Uttarakhand, a state of India has majestic snow-clad mountains, pristine glaciers, spectacular vista of the Himalayas, dense forests and the valley of flowers, as well as some of Hinduism's most sacred pilgrim sites. In this land, the great Indian epic including Vedas and Shastras were composed. Uttarakhand is one of the richest states in terms of natural beauty. The state is quite rich in natural resources especially water and forests as it has many glaciers, rivers, forests, mountain peaks. Some of the famous majestic peaks of Uttarakhand include Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Trishul, Bandarpunch and Mt Kamet. The major glaciers include Gangotri, Pindari, Milam and Khatling. The Ganga, The Yamuna, Ramganga and Sharda are principal rivers of this region.
For centuries, a drastically diverse crowd has been flocking to Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. The four places are together called the Chhota Char Dham (The smaller holy four centres). According to the Puranas and various Hindu scriptures, the Char Dham Yatra is of very high religious significance. The locations have long enchanted people with their unparalleled beauty, their divine history and, since recently, their adventurous side. Pilgrims looking for salvation have been braving the trying conditions to reach them as they are the sources of the holy rivers, Ganga and Yamuna. Recently these conditions have become a major draw for Uttarakhand tourists, especially biking enthusiasts and campers who love the scenic journey and locales. The glaciers that support the two rivers are slowly melting, which has added to their attraction. Kedarnath, the hardest to reach location, is only accessible to the general public in specific months.
Hemkund is a pilgrimage of the Sikhs. Hemkund, as the name suggests, is a lake in the Himalayas. There are many lakes in the Himalayas, but few are set in as dramatic a setting as Hemkund is. At an altitude of 4,500 m above sea level, which is several hundred meters above the tree line,the lake is set like a jewel in a crown of seven of the most picturesque snow peaks of the Himalayas. In this surrealistic landscape, made up mostly of rock and ice, there is no habitation-animal or human. The place is as if made to order for a man in search of absolute peace to meditate upon the absolute truth.
42km from Badrinath, Joshimath is a pilgrim centre in north India in its own right. When the Badrinath Temple is closed in winter, devotees throng to worship at the Narsimha Temple at Joshimath.The temple is about 1200 years old. Dedicated to Vishnu, the presiding deity of the temple is Narsimha, the half-man, half-lion and fourth incarnation of Vishnu. Like Badrinath, he is also sitting in the padmasana. The characteristic feature of the deity is that its left wrist is very thin and is getting thinner by the day.
The word 'Prayag' means confluence. Rudraprayag is the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers.It is home to the Rudranath Temple that is dedicated to Shiva. Near the temple is the place where Narada, an ancient Indian sage reputed to be the inventor of the veena, a musical instrument, is believed to have meditated. Rudraprayag is the starting point for pilgrimages to Badrinath and Kedarnath. If one follows Mandakini, the darker shade tributary above, one reaches Kedarnath. Following Alaknanda takes you to Badrinath. The confluence is seen above. Ganga Aarti takes place at the platform there every evening.
Chopta situated on the Gopeshwar-Ukhimath Road about 40 kms. from Gopeshwar is at an altitude of about 2,900 m above sea level. One of the most picturesque spots in the entire Garhwal region, Chopta provides a breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding areas.
Uttarakhand has always been called Devbhumi (Land of the Gods) largely because in this State one can find some India’s holiest places and shrines. It has been attracting innumerable devotees and believers for over 1000 years. The most revered amongst such places is Haridwar (the gateway to God), where people come to wash away their sins with a dip in the Ganga. Haridwar is a revered Hindu pilgrimage destination and it is particularly crowded during the world famous Kumbh and Maha Kumbh Melas. The two festivals have become an uber-magnet not just for devotees but also for aspiring and professional photographers. Haridwar is not just a place but an experience that’s simply incomparable.
Rishikesh is a city that attracts a diverse crowd. It has revered ancient temples but it also a hub for adventure sportslike rafting,camping, rappelling and more. The contrast makes it very popular amongst people of North India. Rafting is organized in Shivpuri near Rishikesh and is seasonal. But the temples attract worshippers and photographers from all over. Rishikesh is also the premier yoga hub of the nation and at the Patanjali School educates people from the world over about yoga, meditation, ayurveda and other holistic measures. People stay at the school for months on end learning how to reshape their lives.
Uttarakhand has always been called Devbhumi (Land of the Gods) largely because in this State one can find some India’s holiest places and shrines. It has been attracting innumerable devotees and believers for over 1000 years. The most revered amongst such places is Haridwar (the gateway to God), where people come to wash away their sins with a dip in the Ganga. Haridwar is a revered Hindu pilgrimage destination and it is particularly crowded during the world famous Kumbh and Maha Kumbh Melas. The two festivals have become an uber-magnet not just for devotees but also for aspiring and professional photographers. Haridwar is not just a place but an experience that’s simply incomparable.is a lovely way to spend an evening or start the day. Many day trips from Nainital can be organized easily. The most popular amongst them are trips to Bhimtal and Naukuchiatal. Walking and hiking trails are found all over the hillstation with countless hidden secrets to share.
Also known as a skier’s paradise, Auli has one of the best slopes in the world to take up winter sports activities.Located on the Badrinath route in the state of Uttarakhand, Auli is becoming more and more popular as an ideal hill station. The hill station invites skiers from every corner of the world. It is during the bitter winters that the hill station of Auli can be enjoyed and experienced at its best. Geographically, Auli forms a part of the Garhwal ranges of the Himalayas.
Due to its close proximity from Delhi and well-connected roads, Mussoorie is one of the many poplar hillstations in Uttarakhand for tourists. Other than a pleasant climate and picturesque locales, the hillstation has plenty of activities to offer. The Mall road is a great place to spend hours walking and exploring the local market, maybe picking up trinkets as souvenirs. Kempty Falls is a lovely waterfall where lots of families come to enjoy a dip in the water followed by a fun picnic. A lovely and exciting ropeway ride leads you to Gun Hill, the second highest peak of Mussoorie. Here one can enjoy divine vistas of the Himalayan ranges and of the town below.
Thanks to its natural beauty and pleasant climate, Dehradun serves as a vital escape from the harsh Indian summers. While vacationing in Dehradun one of the things to do is visiting the Rajaji National Park. The sanctuary houses many rare species of flora and fauna. Hitting one of the many trekking, hiking or biking trails is a great way to balance the increased appetite created by the fresh and clean air. While you burn off the calories you’ll also discover the hidden side of Dehradun at a languid pace.
Kausani is a small hillstation located in Bageshwar. It is known for its serenity and small town charm, quite distinct from the bigger hillstations of the region. It offers panoramic view of the Himalayas and a quiet escape from urban life. Kausani’s beauty led Mahatma Gandhi to hail it as the Switzerland of India. In Kausani, you can visit the Anashakti Ashram which was home to Mahatma Gandhi while he wrote his discourse on Anasakti Yoga. In your sightseeing list, you must include a visit to see the Himalayan peaks that are shaped like a trident. If you are staying with a homestay, your hosts can teach you how to make an aipan, a regional and traditional style of rangoli.
Jim Corbett National Park has been the favoured getaway for wildlife lovers in India. It doesn’t just offer a chance to see rare animals in their natural habitat but also a choice of exclusive experiences. Jeep safaris, elephant safaris, camping, festive celebrations and photography are all available for your entertainment at this sanctuary. The park is closed during certain months but is a great getaway during the most pleasant seasons in North India.
Accredited by Frank Smith (the first botanist who explored this exotic abode) in his book "The Valley of Flowers", as a place where God has shown his exclusive creativity by splashing magnificent colors. The book unfurled the beauty and floral splendours of the valley and thus threw open the doors of this verdant jewel to nature enthusiast all over the world.
Almora is another beautiful tourists’ attraction in Uttarakhand. It is full of scenic beauty. It serves as an amazing spot for the nature lovers and those who seek solitude from daily stress. The place is full of forts, monuments and palaces that were built by the rulers of Chandravansh and Katyuri dynasty. Some places of interest in Almora are Nanda Devi Temple, Chetai Temple, Public Museum, and Simtola.
Ranikhet is the place which mirrors the best of the heavenly Himalayas; lush green forests, majestic mountains, delivate plant life and attractive wildlife. To view nature and its elements in full harmony, the right place is Ranikhet.
At an altitude of 1829 mts above sea level, the hill resort is undoubtedly a tourist's paradise. The scented mountain breeze, fresh and pure, the singing of birds, the panoramic view of the Himalayas- the sights, sounds and smell leave the onlooker spellbound. Being a cantonment (the place was selected as a hill staion for British troops and accordingly the cantonment was established in 1869), the Kumaon Regimental Centre, Museum and Memorial are the jewels of Ranikhet.