Uttarakhand - Dev Bhoomi
Magnificent mountains with eternal snow clad peaks, dark forests, green fertile valleys, raging torrents and calm, placid lakes nestled in the lap of nature, Uttarakhand is one of the most beautiful northern states of India located on the southern slope of the Himalayan range. Mighty Himalayan peaks and glaciers are on its north where it borders Tibet. Nepal is on its east, Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is on south and Himachal Pradesh lies on its west and northwest. The state is popularly known as Devbhoomi, (land of Gods) , because it is home to many revered Hindu pilgrimages and moreover here where the holy Ganges finds its origin before making its way to the other Indian states.
Uttarakhand is divided into the administrative divisions Garhwal and Kumaon.
Nearest Airport : Dehradun and Panth Nagar
By Road : All the major Uttarakhand destinations are well connected by road.
By Train : Nearest railway stations Ramnagar, Haldwani and Kathgodam
Best Time to visit and climate:
The best time forvisiting Uttarakhand is September - November, March - May. Monsoon prevails from July to September & the winter months are very cold but popular for snowfall.
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Places to visit in Garhwal Uttarakhand
Haridwar : Dotted with temples and ashrams, Haridwar (way to God) is one the most holy places of Hindu religion and is situated On the bank of the river Ganges, where the river moves into the plains after arriving from the mountains. This holy city is one of the seven premier holy cities of India. Haridwar is also the gateway to the other two pilgrimages - Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Rishikesh ; Rishikesh is derived from Rishikesha, one of the many names of Lord Vishnu. Rishikesh is one of the most revered Hindu holy cities located in the Himalayan foothills with Ganga river flowing through it in all its grandeur. It is a picturesque place offering a combination of spirituality, glorious environment and adrenalin pumping white water rafting.
Mussoorie : Mussoorie is a popular hill station in the Garhwal Himalayas is situated on a ridge dominated by majestic Himalyan Deodars. The wood has been used in construction of many of the landmark colonial buildings scattered around the town.. Due to its panoramic views and its proximity to Delhi, Mussoorie has been a favourite weekend destination for visitors from the nearby plains since the time of the Raj. During the reign of the Gurkhas in the area, Mussoorie used to be just another Himalayan village, popular with the grazers for the “Mansur” shrubs which gave the town its name. When the British forces took over Garhwal from the Gurkhas in 1814, it quickly became a popular summer haven for the British officers escaping from the oppressive heat of the plains. The colonial touch is still visible all over.
Auli : Commanding magnificent view of the surrounding Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul, Ketu and Kamet , on the edge of the Nanada Devi national park, Auli is emerging as a important destination for trekking and hiking.
Travelling to Auli is an adventure in itself as the mountain road from the holy city Rishikesh snakes through beautiful Garhwal Himalaya scenery; crossing small picturesque towns and river ganga on one side en route to Joshimath and then Auli.
Chopta : Nestled in the arms of Kumaon Himalaya, Chopta a picturesque small hamlet of breathtaking beauty is situated on the Gopeshwar-Ukhimath road. Chopta, an unspoiled gift of nature , is rich in flora and fauna and is quietly lying amidst thick forests of pine, deodar and rhododendrons.
Valley of Flowers National Park (UNESCO Natural Heritage) is renowned for its mesmerizing meadows of endemic alpine flowers. In the month of July every year hundreds of wild flowers bloom in this valley including the rare Himalayan Blue Poppy.The easy trek can be combined with another enchanting trek to the high altitude Sikh Gurdwara – Hemkund Sahib.
Badrinath : Badrinath shrine in the lap of the Himalayas, is one of the holiest Hindu shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It commands a mesmerizing view of Nilkantha Peak, as it reflects the first rays of the rising sun. The spot was once carpeted with wild berries, giving rise to the name 'Badri Van', meaning 'forest of jujube berries'.
Kedarnath : : Perched atop the Garhwal Himalayan range, with the Mandakini River flowing by, and framed by the impressive and beautiful Kedarnath Mountain Range, the town of Kedarnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in India.
Places to visit in Kumaon Uttarakhand
Jim Corbett National Park , the “land of roar and trumpet”, is the best place in India to see two of the countries’ most famous mega faunas – Royal Bengal Tigers and Asiatic Elephants in an abode of spectacular scenic beauty. With the Ramganga river flowing through the park and the golden grasslands and foothills rising all around, it unveils one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Indian National Parks.
Naninital : Nainital is a beautiful town built up around Lake Naini. The town is surrounded by 3 spectacular mountains: Mount Naina in the north, Mount Deopatha in the west and Mount Ayarpatha in the south. The town is laid out in 2 parts around the 2 km wide, glittering lake - Tallital and Mallital - which separates the 2 districts. This lake is the lifeline of the city and the main attraction to visitors to this area.
Nainital was discovered by an Englishman Lord Baron in 1841. He was so enchanted by the beauty and climate that he made Nainital the summer capital of United Province.
Kaushani : Kausani is a picturesque hill station famous for its spectacular 300 km wide panoramic view of the Himalayas and breathtaking sunsets.
Ranikhet : A long time ago Kumaoni queen Padmini was smitten with the scenic vista of this hill town leading to her king Sukhdev naming the area queen’s meadow or Ranikhet. Ranikhet still retain the unspoilt charm and sylvan surrounding that provides panoramic views to the Himalayan peaks. Thick gorgeous forests of deodar and pine trees on the slopes with snow capped Himalayan range dominated by the Nanda devi peak form the backdrop of this tranquil hill station.
Binsar : Once the capital of the Chand Raj dynasty, Binsar is the embodiment of tranquility and serenity. Located on top of a hill with a spectacular 360 degree view of snow capped Kumaon mountain peaks and Almora valley. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary spread over an area of 45.59 Sq km area was established in 1988 for the conservation of the broad leaf oak forests. It is home to more than 200 bird species (Birdlife International recognised the sanctuary as an important Bird Area by Bird life International.) and rich with Himalayan fauna barking deer, musk deer, leopard, bear and bharal.
Munsiyari : Munsiyari a little slice of heaven sits at an elevation of about 2,200 m (7,200 ft) on the banks of Goriganga river at the base of the mighty Kumaon Himalayan mountain range. Munsiyari is well known for its quaintness and dramatic sunset-sunrise on Panchchulli Peaks. It offers spectacular views of these five sister peaks of the Himalayas. The town is serves as the starting point of various treks into the interior of the Himalayan range.
A popular local saying goes like “It means if you have visited Munsyari at least once in your life then it is equivalent to visiting the rest of the world.”