Tourist Places in Uttarakhand
Here are the top 121 places to visit in uttarakhand in 2023:, 1. rishikesh.
1 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 53 Tourist attractions
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga River, Rishikesh is a small town in the Dehradun district, located close to Haridwar in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh (also called as Hrishikesh) is known for its adventure activities, ancient temples, popular ca...
Best Time: Throughout the year
2 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 12 Tourist attractions
Dotted with the apple orchards, old oaks, and pine trees there is no dearth of natural beauty in Auli. Apart from skiing you can also go for numerous treks in the hills of Garhwal Himalayas and enjoy the spellbinding views of the snow-draped mountains. Auli is a popular hill resort in the Himalayan ...
3 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 33 Tourist attractions
Nainital is a charming hill station located at the foothills of the Kumaon ranges in Uttarakhand. Located close to Dehradun and Delhi, it is the most visited hill station in North India. Nainital is a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi and the nearby places.
4 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 37 Tourist attractions
Dehradun is the capital city and the largest city of Uttarakhand. Dehradun is located at an altitude of 1400 feet above sea level and has a pleasant climate all year round. Located just 30kms from Mussoorie, Dehradun is known as the gateway to Mussoorie and Rishikesh and Haridwar. Dehradun is also k...
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5 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 36 Tourist attractions
Mussoorie is one of the most popular hill stations located at a distance of 290 km from Delhi in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. With a backdrop of the Shivalik range of Himalayas and doon valley, Mussoorie, also known as Queen of The Hills, stands at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level. ...
Best Time: September to June
6 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 36 Tourist attractions
Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities in India, situated in Uttarakhand. It is located where the sacred river Ganga enters the Indo-Gangetic plains for the first time. Dotted with temples, ashrams and narrow lanes across the city, Haridwar is a famous Hindu temple town where millions of d...
7. Jim Corbett National Park
7 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 19 Tourist attractions
Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park set amidst the foothills of the Himalayas in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Known for housing the endangered Bengal tiger, Corbett National Park is part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve.
Best Time: Mid October to Mid June
8 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 14 Tourist attractions
Lansdowne is a quaint little hill town located at a distance of 258 km from Delhi in Pauri district of Uttarakhand. Laden with oak and pine forest and dotted with buildings of the colonial era, this hill station is a haven for bird watchers, casual hikers and weekenders from NCR.
9 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 12 Tourist attractions
Mukteshwar is a small hill town located around 50 km from Nainital in Uttarakhand. Known for adventure sports and a dazzling view of Himalayan ranges, Mukteshwar is named after the 350-year-old Shiva Temple housed here called Mukteshwar Dham.
Best Time: October to June
10 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 5 Tourist attractions
Chopta, a small hamlet located in Uttarakhand, is a trekker's heaven. The base camp of treks like Tugnanath, Deoria Tal and Chandrashila, Chopta is an ideal destination for intermediate trekkers to go on a guided trek and brush up their skills. Chopta promises a life-altering expansion of ...
Best Time: March to June
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11 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 14 Tourist attractions
Kedarnath is one of the most sacred temples and the holiest Hindu pilgrimages in India. A part of Chhota Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand, Kedarnath is one of the most important among the 12 Jyotirlingas in India dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on the Garhwal Himalayan Range in the Rud...
Best Time: May to June, September to October
12 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 19 Tourist attractions
Badrinath, known for the sacred Badrinath Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is one of the four Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage yatras. Perched on the Garhwal hill tracks, near the Alaknanda River, Badrinath is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Placed between Nar and ...
13 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 20 Tourist attractions
Gangotri Dham is the origin of the holy River Ganga, located in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is one of the most revered pilgrimages in India, part of the famous Chhota Char Dham yatra (including Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath).
Best Time: April to June, September to November
14 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 9 Tourist attractions
Yamunotri is the source of River Yamuna, situated 30 km from Uttarkashi in Uttarakhand. It is one of the most revered pilgrimages in India, part of the famous Chhota Char Dham yatra (including Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath). The main attraction here is the Yamunotri Temple dedicated to Ma Y...
Best Time: May to June, September to November
15. Valley of Flowers
15 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 3 Tourist attractions
Valley of Flowers is located in Chamoli district (near Badrinath) of Uttarakhand, approximately 300 km to the north of Rishikesh. Valley of flowers is a World Heritage Site for its wild untamed blooms surrounded by white peaks. It is open from June to September every year.
Best Time: May to October
16 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 11 Tourist attractions
Kausani is a hill station located in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, 51km from Almora. The panoramic snow-clad view of Himalayas in Kausani is dominated by Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchuli peaks.
Best Time: April to June, September to December
17 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 16 Tourist attractions
Set in the background of snow-capped Himalayan ranges of Uttarakhand, the sprawling town of Almora is a beautiful hill station. With easy accessibility from Delhi and other major cities of North India, Almora is known for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, sumptuous cuisine and magnific...
18 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 10 Tourist attractions
With minimal human intrusion, without overloading or overwhelming your senses or expectations, Dhanaulti slowly seeps into your conscience like a long lost pleasant dream, bringing with it comfort and quiet, and giving you the much needed break from your humdrum routine life.
19 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 6 Tourist attractions
Chakrata is a small hill town near Dehradun in Uttarakhand, located at a height of 6948 feet known for its coniferous forest, treks, caves and ancient temples.
20 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 22 Tourist attractions
Ranikhet meaning Queen's land is a hill station in Uttarakhand developed by the Britishers around ancient temples, undulating Himalayan hills and forests.
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21 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 10 Tourist attractions
Once a deserted land, today Kanatal is a usual haunt for those travelers who seek peace and solitude. Kanatal is said to be named after a lake that once existed there. Apart from peace, the place exhibits a charm in form of majestic hills, fruit trees, apple orchards and lush green forests.
22 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 9 Tourist attractions
Endearingly called as Devbhoomi, Uttarkashi, literally meaning 'Kashi of the North', is a quaint little town tucked away in the hill state of Uttarakhand. Revered by the Hindus as one of their propitious religious sites, the townhouses two of the total four holy shrines of Hindu mythology. It is one...
Best Time: March to June, September to November
23 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 4 Tourist attractions
Located at a distance of 33 km from Almora, Binsar is a small town in Uttarakhand known for the surreal beauty of the snow-laden Himalayan peaks. Set amid forests covered with oak, pine, rhododendrons and deodar trees, Binsar is home to beautiful green meadows, temples and the famous Binsar wildlife...
24 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 11 Tourist attractions
Perched at a height of 1370masl, Bhimtal is an idyllic and less-crowded version of Nainital, 23 km away. Bhimtal is a scenic hill station, the charm of which lies in its off-beat, tranquil atmosphere. The picturesque Bhimtal Lake is a popular attraction for paddle boating, birding and natu...
Best Time: March to June, September to December
25 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 10 Tourist attractions
Naukuchiatal, a small picturesque lake village is a destination for those who seek quietude and tranquility beneath the shade of pure nature. As the name of the place suggests, this place is mainly known for its nine cornered lake which measures up to 1 km in length and 40 m deep.
26 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 11 Tourist attractions
Joshimath, also known as Jyotirmath, is a hill town perched at the height of 6150 feet in Chamoli district of Gharwal region of Uttarakhand. Joshimath serves as an important religious centre for Hindu pilgrims and lies in the proximity to one of the four 'maths' founded by Adi Guru Shri Shankarachar...
Best Time: April to November
27. Tungnath and Chandrashila Trek
27 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand
Tungnath, a quaint village in Uttarakhand, is known as the starting point of the popular Chopta Chadrashila Trek. At a height of 2680m, this village is surrounded by evergreen forests of pine, deodar and rhododendron. This is one of the easier treks in the Himalayan region and hence, recommended for...
28 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 7 Tourist attractions
While most hill stations are flanked by all sorts of conifers and draped in a garb of green, Kumaon changes its coat of blooms several times a year. From a soft pink in the early winters to the scarlet rhododendrons erupting like lava on the slopes in different gradients during summers, Kumaon is a ...
29. Tehri Garhwal
29 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 16 Tourist attractions
The Hindu Mythology and legends seemed to have showered Tehri Garhwal with several spiritual significances. It is this place where River Ganga arrives in its real form at Devprayag where River Bhagirathi and River Alaknanda merge. One can also see many temples dotted across the place.
30. Rajaji National Park
30 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand
Encompassing the Shivalik mountain ranges, Rajaji National Park is abundantly rich in flora and fauna and proves a great holiday destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
Best Time: Mid November to Mid June
31 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 11 Tourist attractions
A group of seven fresh water lakes, a stash of nature's bounty and loads of migratory birds and panoramic vistas make this wonderful place called Sattal. A paradise for nature buffs and bird watchers, Sattal has mystery to it that makes it all the more charming and photographer's paradise.
32 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 16 Tourist attractions
Often referred to as "Little Kashmir", Munsiyari is a cosy hamlet located in the Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 2298 metres, the pretty little hill town is known for its panorama of snow-capped Himalayan Range and some adventurous trekking trails.
Best Time: April to June, October to November
33. Roopkund Trek
33 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand
Perched at an elevation of 5,029 m above the sea level in the lap of Trishul Peak and Nanda Ghunti is a place full of mystery, Roopkund. Also called as ‘Mystery Lake’, the place is synonymous to its name owing to the discovery of human skeletons and horses remains from Paleolithic age at this very p...
34. Abbott Mount
34 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 4 Tourist attractions
A quaint old town, Abbott Mount is located in the Kali Kumaon region of Champawat district, Uttarakhand. Here, one can witness the charm of a bygone British colonial era through a marvelous church and 13 isolated cottages across the hill.
35 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 8 Tourist attractions
Champawat is an intrepid town in Champawat district, Uttrakhand. Perched 5,299 feet above the sea level, this quaint town of Champaran is a perfect composite of adventure, religion and history. The place holds historical and religious significance attracting many drifters and pilgrims throughout the...
36 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 4 Tourist attractions
A small sacred town of Madhyamaheshwar is a place full of mysteries and blessed with bounty of nature. Renowned for its Madhyamaheshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, it gathers the whole hamlet to pray in the evening along with many tourists.
37 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 10 Tourist attractions
Bageshwar is a small town in Uttarakhand, tucked away in the Kumaon region of the Himalayan range inconspicuously. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Saryu and Gomti, with Bhileshwar and Nileshwar mountains, Bageshwar is known for its rivers, temples and mountains. The temple Baghnath ded...
38 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 20 Tourist attractions
A small urban town bustling with tourists is a prime example of raw beauty of nature and is often fondly referred to as the 'Little Kashmir'. A gateway to Himalayan Range, this town also serves as the stop over for pilgrims on their way to Kailash Mansarover.
Best Time: April to June, October to December
39. Pauri Garhwal
39 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 13 Tourist attractions
Pauri Garhwal is a paradise that showcases the varied colors of nature all packed in to this one place. From snow covered Himalayan peaks and thick cover of lush green forests to deep rooted culture of the place and warm hearted people, this place oozes beauty and charm in every aspect.
Best Time: April to June, September to October
40 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 2 Tourist attractions
Far from the rush of city life, Chamba is a small town in Uttarakhand that is known for pristine vistas of deodar and pine trees through Himalayan mountains. Promising a peaceful ambience, modernisation hasn't touched the borders of Chamba. A perfect getaway to find solace in nature, ...
41 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 9 Tourist attractions
Tucked away in the lap of Himalayas in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, Ramgarh boasts of unexplored natural beauty and old world charm. It is perched at an elevation of 1789 metres above the sea level and is an idyllic spot of all you nature beaus. Blessed with impeccable views of snow covered mou...
Best Time: October to May
42 out of 121 Places to visit in Uttarakhand 7 Tourist attractions
The temple town of Guptakashi is located at a distance of 47 kms from the holy town of Kedarnath. Perched at an elevation of 1319 m above the sea level, Guptakashi enjoys the mesmerising backdrop of the enchanting snow-covered peaks of Chaukhamba mountains. It houses two ancient temples namely Vishw...
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- Top 44 Amazing Places To Visit In Uttarakhand
11 Jul 2023
Boasting of enchanting view of the Himalayas, and cultural ethos that speaks of simplistic living amidst nature and harmony – Uttarakhand is a land of sublime natural beauty and serene spirituality. And to top it, is the availability of numerous cant-miss experiences ranging from water sports to the ashrams where you can connect with your inner self.
Uttarakhand has everything in store for any tourist who is daring enough to face heights of the Himalayas, crazy enough to sail on the snow, and keen enough to explore himself/herself. With some magnificent places to visit in Uttarakhand , there’s no reason you should be a part of the urban grind for more than 2 months at a stretch!
44 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand
Interested in visiting places in Uttarakhand? Here is a list of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand for a unique experience and a fun-filled vacay amidt the snow-capped mountains and the serene landscape. Experience heaven as we bring you the best places to visit in this piece of paradise nestled in Northern India. Take a look at the best Uttarakhand tourist places!
- Dehradun And Mussoorie – Picturesque Location
- Nainital And Ranikhet – Popular Getaway
- Rishikesh And Haridwar – Adventure Capital
- Jim Corbett – Wildlife Heaven
- Almora – Famous Offbeat Places
- Auli – Ski Enthusiasts
- Chakrata – Secluded Hilltown
- Chopta – Serene Quaint Hills
- Lansdowne – Picnic Destination
- Valley Of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib – Paradise For Nature Lovers
- Chardham (Yamnotri, Gangotri, Badrinath And Kedarnath) – Diverse Spiritual Essence
- Dhanaulti – Gorgeous Snowfall
- Kanatal – Serene Village
- Mukteshwar – Fun Adventure Sports
- Binsar – Spell Binding Views
- Bhimtal – Offbeat Version Of Nainital
- Uttarkashi – Quaint Hill Town
- Landour – For Peace Seekers
- Chamoli – Adobe Of Gods
- Pithoragarh – Tranquil Hilltown
- Munsiyari – Splendid Sunset View
- Sattal – Enchanting Views
- Joshimath – Religious Hub For Hindu Pilgrims
- Naukuchiatal – Picturesque Lake
- Madhyamaheshwar – Fourth Temple Of Panch Kedar
- Tehri Garhwal – Spiritual Significance
- Bageshwar – Uttarakhand’s Kashi
- Kausani – Enchanting Sunset View
- Kumaon – For A Rejuvenating Vacation
- Ramgarh – Fruit Bowl Of Kumaon
- Guptakashi – Temple Town
- Dharchula – Remote Town
- Gaumukh – Holiest Land
- Pauri Garhwal – Surreal Land
- Rudraprayag – The land of Confluence
- Devprayag – The Holy Land
- Mount Abbott – Old Town
- Chaukori – Majestic Beauty
- Rajaji National Park – Explore The Wilderness
- Bhowali – Hill Escapade
- Patal Bhuvaneshwar – A Quaint Getaway
- Tungnath – An Ancient Holy Town
- Champawat – A Popular Historical Town
- Pangot – A Picturesque Hamlet
1. Dehradun And Mussoorie – Picturesque Location
The capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun has a picturesque location with a beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges and river Ganga flowing on either side of the city. 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 to visit famous Uttrakhand destinations which also makes this the places to visit in Uttarakhand for 2 days.
Why to visit : The delightful weather and natural landscapes Ideal for : Peace lovers, honeymooners, family and friends Best time to visit : All around the year Ideal duration : 2 to 3 days How to reach : It takes around 5 hours to reach Dehradun from Delhi via road. From Dehradun, Mussoorie is just an hour journey away. The nearest airport is in Dehradun – Jolly Grant Airport. Things to do : Visit the National Parks, Lakes, Kempty Falls, Benog Hill & Jwalaji Temple. Monastery, Resorts and Forest research institute in Dehradun Places To Stay: Ramada Dehradun Chakrata Road, AruBhi Cottage, Hotel Relax, Tapasya Home Stay, FabHotel Invitation.
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2. Nainital And Ranikhet – Popular Getaway
One of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand and a popular getaway for couples and families is Nainital. Located by the famous Naini Lake in the valley, surrounded by mountains on all sides where one can enjoy majestic vistas of nature here. Plus, there is plenty to explore with some interesting tourist places in Nanital . Also these are two of the places to visit in Uttarakhand in monsoon!
Why to visit : The lush green sight of Nainital offers an exotic view of the Himalayan ranges. Enjoy the trekking trails in Ranikhet and go camping in the main sight of the location. Ideal for : Honeymoon couples, office goers, couples and families Best time to visit : All around the year Ideal duration : 4 to 5 days How to reach : Nainital does not have direct access to air connectivity. The nearest railway station is located at a distance of 34 km at Kathgodham. It takes about 7 hours from Delhi to reach Nainital. 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 Stay: Kainchi Dham Hilly Homestay , Hotel Chandra Inn Royal Rose, The Manu Maharani, The Naini Retreat
3. Jim Corbett – Wildlife Heaven
If you’re looking for famous Uttarakhand tourist places then this pace is a must visit. Formerly 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 and is amongst the best places to visit in Uttarakhand . Jim Corbett organises safaris and hiking trails through the dense forest’s buffer zones all through the year. Safari tour also remains one of the best things to do in Jim Corbett .
Why to visit : This is the place you can’t miss if you are a wildlife enthusiast, photographer and nature lover. Best time to visit : All year-round, except Monsoon (June to August) Ideal for : Nature enthusiast, photographers, excursionists Ideal duration : 2 to 3 days How to reach : Ramnagar is the nearest railway staion while Dehradun Airport is the nearest airport. It is well connected by road and there are regular bus services from Ramnagar and Delhi. Things to do : Elephant rides, elephant safaris, Jeep safaris, photography, and unplanned excursions Places To Stay: Lebua Corbett, The Den Corbett Resort, Vanghat Jungle Lodge, The Riverview Retreat, Lemon Tree Premier, Corbett
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4. Rishikesh And Haridwar – Adventure Capital
Another place you definitely must visit in Uttarakhand is the adventure capital–Rishikesh and pilgrim capital–Haridwar. Haridwar is a place where tourists get enchanted by rustic touch and spiritual energy of the place and its surroundings. Rishikesh is considered to be one of the best exotic places to visit in Uttarakhand . Some of the thrilling things to do in Rishikesh include river rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking and many more.
Why to visit : Rishikesh as it is the adventure capital of India; Haridwar for the tranquility and religion. Ideal for : Everyone – friends, couples and families. Best time to visit : Anytime of the year is good except monsoons. Ideal duration : 3 to 4 days How to reach : Nearest airport is in Dehradun. Trains connect both Rishikesh and Haridwar. 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 in Rishikesh and trekking up in the hills. Places To Stay: Om Shivaay Inn, Shaantam Resorts and Spa, Shiv Shakti Hostel, Swiss Cottage Rishikesh, Hill Top Swiss Cottage
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5. Almora – Famous Offbeat Places
From Uttarakhand points of interest , Almora is one of the best offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand , especially in summer to escape the heat. The picturesque views of Almora are especially recommended to the mountain lovers. The romantic destination allures you with its magnificent beauty. This is one of the most beautiful place in Uttarakhand .
Why to visit : Because the serenity and peace that Almora offers is hard to find so easily. Ideal for : Romantic couples, solo travelers, adventure folks Best time to visit : Anytime throughout the years except monsoons Ideal duration : 3 to 4 days How to reach : Nearest airport is Pantnagar, at a distance of 116 km away from Almora and the nearest railway station is Kathgodam 90 km away. Things to do : Shop for handicraft products, enjoy the natural setting, go for trekking Places To Stay: Stars & Pines, Kasar Himalaya Holiday Home, Hotel Kausani Retreat, Jungle house homestay
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6. Auli – Ski Enthusiasts
Looking for the best tourist places in Uttarakhand ? Auli is adjacent to the religious shrine of Badrinath, and offers a panoramic views of the great Himalayas. The breath-taking view of snow-capped peaks around give an astounding view of the place. Auli definitely has to be on your list of places to visit in Uttarakhand. This is one of the most beautiful Uttarakhand tourist places.
Why to visit : Visit to Auli is highly recommended to mountain lovers. The mountain sports activities can be enriching to the spirit of an adventure sports lover. Ideal for : Mountain lovers, friends, couples and ski enthusiasts. Best time to visit : April – June and November – February for snow Ideal duration : 5 days How to reach : The nearest airport to reach Auli is located in Dehradun. Nearest railway station is also at Dehradun located at a distance of about 6 hours from Auli. Things to do : Skiing – it is one of the best for snowboarding and skiing in India , mountaineering and enjoying the serenity of the beautiful place. Places To Stay: Dwarika, Barahbeesh Villa, Kanasar Ecolodge, Apple Farm Stay, Zostel Homes Kotkhai
7. Chakrata – Secluded Hilltown
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 hills, it certainly is one of the best places to see in Uttarakhand. Postcard size houses, serene quaint hills with the birds chirping in the background — Chakrata is a peace lover’s dream destination. This is certainly amongst the most beautiful place in Uttarakhand .
Why to visit : For those looking for a simple and quiet place where they can just enjoy the view of the nature and amazing climate. Ideal for : Solo travelers, couples Best time to visit : All through the year Ideal duration : 3-4 days How to reach : Nearest railway is at Dehradun at a distance of 2 hours from the station. Things to do : Visit Tiger waterfall and Budher Caves, stay and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Places To Stay : Hotel Himalayan Foxhole, Stunning Hills, Asmarh, Water valley resort gwasapull, Vertical Valley Resort
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8. Chopta – Serene Quaint Hills
Image Source 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 and is amongst the best places to see in Uttarakhand . It also offers some amazing 360 degree panorma of majestic mountains through the Trishul, Nanda devi and Chaukhambha peaks and trekking to these places is one of the most preferred things to do in Chopta . This is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in September.
Why : Chopta is one of those hill stations which will tempt you for life. With a blend of adventure and tranquility, it suits almost everyone’s taste. Ideal for : Adventure bugs, photography enthusiasts, friends Best time to visit : Winter months of December, January and February. Ideal duration : 5 to 6 days How to reach : The nearest airport Jolly Grant is at a distance of 221 km. The nearest railhead is Rishikesh at a distance of 202 km. It is well connected by road from all the major cities like Rishikesh, Srinagar,and Pauri. Things to do: Trekking, camping and photography Places To Stay: Villotale Chopta CHC, Akashdeep Resort Chopta, Hotel Govind, Dwarahat house
9. Lansdowne – Picnic Destination
The cantonment town of Lansdowne was founded by the Viceroy of India, during the British period and is considered to be the best in terms of Uttarakhand points of interest. 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. Other popular things to do in Lansdowne are trekking, camping and nature walk.
Why to visit : For those who wish to enjoy the beauty of nature Ideal for : Everyone – Family, friends, and couples Best time to visit : April to June Ideal duration : 3 to 4 days How to reach : Kotdwar is the nearest railway station at a distance of 1 hour. Things to do : Enjoy the nature, walk and discover the nearby towns, museums, viewpoints. Places To Stay: Vacation Rental Lansdowne, The Alpine Resort, Hills of Adventure, Samskara & Samsara Resort
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10. Valley Of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib – Paradise For Nature Lovers
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 and amongst the best Uttarakhand destinations .
Why to visit : Visit this place to combine your vacation with a blend of nature and spiritual worship. Ideal for : Families and couples Best time to visit : July to September Ideal duration : 3 to 4 days How to reach : Jolly Grant airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 149 km from Hemkund shrine. The nearest railway station is Rishikesh. Things to do : Visit the valley of flowers, trek, go to Hemkund shrine. Places To Stay: Kuber Annex, Hotel Kuber, Hotel Himalayan Holidays, OM Kuteer, Bhumika Guest House
11. Chardham (Yamnotri, Gangotri, Badrinath And Kedarnath) – Diverse Spiritual Essence
If you are looking for a vacation to experience the diverse spiritual essence of India whilst exploring these fascinating Uttarakhand tourist places then nothing is better than the visit to the Chardham- Yamnotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. This is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand with family.
Why to visit : It is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimage sites according to the Hindu mythology. Ideal for : Religious Travellers and tourists seeking an insight into Hindu Mythology. Best time to visit : Anytime throughout the years except monsoons Ideal duration : 5 to 6 Days How to reach : Badrinath and Gangotri are accessible by road. The remaining two destinations of Kedarnath and Yamnotri require extensive trekking. There’s also a Himalaya Darshan helicopter service that allows people to cover the trip in two days. Nearby railway station is at Rishikesh. From there on, tourists will have to hire a vehicle or bus service to reach the site. Things to do : Spiritual pilgrimage, visit the temples, and enjoy the hilly areas.
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12. Dhanaulti – Gorgeous Snowfall
Nestled amid the lofty Himalayan peaks, Dhanaulti is just about 60 km from the popular hill station called Mussoorie. Dhanaulti may not have grand tourist attractions and many things to do, but those who are looking for a peaceful weekend getaway near Delhi , must pay a visit. It is probably one of the most scenic tourist places in Uttarakhand for family trips.
Why to visit: If you’re visiting in winter, then for a gorgeous snowfall. If you’re planning a trip in summer, then for the cool and pleasant weather. Ideal for: Families and friends Best time to visit: October to January and April to June Ideal duration: 2 days How to reach: Dhanaulti is about 60 km from Mussoorie, and it’s also easily accessible from Dehradun. There isn’t frequent public transport facility, but you can take a shared/private taxi. Things to do: Watch a perfect sunrise and sunset, jungle camping, and long walks through dense pine & deodar forests Places To Stay: Ransuli Resort, Hotel Drive Inn, Garden Cottage, The Green Valley Resort, Dhanaulti Camp Homes and Nature Resort
13. Kanatal – Serene Village
A serene and picturesque village in Mussoorie, Kanatal is quietly located on the Chamba-Mussoorie road. At an elevation of 8,500 feet, the village offers mesmerizing views of the Shivalik mountain range and lush green & brown pine forests. Among the most fun Uttarakhand destinations , Kanatal make a perfect weekend getaway. Its is among the best tourist places in Uttarakhand for 2 days.
Why to visit : For some thrilling water activities and camping Ideal for: Adventure lovers, families, and friends Best time to visit: October to January and April to June Ideal duration: 2 days How to reach: Dehradun is just about 75 km from Kanatal. One can either take a city or a private taxi from Dehradun ISBT. Things to do: Trekking, bird watching Places To Stay: Life Resorts, The Hermitage Kanatal, The Hillside Cottages, TGV Escape, Himalayan Aleph Hospitality
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14. Mukteshwar – Fun Adventure Sports
Located around 50km from Nainital, Mukteshwar is a small hill town in Uttrakhand. It is known for its awesome views of Himalayan ranges and fun adventure sports. With, lush greenery and narrow lanes, the major attractions here are coniferous forests, rolling meadows, picturesque orchards and little cottages. This is undoubtedly counted among the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in April.
Why to visit : If you are an adventure enthusiast and experience seeker, this is a must-visit place for you. Ideal for : Trekking, rock climbing and rappeling Best time to visit: October to June Ideal duration: 1 to 2 days How to reach: Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railway station to Mukteshwar (62kms away) and the nearest airport is Dehradun. You can easily get taxis from the airport to Mukteshwar. Things to do: Visit Mukteshwar temple, enjoy trekking, rock climbing, soak yourself in the splendid view of Himalayan ranges Places To Stay: Enchanted Hills, Valley View homestay, Ojaswi Himalayan Resort, SHIVAYA – The Home Within
15. Binsar – Spell Binding Views
Binsar is located amidst an entire wildlife sanctuary. It is among the most popular tourist places in Uttarakhand . 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 homestays in the Himalayan region .
Why to visit : If you are looking for a break from the noise of the city life, this is the place to be. Best time to visit : Summer months; October & November Ideal for : Writers, nature lovers, peace seekers Ideal duration : 3 to 4 days How to reach : The nearest airport is Pant Nagar airport at a distance of 143 km from Binsar. Kathgodam is the nearest railway station (110 km) and is well connected to major cities. If travelling on personal vehicle, the town charges INR 50 as entry charge. Things to do : Sightseeing, photography, lazing around, trekking, safaris to the wildlife sanctuary Places To Stay: Binsar Adventure Camp, Simba cafe & lodge, Binsar Forest Retreat, The Kumaon
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16. Bhimtal – Offbeat Version Of Nainital
This location too is at a height of 1370 meters from the sea level and is known for its temples that are located amidst breathtaking mountains. The town of Bhimtal is well known since the olden times.
The nature is at its best here and your travel experience here will be all about peace and serenity. The whole town is sheltered within dense oaks, pines, and shrubs – an amazing place to get closer to nature. Bhimtal is literally one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand for one day .
Why to visit : If you’re traveling from Delhi, then this can be a perfect getaway from the bustling city life Ideal for : weekend getaways Best time to visit : March to June and September to December Ideal duration : 2 to 3 days How to reach : Located at a distance of 58 kilometers from Bhimtal, Pantnagar airport is the closest. Railway station thai is considered the nearest is in Kathgodam. Cabs are available from both locations. Things to do : visit temples, go for boating Places To Stay: The Fern Hillside Resort, Neelesh Inn, TAG Resorts Lavanya, The Prince, The Verandah
17. Uttarkashi – Quaint Hill Town
Still looking for Uttarakhand tourist places ? One of the younger parts of Uttrakhand, Uttarkashi is one of the most visited sites due to its religious relevance. The religious site houses two of the total four holy shrines of Hindu mythology. This is not all, the entire place also boasts of natural beauty and opportunities for trekking and other adventure activities. You can also visit the lakes here which are in large numbers. This is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in February.
Why to visit : this place is a must-visit to rejuvenate yourself inside out. It is not only for religious travelers but also attracts non religious tourists due to the various adventure activities it offers. Ideal for: Religious travelers and adventure enthusiasts Best time to visit: March to June and September to November Ideal duration: 1 to 2 days How to reach: the nearest airport and rail connectivity to UTtarkashi is Dehradun. The best option is to take bus which regularly ply from major cities of the country. Things to do: Visit Dodital Lake, Nachiketa Lake, Shakti Temple and enjoy trekking Places To Stay: Hotel KNB Heritage, Shrigangalok hotels, Hill dew homestay, Hipostel Uttarkashi
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18. Landour – For Peace Seekers
Just a few kilometers from the bustling Mussoorie, there’s a peaceful heaven called Landour. You may not have heard a lot about it, but it is among the most serene places to see in Uttarakhand.
You can either stay at a heritage property in Landour or make it a day-long visit from Mussoorie. But if you prefer places that are less commercialized and crowded, you can ditch Mussoorie for Landour. You can check out this guide to Landour for more information.
Why to visit : For the scenic charm and to experience the serenity of the mountains. And it’s popular for its delicious cheese and homemade jams. Ideal for: Couples and peace-seekers Best time to visit: Throughout the year Ideal duration: 2 days How to reach: It’s easily accessible from Mussoorie. One can take a cab from the Mall Road or can walk if you prefer walking through the cold woods. Things to do: Buy homemade marmalade, jam, cheese, and try their bread. At Char Dukan, do not forget to try their delicious pizzas and pancakes. Places To Stay: Castle View, La Villa Bethany, The Cliffe, Rokeby Manor
19. Chamoli – Adobe Of Gods
Chamoli is populary known as the ‘adobe of Gods’. Famous for its shrines, temples and connections with Hindu mythology and stories — Chamoli is also the town that sparked off the famous Chipko movement. The place is frequented by tourists for its villages and rich Garhwali traditions.
Why to visit : Chamoli is that ideal vacation spot with something for everyone. It is an ideal blend of pilgrimage, adventure and natural serenity. Best time to visit : Across the year except for heavy monsoon Ideal for : Peace lovers, photographers, pilgrims, adventure junkies Ideal Duration : 3 to 4 days How to reach : The nearest airport Jolly Grant is at a distance of 222 km. The nearest railhead is Rishikesh at a distance of 202 km. It is well connected by road from all the major cities like Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, Srinagar,and Pauri. Things to do : Trekking, sightseeing, photography, skiing, and cable car rides Places To Stay: Birdsong & Beyond, The Rudralok Hotel, Saagar(Rudra) home stay, Hotel Aradhna
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20. Pithoragarh – Tranquil Hilltown
Another popular among Uttarakhand destinations is Pithoragarh. It has the quaint atmosphere which you can like for it’s peace and tranquility. There are quite a few places that you can interest you in Pithoragarh. It is amongst the few offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand . If you are interested in mountaineering in Uttarakhand then surely head to this beautiful place.
Why to visit : For the peace, serenity and picturesque views that the place has to offer Ideal for : Friends and solo travel Best time to visit : Anytime during the year is good except monsoons. Ideal duration : 3 to 4 days How to reach : The nearest airport is located in Delhi at a distance of about 10 hours. Things to do : Visit Monastery, local temples, try out the local eateries. Places To Stay: Satkar hotel, Hotel King, Hipostel Pithoragarh, ADB Rooms Hotel Mountain View & Rooftop
21. Munsiyari – Splendid Sunset View
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 such as ABC.
Why to visit : Offbeat and secluded, offers ultimate peace Ideal for : Anyone looking for a beautiful view of the nature and trekking adventures Best time to visit : July to November Ideal duration : 3-4 days How to reach : The nearest airport is at Pantnagar airport at a distance of 249 kms from Munsiyari the nearest railroad is at Kathgodam at a distance of about 6 hours. Things to do : Trekking, enjoying the beautiful sunset from viewpoint at Panchchuli Peak. Places To Stay: Hotel Laxmi Lodge, People Flowers, HimStay, Thakur Homestay Munsyari, Milam Inn
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22. Sattal – Enchanting Views
As the name suggests, this place has a group of seven lakes that are enveloped within lush greenery and eye-pleasing views. This place is located in Kumaon region at a height of 1370 meters above sea level. The seven beautiful lakes found here are – Naldaymanti Tal, Lakshman Tal, Sukha Tal, Bharat Tal, Ram Tal, Sita Tal, and Panna Tal. This is one of the most loved Uttarakhand destinations .
Why to visit : The freshwater lakes are the highlight of this place and the biggest reason why one would love to come back here Ideal for : Families on a picnic, honeymooners Best time to visit : March to June and September to December Ideal duration : 3 to 4 days How to reach : Nearest airport from Sattal is in Pantnagar while nearest railway station is in Kathgodam. Cabs are available in both the places that will take you to Sattal Things to do : Birdwatching, boating, walk in nature Places To Stay: Pilgrims Lake view Home Stay, Hansford Resorts Sattal, Yogalaya Sattal Retreat, Wildrift Adventures, Colonel’s Villa
23. Joshimath – Religious Hub For Hindu Pilgrims
This is one of the best hill towns that can be found enveloped within the awe-striking Himalayas covered with snow. Lying at an altitude of 6,000 feet, this is one of the cold places to visit in Uttarakhand . You can even go for trekking from here to the Valley of Flowers that is closeby. There’s a major mythological significance attached to this place that is associated with the Hindu text of Atharva Veda.
Why to visit : It is considered as the religious hub for Hindu pilgrims and lies close to Badrinath – one of the ‘maths’ discovered by Adi Guru Shri Shankaracharya Ideal for : Religious travelers Best time to visit : April to November Ideal duration : 4 to 5 days How to reach : Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun is located at a distance of 268 kilometers. Rishikesh railways station is at 251 kilometers. The place is quite well connected through the roadways Things to do : Visit the temples, trekking Places To Stay: The Sleeping Beauty Hotel, Mountain Rover, Jyotir Dwar, Hotel Rudra & family restaurant
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24. Naukuchiatal – Picturesque Lake
It is a small village with a picturesque lake and is established within a mesmerising natural setting. The place is located close to Nainital but is not as bustling. As the name suggests, this place is known for its lake that has nine corners with which an intriguing myth is attached. The weather is pleasant the whole year, ensuring your trip to this place goes all amazing and fulfilling. You can also go for paragliding in Naukuchiatal while exploring this beautiful place.
Why to visit : Its nine-cornered lake that is 1 km long and 40 m deep is a site you must witness Ideal for : Honeymooners, backpackers, families Best time to visit : March to June Ideal duration : 3 to 4 days How to reach : Kathgodam railway station is the closest while in Pantnagar lies the closest airport. Cabs from both the locations can drop you at this place Things to do : Boating, visiting temples Places To Stay: Dream home stay, Rudraksha Resort, Club Mahindra, Conifers Villa
25. Madhyamaheshwar – Fourth Temple Of Panch Kedar
This is one of the places in Uttarakhand that are a blend of mysticism and picturesqueness. This place is well known for the Madhyamaheshwar Temple that has been established specially for the Lord Shiva. The whole village comes to pray at this temple. This place is best for getting enlightenment on the culture inculcated in the hamlets of Uttarakhand.
Why to visit : There are strong spiritual vibes that can be felt in this part of Uttarakhand owing to the presence of Madhyamaheshwar Temple Ideal for : Religious travelers, families Best time to visit : May to October Ideal duration : 4 to 5 days How to reach : The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun while the closest railway station is in Rishikesh. Cabs can bring you to this destination Things to do : Visit the Madhyamaheshwar Temple, trekking Things to do: Trekking, nature-walks, camping, and valley crossing Places To Stay: Madmaheshwar Paryatan Samuh, Madmaheshwar Home Stay, Madmaheshwar Homestay No.8, Bajwal Home-Stay & Restaurant
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26. Tehri Garhwal – Spiritual Significance
Tehri Garhwal is a district in the beautiful hill state of Uttrakhand. The place is famous for its spiritual significances. There are many temples located all across the place. People also visit this mesmerizing place to enjoy beautiful views. The other major attractions include a massive lake and a dam. This place is also on top of the list for trek freaks as it offers countless trekking trails. There are numerous beautiful places to visit in Garhwal and exploring them will surely make you have a beautiful time with your family.
Why to visit : It is a place with several spiritual significances. For some breathtaking views, temple hopping and trekking experience, this is a must-visit place. Ideal for: Ascetic trip, adventure enthusiasts Best time to visit: March to May Ideal duration: 3 to 4 days How to reach: The nearest airport to Tehri Garhwal is Dehradun located at a distance of 130km away and the nearest railway station is at Rishikesh, around 115 km away. There are direct bus services facilities to and fro the city of Tehri Garhwal. Things to do: Trekking, temple hopping and visiting Tehri dam Places To Stay: Hotel Devki Palace, TEHRI CLUB AND RESORT, Hotel Friends Club Resort & Restaurant, Himalaya Holiday Inn
27. Bageshwar – Uttarakhand’s Kashi
This beautiful small town in Uttrakhand is situated in the Kumaon region of the Himalayan range. What attracts tourist to this place is the temples, rivers and mountains. The very famous temple Baghnath is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered very auspicious by the visitors. Well, that is not all. This place has a lot of adventure activities to do as well and also plenty of places to visit around Bageshwar. It is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand for experience seekers and adventure lovers.
Why to visit : Perfect for experience seekers to explore mountains, temples and rivers. Ideal for: Adventure lovers and experience seekers Best time to visit: October to June Ideal duration: 1 to 2 days How to reach: The nearest airport to Bahgeshwar is Dehradun. (200kms away) Kathgodam town which has direct trains from Delhi, Lucknow and other cities is the nearest railhead. From here you can take prepaid taxis and reach Bageshwar. The place has direct connectivity via bus from Nainital. Things to do: Visit the different temples, Shivratri Fair and Uttrayani Fair and try adventure sports Places To Stay: Tapasya, Pratiksha Himalayan Retreat, Tamanna Hotel, Hotel Hill Palace
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28. Kausani – Enchanting Sunset View
Located in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand, Kausani is a beautiful hill station. The picture-perfect snow-clad view of the Himalayas in Kausani is dominated by Panchuli peaks, Trisul and Nanda Devi. If you are a snow lover, visit during the winter months to catch glimpse of snow here. The famous attractions here are mesmerizing sunset view, trekking and the scenic beauty of the majestic places to visit in Kausani .
Why: Perfect to enjoy a captivating sunset view and is the best place especially for honeymooners looking for scenic beauty along with adventure sport. Ideal for: Honeymooners, travellers and nature lovers Best time to visit: April to June and September to December Ideal duration: 1 day How to reach: The best way to reach here is by hiring a cab or taking a bus that plies regularly from New Delhi. Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport (162kms away). You can easily find taxis from outside the airport. Things to do: Trekking (popular trek routes from Kausani are Base Kausani trek, Adi Kailash trek and Bageshwar- Sunderdhunda trek), watching the sunset and enjoying the beauty of nature Places To Stay: Aliya himalyan village, Hotel Deepraj, Xomotel Sunita Himalayan Paradise, Hotel Vishwanath
29. Kumaon – For A Rejuvenating Vacation
While most hill stations have a specific time when they are at their best, Kumaon blooms several times a year. Well, the number one reason you would want to come to Kumaon is Jim Corbett National Park . With plenty of lakes, temples, gardens and a national park, Kumaon is undoubtedly a delightful experience for its visitors.
Why to visit : There are many religious places as well as parks, lakes making it a rejuvenating vacation. Ideal for: Families, religious travelers Best time to visit: Throughout the year Ideal duration: 2 to 3 days How to reach: The nearest railway station is located at Kathgodham which is at a distance of 34 km. Daily trains run to this place from Delhi. It is also well connected with major cities by road. Things to do: Visit Naini Lake, Jim Corbett Park, Narayan Ashram and Nanda Devi temple. A village walk is an absolute must. Places To Stay: The kumaoni karavan, Conifers Villa, J Resort Dolmar Nainital, Pragati Resort
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30. Ramgarh – Fruit Bowl Of Kumaon
Ramgarh is an emerging holiday destination of Uttrakhand state. This heavenly hill station is one of the hidden jewels of the Kumaon region. It is aptly known as the fruit bowl of Kumaon as it is home to orchards of peach, apples and pears. If you want to experience a vacay away from the hustle-bustle of the city, opt for this place. The gigantic views of the Himalayas are simply mesmerizing.
Why to visit : For the love of scenic beauty and pristine environment, this is a must-visit place. Ideal for: Nature lovers, families, adventure seekers Best time to visit: October to May Ideal duration: 1 day How to reach: The best way to reach Ramgarh is by bus. It is connected with all major cities in India. However, there is no direct flight or rail connectivity. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun and nearest rail network is Kathgodam. Things to do: Bird watching, trekking, jungle walks Places To Stay: Seclude Ramgarh, Divine living home stay, Levitate at Ramgarh, Soulitude in the Himalayas
31. Guptakashi – Temple Town
Located at a distance of 47 kms from Kedarnath, Guptakashi has an enchanting view of the snow-covered peaks of Chaukhamba mountains and certainly one of the best tourist places in Uttarakhand.
The town is a perfect destination for a vacay housing two ancient temples namely Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Ardhnareshwar Temple. The place has great religious significance attracting pilgrims from far across. Another popular destination in town is Manikarnik Kund.
Why to visit : For a perfect holiday destination comprising of temple visit and nature’s beauty Ideal for: Religious travelers Best time to visit: March to June and September to November Ideal duration: 1 day How to reach: Rishikesh is the nearest railway station (168km away) from Guptakshi. Taxis and buses are easily available outside the stations. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant International Airport located in Dehradun. Things to do: Temple hopping, admiring scenic beauty, spending time in peace Places To Stay: Chopta Meadows Camps, MAHARASTRA MANDAL, Kedar camp resorts, Krishna Lodge, Hotel Vishnu Palace
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32. Dharchula – Remote Town
Amongst the best tourist places in Uttarakhand , Dharchula is famous for its scenic beauty. It lies on the way to a popular pilgrimage of India namely Kailash Mansarover. It follows the same tradition and culture as its counterpart Nepal. The place is blessed with a large variety of flora and fauna from pine, apple and deodar trees to animals such as bear, leopard. Visit this peaceful place if you are looking for solitude.
Why to visit: To get a peaceful environment away from city life, Dharchula is the perfect getaway. Ideal for: Travelers seeking peace Best time to visit: May to June and September to December Ideal duration: 1 day How to reach: Patnagar airport is the nearest airport to Dharchula. You can hire a taxi from there and reach Darchula which also happens to be one of the best ways. The place is also well-connected via bus from cities of Uttaranchal. Things to do: Absorbing the nature’s beauty. Places To Stay: Udai Palace & Banquet Hall, Apee Guest House, Hipostel Pithoragarh, Hotel King
33. Gaumukh – Holiest Land
If you’re looking for the best Uttarakhand tourist places, Gaumukh is one of the holiest lands of Uttrakhand. It is not a tourist town but a trekking destination located within Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It got its name Gaumukh as the end of the Gangotri glacier is in the shape of a cow’s mouth.
Why to visit : To experience the vibes of the holy city and for the glacial trekking. Ideal for: Religious travelers, trek lovers Best time to visit: February to September Ideal duration: 1 day How to reach: Dehradun airport is the nearest airport to Gaumukh (121 kms away). The nearest railhead is Rishikesh railway station. Things to do: Glacial trekking Places To Stay: Hotel Manisha, Krishna Villa Resort, Bhopal Bhawan, Prakriti Retreat, Chandralok Tourist Lodge
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34. Pauri Garhwal – Surreal Land
Pauri Garhwal is one of the beautiful tourist places in Uttarakhand which is known for a view of the snow-covered Himalayan peaks and lush-greenery. Holding a tranquil charm, this place is resting at a height of 1814m above the sea level. Holding a vast number of temples and other magnificent spots to view the sunset, there are a lot of things to around Pauri Garhwal.
Why to visit : To enjoy the view of the mountains, valleys and lush greenery Best Time To Visit: April-June Ideal For: Nature lovers, peace seekers Ideal Duration: 2-3 days How To Reach: The nearest airport is the Dehradun airport from there people can hire a taxi or cab to reach here. Things To Do: Trekking, Sightseeing, Watching sunset, Photography Places To Stay: Tarkeshwarm Hill View Resort, The Rock Heaven Resort, Ivy Green Nature Resort, The Garhwali Inn
35. RudraPrayag – Land Of Confluence
Resting at the confluence of River Alaknanda and River Mandakini, Rudraprayad is considered one of the sacred places out of one of the Panch Prayags. Located in Uttarakhand, this beautiful town holds a surreal charm and spiritual vibes to enjoy a peaceful getaway.
Why to visit : To witness the beautiful confluence of rivers, Visiting the two pilgrimages – Kedarnath and Badrinath Best Time To Visit: April-December Ideal For: Religious tours, nature lovers Ideal Duration: 1-2 days How To Reach: The nearest airport is the Dehradun airport from there people can hire a taxi or cab to reach here. Things To Do: Exploring the temples and witnessing nature’s beauty Places To Stay: Villotale Chopta CHC, Hotel Govind, Neelkanth Cafe, Gezellig Inn – Dewed Camp
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36. Devprayag – The Holy Land
Marked by the confluence of rivers Alaknanda and Bhagirathi, Devprayag is a religious place which is quite famous as a pilgrimage and also considered to one of the most beautiful place in Uttrakhand . Located at the Himalayan ranges, Devprayag is surrounded by the ancient temples and lush-greenery. Holding a strong religious importance, this place one of the famous Uttarakhand destinations .
Why: To witness the beautiful confluence, visit the Dashrath Chal peak and Chandrabadani temple Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year Ideal For: Religious people, nature lovers Ideal Duration: 1-2 days How To Reach: The nearest airport is the Dehradun airport from there people can hire a taxi or cab to reach here. Things To Do: Visit the temples and trek to the Dasharatha Chal Peak Places To Stay: Banyan, Riverside Resorts, Mandala, Manju Vatika Holy Hills Homestay, Motel Dev
37. Mount Abbott – Old Town
One of the best tourist places in Uttarakhand , Mount Abbott is a peaceful and quaint old town which is known for treasuring the bygone era still in the present day. There is a marvelous church which is the main highlight of this place along with 13 isolated cottages dotted across the hill. The town was established in the 20th century and stands at an elevation of 6400 ft. above the sea level.
Why to visit : For trekking, bird watching and photography Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year Ideal For: Nature lovers, Photographers, peace seekers Ideal Duration: 1-2 days How To Reach: The nearest airport is the Dehradun airport from there people can hire a taxi or cab to reach here. Things To Do: Trekking, bird watching, Photography, peace Places To Stay: Kalptaru Guest House and Homestay, Hotel N Green City, Palette Resorts, Hotel Dev Bhoomi, Satkar hotel
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38. Chaukori – Majestic Beauty
Settled amidst the surreal peaks of the Himalayas in Uttranchal, Chaukori is a small town shaped like a bowl. Located at an altitude of 2010 meters above the sea level, this is one of the ideal tourist places in Uttarakhand which one cannot miss, From the lush-green tea gardens to the white snow covered peaks of Nanda Devi, it’s quite a relaxing view to enjoy.
Why to visit : Lush greenery, snow covered mountain peaks, peaceful surroundings Best Time To Visit: Oct-Mar Ideal For: Nature lovers, peace seekers Ideal Duration: 1 day How To Reach: The nearest airport is the Dehradun airport from there people can hire a taxi or cab to reach here. Things To Do: Explore the villages, Nature Walks Places To Stay: The Misty Mountains, Hotel Border Way And Restaurant, Hotel Sunrise, Hardik Resort
39. Rajaji National Park – Explore The Wilderness
A famous tourist attraction in Uttarakhand, this national park is home to elephants and tigers along with a rich flora and fauna. This national park is sprawling across a 34 km jungle. It is surrounded by the Shivalik ranges and a favourite haunt for wildlife and animal lovers.
Why to visit : Wildlife sightings Best Time To Visit : Nov-Jun Ideal For : Wildlife and Naturelovers Ideal Duration : 1day How To Reach : Rajaji National Park is accessible from Haridwar, Garhwal and Dehradun via many buses and taxis. Dehradun is just 21 km away from the park whereas Haridwar is around 43 km. You can also take a taxi. Things To Do : Jeep safari, Explore the Wildlife Places To Stay: Sun n Soil Backpacker Hostel, Regenta Orko’s Haridwar, Tapasya Home Stay, Deluxe Room Spacious and Stylish
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40. Bhowali – Hill Escapade
A tiny hill station nestled amidst Nainital and Bhimtal, it is located at a height of 1706 m abover sea level, that offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills and serves as a getway in the lap of nature to catch some respite. It is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand for a getaway.
Why to visit : Hill escapade Best Time To Visit : Feb-Apr Ideal For : Nature Lovers Ideal Duration : 2 days How To Reach : Pant Nagar Airport is the nearest airport. Bhowali is easily approachable through buses. Kathgodam is the nearest railway station. Things To Do : Explore the hills and valleys Places To Stay: Le Reve Valley, Mistletoe House, Hotel Vista, Aqua De Vida Resort
41. Patal Bhuvaneshwar – A Quaint Getaway
A paradise that is hidden away amidt the majestic Himalayas, it lies at a height of 1350 m above sea level and is ideal for a spiritual retreat. It is famous for a Shiva Temple that carries lots of myths and devotees love to visit the temple.
Why to visit : Spitirual Retreat Best Time To Visit : Oct-Jun Ideal For : Spirituality, Relaxation Ideal Duration : 2 days How To Reach : Patal Bhuvaneshwar is well connected only by road. Regular bus services ply to and fro Patal Bhuvaneshwar, connecting it to the main cities such as Dehradun, Rishikesh. Things To Do :Visit the ShivaTemple Places To Stay: Patal Bhuvaneshwar Homestay , OAK’S NATURE HOME STAY, The Misty Mountains, Hotel Himalaya Darshan Berinag
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42. Tungnath – An Ancient Holy Town
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Tungnath is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand especially for the spiritual travelers. Tungnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be more than 1000 years old. Other than being a popular destination among the pilgrims, it also offers gorgeous trekking trails and other famous attractions to explore.
Why to visit : Spitirual Retreat, trekking Best Time To Visit : April to November Ideal For : Spirituality, Relaxation Ideal Duration : 1 to 2 days How To Reach : The nearest railway station to Tungnath is Haridwar (225 km from Chopta). You can also find local taxi or buses available outside the station till Chopta Things To Do :Visit the Tungnath Temple Places To Stay: Snow Pod, The Meadows Chopta
43. Champawat – A Popular Historicall Town
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Still looking for popular tourist places in Uttarakhand? Champawat is a quaint town that holds significant historical and religious significance. Nagnath temple, Baleshwar temple, and the Kranteshwar temple are some of the famous ancient temples known for their remarkable architecture. If you are looking for an exciting getaway as well as spiritual site, this is the place to be.
Why to visit : Spitirual Retreat, nature walks Best Time To Visit : October to June Ideal For : Spirituality, Adventure Ideal Duration : 1 to 2 days How To Reach : Pantnagar airport Udham Singh Nagar is 170Km from Champawat while Tanakpur in Champawat is the nearest railway station Things To Do : Visit Nagnath temple, Baleshwar temple, Lohaghat Places To Stay: Hotel N Green City, Hotel Mount View
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44. Pangot – A Picturesque Hamlet
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Located just 15 kms from Nainital, Pangot is a small village known for its exotic bird life. It is a popular destination among photogrpahers especially during winter time when a large number of different species of birds flock here. Pangot is a perfect place to visit for a small, relaxing vacation.
Why to visit : Paradise for bird watching Best Time To Visit : October to June Ideal For : Photography enthusiasts, nature lovers Ideal Duration : 1 day How To Reach : The nearest railway station to Pangot is located in Kathgodam while the closest airport to Pangot is at Pantnagar Things To Do : Bird watching, adventurous activities, trekking Places To Stay: Janardhan Resort Pangot, The Cocoon Camp and Nature Resort
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Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Uttarakhand
Is it safe to travel to Uttarakhand during COVID times?
You need to follow all the mandatory guidelines mentioned by the government such as maintaining social distance, wearing a mask at public places, washing or sanitizing hands after entry & exit, etc.
Which are the best hotels in Dehradun?
Some of the best hotels in Dehradun are as follows: 1. Lemon Tree Hotel 2. Four Points by Sheraton 3. Ramada Dehradun 4. Sarovar Portico Dehradun
How to reach Uttarakhand?
One can reach Uttarakhand by air, train, and road. Uttarakhand has two airports, one of them is The Jolly Grant Airport, which is located near Dehradun. The other airport is Pantnagar Airport, which is located near Nainital. For budget-friendly travellers, Uttarakhand also has railway stations that provide rail connectivity with all the major cities and towns in India. The state also has approximately 1,328 km of national highways, thus making it easily accessible via road transport such as buses and private cars.
Which are the top tourist attractions in Dehradun?
The most sought-after tourist spots in Dehradun are as follows: 1. Robbers Cave 2. Tapkeshwar 3. Buddha Temple 4. Dehradun Zoo 5. Daat Kali Temple
Which is the most beautiful place in Uttarakhand?
Some of the beautiful places to visit here are Mussoorie known as the Queen of the Hills, Auli which is the skiing destination, and Nainital for its beautiful Naini Lake and mesmerizing sunset views.
Which is better, Auli or Nainital?
Auli is the skiing destination, and if one wants to have an adventurous trip, then one can find a lot of exciting things to do in Auli in winter. If a tranquil vacation is on the mind, then one can have an amazing time by the Naini Lake in Nainital.
Does Uttarakhand have snow?
Yes, it snows at a lot of places during winters in Uttarakhand. The top destinations to enjoy snow in the state are Auli, Dhanaulti, and Chakrata.
Which are some weekend getaways in Uttarakhand from Delhi?
Some weekend getaways from Delhi in Uttarakhand are Nainital at a distance of around 335 km, Jim Corbett National Park at a distance of 280 km, Lansdowne at a distance of 288 km, Rishikesh at a distance of 268 and Ranikhet which is around 390 km from Delhi.
What are the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in December?
Auli, Dhanaulti, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Mukteshwar, Nainital, Bhimtal, Ranikhet, and Chopta are some of the best places one can visit in Uttarakhand in the month of December.
What are places to visit in Uttarakhand in the summer?
Landour, Naukuchiatal, Nainital, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Kausani, Pangot are some of the most scenic and lush green places one can visit in summer.
What is the best time to visit Uttarakhand for a honeymoon trip?
Nainital, Mussoorie, Kausani, Ramgarh, and Bhimtal are some of the most romantic destinations in Uttarakhand to go on a honeymoon.
What are the historical places to visit in Uttarakhand?
The following are the most popular places to visit in Uttarakhand: 1. Katarmal Sun Temple 2. Bageshwar 3. Dwarahat 4. Baijnath Temple 5. Narendra Nagar
Is Uttarakhand safe for solo travelers?
Yes, Uttarakhand is completely safe for solo travelers and the government here ensures a safe and comfortable environment.
What can I buy in Uttarakhand?
There are numerous interesting things to buy in Uttarakhand such as jams & pickles, local wine, honey, woolen clothing, handicraft, Angora, Pashmina, etc.
Which are the most popular restaurants in Dehradun?
Dehradun is one of the most visited spots and you must try the local food while you are on your holiday. Some of the popular restaurants where you must dine at are listed below! 1. Punjab Grill Restaurant & Bar 2. Aerodine Multi Cuisine Restaurant 3. Uss Da Dhaba 4. Walk In Woods 5. The Garage
Which are the best restaurants in Mussoorie?
The best restaurants in Mussoorie where you can relish delicious meals are listed below! 1. FamBells 2. Monster Momos 3. Cafe Garaage 4. Urban Turban Bistro 5. Kalsang
What is famous in Uttarakhand?
Uttarakhand is home to stunning religious sites, lush greenery, and panoramic vistas of the thriving Ganges. Here is a list of the most famous places in Uttarakhand: 1. Kedarnath Temple 2. Tungnath Temple 3. Baleshwar Temple 4. Mahasu Devta Temple 5. Baijnath Temple
Which are the best hotels in Rishikesh?
Rishikesh is a spectacular city where tourists can have an amazing vacation. From superb attractions to enticing must-dos, the city has a lot to offer. Here are the best hotels in Rishikesh where you can stay: 1. Lemon Tree Premier 2. Aloha On The Ganges 3. The Narayana Palace 4. The Palms Resort 5. Hotel Trihari
Which are the best hotels in Nainital?
The Manu Maharani, Hotel Happy Home, Vikram Vintage Inn, and Oaktel Raj Bilas are the best hotels in Nainital where you can enjoy the best services and hospitality.
Which is the coolest place in Uttarakhand?
Uttarakhand is a treasure trove of cool places and some of them that you must lookout for are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Haridwar, Kausani, and Rishikesh. If you are looking for a more offbeat exploration, make sure to check out Harsil and Chopta for boundless fun.
What is not good about Uttarakhand?
The transportation timings in Uttarakhand can be a bit all over the place, especially when you are trekking high up in the mountainous regions. It is always recommended to have your own private arrangements but if you are planning to use public transport during your trip, make sure you check the timings in advance for the same.
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Haridwar, or Hardwar is an ancient religious city in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand. About 192 km from Chandigarh, and 208 km from Delhi, it is one of the must include places in Uttarakhand tour packages , and among the prominent pilgrimage sites near Delhi . Situated on the banks of the River Ganges, Haridwar, literally translated as Gateway to God, is one of the seven holiest places for Hindus. It is the place where the river Ganga descends to the plains. It serves as a gateway to the Char Dham destinations of Uttarakhand which are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. Haridwar is also one of the well known places to visit near Chandigarh . Har-ki-Pauri is one of the most important Haridwar places to visit where thousands of people take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges. Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple at Bilwa Parvat, Vaishno Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bhimgoda, Shanti Kunj, Sapt Sarovar, Triveni Ghat, Kanva Rishi Ashram, Chila Wildlife Sanctuary are the other placesto visit as part of Haridwar packages . Haridwar is one of the venues for the famous Kumbh Mela which takes place once every 12 ...
Situated at the Kumaon foothills of Himalayas, Nainital is a beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand. It is one of the most popular hill stations in India and among the must-include places in Uttarakhand tour packages . It is about 278 km from Dehradun, and 294 km from Delhi. Nainital is famous for its scenic mountain views and is commonly known as the Lake District of India. Situated at an altitude of 1938 m, Nainital derives its name from Naini Lake, among the must include places in your Nainital holiday packages . Nainital is a famous tourist destination of India, attracting large number of domestic and foreign tourists every year. Nainital is one of the popular hill stations near Delhi . Naina Peak, Nainital Lake, Naina Devi Temple, Mall, Raj Bhavan, High Altitude Zoo, Bhimtal and Sattal are some of the prominent tourist places in Nainital .
Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is a holy city on the banks of the River Ganges in Uttarakhand. It is one of the top pilgrimage sites near Delhi , and among the prominent places to visit in Uttarakhand . It is about 42 km from Dehradun, 201 km from Chandigarh, and 233 km from Delhi. Rishikesh is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath). Rishikesh is one of the the best places to visit near Chandigarh . Rishikesh has several famous ashrams and temples. Triveni Ghat, Neel Kanth Mahadev Temple, Swarganiwas Temple, and Bharat Mandir are the important Rishikesh places to visit . Rishikesh is now famous as the Yoga Capital of the World. Every year during the February month one-week-long International Yoga Festival is hosted here. One can also try several activities like mountain biking, bungee jumping, and white water rafting as part of Rishikesh packages . It is also the base for several trekking trails in Uttarakhand state. Rishikesh can also be visited along with Haridwar tour packages .
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At a distance of 33 km from Dehradun, 187 km from Ambala, 197 km from Chandigarh, 278 km from Delhi, 263 km from Shimla and 310 km from Nainital, Mussoorie is a popular hill station in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state. This is one of the most popular hill stations in Uttarakhand and also one of the best tourist places near Delhi . Mussoorie is one of the well known tourist destination not to miss in your honeymoon trip . Kempty Falls, Camel's Back Road and Dhanaulti are among the must include places in your Mussoorie tour packages . Mussoorie is situated atop a horseshoe crest on the mountains of Garhwal at an average altitude of 1880 m. Mussoorie offers commanding views of the underlying Doon Valley and the magnificent Himalayas. The highest in the region is Lal Tibba in Landour, with a height of over 2,275 m. Mussoorie is called the gateway to the Yamunotri and Gangotri, two sacred destinations known to be the origin of rivers Ganga and Yamuna respectively. Mussoorie gets its name from the Mansoor plant that grows in abundance in this region. It was founded in 1820 by Captain Young from the British army. The British officials visited it as a getaway from the heat during summer. During ...
At a distance of 293 km from Rishikesh, 335 km from Dehradun and 523 km from Delhi, Badrinath is an ancient holy town in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It lies at an altitude of 3133 m in the Garhwal Himalayan ranges along the banks of River Alaknanda near India - Tibet border. It is one of the most famous centers of pilgrimage in India and also one of the most popular Uttarakhand places to visit as part of Char Dham. Badrinath is the most important of the four sites of famous Char Dham pilgrimage; the other three being Puri, Dwarka and Rameshwaram . It is also visited as part of Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage along with Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri in Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. Surrounded by Nar and Narayana mountain ranges and the Nilkantha peak, Badrinath has great mythical significance. This holy town is mentioned as Badari or Badarikashram in many ancient texts and scriptures. According to the epic Mahabharata, Badrinath is the site where Nara and Narayana, the dual forms of Vishnu, did meditation. It is also believed that the Pandavas passed through Badrinath on their way to heaven. Legend has it that Sage Vyasa authored Mahabharata at a cave in Mana, which is about 4 km from Badrinath. Badrinath is ...
At a distance of 64 km from Nainital, 50 km from Ranikhet, 357 km from Dehradun, and 364 km from Delhi, Almora, a scenic hill station in the Almora district is a famous hill resorts in Uttarakhand. It lies at an altitude of 1,651 m, amidst the southern part of the Kumaon Hills. It is a one of the popular hill stations near Delhi and also of one of the top Tourist places in Uttarakhand . Almora is located on a 5 km long horse shoe shaped ridge, the eastern portion of which is called the Talifat and the western one is known as Selifat. The Kosi and Suyal rivers run alongside the town adding to the beauty of the place. Almora is considered the cultural heart of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The town got its name from kilmora, a short plant found in nearby region, which was used for washing the utensils of Katarmal Temple. The people bringing kilmora were called Kilmori and later Almori and the place came to be known as Almora. Almora is one of the top attractions you must include in Nainital packages . Almora was founded in 1568 by Kalyan Chand during the rule of the Chand dynasty. Prior to that the region was under the control of Katyuri King Bhaichaldeo and he has donated part of this land to a Gujrati Brahmin Sri Chand Tiwari. In the days of the Chand Kings it was called Rajapur and was also mentioned ...
At a distance of 224 km from Rishikesh, 264 km from Dehradun and 439 km from Delhi, Kedarnath is a town and a famous center of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand situated in Rudraprayag district. Kedarnath is a popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus and is one of the four major Places to visit in Uttarakhand known as Chota Char Dham pilgrimage that also includes Badrinath , Gangotri and Yamunotri . It lies at an altitude of 3584 m near Chorabari Glacier, the head of river Mandakini. It is the most remote of the four Char Dham sites and is flanked by breathtaking snow-clad peaks. Kedarnath is named after King Kedar. According to a mythology, King Kedar ruled Kedarnath during the Satya Yuga. It is believed that the temple existed even during the time of Mahabharata. It is the place where Lord Shiva absolved Pandavas from the sin of killing their own cousins Kauravas in the battle of Kurukshetra. The famous Kedarnath temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and is thronged by thousands of tourists each year. Other than Kedarnath temple, Bhairavnath temple, Chorabari Tal, Shankaracharya Samadhi and Hans Kund are the some other religious places near Kedarnath. Kedarnath temple is a major tourist attraction and pilgrims book their hotels way in advance. Rooms in budget hotels and dharamshalas are available under Rs 500 ...
At a distance of 16 km from Joshimath, 56 km from Badrinath, 262 km from Rishikesh, 304 km from Dehradun and 495 km from Delhi, Auli is a cute hill station in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is one of the best ski resorts in India and one of the top Uttarakhand tourism destinations for adventure sports. Known for its snow-cladded surroundings, Auli is one of the best places preferred by many Indians during their honeymoon tour . Auli, also known as Auli Bugyal which means meadow in Garhwali, is located at an average altitude of 2800 m in the Garhwal Himalayas. Earlier, Auli was a prominent trade centre and the trails of Auli were frequently traversed by the semi-nomadic Bhotiya tribes who maintained barter trading with Tibet for centuries. According to legend, the revered Guru Adi Shankaracharya visited Auli during 8th century AD. He built a math at Joshimath, which still is intact and is known by the name Shankaracharya Tapastali. Auli is also a beautiful ski destination, but less known compared to Shimla , Gulmarg and Manali . It was only in the recent time, after the creation of new state Uttarakhand, Auli was marketed as a tourist destination. Today, Auli is known for its snow covered slopes and panoramic views of the surroundings. The slopes of Auli were the training ...
At a distance of 98 km from Uttarkashi, 242 km from Dehradun, 264 km from Rishikesh, 288 km from Haridwar and 483 km from Delhi, Gangotri is a popular pilgrimage town in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is situated at an altitude of 3100 m in the Garhwal Himalayan Range on the banks of the holy Bhagirathi River. It is one of the best pilgrimage sites in India and also one of the most popular Places to visit in Uttarakhand . Gangotri, the origin of the River Ganges, is one of the four sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit along with Badrinath , Kedarnath and Yamunotri . River Ganges originates at Gaumukh in Gangotri Glacier, which is located about 19 km away from Gangotri town. As per legends, Goddess Ganges took the form of a river in order to absolve the sins of King Bhagiratha's ancestors, after his severe penance. Lord Shiva received River Ganges in his thick hair locks, to reduce the impact of her fierce flow. Gangotri is famous for its ancient temples and religious significance. The present Ganga Temple at Gangotri was built by a Gorkha General Amar Singh Thapa in the early 18th century. It is one of the most important temples of River Ganga. The river is called Bhagirathi at the source and acquires the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where it ...
At a distance of 46 km from Uttarkashi, 134 km from Gangotri, 138 km from Mussoorie, 176 km from Dehradun, 209 km from Rishikesh, 224 km from Haridwar and 415 km from Delhi, Yamunotri is one of the four sites of Chota Char Dham pilgrimage situated in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It is one of the best sacred pilgrimage sites in India and also one of the most wellknown Places to visit in Uttarakhand . Yamunotri is the source of River Yamuna and is regarded as the seat of Goddess Yamuna. This is the western most shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, situated at an altitude of 3293 m atop Bandarpunch parvat. Geologically, River Yamuna originates from the Champasar Glacier, which is located below Bandarpunch Mountain at an altitude of 4421 m. Champasar Glacier is about 1 km upstream from the riverbed near Yamunotri Temple but in order to reach the glacier one has to trek for 10 km from the temple. Yamunotri Temple can be reached by 5 km trek from Janki Chatti which is the nearest road point. According to the ancient legend, Yamunotri is also believed to be the residence of sage Asit, who used to bath in the Ganges and Yamuna each day. Unable to go to Gangotri during his old age, a stream of the Ganges appeared opposite Yamunotri for him. According to mythology, Goddess Yamuna is the daughter of Lord Surya (Sun God) and ...
12. Valley Of Flowers
At a distance of 16 km from Govind Ghat, 34 km from Joshimath, 41 km from Badrinath, 277 km from Rishikesh, 300 km from Haridwar, 318 km from Dehradun, and 518 km from Delhi, Valley of Flowers National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India located in Western Himalayas in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is perched at an altitude of 3600 m and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. Valley of Flowers is one of the best national parks in India and also among the best Tourist places in Uttarakhand for trekking enthuasists. Stretching over a vast expanse of 87.50 sq. km, the park is about 5 km long and 2 km wide. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers complements the rugged mountain of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Together, they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalayas. Valley of Flowers and Nanda Devi National Park, together, constitute the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The Valley of Flowers was declared a National Park in 1982 and was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2004. Initially known as Bhyundar Valley, the Park was discovered and renamed in 1931 by British mountaineer Frank Smith. The highest point of the park is Gauri Parbat, at an elevation of ...
At a distance of 33 km from Mussoorie, 157 km from Chandigarh, 231 km from Delhi, 144 km from Ambala, 225 km from Shimla and 278 km from Nainital, Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand and also the headquarters of Dehradun district. Dehradun is located in Doon Valley in the foothills of Himalayas nestled between two of India's mightiest rivers - the Ganges on the east and the Yamuna on the west. It is one of the wellknown destinations to experience the Tourism in Uttarakhand and also one of the popular tourist places near Delhi . The history of Dehradun city is linked to the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is believed that after the battle with Ravana, Lord Rama and his brother Laxmana visited this site. Dronacharya, the legendary Royal guru to the Kauravas and Pandavas, is believed to have been born and resided in this region. Ancient temples and ruins have been found in the nearby areas, which are almost 2000 years old. Dehradun is among the must include place in your Mussoorie tour packages . The city is famous for its picturesque landscape and pleasant weather. Dehradun is the gateway to the famous hill stations of Mussoorie , Nainital and ...
Dhanaulti is a picturesque hill station situated on Mussoorie - Chamba Road. At a distance of 29 km from Mussoorie, 60 km from Dehradun, and 309 km from Delhi, it is one of the popular weekend getaways from Delhi , and among the best offbeat destinations to visit in Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 2286 m, Dhanaulti is known for its quiet environment and tranquility. The long wooded slopes, relaxed outdoors, cool crossing breeze, warm and hospitable inhabitants, lovely weather, and fabulous view of snow-capped mountains, makes Dhanaulti an enticing hideaway for tourists. Away from the city hustle-bustle, devoid of fancy hotels and modern cafe-style eateries, Dhanaulti is the place for those who seek a weekend of privacy in the hills. Eco Park, Surkhanda Devi Temple, Camp Thangdhar, Potato Farm, Dhanaulti Adventure Park, Dashavatar Temple, Deogarh Fort, Kanatal Adventure Camp, and Tehri Dam are some of the top places to visit in Dhanaulti as part of Uttarakhand Tour Packages . Also, Dhanaulti is the base point for numerous treks into the snow-capped Himalayas like Surkanda Devi, Chandrabadni, and Kunjapuri. Camp Thangdhar in Thangdhar village at a distance of 14 km from Dhanaulti is an adventure camp for those interested in mountain adventure.
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Places to visit in Uttarakhand
Located amidst the mighty Himalayas, Uttarakhand is one of the prettiest places a person can visit in India. The state has the perfect setting for a lovely vacation where you can forget everything about the outer world and live in the lap of nature. Being a hilly region, a lot of activities such as trekking , camping, paragliding , and the likes are very famous here. In fact, Rishikesh , a small town in Uttarakhand, provides the best river rafting experience in India. You can spend your day here sitting on the banks of River Ganga and enjoy the enchanting view of the sun setting in the mountains. Apart from being an extremely beautiful place, Uttarakhand is also a well-known pilgrimage site for the Hindus. People from every corner of the country come to Uttarakhand in order to visit places like Haridwar , Badrinath, Kedarnath , Gangotri, etc. You can also learn a lot about the local culture of Uttarakhand by observing the fashion sense, the food habits and religious habits of the residents. No one can get bored here as there numerous things to do in Uttarakhand.
Har Ki Dhun Trek
Information about har ki dun.
Har Ki Dun is a valley of unparalleled beauty in the western part of the Garhwal Himalayas. It is famously known as the "Valley of Gods" because it offers a breathtaking view of snow-capped peaks and lush green meadows. The trek to Har ki dun starts at Sankri, nearly a 10-hour drive from Dehradun. The trek passes through ancient villages and rhododendron and oak forests, making it a truly enchanting experience.
The highlight of the Har Ki Dun trek is that it allows one to see unique flora and fauna. In this valley, one can find many rare animals like Bharal (blue sheep), birds, and wildflowers. The captivating view of snow-capped peaks like Swargarohini, Bandarpoonch, and Kala Nag makes it a popular tourist trekking destination.
One can indulge in plenty of activities while on the Har Ki Dun trek. One can go fishing in the nearby streams, explore the local flora and fauna on a nature walk, or play adventure sports like rock climbing and rappelling. There are cultural activities in which tourists can take part, such as visiting ancient temples and traditional villages. For a more spiritual experience, there are meditation and yoga centres in the area.
Location of 'Har ki Dun'
Har ki Dun is in the western part of the Garhwal Himalayas, in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. It lies between a range of snow-capped peaks like Swargarohini and Bandarpoonch at an altitude of 3,566 meters above sea level.
'Har ki Dun' Trek Guide
- It is advised to stay well hydrated and carry enough water on your trek.
- Carry a light backpack with essential items only.
- Make sure you wear suitable trekking shoes and clothing for the cold weather.
- Carry a first aid kit in case of any medical emergency.
- Try not to step off the marked trails, and always follow your guide's instructions.
- Enquire about the best time to visit the trek and plan your itinerary accordingly.
- Carry an extra pair of clothes, warm clothing, sunscreen lotion, a torch, and ready-to-eat food items like energy bars, nuts, etc.
- Keep yourself informed about the weather conditions at your destination and avoid trekking in bad weather.
- Carry a power bank and keep your phone charged during the trek.
- Stay away from loud music and disturbing other trekkers.
- Do not litter on the trails and carry back any non-biodegradable waste.
Places to visit in Har ki Dun
- Osla Village: Osla is a picturesque village in the Har Ki Dun valley. It serves as the base camp for trekkers and adventurers heading towards Har Ki Dun pass. The village offers breathtaking views of snow-covered mountains, clear streams, and lush green meadows.
- Sankri: Sankri is a small village in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is the starting point for many treks, including the Har Ki Dun pass. There are plenty of opportunities for adventure activities such as rafting, trekking, and rock climbing near Sankri.
- Taluka Village: Situated near the Har Ki Dun pass, Taluka village is a small but beautiful hamlet in the western Himalayas. This village serves as a base camp for trekkers and adventurers heading to Har Ki Dun pass.
- Har Ki Dun Pass: Located at 3,800 meters, Har Ki Dun pass is one of the most popular trekking routes in the western Himalayas. It offers stunning views of majestic snow-covered peaks, lush green meadows, and pristine rivers.
- Govind National Park: Govind National Park is in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. This park is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including leopards, Himalayan black bears, musk deer, and birds.
Activities to do in Har ki Dun
- Trekking: The valley has a variety of trekking trails, ranging from easy to moderate ones suitable for beginners and experienced trekkers. The most popular trek is the Har Ki Dun Valley Trek, which starts at Sankri village and passes through enchanting alpine meadows, ancient forests, hidden waterfalls, and Himalayan glaciers.
- Camping: It offers basic and luxury campsites where one can set up tents. The campsites offer breathtaking views of the mountains, lush green meadows, and snow-covered peaks. One can also enjoy activities like nature walks, bird-watching, and rock climbing in these campsites.
- Village Tourism: In the Har ki Dun valley, one can explore different villages and get acquainted with their lifestyle, customs, and rituals. The most popular destinations include Osla, Seema, and Kalkatti.
- Bird Watching: The area has a wide variety of species, including common ones like the Great Tit, Grey Wagtail, and Red-breasted Flycatcher, as well as rare ones like the Himalayan Monal and Lammergeier.
Highlights of 'Har ki Dun'
The mystical beauty of Har Ki Dun in the Garhwal Himalayas is unparalleled. The valley is a paradise for trekkers with its lush green meadows and snow-capped mountains. This moderate-grade trek offers breathtaking views of some of India's highest peaks, including Swargarohini Peak, Bandarpoonch, and Kala Nag.
The trek passes through dense forests of oak, pine, and rhododendron and stunning alpine meadows with spectacular views of snow-covered peaks. Along the way, travellers also visit small villages like Seema and Ruinsara Tal, where they can experience Garhwal's local culture and customs.
Weather in 'Har ki Dun'
The weather in the valley can vary greatly, depending on the time of year and altitude. In summer, temperatures range from cool to mild during the day and dip down too cold at night. During winter, temperatures can get quite low, with snowfall common from November through March.
Although it can get cold during winter, snowfall rarely interferes with trekking routes. The days are usually sunny, with cloud cover in the late afternoon and evenings. The average temperature ranges from 6–15 degrees Celsius (43–59 Fahrenheit).
Interesting facts about 'Har ki Dun'
- Har Ki Dun is situated at an altitude of 11,800 feet above sea level and is one of India's most beautiful trekking destinations.
- It has been popularised by many Bollywood movies over the years, including 3 Idiots and Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
- The region is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including leopards, barking deer, musk deer, serow, and black bears.
- Har Ki Dun is also considered the gateway to Garhwal Himalayas and is home to several high-altitude lakes, including Ruinsara Tal.
- It is also an important pilgrimage site for Hindus as it is believed that Pandavas from Mahabharata visited this place during their journey to heaven.
Mythology related to 'Har ki Dun'
According to Hindu mythology, it is believed to be a mythical land visited by the Pandavas from Mahabharata during their exile. The story goes that Arjun and his brothers came here searching for peace and relaxation. They were amazed at the beauty of this valley, with its high peaks and green meadows. The Pandavas stayed here for some days and made many friends in the mountains.
It is said that during their stay in Har ki Dun, they prayed to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, who blessed them with spiritual knowledge, strength, and courage to fight against the Kauravas in the great battle of Mahabharata.
Another story related to Har ki Dun is that it was one of the locations on Yudhishthira's Ashwamedha yagya. This yagya was done by Pandavas to prove their supremacy and strength.
History of 'Har ki Dun'
It was first discovered by British surveyors in 1884 during the Great Trigonometric Survey of India. The area has since become popular for its untouched natural beauty and is now a part of the Govind National Park.
For centuries, the mountain has been revered by locals as a sacred place. The name comes from two Kumaoni words, "Har," which means "snow," and "Dun," which means a deep valley. The area offers some of the most spectacular views in India, with snow-capped Himalayan peaks, green valleys and meadows, clear rivers, and pristine forests.
How to reach 'Har ki Dun'
Har ki Dun, located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, can be reached by various means of transportation. The closest airport to Har Ki Dun is Jolly Grant Airport, located in Dehradun, about 224 km away.
One can also take a direct bus from Dehradun to Sankri, the nearest village to Har Ki Dun. The journey by road takes around 8–10 hours, depending on the traffic.
Alternatively, you can hire a taxi from Dehradun or Mussoorie to reach Har Ki Dun. It will take around 6–7 hours, depending on the traffic.
Another option is to take a train to Dehradun and then take a bus or taxi. This will take around 8-9 hours, depending on train timings and traffic.
Once you reach Sankri, you can hire a local jeep or car to reach the Har Ki Dun campsite, which will take around 4–5 hours. It is advisable to start early in the morning from Sankri.
Where/What to Eat in Har ki Dun
The most popular eateries near Har ki Dun include cafes, restaurants, dhabas (street-side eateries), small local shops, and tea stalls. Most of these restaurants and cafes serve traditional Indian cuisine, including dishes made with local ingredients. Some restaurants offer western-style food.
Local delicacies include the Garhwali Thali (a platter of traditional dishes), Bhatt Ki Churkani (flour dumplings smothered in yoghurt sauce), and Kaapa (a dish made with potatoes, spices, and yoghurt).
When travelling to Har ki Dun, it is also recommended to try the local tea stalls for a cup of herbal chai or masala chai. These tea stalls offer steaming hot cups of traditional Indian chai flavoured with saffron, ginger, cardamom, and other spices.
Information about the 'Har ki Dun' trek
The Har Ki Dun trek is a moderate difficulty level trek that lasts for 5 days. It begins at Sankri village in Uttarakhand, with the first day of the trek being an acclimatisation day. The trek then moves onto Taluka, Ruinsara Taal, Kalkatiyadhar, Har Ki Dun, and Osla before returning to Sankri.
The trek is a combination of easy ascent with some steep sections at times and provides a scenic view throughout. The trek also passes through ancient villages like Kalu, Seema, and Osla, which offer a fine insight into the traditional culture of the Garhwal region.
The trek culminates at the summit of Har ki Dun valley, also known as the 'Valley of Gods'. The view from this point and the descent are spectacular. It is said that one can catch sight of many snow-clad peaks, including Swargarohini I, II, and III (the mythological route to heaven) from here.
Where to stay in 'Har ki Dun'
Har ki Dun is a popular trekking destination, and several accommodation options cater to various budgets.
For luxury travellers, Camp Har-ki-dun by Himalayan Eco Lodges offers stunning views in an idyllic setting, with gourmet cuisine and comfortable rooms. The Snow View Hotel and Himalayan Resort are also great options for luxury travellers.
For budget travellers, there are various camping sites available in the area, as well as homestays and hostels. Popular budget accommodation options include the Base Camp Café & Homestay, which offers basic private rooms and dorms; The View Point Hotel, which offers basic rooms and dorms; and the GMVN Tourist Bungalow, a government-run guest house with rooms for budget travellers.
However, if you are trekking independently without an organised tour or guide, it is best to stay in homestays run by local families, as these offer great insight into the local culture and hospitality.
Why Har ki Dun is a must-visit?
Har ki Dun is one of the most beautiful places in Uttarakhand. It offers breathtaking views of the majestic Himalayas and stunning meadows, perfect trekking and camping opportunities. The area is also home to some rare species of flora and fauna, making it a great place for nature lovers. Har ki Dun is also known for its spiritual significance, as it has been a popular pilgrimage spot for centuries. The area is renowned for its ancient temples and shrines, which still attract visitors worldwide.
Apart from trekking and camping, Har ki Dun is an ideal place for bird watching with its wide variety of migratory and local birds. The stunning snow-capped mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear streams, and lush green meadows make it a perfect spot for photography enthusiasts.
In all, Har ki Dun is a must-visit destination.
Travel tips for 'Har ki Dun'
- Carry a good pair of trekking shoes: Trekking in the mountains can be challenging and requires comfortable footwear. Make sure to carry a good quality pair of trekking shoes that will provide the best grip and support on uneven terrain.
- Take enough water with you: As you will be walking through the mountains, it is important to stay hydrated. Make sure to take enough water with you on your journey and refill your bottles at regular intervals if needed.
- Carry First Aid Kit: Don't forget to pack a basic first aid kit which includes bandages, antiseptic cream, painkillers, etc. This will come in handy in case of any injuries or medical emergencies during the trek.
- Wear appropriate clothing: It is important to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Make sure to carry light, breathable and layered clothing so that you can adjust according to the changing temperatures and weather.
- Have a good sleeping bag: A good quality sleeping bag is essential for a comfortable night's rest during the trek. Make sure to invest in a good sleeping bag that keeps you warm and cosy when temperatures dip at night.
- Carry a torch: A torch is a must-have item while trekking in the mountains. It is important to carry one with you to light your way while trekking in the dark hours.
- Pack snacks: Don't forget to pack some energy bars, dry fruits, and other snacks that will help to refuel you during the trek. It is also a good idea to carry chocolates or candies for an instant energy boost.
What is the best time to hike Har Ki Dun Valley?
The best time to trek to Har Ki Dun Valley is between April and October , as the weather during these months is pleasant and perfect for a leisurely walk in this beautiful valley.
How strenuous is the trek?
Har Ki Dun Valley is a moderate trek, ideal for beginner-level trekkers. Although the trek can get slightly strenuous at times, it is still considered easy compared to other Himalayan treks.
How long does the trek take?
The trek usually takes around 5–6 days to complete, depending on your pace and the weather conditions.
What kind of accommodation is available during the trek?
During the trek, you can stay in tents or homestays as accommodation facilities are limited. In some parts of the valley, campsites have also been set up.
What kind of food is available during the trek?
You can get a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Snacks, such as momos, noodles, etc., can be bought at certain points during the trek.
Char Dham Yatra
The Char Dham yatra is considered to be the most auspicious pilgrimage in Hinduism. It is a religious journey to the four abodes of the gods that are most venerated by Hindus. Some believe that this yatra must be undertaken once every year as it helps to achieve “Moksha” (which means being freed from worldly concerns). It’s a great yatra for travellers too as all places are located in different parts of India.
The shrines are at Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. These are closed for visiting during the winters due to heavy snowfall and reopen only with the onset of summers.
Highlights of the Char Dham yatra
It is believed that the Char Dham opens the doors of salvation by washing away the sins of the people who complete it. The four shrines associated with it are of great significance for Hindus and according to mythology, Shri Adi Shankaracharya attained freedom from the process of rebirth in the Badrinath Dham.
The yatra is done in a particular sequence and begins with a visit to Yamunotri. Next in the sequence comes the Gangotri shrine and then the Kedarnath shrine. The final destination is the Badrinath Dham and here, the journey is said to be complete.
Yamunotri Dham : Located at an altitude of 3164 meters from sea level, this is a shrine dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. It is believed that Yamuna was the sister of Yamraj who promised her that whoever takes a dip the Yamuna River will obtain salvation and will never be taken to Yamlok.
Gangotri Dham : The dham is located at an altitude of 3200 meters above sea level along the banks of river Bhagirathi. It is believed that the river Ganga sprang to life only after King Bhagirath meditated for a long time. This is why before visiting the beautiful temple, people take a dip in the river.
Kedarnath Dham : Kedarnath is one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and the shrine is named after the Satyuga ruler ‘Kedar’. Kedarnath along with four other shrines are known as the Panch Kedar.
Badrinath Dham : It is the most sacred among the four shrines and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu who is the guardian of the divine Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva). Located on the bank of river Alaknanda, it offers stunning views. What adds to the surrounding scenery is the fact that is 3,133 meters above sea level.
Best time to visit Char Dham
Lakhs of devotees and pilgrims flock to Char Dham every year as it is the holiest circuit for them. The best time to visit is during the months of May to October. One must not visit during the monsoon as the area is prone to landslides. Heavy snowfall happens in the Garhwal Himalayas during the winters and the gates of the shrines are closed for the entire duration. The idols in the temples are shifted to nearby pilgrim sites, and though devotees can visit them, the shift in location stops its from being a part of the Char Dham circuit.
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River Rafting is the most famous water sports activity in India and is loved by thrill seekers who come here frequently each year. Uttarakhand is the hub for adventure activities and water sports activities. It is the best place to try out river rafting because of the depth and rapids of the rivers present in the state.
Places where you can do River Rafting in Uttarakhand: Rishikesh, Nainbagh, Juddo, Tanakpur, Balwakot, Mori, Tuni
Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 500
For: Family and Groups
Difficulty level: Moderate to High
Skiing is not that a famous activity in India because of the scarcity of snow in the country, but there are places Uttarakhand where you can expect snow throughout the year. Balancing yourself and keeping your speed check are few of the main things which a person has to constantly keep in mind while carrying out this activity.
Places where you can do Skiing in Uttarakhand: Auli, Jyotirmath, Kush Kalyani, Mundali, Dayara Bugyal, Munsiyari
Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 3000
For: Family, senior citizens, groups
Difficulty level: Moderate
Jet Skiing is an extremely exhilarating adventure sport. In Uttarakhand, due to the lack of beaches, jet skiing is carried out on lakes. Riding a jet ski is very easy and you feel as if you are riding a bike on water. People go with a group of friends and carry out this activity in order to amplify their fun.
Place where you can do Jet Skiing in Uttarakhand: Tehri Lake
For: Couples and groups
Difficulty level: High
Kayaking and canoeing are the same activities just the type of the boat used is a bit different in them. In kayaking, you are given a narrow boat; the kayak, which you have to row against the rapids of the river. The kayaking course in Uttarakhand is probably the best in India. The River Ganga is the most famous kayaking water body in Uttarakhand.
Place where you can do Kayaking in Uttarakhand: Rishikesh, New Tehri, Tapovan, Nainital, Mori
Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 2000
For: Family and groups
Difficulty level: Easy
Snowboarding is not just a recreational activity, it is a sport which is included in the Olympics. Due to the rarity of snow in India, snowboarding is not available at all places. Only a handful of locations have the conditions that will allow you to enjoy the thrill of snowboarding. It is an extremely dangerous sport because you always need to be in full control of yourself and the board otherwise a huge mishap might occur.
Places where you can do Snowboarding in Uttarakhand: Auli, Kush Kalyani, Mundali, Munsiyari, Dayara Bugyal
Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 4000 or 62.09 USD
For: Groups and Individuals
Tips: Accidents are very common in snowboarding, hence it is advised to people to get proper training before trying the activity out.
Rock Climbing and Rappelling
Uttarakhand is a state which has been blessed by umpteen number of rocks and mountains. These rocks and mountains have enabled people to carry out different kinds of activities here. Rock climbing and rappelling are two of the most famous and exciting activities you can do in Uttarakhand. These activities take a toll on your body and test your physical strength.
Places where you can do Rock Climbing and Rappelling in Uttarakhand: Byasi, Uttarkashi, Rishikesh, Ramgarh
Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 400
For: Individuals and groups
Tips: Proper training should be taken before attempting this adventure sport.
Horse riding is one of those activities which everyone fantasises about in their childhood. In Uttarakhand, you get to re:live your childhood fantasy by riding on a horse. Riding a horse is not a very difficult task, people learn it in a couple of days. Generally a trained professional also go on horse rides with you to make sure that you do not get injured.
Places where you can do Horse Riding in Uttarakhand: Mussoorie, Haridwar, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Joshimath, Auli
Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 150
National parks and wildlife sanctuaries are a common sight in Uttarakhand due to the presence of the wildlife in abundance. The weather conditions in the state are also ideal for them to thrive. Tourists from all over the country come to Uttarakhand to get a sight of the wilderness here and the wildlife safari makes sure that they do not go back home disappointed. You get to observe the animals from a very close proximity to wildlife safaris.
Places where you can go for Wildlife Safari in Uttarakhand: Rajaji National Park, Jim Corbett National Park, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Gangotri National Park
Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 300
For: Family and Couples
Camping at night
Uttarakhand is a land of mountains which makes it an ideal place to carry out activities such as camping. Camping in Uttarakhand is a different experience altogether. Staying in tents beside a river, amidst the mountains is the most enriching experience one could ask for. Just gazing at the starlit sky at night and being enchanted by its dazzle is one of the few things people go through when they camp in Uttarakhand. You feel closer to nature after going on an expedition such as camping.
Location: Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Kanatal, Sattal, Deoria Tal, Chaukori, Chopta
Walk in the Woods Restaurant
Walk in the Woods in the kind of restaurant people go to when they want to get to know a person. It is a very pleasant place where you can spend your night peacefully and enjoy your meal. Walk in the Woods is also a very good restaurant for a family planning to go to dinner. There are not many places in Uttarakhand which are as classy and interesting as Walk in the Woods.
Location: Mandakini Vihar, Sahastradhara Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001
Timings: Walk in the Woods Restaurant is open every day from 10 am to 11 pm
Boating at night
There are numerous water bodies in Uttarakhand as a result of which many water activities are possible here, but the activity which stands out in Uttarakhand is boating. Boating is a normal activity which is done everywhere in the world yet boating is more fun in Uttarakhand when you do this activity at night. The whole aura of the activity is magical when done at night. The beautiful experience of boating with the stars shining on you is something which cannot be experienced in words.
Location: Nainital, Sattal, Bhimtal
Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 130
The Great Indian Pub
The Great Indian Pub is one of the few places in Dehradun where you can actually enjoy yourself and have an amazing night. In terms of bars and lounges, Dehradun is not a very good city to be in but it has few outstanding restaurants and bars like The Great Indian Pub. It is a fun place where two people can have a conversation over a drink and enjoy the ambience of the place.
Location: Jakhan, 138/345 Rajpur Road, Roof Top, Doon Zone, Dehradun Uttarakhand 248001
Timings: The Great Indian Pub is open from 12 pm to 11:30 pm on weekends and from 12 pm to 11 pm on weekdays
Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand and is generally the first city people visit in their Uttarakhand expedition. The city has the perfect balance of everything, it is neither too crowded nor too empty, and it is close to nature, yet has the qualities of an urban city. Dehradun has a number of valleys and streams which make the perfect scenery for you to take a picture. It also has quite a few temples in it, enabling pilgrims to get a glimpse of what is in store for them in the state.
Attractions: Clock Tower, Chetwoode Hall, Tapovan, Robber’s Cave, Tapkeshwar Temple, Mindrolling Monastery
Things to do: Visit Temples. Check out the beatific natural valleys and streams.
Approximate Cost: NA
Mussoorie is the most romantic hill station in Uttarakhand. In a state which is filled with temples and pilgrimage sites, Mussoorie provides a breather to all the tourists who want to visit a city in Uttarakhand without visiting any temples. Mussoorie has a romantic aura about it which makes it an ideal honeymoon destination. The city has some bewitching spots which enhance the beauty of Mussoorie, thereby increasing the tourism.
Attractions: Kempty Falls, K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum, Soham Heritage and Art Centre, Company Garden, Gun Hill
Things to do: Paragliding, Boating, Rock Climbing, Zip Swing, Valley Crossing, Trekking
Approximate Cost: Prices here vary according to seasons and crowds. Bargaining is very much required.
Bungee Jumping is one of the most sought:after adventure activity on earth. The reason being that you gain the experience of a free fall in this activity. In bungee jumping you have to jump off a platform from a particular height and your legs will be tied to an elastic rope. That rope will you back up once you are about to reach the ground. The free fall which one does is the best part of the activity. There are hardly any places in India where you can try out bungee jumping and Uttarakhand boasts of providing the highest bungee fall in India, approximately 83 metres.
Place where you can do Bungee Jumping in Uttarakhand: Rishikesh
Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 2500.
For: Individuals, Couple & Groups
Difficulty level: Low to Moderate
Pacific Mall is the biggest mall in Uttarakhand. It houses some of the finest brands available in India and is the one stop solution to everybody’s shopping problems in Dehradun. The Pacific Mall also has a multiplex, PVR Cinemas, for all the movie enthusiasts in Dehradun. The food court in the mall serves delicious dishes which leaves every person wanting for more.
Location: Rajpur Road, Jakhan, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248006
Timings: The Pacific Mall is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Bargaining: Not really
The Ganga Dussehra is a pretty big Hindu festival which is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in Uttarakhand. In Ganga Dussehra, the Hindus celebrate the descent of the holy river, Ganga, on the earth. On this auspicious day, pilgrims visit the cities which are situated on the banks of River Ganga and do aarti there. They also take a dip in the river in the hope that it would clear off all the past sins they have committed. The festival is held in multiple cities and is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm, especially in Haridwar.
Date: It takes place every year during the summers. The exact date is set according to the Hindu calendar.
Location: All cities located on the banks of River Ganga
Haridwar is a pilgrimage site and seldom do people living there indulge in activities which are not related to religion. The Pentagon Mall is a place where the residents of Haridwar go to enjoy themselves and fulfil their shopping desires. The collection of the stores in the mall is splendid and you would want to buy everything. The Pentagon Mall also has a multiplex which serves as the source of entertainment for the people of Haridwar.
Location: Integrated Industrial Estate, Sidcul, Ranipur, Haridwar, Pentagon Mall, Plot No. 1, Uttarakhand 24903
Timings: The Pentagon Mall is open every day from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Bargaining: Not really
The Kumbh Mela is the biggest religious festival on the planet. Hindus from all over the country look forward to this festival where pilgrims from every corner of India gather at a particular place and worship their god. The Kumbh Mela has been taking place from time immemorial and is the world’s largest congregation of pilgrims. It takes place every third year and the location of the festival is rotated among four cities, Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain, turn by turn. The festival returns to the same city in every 12 years, but in Haridwar, the festival takes place in every six years. According to Hindu mythology, the Kumbh Mela is organized to provide a long and happy life to all the pilgrims who visit the festival. This festival is so huge that over 120 million pilgrims had attended the festival on its last occurrence, which lasted for about two months.
Date: It takes place on every 6th year in Uttarakhand and the exact date is calculated according to the Sun’s, Moon’s and Jupiter’s combination
Uttarakhand is the land of the Himalayas, hence it is natural that mountainous activity such as trekking would be a common feature in the state. People from all over the country come to the state in order to scale the many hills of the Himalayas. You get to explore nature in its true sense while trekking and exploring the wilderness on foot is a different experience altogether.
Places where you can do Trekking in Uttarakhand: Roopkund, Valley of Flowers, Devariyatal, Kedartal, Har Ki Doon, Chopta
Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 4000.
For: Individuals and Groups
Difficulty level: High
Flying Fox is similar to zip lining. In zip lining, you have to cover the distance from one end of the rope to the other using your own hands and strength whereas in flying fox you will be tied to a motor which will carry you from one end of the rope to the other. The speed is not much in zip lining as you have to create your pace but in flying fox, you move at a top speed of 140 km/hr. One, quite literally, zips through from one end to the other.
Place where you can do Flying Fox in Uttarakhand: Rishikesh
Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 3000
For: Couples, Individuals
Difficulty level: Moderate
This is located at a distance of 52 kms from Almora and is present at a height of 1890 metres and a popular holiday destination. One can view around 400kms of snow peaked mountains from here like the peaks of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda devi, Nandghunti, Api, Panchachuli and Nampa. The tourists can enjoy a peaceful holiday here along with various amusements. This is another place where the tourist can enjoy the natural surroundings and as the experience the sunrise one can see the famous KatyurValley. This place is famous asthe birth placeof the popular Hindi poet SumitraNandan Pant. Mahatma Gandhi also loved this place and his stay is recorded in the Anasakti Ashram which the tourists can visit.Mahatma Gandhi named this hill station the ‘Switzerland of India’.
Who does not love swings! Everybody in their childhood used to play on swings and have very fond memories of childhood related to it. The giant swing, just like any other swing, is a ride where you push yourself forward and swing in the air. The only difference being, you will be swinging between the mountains with the help of a rope and will jump from a height higher than 80 metres. It is like meditation for the adventure junkies. The adrenalin rush is really amazing!
Place where you can do Giant Swing in Uttarakhand: Rishikesh
Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 2500
For: Couples and Individuals
Difficulty level: Low
Uttarakhand, previously called Uttaranchal, is a state in the northern region of India. It is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations in the country, known for its impressive natural landscapes. Tourists from all over India and the world visit Uttarakhand for its beautiful waterfalls, lakes, hill stations, lush greenery, etc. Besides its natural glory, the state is a popular spot for wildlife watching and adventure activities. In addition, the unique regional culture and traditions of Uttarakhand play a major role in boosting its tourism. Individuals often refer to Uttarakhand as “Devbhumi”, which translates to the “Land of the Gods”. It got this name due to the presence of numerous prominent Hindu temples and pilgrimages sites spread across the region.
Religion not only steers the attention of thousands of devotees to the region but also has a massive influence on its local culture and traditions. Fairs and festivals are a frequent occurrence in Uttarakhand, mostly ranging between the themes of religion and culture. For instance, the Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar is one of India’s biggest and most important Hindu festivals. It takes place once every 12 years and attracts millions of tourists and devotees from all over the world. Other major festivals celebrated in Uttarakhand include Holi, Makar Sankranti, Phool Dei, Vat Savitri, Ganga Dussehra, Purnagiri Mela, etc.
Among the several festivals celebrated in Uttarakhand, Basant Panchami is one of the most important ones. It is a famous festival celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs in India, as well as in various other countries. The festival has a different significance to people of different faiths and is widely observed throughout the state. During this time, the whole region wraps itself into a grand festive mood and celebrates Basant Panchami in the most unique way. It is not only a major tourist attraction in Uttarakhand but also a great time to visit the state to observe and learn more about its religious, cultural and traditional side. You can find all the crucial details about Basant Panchami in Uttarakhand in the following points.
About Basant Panchami in Uttarakhand
Basant Panchami in Uttarakhand is also referred to as Vasant Panchami in some regions. Celebrating this grand festival commemorates the arrival of the Basant Ritu or spring season. It also marks the end of winter, which is seen as a month of death and rot. The festival usually takes place early in the first quarter and is said to also mark the beginning of Holika and Holi preparations, which is marked 40 days after it. The festival is centred right in the transition period, when the chilly winter winds slowly pan out, and the sweet spring starts to bloom with all its glory. The colourful Basant Panchami festival is often referred to as Sripanchami in some areas.
While other regions in India also celebrate this festival in their way, Uttarakhand’s take on Basant Panchami is quite unique. The best part about Vasant Panchami in Uttarakhand is that every member of the household, from children to the elderly, participates in the celebrations. Making colourful decorations, wearing traditional clothing, performing regional dance and music, doing fun activities, hosting family gatherings, etc., are just some of the main features of this festival. The worshipping of gods and goddesses (Pujas) is also a significant aspect of the Basant Panchami celebrations in Uttarakhand. It is more than just a festival centred around fun and merrymaking and has crucial religious and cultural significance to the people of the region.
Significance of Basant Panchami in Uttarakhand
Alongside marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring, the Hindu deity, Goddess Saraswati, is worshipped on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami in Uttarakhand. According to Hinduism, she is the goddess of music, language, knowledge and all forms of arts. Goddess Saraswati symbolises true creative thinking and energy, alongside love and longing, and is immensely respected by the people of the Hindu faith. Hence, individuals across Uttarakhand pray to her during Basant Panchami, or Vasant Panchami, to seek her blessings and excel in the fields of education, music, art and so on. People worship her so she can grant them a wealth of knowledge, which is considered the most powerful weapon for humans. Hence, the festival has a major significance for the Hindus in Uttarakhand.
With Goddess Saraswati, people even worship Lord Shiva, Devi Parvati (as the mother earth) and agriculture or crops during the occasion of Basant Panchami in Uttarakhand.
How is Basant Panchami celebrated in Uttarakhand?
The people of Uttarakhand welcome Basant Panchmai with grand celebrations. As the flowers start to bloom and the sun's rays become more pleasant, the air surrounding the region echoes the melodious beats of drums. As the season also marks the ripening of agricultural lands with yellow flowers of mustard crops, the colour yellow gets widely associated by the Hindus as the favourite of Goddess Saraswati. Hence, individuals across the state dress up in traditional yellow clothing, with yellow tilaks gracing their foreheads. The same theme is seen within the house decorations and festive delicacies, offering a bright yet soothing tone to the occasion. The celebrations also include the performance of various traditional dance forms, like Jhumelia and Chounphula. All family members and relatives gather together and indulge in various merrymaking activities.
The worship of Goddess Saraswati is seen across various localities, households and educational institutions. Prasadams get distributed among people, while local dance and music events grace every nook and corner of the state. One of the best places in Uttarakhand where you can enjoy the celebrations of Basant Panchami in all its glory is Rishikesh, about 45 kilometres from Dehradun. The city hosts a grand fair dedicated to Basant Panchami within the bounds of the famous Bharat Temple. Thousands of individuals from all over the state attend this grand fair to witness the festival celebrations and the local traditions. Alongside the fair, a big procession takes place where Lord Bharat’s idol is carried through the city while devotees stand by the roadside to catch a glimpse of the god. The main reason behind this tradition is that the Idol of Lord Bharat was installed by Jagat Guru Shankaracharya on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami. Rishikesh is also one of the best places in the state where you can learn about the history of Basant Panchami. In some localities in Uttarakhand, individuals celebrate the occasion by flying colourful kites and preparing sweet rice at home.
When is Basant Panchami celebrated in Uttarakhand?
Basant Panchami in Uttarakhand is generally celebrated in the early first quarter of the year. It is right between the end of the winter season and the onset of springtime. According to the Hindu Lunisolar calendar, Basant Panchami takes place on the fifth day in the month of Magha. The date varies as per the English calendar, usually falling between the months of January and February. As Spring is considered the “king of all seasons”, the festival of Basant Panchami gives credence to the idea of spring coming in full bloom after 40 days. In the year 2023, the festival was celebrated on Thursday, January 26th. As for the date in the year 2024, Basant Panchami in Uttarakhand is going to take place on Wednesday, February 14th.
Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park, which is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve lies in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The magical landscape of Corbett is well known and fabled for its tiger richness. Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Corbett has the glory of being India's oldest and most prestigious National Park. It is also being honored as the place where Project Tiger was first launched in 1973. This unique tiger territory is best known as the father who gave birth of the Project Tiger in India to protect the most endangered species and the Royal of India called Tigers.
Auli is a very small town in Uttarakhand. It is snow:laden throughout the year as it is located at an altitude of approximately 2,700 metres. You are bound to be mesmerized by the enchanting beauty of the place. Auli is home to few mountain ranges such as Mana Parvat, Nana Devi and Kamet. It is known as the skiing capital of India and it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the snow:laden mountains and surroundings. Auli is so beautiful that calling it ‘Heaven on Earth’ will not even be an overstatement.
Attractions: Gurso Bugyal, Kwani Bugyal, Chenab Lake, Trishul Peak, Kuari Pass Trek, Narsingh Mandir
Things to do: Skiing, Sledding, Trekking and Camping
Kedarnath is one of the Chaar Dhaams of the Hindu pilgrimage sites. The Chaar Dhaam is considered to be the holiest places on earth, hence Kedarnath is always filled with thousands of pilgrims. The Kedarnath Temple has stood tall against the test of time and was one of the few monuments who did not succumb to the natural calamity which occurred at Uttarakhand in 2013. Kedarnath is an extremely popular town which offers an outstanding view of the snow:capped mountains and rivers.
Attractions: Kedarnath Temple, Chota Chaar Dhaam, Mayali Pass, Gauri Kund, Bhairav Nath Temple, Shankaracharya Samadhi
Things to do: Visiting Temples, Trekking, Relaxing at Vasuki Tai, Watching the Sun set.
Rishikesh is one of the major attractions in Uttarakhand. The city was previously known for being the base area for Himalayan Trekking. Rishikesh is home to India’s highest bungee jumping spot. Due to the presence of activities such as bungee jumping, canyon swing and river rafting, the popularity of Rishikesh has grown immensely. Thousands of tourists swarm the place every year.
Attractions: Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Parmarth Niketan Temple, Triveni Ghat
Things to do: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Canyon Swing, Cliff Jumping, Camping, Mountain Biking, Trekking, Flying Fox, Rock Climbing and Rappelling, Kayaking.
Nainital is located amidst the mountains and the rivers flowing from the Himalayas. It is an exceptionally beautiful hill station and has a lot to offer to its tourists. Winter is the best time to visit Nainital when everything is covered with snow. The picturesque view of nature you get here is unparalleled. Horse Trekking is something which is not available in many places in India except Nainital. It is often considered as one of the most popular tourist destination in Northern India.
Attractions: Nainital Lake, Tiffin Top, Snow View Point, Mukteshwar Temple, High Altitude Zoo, Kainchi Dham
Things to do: Cliff Rappelling, Artificial Wall Climbing, Bungee Jumping, Boating, Camping
Haridwar is probably the most religious and precious pilgrimage site for all the Hindus in India. The Mansa Devi Temple is the most renowned temple in the city. Haridwar is known for two things, the Har ki Paudi and the Kumbh Mela. Every day at approximately 7 pm, the Ganga Aarti is held in Haridwar which is attended by a large number of devotees. The Kumbh Mela is the iconic pilgrimage festival which is held in Haridwar in every 12th year.
Attractions: Ram Jhula, Mansa Devi Temple, Har ki Pauri, Mahadev Statue, Chandi Devi Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple
Things to do: Bathing in the sacred ghat of River Ganga. Experience the Ganga Aarti, Visiting the temples in Haridwar
When you go paragliding in this area you will do so with a pilot, who also acts as a guide. The pilot will know how to maneuver the glider and also knows the slopes and the landing areas. During the paragliding, or hang-gliding if you prefer, you will get an amazing and breathtaking view of the city and the mountains. You start at 2,486 meters above sea level and gently glide down to land somewhere near the boathouse.
If you want, you can get photos taken of the flight and even if you tell them in advance, they will even make a video. The flights will happen every hour and if you want they will issue you a certificate.
The Pahari Store
The Pahari Store is one of the best places to shop in Nainital. Nainital is a very pretty town and the Pahari Store is one place where every tourist visiting the town goes in order to buy a souvenir. The Pahari Store reflects all the culture and traditions which Nainital stands for. You can buy handicrafts items and locally made products in the Pahari Store.
Location: Nainital, 1st Floor, Capitol Cinema Building, Uttarakhand 263001
Timings: The Pahari Store is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Shiv Gauri Pashmina World
Pashmina shawls are renowned all over the world. Pashmina is a material of the highest quality, you can pass a metre of the material through a ring without damaging it. The Northern India is known to produce pashmina of good quality and the Shiv and Gauri Pashmina World sells top:notch pashmina products. The Shiv and Gauri Pashmina World is the most famous shop in Rishikesh and every tourist visiting the city does visit the stop during their stay in the town.
Location: Neelkanth Road, Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302
Timings: The Shiv and Gauri Pashmina World is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Tibetan Market is a flea market which is held in Nainital every day. It is the ideal place to shop for a tourist as they can get products which describe the local culture. The products sold in the Tibetan Market serve as a souvenir to the tourists and it reminds them of their vacation in Uttarakhand. You can get products at very low prices here provided you know how to bargain.
Location: Nainital, Nanda Devi Path, Uttarakhand 263002
Timings: The Tibetan Market is open every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Mandua Chapatti is a roti made out of Mandua Flour or Buckwheat flour. It is highly nutritious and is very delicious. This chapatti is made in every house of Uttarakhand and the best way to taste it is with garlic chutney. There are many places in Uttarakhand where you taste this chapatti but to get the actual flavour of this chapatti, you should visit a house in Uttarakhand and have lunch there.
Places where you can have Mandua Chapatti in Uttarakhand: Panchvati Inn, Hotel Manik Palace, Ayurpak.
Kafuli is the ideal dish for people who are diet conscious as it is tasty as well as nutritious at the same time. The main ingredients of the dish are fenugreek leaves and spinach. Even the doctors recommend this dish as it is very beneficial for your health. Kafuli is prepared in an iron pot and tastes the best when it is complemented by steaming rice.
Places where you can have Kafuli in Uttarakhand: streets of Uttarakhand
Garhwal ka Fannah
Garhwal ka Fannah is a heavenly staple dish which is renowned in Mussoorie. This dish as pleasing to your eyes as it is to your stomach. Garhwal ka Fannah is so delicious that it is a must for every restaurant in Mussoorie to have it on their menu. There are few dishes by which you are never satisfied, they leave you wanting for more. Garhwal ka Fannah is that dish which leaves you wanting for more.
Places where you can have Garhwal ka Fannah in Uttarakhand: Piccolo Restaurant, Kalsang, Café De Tavern, Café by the way
Kandalee ka Saag
Kandalee ka Saag is a very popular dish in Uttarakhand, especially amongst the tourist who visit the state. It is a very healthy dish which is prepared like any other Indian dish. The main ingredients of Kandalee ka Saag are paneer and a leafy vegetable known as ‘bicchu ghas’. Quite a few restaurants serve this dish and it tastes the best when you have it with paratha.
Places where you can have Kandalee ka Saag in Uttarakhand: Chaar Dukaan, Kalsang, Nanak Restaurant, Embassy Restaurant
Raita is a common Indian dish which is made at every corner of the country, but the Kumaoni Raita is a tad different from the rest of the raitas. The Kumaoni Raita is made by using curd, cucumber, turmeric, spices and chilly. It is a dish which compliments every cuisine which is served in Uttarakhand and is a local favourite of the people residing in Uttarakhand.
Places where you can have Kumaoni Raita in Uttarakhand: Sakley’s Restaurant, Kalsang, Rajkamal Restaurant
Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park is located in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. It is an amalgamation of wildlife sanctuary and a Jungle. Owing to the weather conditions, Rajaji National Park boasts one of the finest flora and fauna in the country. The national park has also been very active in the program of tiger preservation. Rajaji National Park is the ideal place to visit if you are fascinated by wilderness.
Location: Dehradun, Mohand Range, 5/1 Ansari Road, Uttarakhand 248001
Timings: Rajaji National Park is open every day from 7 am to 10 am and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Approximate Cost: Rs. 300:Rs. 800
Paragliding is an enthralling activity which provides an immense amount adrenaline rush to the people trying it out. In paragliding, you will be tied to parachute, glider, and will have to jump off at a height. You will fly in the air and will also be able to change your directions with the help of the glider. You feel as if you are a bird while trying this activity out. The amazing panoramic view of the surrounding you get while you are in the air is unparalleled.
Places where you can Paragliding in Uttarakhand: Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Pratap Nagar, Dayara Bugyal, Garhwal, Nainital
Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 5000
Dandeli is a fascinating and adventurous city situated on the Western Ghats in Uttarakhand popular for its lush dense deciduous forests, deep valleys, wildlife sanctuaries, bird watching, water sports, river side fishing, trekking on hilly terrains, mountain biking, night camps and scenic beauty. It is a mélange of astounding nature and exhilarating adventure that allures vacationers, making it a top tourist destination.
The best season to visit Dandeli is between October to May when the climate is pleasant for the water and other activities and also to spot the animals. Monsoons is best avoided due to heavy rainfalls making it unsuitable to enjoy the spots.
Some of the prime attractions are:
1.Kavala Caves - The exotic limestone Kavala caves is visited by tourists and especially by devotees of Lord Shiva to see an incredible creation of shivlinga formed by the volcanic activities. The cave is adorned with stalactites and stalagmites and to visit the inner sanctum one has to descend down 375 steps and carry a torch as the cave is pitch dark.
Timings : 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Daily.
2.Shiroli Peak – The highest peak in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, it offers a glorious view of the Western ghat’s Sahyadri range, picturesque sunset and is a good route for trekking as well. An ideal spot for nature and adventure seekers.
3.River Kali – River Kali offers a myriad of water activities, attracting majority of the adventure enthusiasts to Dandeli. Mercurial in nature, it caters to the excitement for both amateurs and professionals. White water rafting in Kali river is an enthralling experience of rafting through grade 2, 3 and 4 rapids over a 9 kilometer run under the supervision of an expert. Besides rafting, kayaking and canoeing are other activities that one can indulge in. Coracle boat riding, a saucer-shaped ‘boat’ made of bamboo and tanned buffalo hide is a beguiling experience to watch crocodiles in the water, and hornbills hovering in the sky. Moonlight boating is another activity for nature lovers to ride at night with night vision binoculars to see the nocturnal animals in the surrounding jungle which is home to deers and boars amongst others.
4.Kayaking - Kayaking activities are conducted in the Supa reservoir, which is a man-made reservoir that spreads over a huge area surrounded by teak plantations. There are small islets in between where one can camp in absolute privacy since the entire area is uninhabited.
5.Canyoning- Canyoning is a variant form of rappelling conducted in the Sathkonda Canyon near Dandeli. A challenging activity, it is the current rage and an adrenaline pumping experience of rappelling down steep rocks under the gushing waterfall (safety harness attached) using a combination of jumping, abseiling and natural water slides.
6.Rappelling - Climb the steepest rocky cliffs of Sahyadri mountains and careen down suspended on a rope. A thrilling activity conducted under the supervision of an expert, it is a must.
7.Wildlife Sanctuary – In an area of 834.16 sq km, it is second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka and was declared as one in 1956. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary offers a plethora of excitement for nature lovers and adventurers:
8.Flora - The entire forest area is covered with thick vegetation punctuated with bamboo and teak plants.
9.Fauna - Visitors are likely to spot tigers, leopards, sloth bears, Malabar giant squirrels, barking deers, elephants, bisons, black panthers, Indian pangolin, Indian jackal, etc.
10.Birds – A haven for bird watchers, it is a thrill to see pied hornbills, bar winged flycatcher shrikes, crested serpent eagle, pompadour green pigeons, kingfisher, woodpecker, cuckoo, blue headed ground thrush, yellow browed bulbuls and many more.
11.Jungle Safari and Trekking – Explore the vast sanctuary in an open jeep safari, trekking on foot or mountain biking and feel the rush of spotting the wildlife amidst the lush green forest.
12.Camping – Indulge in overnight and outdoor camping for a different experience. Sync with nature as you camp at the banks of river Kali under the stars and with a spectacular view of the resident birds hovering in the sky.
- Dandeli is an ideal destination for engaging in myriad of water sports such as white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, coracle boat riding etc.
- Bathe in the river Kali’s rapid’s that provide an effect of a natural Jacuzzi bath.
- The Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers as it’s a residence for diverse range of bird species especially the Malabar Pied Hornbill.
- It offers an exciting opportunity to sync in with nature by camping amidst the luxurious verdant forests and wildlife.
- The Syntheri Rocks close to the Ulavi temple is a must visit site to witness a massive structure of imposing rocks made of granite. A sheer breathtaking sight to behold.
- The Shivaji fort 22km away from Dandeli warrants a visit. Built by Chhatrapati Shivaji, it boasts of ingenious warring techniques and strategies implemented by the warriors to win wars and protect the fort.
- Skyes point – 23 km from Dandeli, is famous for the spellbinding views of river Kali and lush green topography during the mesmerizing sunset.
An ideal retreat for an exciting adventure packed holiday amidst lush evergreen nature.
How to get to Dandeli
Flight : The nearest airport is Belgaum Airport, Karnataka about a distance of 90 km. A cab can be hired from there directly to Dandeli.
Train : The closest station is Alnaver railway station at a distance of 35 km. A cab can be hired from there directly to Dandeli
Road : Dandeli is well connected to major cities of India and several private and state buses ply to to the city. Private car and taxi can also be hired.
Interesting Facts About Dandeli.
A local legend states that the city is named after Dandelappa, a local deity, a servant of the Mirashi landlords, who lost his life because of his loyalty. An alternative legend states that a king named Dandakanayaka passed through the forests and named them after himself, and the city is believed to stand on the place where Dandakaranya stood when he named the area.
Valley of Flowers
Information about the valley of flowers:.
The heavenly beauty of the Valley of Flowers region is renowned for its alpine meadows with vibrant flora and fauna. This pristine region is home to some of the Himalayan's rarest flora. It attracts many botanists, explorers, nature lovers and avid hikers. In addition to endangered species of medicinal plants, you can see different nuances of color in this beautiful valley.
If you're a summer person, the Valley of Flowers has a lot to offer. This is because it is adorned with vibrant flowers during the warmer months of the year.
The Valley of Flowers Tour in India is one of the most exotic places to visit. This is especially for you if you have a deep interest in nature and the landscapes and emotions that surround it. You want to spend time amidst misty breezes and authentic landscapes to refresh your spirit. It is a true beauty that captivates the viewer. It also helps them understand the concept of eternal beauty.
Botanists, environmentalists and mountaineers will enjoy the Valley of Flowers in India. There are endemic, unusual flower species, beautiful meadows and a diverse flora to discover. Enjoy the stunning sight of Valley of Flowers National Park's blaze of colour - blues, yellows, pinks and reds shimmering in the sunlight!
Along with its fragrances, the glacier at the valley’s end will provide a cool mountain breeze. You’d feel amazing as a result of it. As you enter the valley, the heady blend of fragrances of the flowers will hit you in waves, mesmerizing you with their perfection.
Location of 'Valley of Flowers:
The Valley of Flowers is a beautiful and enchanting place in Uttarakhand's Chamoli district. It is an Indian national park known for its rich flora and fauna. It is 3352 to 3658 meters above sea level. Every year numerous hikers and travellers visit the Valley of Flowers. It is a popular hiking destination! The national park is 87.50 square kilometres in size, 2 kilometres wide and 8 kilometres long.
The Flower Valley has snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas as a backdrop. The Flower Valley excursion offers peaceful natural beauty. Joshimath is a sacred hamlet near Haridwar. It serves as the starting point for the enticing journey down the valley.
The valley is believed to have been discovered in 1931. It was when three British climbers led by Frank S. Smythe got lost and chanced upon this spectacular valley. Attracted by the beauty of this place, they called it the Valley of Flowers.
Information about the blooming of flowers:
As the name suggests, the Valley of Flowers is a place where nature blooms. It offers a breathtaking experience. Exotic flowers (more than 600 species) such as orchids, poppies, primroses, marigolds, daisies and anemones are eye-catching. Subalpine birch and rhododendron forests cover part of the parking area. A hike into the gorge offers eye-catching sights such as cascading waterfalls and wild streams.
About the flowers
- Vajardanti (Potentilla Atrisanguinea)
- Pannir Soppu (Geranium Collinum)
- Jalkutre (Primula Denticulata)
- Balma-Jhar, Ban Ajwain (Thymus Linearis)
- Himalayan Venus (Cypripedium Himalaicum)
- Epilobium Latifolium
- Operating hours of Valley of Flowers National Park
Vajardanti (Potentilla Atrisanguinea):
The word atrisanguinea is made up of two words: Atri means very dark and sanguinea means blood red. The flower looks very beautiful when you see it live in the Valley of Flowers. You want to touch it, eat it or keep watching it, especially for its colour and velvety texture. It blooms from June to August. You can also find some flowers near the Pushpawati river bed until mid-September.
Pannir Soppu (Geranium Collinum):
It blooms from July to August. You can find some lonely flowering plants near the Pushpawati river bed even in September. It is not as lush as its other counterpart, Geranium wallichianum. The word Collinum refers to hills - the habitat of the plant.
Jalkutre (Primula Denticulata):
It blooms from May to June. Around the beginning of June, it can be seen near the entrance of Hana no Tani. After about 150m you will see a frozen river. The colonies of Primula denticulata are easy to spot on its shores.
The word primula comes from primus, meaning first. It refers to the first flowers to open in spring. It is used to treat diabetes and urinary tract disease.
Balma-Jhar, Ban Ajwain (Thymus Linearis):
It flowers from May to September. You will find Thymus Lineris among stones on your way to the Valley of Flowers. It is a mat-forming herb. It is heavily scented. It is responsible for beautiful pink spots in the Valley of Flowers. The whole plant is used to treat eye diseases, skin diseases, and stomach aches.
Himalayan Venus (Cypripedium Himalaicum):
This is a rare flower. It is found in Flower Valley. Although the flowering period is June to August, it is difficult to find them in the Valley of Flowers from the first to the third week of July. This is extremely rare. You need a guide who is knowledgeable about its location.
It flowers from July to October. You can easily see this flower on the banks of flowing water streams. The deeper you go into the Valley of Flowers, the greater the chances of getting its large colonies. It gives the Pushpawati riverbed its pink hue in July. These are some of the most seen flowers found in Valley in flowers. There are also many more flowers which you can spot and experience their beauty and fragrance.
Operating hours of Valley of Flowers National Park:
It operates Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You should head back around 1 p.m. to be back by 5 p.m. Although the valley is beautiful in May, June and September. But for the maximum number of flowers, July and August are the preferred months.
Activities to do in Valley of Flowers
- The Valley of Flowers Trek
- Hemkund Sahib
The Valley of Flowers Trek:
The Valley of Flowers trek is one of the most famous treks in the Himalayas. There is a reason the Valley of Flowers is legendary. This is one of the oldest known treks in India. The Valley of Flowers is on the list of places hikers around the world want to visit. However, the hike is not as simple as it looks. It is a moderate trek with slightly longer trekking days. It has a steep climb to Hemkund Sahib. This requires endurance.
Hemkund Sahib is a Gurudwara at an altitude of 4329 m. It is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand near the Valley of Flowers. This sacred shrine is named after the glacial lake Hemkund. Hemkund borders Gurudwara. It means a lake of snow.
This Sikh pilgrimage site is dedicated to the 10th Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Govind Singh Ji (1666-1708). It is also mentioned in Dasam Granth. Dasam Granth is a work dedicated to Guruji himself. A small temple of Lakshman, the brother of Lord Rama, also adorns the shores of Lake Hemkund.
Govindghat is the place where the journey to Hemkund Sahib begins. Mules and porters can be hired on-site. It also serves as a tourist parking lot. It is located between the Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga rivers. It is about 22 km from Joshimath.
Mana is a must-see when visiting the valley of flowers. It is located on the border with Tibet. It is one of India’s most beautiful villages. This village is inhabited by the Indo-Mongolian tribe. They are known as the Bhotia.
Joshimath is one of the four Peethas founded by the great Adi Shankaracharya. This temple is situated at an altitude of 6150 feet in Uttarakhand. Joshimath is one of the sacred temples for Hindus. It is also the residence of Lord Badrinarayan.
Highlights of Valley of Flowers
Witnessing a valley covered in enormous varieties of flowers in all colours and tints of colour.
At 3,600m above sea level, the Valley of Flowers is a lively, colourful paradise where a wide variety of flowers thrive. The valley is surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains, exquisite glaciers, waterfalls, streams, and fluffy clouds in the sky.
The Valley of Flowers National Park offers an amazing experience with the magnificent Himalayan peaks serving as the backdrop. The Valley of Flowers National Park is one of the two core zones of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. It is spread across an area of 87 sq. km in the Chamoli district. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The second core zone is the Nanda Devi Valley of flowers National Park.
Three British mountaineers, commanded by Frank S. Smythe, are thought to have found the valley in 1931. They got lost in the forest and came upon this breathtaking valley. They gave it the name "Valley of Flowers".
A 17-kilometre hike leads to the Valley of Flowers from the village of Govindghat. The uphill journey from Govindghat to Ghangharia is surrounded by breathtaking waterfalls, forests, and the Himalayas. Ghangharia is about 14 km away from Govindghat.
A permit must be obtained from the forest department to enter Valley of Flowers Uttarakhand. There are no lodging options inside the valley. So, visitors are only permitted during the daytime during the three-day permit's validity period.
The pilgrims frequently use the trek path to get to the Sikh temple in Hemkund.
The Sri Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara is a revered Sikh shrine. It is only open for a few months. It is closed during winter due to severe snowfall. Hemkund Lake reflects the majestic mountains and entrancing glaciers.
A lovely location to visit is the Nanda Devi Park adjacent to the Valley of Flowers. Rare vegetation and a variety of endangered creatures can be found in this stunning sanctuary.
Entry fees to the Valley of Flowers
Destinations: Govindghat to Valley of Flowers
Distance /Altitude: Approx. 20 km trek/ 4,389 m for family and groups
Budget: INR 12,000 per person (excluding airfares)
It is not unusual for the valley to be temporarily closed for a day due to safety precautions.
Everyone who travels must complete the Hemkund Sahib Registration Form on the E-Portal.
Print the PDF after saving it.
Carry a photocopy of your photo ID card, and your COVID immunization certificate(s).
From Govindghat to Pulna, a distance of 4 km, the track can be driven on the way to Ghangaria. This shortened the distance from a few years ago to about 8 Km. It takes 20 kilometres to get from Pulna to Ghangaria. From Ghangaria, it is an 8-kilometre hike to the Valley of Flowers. It is a 12-kilometre trek back from Hemkund. A total of 40 km or so must be traversed inside the valley on paved paths and trails.
It is still quite an easy trek to Bhuydar village. And then it would be an hour of steep climbing from Bhyundar Bridge.
Horses are a quick way to get back if there is an emergency. A helipad at Ghangaria also offers flights to and from basecamp Govindghat.
Please take note that the helicopter will not fly when the weather is bad.
What you should carry:
- A raincoat, poncho, or other waterproof jacket is a must-have.
- Layer thermals, jackets, sweaters, hoodies, and whatever else will help you to stay warm.
- A backpack to store your belongings.
- A good pair of sports shoes with rubber soles so you have some traction on the route.
Weather in the Valley of Flowers
The best time to visit the Valley of Flowers is between July and August. The flowers are in full bloom during this time. The valley is open from June to October.
In the region of the national park, the seasonal bloom starts as early as June. Some flowers continue to bloom far into September. So, the time when you can see some blossoms lasts for around 16 weeks.
During the monsoon, the valley is covered in pink, white, blue, and violet hues (July-August). The valley is home to several common species, including Anemone, Bell Flower, Brahma Kamal, Blue Poppy, and Forget-Me-Not.
As the monsoon arrives fully, you will see a greater variety of species and flowers. The monsoon season begins in early July and lasts until the end of August. In this sense, any time in July or August is an excellent opportunity to visit the Valley of Flowers.
Interesting facts about the Valley of Flowers
- The Valley of Flowers is a part of the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. It is a World Heritage Site.
- The Valley of Flowers - Myth and Reality and Ecology and Conservation of the Valley of Flowers National Park, Garhwal Himalaya are two publications on the valley. These were written by Professor Chandra Prakash Kala, a botanist at the Wildlife Institute of India.
- It is thought that Lord Hanuman took Sanjivani from the Valley of Flowers to Lord Lakshman to heal him of his illness.
- While returning from their excursion to Mount Kamet, three British mountaineers unintentionally came across it. They gave it the name.
- Botanist Joan Margaret Legge of the Royal Botanic Gardens lost her life in the valley in 1939 while collecting flowers on shaky slopes. At the location, her sister built a monument in her honour.
- It is home to unique alpine indigenous flowers, plants, and animals.
- Bhyundar Valley was the original name of the Valley of Flowers.
Flora & Fauna
Valley of Flowers National Park is nestled atop the tall Himalayan hills in the Chamoli region of Garhwal. It is always notable for its floral variety and unrivalled natural beauty. More than 500 kinds of vascular plants, 160 or more bird species, as well as various insects and mammals, call this biome home.
Nanda Devi National Park and Valley of Flowers National Park. are the West Himalayan landscapes with high altitudes.
This valley is home to more than 520 kinds of plants and flowers (recorded and identified), many of which are peculiar to this region.
Himalayan Rose (Rosa Macrophylla); Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria Formosa); Woolly Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis Triplinervis) 14) Whorled Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum verticillatum) 15) Devendra’s Balsam (Impatiens Devendrae) 16) Large Bellflower (Campanula Latifolia) 20) Himalayan Milk Vetch (Astragalus Himalayanus) 21) Himalayan Monkshood (Aconitum Ferox) 22) Purple Stalked Gentian (Gentiana Pedicellata) 23) Himalayan Thimbleweed (Anemone Obtusiloba).
Along with Nanda Devi National Park, this National Park makes the Himalayan regions full of the richest biological diversity. The blue sheep, brown bear, Asiatic black bear, civet cat, snow leopard, serow, and other mammals call this region home.
Monal, Snowcock, Vultures, Eagles, Laughing- thrushes, Pheasant, Warblers, Yuhina, Nuthatch, Partridge Honeyguide, Woodpeckers, Flycatchers, Magpies, Robins and Redstarts, Sunbirds, Accentors, Rosefinches, etc. are among the several species of birds. Numerous species of vibrant bees, moths, and butterflies can be seen.
Mythology related to the Valley of Flowers
To heal Lord Lakshman, it is thought that Lord Hanuman brought Sanjivani from The Valley of Flowers. This is Lord Indra's Nandan Kanan, according to Hindu mythology. The river Pushpawati's glacial action formed a high-altitude valley. It runs east to west beside the river. A legend states that the Pandavas gave the river the name Pushpawati. They did this after noticing flowers floating in its snow-fed waters.
When three British mountaineers Frank Smythe, Eric Shipton, and Romilly Holdsworth got lost in the forest and arrived at this valley instead of Mana village as they had originally intended. Thus, the valley's existence was known to the outside world.
How to reach the Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers is situated about 17 km from Govindghat. All you have to do is get to Govindghat and then navigate your way from there. From Govindghat, you can start a trek to Ghangaria. It is 13 km away. You have the option to hire a pony, a porter, or a helicopter, according to your liking and budget. However, a pony or a porter is more convenient. This is because helicopters may not be operational most of the time owing to poor weather conditions. After reaching Ghangaria, a 3-kilometre trek awaits you to the Valley of Flowers.
How to get to the Valley of Flowers by road
To get to the Valley of Flowers, first, you have to reach Govindghat. Govindghat is reachable smoothly via well-maintained roads. You can take a bus or hire a cab or taxi from Delhi or Haldwani.
To reach Govindghat from Delhi you have to take the following route:
To reach Govindghat from Haldwani Ranikhet, follow this route:
Once you reach Govindghat from either of the above routes, you can begin a trek or hire a pony, porter, or a helicopter to Ghangaria and trek for 3 kilometres to reach the Valley of Flowers.
Getting to the Valley of Flowers by Train
The nearest railway station to the Valley of Flowers is Rishikesh. From there, you can take a bus or cab to Govindghat. You can plan the onward trip to the Valley of Flowers.
Reaching Valley of Flowers by Helicopter
Although getting a flight route from Delhi is easier, the nearest airport to the Valley of Flowers is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun. From there, you can take a bus or cab to Govindghat and choose the onward route. However, the distance from the airport to Govindghat is 292 km. So, this route might not be highly recommended.
Places to eat in the Valley of Flowers
The first thing to keep in mind before starting your trip to the Valley of Flowers from Ghangaria is that you will not get any food stalls, shacks, or restaurants here. The area is comparatively isolated from other nearby areas like Hemkund Sahib and Ghangaria. So, it is advisable to carry your food and water.
The smartest thing to do would be to get your food and water packed from one of the dhabas in Ghangaria. The food will cost you approximately Rs. 200. You can also choose to pack some snacks like energy bars, chocolates and such.
However, do keep in mind to properly discard your waste rather than litter the beautiful Valley of Flowers.
Things You Should Know About the Trek to the Valley of Flowers
Visiting the Valley of Flowers when the flowers are in full bloom will make the visit worthwhile. May, June and September are beautiful times. But the best time to visit is July and August.
It is best to ask about the current weather conditions before planning your travel. This will help you to avoid any mishaps. In the monsoons, the weather conditions get worse so it is best to be informed.
What to carry with you for the trek
Before you plan a trek to the Valley of Flowers, make sure you are properly packed and prepared. Here is a list of things that you should definitely pack before you start your trek:
- Lightweight jacket or windcheater of good quality to combat the cold
- A couple of t-shirts, preferably one half and one full
- Thermal clothing
- Two lightweight trousers or tights. These should be comfortable for trekking
- One pair of shorts
- Trekking boots with good quality floaters for the trek, along with waterproof shoes
- Two lightweight woollen or fleece jumpers
- Lightweight, foldable umbrella
- A woollen scarf, beanie or hat
- A small torch with extra batteries
- Water bottle, hand towel and basic toiletries
- Sun shades or glasses
- A camera, a notebook and a pen for your luggage
- Small backpack for water bottles, food, and other items.
- Basic medicines like bandages, antibiotics, and medicines for headaches, fever, vomiting and cold
- Dry fruits like almonds, cashew, etc.
- Energy bars
Places to stay in the Valley of Flowers
It is not allowed to stay overnight in the Valley of Flowers. But you can find various lodging options at Govindghat or Ghangaria.
- Hotel Yoga: 12km from the Valley of Flowers
- Amritara the Avadh: 12 km from the Valley of Flowers National Park
- Bhajan Ashram Badrinath: 12 km from the Valley of Flowers National Park
- Hotel Himgiri: 12 km from the Valley of Flowers National Park
- Hotel Vasudeva Inn: 13 km from the Valley of Flowers National Park
- The Tattva Resort: 21 km from the Valley of Flowers National Park
- Mount View Annexy: 21 km from the Valley of Flowers National Park
- The Sleeping Beauty Hotel by the Vedix Yatra: 21 km from the Valley of Flowers National Park
- Cliff Top Club: 21 km from the Valley of Flowers National Park
- Himalayan High, Auli, by Himalayan Eco Lodges: 22 km from the Valley of Flowers National Park
- Auli Resort: 23 km from the Valley of Flowers National Park
- Casa Himalaya: 23 km from the Valley of Flowers National Park
- Mountain Rover Auli: 23 km from the Valley of Flowers National Park
- The Snow City: 23 km from the Valley of Flowers National Park
Reasons why you should visit the Valley of Flowers
There are various reasons why you must visit the Valley of Flowers at least once in your lifetime. Some of them are listed below:
- World Heritage Site: It has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2005. It is a part of Nanda Devi National Park. It stretches over a land of 80.75 km. The Valley of Flowers is a 15-kilometre-long trek. Pilgrims and visitors prefer to visit here to spend some quiet, meditative time.
- Unique Flora: When you visit the Valley of Flowers, you will be able to see some flora. These have been marked as endangered species according to the UNESCO website. Here you will find a larger number of medicinal plants as compared to the Himalayan region.
- Most Searched for Place: The Valley of Flowers comes out in the maximum of searches for a tourist attraction in Uttarakhand when it comes to a place for meditative purposes.
- Rare and endangered birds and animals: Visit the Valley of Flowers and you will get to see rare species of birds and animals like The Himalayan Monal, Himalayan Black Bears, Musk Deer, Red Fox, Blue Sheep, Snow leopard, and more.
- Untouched yet well-manicured: The flora in the Valley of Flowers is left untouched but they look perfectly in shape and well-manicured just like a properly maintained garden. Of course, there are strict rules to not touch the outgrowth when visitors visit this area.
- A delight for trekkers during monsoons: Not every trek is open during monsoons. However, the Valley of Flowers is an exception. It is one of the few places which is a major tourist attraction, especially during the monsoons. It is because the rarest and most beautiful flowers bloom here around this time. Another added factor is the ultimate beauty and sublime greenery of the region.
- Hemkund Sahib: Hemkund Sahib is known to be one of the most resplendent and beautiful Gurudwaras in the world. As Guru Nanak Dev Ji said, “Tell your troubles to the one who is the source of all comfort”. Plan a trip to the Valley of Flowers and visit Hemkund Sahib.
Here you will be able to taste the best Gurudwara Langar and deliciously soul-filling Guru Prasad. Rest here for a bit to give your aching and sore muscles some respite from the long trek. Take a dip in the holy water to rejuvenate your mind and body.
- A heaven for photographers: If you love photography, Valley of Flowers is going to be an absolute treat for you! Get your Go Pros and DSLRs to check some of the best shots here. The beauty, greenery and grace of the land are incomparable. Just like out of a fairy tale, capture the beauty of this place with your camera. Take it back to cherish at home.
- Inhale pure oxygen: Looking for a place where you can get away from the hustle, bustle and pollution of the busy city? Take a trek up to the Valley of Flowers and take in the purest of oxygen.
- Tourism income for villagers: This place is a source of income for the Pulna and Bhyundar villages. So if you visit the Valley of Flowers, you are actually promoting their livelihood.
All in all, the Valley of Flowers is one of the most isolated and green tourist attractions. Here, you can find peace, tranquillity and pure oxygen to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Visit here and see if you are lucky enough to see the Brahma Kamal flower. This Brahma Kamal flower is quite a rare find in itself.
Kedar Tal Trek
Fill Your Senses with Adventure, Thrill, and True Divinity of Nature!
Information about the Kedar Tal Trek
Kedar Tal trek flourishes amid lush green meadows, snow-covered Himalayan peaks, bubbling springs, and enriching flora and fauna. The place also holds religious importance as the lake is believed to have been born from the blessings of Lord Shiva.
The beauty of Kedar Tal is boundless, but the trek can be a bit challenging albeit magical for beginners. The 18 km trail is ample with spider walls, rocky terrains, steep slopes, and large boulders, and thus, requires the trekkers to be physically and mentally strong!
However, the first touch of the translucent water of Kedar Tal is healing enough to soothe the five senses of the tired trekkers. The silence surrounding the lake is so loud that it soothes one’s mind, body, and soul.
Kedar Tal, is, thus, a paradise for meditators, poets, photographers, yoga practitioners, and artists, but also a boon for those who wish to break free from the mundaneness of regular life.
Settled at an elevation of almost 16,000 feet, Kedar Tal Trek starts from the temple town of Gangotri, in Uttarkashi district, Uttarakhand.
The local language of Kedar Tal
The locals of Kedar Tal usually converse in Garhwali, one of the dialects of Hindi, which is also widely spoken in the region. Many natives also understand English, so trekkers can easily roam around the region.
What is Kedar Tal known for?
The trek to Kedar Tal can be a bit challenging for the novice but the experience is truly magical.
Kedar Valley brims with all the fragrant things that grow in nature – gurgling rivers, vibrant meadows, rambling waterfalls, snow-covered Himalayan peaks – the list is endless.
Kedar Tal, also known as Lord Shiva’s Lake, offers picturesque views of Himalayan peaks, like Manda Parvat, Mt. Thalay Sagar, Mt. Bhrigupanth, Mt. Jogin, and Mt. Gangotri.
The hidden gem of the Kedar Tal trek is the spotting of mountain goats, known as Bharal, or Blue Sheep, along with Himalayan Black Bear, and Gorals. So, if there is one word to define the beauty of this magnificent glacial lake, it is divine!
How to reach Kedar Tal?
The base or starting point of Kedartal trekking is Gangotri, which can be reached easily from Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Haridwar via private taxi or Volvo.
The nearest airport to Gangotri is the Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, which takes about an hour to reach the ISBT, from where one can find a cab or bus. Kedar Tal trekkers who don’t mind splurging can also visit Sahastradhara Helipad, Dehradun, to travel to Gangotri via helicopter service.
From Gangotri, the trekkers cover a distance of 18 km on foot to reach the lake of Kedar Tal in around 3-4 days.
Cost to reach Kedar Tal?
The Kedartal trek cost depends on a lot of factors, like accommodation, food, and transport. A typical Kedartal trek itinerary would cost the trekkers around 15k to 20k.
The private cabs charge around INR 7K to INR 15K while Volvos cost between INR 700 and INR 1000 to Gangotri. The trekkers can go through a good Kedar Tal trek guide to learn more about a typical Kedartal trek package.
Interesting facts about the Kedar Tal
The starting point of the Kedar Tal trek, Gangotri, is one of the Char Dhams in Uttarakhand.
Kedar Tal translates as Shiva’s Lake since ‘Kedar’ is one of the Lord’s names.
Kedar Tal is one of the highest lakes in Uttarakhand, and also the most remote one.
Activities to do in Kedar Tal
- Camping: Put up a tent in Kedar valley, set up a bonfire, and revel under the glory of a moonlit, starry sky. Kedar Tal is certainly one of the most gorgeous places for camping.
- Sightseeing: The entire district of Uttarkashi brims with temples, streams, natural springs, and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. One can stroll through the vibrant town of Gangotri, spend a night in Harsil, or explore the untouched corners of the valley.
- Photography: The majestic peak of Mt. Thalay Sagar serves as the perfect background for the azure waters of Kedar Tal, and thus, makes for a great montage for photographers.
Highlights of Kedar Tal
- Setting up a camp near the pristine water of Kedar Tal.
- The climb to and through the iconic yet infamous spider walls
- Heavenly view of the Greater Himalayas, including Mt. Gangotri, Mt. Thalay Sagar, Mt. Mt. Bhrigupanth, etc.
- The breathtaking vistas of Bhoj forests.
- Visit Gangotri Temple, one of the pilgrim sites from the Char Dham in Uttarakhand.
Weather in Kedar Tal
The best time to do the Kedartal trek is during May and June, September and October. A Kedartal trek in May means shimmering emerald-green mountains, colourful meadows, and gurgling streams that truly bring out the beauty of this scenic place.
Mythology related to Kedar Tal
As per the legend, Lord Shiva, created the Kedar Tal lake to contribute to River Bhagirathi by letting Kedar Ganga become its tributary.
The crystal-clear water of Kedar Tal is thus fed by the River Kedar Ganga, which is believed to have plunged from the locks of Lord Shiva to purify the ashes of King Bhagirath’s ancestors with her pure yet commanding flow.
Kedar Tal History
Kedar Tal was formed by the melting of the Kedar glacier and is the birthplace of Kedar Ganga, a tributary to the Bhagirathi River. Since the lake is fed by Kedar Ganga, it came to be known as Keda Tal and is highly revered by the locals.
Where/What to eat in Kedar Tal
There is no shade or shelter once the trek starts from Gangotri. It is thus recommended to carry your food, or a cook, to the trek. The restaurants in Gangotri usually offer vegetarian food since it is a pilgrimage center.
Where to stay in Kedar Tal?
There are several hotels and homestays in Kedar Tal, Gangotri and nearby areas. Hotel GMVN Gangotri is usually a good lodge with decent rent to stay for trekkers.
However, there is no shelter once the Kedar Tal trek starts, so trekkers carry their tents to stay the night in campsites, like Bhoj Kharak and Kedar Kharak.
Why is Kedar Tal a must-visit?
The Kedartal Trek is an adventure of a lifetime for anyone who finds peace and seeks thrill amid the heavenly beauty of the mighty Himalayas. One will enjoy the enchanting meadows and meandering streams on one side of the trail while losing their breath as they climb up the spine-chilling spider walls, on the other. The end reward of all the effort put into this trek will be the indescribable beauty and divinity of the Kedar Tal lake that will beckon you to come close and seek the blessings of Lord Shiva who has energized this serene lake with His unceasing energy.
Chopta Tungnath Trek
Located in the Garhwali Himalayas, Chopta Tungnath is an easy-to-moderate weekend trekking trail with a maximum elevation of 13,000 ft above sea level.
The Chopta Tungnath trek, also known as the Chandrashila Summit trek, requires 3–6 days of daylight trekking through the mountains of Uttarakhand, India. The ideal time to do the trek comfortably is between April to November. Trekkers can see a myriad of picturesque vistas, including the bloom of rhododendron forests, if they visit between February and July. In winter, it can get risky to trek certain parts of the trail due to landslides and avalanches.
Trekkers will have to begin their journey from Haridwar and drive to Ukhimath before starting their hiking journey to the destined elevation, surpassing the misty coniferous forest.
Location of Chopta Tungnath Trek
Chopta is a small village in the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is 400 km (249 miles) from the national capital Delhi and easy to reach by road. The only route reaching Tungnath in the Chopta Tungnath trek is the uphill hike from Chopta.
Highlights of ‘Chopta Tungnath'
The captivating beauty of the red, scarlet, and pink rhododendron forest on the trail from Chopta to Tungnath, followed by dense coniferous trees like oak, maple, and pine forests.
Hike to the oldest Shiva Temple in the world, at 12,000 ft elevation, amidst snow-capped mountains.
Breathtaking views of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Bandarpuch, Chaukhamba, and Trishul while trekking from Chopta to Tungnath, which get even better at the summit.
Beginning at the Sari village, the trail offers a close view of the rural Himalayan civilisation, especially the ancient Garhwali culture among the locals.
Experience the stunning beauty of the Deorital Lake at a 3 km elevation from Sari village en route to the Ukhimath-Chopta road.
Walking through Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, hikers can witness flocks of migratory birds throughout their Chopta-Tungnath-Chandrashila trek journey.
Chopta Tungnath Trek Guide
The most exciting adventure on this trek starts on day 3 in the early morning hours, ideally an hour before sunrise. The concrete road from Chopta to Tungnath is safe for travel at this hour. A steep climb and a few road bends will take the hikers to a sharp turn and further to the location of temples and religious flagpoles.
The Chopta Tungnath trek starts from Haridwar, which is well-connected by roads from Delhi. Hikers willing to experience the Chopta Tungnath Chandrashila trek must travel to the capital city of India either by flight or by air.
Places to visit in Chopta & Tungnath
The Chopta-Tungnath trail is as entertaining to nature lovers as it is to adventure enthusiasts and veteran trekkers! From the start to overnight camping at the Chopta Tungnath summit, it is a traveller's paradise.
One will pass several outstanding locations during the Chopta-Tungnath trip.
Tungnath Temple is the oldest Shiva temple in the world, established 1000 years ago by the local Garhwali people. The temple is 4 km uphill from Chopta and easy to reach by car and on foot. The Tungnath Temple is highly revered as one of Uttarakhand's five Panch Kedar Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Located at 12,110 ft, this summit is a viewpoint for all major Garhwali peaks and is religiously significant. It is believed that Lord Rama meditated here after defeating Ravana in Lanka. Legend also says Lord Chandra spent his penance here, from which the peak gets its name. 'Chandrashila' literally translates to a moon rock.
The first campsite of the Chopta Tungnath trek route, Sari village, nestles in the lap of rhododendron forests on the slopes of the Garhwal Himalayas. The top attractions here are the beautiful snow-scattered Deoria Tal Lake and a glimpse of the local culture.
Omkar Ratneshwar Mahadev
The Omkar Ratnashwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Naga Devta or Nagraj, the snake Lord Shiva carries around his neck. The temple is located on the return route from Deoria Tal Lake to Sari Village. 'Nag Panchami' is a massive festival at the temple, but avoid visiting at the time if you dislike crowds.
Located at 6,000 ft on the banks of the Saraswati River, Kalimath is one of the 108 Siddha Peethas of Goddess Kali. This spot is believed to be where Kali killed the demon Raktavija. This is the only temple where Kali is worshipped with Lakshmi and Saraswati. However, no idol is worshipped here. Instead, the Sri Yantra is the object of devotion. It is located 50 km away from Chopta towards Sari.
Located 7 km before Chopta, Dugalbitta is a scenic spot in the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a vibrant spot for photography and also a lovely camping site. Birdwatching, hiking, and cycling are fun activities to do here.
Kanchula Kharak Musk Deer Sanctuary
A 7 km turn towards the Chopta-Gopeshwar road can land visitors in a serene location with rich flora and fauna. The Kanchula Kharak Musk Deer Sanctuary is an ideal location to spot Askot Musk Deer and other Himalayan wild birds and animals.
Activities to do in the Chopta Tungnath trek
Chopta is sometimes referred to as the mini-Switzerland of India because of the lush greenery of spring, the burst of red rhododendrons during summer, the fiery orange of autumn, and carpets of fallen snow in winter.
Here is a list of activities for anyone to enjoy the time they spend in Chopta.
Camping at Chopta
Chopta's landscape comprises rolling meadows and Himalayan peaks on all sides, making it an ideal camping spot with memorable nighttime bonfires. The location is 8464 ft from the sea level, easy to travel by motor vehicles, and the Deoria Tal is within an hour of walking distance. Tourists find camping in Chopta a soul-charging activity, especially for the colourful rhododendron trees surrounding the entire place.
Snow Trekking Routes from Chopta
Chopta is the hub of almost all the important treks of the Uttarakhand region. The famous Valley of Flowers Trek, Kuari Pass Trek, and the Panch Kedar Trek pass through the Chopta region. Pilgrim visits of the Kedarnath, Rudranath – Kalpeshwar, Madmaheshwar and Kali Shila Trek surpass the Chopta region for the easy-to-access location.
Birdwatching in Chopta Valley
Chopta is famous as a birdwatching location alongside a popular trekking route. Nearly 240 species of birds can be spotted in Chopta, including the local Himalayan monal, Himalayan griffon, and some migratory birds like the scarlet finch. The slopes of Chopta Chandrashila Tungnath are ideal for tourists to witness the wildlife, especially on the way to Tungnath peak.
Mountain Rappelling is one of the trendy adventure sports around the Chopta region, where a person gets to climb down a rock with a rope tied around their torso. The point of the sport is to experience the adrenaline of descent along the mountainous slope but without the risks associated with doing it freehand.
Perfect Weather for Chopta Tungnath Trek
April to June, followed by September to November, are the ideal periods to experience the Chopta Chandrashila Tungnath trek. During this time, you will get clear skies and pleasant weather.
Chopta Tungnath Temperature in Summer
During summer, the Tungnath trek from Chopta is pleasant, with the temperature reaching around 22 degrees Celsius during the day and a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius at night.
Chopta Tungnath Temperature in Winter
The Chopta and Chandrashila trek sees an average of 2 degrees Celsius temperature in winter mornings. It goes down to a maximum of -8 degrees Celsius at night. It is not an ideal time to visit. From late winter, the snow begins to thaw, making way for trekkers to visit again.
Chopta Tungnath Temperature in Monsoon
The average monsoon temperature is around 19 degrees to 4 degrees Celsius from morning to night for the entire trek from Chopta to Tungnath region. It is better to avoid monsoon season, as the terrain will be slippery and hard to travel on.
Interesting facts about the Chopta Tungnath Trek
- The trek will take you to one of the five Panch Kedar Shiva temples in Uttarakhand that are highly revered and worshipped locally.
- Despite an elevation of 12,000–13,000 ft, the trek is easy to moderate and can be done even by amateurs.
- It can be covered in 2–4 days at most.
- It is a perfect trail to witness the famous Rhododendron blooms of the Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas.
- The locations here are rich in mythical heritage pertaining to the Hindu faith.
- The summit offers scintillating views of nearby peaks.
History of the Tungnath Temple
The Chopta Tungnath trek features the 1000-year-old Shiva Temple at the summit, which has rich lore connected to it. Tungnath, meaning the Lord of the Peaks in Sanskrit, forms the river valleys of Mandakini and Alakananda. The Tungnath Temple is one of the five holy sites that form Panch Kedar. Local legends state that when the Pandavas came looking for Lord Shiva in the mountains of Garhwal, he disappeared and later reappeared in five different parts to avoid the brothers as he was incensed about the bloodbath of Kurukshetra. Tungnath was one of the places Lord Shiva's arms surfaced here after his disappearance.
The Chandrashila peak, located a little above Tungnath, is believed to be the spot where Lord Rama penanced for the brutalities of his war with Ravana. He prayed to Shiva to wash away the sins he committed by murdering Ravana and his army.
Where to eat during the 'Chopta Tungnath' Trek?
Aloo parathas with special Himalayan pickles are a commonly savoured dish at Chopta Tungnath trip homestays. Many roadside shacks serve authentic North Indian delicacies in and around Sari. Expect the cuisine to be mostly vegetarian.
Path of the Chopta Tungnath Trek
Day 1: sari to deoria tal, day 2: deoria tal to chopta, day 3: chopta-tungnath-chandrashila trek.
Before the trek commences, you will reach Haridwar from Delhi Haridwar via the NH 334 highway running along the Bhagirathi and Alakananda Rivers. The time taken is approximately 5 or 6 hours for the 242.6 km distance. The train route requires approx 7 hours to reach Haridwar railway station.
The trek towards Chopta begins the next day. Start early to cover a considerable distance by nightfall. The trail initially passes through the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary with a mix of upward and downhill elevation till Tungnath. The altitude here is around 9,600 ft. Certain stops will give a clear view of the Chandrashila summit.
After crossing a ridgeback of a mountain, trekkers will reach a resting point in Sari village. It is built and controlled by the Uttarakhand Forest Department of India. The trail becomes slightly difficult with a constant uphill elevation.
Depending on the walking speed, you can spend 20 minutes at the resting spot. The breathtaking views and fresh mountain breeze will refresh and energize everyone for further climbing.
After a hike for an hour or two, you can see Deoria Tal, where you will camp for the night.
The next day, the trail familiarises hikers with the Himalayan atmosphere with a view of Kedarnath's summit at a distance. The initial route will be lined with the iconic colourful flags of the Buddhist faith along the ascent via Rohini Bugyal. Here you will also spot many rhododendron plants.
You can expect to spot some wildlife in the oak forests, such as bison, deer, and red-tailed fox. The overall uphill trek for 7-8 hours will lead to the Chopta campsite, accompanied by a breathtaking sunset.
The most exciting adventure on this trek starts on day 3 in the early hours of the morning, ideally an hour before sunrise. The concrete road from Chopta to Tungnath is safe for travel at this hour. A steep climb and a few road bends will take the hikers to a sharp turn and further to the location of temples and religious flagpoles.
On the 10th turn, hikers can get a stunning view of the Chandrashila summit, followed by the next bend taking them directly to the Tungnath top.
Tungnath gives a superb 360-degree view of the Kumaon and Garhwali Himalayas on all flanks. The snow-covered crowns of Dronagiri, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, and Chaukhambi peaks can be spotted at a distance. A slight glimpse of the Gangotri and Thalaysagar range is also possible if the sky is clear.
You will retrace your steps and return to Chopta the same day.
Where to stay during the Chopta Tungnath Trek?
Chopta has a lot of wonderful places for tourists, like the Tattva, Birdsong & Beyond, The Meadows Resort & Camp, and the very famous Blue Poppy Resort for the luxury living experience. Homestays like the Himalayan Homestays, Neelkanth homestay, or the Stop-off Café & stays provide tourists with a local lifestyle experience!
Travel tips for the Chopta Tungnath Trek
- Being fit is extremely important for trekking to 9000 ft. Do not go if you have tendencies of vertigo, nausea, heart conditions, musculoskeletal issues, asthma, or you are pregnant.
- Make sure to stay hydrated along the journey.
- Mules and porters are easily available in the Chopta Tungnath region to carry luggage.
- Do not compromise on gear, wear the right outfit and shoes, and follow the team leader at every step. Do not forget thick gloves to avoid frostbite.
- Make your hotel bookings in advance.
Is the Chopta Tungnath trek route difficult?
The Chopta Tungnath trek is a climb of moderate difficulty. Anyone who is fit and has no physical ailments level can trek along the trails of Tungnath.
What is the ideal time to visit Chopta Tungnath location?
April to June and September to October is the ideal time to trek Chopta-Tungnath.
What should I wear while trekking in Chopta & Tungnath?
Warm, woollen clothes layered with wind-cheater jackets will be adequate to beat the cold. Make sure to carry a pair of thermals, a fleece jacket, woollen caps, and socks for a comfortable trip. Wearing trekking boots is a must.
Is mobile reception available in the Chopta Tungnath region?
Chopta to Tungnath and Chandrashila trail has no mobile connectivity. In the villages below Chopta, BSNL and Airtel provide connectivity.
Which peak is visible from the Tungnath summit?
Hikers can get a clear view of Chandrashila Peak, located at an elevation of 3,690 m from the Tungnath summit. Bandarpunch, Trishul, Kedar, Nandadevi and the Chaukhambi are also visible from Tunganath.
Why go on a Chopta Tungnath Trek?
The Chopta-Tungnath-Chandrashila trek is one of the wonderful trek routes in Uttarakhand, India, where a person can witness Himalayan wildlife and thick coniferous forests while walking on rocky terrain at the height of 9,600 ft above sea level. The route is special because one can witness the tranquillity of the Bugyals and the snow-capped Himalayan peaks by only walking 5–6 km at the height of 12,000 ft.
Bali Pass Trek
An Offbeat Path to Explore the Himalayas and Expand Your Trekking Abilities!
Bali Pass is a mystical place settled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas and extends an invitation to anyone who seeks a thrill away from bustling city life.
Information about the Bali Pass Trek
From silvering snow fields to uninhabited villages, Bali Pass has several attractions hidden in layers. You can take a dip in holy waters, seek divine blessings, find photo opportunities at every step, and camp under a starry night sky—all within a week!
Bali Pass sits at an elevation of 16240 ft and is nestled in the Govind Ballabh Pant Wildlife Sanctuary in the Uttarkashi district of Garhwal, Uttarakhand .
- Be well-informed about the trek. Read about the experience of other trekkers who have already been there. Read Bali Pass trek blogs to learn more about the same.
- Carry mandatory legal documents such as ID proof, medical certificate, passport-sized photograph, etc.
- Pack a personal medical kit in your backpack. Make sure to add paracetamol, Avomine, Digene, Dolo 65, etc.
Places to visit in Bali Pass
Yamunotri temple .
Yamunotri Temple is one of India's four Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. You shouldn't miss taking a dip in the resplendent springs of Gouri and Surya Kund.
Gangad and Osla Villages
Brimming with old temples, interesting Himalayan folklore, and lush green meadows, these ancient villages will take you back in time and are covered under the Bali Pass trek cost.
It is a serene glacial lake that boasts tranquillity in every sense and is still untouched by commercialisation. So, you can soak in some peaceful vibes while gazing at the panoramic views.
Activities to do in Bali Pass
If you are a fan of stargazing, make sure to carry your own telescope to witness the stars and galaxies from Bali Pass.
Bali Pass is a hot spot for campsites like Dev Thatch, Untigad, and Damini Forest. Just put up your tents, light a bonfire, and dance through the night!
Bali Pass is surrounded by many ancient villages that still hold the Himalayan culture close to their souls. Trekkers love to soak in the majestic views of the Himalayas from these unexplored hamlets.
Bali Pass trek is a delight for anyone intrigued about exploring the mysteries of the mighty Himalayas.
Highlights of Bali Pass
- Witness clear views of the Bandarpoonch, Swararohini, and Kala Nag peaks.
- Camp under the stars in Dev Thatch and soak in the healing vibes of the alpine settings.
- Visit the Yamunotri temple amid nature's glory and the meandering Yamuna River.
- Walk along the Tons and Supin Rivers.
Bali Pass Weather
- The Bali Pass trek best time to visit is between May and June . Bali Pass weather is quite pleasing at this time, with 12 to 17 degrees during the day and below zero degrees at night.
- The Bali Pass trek route is also perfect to visit in September and October. Bali Pass temperature in autumn swings between 1o to 14 degrees during the day and zero to -3 degrees at night.
- As the Bali Pass temperature typically drops below 0 degrees, carrying padded jackets, woollen caps, mufflers, socks, thermals, gloves, and at least three T-shirts to the trek is recommended.
Interesting facts about Bali Pass
- It connects Har-ki-Dun with Yamunotri Valley offering some splendorous valley view full of alpine meadows and lush green hillsides.
- It also traverses the confluence between Tons and Ruinsara Rivers which meander along the trails most of the time.
- The Bali Pass trek route is home to more than 150 species of birds, including golden eagle, black vulture, and Himalayan monals. It is, thus, a paradise for bird watchers.
- Mythology related to Bali Pass
- Many locals believe their ancestors traced their origins to the Pandavas of Mahabharata. A few also tell stories about their connection with the Kauravas mentioned in the epic.
- It is believed that only Yudhishthira, out of all Pandavas, was able to attain heaven from Swargarohini, the snow-covered Himalayan peak visible from this trek.
History of Bali Pass
The history of the Bali Pass trek goes back to the time of Ramayana, when Bali, the ruler of Kishkindha Mountain, travelled to Uttarakhand to kill a demon named Odari. The trek was thus named after Bali, who killed the demon, and returned to his kingdom with glory.
How to reach Bali Pass
Buses are available from Dehradun to reach Sankri. It takes about 10 hours for passengers to reach Sankri from Dehra.
One can board a train from Delhi to reach Dehradun and board a bus from ISBT, which is within walking distance from the station. The nearest airport to Sankri is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, and it takes about an hour to reach the bus station from there.
A private cab to the Bali Pass trek costs around INR 3000-8000.
Where/what to eat in Bali Pass
There are no restaurants or shops on the trek to Bali Pass, so it is advised to buy all supplies at Sankri. Tour guides and companies usually bring a cook to serve food.
Information about the Bali Pass Trek
A typical Bali Pass trek itinerary would usually comprise an 8-day trip via Dehradun, Sankri, Taluka, Seema, Dev Thatch, Damini Forest, and Janki Chatti. Here's a breakup of the itinerary of the trek to Bali Pass.
- On day 1, trekkers reach Sankri village from Dehradun via cab or bus.
- On day 2, the Bali Pass distance from Sankri and Taluka shall be covered before resting at Seema. The route is full of dense forests, green meadows, and gurgling streams.
- On day 3, trekkers usually spend a good lot of time at the velvety Dev Thatch meadow indulging in activities like camping and photography before moving forward.
- Day 4 is about losing oneself in the magnificence of snow-covered Himalayan peaks, listening to the chirping of exotic birds, and sitting by the silence of Ruinsara lake.
- By day 5, before the Bali Pass weather complicates the trek, advance towards the base camp at around 4 in the morning. Soak in the silver of the snow fields and put up a camp at the Damini Forest campsite.
- Day 6 is the time to relax and enjoy the trail to the pass. Some even visit the Yamunotri Dham to seek the deity's blessings before reaching Janki Chatti.
- On day 7, trekkers drive to Barkot before bidding farewell to this challenging yet wonderful trek. The overall Bali Pass trek distance from Sankri is about 60 km, so one can plan accordingly.
Where to stay
At such high elevations, one cannot expect to stay in a hotel or even a homestay. Most trekkers usually stay at the Meraki Homestay in Sankri or carry their own sleeping bags or tents. They also rest at the GMVN Guest House at Seema while on the way to the base camp.
The resting abode of most trekkers heading towards Bali Pass.
- There is no network coverage in this region.
- There is a fully-functional ATM at Pulora, but trekkers must carry cash.
- There is no curfew for the entry and exit for trekkers to Sankri, but driving on spiral roads after dark can be dangerous. So, trekkers try to arrive before 5 PM.
What is the difficulty level of the Bali Pass trek?
One must have gone to at least 5 treks before signing up for Bali Pass Trek. The difficulty level is somewhere close to 7 on a scale of 10.
How many days are required to cover the Bali Pass trek thoroughly?
It usually takes 7–8 days to complete the trek to Bali Pass. One may take more time if they are not a regular trekker.
Is the Bali Pass trek safe for solo and women travellers?
Bali Pass is completely safe for solo and women travellers, but taking the necessary precautions is still recommended before travelling.
What is Bali Pass famous for?
Bali Pass trek is famous for its high altitude, majestic Himalayan peaks, unexplored villages, camping sites, cultural exchange, and more.
Can a 50-year-old go on a Bali Pass trek?
Bali Pass is a high-altitude trek, so whether they can go on this trek depends on an individual's health.
Why is Bali Pass a must-visit?
Bali Pass is an authentic trekking destination for those who seek thrill and adventure and love tranquillity and peace. Its flora and fauna, alpine meadows, ancient temples, Jaunsari houses, rich culture, interesting folklore, majestic Himalayan views, etc., are some reasons why Bali Pass is a must-visit for all.
Pangarchulla peak Trek
Information about pangarchulla peak.
Pangarchulla peak is the trek of a lifetime for regular trekkers, mountain lovers, and thrill seekers. The magnificent views of some magical Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi , the second-highest peak in India, is a subtle experience bringing a sense of accomplishment to the trekkers.
And let’s not forget the absolute divinity which surrounds the summit in the form of bubbling springs, thick pine forests, rugged slopes, blooming meadows, and snowy boulders.
The summit of Pangarchulla Peak is perched at an elevation of 15,069 ft and starts from a beautiful town called Joshimath nestled in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand . The trek takes the visitors through the Nanda Devi National Park.
The local language spoken in the Pangarchulla
The locals usually use Garhwali and Hindi to converse with each other. However, most of them understand English, so, language is the least of all concerns for the trekkers.
What is Pangarchulla peak known for?
Pangarchulla peak is known for its high elevation which makes it possible for trekkers to have unrestricted views of majestic Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi, Hathi Ghoda, Neelkanth , and Kamet.
Besides, there are several gurgling streams, misty hillsides, unexplored hamlets, and colorful meadows that have the power to heal the senses of those who touch their boundaries. Trekkers can also go sightseeing in Joshimath, Auli, Vishnuprayag, and Ghangaria, to expand their travels.
How to reach Pangarchulla peak?
The starting point of Pangarchulla is Joshimath, which is the gateway to some famous pilgrim sites, including Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib. Joshimath, is thus, easily accessible via road from Haridwar.
One can board a train or catch a flight to Haridwar from where they can either book a cab or hop on a bus to reach Joshimath. The closest airport to Haridwar is Jolly Grant in Dehradun , and it takes about two hours to reach Haridwar from the port.
From there, one can get a Volvo or hire a private cab to reach Joshimath. It takes about 8 to 10 hours to cover the distance from Haridwar to Joshimath. The Pangarchulla trek distance from Joshimath is around 38 km and is covered less by driving and more by foot.
Cost to reach Pangarchulla peak
The private cab costs between INR 8K to 12K to reach Joshimath from Haridwar or Rishikesh. The Volvo or AC- buses charge around INR 700 to 900 to cover the distance between the source and destination station. From Joshimath, the Pangarchulla peak can only be accessed via drive or foot.
Interesting facts about the Pangarchulla peak
- The trek is famous for its summit club and takes about 6-7 days to finish.
- Khullara, Gulling top, and Tali Lake are some of the best camping sites on the Pangarchulla peak trek itinerary.
- One can spot Musk Deer and Himalayan bears on their way to Pangarchulla peak summit.
- Lies on the popular Lord Curzon trail and through the Nanda Devi National Park.
- Recommended Pangarchulla tour packages
- The Pangarchulla trek is one of the most challenging summit treks in the Greater Himalayas. So, one should trek the Himalayas Pangarchulla with a guide under a tour package.
- One can go through some popular Pangarchulla trek blogs to learn about the best Uttarakhand tour packages and book their Pangarchulla peak trip accordingly.
Activities to do in Pangarchulla
- Local Sightseeing: The starting point of Pangarchulla, Joshimath is a pilgrim town, and home to several ancient temples. Trekkers also prefer to visit Auli, known for skiing, Nanda Devi National Park, and Ghangaria – the list goes on!
- Camping: One cannot just visit Pangarchulla and not set up their camps under a sky full of stars. There are several camping sites to set up one’s tents.
- Bird-Watching: The trails of Nanda Devi National Park and Panpatia Col are a paradise for bird-watchers. From flycatchers and barbets to whistling thrush and Himalayan griffon, trekkers can spot a variety of Uttarakhand birds.
Highlights of Pangarchulla peak
- Macrocosmic views of Himalayan peaks, including the Nanda Devi, Neelkanth, Hathi Ghoda, Dhronagiri, Chawkhamba, Kamet, etc.
- Breathtaking alpine meadows and deodar forests, lush grasslands, oak trees, and gurgling streams throughout the trekking trail.
- A steep yet delightful ridge climb at an altitude of 15,069 ft. before reaching the summit.
The weather at Pangarchulla peak
The Pangarchulla weather is usually cold throughout the year when compared to the Himalayan foothills. However, the Pangarchulla trek best time is during May and June, and then, September and October.
The Pangarchulla trek in May is probably the time when the peak is most visited since during this time, the snow is still melting while the sun is at its brightest. Pangarchulla temperature ranges from 18°C to 12°C during the day and swings between -3°C to -6°C at night during summer and autumn.
Mythology related to Pangarchulla peak
The trail to the peak was once the path for Pandavas while they journeyed to the Swargrohini mountain.
The other story is that the path was also a playground of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
History of Pangarchulla peak
The word ‘Pangar’ literally translates to Maple and ‘Chulla’ means Chimney, and there’s a reason why the peak is named Pangarchulla. It is because the peak resembles the shape of the big, black chimney when looked to the top from the base, which is surrounded by Maple trees. So, this is how the peak came into existence with its name.
Where/What to eat in Pangarchulla peak?
Pangarchulla peak is a high-elevation trek where there is no shade or shelter let alone a place to eat. The Pangarchulla peak trek also takes about a week to finish, so, trekkers have no other way but to carry their food packages to the trek.
Where to stay in Pangarchulla?
Just like food, there are no guest houses, hotels, or homestays in the middle of the trek. However, there are a handful of camping sites blessed with scenic views and murmuring streams, so, the best way to spend the nights on the trek is by putting up camps and dancing around the bonfire!
Travel tips for the Pangarchulla trek
- The Pangarchulla trek cannot be completed without a technical guide, so, one must book a good tour package and book the trek.
- Sturdy trekking shoes with good grip, woolen clothes, trek pants, thermals, socks, sunglasses, caps, gloves, headlamps, etc are a few important things to pack.
- Carry a personal medical kit, in case, Pangarchulla height gets in the way of someone’s adventure. However, one must always consult their guide before taking the medicines,
Why Pangarchulla peak is a must-visit?
Pangarchull peak trek is full of adventure and thrill on every step. The more you get closer to the summit, the more exciting the trail gets – the experience is something that can only be felt and understood once you pass through the rocky tracks, dense forests, cliffside villages, meandering rivers, and snowfields signaling the endpoint of the trek.
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International Yoga Festival
The International Yoga Festival is a 7 day event which takes place every year in Uttarakhand. The main purpose of the festival is to propagate the importance of yoga. Uttarakhand is a very peaceful place and has the perfect setting for yoga, it is located in the Himalayas. All these points add up to provide the best yoga experience to the people in the land where yoga originated. Yoga is very important for everybody as it provides stability, balance, mental peace and increases your concentration.
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1. nainital- a serenity within the chaos and chaos within the serenity.
Another lure is the exotic Nainital Zoo , with its many exquisite species. Some other attractions such as the Eco Cave Garden and the Astronomy Institution ARIES identify Nainital with nature studies and exploration. Located at a height of 1,938 meters above sea level, Nainital is also famously referred to as the Lake District of India.
- Ideal Destination to Visit for: Couple and families, Honeymooners, Office Goers
- Best time to Visit: April to June
- Things to do: Boating at Naini lake, Trekking, Tiffin top , Land ends, Nainital zoo, Himalayan viewpoint, Paragliding , Naina Peak, Ropeway
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2. Mussoorie- Where the clouds dare!
Located at a stunning height of 6000 feet, Mussoorie is one of the best hill stations in Uttarakhand, being called the “Queen of hills”. With snow-covered Himalayan peaks on view, the land is abundant in opulent natural beauty and has an incredible climate too. While the summers are pleasant, the winters are chilling. The beauty of the Mussoorie was such that it mesmerized Captain Young of the British army who in 1820, made this place his residence.
Since the destination lies on the top of the charts of the travelers, the charms are definitely unique and blissful. One can see and touch the trail of clouds passing by. Kempty Falls is unmistakably worth visiting. Mussoorie is a place where everyone can enjoy wonderful holidays. The place is especially popular with Honeymooners.
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- Ideal Destination to Visit for: Romantic Couples, Honeymooners, Family, Friends, Nature and Photography lovers.
- Best time to Visit: March to June and September to November
- Things to do: Kempty Falls, Gun hills, Camel’s back road, Mall Road, Company Garden
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3. Haridwar-Enter the God’s Domain!
One of the most revered and most visited pilgrimage destinations in India, Haridwar is located on the banks of the sacred Ganges and furnish ethereal sights. Haridwar literally means “a gateway to God” and marks the place where River Ganges descends from the mountains into plains. Following the age-old traditions and legacies, a large number of Hindus could be seen offering prayers and oblations to their ancestors and departed loved ones.
A lot of significance has been attributed to Haridwar in Hindu religious scriptures and texts. It is believed to be the same place where the celestial nectar fell from the heavens in the clash between the gods and the demons.
Har-ki Pauri is the most famous spot from where maximum people take a dip in the Ganges. The temples of Chandi Devi, Maya Devi, and Mansa Devi are situated in famous locations. The sight of evening aarti is simply amazing with the view of golden earthen lamps against the rapidly flowing Ganges is breathtaking beyond words.
- Ideal Destination to Visit for: Friends, Family, Couples, Devotees, Pilgrims
- Best time to Visit: All around the year, except on Monsoons.
- Things to Do: Ganga Aarti
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4. Dehradun- A town that never fails to attract
In the capital city of the Uttarakhand State, the charm of this amazing destination has not abated notwithstanding the ever-increasing graph of tourism and rapid commercialization. Located in the Doon Valley, on the foothills of the majestic Himalayas, Dehradun lies curled up between India’s two splendid rivers-Ganga and the Yamuna. Full of most picturesque landscapes with incredible weather and ambiance, Dehradun is a cherished location, irresistible to all kinds of travelers.
There is plenty to sightsee and enjoy in Dehradun. Brimming with unique views, adventures and inexhaustible fun is the Robber’s cave. Buddha’s temple is another fantastic and famous structure that visitors can access. It draws thousands of tourist pilgrims and Buddhism lovers from across the world every year. Besides, there is Malsi Deer Park, Tapkeshwar Mandir, and Paonta Sahab Gurdwara which can be visited and admired.
The best time to visit Dehradun is during the spring season while the charms of the autumn season are also great to enjoy and relish.
- Ideal Destination to Visit for: Family, Friends, Romantic Couples, Nature, and peace lovers.
- Best time to Visit: March to April and October and November
- Things to Do: Robber’s Cave, Mindrolling Monastery, Sahastradhara , Rajai National Park
5. Almora- A little town with amazing wonders
Almora is an amazing destination, known far and wide for its exquisite beauty, lush verdure, rich cultural heritage, and mouth-watering cuisines. Located at an elevation of 1,638 meters above sea level, Almora is surrounded all over by beautiful picturesque districts Pithoragarh, Nainital, and Bageshwar and is a great place to absorb natural views and scenic ambiance.
Established by the kings of the Chand dynasty, Almora attracts hundreds and thousands of tourists every year and is perceived as an important business hub of the Kumaon region. Some important attractions like the Chitai Golu Devta Temple, Katarmal Sun Temple, and Govind Ballabh Pant Museum are also famous spots for spiritual and tourist activity.
- Ideal Destination to Visit for: Romantic Couples, Honeymooners, adventure enthusiasts, solo travelers.
- Best time to Visit: All throughout the year except monsoons.
- Things to do: Bright End Corner , Kasar Devi Temple, Jageshwar Dham, Trekking
6. Rishikesh-The hub of Yoga and Philosophy
This Yoga capital of the world is one of the most sacred destinations in Uttarakhand. The rapid rush of the Ganges, surrounded by enchanting snow and lush green hills is one of the most enchanting sights to witness. In the evening, the spectacular Ganga Arti is truly breathtaking as the experience transports you into a heavenly ecstasy which is simply incredible to realize.
While the presence of saffron-clad monks and sadhus, the innumerable temple bells and sounds of the cymbals and gongs, the hymns and chants render Rishikesh a spiritual connotation, the presence of diverse water sports, especially rafting , kayaking, and bungee jumping gives an altogether different meaning to Rishikesh.
Rishikesh is also one of the best places for adventure trekking in Uttarakhand as well. The destination is suitable for both – those coming for relaxation and those coming for adventure, thus it is quite a popular site. The best time to visit Rishikesh is from May to November.
- Things to do: Triveni Ghat, Swarg Ashram , Camping, Rafting, bungee jumping , Yoga, Ram Jhula
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7. Chamoli- Find Tranquility in the cradle of Himalayas!
The best part about Chamoli is its weather, which remains pleasant and salubrious throughout the year. With the presence of colorful flora and fauna, the town attracts plenty of tourists every year. Tourists can find many places of interest in Chamoli. Other important tourist places such as The Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahib, Auli , Badrinath , etc. are located nearby Chamoli. It’s a wonderful place for friends and family outings.
- Ideal Destination to Visit for: Photographers, adventure lovers, pilgrims, and peace lovers.
- Best time to Visit: All around the year except monsoons.
- Things to Do: Trekking , sightseeing, photography, skiing, and cable car rides
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8. Jim Corbett- The Adventure Begins Here!
Spread in the vast expanse of 520 square kilometers, the landscape around the park comprises of riverine belts, grasslands, large lakes, marshy depressions, and surrounding hills. The sights and sounds of Royal Bengal tigers in all their majesty ring in the mind long after one’s visit to this house of natural exoticness.
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For the convenience of the visitors, the park has been divided into 5 different zones. The wildlife safaris are an especially sought-after attraction and furnish great fun and adventure.
Not only animals but there is an amazing variety of birds (over 550 species have been recorded to date) at Jim Corbett as well. Thus, be assured to find allures for every kind of traveler.
Being a famous tourist spot, there are plenty of accommodation options nearby so lodging is not at all a problem at this exquisite place.
Plus, you can also stay inside the confines of the National Park itself at one of the forest rest houses which are present at all zones in Jim Corbett, Dhikala being the prime one.
Jim Corbett also happens to be one of those National Parks in India which are best visited during winter for an enthralling wildlife vacation in India due to its diverse topography.
- Ideal Destination to Visit for: Wildlife and Nature enthusiasts, Photography enthusiasts, adventure travelers, family, and friends.
- Best time to Visit: December to February.
- Things to do: Elephant rides , Jungle safari , photography, sightseeing
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9. Auli- Best Destination for skiing and other winter sports.
Auli played host to the First SAF winter games in 2011 and since then quickly acquired prominence in the world charts as a destination of international significance. Some of the other important attractions in this small hill town are Auli Artificial Lake, Gorson Bugyal and Kauri Pass, etc., all famous for their wonderful scenic views.
With wonderful weather pervading all over the town throughout the 12 months, Auli can be easily categorized as a year-round destination. Auli also happens to be one of the best honeymoon places to visit in India in winter .
- Ideal Destination to Visit for: Friends, Romantic Couples, Mountain and Nature Lovers, and Ski Enthusiasts.
- Best time to Visit: All year-round destination. November to February for snow.
- Things to Do: Skiing , enjoying the natural beauty and artificial lake, Mountains
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10. Lansdowne- A lazy man’s paradise!
Although perched at an altitude of 1,700 meters above sea level, Lansdowne is well linked to other nearby towns by good motorable roads.
Surrounded by a rich thicket of oak and pine trees, the town got its name from Lord Lansdowne, who was the Viceroy of India during the time Lansdowne was founded.
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Due to its relatively remote location, the town still harbors many unexplored charms and un-spoilt locations. The environment is relatively much cleaner and due to the presence of some military institutions, is better planned and maintained. This is a great place to spend some peaceful holidays in Uttarakhand.
- Ideal Destination to Visit for: Couples, Honeymooners, Families, and Friends.
- Things to do: Enjoy the natural beauty, Museums, Tip-in-top point, Bhulla Tal lake
11. Valley of Flowers- The Riot of millions of hues!
The views of the Valley of flowers appear like straight out of some heaven. Even before that there are exotic waterfalls, wonderful glaciers, and lush forests en route to the valley.
The Valley is filled with almost a bewildering variety of flowers such as Saxifrags, lilies, daisies, zinnia, geranium, calendula, etc.
Due to its incomparable beauty and sheer grace, the region has been declared a UNESCO world heritage. One of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand, the site is must-visit destination in the state.
- Ideal Destination to Visit for: Family, Friends, Romantic Couples
- Best time to Visit: July to August
- Things to do: Trekking, photography
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12. Chardham Yatra – Quest for Salvation
Uttarakhand is called the land of Gods and the famous Chota Char Dham Yatra is one of its many highlights. All the four sites of the Chota Char Dham- Kedarnath , Badrinath , Gangotri , and Yamunotri , adorn this wonderful state as together with the ancient legends their spiritual significance, render Uttarakhand with almost a mystical charm.
Each year, the state receives an upward of 250,000 pilgrims who undertake the holy pilgrimage of Chardham Yatra in Uttarakhand, inspiring their devotion.
With its great significance in the Hindu religion, the Chardham is one of the major reasons for visitors flocking to Uttarakhand. Along with a refreshing ambiance and great visual delights, the state is an ideal place to unwind and feel lost in the devotion to God.
- Ideal Destination to Visit for: Pilgrimage, Trekking
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13. Kausani- A panorama of breathtaking sights!
The mesmerizing snow-clad hills, bubbling creeks, silent valleys, and dense forests with monumental coniferous trees are sights to behold. The heavenly sights of peaks such as Nanda Devi, Panchachuli, and Trishul are also clearly visible.
Kausani is filled with delightful refreshing weather and a captivating climate. The hill station is located at an impressive altitude of 1890 meters above sea level. Its fascinating ambiance also charmed Mahatma Gandhi, who stayed at the Anashakti Ashram while penning down his book” Anasakti Yoga”.
Kausani, one of the popular honeymoon places to visit in Uttarakhand has an all-year-round allure although, the best time to visit the place is often perceived to be between April and June and then from September to November. Nevertheless, with charms like it, the place is a great relaxing spot for taking your family and friends along.
- Ideal Destination to Visit for: Nature lovers, Romantic Couples, Photography Enthusiasts, Friends
- Best time to Visit: March to May
- Things to do: Anasakti Ashram, Baijnath Temple , Tea Estate
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Mesmerizing sights fill every corner of the state, exuding a profound sense of sacredness. This is also the place where religious destinations abound and pilgrimage traffic is as much conspicuous as tourist traffic. It seems even Gods find these tourist places in Uttarakhand, incomparable to any other place in India.
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Top 20 places in Uttarakhand to Spend a Joyous Vacation
Uttarakhand is one of the apparent destination choices that come to mind when planning vacations to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Famously known as the ‘Land of Gods’, this hilly Indian state attracts maximum tourist footfall from India and worldwide for its unmatched natural beauty, including pristine lakes, snow-capped peaks, lush greens, old temples, and meadows.
When we talk about the best places in Uttarakhand , it is not confined to Manali, Shimla, and Rishikesh. Indeed, these are popular travel destinations in the hilly state but are not the only ones to limit your choices when there are other tourist destinations to refer to. So today, we bring you a checklist of the 21 places in Uttarakhand in this article.
Top 20 places in Uttarakhand to enjoy your vacations
Dehradun is one of Uttarakhand’s famous places tourists love visiting for its scenic natural beauty and pleasant weather. The city houses many tourist attractions worth seeing with your family and friends.
Top attractions in Dehradun
- Tapkeshwar Temple
- Robbers’s Cave
- Wildlife Institute of India
- Tiger Falls
- Indian Military Academy
- Mindrolling Monastery
- Malsi Deer Park
Activities to do
- Visiting museums
Best time to visit
- March – June
Nestled in the middle of the Garhwal Himalayas, Mussoorie is one of the best tourist places in Uttarakhand . This hill station is popularly called ‘’Queen of the Hills’’ as you will find many hills here. It is a perfect weekend getaway for solo travellers and honeymoon couples.
Top attractions in Mussoorie
- Kempty Falls
- Camel’s Back Road
- Mussoorie Lake
- Rock Climbing
- Horse riding
- April – Mid-July
Uttarakhand is a place to visit for its serene natural beauty and to immerse oneself in the spiritual wave. And the place to experience it is Haridwar. Nestled on the banks of the holy river Ganga, the site is popularly called the ‘’Gateway to the Gods’’.
For Hindus, this religious place has always been ideal for solace and peace. Devotees come from all over India to become part of the auspicious Ganga Aarti in the evening.
Top attractions in Haridwar
- Har Ki Pauri Ghaat
- Mansa Devi Temple
- Chanda Devi Temple
- Piran Kaliyar
- Rajaji National Park
- Visiting holy temples
- Attending Ganga Aarti
- Taking Ayurvedic treatment
- Practicing yoga and meditation
- Enjoying the relishing taste of local street food
- October- February
If you travel to Uttarakhand to experience solitude and peace with yourself, then Lansdowne is the right option for you. With splendid mountains and pristine greens, this tranquil town will win your heart and prompt you to spend more time here. Besides majestic natural beauty, Lansdowne is worth visiting for its colonial charm, fascinating flora and fauna, and pine forests.
Top attractions in Lansdowne
- Bhulla Lake
- Bhim Pakora
- St. Johns Church
- Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
- Darwan Singh Museum
- Soaking in peace
- Nature walking
- April – July
Besides Haridwar, Rishikesh is the next top option to practice yoga and meditation. Popularly known as the ‘’Yoga Capital of the world,’’ this Hindu pilgrimage centre holds greater importance among Hindus.
At Rishikesh, you will also see many internationally acclaimed philosophical study centres. The place also drags tourist attention with its famous adventure sports, i.e. white river rafting. For your convenient stay, you can book a resort in Rishikesh .
Top attractions in Rishikesh
- Lakshman Jhula
- Triveni Ghat
- Kunjapuri Devi Temple
- Neer Garh Waterfall
- Neem Karoli Baba Ashram
- Parmarth Niketan Ashram
- Watching and attending Ganga Aarti
- White river rafting
- Bunjee jumping
- October – March
Joining the list of top-rated travel destinations in Uttarakhand is Almora. Located near the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas, the place attracts frequent tourist footfall for its rich cultural heritage, delectable cuisines, and handicrafts. This hill station is an ideal spot for nature lovers and history enthusiasts to travel any time during the year.
Top attractions in Almora
- Chitai Temple
- Nanda Devi Temple
- Watching the picturesque view of the sunrise
- Rock climbing
- Nature walk
- November – April
Chopta is one of the places in Uttarakhand that is no less than a paradise for those who love trekking. This exquisite hidden gem within the Himalayas attracts tourists with its enchanting natural view of landscapes and mountains. Hence, this makes it a perfect weekend destination plan for adventure backpackers.
Top attractions in Chopta
- Tungnath Temple
- Chandrashila Trek
- Valley of Thangu
- Kanchula Korak Deer Musk Sanctuary
- Kedarnath Temple (80 kilometres by road)
- Gurudongmar Lake
- Camping at Baniyakund
- Bird watching
- Knowing the local culture
- April – June and September – November
Next on the list is Ranikhet. Located above sea level up to 1829 metres, this is an ideal retreat to connect with nature and respite from the stressful city life. Going by its name, it means ‘’Land of the Queen’’. The place captivates visitors with its lush green flora, fauna, and breathtaking natural beauty. You can visit Ranikhet anytime during the year.
Top attractions in Ranikhet
- Chaubatia Orchards
- Upat Golf Grounds
- Naukuchia Taal
- Playing golf
- Exploring orchards
Located near the Garhwal Himalayas, Chamoli is one of the attractive spots to visit in Uttarakhand. What attracts tourists to visit this place is its scenic landscapes, alpine woods, and rolling creeks. The site also stockpiles numerous temples and shrines and has a historical touch with the Chipko movement.
Top attractions in Chamoli
- Vasundhara Waterfalls
- Roopkund Lake
- Hemkund Sahib
- Chamolanath Temple
- Nature walks
- Exploring temples
- Touring villages
- Tasting the famous Kumaoni cuisine
- November – March and July – August
10. New Tehri
To experience solitude and peace at a hill station, New Tehri is one of the best tourist places in Uttarakhand. This place is a must-travel ride for adventure seekers. Nestled between the lush woods and old temples, New Tehri is an ideal retreat for having an eccentric experience. Two major rivers flow near this place. These are Bhagirathi and Bhilangana.
Top attractions in New Tehri
- Pantwari village
- Budha Kedar
- Water skiing
- April – June and October – December
If you want to switch from the usual holiday destinations, then this time, visit Pithoragarh, which is also a famous travel destination in Uttarakhand. The paradise has meandering rivers, snow-capped mountains, lush greens, and waterfalls. All these features make Pithoragarh a paradise for nature lovers.
Top attractions in Pithoragarh
- Pithoragarh Fort
- Kafni Glacier Trek
- Askot Sanctuary
- Dhwaj Temple
- Exploring rich flora and fauna
- Visiting holy shrines
- April – November
Dhanaulti in Uttarakhand is a very serene and calm place to experience peace with yourself. From here, you can see the spectacular view of Himalayan peaks. It is an excellent place for adventure seekers.
Top attractions in Dhanaulti
- Dhanaulti Adventure Park
- Dhanaulti Eco Park
- Apple Orchard Resort
- Deogarh Fort
- Surkanda Devi Temple
- April – May – June
Harsil is a hidden gem in Uttarakhand that you might have yet to explore. But this time, visit this wonderful place and lose in its exceptional serene environment and picturesque landscapes. Nestled on the banks of the Bhagirathi River, Harsil is an ideal tourist destination to find solace from the sprinting urban life.
Top attractions in Harsil
- Mukhwas Village
- Gangotri Glacier
- Dodital Lake
- Dayara Bugyal
- Exploring landscapes
- April – June and September – October
Uttarakhand is the best travel destination to explore for its natural scenic landscapes. Also known as Tiara of the Queen of the Hills, the tourists here can find respite from the hectic city life and lose themselves in the mild natural environment. You can visit Landour any time.
Top attractions in Landour
- Landour Bakehouse
- St. Paul’s Church
- Rokeeby Manor
- Tasting the delectable baked items at Bakehouse
- Going to churches
- Watching mountains
- April – June
It would help if you visited Kausani in Uttarakhand to see the magnificent view of the Himalayan mountains, including Nanda Devi, Panchachuli, and Trishul. You can watch this place’s gripping view of sunrise and the tranquil landscape, reviving you with freshness.
Top attractions in Kausani
- Rudradhari Falls and Caves
- Baijnath Temple
- Kausani Tea Estate
- Kausani Planetarium
- Rudradhari Falls
- Anasakti Ashram
- Watching the sunset view
- Mountain biking
- Visiting museums and ashrams
- April – June and October – February
Nestled at the elevated height of 2298 metres above sea level, Munsiyari is one of the attractive places in Uttarakhand that drives tourists’ attention towards its astonishing natural beauty of snow-covered Himalayas and lush green woods. It is an ideal spot for adventure seekers and lone travellers.
Top attractions in Munsiyari
- Birthi Falls
- Maheshwari Kund
- Panchachuli Peak
- Thamari Kund
- Balanti Potato Farm
- Exploring flora and fauna
- March – June, mid-September – October
When it comes to enjoying adventure sports like skiing or snowboarding, plus watching the magnificent vistas, snow-covered mountains, and coniferous forests, Auli is a popular tourist destination.
Top attractions in Auli
- Trishul Peak
- Nanda Devi Peak
- Chenab Lake
- Auli Artificial Lake
- Birding tour
- November – March
Nainital might seem like one of the most common vacation choices, but it is a popular travel destination in Uttarakhand for honeymoon couples and family goers. The scenic getaway of this place is worth exploring. In addition, it is also known as the Lake District of India as it stocks multiple lakes. You can visit Nainital any time.
Top attractions in Nainital
- Snow View Point
- Bhimtal Lake
- Himalayan Botanical Garden
- Riding ropeway
- Enjoying the natural beauty
Last on the list is Mukteshwar, one of the famous cities in Uttarakhand. This is the place for watching spectacular views of cascading waterfalls and other tourist attractions, including Mukteshwar Temple. You can plan your perfect staycation at one of the best luxury resorts in Mukteshwar .
Top attractions in Mukteshwar
- Chauli ki Jaali
- Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple
- Indian Veterinary Research Institute
- Bhalugaad Waterfall
- Visiting Mukteshwar Shiva temple
- Watching breathtaking views of waterfalls
- Shopping for organic items
20. Jim Corbett National Park
For all the wildlife fanatics, Jim Corbett National Park is the best tourist destination. Being India’s first national park, it deserves to be on every traveller’s list. The main motto behind the foundation of this park was to save Bengal tigers since 1936. The area is enveloped with lush green hills, dense forests, and open grasslands, and of course, it is a vast territory for the big cats to wander around.
Besides quenching your desire to watch tigers, you can also view 650 species of birds here. The five zones of this famous national park, including Jhirna, Dhela, Bijrani, Dikhala and Durgadevi, are open to visitors. Now, you can even plan your stay at hotels near Jim Corbett National Park .
Top attractions in Jim Corbett National Park
- Corbett Museum
- Corbett Waterfall
- Durga Temple
- Garjia Temple
- Sitabani Forest Reserve
- Kalagarh Dam
- Jeep safari
- Elephant riding
- River rafting
- November – February
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