Uttarakhand- A land of God and Goddess
India is endowed with natural beauty encompasses the variety of flora and fauna, wildlife sanctuaries, historical monuments, pilgrimage sites, hill stations, natural springs, mountainous beauty etc for travelers from all over the world. Uttarakhand was announced as 27th state of India on 9th November 2000. It was earlier a part of Uttar Pradesh. It was known as Uttaranchal state until 2007 when name of it had been changed to Uttarakhand.
Dehradun is a capital city of the state of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand is divided into 13 districts namely Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Dehradun, Rudraprayag, Gopeshwar, Nainital, Almorah, Bageshwar, Champawat, Pithoragarh and Udhamsingh Nagar. Uttarakhand State is divided into two regions; Garhwal region and Kumaon region. State is spread of 52,482 km area and out of which 34,434 sq km area is under forest. It confirms that Uttrakhand is truly blessed with natural beauty and has lots to offer to the travelers when it comes to tourism.
Uttarakhand is home to many holy rivers such as Bhagirathi, Alaknanda, Mandakini, Pindari, Tauns, Yamuna, Kali, Saryu and Ramganga. It has many tourist and historical places namely Mussoorie, Pauri, Dehradun, Nainital, Almorah, Khirsu, Champawat, Ranikhet, Dayara Bugyal, Auli, Valley of flowers, Lancedown, Lakha Mandal, Patal Bhubneshwari, Baijnath and Pindari Glacier. Uttarakhand is also a land of India's significance pilgrim sites like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangautri, Yamunotri, Haridwar, Bageshwar, Panch Prayag, Panch Badri, Panc Kedar, Rishikesh, Hemkund Sahib, Purnagiri and Chitai.
Places to Visit in Uttarakhand
Haridwar is situated on the right bank of holy river Ganges, comes under the state of Uttarakhand in North India. It attracts millions of tourists, devotees, and pilgrims every year because it has countless things to offer such as natural beauty, Temples, Ashrams, enchanting Ghats of Ganges and the activities held on Ghats every day such as Evening Aarti etc.
Rishikesh is located at a distance of 24 km from Haridwar. Rishikesh is listed amongst the sacred places in India. Rishikesh is renowned world over as a Yoga hub. Millions of tourists come here to learn Yoga every year and take part in different spiritual activities round the year. It is considered as last foothill to the Himalayas in this region. Rishikesh is home to several Ashrams and ancient temples. Rishikesh is famous for Rafting and other adventure sports. Major adventure activities take place between March and September.
Dehradun is a capital of state of Uttarakhand and a fascinating city itself. Guru Dronacharya said to have been meditated here that is why valley is also called as Drona Valley. Dehradun had also been acknowledged during the reign of Mughal Emperor Aurangjeb in 17th century when successor of Guru Ram Rai lived here and received 7 villages from British Garhwal and 6 villages from Tehri estate in 1699.
Popularly known as "Queen of Hills" situated at 34 km from Dehradun. Mussoorie is blessed with natural beauty surrounded by high peaks of Himalayas makes this place a heaven on earth. It has been a favorite hill station for tourist since British Raj and also listed amongst the most visited hill station in India now days. Mussoorie has an overlooking view of Doon Valley which looks amazing during night as it seems that entire valley blinks like stars. Varied range of hotels and restaurants are available in Mussoorie. There are various tourist spot in and around Mussoorie. Some of them are listed below.
Nainital is situated in Kumaon region of state of Uttarakhand. Nainital is known for lake, surrounded by natural mountainous beauty all around the city. It has been a number one hill station for years to visit due to being home to beautiful natural lake making it a paradise of lake on earth. Domestic travelers flock the city in large numbers during summer.