A divine land of Garhwalis and Kumaonis
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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. The 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 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.
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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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
Santala Devi in Dehradun
Snuggled between the lush forests of Santur Garh, Santala Devi Temple is a religious attraction located at a distance of about 15 km from downtown Dehradun. Also, referred to as Santaura Devi Temple. Perched atop a cliff at a height of about 2083 meter along the right bank of Nun Nandi, it is one of the most sought-after pi...
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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 Nainita...
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 ...
- Bird Watching
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
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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 UttarakhandSpecial thanks to Neernava Holidays for providing excellent phone support unlike Travel Triangle Agent, Mr Mohd Ameed. Mr Mohd. Ameed stopped responding to our calls and left supporting us in between our trip.
Trip to UttarakhandOverall, we had a good trip. Couple of pointers: 1) There was a lack of communication from the travel agent to the driver..while he was an excellent driver and we had absolutely no issues with him, he had no knowledge of where or which hotel he was supposed to drop us. In addition to the poor network, in Chopta especially, we wasted over 2 hrs trying to find the camps. 2) The basic hygiene in the Chopta camp wasn’t taken care off..the sheets were , I suppose not changed at all and there were insects on the bed. 3) Would have appreciated a communication from your end on the basics of a mountain side trip..for example-one can only travel 20km/hr or the vehicle doesn’t reach the hotel/ camp and one needs to walk/climb up to them.. 4) The driver was really good, patient and very well versed with mountain side driving and we were very happy with his services In all, we had a memorable trip..Thank you
Trip to Uttarakhand1. Driver should be guide cum driver, but our driver many times denied to rome across the route as per litinery, he always commented there is no site seeing or this trip is waste, instead of encouraging he was completely discouraged the trip... 2. As a travel partner you has to know the safari timings, there is no safari since from last 3 months due to heavy rains, Safari arranged is only like a road trip in forest, no animals, no site seeing ..this has to be informed correctly before the planning by agent Remaininng Accomedation, food are excellent, Good support from Travyou Ruchi.. Overall Is below average
Trip to Uttarakhandall the things of my tour is perfectly arranged by the team of celebrate vacation. i would like to thank all the team of celebrate vacation team as well as travel triangle team.
Trip to UttarakhandAnurag from journey of miles had well arranged the total trip. The driver was new for the location, but they arranged us separate local guide which made the day fantastic. Though Maya regency was not up to the mark, but nature valley and corbet machaan was really good hotel/resort. They travel was too long, but we enjoyed the beauty.
Trip to UttarakhandV had a very good trip... thank u travel triangle for everything... fr hotel booking to pick up /drop everything was prompt... I would definitely recommend it to my friends...
Trip to UttarakhandThe accommodation provided by the travel agent was superb. Hospitality of wild flower cottage was amazing. Nice cozy place. But the cab driver was not at all good. He just refused to go anywhere and also was bad driver for hills which was clearly visible as he was least confident . He always denied going simple places. He killed e entire holiday mood for us. As a result we spent a lot of our money in local taxis for the places which was mentioned in the Itinerary. Overall the package was nicely designed only if the can driver was good ,our weekend holiday could have been perfect.
Trip to UttarakhandTrip to Kanatal was great. Dheeraj planned every thing in a proper way in a short span of time(1day). Our driver "Goldy Bhaiya" was very friendly with us. He guided us in a proper way. Will never forget the Momos that he insisted us to taste in Dehradun. Midnight view from Full Moon cottage in Kanatal was mesmerizing. The night spent in Fool Moon Cottage with a Bonfire will be a lifetime memory. Caretaker of cottage named Bhagwan , was very helpful and friendly. And the food made by him had a great taste. Must visit Kanatal.
Trip to UttarakhandMs. Monika is the one shared quotation on time and finalized after so many customization. Started journey with tension, but when it observed how Aarav tours and Travels cared make me relax. On spot changes interms of hotels. If I want to recommend in my circle, lets prefer Aarav Tours & Travels.
Trip to UttarakhandFirst thing the point of contact was not responding timely. All the time have to chase them up. Atleast travel should co-ordinate and ask are we alive or dead. Still trying to contact them but no reply from their side.Disatisfied with the service. Improve urself guys. Someone is paying lots of money don't disappoint .secondly the cab driver's behavior could be better.
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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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