Situated amid the verdant hills, Jeolikot is famous as the Gateway to Naini Lake. This adorable hill station is famous for its brimming charm, colours and distinctive hues of natural abundance. It is located on the Nainital-Haldwani highway and is a perfect place to spend your holidays in a calm and secluded environment.
One major highlight of the place is that it is very famous for its butterfly population along with its incredible floriculture. For any person who loves nature, this place is no less than an opportunity to contemplate, know nature and well yes, click some really cool snaps of nature’s oozing happiness.
Spending an evening here with your loved ones and watching the sun slowly set would be an unforgettable experience for you. It is also said that the attraction of this place is such that many philosophers like Sri Aurobindo and even Swami Vivekananda used to meditate here.
As far as the right time to visit this place is concerned, you can visit Jeolikot at any time of the year. The winter season can be quite windy and chilly. Thus, for those who cannot handle lower temperatures must consider travelling here during the summertime.
History of Jeolikot
Jeolikot is known for its ghost story, the presence of which is felt there even to this day. It is believed that in the 19th century, an army man, Lt. Col Warwick arrived in the village of Jeolikot. Soon, he met an Indian girl and they both fell in love with each other. After some time, the Lieutenant married the girl. However, in a few years, the girl passed away leaving Lt. Warwick all alone.
He was now compelled to live in a 20 room house which he had built with great love and devotion for the girl and himself. It is said that he didn’t allow even the servants to come inside the house after her demise.
But soon, the villagers started noticing something strange. They used to see something that seemed like Warwick wife’s ghost riding a horse in the village. Many of the locals even claimed that they saw a girl’s silhouette riding a horse in the middle of the night.
Later on, it was discovered that it was none other than Lt. Warwick who, dressed as his wife, used to ride a horse around the village every night. But what truly is scary is the fact that the villagers still hear a horse galloping at night till today, even after a century.
This is a beautiful freshwater lake that is known for its captivating beauty. Apart from its magnificent beauty, the kidney like shape of the Naini lake is considered to be its highlighting feature. One can see lots of ducks and fishes while boating in the water of this lake.
The rocky caves are situated in the Mallital area of Nainital. It is basically a set of six small yet magnificent caves carved in the shape of various animals. The main purpose of this habitat is to offer the tourists a glimpse of Himalayan Wildlife, and the popular ones are the Tiger Cave, Panther Cave, Apes Cave, Bat Cave and Flying Fox Cave. The opening time of the caves is from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. And to enter the premises, the adults will need to pay INR 60, whereas the children are charged INR 25. If you want to take a camera inside then an extra fee of INR 25 would be charged.
3. Snow View Point
This spot is located at a height of approximately 2270 meters above sea level. Due to its natural beauty, the Snow View Point is considered to be one of the most attractive tourist spots of the area. The milky snow and its beauty is all the more a reason for a travel enthusiast to visit this place.
It is yet another beautiful tourist attraction in Nainital. Another name by which Tiffin Top is known as is Dorothy’s Seat. Tiffin Top is truly an unforgettable picnic spot in its own regard. You won’t be able to resist its amazing beauty and would be compelled to click some amazing pictures. Apart from photography, you can also participate in multiple adventure activities like rappelling and rock climbing.
How to Reach Jeolikot
Jeolikot is an adorable hill station located in Uttarakhand. It is situated at a distance of 308, 2,177, 1,415, 1,532 km from Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata respectively. Here is how you can reach here by the following means of public transportation.
The nearest airport from Jeolikot is the Pantnagar Airport. It is situated at an approximate distance of 53 km from Jeolikot. You can take the connecting flights from Delhi and Chandigarh to reach here. Once you get off the airport, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transportation.
If you are planning to make a visit by train then you must get off at Kathgodam Railway Station. It has fairly good connectivity with other Indian cities. Once you deboard at the train station, you can easily take a cab or some other means of public transportation to reach your spot.
The road network connecting Jeolikot with other Indian cities is well maintained. To reach here by road you shouldn't have any kind of problem. You can either hire a cab, a bus or maybe, if convenient, you can take your own vehicle to Jeolikot. The fun of a road trip with your friends and loved ones is simply unmatchable as compared to any other kind of travel experience.