At an altitude of 7000 feet, there lies the tiny hamlet of Abbott Mount from where one could witness the snow capped cliffs of the mighty Himalayas that lies on the eastern side of the Kumaon Hills which gives vision of the massive peaks from the Gangotri cliff to Dhaulagiri range.
This hill station is a noble venture of John Harold Abbott, who wanted a retreat from the tiring life of the plains, though this was established during the early part of the 20th century, it succeeded to keep its identity till now by making the visitors spell bound with its beautiful trails and serene surroundings of Deodar and Pine forests which are a habitat to many exotic birds which makes it an ideal location for young couples and honeymooners.
Abbott Mount has a cluster of thirteen Cottages set in the midst of five acres of marvelous woods, a lovely church. Abbott Mount is the place for people who prefer slower and easy paced location during summer when the surroundings are filled with variety of butterflies along with fishing and other adventures.
The nearest working Airport to Abbot Mount is Pantnagar Airport. It is a domestic airport well connected with flights from Delhi and Chandigarh. It is situated 180 kms from Pantnagar Airport.
The nearest rail heads to Abbot Mount are Tanakpur and Kathgodam. Kathgodam railway station is situated 163 kms from Abbot Mount, whereas Tanakpur is situated 80kms from Abbot Mount. Both these railway stations are well connected by railway networks with major cities of India.
Abbot Mount is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand. Even though it is well connected by motorable roads, this place is remote in its own way. Buses and taxis are easily available upto Lohaghat from where you can hire a shared taxi or a private one.
Lohaghat, located on the shores of the Lohawati River at an altitude of 1706 metres, is only 7 km from Abbott Mount. Mayawati Ashram or Advaita Ashram, some 9 km from Lohaghat is a pilgrimage for many devotees.
Lohaghat serves as the hub to many nearby tourist spots like Shyamla Taal, Gurudwara Ritha Sahib and Devidhura. Varansur Fort, which is 7 km from Lohaghat can also be visited. The sleepy town of Lohaghat becomes busy during Raksha Bandhan because the Bagwal fight carnival is held in Devidhura during this time.
Pancheshwar is located at the border of Nepal and India, some 47 km from Abbott Mount at the converging point on the Rivers Saryu and Kali. Its Chaumu Temple and annual fair are well renowned.
A dip in these rivers is believed to be sacred. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva, who appears here in the form of protector of animals. Pancheshwar is also popular as an angling spot.
Mayawati’s Advait Ashram is located in the Old Tea Estate, at an elevation of 1940 metres, 16 km from Abbott Mount. With the Himalayas as a part of this ashram, this place has become a hub for pilgrims from India and foreign countries. With boarding and lodging facilities, a small museum and a library is also present in this ashram, which impressed Swami Vivekanada in 1898.
Vanasur Ka Kila
Vanasur ka Kila is 25 km from Abbott Mount via Lohaghat. In this journey, nearly 2 km has to be travelled by foot to arrive at Vanasur ka Kila. This place, which is considered to be demon Vanasur’s capital that Lord Krishna defeated in a battle, is situated 1,859 metres above sea level.