Uttarkhand Destination

Uttarakhand is a state situated in the northern part of India. The name of the state was officially changed from Uttaranchal, to Uttarakhand in January 2007. Uttarakhand is both the new and traditional name of the state which was formed from the hill districts of Uttar Pradesh.Its peaks and valleys were well known in ancient times as the “Abode of Gods and Goddesses” and for the source of the River Ganga. Today, it is still called as "The Land of the Gods" (Dev Bhoomi). It is believed that Sage Ved Vyasa scripted the epic Mahabharata here. It is believed that when the war was over Pandavas left their kingdom and started towards the heaven. During their journey they traveled through Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand is a region full of natural beauty. Most of the northern parts of the state are part of Greater Himalaya ranges, covered by the high Himalayan peaks and glaciers. Two of India's mightiest and holiest rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna take birth in the glaciers of Uttarakhand, and are fed by myriad frozen lakes, the glacial melts and form the rivers.The climate and vegetation of Uttarakhand vary greatly with elevation, from glaciers at the highest elevations to tropical forests at the lower elevations. The highest elevations are covered by ice and bare rock therefore one can find tundra and alpine meadows there.

Some of the famous Places In Uttarkhand:

Dehradun :

Description: The state capital of Uttarakhand is situated between Himalayas ans Shivalik hill ranges. It is a large commercial and educational hub. Clock tower is the heart of the city and Paltan Bazaar is the favourite market of the Doonites.

The Rajpur road – the most happening road of the city originates from the clock tower and leads towards Rajpur area and Mussoorie thereof.
Dehradun also houses large establishments like Forest Research Institute (FRI), Survey of India Headquarters, Indian Military Academy (IMA) and Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP). It is a famous educational centre and has prestigious educational institutions like Doon School and Welham school.

Mussoorie :

Description: The ‘Queen of Hills’ is one of the favorite destinations and is at ascent of 34 km from the planes of Dehradun. Mussoorie was discovered by a British Army Officer – Captain Young and the town soon became the favorite holiday destination of British officers. Mussoorie is named after a herb called ‘Mansur’ which is gown in plethora in Himalayan foothills.

A 35 km uphill drive from Dehradun with serpentine road leads to Mussoorie. The entry gates to Picture palace and Library Bazaar welcomes visitors to this marvelous hill station. Mall road – the most lively and busiest hub connects these two entry points.The town is situated along a horse shoe shaped ridge. It is also one of the famous educational destination with prestigious schools.


Description: The holy town of Rishikesh has the eminence of being the International capital of Yoga and meditation. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the River Ganges, Rishikesh is dotted with a number of ancient temples, ashrams and world renowned yoga and meditation centres.

Not only devotees, but travellers from all parts of the world flock to the sacred town for a deeper understanding of meditation. At the ashrams in Rishikesh, visitors can attend lectures and courses offered by celebrated yoga and meditation experts. Apart from Hindu shrines, the town of Rishikesh also invites adventure lovers from all around. It is also the ideal gateway for a pilgrim's chardham yatra, that includes travelling to Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath.


Description: The sacred Himalayan town of Haridwar represents a living lesson on Hinduism. Located at the foot of the Himalayas, the town attracts hordes of tourists and devotees from all corners of the world. Haridwar also holds significance because it stands as the gateway to the chardham, which includes Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinathji and Kedarnathji.

Haridwar finds its mention in the ancient Hindu epics and scriptures as 'Mayapuri', Mokshadwar' and 'Gangadwar'. Geographically, it is at Haridwar where the sacred Ganga enters the northern Indian plains. During the Kumbh Mela (held at the interval of every 12 years), the population of the town swells up to millions. The next Kumbh Mela and the Ardh Kumbh Mela (held at every 6 years) are scheduled to be held in Haridwar in 2010. Today, Haridwar is seen as a mystic centre for the rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul.


Description: The ‘lake Hill Station’ is situated amidst snow clad mountains and pine trees. The place was discovered by an English Businessman P. Barron in 1839. According to legends when Lord Shiva was carrying the charred body of his wife Parvati to Mount Kailash, The eyes ( Naina) of Parvati dropped and formed Naini Lake with blue azure. Naina Devi temple is situated at the north end of the lake.

The lake with a circumference of 3620 km divides the town into 2 parts – Tallital or the southern part of the lake and Mallital or the northern part of the lake. Ayarpatta and Sher-Ka Danda are situated on the western and eastern slopes of the lake respectively. Mall road, Zoo, Ropeway are on Sher-Ka Danda side. Land’s end, Dorothy’s seat, Aurobindo Ashram and a few hotels are located on the Ayarpatta side. Nainital attaracts tourists, Honeymooners and sports freeks. It is also one of the eminent landmark of several reputed school.


Description: Auli is known for one of the best ski slopes. The place appears to be on top of the world as one can view panoramic view of Himalayan range . Auli offers perfect Skiing condition and has a 3 km long adventurous slope.

Auli is equipped with all world class skiing facilities . It has 500 meters long Ski lift and a chair lift route stretching 800 meters.

The gigantic ‘Snow Beater’ prepares the best skiing slope. Auli can either reached by 14 km long road route or by 3.9 km Hi-tech cable car ( Ropeway) from Joshimath. Comfortable hotels are available to stay.

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