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Hill stations are often seen as a place to recuperate and rejuvenate from the arduous mundane life - an escape from the humdrum of the hectic grind. One such hill station which offers a perfect retreat is Bhowali in Uttarakhand.
This place was a favored destination and also seen as a health
retreat even before the independence, owing to its salubrious climate.
The small serene hill town had its first government run TB sanatorium
established in the year 1912. Smt. Kamala Nehru is said to have spent a
brief time at this place. The exquisite vintage flavor gives the hill a
whiff of colonial aura.
Bhowali has an exquisite fruit mart which serves as a centre for
both the locals and exporters to sell a variety of the lush produce from
in and around the town. Conducive climate, fertile soil and terraced
fields ensure rich, abundant produce of peaches, apricots, apples,
plums, pears and strawberries.
Geography of Bhowali
At an elevation of about 1,706 metres above sea level this picturesque hill town is situated in the district of Nainital and the state of Uttarakhand. It serves as a gateway to many neighboring locations. It is located at 29.38°N 70.52°E.
This quaint city is laced with a potpourri of rich flora and fauna. Flora includes the deodars, rhododendrons, pine and oak, while the fauna ranges from jackal, kakkar, pheasants to monkeys.
Climate in Bhowali
Summer season is between the months of April and June, however the weather is moderate and is one of the most preferred time to visit the place. Monsoon season exists between July and September. Winter lasts from September until January. Weather is extreme and receives snowfall during peak winters.
Administration in Bhowali
Bhowali is the Nagar Palika Parishad city, which is divided into 7 wards. Elections are conducted every five years for the same. It caters for basic amenities like water and sewerage. Building of roads, imposing of taxes on properties are few of the many responsibilities it undertakes.
There is a single police station dedicated to the people of Bhowali, which is headed by the Station House Officer. The Station House Officer is responsible for the maintenance of Law and order of the local region.
Bhowali Circle Police Station
Phone Number: 9411112757 05942-235730.
There are two fire stations at Nainital and Haldwani.
For effective hold and upkeep on the revenue collection and land records, the district of Nainital are divided into sub divisions. While the collection of revenues is done by the Tehsildars who is assisted by the Naib Tehsildars and the Tehsil staffs, the Land records are maintained by the Patwaris.
Business and Economy of Bhowali
Tourism is one of major sources of income to this small city. With tourism being the primary source, the ancillary industries such as the hospitality and food sector also witness a steady inflow of clients. This interdependence creates a lot of employment opportunities for the locals.
Bhowali has been an important center for export of fruits owing to the lush produce in and around the region. This city is famous for its fruit mart, where all the vendors come under one roof and this proves to be a another great source of income for the locals as such and has a positive impact on the economy of the region.
Hospitals and Emergency Services in Bhowali
A community health service run by the government is functional at Bhowali which reaches out and caters to the health needs of the locals of Bhowali. Since Nainital and many important places having government and private hospitals, remains within reachable distance from Bhowali, these health centres attend to the immediate and highly specialized medical needs of the people within and across the region.
Community Health Center,
Electricity Services in Bhowali
The Uttaranchal Power Corporation Ltd. is responsible for the transmission and distribution of electricity in the state while the Uttaranchal Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. takes care of the generation of the same.
Telecommunication Services in Bhowali
BSNL, MTNL and the Kumaun telecom remains to be the major service provider for Bhowali. However there are many private operators like Airtel, Reliance, Idea, Vodafone, Tata Docomo and few others who have their network set up.
Banks and ATMs in Bhowali
Bhowali has many nationalised and private banks in and around the city which provides a range varied of services which include saving schemes, providing loans and insurances. Cash withdrawals have become much easier with the advent of ATM’s.
State Bank of India Address: Bhowali, District Nainital, Uttarakhand – 263132,
IFSC Code: SBIN0001352, MICR Code: 263002009.
Nainital Bank Address: Ramgarh Road, Bhowali, Nainital, Uttarakhand - 263132.
These are few of the banks which offer their services to the locals and the tourists as well.
Entertainment in Bhowali
Nature having bestowed the most in the form of scenic grandeur, there is very less or rather no reason needed for a human intervention to look out for any other avenues for entertainment in this serene environment. Locals are seen indulging in conversation at the local tea stalls or huddling around a bonfire catching up with their stories. Tourism being one of the main attractions, people are seen spending most of the day light attending to this and wind up early. Nightlife at Bhowali is restricted also owing to the climatic conditions of the region.
Places to See in and around Bhowali
Golu Devta Mandir
The main deity is the incarnation of Lord Shiva and is seen as the Lord of justice. People not only from the region but across the country come here in sheer hope of getting their wishes or long unsettled disputes ironed out. Once their wishes are fulfilled, they come back to the temple, and hang bells as a mark of gratitude.
Shyamket Tea Estate
A walk in the lush green Tea gardens of Uttarakhand Tea Development board is blissful. What makes the visit more memorable is the backdrop. It is set amidst beautiful trees, seasonal streams that slither on either sides of the estate which simulates the feel of being on a green island.
It is a serene and heavenly abode which has the famous ashram and temple of Neeb Karori Maharaj. This place has devout followers not only from India but devotees coming from across the globe. This Ashram is just 9km from Bhowali. More than a lakh devotees are said to throng the Hanuman Mandir, on the 15th of June each year when the Pran-Prathistha of the idols are performed.
Places to Visit near Bhowali
Nainital, Bhimtal, Sattal, Almora, Ranikhet, Mukteshwar are few and important ones amidst the many other locations you can visit around Bhowali.
Places to Stay in Bhowali
Bhowali has a number of hotels and retreats which provides a comfortable stay for its tourists and guests. Few resorts also arrange for many interesting indoor and outdoor activities. Here are a few of the hotels and retreats you may want to try out according to your choice and convenience
KMVN Tourist Rest House (Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam)
This rest house offers decent suites at affordable prices to its guests. It has all the basic amenities and situated right on the main road which connects Bhowali to Nainital.
Address: KMNV Tourist Rest House, Bhowali, Uttarakhand – 263131, India.
Fusion Hotels and Resorts
This resort is located in the tranquil atmosphere of Bhowali. It offers deluxe and super deluxe suites to its guests. It has dining in facilities, where you can indulge in some mouth watering treats. It also provides round the clock room service. In all it promises a comfortable and cherishable stay to all its guests.
Address:Fusion Hotel and Resorts, Ramgarh Road, Kahalkweera, Bhowali, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India.
Rewa Retreat Nainital
It entices its tourists with a blend of traditional charm and modern day amenities. It is a heritage property which stands tall and spacious. It has an exquisite art gallery which allows its guest to take a peek into the Kumaoni art. The reading corner ensures some alone time with your favourite books in a quite atmosphere. Outdoor activities such as trekking and exploring are also arranged as per the needs of its guests. The dining-in facility serves Indian, continental and oriental cuisines. With a great ambience reflecting the colonial era, this retreat is all set to leave you mesmerized.
Address:Rewa Retreat, Ramgarh Road, Bhowali, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India.
This is a boutique hotel, which gives the tourists a reminiscence of the British Raj. The hotel offers aesthetically done up suites with breathtaking views of the lakes. It has a multi cuisine restaurant in addition to the round the clock room service. It also caters for activities such as angling, rock climbing and bird watching at the request of its guests.
Address:Hotel The Georges,Kailash View Estate, Bhowali, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India.
Bhowali is dotted with operators who offer bungalows, cottages and home stay too.
Things to Do at Bhowali
There are a number of activities one can try out when at Bhowali. Trekking, bird watching, boating, paddling, sight seeing and angling are some of the famous activities tourists indulge.
How to Reach Bhowali
By Train: The nearest railway station to Bhowali is Kathgodam, which is about 29 kms. Taxis and buses are available to commute from the station to reach Bhowali.
By Air: Pantnagar is the nearest airport and takes around an hour to reach Bhowali.
By Bus: Buses from major cities to Kathgodam, Nainital and Almora make it easy to reach Bhowali.
Transport in Bhowali
As tourism is one of the most famous attractions at Bhowali, a good and robust transportation network is very important. State run buses and other private operators make commuting within the city an easy task. However, for local movements and site seeing cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws, tourist cabs, tongas are easily available at affordable rates.
Tighten up your knapsacks and get ready to explore!!!