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Uttaranchal /Uttarakhand blessed with magnificent glaciers , majestic snow-clad mountains, gigantic and ecstatic peaks, valley of flowers, skiing slopes and dense forests, this Abode of Gods includes many shrines and places of pilgrimage. Char-dhams, the four most sacred and revered Hindu temples: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are nestled in the Mighty Mountains.

Cities of Uttaranchal

The state of Uttaranchal with its beautiful cities and lovely tourist attractions is one of the frequently visited states of India. A visit to the different cities in Uttaranchal is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience. A large number of tourists travel to these cities in Uttaranchal all year round to learn a few lessons of Yoga and to get Ayurvedic treatments.


Haridwar is one of the pilgrim destinations of Uttaranchal located about 200 kms from Delhi. ‘Hari’ meaning god and ‘dwar’ meaning gate, Haridwar literally means ‘Gateway to God’. Every year Haridwar tour attracts a large number of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal and also offers many places of scenic beauty in and around the town. Situated on the banks of River Ganga, Haridwar is among the seven sacred cities of India. The city is also one of the four venues for the Kumbh Mela, held every twelve years.



The beautiful city of Nainital in Uttarakhand is situated at an altitude of 1,938 metres (6,358 feet) above sea level. Known as the ‘Lake District of India’, Nainital offers unending expense of scenic beauty. Naini Lake is the most prominent lake of the city. It is surrounded by beautiful hills on all sides. Nainital Tourism has always been very popular amongst Indian and international tourists. Nainital is just 34 km away from Kathgodam and over 304 km far from Delhi. April – June is the best time to visit Nainital, but those who want to enjoy the snowfall, visit the city during late December to early January.



Dehradun, the beautiful capital city of Uttaranchal is situated at an altitude of 2,200 ft in the Doon Valley. Over the years the popularity of Dehradun Tourism is gaining momentum. Dehradun is the gateway to Mussoorie, ‘the queen of hills’, which is located just about 35 km from the city. The name Dehradun is a collection of two words ‘dera’ meaning camp and ‘dun’ meaning valley. Dehradun enjoys a temperate climate. Holiday Tours in Dehradun provides an opportunity for tourists to explore the different dimensions of the city. Dehradun is also the home of the world famous Forest Research Institute.



Mussoorie is a small city in the Dehradun district located at a distance of about 34 km from Dehradun. Placed amidst the lap of nature at an altitude of 2003mts, Mussoorie is popularly known as the Queen of Hills. Mussoorie Tour are very popular, and not only Indians, tourists across the world visit this beautiful destination all throughout the year. Mussoorie is located in the hilly terrains of the Garhwal region and the beauty and tranquility of this city mesmerizes your true senses. Mussoorie derived its name from a plant called ‘Mussoorie’ which are found in abundance here.



A popular travel attractions in Uttaranchal, Ranikhet is located at an altitude of 1830 meters. The major advantage of the city is its cleanliness and the fresh pine scented air. Ranikhet Tour gives you an option to feel the old world charm, which this beautiful hill station has retained over the years. Ranikhet enjoys cold climate in winters, whereas the weather remains pleasant in summers. Such pleasing whether gives ample opportunity to the tourists to enjoy long walks in the jungle or to admire the lovely view of the Himalayas from different points in the city during your tours in Ranikhat.



Jageshwar is 35 kms from Almora. It is believed to be the abode of the twelve Jyotirlings. So it is considered as one of the most important religious places of Hindus. It is located in an attractive narrow valley encircled by wonderful Deodar trees. This place consists of 124 temples and over 100 sculptures or statues. Jageshwar is famous for its Swayambhu Linga named Nagesh as well as its wonderful craftsmanship in temples. In Jageshwar tours, you can find some fairs, which are held during Shivaratri and in the month of ‘Savan’ (July-August). Jageshwar tour is visited not only by religious tourist but also the tourist who likes to enjoy natural beauty of the Uttarakhand State.


Pilgrimages in Uttaranchal

Uttaranchal is often recognized as a pilgrim destination because the state is home to four of the most revered holy sites namely, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath known as Char Dham that Hindus aspire to visit. The state is often referred to as ‘Devbhumi’ or the land of the gods, and pilgrims have been visiting the holy places in Uttaranchal for more than a thousand years now in the hope of salvation and purification from sin. Uttaranchal is also common place of visit for Tibetan Buddhists because of Mindroling Monastery and its Buddha Stupa, located in Dehradun. The Buddha Stupa here is touted as one of the worlds highest.


Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, are collectively referred to as the Char Dham (four pilgrimage centers) of Hindu’s. Located in the magnificent state of Uttaranchal in India, these four pilgrim destinations are regarded as most sacred of all pilgrimages. Char Dham Yatra is a rejuvenating spiritual experience for the devout and for centuries, saints and pilgrims have been visiting these holy sites in search of the divine peace and solace. These holy centers were known in ancient Hindu scriptures as ‘Kedarkhand’. It is believed that undertaking a journey to these places will wash away one’s sins.



Hemkund Sahib is a sacred Sikh Gurudwara or shrine, situated on the foot of the Hemkund Lake, in the Himalayas at an elevation of over 15,200 ft (4,600 meters). It is said that Shri Guru Govind Singh Ji (the Tenth Guru of the Sikhs) meditated on the very banks of the Hemkund Lake, which falls in the scenic district of Chamoli in Uttaranchal. This place rediscovered by two devout Sikhs, Sant Sohan Singh and Havaldar Mohan Singh in 1930. Hemkund Sahib Tours is a popular religious tour for Sikhs and Hindus all over the world. Hemkund can be reached via a beautiful 15 km trek from Govindghat through pine forests with lovely flowers.



The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra tour demands good health and physical fitness as it involves lot of trekking. People with problems of blood pressure, diabetes, heart ailments, epilepsy and asthma should avoid this journey or consult their personal physician before planning for the Yatra. Kailash Mansarovar in Uttaranchal is indeed one of the holiest and most revered pilgrim destinations for Hindus, Jains and Buddhist alike. In fact, Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is regarded as one of the most fascinating, inspiring, and holy pilgrimages and Lake Mansarovar is considered as the most ancient lake known to the civilization.



Haridwar is one of the pilgrim destinations of Uttaranchal located about 200 kms from Delhi. ‘Hari’ meaning god and ‘dwar’ meaning gate, Haridwar literally means ‘Gateway to God’. Every year Haridwar tour attracts a large number of Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttaranchal and also offers many places of scenic beauty in and around the town. Situated on the banks of River Ganga, Haridwar is among the seven sacred cities of India. The city is also one of the four venues for the Kumbh Mela, held every twelve years.


Adventure Sports in Uttaranchal

Uttranchal /uttarakhand is a paradise for adventure sports. The Sheer varity ranging from mountaineering ( Bhagirathi, Chowkhamba, Nanda Devi, Sahastrataal, Khatling, Gaumukh), Trekking, Skiing ( Auli,Dyara Bugyal, Mundali), Skating, Water Sports ( in all the lakes and rivers in Garhwal) to aero sports like Hang Gliding, Para Gliding (Jolly Grant, Pauri, Mussoorie) make Garhwal one of the most attractive destinations for adventure sports not only in the india but the world over.


Rishikesh is acquiring greater significance as a centre for water sports like white water rafting and kayaking on the river Ganges. The rafting trek that stretches from Kaudiyala to Muni ki Reti via Marine Drive, Shivpuri and Bhrampuri is challenging and you may hit some of the Grade IV rapids including Roller Coaste, Golf Course, Three Blind mice and Return to Sender. Sandy beaches line the river at intervals, allowing river rafters to pull up alongside. The slopes on either side are covered with oak, pine, spruce and fur, with the occasional village and its terraced fields dotting the landscape.



Auli is famous for its skiing slopes hosting some of the national and international level skiing championships every year. Besides Skiing, the 4.5 km ropeway from Joshimath to Auli is another attraction for the visitors. The trekking to nearby Gurso Buygal is worth discovering offering closer view of Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Drongiri. Various skiing resorts and clubs are being established across the state to increase the attractiveness of skiing in Uttaranchal. The main season for skiing is during November to February when the large slopes of Garhwal and Ksumaon gets covered with seasonal snow.



Though Hemkund Sahib is a popular Sikh pilgrimage centre, its challenging 19 km challenging trek from Govindghat to the Hemkund lake, invites lakhs of trekking enthusiasts.The entire trek from Ghangharia to Hemkund offers panaromic views and several varieties of wild flowers including the State Flower of Uttarakhand – Brahamkamal. Hemkund (Snow Lake) Sahib is one of the sacred pilgrimage shrine and a popular trekking destination. Hemkund is situated at an altitude of 4329m, surrounded by seven huge now-covered mountains, which are collectively called Hemkund Parvat.



Home of over 500 species of wild flowers, The Valley of Flowers is a part of Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks World Heritage Site. Stretched over an area of 87.50 kmĀ², the valley offers beautiful landscapes, flowers and fresh water streams. The trek to Valley of Flowers along the Laxmanganga river makes the visit more memorable.

valley of flowers

Nature & Wildlife in Uttaranchal

The state of Uttarakhand is a heavan for wildlife tourism in India. The captivating Wildlife Tours in Uttaranchal presents a chance to experience the wide range of animal species found in the forests of Uttaranchal. Wildlife in Uttaranchal fascinates several animal loving and adventure seeking tourists from all over India and abroad with its abundance of rare flora and fauna. Uttaranchal is the abode of several national parks and wildlife sanctuaries that are frequently visited by tourists. A tour of the Uttaranchal wildlife gives you the opportunity to bring out the advanture enthusiast in you. You will simply love the days spent in the midst of the nature and its creatures.


The first tiger reserve in India, Corbett National Park was established in 1936. The park attracts tourists especially for the Tigers and the Elephants. Bengal tigers, although plentiful, are not easily spotted due to the abundance of camouflage in the reserve. Jim Corbett National Park is the first national park in India and one of the most popular in Uttaranchal. In your Uttaranchal Wildlife Tours, Corbett National Park gets the ultimate spot amongst the most favorite places to visit. This park is regarded as India’s finest parks spread over 520 sq km along the banks of the Ramganga River. More than 40,000 visitors enter the Corbett Tiger Reserve every year.



Nainital is also known as the Lake District because of the serveral lakes located in the closer proximity. Situated at an altitude of 1,938 m, Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains. Nainital also offers recreational activities like horse riding, trekking, golf courses and ropeway. Located at an altitude of 1,938mts above sea level, Nainital derives its name from Naini Lake, a prominent tourist spot of Nainital. Nainital is located in the Kumaon region and is popularly known as the Lake District of India.



Kausani is also known as Switzerland of India providing over 300 km wide view of the Himalayan ranges including Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot. Tourists flock to Kausani to witness the panoramic view of sunrise, matchless sunset and breathtaking view of snowcapped mountains and lush green valley surrounded by dense forest.



In the beautiful & captivating environs of the Uttarkashi district is Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. The Govind Wildlife Sanctuary established in 1955, covering an area of 953sq.kms. includes mountains like swarg Rohini, Black Peak and Bandarpunch . Apart from the Sanctuary, the place is a popular tourist destination, mainly because of the beauty of its snow-clad peaks and glaciers. Attracting many trekkers and famous for its lush green beauty is Hari-ki-Dun. The wide variety of animal species that lives here includes Himalayan black bears, tahr, serow, monal, snow leopard, brown bears, trogopan, chir, bharal, musk deer etc.



Surrrounded by mountains, Dehradun endures as a perfect retreat with beautiful spots for picnic and excursions. Its pleasent climate adds further to its charm and makes it an attractive tourist destination. Established in 1996 on the edge of the Dehradun valley is Rajaji National Park, covering an area of approx 820sq.kms. The wildlife here includes elephant, tiger, panther, bear, chital, sambar, wild boar, kakar, python, monitor lizard and a large variety of avian fauna. You find many opportunities of viewing these animals in their natural habitat here.



Spread over an area of 630 sq. kms., just next to the Nanda Devi Peak (which is the second highest mountain in India -7816 mts.), is the Nanda Devi National Park. It was established in 1980. The first men on record to have reached this Sanctuary, while yet in its pristine form, were the the British Mountaineers Eric Shipton and Bill Tilman. The area had largely remained undisturbed till then, except for Tilman’s successful attempt on Nanda Devi in 1936. However, from 1950 onwards the increasing number of treks & climbing expeditions to the area has somewhat affected the virgin character of this place.


Waterfalls in Uttaranchal

The landscape of Uttaranchal, which might be called as the land of vitality, is dotted with medicinal springs, gushing waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. On a trip to Uttaranchal, the tourists can feel the revitalizing magic of the offerings of the Mother Nature while traveling through the state of Uttaranchal.

The state of Uttaranchal has numerous hills and magnificent valleys which are the perfect inspiration behind the love of nature. The state of Uttaranchal is a complete package of mesmerizing beauty, the culture and heritage, the lively villages, the folk music and exclusive dances, the flora, the shiny mountain panoramas and the wonderful waterfalls.

The state of Uttaranchal is also known as Dev Bhoomi or The Land of Gods. The land of Uttaranchal has everything in store for the tourists, right from the undulating valleys, mesmeric streams with crystal clear water flowing through them, to the captivating greenery, the fascinating beauty of the flowers and most importantly the strikingly beautiful views of the crack of dawn and the twilight.

The lakes and waterfalls of Uttaranchal are gathered away in the ranges of the Himalayas. Most of the waterfalls in Uttaranchal are perennial and are fed with spring water. But there are many Waterfalls in Uttaranchal which derive its water regularly from the melting snow of the Himalayas. The Waterfalls in Uttaranchal has cascading water and the lakes of Uttaranchal reveal clear pictures of the attractive surroundings. These lakes and the waterfalls give Uttaranchal an exclusive kind of beauty.


The state of Uttaranchal can be called a land of fresh natural beauty without much debate. The entire landscape of Uttaranchal is dotted with medicinal springs, gushing waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. Tourists revel in the numerous picture-perfect shots that they come across, at every turn of the mountainous roads and keeping oneself from clicking away at the camera, indeed becomes a tough ask. Verdant hills, snow capped mountains and deep valleys drained with meandering rivers, Uttaranchal is a land of plenty. A tour to Uttaranchal shall not leave anyone thirsting for more.

The Corbett Waterfalls in Uttaranchal falls under the Ramnagar Forest Division. The beautiful Corbett Waterfalls in Uttaranchal is located at a distance of 3 kilometers from the Kaladhumgi Main Road. The Corbett Waterfalls come gushing down from a height of 20 meters. This waterfall in Uttaranchal is surrounded with a dense forest cover, which makes for a picturesque and perfect destination. The excellent birdlife around the waterfalls is sure to keep the tourists captivated.



The state of Uttaranchal can be called the land of vitality, without any doubts. The entire landscape of Uttaranchal is dotted with medicinal springs, gushing waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. On a trip to Uttaranchal, the tourists can feel the magic of the bounties of Mother Nature, while traveling through the state of Uttaranchal. It is not troublesome for the tourist to spot the simple and plentiful scenic beauty. The lakes and waterfalls of Uttaranchal are tucked away in the ranges of the Himalayas. As the torrent of water of the Kempty Waterfalls comes pouring down and flows above the rock-strewn territory, the water splits into five separate streams.


Hill Stations in Uttaranchal

Most parts of the state of Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand are hilly and mountainous areas covered with greenery. Hill Stations in Uttaranchal is the main attraction for tourists coming to the state and generates enough revenue for the tourism industry of the state as well. Though the entire Uttaranchal is worth a visit, here is a list of some very popular Hill Stations in Uttarakhand that can not be missed during your vacation in the state.


In the northern part of India, Uttaranchal serves as a great tourist spot for many who are keen to travel to the mountains. If you are planning a trip to Uttranchal, tour to Almora should take you to the most picturesque part of Uttaranchal. Almora is located at an altitude of 1,650 m above the sea level. Almora is a part of the Kumaon division of Uttaranchal and is most spectacular situated on the 5 km long horse shoe shaped ridge. On your tour to Almora you come across the dense forests of fir and pine while the snowcapped mountain peaks as the backdrop makes it picture perfect.



Chamba lies in close proximity to Rishikesh. So if you are nearby, we recommend you to spend a quite evening amidst the natural splendor of Chamba. En route Tour to Chamba, visit the old temple of Surkanda Devi, perched atop a remote hilltop. You can also camp in Rani Chauri, near Chamba to get a feel of the alpine lifestyle of Chamba. Dusk brings along a whole new association and colors. Surrounding mountain ranges look brooding and misty. Set amidst deodar trees, the temple of Surkanda Devi is like a raw energy giver to these mountain people. It is said the reigning deity of the temple answers the prayers of her devotees.



Uttaranchal has some of the best hill stations of India. About 60 kms from Nainital is the picturesque Ranikhet. You will be awe struck with its unparalleled beauty, peaceful atmosphere, beautiful views of the Himalayas and the blooming gardens. Tour to Ranikhet can be an enchanting experience for those who are looking for a few days of nature and solitude. It is interesting to note that the queen of Raja Sudhardev, the erstwhile Garwal ruler, was taken aback at the sprawling beauty of the hills of Ranikhet. Since then Rani Padmini had made Ranikhet her home. Monsoons can be the most wonderful season to have a tour to Ranikhet.



Srinagar (Uttaranchal) is located on the banks of river Alaknanda. Before the British set foot in India, Srinagar was Garhwal’s capital. Srinagar is situated at an altitude of 579 m and is spread over 9.659 sq. kms of land. The place is quite hot during the months of summer. However, the climate remains mild in winter. A tour to Srinagar will surely mesmerize you with its natural grandeur. Abundant in natural beauty, there are quite a few places in Srinagar which are a must-see. The foremost place which features in this list is the divine slab of Sri Yantra. Some other places that you may visit are Shankar Math (3 kms. from Srinagar).



Lansdowne, situated nearly 81 kms away from Pauri, at a height of 1,706 m is famous for its serene environment. In fact, it is one of the most tranquil hill stations of India. You won’t find the hustle-bustle generally associated with other hill stations at this place. On a tour to Lansdowne, the calm environment enriched with natural beauty of the place will enthrall you for sure! Lansdowne got its name from Lord Lansdowne who was the Viceroy of India during the period of 1888 to 1894. This place had many British admirers during the British rule. Even at present, this place draws many tourists, from every nook and corner of the world.