Planning Vacations! Here are the places must travel in Uttarakhand
In the year 2000, Uttarakhand earned the status of a state, which was earlier a part of Uttar Pradesh. It is famous for its scenic beauty and pilgrim centres. People who are associated with religious beliefs find this place must explore for its divinity. And, if you are a nature lover, you will find spirituality in the generous expanse of endless original beauty here.
Wherever your faith is placed, be it in God or in the powers of nature to inspire you into living a life of fulfilment, Uttarakhand is the perfect destination. Here are top 17 places that you should not miss while in Uttarakhand:
Haridwar is also called as the ‘Gateway to the Lord’ thanks to a great number of temples and ashrams located here. The city is considered holy, and hence pilgrims from various parts of the world travel to the place to offer their prayers. It is also famous for the Kumbh Mela, a festival, which is held once in twelve years. Har Ki Pauri, Chandi Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Vishnu Ghat, Shanti Kunj, Pavan Dham, Vaishno Devi Temple, and Bharat Mata Mandir are some of the ideal locations to visit here.
Rishikesh is a blend of tranquillity and adventure. Its location at the confluence of River Ganga and River Chandrabhaga with spectacular hill views and various adventurous activities such as trekking, rafting and camping captivate nature lovers; Serenity of the place with the importance attached to it as a pilgrim centre touches the souls. Rishikesh is called as the Yoga Capital of the world. Just to name a few, the famous tourist destinations of Rishikesh are Laxman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, The Beatles Ashram, Swarg Ashram, Parmarth Niketan, Rajaji National Park, Kaudiyala, Shivpuri, Jumpin Heights, Shivpuri, and Narendra Nagar.
Famously referred to as the ‘Lake District of India’, Nainital is a beautiful delight that would be irresistible to any tourist. It is located on the famous Naini Lake in a valley. With mountains on all sides, Nainital complements nature quite well. Naini Lake, Naina Peak, Tiffin Top, St. John in the Wilderness, Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Gurney House, Snow View, Land’s End, Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, and Eco Cave Gardens are few of the best places to explore in Nainital.
Chamoli, popularly known as the ‘adobe of Gods’. Famous for its shrines and temples, it has connections with Hindu mythology and stories. Chamoli is also the town that sparked off the famous Chipko movement. Tourists for its villages and rich Garhwali traditions frequent the place more often.
Another hill station that elevates your spirits to a different plane. Ranikhet located at an altitude of 1829 meters, the ‘Queen’s land’, is the perfect place to visit views of the Himalayas at its best. The incredible richness of greenery and the scenic landscape make this place a dream destination. Places you would never want to miss on your tour to Ranikhet are Jhula Devi Temple, Chaubatia Orchard, Upat and Kalika, Mankameshwar Temple, Haidakhan Babaji Temple, Shitlakhet, and Dwarahat Temples.
Dehradun, situated at Himalayan foothills is the capital city of Uttarakhand. The geographical location of Dehradun is picturesque with Himalayan ranges in view and River Ganga and River Yamuna on either side of the city. Apart from natural beauty, the place is famous for the grand architectural display by some of the ancient constructions. Sahastradhara, Tiger Falls, Robber’s Cave, Mindrolling Monastery, Tapkeshwar Temple, Forest Research Institute, Tapovan, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Lachhiwala, and Malsi Deer Park are some of the major attractions to see here in Dehradun.
Located at an altitude of 6000 feet, Mussoorie, the ‘Queen of Hills’, is beauty personified. With snow-covered Himalayan peaks on view, the land abundant in natural beauty has an excellent climate too. The winters are chilling, and the, summers are pleasant. The beauty of the place mesmerised Captain Young of the British Army who made this place his residence in the year 1820. Mussoorie has seen countless footprints ever since the discovery; The popular tourist attractions in Mussoorie are Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, Happy Valley, Camel’s Back Road, Gun Hill, Mussoorie Lake, Christ Church, Sir George, Everest’s House, Jwalaji Temple, and The Mall (Mall Road).
Binsar is located amidst an entire wildlife sanctuary. At an elevation of some 2,400 m, it is a slightly cut off travel destination offering majestic views of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Kedarnath and Chaukhambha. Like several others, even Binsar has a mythological connect as the local gods Golu devta had a fight with the king of Binsar. Homestays in Binsar are among the best experiences in the Himalayan region.
Almora is heaven to nature lovers. The picturesque district is located on the eastern side of Uttarakhand. The views of Himalayas are spellbinding. It is also famous for handicrafts, cuisine and wildlife. It has a rich cultural heritage. Some of the major tourist attractions in Almora are Kasar Devi Temple, Katarmal Sun Temple, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum, Martola, Kalimut, Zero Point, Chitai Golu Devta Temple, Gobind Vallabh Pant Museum, and Bright End Corner.
Every inch of the land of Pithoragarh is blessed with natural beauty. The stunning landscapes of the area defy description. This district located in the easternmost part of Uttarakhand offers scope for trekking as well. The place is an important halt for those who undertake Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. Do not miss the following attractions namely Chandak, Askot Sanctuary, Ralam Glacier, Jhulaghat, Pithoragarh Fort, Thal Kedar, Gangolihat, and Dhwaj Temple while you are here.
If you are keen to relish the generosity of Mother Nature, then Kausani is the land you need to visit. This hill station is located at the height of 1890 meters and famous for the view of 350 km stretch of the majestic Himalayas it offers. Here are some of the top attractions in Kausani Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Lakshmi Ashram, Anasakti Ashram, Sumitranandan Pant Gallery, Baijnath Temple, and Kausani Tea Estate.
If you are looking for a vacation to experience the various spiritual essence of India, then nothing is better than the visit to the Chardham- Yamnotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. And, all of these places are considered as the holiest pilgrimage sites according to the Hindu mythology.
One of the most beautiful places to visit in Uttarakhand is the Valley of Flowers. For those who admire the beauty of nature, the valley of flowers near Hemkund Sahib is a paradise. Other than that, it is a great place for trekking. Hemkund Sahib is a holy place for the Sikh community.
A perfect place to laze around, the Viceroy of India founded the cantonment town of Lansdowne, during the British period. The city is known for its serene and quiet atmosphere. It is mainly a picnic destination for those who wish to have a quiet time in the hills.
Chopta is one of the least explored hamlets in the Himalayas. At an elevation of 2,680 m, it serves as a base point to famous treks to Tungnath and Chandrashilla. It also offers some amazing 360-degree panorama of majestic mountains through the Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhambha peaks.
The small and secluded hill town of Chakrata is an ideal place for those who are looking for a place to be silent and enjoy the beauty of the mountains. Postcard size houses, a serene quaint hill with the birds chirping in the background — Chakrata is a peace lover’s dream destination and amongst the offbeat places in Uttarakhand.
The hill landscapes of Munsiyari lie at the bottom of the Himalayan region offering majestic views of the snow-capped Himalayas. This is where the trekking activities are held in the interior of the range. Additionally, the place is quite popular among biking clubs.