Uttarakhand - A land of God and Goddess.
India is blessed to have natural beauty encompasses the variety of flora and fauna, wildlife sanctuaries, historical monuments, pilgrimage sites, hill stations, natural springs, mountainous beauty for travelers from all over the world. Declared, as the 27th state of India, on 9th November 2000, Uttarakhand was earlier a part of Uttar Pradesh. It was called Uttaranchal state until 2007, later name changed to Uttarakhand.
Dehradun is the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand contains 13 districts, namely Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Dehradun, Rudraprayag, Gopeshwar, Nainital, Almorah, Bageshwar, Champawat, Pithoragarh, and Udhamsingh Nagar. Uttarakhand State has two regions; the Garhwal region and the Kumaon region. The state spreads over 52,482 km area and out of which 34,434 sq km area is under forest. It confirms that Uttrakhand is blessed with natural beauty and has lots to offer to travelers when it comes to tourism.
Uttarakhand is home to many holy rivers such as Bhagirathi, Alaknanda, Mandakini, Pindari, Taunus, 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, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Haridwar, Bageshwar, Panch Prayag, Panch Badri, Panch Kedar, Rishikesh, Hemkund Sahib, Purnagiri, and Chitai.
Places to Visit in Uttarakhand
Haridwar lies on the right bank of the holy river the Ganges, which 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 like natural beauty, Temples, Ashrams, enchanting Ghats of the Ganges, and the activities held on Ghats every day such as Evening Aarti, etc.
Rishikesh is 24 km away from Haridwar, and It is one of the top sacred places in India. Rishikesh is famous as a Yoga hub world over. Millions of tourists come here to learn Yoga every year and take part in different spiritual activities around the year. Rishikesh is known as the last foothill to the Himalayas in this region, and home to several Ashrams and ancient temples and also famous for Rafting and other adventure sports. Major adventure activities take place between March and September.
Dehradun is the capital of the state of Uttarakhand and a fascinating city itself. According to the legends, Guru Dronacharya meditated in this place. That is why the valley is also called Drona Valley. Dehradun was acknowledged during the reign of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century when the successor of Guru Ram Rai lived here and received seven villages from British Garhwal and six villages from Tehri estate in 1699.
Mussoorie is popularly known as "Queen of Hills" situated 34 km from Dehradun. Mussoorie is blessed to have with natural beauty surrounded by high peaks of Himalayas, makes this place a heaven on earth. It has been a favorite hill station for tourists since British Raj and also listed amongst the most visited hill station in India nowadays. Mussoorie has an overlooking view of Doon Valley, which looks delightful at night as it seems that the entire valley blinks like stars. A varied range of hotels and restaurants are available in Mussoorie. There is various tourist spot in and around Mussoorie. Some of them are listed below.
Nainital is situated in the Kumaon region of the state of Uttarakhand. Nainital is known for its 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 a beautiful natural lake, making it a paradise of the lake on earth. Domestic travelers flock to the city in large numbers during summer.