Locally also known as Bedinag, Berinag is said to derive its name from the various Nag Devata Temples erected in this small town. Among those temples, Bedinag Temple built at the Berinag hilltop is a famous tourist attraction site. Although one may flinch at the thought of snake temples, this hill station is nothing short of a dreamland and a perfect place to spend your holidays. Waking up to the spectacular blanket of foggy mountains and basking into the view of the majestic peaks, this picturesque hill station is all that might be needed to cleanse your mind and soul.
Being located in the Central Himalayan region, Berinag offers a magnificent view of the Greater Himalayas especially the peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi, and Panchacholi. This hill station has quite a number of tea gardens built during the British era, which elevates the beauty on the ground level. The tea manufactured here is of world-class and is well-known to be exported to England.
Berinag is also famous for its folk songs which are played on instruments such as dholki, mashakbaja, ransingha etc and dance forms such as Chholiya.
Best time to visit
If you really love chilly weather, it is best to visit this place in the winter to experience some snow as the mercury may drip down to 0 degrees, and the weather will be ethereal. For most of the year, it has a pleasant weather and offers the view of the greens. The area is mostly covered with Deodar, Sal, Chir pine and Himalayan Cypress trees.
The Monsoons creates a misty romantic atmosphere and thus draws a number of newly-weds at this time.
From budget hotels to luxurious resorts all are available in this hill station. Ideally, this may be a weekend trip, but once you are here you may be tempted to extend a few days and spend more time in these beautiful cozy mountain nestles.
How to reach Berinag
Berinag is 85 km from Pithoragarh. All major cities of Uttarakhand, as well as Delhi, are well connected to Pithoragarh by roadways. Taxis are easily available from Pithoragarh to Berinag. You may also reach here from Nainital, Bageshwar or Haldwani via road. Kathgodam and Pantnagar, Pithoragarh is the nearest railways and airport respectively.
Featured Photo by International Livestock Research Institute