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Jeolikot – a beautiful hill station located in North India

Jeolikot is a hill station in the state of Uttarakhand on the Nainital-Haldwani Highway. It is located at a distance of 17 km from Nainital and is well known as a spot for nature lovers who are interested in butterfly watching and floriculture. The surrounding natural beauty on the backdrop of Kumaon hills is ideal for visitors. Hindi and Kumaoni are the languages spoken by locals there. Jeolikot is at an altitude of 1219 metres. The temperatures in summer go from 15-25°C and in winter from 8-15°C, making it ideal for all seasons.
This place is known for meditation with swamis like Shri Aurobindo and swami Vivekananda spending time with real Mother Nature. The resorts, vintage English cottage, offer a perfect stay in Jeolikot. In addition, Jeolikot houses some ancient temples, a cemetery and other structures pointing to its verdant past. It has bee-keeping centres which is another attraction of the place.
The Cottage in Jeolikot situated at the greenish backdrop of Kumaon hills presents the magnificent Kumaon craftsmanship. This is a charming holiday resort which offers all comforts of an English vintage cottage. Antique carved doors, furniture and windows are special to these cottages. There is a Health centre for the butterflies and for honey, mushrooms and fruits, including strawberries and litchis.
The places nearby (located not very far) to see are
1. Gateway to Kumaon’s Lake District
2. Binsar
3. Kausani
4. Ranikhet
5. Corbett National Park.
Golfing, and trekking in the hills is therapeutic and a lot of fun. Jeolikot is a nice destination for adventurous tourists. Many trekking trails in Jeolikot offer mild to hard challenges to trekkers.

Best time to visit / climate

The best time to visit Jeolikot is July. The weather of Jeolikot is moderately cold and temperature is from 8 to 20 degree Celsius. The nature looks enchanting and suitable at this time. Since winter is chilly, snow and fog forming with monsoon showers, it’s advisable to visit in the month of July for comfort.

Location on Google Maps:

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How to get there:
• Jeolikot by Train: The nearest railway station is Kathgodam, 48 kms from Jeolikot. It takes about close to an hour to reach Jeolikot. Taxis are available at the railway station. Dehradun-Kathgodam Express (from Dehradun), Ranikhet Express (from Delhi) and Bagh express (from Howrah) are some of the convenient trains to Kathgodam.

• Jeolikot by Air: The nearest airport to Jeolikot is in Pantnagar which is about 56 km away it takes about one and a half hours to reach Jeolikot from there. The airport, however is not in operation yet. So the major international airport near Jeolikot is Delhi, which is nearly 290 km away from the city. Pre-paid taxi charges nearly Rs 4000 from Delhi to Jeolikot. New Delhi is connected to all major cities in India and abroad by Air.

• Jeolikot by Bus: There are overnight tourists buses services run by private companies are available from New Delhi to Jeolikot, which charge around Rs 800.
Buses are available from the ISBT at Ananad Vihar in New Delhi. The 9 pm deluxe bus to Nainital stops at Jeolikot. If you are driving, after the Moradabad by-pass fly-over, take the largely forested road to Bazpur, which will take you to Haldwani via Kaladungi. From Haldwani (a large town which has joined up with Kathgodam), take the Nainital route to reach Jeolikot. Most Delhi motorists prefer this route.

The distance chart from major cities is as below:
From and Distance
1. Delhi – 277 km
2. Nainital – 4 km
3. Almora – 58 km
4. Kasauni -107 km
5. Haridwar- 220 km
6. Rishikesh -237 km
7. Rajaji National Park -263 km
8. Auli -267 km
9. Dehradun -272 km
10. Mussoorie -297 km

The following website gives all the train numbers, names and timings, flight timings, names and buses timings and the road map to reach to Jeolikot:

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)


Blogs / Sites about Jeolikot

Golfing, sailing at Naini Lake, trek down to the tiny river below the cottage, snow peak spotting from Kilbury, bird watching at Pangot, Binsar and Naukuchiatal, boat rides at Saattal and treks and hikes in the Kumaoni Himalayas are some of the things that one can do in Jeolikot.
Collecting pebbles and soaking your feet in its refreshing coolness is fun here. There is a tiny shrine under a canopy of trees, the colonial house, is an outlet for fresh honey and saplings. Going with binoculars and a bird and butterfly guide book will add to the enjoyment. In the government horticulture department one can buy fresh kiwi fruit, mushrooms, olives and strawberries and also some fresh wild flower honey.
Images and photos of Jeolikot

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