Uttarakhand is a Himalayan state of India also known as a land of God. Ancient holy places, beautiful mountains, forests, valleys, and its calm untouched nature makes it more charming and appealing to the tourists around the globe.
Uttarakhand geographically and linguistically is divided into two parts; Garhwal is north and Kumaon is south of this hilly state. People from Garhwal regions speak Garhwali dialect and people from Kumaon regions speak Kumauni dialect both share same “Pahadi” culture.
There are lots of tourist places to visit, a few of the popular tourist places in Uttarakhand are below.
Haridwar – A Place Of Kumbh
One of the holiest places of India situated on the bank of Ganga river (The holiest river in the world). Pilgrims come to take a dip into this holy river and to wash away their sins. It is a belief that if you dip into Ganga river your all sins will be washed away. Haridwar is also known for Kumbh Mela which occurs in every 12 years.
Rishikesh – A Spiritual Place Of India
Rishikesh is widely known for its spirituality and calmness. This spiritual land is also known for the birthplace of Yoga. People visit here from different countries to learn Yoga, to do meditation to free them from all worries and to know them spiritually by sitting on the bank of the holy Ganga river. Adventure lovers also come here to do rafting on Ganga river.
Mussoorie – A Queen Of Hills
If you want to see the beauty of a queen you must visit Mussoorie once. It is a hilly area packed with snow and beautiful nature. Mussorrie is located nearby Dehradun (Capital of Uttarakhand). It is also a favorite place for newly married couples for their honeymoon.
In Mussoorie, you can take a cable car to Gun Hill, have a picnic at Kempty Falls, enjoy a beautiful nature walk along Camel’s Back Road, ride a horse up to Lal Tibba (the highest peak in Mussoorie). It also gives an amazing view of hills and Dehradun in day and night.
Char Dham – Auspicious Places Of Hindu
Char Dham word is made by four holiest temples located into different areas of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri are the part of Char Dham.
Kedarnath is a Lord Shiva temple located on one of the highest peaks of Himalaya and also a source of Mandakini river.
Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu situated in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and a source of Alaknanda river.
Gangotri is located in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand and source of Ganga (Bhagirathi) river. According to Hinduism, Gangotri is a place where Goddess Ganga descended when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from the locks of his hair.
Yamunotri is the source of the Yamuna River and also known for Goddess Yamuna in Hinduism. It is located approximately 30 kilometers north of Uttarkashi district’s headquarter.
In Hinduism, Char Dham is a very auspicious journey of their life. Not only Hindu even many other people from other religions and countries come here.
Auli – A Place Of Trekking
Auli is a skiing destination of Uttarakhand located on the way of Badrinath temple. It is surrounded by oak and coniferous forests with a panoramic view of the peaks of Himalaya.
Skking lovers can come here. The best conditions for skiing are from January to March.
Chopta – Highest Shiva Temple
Chopta is located between Kedarnath and Badrinath in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is famous for Tungnath temple, Chandrashila peak and its natural beauty (surrounded by clouds).
Tungnath temple (The Lord Shiva temple) is the world’s highest Shiva temple.
Almora is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The Kasar Devi Temple also is situated in Almora where the great saint Swami Vivekananda meditated. There are many other attractions in Almora, like Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kausani (where Gandhi spent time writing his Bhagavad Gita treatise), Ranikhet and the Jageshwar temple complex.
Just want to chill out in summer? Nainital is your destination. It is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. During British rule, Nainital emerged as a favorite summer destination for Britishers. It has Naini Lake where you can sailboat and enjoy your time among the beautiful hills.
There are many other nearby places of Nainital where you can visit like Jeolikote, Bhimtal, Ramgarh and Mukteshwar etc.
Jim Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park is one of the most popular parks in India. It’s known for its Bengal tigers. Other animals like leopards and wild elephants also can be seen in this dense forest. Ramganga Reservoir’s bank is home for elephants and leopards, along with hundreds of species of birds.
The park can be explored by jeep or elephant safaris, which take place daily in the early mornings and afternoons.
The beautiful valley of flowers comes in the Garhwal region. It is situated on the very high area of the Himalayan range and having around 300 different varieties of alpine flowers. It opens from June until the end of October.