Popularly known as "Devbhoomi", Uttaranchal is one of the best places to explore. And to guide you more on this, Tourism of Uttaranchal provides you with vivid facets of the different tourist spots in the state. From the picturesque snow-clad Himalaya mountains to the scenic lakes and rivers which are scattered in different parts of the state, you have your plates full.
Wildlife in Uttaranchal: Even the beauty of wildlife in the state offers a distinct look of its own. The presence of beautiful hill stations like - Mukteshwar, Nainital, Mussoorie,
Kusani, Almora and Ranikhet, have always charmed the travelers. The exquisitely designed British colonial mansions and pristine beauty of the valley leaves every tourist spell bound.If you're planning to travel to Uttaranchal, you need to visit during the summer season which begins from April and lasts upto September. The famous Corbett
National Park is regarded as one of the finest tourist spots of the state. Spread over an area of 520 sq. kms along the beautiful river of Ramganga, its destined to provide you with fascinating glimpses of wildlife. Establishd in 1936 the national park is well situated in midst of hilly districts of Pauri Garhwal and Nainital. The wildlife enthusiasts get to see different varieties of rare animal species like - duckds, spotted eagle,egrets,herons, harrier, wood pecker,darter and cormorants.
Furthermore, the adventure lovers can enjoy river
rafting, paragliding,skiing, trekking, hiiking and even engage in exciting camping in the dense forests. Other popular wild life sanctuaries of Uttaranchal are--Rajaji National Park, Kedarnath Wildlife sanctuary, Nanda Devi National Park,Valley of flowers National Park and Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. With so many things to explore, the defining of Tourism of Uttaranchal can hardly be denied.
One of the major aspects of Tourism of Uttaranchal are its wide pilgrimage tourist places. Among the most popular pilgrimage centers of the state mention needs to be made of Haridwar. Located in midst of the mesmerizing foothills of Shivalik, this place witnesses thousands of devotees who throng in large numbers to seek the blessings of the god and goddesses.
Pilgrimage Centers in Uttaranchal:The pilgrimage
center is also famous for the colorful Kumbh fairs that are organized once in every 12 and 6 years respectively. 'Har Ki Pauri'is one of the most sacred ghats in India where Maha Aarti is performed every evening with thousands of devotees, priests performing rituals with large diyas in front of Ganga.
The tourism of Uttaranchal offers travelers a peaceful natural surrounding while the warm hospitality of the local people make it a tourist friendly place. Other important pilgrimage centers of the state are--Badrinath, Char Dham,Kedarnath,Gangotri, Yamunotri which are home to some of the oldest Hindu temples of the world. The
intricately designed stone sculptures of the temples are an added attraction.
Another major aspect of Tourism of Uttaranchal is the awesome landscape beauty of Kumaon Garhwal Tourism. A visit to Kumaon remains incomplete without visiting Almora, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Champawat which are no less than a pradise with captivating natural beauty. The different places of Garhwal too offers unmatched natural
beauty especially the places of Roorkee, Dev Prayag Temple and Hemkunt Sahib
Badrinath is famous for its Badrinath Temple situated in the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan in Uttarakhand State. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.Alka Puri is about 15 kms away from Badrinath, which is the source of the River Alaknanda. Pnach Prayag is a holy place with five confluences. Other places likeTapt Kund, Sikh Shrine, Lakshman Temple, Mata Murti Temple, Vyas Gufa andVasundhara Waterfalls.
Kedarnath is a majestic sight among tourist attractions in Uttarakhand. It is located at the source of Mandakini River. Kedarnath Temple is one of the twelve special shrines of India dedicated to Lord Shiva known as 'jyotirlingas'. Kedarnath Temple needs a trek of about 14 kms from the place called Gaurikund. There is a temple dedicated to Gauri, wife of Lord Shiva. Shankaracharya Samadhi is another popular place in Kedarnath. Several other places in Kedarnath are Vasuki Tal, Chorabari, Sonprayag, Triyuginarayan,Ardhnarishwar Temple and Vishwanath Temple are worth visiting.
Gangotri and Yamunotri are the two places among the char dhams. Char Dhams are the four pilgrimage places of India. Gangotri and Yamunotri are the source of rivers Ganga and Yamuna respectively. Uttarkashi is a place included in tourist attractions in Uttarakhand where people come to have a holy dip in River Bhagirathi to wash their sins. There are several temples at Uttarkashi such as Ekadash Rudra Temple, Vishwanath Temple, Kuteti Devi Temple and Gyaneshwar Temple.
Apart from temples there are even national parks, which draw large number of tourists to this place. The Corbett National Park, Valley of Flowers, Rajaji National Park, Govind National Park and Nandadave National Park have variety of flora and fauna. Valley of Flowers has about 500 species of flowers. Wildlife national parks offer the sight of animals and birds in their natural habitat. These national parks form major tourist attractions in Uttarakhand.
There even hill stations included in tourist attractions
in Uttarakhand as the state is blessed with nature
beauty. Kausani is a splendid hill station in Almora
District. It is also popularly known as 'Switzerland
of India'. Trekking is the major sport activity carried
out in Kausani. Trekkers visit this place in large
numbers. Auli is another beautiful place having the
best skiing slope of Asia. It also provides good base for trekkers. All these wonderful features of the Uttarakhand State and its importance for pilgrims have made it a major tourist destination of India. Tourist attractions in Uttarakhand include the places
not only for pilgrims but also for nature lovers and sports lovers.
A paradise for nature lovers, Uttarakhand is a state of northern India. It is even a major pilgrimage center of the country and also popular for adventure sports lovers. High peaks, snow-capped mountains, deep valleys, lush green forests with a variety of flora and fauna are some of the natural features of this state. The state of Uttarakhand houses many popular hill resorts and sacred places, attracting large number of tourists to this place. Some major tourist destinations inUttarakhand include Dehradun, Rishikesh, Mussoorie
and Nainital among others.
Haridwar is a holy city, which is the gateway to god. It is considered among the seven holy places of Hindus in India. The river Ganga descends to the plains at this sacred place. The famous religious fair 'Kumbh Mela' is also held at here at Har-ki-Pauri Ghat. The temples of goddesses Chandi Devi, Maya Devi and Mansa Devi forming the Siddhpeeth triangle are also located here. There are various other interesting places in Haridwar like Shanti Kunj, Sapt Rishi Ashram, Kanva
Rishi Ashram, Piran Kaliyar, Triveni Ghat, Daksh Mahadev Temple, Neelkanth Mahadeva Temple and Chila Wildlife Sanctuary.
Located in the foothills of Himalayas is the Rishikesh, which is starting point for traveling to Char Dhams in India. There are several temples located on the banks of River Ganga in the town such as Bharat Mandir, Geeta Bhawan, Parmarth Niketan, Tera Manzil Temple and Kunja Puri Temple. Rishikesh is another place among the famous tourist destinations in Uttarakhand due to various sports activities that it organizes like trekking, hiking, rafting and canoeing. Dehradun is a beautiful place with natural beauty including wildlife, hills, picturesque valleys and rivers considered to be one of the interesting tourist destinations in Uttarakhand. The places in Dehradun that are visited includeForest Research Institute, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Tapkeshwar Temple, Tapovan, Lakshman Sidh Temple, Shakya Center,Robbers Cave and Rajaji National Park.
Mussoorie is one of the popular hill resorts in India offering flora and fauna, magnificent view of snow covered peaks, pine covered hill slopes and other modern features. The waterfalls of this hilly town such as Kempty Falls, Jharipani Falls and Bhatta Falls are very popular picnic spots. Other places that must be visited are Lal Tibba Point, Gun Hill, Camel's Back Road, Mussoorie Lake,
Nag Devta Temple and Jwalaji Temple.Other worth including in tourist destinations in Uttarakhand are Nainital and Ranikhet. They are favorite hill resorts among tourists. Nainital is the picturesque hill station beautifully situated around the Lake Naini, and surrounded by seven mountains. Some places of interest in Nainital are Naini Lake, Dorothy Seat, St. John's Church and Kilburi. Ranikhet is a charming hill resort with oak and pine forests, lush green valleys offering the enchanting view of Himalayan ranges and snow capped Nanda Devi peak. Ranikhet has good number of places to be visited like Jhula Devi Temple, Chaubatia, Uppat, Kallika, Almora, Dwarahat, Sitalakhet, Tarikhet and Khairna.
Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nainital and Ranikhet are some of the popular tourist destinations in Uttarakhand, which give you pleasant and unforgettable experience in the Himalayan ranges.
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