Local Art and Handicraft Shops: On Seetla- Mukteshwar road – there are three local shops run by different NGOs – Kilmora, Avani and Himadri Hans supporting and promoting local crafts, and organic foods.
Satkhol Ashram: The Satkhol Himalayan Ashram, also known as Satkhol Ashram, is a spiritual and wellness retreat located in the Himalayan region of India.
This hike starts at the retreat and you walk on a trail to the natural spring along a mostly level trail. Only the start and end are a descent / ascend.
Walk from the retreat onto the road, and then up to the ridge where the local administration has built a few covered shelters. The distance is short but the ascent and descent are substantial
Same as the walk to Natural Spring described above, but about 500 metres further to the Chatola village temple.
to catch a great sunset. Along the road initially but then a gentle hike along a forest trail.
Walk to Mukteshwar.
This is about 12 km round drip with the first 3 km on the road and then on a steep trail heading up through the forest reserve to Mukteshwar.
Just a short drive away from Satkhol, Mukteshwar is a picturesque hill station known for its panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges. The Mukteshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a prominent attraction here. With deodar and pine forests, Mukteshwar is a popular getaway to see the Himalayan peaks. Mukteshwar is mostly known for the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI).
Adjacent to Mukteshwar temple are the natural rock formations that jut out of the hill face like spikes. The name “Chauli Ki Jali” translates to “rock screen” or “chink in the rock.” This is aptly descriptive of the geological formation itself. The site is characterized by a series of rugged cliffs and crevices that create an intricate pattern resembling a delicate mesh. Perched at an elevation of around 2,500 meters (8,200 feet), Chauli Ki Jali provides stunning vistas of the surrounding Himalayan peaks and valleys.
For adventure seekers, Chauli Ki Jali offers an array of heart-pounding activities. Rappelling and rock climbing are particularly popular here due to the natural rock formations that provide a thrilling setting for these activities.
Bhaalu Gaad Waterfalls
About 20 km from Satkhol, Bhaalu Gaad waterfalls, cascading down a series of rocky steps, are a great destination for a half-day trip.
Nainital, often referred to as the “Lake District of India,” is a captivating hill, about 50 km from Satkhol.
Visitors to Kainchi Dham have the opportunity to engage in meditation, Satsang (spiritual discourses), and kirtans (devotional singing) led by resident sadhus and spiritual seekers.
Situated approximately 30 km from Satkhol, Almora district is a captivating tapestry of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and spiritual significance, making it a compelling destination for travellers.
Some of the highlights of Almora are:
A haven for wildlife enthusiasts, with diverse flora and fauna in the midst of lush forests. Leopards, barking deer, foxes, and various Himalayan species also call this sanctuary home, although many remain hidden in the thick vegetation. The area is also a paradise for birdwatchers, boasting over 200 bird species.
This ancient temple, located near Almora, is known for its spiritual aura and panoramic vistas. The Kasar Devi Temple has a history of attracting renowned personalities, including Swami Vivekananda and Bob Dylan. The temple’s tranquillity and the breathtaking views it offers make it a must-visit destination.
A viewpoint offering stunning sunrise and sunset vistas over the majestic mountains.
A unique temple known for its tradition of tying bells as offerings, offering insights into local beliefs.
An impressive stone temple dedicated to the sun god, showcasing intricate architectural details.
A complex of over 100 ancient temples with intricate carvings, set amidst serene surroundings. Dedicated to Lord Shiva it is considered one of the most sacred ‘tirthas’ in the Kumaon region. The linga is considered to represent one of the 12 Jyothirlingams in India. The temple holds much significance for the devout and it is a must-see destination in Binsar. The temple complex comprises 124 temples.
A high-altitude viewpoint in Binsar offering breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks.
Showcasing the history and achievements of the Kumaon Regiment, a significant part of Indian military history.
A peaceful sanctuary where visitors can observe deer and enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings.
A serene park with well-maintained gardens, offering a peaceful escape in nature.
: A bustling local market where you can experience the vibrant culture and shop for traditional items.
A museum preserving the cultural heritage of the region through its collection of artefacts.