Uttarakhand Tourism

Uttarakhand Tourism


About Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand

The state of Uttarakhand lies in north India with the international borders of Tibet and Nepal to its north. It has Himachal Pradesh to its west and Uttar Pradesh to its south. The state was carved out of the hilly parts of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000. It was called Uttaranchal till 2006 and the new name of Uttarakhand was adopted in 2007. Historically this area had two hill kingdoms of Garhwal and Kumaon, and even today people see themselves as Garhwali and Kumaoni.

 

The northern areas of Uttarakhand are part of the Great Himalayas range, with average heights up to 3000-5000 metres. The famous peaks are Nanda Devi (7816m), Trishul (7120m) and Panchchuli (6910m). Southern Uttarakhand has plains that are part of the Terai foothills, where temperatures are higher and towns more accessible. The state is not industrially developed and tourism is the mainstay of the economy. For the last 7 years, Dehradun, the largest town, has been its provisional capital. It has a well-connected railhead and a small domestic airport.

 

To most travelers Uttarakhand is associated with its ancient traditions of Hinduism that flourished in its high Himalayan reaches. The source of India's most revered and important rivers Ganges as well as Yamuna, respectively called Gangotri and Yamunotri, lie here. These two spots, along with the shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath, make the 4 holy sites (Char Dham) that Hindus aspire to visit. Snow-bound for most of the year, these are open from May to October. Lower south, along the Ganges lie the sacred towns of Rishikesh (43km from Dehradun) and Haridwar (connected by rail to Delhi).

 

Uttarakhand's popular hill stations include Mussourie (2000m; 35 km from Dehradun) and Nainital (2000m; 35km from railhead Kathgodam). Corbett National Park is its noted wildlife sanctuary. The combination of mountains and rivers yields opportunities for trekking, river rafting, hiking, which the state is promoting now. Rishikesh is a hub of water adventure sports. There is also a ski destination in Auli.

 

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Srijan Srivastava

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  • Srijan Srivastava
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Known for its natural beauty of the Himalayas"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 13, 2016
Uttarakhand is the state in the northern part of India. It is often referred to as the Devbhumi due to many Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state.

Uttarakhand is also known for its natural beauty of the Himalayas, the Bhabhar and the Terai.

Uttarakhand is the only state in India with Sanskrit as one of its official languages..
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Troy Chatterjee

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  • Troy Chatterjee
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Panchachuli Base Camp"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 16, 2016
One of the giant snapped Himalayan peaks lying at the end of the eastern Kumaon region; Panchachuli Peak is a famous attraction of Uttarakhand. The peaks have religious significance for the locals and for the adventurists its Base Camp is an ideal option for a short trek. Usually, trekkers thronged towards the base camp of the Panchachuli Peak between May and October. From Kathgodam to Dharchula about 265 km, then Nag ling a small village by car. Which is stay at night. A small trekker hut there, named "Praktan soinik abas griho" per head 100 rupi & eating there. Next day morning about 7:30 am start trek. About 12km a glorious & beautiful landscape 180° trek rout. Then about 2:00 pm researched the last village. Spent a night at Dugtu after starting early in the morning from Nag ling. Next day very early morning about 4:30 am researched the zero point 3. 5 to 4km by trek. The panoramic view of the peaks is just thrilling and the pull I felt to get closer to them was quite powerful.
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Rahul Rawat

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  • Rahul Rawat
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"Heavenly place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 18, 2016
Beautiful mountains all over there. Also known as Dev Bhumi. Awesome in winters because of snow falling. So many ancient temples for make you and your family blessed. In short one of the excellent place I had ever seen.
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Bijoy Panda

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"An awesome trip to Uttarakhand"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 2, 2016
This trip can be enjoyed with family as well as friends. If you want to visit with your family than it must be a religious tour. Because Uttarakhand is also known as land of gods. And if you want to visit with your friends than it must be a adventurous tour because The land of gods has also manage to achieve the title of no. 1 adventure spot in India. You can do a variety of adventure there. Some of them are white water rafting which is world renowned. Its a must do adventure and you dont have to shell your fortune for this. Because it is very cheap. Accompanied with paragliding, zip lining, paint ball and many more. A view from the top of Aulli which is not very famous till now will tell you how nature has spread its arms to keep us safe in his lap.
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Vishal Vyas

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"Best visit-Nainital"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 29, 2015
On the way from Kausani to Nainital we visited the army museum at ranikhet. Definitely worth a visit. Museum has great collection and history of our armed forces.

Moved to Nainital. Was given a room in alpine club. Very nice hotel. Good food. Good service. No view. Clean room. Friendly staff. However the hotel is 3km away from the market and lake. The approach road to the hotel is steep and scary at times. So if you are looking for easy accessibility to the market and lake, you need to find a hotel on the mall road. Tonnes of them available for all price ranges. Places to visit in Nainital. A) the lake b) rope way c) naini devi temple d) space observatory e) naukuthia lake and bhimtal f) ghoda khal(golu dev mandir). Nainital is a beautiful place. Very cold in winters. But that's the best time to go cause the rooms rates are low and comparatively less crowd. Also, on the last day of our stay in Nainital, we discovered that our driver of all these days has never driven in the ghats, this was his first time. Now that brought us some peace of mind.

Drive from Nainital to Delhi was long. 8-9hrs.
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Sumit Rawat

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"Astonishing view!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Nov 19, 2015
Uttrakhand is a beautiful place to visit nd it has lots of amazing views I have ever seen in my life very beautiful place. It was such relief to see the lands and other things like temple, animals never forgotten place. I can suggest to go there once. Places like pauri, rishikesh, lansidown will blows your mind.
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Shweta Kaushik

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"Heaven on earth-Uttarakhand"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 7, 2015
Uttrakhand -heaven on earth. Very beautiful place, beautiful environment, beautiful language, people everything is so beautiful there. Very refreshing air. Awesome hill station. Awesome place to enjoy holiday. Lots of Temple there. People must visit there to spend vacations.
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"Great place to visit."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2015
Great place to visit. Nainital lake is great attraction here. You will see a lot of murrel fish in the lake. Lake would be full of water at any time of the year. Take a walk along the Nainital lake on the Mall road either day or evenings. There are good number of hotels near the bus stand. You can get budget hotels here. On the Mall road you can get better hotels but sat a higher cost. There are many lakes other than Nainital lake such as sattal which is a little away from the Nainital. You can get tent to camp at sattal which would be much better experience. You can book tents of YHAI. This is lake is much serene amidst the forests. You can do little bit of kayaking over here. Bhimtal is also a good lake to visit especially in the evenings from 4 to 6 PM you will get wonderful experience of boating in the Bhimtal lake. Guides take you to a place where they say that they will show you Himalayas but you will not be able to see or make out any such thing because of fog. They may show army HQ there. You will certainly enjoy the cool evenings on the lake side.
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Suparna Jain

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  • Suparna Jain
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"Amazing camping and trek"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 20, 2015
I went for a trek to Nagtibba in September 2015 which starts from Pantwari village in Uttrakhand. It was a beautiful experience. The locals are friendly, place is mesmerising, the peace one achieves during the trek and while camping is amazing. Pantwari village is around 2 hrs drive from Dehradun railway station.
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Shikha Sharma

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"Best place to go in summers"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 29, 2015
Temperature is at least 10 degrees less than Delhi. One can reach by own vehicle also as connecting highway is in very good condition. Different places are Dehradoon, Mussoorie. One can plan different duration at different places. Its actually land of God. Specially in Kotdwar the temples like "Sidhbali" and Dugadda temple. Its was really divine and auspicious visit.
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