Chanfi Village a less known place…
First of all being born and brought up in Delhi city, still hills have never been alien to me. I have been always rooted to them!
Due to my grandparents and all my extended family, who stay up in those hills, visiting them has always been an option for me since childhood. And encounter the beauty that these mountains bring into my life.
Chanfi is a small village in Nainital district, Uttrakhand, and my maternal hometown.
It is one of the best places I have “ever” visited in my entire life!
Chanfi is a perfect getaway (from Delhi) to overcome the hustle bustle of your city life!
How can I reach this place?
Most noteworthy, this village is connected by road, train and air till some extent.
It is well connected via road, the highways connecting are really awesome. There are government/Volvo buses available(for Haldwani, Nainital only) from Anand Vihar bus terminal. While ‘book a cab’ or ‘drive your own vehicle’ to the place are some considered options.
- It’s around 320 km and takes 6-7 hours journey from Delhi via Kathgodam city.
- Most of the stretch is a plain area, it’s only after Kathgodam that the hilly area starts.
- The hilly stretch would be around 35 km and takes around 1 hr via Bhowali-Bhimtal-Haldwani road
There are 4 trains till Haldwani/Kathgodam: Ranikhet Express, Uttrakhand Sampark Kranti express, New Delhi-Kathgodam Shatabdi, Anandvihar-Lalkuan Intercity express.
- From Haldwani/kathgodam station there are many buses/taxis for this place(bhowali main stand)
- Prefer taking trains that make you reach early morning so that you can travel to the hills and enjoy your day.
Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport to the place. There are some small flights from Delhi, few days a week.
From there you can avail taxi, buses etc. But this option is not suggested.
What is the best time to travel?
Summers, winters, autumn, almost any season except rainy season. In conclusion, the only reason for this is incidents of a road block, landslides etc increases drastically during this period.
What all can I do at this place?
- the off-the-beat road that there is little or no tourist traffic here.
- No mall road, no horse rides, no ice cream vendors, and no tree graffiti.
- No fellow tourists, it’s frequented by word-of-mouth visitors only
- Therefore the treks, the forests and the streams are still so pristine and seemingly undiscovered
- Furthermore offers you with the most exhilarating and exciting treks down a mountain to local temples and nearby villages.
- The Kalsa river adds to the beauty of this place, while accompanied by an age-old bridge (British era), it adds for the most picturesque and unexpected sight.
- This river offers an irresistible gushing stream with a rock pool, an emerald green lagoon.
I am lucky enough to be introduced to this place as a child and enjoying it ever since. Playing in the river has always been my favourite pass time there, and then the smell of fish never goes from your body :P
Finally, evenings are even adorable with sunset accompanying you!
While hit by starvation, we finally come back to home, and surprised by freshly plucked out potatoes, peeled and fried into a local staple dish called “aloo ke gutke” along with “khere ka raita“. We have named it “Machis wale aloo” because we eat them using matchsticks as toothpicks :P
Also, the natural beauty of this and nearby places have always been a source of inspiration to great writers and artists, including Rabindranath Tagore, Mahadevi Verma, to name a few.
Where can I stay/eat here?
Although there are few good properties in the vicinity but are a bit far!
Its not-so-commercialized place yet still has small dhabas around for food. In the case of resorts, the locals take care of the same.
My Cherished moments!
- riverside chitchats
- fresh fruits/vegetables
- tasty food
- scenic beauty
- fresh air and scenic beauty around
Things I regret!
To be frank! Nothing at all!
Do’s and Dont’s
- Do carry light woollen clothes even in the summer season, the weather may change anytime.
- Listen to locals, if they mention anything about trek routes or being near river side.
Enjoy the pristine Beauty of Chanfi village! Go Banjare! :)