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Pangot: Experience Snowfall

''Places to visit near it: Nainital, Cheena peak range, Snow view point, Kilbury.''

Ideal number of days : 3-4 days

Cuisine : Food here is basic - the usual north Indian food including parantha, rice and dal. Pangot is a very small hill station, so eating places are all in the range of 1-2 kms. The best option is to eat freshly made food at your hotel.

Travel tips : Tell your folks at home that you will not be able to contact them from there as the mobile network connectivity is scarce to nil. Withdraw sufficient amount of money, there are no ATMs in Pangot. Also, carry binoculars if you are interested in bird watching. Carry light woollens even in summers, it gets a bit chilly in the nights and mornings, and is pleasant during the day.

Shopping : Since it is a small town, you will not get anything at all to shop here. If you wish, you can stop by at Nainital to buy things.

Pangot is a nature lover's paradise : Through the day, all you can hear is chirping of birds and gushing of breeze. Although most North Indians would opt for Nainital as a holiday destination, drive up a bit, and you can actually feel the beauty Nainital once had been.

Pangot is about 15 kms further Nainital; you will have drive through the pristine forest roads to reach here. Car is the best option to reach this lesser known hillstation. Either you can hire a car directly to Pangot, or reach Nainital by bus and then hire a taxi to Pangot. On your way, you will drive through the forests of Cheena peak range, stop by at snow view point and Kilbury for excellent views of lush green meadows, floating clouds and snow peak mountains far away.

When in Pangot, throw off those slippers and just chill! There is nothing much touristy to do at Pangot. One can go for walks in the forest (it is safe!) and soak in the sun, listen to birds and devour the unspoilt beauty of nature. Or go for a trek at a nearby waterfall; ask a local for the way. Otherwise, just sit on your hotel's porch and enjoy the view and silence.

There are some very good hotels and cottages in Pangot, with gorgeous views, but prices are a bit steep. Suggest you to book in advance and bargain for a package with meals, since searching for restaurants will be a marathon task.

Source / Review By : Durba Ghosh

Durba is a journo with Cogencis. In her spare time, she loves travelling

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