Uttarakhand, earlier a part of Uttar Pradesh recently claimed the title of being a “state” in the year 2008. Snuggled in the laps of Himalayas, Uttarakhand also known as “Dev Bhoomi”, boasts of enchanting views of Himalayas and cultural ethos. Uttarakhand is a land with wonderful natural beauty and serene spirituality. The land provides its visitors a perfectly blended combination of exciting water sports to bring out your adventurous self and peaceful ashrams which help you to reconnect yourself with your inner-self. Some people visit this place because of their religious beliefs and some because of their love for nature and this wonderful land satisfies the thirst of both. The place is a perfect destination whether you want an adventurous trip or a calm one. Famous for its scenic beauty and pilgrim centers the place has many places for you to visit. We have shortlisted some of them for you to save your time and enhance your experience.
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Almora, the commercial headquarter of Kumaon, is one the best offbeat places that one must visit when in Uttarakhand. The picturesque views of Almora are a delight for everyone. The peace, calmness and serenity that this place offers are not easy to find. It is a relief to the heart and soul of people as this place becomes a getaway for many during the summer season to escape the scorching heat in the cities. Nestled in the shape of a horse saddle, the place boasts of colonial era architecture. Witnessing the splendid views of sunrise and sunset at Bright End Corner is just like a cherry to the cake. Dotted with a number of Fir and Pine trees this hillock will allure you with its magnificent beauty in just once glance, tempting you to never go back home.
Dehradun, snuggled in the Doon valley between the rivers Ganga and Yamuna, is the capital city of Uttarakhand. This city of unmatched picturesque beauty often grabs a lot of attention due the myriad pleasures that it offers. Apart from the natural beauty the place is also famous for its splendid architecture. The town is the house to a number of ancient monuments taking you back to the colonial days of the British Raj. Leaving aside architecture and natural beauty the place also has a Monastery to let you feel the culture of Buddhism. Not only this, the city also gives you an exciting streak by letting you indulge in activities like paragliding and river-rafting. Well connected with a number of other famous destinations, it often becomes a halting point for tourists. Going to this place will never make you regret your decision and you’ll always have a plethora of options to explore in this beautiful city.
Chamoli, the town that sparked off the famous “Chipko Movement”, is famous widely for its shrines, temples, and religious connections with Hindu mythology. Chamoli is also known as the “adobe of Gods” because of its mythological connection and natural beauty. The town is often visited by tourists to know and feel the rich Garhwali culture and traditions. Apart from sight-seeing and photography, here tourists also often participate in adventurous activities like trekking, skiing and cable car rides. The place is ideal spot for all- peace and nature lovers as well as for pilgrim and adventure junkies. How much paradoxical it sounds but Chamoli really is that ideal place for a vacation which has something for everyone. Pilgrimage, adventure and natural serenity are all very well blended in Chamoli.
Rishikesh, often known as the adventure and Yoga capital, is located at the foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of river Ganga. The place is worldly known for the International Yoga Festival that it hosts. Rishikesh provides you a perfect get away location from the daily chaos in life by offering you exhilarating activities like river rafting, by simply giving you beautiful beaches to relax, by letting you explore the scenic beauty in the mountains and by providing you ashrams to practice yoga asanas with the mighty Himalayas in the background. Apart from the adventure and yoga, one must not forget to visit the Triveni Ghat for seeing the Ganga Aarti. The beautiful city is known to capture hearts of people in just one visit.
Also known as the “skiing capital of India”, Auli is one of the best places to learn skiing. This white wonderland is a perfect vacation spot for both snow lovers and adventure enthusiasts. This is an ideal place for skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering. Auli boasts of having Asia’s longest cable car that goes from Joshimath to Auli. The place also claims to have world’s highest man-made lake. Bounded by the tall oak and coniferous forests, the place provides a mesmerizing sight to see and a plethora of sight-seeing options to enjoy. So, if you want to have loads of fun and frolic with your friends and family, then Auli should be your destination.
Also known as the “Gateway to the Lords”, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities for Hindus and therefore tourists from all over the world come here in large numbers throughout the year to offer prayers in the many temples and ashrams that the place houses. The place is known to be blessed with the river Ganga and it is believed that by taking a holy dip in the sacred water of the Ganges one washes away all of his/her sins. The place is also famous for its Kumbh Festival, that takes place once in every twelve years, in the month of Saavan. People come from far and wide to see the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti in Haridwar. Every evening during the worship ritual for the River Goddess one can see millions of tiny lamps being lighted and then floated in the river along with the melodious sound of ringing of bells and devotees and priests singing prayers.
Known for its historical and architectural glory, Landsdowne is the perfect place to spend your summer vacations. Dotted with loads of pine trees, it is a tranquil and a pollution-free holiday spot. This clean and well-maintained hill station located in the Cantonment Area, was founded and named after the Viceroy of India, during the British period. The mesmerizing beauty of the Himalayas, the snowclad peaks and fresh air are some of the factors which make it difficult to resist the desire to go and visit the place. So, make sure you go to visit and discover the nearby towns, museums and viewpoints when you land up in Landsdowne.
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So why wait to trek the hills of Uttarakhand? Bag-packers get ready! This trip is guaranteed to take to places you have never seen before. Happy Traveling guys!