Wednesday, 25 March 2015

A Walk Through The Himalayan Forests

The northern most part of India is characterized by elevated landscape owing to the slopes of the mighty Himalayas. Nestled among the luxurious flora typical to this region is a small township, Almora, located in the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. The city dwellers are attracted to this area for its natural beauty in form of remarkable view of the peaks of the Himalayan ranges and abundance of the native flora of the region. KlamatiaSangam, our Himalayan resort offers to give the visitors a pleasant stay among the natural beauty of the region.

View from the resort
This Himalayan resort is situated seven Kilometers above the Almora town which is at the foothills of the Himalayas.The region is covered with forest belonging to sub-tropical type comprising mostly of deciduous variety of trees and some of sub-temperate forest mostly with evergreen vegetation. While walking to visit the Chitai bell temple or going for treks and picnics you will have to go through these forests. The region is inhabited by almost four thousand species of trees due to its great range of elevation as well as temperature and precipitation.

Chir Pine Forest
The forest cover of this region consists of mainly Sal and Chir/ Pine. Sal is a deciduous type of plant whereas Chir/ Pine are evergreens. Other type of vegetation consists of Vijayasar, Ramal and Faliyal Oak. Another type of forest found in abundance here is Rhododendron with profusion of colorful flowers from its branches. At a slightly higher elevation you can come across Deodar, Horse Chestnut and few categories of Oak trees.

This zone is famous for remarkable variety of birds with magnificent and colorful plumage. The commonly seen bird species are Brown fronted Woodpecker, Bar tailed tree creeper, Scaly breasted Munia, Red beaked blue Magpie, Partridge, Grey Shrike, Himalayan whistling Thrush, Pheasants, Grey headed Flycatcher, Himalayan Woodpecker, Hoopoe, Eurasian Jay, Black headed Jay, Owl, Eagle, Himalayan Cuckoo etc. Area around our Himalayan resort is a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Walk through the jungle 

The surrounding region is also home to a number of animals. You will see different types of Monkeys, Langur, Leopard, Kakar, Goral, Fox, Chital etc.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Kalmatia Sangam- A Natural and Spiritual Holiday

A boutique resort in Almora, Kalmatia Sangam offers you a holiday which is a dream come true. Set in the backdrop of mighty Himalayas with lush green foliage surrounding it you can feel the cool pure breeze washing away the tiredness of the body and mind. Our resort is situated in the Kumaon region in the state of Uttarakhand. This property nestled in the foothills of Himalayas, offers you a spectacular view of the mighty mountain range from all its cottages.
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The cottages are beautifully decorated catering to a diverse variety of people who come to spend their time in our property. These stone cottages promise you a comfortable living while being away from your home amongst the wilderness. This place is famous for bird watching as large numbers of birds of various species are native to this area or visit it at certain time of the year. Waking up to the chirping of different birds is a luxury you can enjoy here.

Once you step out, breath in the pure cool air and cleanse your lungs. Walk to the terraced restaurant for your breakfast where you have the mountain peak as your view and a mild sun warming your body. After a sumptuous breakfast you can start your day with various activities that the resort offers.

Amongst all other activities, visit to the ancient temples is quite popular as there are number of old temples in this area. The Chitai Bell temple has thousands of brass bells hanging. These are offerings by devotees, a sign of wishes fulfilled by God. Then there is Kasar Devi temple where Goddess Kasar Devi is worshipped. Both the temples are situated near the resort and are within walking distance. The walk itself is highly enjoyable as you have to walk through rhododendron, pine and deodar forests. You will be able to see some exotic birds and small animals as well.

Some of the temples like Jageshwari temple have magnificent carvings on the walls dated back to 8thCentury. There are about hundred and fifty temples clustered together on the premises. The Katarmal Sun temple, also very old, has some beautiful carvings on its stone wall. Here too you will find forty five small temples surrounding the main temple.

The other activities which we recommend in our boutique resort are Kumaoni village walk, massage and spa, yoga, bird watching and visit to the Binsar wildlife sanctuary.