Top Destinations in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand has an amazing climate where you will always feel chilly and happy. Uttarakhand is famous in the world as “देवभूमि”. In English, it means “Land of the Gods”. The reason for this is because once god themselves resided here and thus there are many mythological temples and pilgrimage worship centres. The best destinations of Uttarakhand are spread over the Himalayas, the Bhabhar and the Terai. India’s Devabhumi consists of perfect picturesque to offer.
There are spectacular landscapes and charming snow. Uttarakhand has different shades of landscapes- greenery, flowery and whiteness. Artist Nature canvases the lakes sometimes in blue colour and sometimes in green colour.
Here is a list of the best destinations of Uttarakhand a tourist must visit.
The Auli hill station is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and is famous for winter games. Auli is one of the best destinations of Uttarakhand which offers an abundance of snowy mountains.
Camping and cable car rides are must-have experiences. Likewise, one should not miss listening to the folklores and traditional local music of Garhwal.
Places to visit in Auli
- Nanda Devi National Park
- Kwani Bugyal
- Gurso Bugyal
- Chattrakund Lake
- Artificial Lake
The Landour is a beautiful town with serene mountains. Landour is located 35 km near to the Dehradun city. It was once a cantonment of the East India Company. Landour is home to the famous author and poet, Ruskin Bond.
Places to visit in Landour
- Lal Tibba for sunsets
- Gol Chakkar for walking
- Landour Bazaar and Sister’s Bazaar for shopping
- Jabarkhet to see wildlife
- Old Churches for taking blessings of God.
The Dehradun of Uttarakhand is a beautiful destination that has wonderful scenarios and an amazing climate. It is enveloped between the Himalayan slopes to the north and the Shivaliks to the south.
Places to visit in Dehradun
The best places in Dehradun consist of Sahastradhara for a picnic and robbers cave to witness the mysterious appearance and disappearance of the stream of water. It also has other attractions like the Bhatta falls in monsoon for its romantic environment and Malsi deer cave for deers, peacocks, Nilgai, etc.
People who love shopping have options to shop at Paltan Bazaar and Mall Road. There are many other places in Dehradun that will make your trip worthwhile.
It is a beautiful hill station in India. Ranikhet means “Queens Meadow” and is one of the best destinations of Uttarakhand.
Places to visit in Ranikhet
The Queen’s land has various attractions like Chaubatia Garden where you can get to see Orchard. In addition, there is also a beautiful artificial Bhaludam lake.
For history lovers, there is the Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum that tells the tales of Kumaon and Garhwal regiments. In this KRC museum, you will also find silver scepters of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi. One will also get to see weapons used in wars, medals, uniforms, and many other war-related things.
There are various other places in Ranikhet that will make your journey worthwhile.
One of the best hill stations in Uttarakhand is Mussoorie. Furthermore, Mussorie is also titled as “The Queen of Hills”. This hill station has beautiful weather, mesmerizing views, and is complete bliss.
Places to visit in Mussoorie
There are various famous attractions that you can find in Mussoorie. The Mussorie acts as a gate to Gangotri and Yamunotri temples. In addition, There are beautiful kempty and Jharipani waterfalls that will mesmerize you and there is also a wonderful Lake Mist.
You will also get intrigued by seeing the Happy Valley, Gun Hill, and Camel road. For the hikers, there is Lal Tibba and for the pilgrims, there are temples like the Jwalaji temple, Shree Prakasheswar Mahadev temple, Bhadraj temple, etc.
The spiritually significant Haridwar has three names- Gangadwar, Mokshadwar, and Mayapuri.
Purna Kumbh Mela is a famous festival in Haridwar that happens after every twelve years. It is a festival where devotees take bath in the holy Ganga river so as to attain spirtual enlightenment. Moreover, there is also an Ardha Kumbh Mela that happens after every six years.
One more fascinating thing to see in Haridwar of Uttarakhand is the Ganga Aarti. The Aarti happens on Har-ki-Pauri ghat.
Places to visit in Haridwar
- Mansa Devi Temple
- Chandi Devi Temple
- Maya Devi Temple
- Bharat Mata Mandir
- Bara Bazar for buying handmade things.
- Rajaji National Park
- Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
The Rishikesh is a world capital of yoga and has various yoga centres. It is the land of spirituality and meditation. The yoga centres consist of Himalayan Yoga Gurukul, Ved Niketan Ashram, Parmarth Niketan, Sanskriti Yogpeeth, etc.
Rishikesh is famous for rafting, bungee jumping, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, etc.
Places to visit in Rishikesh
- Lakshman Jhula
- Ram Jhula
- Triveni Ghat
- Parmarth Niketan
- Muni ki Reti
Jim Corbett National Park
The Jim Corbett National Park was the first park where the “Project Tiger” started. And the goal of the project was to save and preserve the Tigers. It is one of the best destinations in Uttarakhand.
The park got its name from a British officer, Jim Corbett who played a significant role in the preservation of wildlife.
There are 50 species of mammals that roam fearlessly on the land and 25 reptiles that crawl in the park.
The count of tigers in the park is 164 and that of the elephants is 600.
You can explore the Jim Corbett National Park by Elephant Safari, Jeep Safari or Canter Safari.
The Almora is a mesmerizing hill station that has everything to offer what a tourist wants. It has a good climate, pretty hills, classy greenery, and delicious food. This hill station was founded in the 16th century.
Places to visit in Almora
- Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kalimut-a picnic spot
- Gobind Vallabh Pant Museum
- Bright End Corner for sunrises and sunsets
- Martola- a picnic spot
Valley Of Flowers National Park
There are more than 400 varieties of amazing flowers found in the Valley of Flowers National Park. The national park is located in North Chamoli.
The green carpet of the park is covered with wonderful different colours of flowers. Tahr, Musk Deer, Bharal, Himalayan Black Bear, Gold Billed Magpie, Rufous Billed Woodpecker, Great Barbet, etc.
Types of flowers
following are some of the beautiful flowers found in the Valley of Flowers National Park.
- Marsh Marigold
- Blue Poppy
- Purple Meadow Rue
- Himalayan Monkshood
- Softly Hairy Buttercup
- Dwarf Globe Flower
- Cobra Lily
Animals of Valley Of Flowers
- Musk Deer
- Himalayan Black Bear
- Gold Billed Magpie
- Rufous Billed Woodpecker
- Great Barbet