A hidden land filled to the brim with flora and fauna.
Peora, apart from providing a peaceful atmosphere, will also surprise you with its wide variation in flora and fauna.
Peora is one of the few places left in India that Industrialization hasn’t yet left its imprint, and urbanization hasn’t engulfed it with its chaotic city life. Here the air is fresh and clean, and the people live a simple, peaceful life. Cradled in the valley of the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand, Peora is elevated at the height of 6,600 ft above sea level. The dense forests, captivating orchards, snow-capped mountains, and the chirping of the birds will leave you with a cheering effect on you. If you are looking for an eco-tourism spot, then this is your best option.
What makes Peora special?
One of the greatest assets of Peora is its enrich flora and fauna. The peaceful way the wildlife and the locals coexist sets a great example for the rest of the country as well. Take a stroll around the village, and you might spot wild boars, foxes, and even leopards. It is also home to an eclectic range of birds, from Red Jungle Fowl, Kalij Pheasant to Black Francolin, and Blue Magpie. Due to its wide variation, Peora is an incredible place for all the bird admirers. Also, the place is full of pine, sal, oak, and apple trees.
You would also notice few scattered bungalows with slanted roofs indicating they were built back during the British period. This quaint little space belongs to the Nainital district and is close to Mukteshwar, which is about 10 km away and Almora, which is about 23 km away. Both of them are well-known destination spots.
Activities to do in Peora
Trekking- This activity doesn’t only give an adrenaline rush, but also lets you see the charming and scenic views that nature has bestowed upon this place. Through trekking, you’ll be able to explore Peora’s rich flora and fauna at its best. Also, the magnificent views of Himalayan mountains you’d see during the trek would leave you enthralled.
Bird watching– The majestic trees and the vibrant flowers allure a wide range of birds to live in this region. It is a tranquil and serene experience watching the beguiling beauty of the birds. They are either flying around in the sky or perching on the tree. Their melodious sound would make you want to stay in there forever. To get a more mesmerizing experience, go early in the morning.
Strolling– Trekking can be exhausting for some people. For them, a better alternative is to take a stroll around the dense forest and the meadows in Peora, taking in the majestic views of the verdant ecosystem. This activity will give a sense of serenity and calmness to your mind and soul. Carry a camera with you so that you can take pictures of the many birds and animals you will come across during the journey, and the dense foliage as well.
Picnic– Having a feast in the midst of the picturesque landscape is a dream come true. If you are here with your friends or family, then this a must thing to do. Enjoy your food while relaxing in the lush greenery surroundings.
Fruit-picking– Lavished with ripe fruit-laden trees, Peora is famous for fruit gardening. In fact, the majority of the earnings of the villagers here come from this occupation. Take a fruit basket with you and start picking up the juiciest fruits from the trees. With an abundance of apples, plums, pears, peaches, and more, you will surely spot your favorite fruit. It’s an exhilarating experience and peaceful at the same time. You can also opt for the mushrooms, but make sure you take an expert with you, so you don’t pick up any poisonous ones.
Where to stay
Due to its scarcity in the tourist population, there are only a few homestays and hotels available in this region. But they offer affordable and comfortable accommodation.
The Peora Dak bungalow- This homestay isn’t only a resting place for an individual, but also takes you back to the British period with its pristine architecture comprising of huge verandas, wooden ceilings, and fireplaces. You can also get the majestic views of the Himalayas from this bungalow. It was built in 1905 on the road of the silk route, which at that time acted as an inspection bungalow. Now it serves as a homestay for tourists after the place came under the control of Pradeep and Shubha in 2005.
Resort Sequester- It is a three-storied building consisting of four grand studio size rooms that are well furnished with gadgets and other utilities. Built facing the valley, the place gives an amazing view of Peora’s lush greenery. Moreover, it is situated in its orchards of trees bearing juicy apricots and apples.
Best time to visit
Peora is suitable to visit for all the year-round. Summers here has warm and comfortable weather that lets you explore the place pleasantly. Also, since it is not well-known among tourists, you won’t have to bear the crowd of famous hill stations during the summer season. But, if you want to see the snow-capped mountains, visit within September- March. On some winters, you’ll also be able to experience snow.
How to reach
By air– The nearest airport to Peora lies in Pantnagar, a town in Uttarakhand. From the airport, your destination is about 77 km away, and you would need to hire a taxi to reach to Peora.
By rail– The Kathgodam railway station is the nearest railway station to reach Peora. The station is located at a distance of 77 km from Peora, but there are many taxis available which you can hire that go directly to Peora. Also, the rail is well-connected with Delhi.
By road– If you are up for a road trip, then take your car or hire one to reach this serene and calm destination. It is about 352 km from Delhi, but you are sure to enjoy its scenic beauty along the route to your destination. There are also several buses available from Delhi that reach Haldwani, the nearest bus stop for Peora. From there, hire a cab to cover the last 85 km.