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Uttarakhand Tourism

A divine land of Garhwalis and Kumaonis

Tourism in Uttarakhand

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About Uttarakhand Tourism

The Indian state of Uttarakhand is located in the Northern part of the country. Uttarakhand Tourism has jumped to great heights attracting a plethora of visitors from all over the country and the world after its creation. Earlier, the state was a part of Uttar Pradesh and was created as a separate state entity on 9th November 2000. The capital city of the state is Dehradun. It shares its boundary with China and the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. The state of Uttarakhand is famous for its mountains, valleys, lush greenery, the mighty rivers, and the history and culture of the mountain communities like the Garhwalis and Kumaonis. Uttarakhand Tourism explores the best of what the state has to offer and provides a great insight into the rich culture of the local communities.

Pilgrims overcome their demons and adventurers conquer their fears in this blessed land. With a well-planned itinerary of Uttarakhand tourism, travelers can visit to some of the most beautiful landscapes of the country. The solitary sadhus and rishis meditated in higher elevations that are now visited by spiritual seekers to restore their sanity. The British made several summer retreats in Uttarakhand that are now transformed into holiday towns frequented by honeymooners throughout the year. The state has long been a fancy of travelers of all kinds. Some of the most beautiful tourist places in Uttarakhand are awaiting your arrival.

History of Uttarakhand

Being also called as the ‘Dev Bhoomi’, i.e. the ‘Land of the Gods’, this place has mentions in old age puranas. The history of Uttarakhand is divided basis Garhwal and Kumaon regions. Hence, the difference of their history and culture can vary. Carved out of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000, Uttarakhand is a millennium state with traditions dating back to ancient Hindu epics. Mythologies run deeper here than rivers in the valleys. After the tragedy of June 2013, Uttarakhand Tourism suffered quite a bit. However, that dip lasted for just a while. The authorities are doing their best to make travel in Uttarakhand safer.

Culture of Uttarakhand

Nature is a perfect remedy to balance the human senses. Garhwali and Kumauni have stark differences in their culture, but they share a common bond of the Himalayas. The Garhwal division is dotted with several Hindu temples and visited by thousands of devotees in summer. Garhwal is also home to the headwaters of two of the most sacred rivers in India: Ganges and Yamuna. The Kumaon division is speckled with sparsely populated hamlets and hill stations awaiting their next batch of honeymooners every season. Be it Garhwal or Kumaon, the hills of Uttarakhand can heal any weary soul. And thus, local folks who love simple living are now accustomed to the benefits of tourism in Uttarakhand.

Char Dham in Uttarakhand

Char Dham of Uttarakhand comprises a tour to four holy sites, including Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. Though, each site has its own history, yet one can be amazed to find how all the four sites are connected together and form a sacred tour. This religious tour is one of the primary ones on the list of tours offered by Uttarakhand Tourism. As one embarks on a strenuous tour of these hilly trails, they can get to cherish some blissful moments that connect them with supernatural power. As the place got better connectivity and infrastructure post-Indo-China war of 1962, one can easily hop on to these holy abodes and have a hassle-free experience.

Adventure in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is also finding its place among best destinations of adventure tourism in India. Bungee jumping in Rishikesh, paragliding in Pithoragarh, boating in Nainital, skiing in Auli, trekking to Kedarnath, jeep safari in Jim Corbett National Park, temple hopping in Haridwar, and camping in Kausani are some of the most popular things to do in Uttarakhand. With a perfect blend of forested regions, rocky cliffs, and undulating terrains, an adventurous soul can get satiated, for sure.

Trekking in Uttarakhand

Trekking and Rafting are two of the most enjoyed activities offered by Uttarakhand Tourism. So, if yoga and meditation is not your cup of tea, you can paddle your way to glory when rafting season in Rishikesh is underway. Kauri Pass, Bedni Bugyal, Har ki Doon, Gangotri Glacier, Deorital, and Roopkund are some of the most rewarding treks in Uttarakhand. Dotted with some of the most spectacular hill stations, such as Nainital, Kausani, Mussoorie, and Dehradun, this state is a real treat for adventure seekers.

Famous Food in Uttarakhand

There are many local food items that are quite popular in Uttarakhand. The local communities of Garhwalis and Kumaonis have their traditional dishes that are quite famous amongst travelers who are exploring about the state. While in Uttarakhand, one should try food items like Kafuli, Bhang Ki Chutney, Garhwal ka Fannah, Phaanu, Baadi, Kandalee Ka Saag, Chainsoo, and Kumaoni Raita.

Best Stay Areas in Uttarakhand

There are many areas in Uttarakhand that are really good for a stay. The choice of the place depends upon the places that you are covering on a trip. The city of Haridwar is considered to be the gateway to the Himalayas in Uttarakhand. Most of the cities and towns in the state are easily accessible through this city. Even Rishikesh and Dehradun provide great connectivity to other places in the state. When covering a lot of places on the journey to Uttarakhand, try staying at one of these places to make the trip easy and convenient for you.

Tourism in Uttarakhand is all about perilous pleasures. The state of Uttarakhand seems to have holiest of holy Hindu pilgrimages, silky meadows on treeless hills, snow-covered mountains towering above glacial lakes, and Raj-era hill stations. Lofty mountains, quaint hamlets, unspoilt culture, and clear night skies will make you want to linger a little longer in Uttarakhand. A bevy of tourist attractions in Uttarakhand can make your vacation of any duration worthwhile.

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Places To Visit In Uttarakhand

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  • Kalsi in Dehradun

    Kalsi is a small charming village, situated in Dehradun district and is 780 meters above sea level. This place falls in the Jaunsar-Bawar tribal belt region and is located at the assembly point of the rivers Yamuna and Tons. The place has a lush green forest and trees of oak and sal in its setting. Kalsi in Dehradun boasts ...

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  • Buddha Temple in Dehradun

    Built-in the later years of the 20th century by the revered Buddhist religious head Kochen Rinpoche, Buddha Temple in Dehradun is a magnificent Tibetan Monastery and is also known as Mindrolling Monastery. It was built not only to safeguard the religious and cultural sentiments of the Buddhists but also to promote the same....

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  • Rajaji National Park in Dehradun

    An Indian national park located near Dehradun, Rajaji National Park is more than just what it is. The place is also a tiger reserve located on the foothills of the Himalayas in the Shivaliks. This beautiful national park is sprawled over a gigantic area of 820.42 sq kilometers. There are three rivers that pass through this ...

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  • Clock Tower in Dehradun

    Clock Tower in Dehradun is situated at the heart of the valley. It is often considered as the city center. Just as the name suggests, the tower comes with a huge clock that has been the center of attraction of many visitors. It is one of those historical attractions in Dehradun that embodies the essence of the town. Moreove...

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  • Binsar in Uttarakhand

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  • Visit the Temples in Haridwar

    In Haridwar city you find temples everywhere in the city precincts. The temples in Haridwar are highly respected, here you will find small as well as big temple throughout the city. Most temples in Haridwar are dedicated to Vishnu or Mahadev Shiva. There are some temples in Haridwar that are tourist attraction due to their ...

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  • Enjoy At Fun Valley Water Park in Dehradun

    Nestled at the equal distance from Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Haridwar, Fun Valley Water Park in Dehradun is one of the best waterparks in the Himalayan region. Comprising some of the best, biggest, and rare rides, Fun Valley, Dehradun is one-of-a-kind waterpark in the Asian continent.

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  • Picnic Spot Lachhiwala in Dehradun

    A pristine picnic spot in Dehradun, away from the crowd of Dehradun city, is located  Lachhiwala. One of the best family places to visit, Lachhiwala in Dehradun is a famous attraction in the city. There are tiny 4-7 feet well maintained ponds amidst the trees of Sal present here. The primary source of water for these ponds ...

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  • Zero Point Trek in Almora

    Trek to Zero Point Almora is one of the most famous treks in India. The Zero Point is basically a spot that is at an altitude of 2400 m and a tower is built on the spot to see the panoramic and picturesque views of the Himalayan Ranges. The spot is located in the center of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. The Zero Point spot is n...

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  • Ganga Aarti in Haridwar

    The divine view of the Ganga Aarti is a scene you cannot miss if you are in Haridwar. The Ganga Aarti in Haridwar is dedicated to the river Ganga. The river Ganga is a holy river, it is also termed as a divine goddess who gives us life in form of water. It is said that the holy water of the river Ganga removes all the sins ...

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How to reach Uttarakhand

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By Air

There are two domestic airports in Uttarakhand. The Jolly Grant Airport (DED) in Dehradun is located 22

kilometres from the city centre. It is served by regular nonstop flights from Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai,

and Chennai. Alliance Air, IndiGo, and Jet Airways provide commercial flights to and from Dehradun.

Pantnagar Airport (PGH) serves as a gateway to hill stations like Nainital, Ranikhet, and Almora. The

distance between Jim Corbett National Park and Pantnagar Airport is about 120 km.

By Train

Reaching Nainital or Dehradun by rail is the cheapest and perhaps the most convenient way to visit. The

train station in Kathgodam, 35 km from Nainital, is the last terminus of the North East railways.

Kathgodam train station has rail connectivity with Delhi, Dehradun, and Howrah (Kolkata). Trains to

Dehradun railway station come from Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab. Jan

Shatabdi Express, Dehradun Express, Doon Express, and Nanda Devi Express are major trains serving

Uttarakhand.

By Road

One of the main reasons to visit the hills in Uttarakhand is the joy that comes from the time spent on the

road itself. The state has more than 1,328 km of national highways and 1,543 km of state highways. The

Uttarakhand Transport Corporation runs around 1000 buses in and out of the state.

Haridwar and Rishikesh are connected to Delhi by NH 34 and NH 7 passes through Dehradun with

Badrinath. Highways 109 and 309 interlink Nainital, Almora, and Jim Corbett National Park. The

proposed Char Dham Highway will connect all four major pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand. Taxi rentals

are available in all major travel destinations in Uttarakhand.

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    Pramodawasthi

    Kathgodam

    Pramodawasthi's 5 days trip to Uttarakhand

    Hotel h k legacy, Nainital was not good. Rest everything was good.

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    Surya Pratap

    Delhi

    Surya's 3 days trip to Uttarakhand

    Spacious valley view staff and services were not good. Rest Driver, cab and agent was good.

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    Mayank Agarwal

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    Mayank's 3 days trip to Uttarakhand

    Overall trip was good. But arrangements were not as per the newyear party in Hotel.

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    Mehul Jagani

    Mumbai

    Mehul's 5 days trip to Uttarakhand

    Memorable trip with Travel Triangle and Lakshay Tours and Travels.

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    Mrs Valli Madhuri

    Puppalaguda - manikonda main rd

    Mrs's 10 days trip to Uttarakhand

    Overall good trip but On-trip assistance was not good by Kamal. The worst part is the last-minute change of hotels when trip is in progress and those changed hotels were cheap ones compared to booked ones as per trip itinerary. Other than that its a good trip. Ideally, I thought of giving 9 ratings before the trip started as per the communication with agent Kamal. But he disappointed me only by last-minute changing the hotels when trip in progress, which indeed made us face difficulties as it was a family trip. When this was discussed in conf call with Preeti from TT & Kamal, He was rude too, stopped the vehicle on the road. Other than that all went good, So giving a neutral rating.

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    Padamsingh Iitk

    Bareilly

    Padamsingh's 3 days trip to Uttarakhand

    Overall trip was very good. Hotel was changed at the last moment. Food was very good.

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    Kanchan Zope

    New delhi

    Kanchan's 7 days trip to Uttarakhand

    Trip Sailer promised us to give INNOVA CRYSTA but we got normal Innova. Rest everything was good.

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    Ajit Singh

    Unnamed road

    Ajit's 2 days trip to Uttarakhand

    I really wish I could have written a positive feedback for you. The start was good, everything worked as per the planning as per the expectations. Firstly, I didn't realize there would be no coordination between Hotel and the Travel Agency. There was some difference between what we were promised and what we received. There were lot of places that needed to be covered but due to lack of communication between the transport team and booking agency they misunderstood us and blamed us for everything. At the end of the journey, I was really surprised by the inhuman nature of driver and cab coordinator. I had my female friend with me and I asked for a single drop for her and clearly mentioned that please drop her at a distance which was just 15 mins away from my pick up location. I would go on my own and there is no need to go to my location. But they denied this rudely. The cab Coordinator said "It's your problem, deal with it". We were charged high for everything but that wasn't an issue at all, the issue was inhuman behaviour and the way they talked. It was not expected at all. I paid night allowance as well to the driver even if we reached well within time and we had to pay that extra amount as a night allowance. That too I didn't deny I paid everything they asked without any negotiation. But I was not happy at all by the inhuman nature of cab coordinator. He was good initially but at the end he turned out to be hostile towards us. Finally I had to take another cab for her at 1 AM. I want you to at least warn such people who don't treat humans as humans. Positives: The Resort was at an amazing Location, food quality was superb. Hotel staff service was good. The behaviour was polite. Overall it was awesome place to stay. Rafting in Rishikesh, cliff jumping in Rishikesh

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    Sushovan Ghosh

    Arabinda nagar road number 4

    Sushovan's 4 days trip to Uttarakhand

    Overall trip was good, but itinerary was very hectic.

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    Ksubbu

    Chennai

    Ksubbu's 7 days trip to Uttarakhand

    The driver was very new for the places, we had to book local taxi for many places at the time sightseeing.

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    Uttarkhand is completely safe for tourists as there is heavy security and precautionary measures in place all around. As a cautionary safety measure, tourists should avoid staying in hotels that are built on the flood plains of a river and shoudl avoid driving during the rainy season as there could be landslides. Apart from this, Uttarakhand is a delightful destiantion to enjoy a holiday in.

    There are many items and handicrafts one can pick up in Uttarakhand such as wooden handicrafts, rice and tea items, woolens, strawberries, handmade accessories and cherries and apples. 

    Yes, permits are required for certain treks in Uttarkhand and tourists can find out all the necessary infromation beforehand from the tourist office. The permits can also be availed from the tourist office after submitting ID proof and photographs.

    Tourists can find several authentic tasty dishes in Uttarakhand like: Bal Mithai is a chocolate-like fudge, made from roasted khoya and coated with white sugar. Dubka is made from different kinds of lentils which are ground and made into a curry-like dish and flavored with different spices. Chains is a dish made out of whole urad that are roasted, ground and made into a soup. Kaap is prepared with spinach leaves that are made into a paste and then cooked. Jhoi is a dish that is seasoned with curry leaves and curd.

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