Nestled amidst the exotic realms of Kumaon, Bhowali is known for its entrancing beauty and unfiltered vistas of the majestic Himalayan peaks.
A pleasant retreat for weary and tired visitors, the travel destination pacifies the soul with its tranquil and composed ambiance. Perched at an elevation of 1,654 meters, the town is a gateway to many places in the Kumaon division like Almora and Bageshwar for people traveling from the Haldwani route. The ‘Orchard Town’ is most popular for its T.B. sanatorium, which was established in 1912, where even Kamala Nehru also stayed for a while. The town is now an important fruit market for all the neighboring regions and an important road junction to the nearby hill stations like Nainital, Bhimtal, Mukteshwar, Ranikhet, and Almora.
Bhowali, with its ‘Two Chimney’ neighborhood is an ideal travel spot, where you can explore, travel, create moments and also harmonize in peace and seclusion. The ancient old forts, monuments, artifacts, and other archeological sites of Bhowali showcase the vulnerable yet incredibly artistic and heritage side of the quaint little town.
One such entrancing structure of Bhowali is the Historical fort that was built in the 1540s. Along with that several other monuments which were built formerly, still continue to entice and spell-bind visitors with their rustic charm. Encircled by lakes, dense forests, prolific fruit orchards, and tea estates, Bhowali has a pleasant and salutary climate all around the year. Known for producing the finest quality of fruits, Bhowali is truly an ‘Orchard Town’ with exquisite varieties of fresh apples, plums, peaches, strawberries, and apricots. A fruit connoisseur’s paradise, it is the heart of the state’s fruit basket and an international exporter of the luscious fruits that it produces.
Apart from being a fruit exporter, Bhowali also offers its visitors numerous tourist attractions to visit. The famous Kainchi Dham Mandir, home to Neem Karoli Baba’s Ashram, which has seen visitors like the renowned Apple founder Steve Jobs and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the Golu Devta Temple, the sweet-scented Shyamkhet Tea Gardens, there is no dearth in the number of touristy spots. For regional art enthusiasts, the town has the Folk Culture Museum which provides an insight into the culture, customs, and significance of the traditions of the town. The pristine and scenic grandeur of Bhowali is also abundant in the flora and fauna, with a great diversity of bird species and animals such as Jackals, Kakkar, Himalayan eagles, and pheasants that are commonly sighted.
The town also has several greenhouses, where rare and exotic plants and herbs are cultivated. Bhowali offers affordable, budget, and alternative accommodations for travelers. As a small town, it is difficult to find fancy outlets or varied cuisine eateries. Even so, the roadside joints and in-built restaurants in the hotels offer savory dishes to indulge in. While in Bhowali, the active and adventure aficionados can take over the challenging treks of the Cheena Peak that is set amidst the entrancing bounty of nature.
Things to do, and places to must visit while in the mesmeric town are;
· Visit the temple of numerous bells, Golu Devta Temple
· Make an enchanting visit to Kainchi Dham
· Admire the splendor of lush tea gardens at Shyamkhet Tea
· Soak in nature’s bounty and walk through the rich orchards
· Visit the “Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya” or the Folk Culture
· Rejoice to the ‘Trekker’s delight’ at the highest Cheena Peak
A natural paradise and a fruit hill mart, Bhowali offers its visitors a convenient base for exploring the region and its grandeur. The beautiful hill station that cradles in the lap of Nainital is scenically blessed and will spell-bind you into visiting the natural bounteousness of the town time in and out.