with
pristine and soul-lifting nature itself. Kumaon consists of districts
of Nainital, Udham
Singh Nagar, Almora and
land of Jim Corbett's legendary exploits, it lies due east of Garhwal
from which it is separated by the eastern and southern flanks of
Nanda Devi sanctuary leading down along the valley of the Ramganga.
connected to different parts of the country, Kumaon hills provide
vast attraction for the tourists, trekkers and pilgrims.
nearest airport for Kumaon is Pantnagar, 71 kms, from Nainital,
118 kms, from Ranikhet and 127 kms
newly developed Naini Saini Airport at Pithoragarh shall also start,
connecting Kumaon in near future with other parts of the country
through commercial flights.
last railhead for Kumaon is Kathgodam on the main metre gauge line
from Lucknow. From Kathgodam. regular bus services to Nainital (55
kms). Alrnora (90 kms) and Ranikhet (84 kms) etc.
beautiful scenery and the colourful life of Kurnaon, wrapped in
the scenic wonders of many lesser known hill stations like Bageshwar,
Binsar, Chaukori. Champavat, Kausani, Mukteshwar. Munsyari, Ranikhet,
Sitlakhet besides many other popular hill stations are waiting to