April 3, 2019

Place to visit

Uttarakhand is a land of sublime natural beauty and peaceful place to visit
It is also an excellent place to get off the beaten track. If you’re looking for fresh air and calmness, you’ll love some of these Himalayan getaways.

1)Dehradun & Mussoorie – Hill Stations

The capital of Uttrakhand, Dehradun has a location with a beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges and river Ganga flowing on either side of the city.  The geographical location of Dehradun is picturesque with Himalayan ranges in view and River Ganges and River Yamuna on either side of the city. Natural beauty apart, the place is famous for the splendid architectural display by some of the ancient constructions.

Mussoorie is located at a distance of about 38 km from Dehradun. It is touted to be the ‘Queen of Hills’ and attracts many tourists every year.

Best time to visit: All around the year except monsoons.
Things to do: Visit the National Parks, Lakes, Kempty Falls, Benog Hill & Jwalaji Temple. Monastery, Resorts and Forest research institute in Dehradun

Some of the best attractions of Dehradun:
Places to Visit
Sahastradhara
Tiger Falls
Robber’s Cave
Mindrolling Monastery
Tapkeshwar Temple
Forest Research Institute
Tapovan
Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology
Malsi Deer park
Lacchiwala

2)Nainital & Ranikhet – A Mix Of Bustle And Quietude

One of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand and a popular getaway for couples and families is Nainital.
Nainital famously referred to as the ‘Lake District of India’

Best time to visit: April – June
Things to do: Visit the host of temples at Ranikhet, go trekking, and visit the Nainital zoo and Naini Lake. Enjoy the wildlife sanctuary and the wonderful climate of the hill station

Places to Visit in Nainital:
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.
Eco Cave Gardens.

Places to Visit in Ranikhet:
Jhula Devi Temple
Chaubatia Orchard
Upat and Kalika
Mankameshwar Temple
Haidakhan Babaji Temple
Shitlakhet
Dwarahat Temples

3)Rishikesh And Haridwar – Spiritual Destinations

Rishikesh as it is the adventure capital of India; Haridwar for the tranquility and religion. Rishikesh is a blend of tranquility and adventure. Its location at the confluence of River Ganges and River Chandrabhaga and views of spectacular hills and various adventurous activities such as trekking, rafting and camping captivate nature lovers Rishikesh is called as the Yoga Capital of the world. Some of the most important tourist destinations in Rishikesh.

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.

Best time to visit: Anytime of the year is good except monsoons .
Things to do : Take part in the Ganga aarti in Haridwar, a holy dip in the river Ganga, go for a boat ride, eat the local delicacies and talk to the spiritual gurus. Visit the ashrams in Rishikesh, go for water sports adventures and trekking up in the hills.

Places to Visit in Rishikesh
Laxman-jhula
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
The Beatles Ashram
Swarg Ashram
Parmarth Niketan
Rajaji National Park
Kaudiyala
Shivpuri
Jumpin Heights
Shivpuri
Narendra Nagar

Places to Visit in Haridwar
Har Ki Pauri
Chandi Devi Temple
Maya Devi Temple
Mansa Devi Temple
Daksha Mahadev Temple
Vishnu Ghat
Shanti Gunj
Pavan Dham
Vaishno Devi Temple
Bharat Mata Mandir

4)Chamoli – An Ideal Vacation Spot

Chamoli is that ideal vacation spot with something for everyone. It is an ideal blend of pilgrimage, adventure and natural serenity .Chamoli is populary known as the ‘adobe of Gods’. Famous for its shrines, temples and connections with Hindu mythology and stories .

Best time to visit: Across the year except for heavy monsoon.
Things to do: Trekking, sightseeing, photography, skiing, and cable car rides

Places to Visit:
Auli
Vasundhara Waterfalls
Gopeshwar
Gopinath Temple
Valley of flowers
Kalpeshwar
Brahmatal Trek
Nandprayag
Rudranath
Rafting in Upper Alaknanda
Badrinath
Shopping in Chamoli

5)Almora – A Typical Small Town

Almora is heaven of 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.
Best time to visit: Anytime throughout the years except monsoons .
Things to do: Shop for handicraft products, enjoy the natural setting, go for trekking.

Places to Visit
Devi Temple
Katarmal Sun Temple
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum
Martola
Kalimut
Zero Point
Chitai Golu Devta Temple
Gobind Vallabh Pant Museum
Bright End Corner

6)Auli – For Wintersports

Auli is the emerging winter destination & hill station of Uttarakhand. Popularly known for its snowy slopes, Auli has everything that an ideal tourist dreamed for. From snow-covered peaks to wooden huts, Auli is not less than a perfect European village in Asia. It is situated at an astonishing height of 2505 meter which offers a magnificent view of crescent Himalayas.

Best time to visit: April – June and November – February for snow.
Things to do: Skiing – it is one of the best for skiing and snowboarding in India, mountaineering and enjoying the serenity of the beautiful place.

Place to Visit
Auli Artificial Lake
Joshimath
Gurso Bugyal
Nanda Devi Peak
Auli Ropeway
Chattrakund
Chenab Lake
Auli Ski Resort
Trishul Peak
Vishnuprayag

7)Chardham – Yamnotri, Gangotri, Badrinath And Kedarnath

It is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimage sites according to the Hindu mythology.
If you are looking for a vacation to experience the diverse spiritual essence of India then nothing is better than the visit to the Chardham- Yamnotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Best time to visit: Anytime throughout the years except monsoons .
Things to do: Spiritual pilgrimage, visit the temples, and enjoy the hilly areas.

The destinations are as follows :
a.  Badrinath in the North,
b.  Rameshwaram in the South,
c.  Dwarka in the West
d.  Puri in the East.

8)Jim Corbett – For Wildlife

Formely known as Haley’s National Park, Jim Corbett was established in 1938 and attracts visitors for its Royal Bengal Tigers. The park is home to some 600 species of birds, an equal number of animals and around 488 different types of plants and trees. Jim corbett organises safaris and hiking trails through the dense forest’s buffer zones all through the year.

Best time to visit: December to February
Things to do: Elephant rides, elephant safaris, Jeep safaris, photography, and unplanned excursions.

Place to visit:
Garjiya Davi Temple
Kosi river
Corbett Falls
Sitbani Temple
Hanuman Dham
Durga Mandir Temple

9) Chopta – A Pristine Camping Desination

Chopta, very simply put, is a trekker cum explorer’s heaven. If you aren’t an adrenaline junkie but inclined towards pushing your limits, visit the valley of Chopta for a life altering experience and expand the boundaries of your physical horizon.

Best time to visit: Winter months of December, January and February.
Things to do: Trekking, camping and photography .

Place to visit:
Deori Tal
Tungnath Temple
Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek
Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary
Ukhimath

10) Valley Of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib

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.

Best time to visit: July to September
Things to do: Visit the valley of flowers, trek, go to Hemkund shrine.

Place to visit:
 Hemkund Sahib
Ghangaria
Gaurikund
Bedini Bugyal
 Badrinath Temple
 Govindghat
 Vasudhara Falls
Bheem pul
Lakshman Ganga River
 Nanda Devi National Park
 Narsingh Temple
Pushpawati River
Valley of Flowers National Park.

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