A divine land of Garhwalis and Kumaonis
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About Uttarakhand Tourism
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 travellers 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 the 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, authorities are doing their best to make travel in Uttarakhand safer.
Culture of Uttarakhand
Nature is a perfect remedy to balance the human senses. Garhwalis and Kumaonis 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: the 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 accustoming 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. As one embarks on a strenuous tour of these hilly trails, they can get to cherish some blissful moments that connect them with the 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 undulated terrains, an adventurous soul can get satiated, for sure.
Trekking in Uttarakhand
So, if yoga and meditation is not your cup of tea, you can paddle your way to glory when rafting season in Rishikesh is under way. 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.
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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Chandi Devi Temple In Haridwar
Chandi Devi Temple is located in the holy city of Haridwar in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Chandi Devi Temple Haridwar is located atop Neel Parvat on the eastern summit of Sivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The temple is a site of major tourist attractions from all over the world.
- Chandi Devi Temple
- Family Trip
- Religious Tour
Shantikunj In Haridwar
Shantikunj is located in the holy city of Haridwar in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is situated on the bank of the holy river Ganga and between the Shivalik ranges of the Himalaya. It is a very popular tourist attraction in Haridwar and also for people who are seeking spiritual guidance. Shanktikunj Haridwar is consid...
- Religious Tour
- Vegetarian Food
- Family Special
Kainchi Dham in Nainital
Kainchi Dham is a pilgrimage center situated at the foothills of green forested Kumaon Hills in Uttarakhand.Astonishingly, Kainchi Dham gets its name “Kainchi” because of two sharp hairpin bends on the road to the Kainchi Dham Ashram. Kainchi Dham weather remains pleasant throughout the year. Kainchi Dham weather is cool an...
- Religious Tour
Mukteshwar Temple in Nainital
One of the best places to visit around Nainital, the Mukteshwar Temple has a strong religious connection with the Hindu culture. The temple is situated at an altitude of 2286 meters above the sea level in the lap of the magnificent Kumaon hills. However one has to cover some about 50 kilometers distance from Nainital to vis...
- Religious Tour
- Historical Sites
Tibetan Market in Nainital
Situated near the beautiful Naini Lake, The Tibetan Market in Nainital is one of the most famous shopping destinations for tourists as well as for local people. The Tibetan Market in Nainital has gained its recognition owing to the sale of the unique “Tibet” products which reflect the culture and traditions of the Tibetan p...
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Things To Do In Uttarakhand
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Boating in Bhimtal
Nainital, or commonly known as the city of lakes is one of the best gifts that nature has given us. Scenic hills, snow capped mountains, chirping birds, rocky terrains, soothing climate are some of the clauses that would be sufficient to describe the aura of the destination. Among the top things to do after visiting Nainital, boating in Nainital acquires a cult position. Apart from the Naini lake, the Bhimtal lake is one of the multitudes of magnificent natural wonders that one can find at Nainital.
The Bhimtal lake is situated just 1 hour away from the town of Nainital. All the tourists generally have Bhimtal lake boating as one of the must-dos during their visit to the town of Nainital. The lake is situated at a distance of 22 kilometers from the town of Nainital and can be visited via booking private cabs or shared taxis. The beauty of the Bhimtal lake can be devoured by the tourists by taking a boat ride across the lake.
The boating service at Bhimtal is open for the tourists every day. The boating at Bhimtal timings are from 9 am in the morning to 6 pm in the evening. The boats have a capacity of four and take the tourists on a ride across the lake. The boating at Bhimtal Nainital entry fee is 150 rupees per person. Boating at Bhimtal lake is generally visited by almost all the tourists and owing to this thick volume of tourist's feet fal...
Trekking at Guano Hills in Nainital
It has been rightly said that if you have visited Nainital and not gone on a trekking at Guano hills, then your trip is incomplete. Located amidst the lap of nature, a plethora of scenic mountains and rocky snow capped hill tops are just some phrases, to sum up about Nainital. But the explicit beauty of nature can be truly ...
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Ashrams in Haridwar
Haridwar is a place known for its sacredness that is best symbolized by the number of ashrams in the Ashrams at the place. It is one of the top tourist and pilgrim destinations ever visited on earth with a worth witnessing diversity and the aura. The Ashrams here are home to saints and other pure souls who live, meditate an...
- Religious Tour
- Ideal for families
Ayurvedic Treatments in Haridwar
Haridwar is home to ancient methods of healing that are increasingly being welcomedfor promoting positive health, preventing diseases. The influence of supernatural powers is such that it tends to build stronger beliefs in yoga. The city has a wide range of yoga activities which include yoga classes held as camps. Before yo...
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- Therapeutic massage
Trekking in Haridwar
Haridwar is seen as the doorway to the different world nearer to god, nature and inner peace. Other than the eminent mythological and religious importance of Haridwar, the place has an amazing bunch of treks for the young blood.
Based around the nature-rich Shivaliks, Haridwar treks magnetize travelers and devotees not ...
How to reach Uttarakhand
Read about the best & quickest routes to save time & money, as suggested by our travelers
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.
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
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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Trip to UttarakhandIt was awesome trip. We enjoyed a lot. Thanks to Mr. Deepak who coordinated and arranged very well
Trip to UttarakhandIt was well arranged and managed. Special thanks to Sanjay and Induction who helped us throughout and made the trip a memorable one. Thank you.. Many good memories taken back and highlight was the camp stay and the view from the camp. Also the food was too good.
Trip to UttarakhandOur trip was planned in the last moment so we did not have option to research much and relied on the experts. Let me begin by writing the good things first: 1) The initial response was good & quick 2) Mr Sandeep the agent was polite and accommodative of our requests and modifications These were the only things that went well. Now let me share the list of things that went wrong. 1) Problem between the driver and the agent - we had no clue of what was going on between these guys. Each of them wanted to change the trip itinerary on their own way. The driver complained about the agent and the agent kept saying the driver has no clue. The nagging of the driver started right from the moment we landed at Dehradun. It was very upsetting when the driver put the mobile on speaker and agent Mr Sandeep said to the driver - "Sir handle karlo, aur jo bhi setting karni hogi hum apne beech main kar lenge." 2) Excessive Drive time - the drive from Mussoorie turned into a nightmare coz we drove 350+kms on hills in a day, which by no means is safe and recommended. We could have taken a halt. When I said this to the Agent Mr Sandeep, the first response was, "You should have started late". He said that without even asking what time did we start. We got stuck in the land-slide and the agent instead of supporting during the panic situation, stopped responding and then when responded it was rude and ruthless. He had no clue of the drive and the location, he kept saying I have 5 years experience and the driver kept saying I have 25 years experience. We were stranded for long . We tried calling travel-triangle guys as well and had no response from them either. 3) After all this, for rest of the days we decided to ignore both the agent and the driver and enjoy the trip but the worse was yet to come. We had asked for a camp site next to the river at Rishikesh and we were given some unsafe place in some remote village near Rishikesh. It was called adventure camp and nothing other than reaching their was adventure. The first sight we saw was a bunch of men sitting and drinking. The camp was in remote village with no place to go. We literally had to beg for food which was part of the package. The food arrived late and the guys at the camp kept drinking all night. This clearly shows that the agent does not have any understanding of what does a camp sight mean. We missed the whole experience of sitting next to river at the bourne fire. This was the most disappointing experience. I was with my wife and we could hear these drunk men screaming all night. 4. Lies of the agent - Mr Sandeep said, other hotels were not available while almost every hotel we tried to check had enough rooms. This was a outright lie by the agent. The cost of the trip was way to higher than the kind of hotels and service that we received. To save few bugs they booked us in simple hotels. I would never recommend travel triangle and neither 1point 5billion inches.
Trip to UttarakhandThe trip was very good and Mr Deepak had been continuously monitoring and co-ordinating the programme. He spoke to the people concerned and made our stay more comfortable. The Hotels arranged were very good, except the Hotel Vishaka Palace at Kausani. The Pine Oak Resort was the best and service and food was excellent here. The other hotels at Raniketh and Corbett were also very good. As I mentioned except Kausani all the hotels and food was very good. Even at Kausani the staff are cordial and service was also good. But the standard of the hotel is not at all good, if compare with other hotels. I have already briefed our experience with Mr Deepak. He has been taking corrective measures and assured us that the errors like Kausani will not reccur. On the whole we enjoyed the Himalayas. The cab and the driver was also very good from the point view of service and travelling.
Trip to UttarakhandOnce again Travel Triangle has given us a memorable trip experience. We had our trip of Lansdowne in Sep 2018 with Trip Birbal. N thanks to Trip Birbal team that they did every effort to make our trip easy n memorable. From booking to payment, cab to driver, Hotel to food n sight seeing to end of the trip..all management was very good. The only drawback in the trip was..the hotel we stayed in was lacking the mobile network except BSNL which we didnt have
Trip to UttarakhandI must say Mr. Ashish from Holiday Mentor is very professional and for him customer's satisfaction is primarily thing. Before starting my trip, I disturbed him even at night for my queries and he answered all my questions very well. The cab driver he chose Mr. Kamlesh was very nice and helpful person. Our stay at Gajraj Trails Resort was adorable. Food was very good and their staff was very polite. Hospitality was very good. Thanks for making our trip memorable and unforgettable. Keep it up guys.
Trip to UttarakhandEverything went average but at the time of checkout there was an issue related to payment as I need to pay remaining 20K of total booking amount but hotel gave me the bill of 24K and were adamant that u need to pay this amount only. Check with ur travel agent gor any issues. When I called up Travel Triangle/Trip Seller, they were not picking up the call. Mr. Pranav Gupta (Travel Triangle) and Ms. Nikita from travel agency were highly unprofessional. Hotel manager Mr. Kapil Mehta was not helpful at all, he was only focussed on speaking in English with an accent and non responsive. To the surprise, he was not having any numbers of the travel agency too. Finally Mr. Saurabh helped out and we checked out. The resort is small spreaded in the shape of a rectangle where you cannot do too much barring sitting outside in the lawn. Rooms were clean and service of the housekeeping staff specially a boy named Arif was very nice, he also took us to the nearby forest acted as a guide. Food of all three times was included but was not up to the mark at all. They also arranged the so called Gala Dinner on 31st Dec with live music but it was too pathetic and the dancer that they called up was a man turned woman dancing too badly and other guests from the hotel were teasing and touching him weirdly, overall it was a horrific experience and not good for a family. Another bad part of the trip was jungle safari as Trip Seller has booked our hotel to one end of Corbett that is near Jhirna Gate and arranged safari at Sitavani right at other end too far from Hotel Corbett Treat and that zone is one of the less visited by the tourists as one spots very less animals there. This was too rude by the agent as we were very near to Jhirna Gate but they didn't booked the safari there and I know it was due to the cost factors. Agent misleaded us and this is not good. Icing on the cake was Mr. Kapil Mehta (Operations Manager) of Hotel Corbett Treat, he was least bothered in servicing the guests and most of the time he was sitting outside in the sun involved in himself. How can a manager be like this who doesn't care about anything at the hotel. Overall it was very average experience and I don't think I will go with Travel Triangle/Trip Seller to book my next trip. Best part of this trip is the location where our hotel was located. It was right near the jungle which gave us the opportunity to visit the jungle walking 2-3 times and it was thrilling. Rest everything was below average
Trip to UttarakhandThe support of travel triangle is really good. The sking in Auli and the resort of Auli.
Trip to UttarakhandIt was great experience with holiday mentor they are reliable and trust worth Hotel provide and cab driver were also polite and courteous
Trip to UttarakhandThe driver did not know the route well and was a little impatient. The hotel (Hotel Green Palms) was very good, the hotel staff were very courteous. The food was very good. Lansdowne is a very small but picturesque place.
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FAQ's of Uttarakhand
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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.
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.
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.
The off-season in Uttrakhand is from April through September during the monsoon season when the prices fall and tourists can avail heavy discounts on their tour packages.
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