If you are searching for a reclusive town with not much bustling activity, pleasing climate, beautiful scenery and pretty landscapes then Jeolikot is your cup of joy! This village situated cozily on the Nainital-Haldwani highway is the harbor for adventurers and nature lovers. Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo considered Jeolikot as the home of tranquility, so peaceful that it gave a healing effect to its inhabitants. The beautiful countryside of Jeolikot is gifted with the magnetizing Kumaon Hills, the trekking attraction! Jeolikot is loaded with interesting cemeteries, ancient shrines and ivory clad cottages and one should not miss a holiday in Nainital
when at Jeolikot.
People from all over the world come to Jeolikot for butterfly watching. Jeolikot is bestowed with several hundred species of butterflies! You’ll never know how the time flies as you watch the pretty butterflies fly. Another amazing splendor of Jeolikot is its bee-keeping centers. Bee-keeping center is a place where Bee’s are breed and honey is extracted from its hives. You can visit them and taste the delicious honey extracted freshly from the hives. Visiting the bee-keeping center, horticulture department and butterfly watching will take a day. You might be wondering… when there are butterflies and bees around there should be plenty of flowers around! You are right! Jeolikot is filled with the most beautiful flowers in the world. Maintained by the horticulture department, thousands of visitors book Jeolikot tours in Uttaranchal
and come here every year to see the beautiful flowers bloom.
The Kumaon hill is a harbor for trekkers. It’s challenging terrain demands physical activity, offering easygoing to tough challenges for its trekkers. Unexplored paths of Kumaon hills make it an interesting place to trek. There are many ancient temples and shrines around the Kumaon hills. So, make sure you take your trekking boots and binoculars when you visit Jeolikot! Trekking will absolutely take a day of your stay. On the last day you can relax for a while, take pictures of all the beautiful places in Jeolikot (includes the cottage) and shop. Also, you can check out the quarters of Warwick Saheb or the bungalow of the great Napoleon Bonaparte.
Jeolikot has enjoyable weather throughout the year. If you hail from a place which has hot summers, then Jeolikot can be your summer chill out destination! Jeolikot celebrates almost all the important festivals with utmost zeal and fervor. This makes Jeolikot beau destination throughout the year!
Jeolikot is a 17 km drive from Nainital. One can reach Nainital from Ramgarh, Sattal or Ranikhet or traking up packages from Delhi
. The nearest airport to Jeolikot is the Pantnagar Airport which is well connected to most of the major cities in India. A cab from airport would cost around 600 INR. Jeolikot is not furnished with a railway station, but the nearest railway station to Jeolikot is the kathgodam railway station which is 30 minutes from Jeolikot and cab would cost you around Rs 300. A cab from Delhi to Jeolikot would cost around Rs 3400.
Food & Accommodation
There are many resorts in and around Jeolikot that offer interesting amenities and flexible price range. For a day for a couple the hotel price ranges from 1500 to 3000 INR. Mountain Hill resort is one such budget hotel. However there is one resort in Jeolikot you must visit for its beauty and splendid architecture. This resort was the life and work of Bhuvan Kumari, its ‘The Cottage”. Clad with wooden structures, myriad shades of cotton, handiworks of Christopher Moore, tree stumps side table, exquisite bedrooms and devoted service. ‘The Cottage’ is the icing on the cake! Make it a point to at least visit this masterpiece even if you are not staying in The Cottage. It’s definitely a tourist spot in Jeolikot.
Other places of excursion near Jeolikot are Pangot, Bhowali, Naukuchiatal and Sattal. All types of cuisines are available in Jeolikot. To trickle your taste buds you can visit the local chai wala and the local dhabhas, they are very tasty! When in Jeolikot, tourists should not miss a trip to Ranikhet
Touring doesn’t end here! Don’t forget to shop for souvenirs! You can visit the Horticulture department and buy a bottle of freshly extracted honey! Mushrooms kiwi fruits, strawberries and olives are other good buys in Jeolikot. Tiny plants and saplings cut from the Kumaon hills are available in shops near The Cottage.
All in all you can spend 3 days and 2 nights in Jeolikot. For a couple, the estimated expense for a trip to Jeolikot would be more or less than 7000 INR.