Uttarakhand, a land of untouched beauty, is fondly known as the Land of the Gods. One among the most beautiful northern states in India, Uttarakhand not only boasts an exhilarating view of the Himalayas but also reveals a paradisal world rife with culture and traditions.
Nestled at the base of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand showcases a spiritual fervour that sees the state flocked by people throughout the year. Uttarakhand is the originating spot for two of India’s major rivers, the Ganga and Yamuna, making it a revered destination for Hindus. It is also home to countless ancient temples, pilgrimages and shrines and is the location of the well known Char Dham Yatra (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath) undertaken by thousands.
Set against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks, Uttarakhand is dotted with quaint hill stations and charming towns. Along serpentine roads and rushing rivers, Uttarakhand hosts multiple world heritage sites and reserves like the Jim Corbett Tiger National Park, Asan Wetland Conservation Reserve and the Valley of Flowers that are the epitomes of natural beauty.
Filled with breathtaking landscapes, sparkling waterfalls and serene lakes, one can witness the perfect coexistence of nature with the deep heritage and untainted cultural ethos in Uttarakhand. The cool air welcomes you into a utopian land, promising the trip of a lifetime!
What are some of the places to visit in Uttarakhand?
This surreal state has some of the most scenic cities and places to visit that are among the most sought after destinations.
Located at an altitude of about 2000m, Nainital is one of the most popular hill stations nestled in the Kumaon ranges of the Himalayas. Also known as the ‘City of Lakes’, it is known for its serene lakes, snow-capped hills and enchanting scenery, making it one of the most prominent honeymoon destinations in India.
Also known as the ‘Yoga capital of the world’, Rishikesh is situated on the foothills of Himalayas. Apart from its rich cultural heritage and being a renowned centre for Yoga and spirituality, it is also popular for a number of adventure sports like river rafting, bungee jumping, trekking, etc
Known for its transcendental beauty, Auli is a Himalayn Ski resort dotted with apple orchards and deodar, oak and pine trees. A stunning place to visit, if you are looking for a snow-filled vacation and enjoy skiing, snowboarding and hiking, this is the place for you!
Mussoorie, located at an altitude of over 6000 ft., is one of the most serene hill stations in the country. It is famous for many of the local traditions and attractions that are seldom found elsewhere. It is also known for its tranquil hills, magnificent colonial buildings, religious sites and unchallenged natural beauty.
Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand and located near the Himalayan foothills. Nestled in the Doon Valley, Dehradun is a popular travel destination. With pleasant weather throughout the year, it boasts an untethered display of natural beauty, historic culture and striking diversity.
Chamoli, referred to as the “Abode of Gods”, is a town wrapped in spirituality. The birthplace of many astonishing legends, Chamoli has some of the most fascinating traditions and cultures. This mystical town is dotted with numerous temples and shrines and is a beautiful combination of nature and rich flora and fauna.
What are some of the other attractions in Uttarakhand?
Apart from the numerous places to visit, Uttarakhand has a plethora of exciting attractions as well.
Safari at Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park, set amidst the foothills of Himalayas, is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in the country. It was established early in the 19th century to protect the Royal Bengal Tiger, an endangered species. In addition to these tigers, it is home to over 400 species of plants, 500 species of migratory birds and some truly exotic animals like leopards and Himalayan black bears. The park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers and a safari around the park is an absolutely riveting experience.
Uttarakhand’s topography provides ample opportunities for trekking and hiking, making it a popular destination to pursue the sport. The best times to try out these treks are the summer (April to June) and autumn (October and November) months. Among the most famous treks are the Valley of flowers trek, Har di kun trek, Kedartal trek, Gaumukh Tapovan trek and the Roopkund trek which showcase the beauty and rare flora and fauna of Uttarakhand.
Another well known attraction of Uttarakhand is skiing. The snow covered slopes here offer the perfect opportunity to pursue the unmatched adrenaline rush of skiing. Among only a few other places in India that one can try out this sport, Uttarakhand is one of the most famous and rivals other international ski destinations! The pristine mountain slopes and state-of-the-art amenities assure a thrill unlike any other.
Evening Aarti at Haridwar and Rishikesh
Haridwar and Rishikesh, two prominent cities in Uttarakhand, are known for their spiritual prowess. One of the most famous attractions recommended is the evening aarti at both places. Dusk sees the river decorated with floating lamps and a divine aura settles as devotees throng to the river banks. Hymns and chants fill the air amidst the tantalizing smell of burning incense and flowers. This is one mesmerizing attraction that no one should miss!
What is the best time to visit Uttarakhand?
The best times to visit Uttarakhand depend on the activities you wish to pursue. The summer months from March to September are the peak season and are the perfect times to partake in the various adventure sports like trekking and paragliding. While the winter months are ideal to try out rafting and kayaking, some places like Auli and Nainital experience snowfall and as such one can try out skiing and snowboarding as well. Irrespective of this, Uttarakhand is a year round destination and is sure to leave you with a host of amazing memories.
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