Uttarakhand, situated in northern India, is a tourist hub that attracts travelers from all over the world. Known as the ‘Land of Gods’, it is considered a paradise on earth for its breathtaking scenic beauty. Earlier known as Uttaranchal, Uttarakhand became the 27th state of India on November 9, 2000. In January 2007, the name of the state was officially changed to Uttarakhand. Whether one is a pilgrim, a sightseeing enthusiast or an adventure lover, this state in northern India has a lot to offer. The state has 13 districts, which are grouped into two major divisions, Kumaon and Garhwal based on their historic divisions as the Kingdoms of Kumaon and Garhwal.
There is a never ending list of tourist attractions waiting in these 13 districts of Uttarakhand. The list is still increasing in length with the constant discovery new and exotic destinations. From worship to sightseeing to Trekking and rafting, each tourist hotspot offers a vast range of pilgrimage sites, beautiful sceneries, and exciting activities to travelers to the state.
What Uttarakhand has to Offer:
1. Known as the ‘Lake district of Uttarakhand’
Nainital is a popular tourist spot nestled at an elevation of 1938 m above sea level. The hill station features impressive lakes and hills and is visited by people of all ages. Nainital offers visitors Boating, yachting, and Fishing opportunities. Various beautiful places around Nainital also attract a large number of tourists from around the globe. These places include Hanumangarhi, Khurpatal, Kilbury, Lariakanta, and Land’s End. Apart from these places, the Naini Peak, Snow-View, the Nainital Ropeway, Bhimtal, Naukuchia Tal, and Sat Tal are destinations near Nainital known for their beauty.
the queen of the hills,m is one of the most popular hill resort of northern India. The place came to be known as Mussoorie due to unlimited growth of a bush locally known as Mussoorie. Its green hills and varied fauna and flora make it a colorful and picturesque hill station, commanding a wonderful view of extensive Himalayan snow ranges to the North-East, and Panoramic view of the Doon valley to the south. The Yamuna Bridge, Nag Tibba, Dhanolti, and Surkhanda Devi are other places of Interest around Mussoorie.
3.Situated 53 kilometer to the North of Almora
the spectacular 300 kilometer-wide view of the Himalayas makes Kausani a picturesque hill station. Kausani offers breathtaking views of the Katyuri Valley, the River Gomti and the snowy peaks of Panchachuli, Nanda Kot, Nanda Devi, Trishul, Nanda Ghunti, Chaukhamba, and Kedarnath. Anasakti Ashram, Pant Museum, and Lakshmi Ashram are also popular among tourists.
4.Abundant with Natural Beauty
and home to a diverse wild life are places like Jim Corbett National Park, Rajaji National Park, Kedarnath Sanctuary, Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Assan Barrage Bird Sanctuary, Nanda Devi National Park, and Askot Wildlife Sanctuary.
5. Pilgrims throngs to Uttarakhand
to offer respect to the gods at places like Badrinath, Devprayag, Adi Kailash, Almora, Augustmuni, Dwarahat, Gangnani, Gangolihat, Gangotri, and Gaurikund. Other notable destinations include Haridwar, Kedarnath, Rudranath, Kalpeshwar, and Jageshwar.
6. The Himalaya and Karakoram
ranges offer perfect landscape for trekking, mountaineering, Skiing, and river rafting. Biking, Paragliding and Camping are also popular and can be enjoyed at their best in the exotic destinations of this state.