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 Shivalik Hills, the southernmost mountain chain of the Himalayas. The temple is a site of major tourist attractions from all over the world. Chandi ...
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- 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
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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...
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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...
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- 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
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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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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 UttarakhandOverall, the trip was well organized and went as per plan. Hotels were good on the whole. Hotel Monarch in Mussoorie has an excellent location with a great view of the hills but they have to upgrade their furniture and upholstery in the room and the common dining room - the stuffy smell caused a sneezing allergy. Hotel Devansh in Uttarkashi was simple and airy with a great view of the Bhagirathi and good homely food. Hotel the great Ananda in Hardwar had a good room but the food was average and the kitchen needs to be cleaner! The cab and driver we were assigned were very good. The experience of the driver in maneuvering the difficult hill roads was evident. Mr Sudhir from Aarav was very prompt and responsive before as well as during the trip and kept checking on us to ensure everything was alright. The stay in Uttarkashi beside the gurgling Bhagirathi river, and the visit to Gangotri - great scenery, and a divine experience.
Trip to UttarakhandIt was very nice trip, Had a nice experience with Travel Triangle and Spotnic Good service Nice hotels Proficient Cab driver Thanks for good trip experience
Trip to UttarakhandHotel, booked initially was not up to the mark, which was later changed with an extra cost. Driver arrangement was superb. Hotel recommendation should be done by the travel agency or travel triangle only once they are satisfied from it, google reviews are not necessarily always correct.
Trip to UttarakhandTravel agent Mr. Sourav Provide Excellent service. Very good co operation and good support. Thanks Sourav.
Trip to Uttarakhandwe had a good time in bhimtal and Nanital but we face a hotel issue in raniketh we have to run from one to another as the hotel was small and we have to go to other hotel. the other hotel was ok kind. as we have to stay only 1 day. bhimtal hotel was very good as compair to raniketh.
Trip to UttarakhandChanged itenary several times....hotels changed several times....hotels were unsatisfactory...allways surprise....need to call him after argument and discussion...changed rooms...I paid for good service....where I need not bother about comfort....should be taken care...hotels were not suitable for the price I paid...lift not working in one hotel...elderly people painfull to go up and down...good was good at only at rushikesh and mussorie....rest of places very bad.......but agents are very decent and soft spoken...good manners. Rushikesh was nice. ..including hotel...and food but rooms are not fit for triple sharing
Trip to UttarakhandTour Organagiger is not Responsible On This Trip. Pranav Gupta does not pick up the phone and does not a call back. due to which there was trouble in the trip, the driver did not know of the sightseeing, he was sent to which the site was canceled. please someone make trip If you do, you should know every minute. bhimtal paragliding and Nainital sightseeing’s
Trip to UttarakhandTrip sailer not kept his promise for early check in and we have to pay Rs2000 more to hotel. Travel triangle only a Dalal who require money not helped anyway. Don't go on verbal conversation take each an every things written in words otherwise pay more. Headache
Trip to UttarakhandHotel at haridwar (hotel drive inn) is worst in condition. There was no TV in operation. Food quality was inferior.Behavior at reception was intolerable. Waste of money. Masoorie hotel(classic fall) Was good but it's 12 kms far away from mall road. Provision of two bed was there instead of three. Food quality was satisfactory.
Trip to UttarakhandI have planned For Auli Uttrakhand destination for 9 people. 2 Cars assigned by agents. Hotel & food mets expectation. There were too much time taking response from the agent. Mistake made in flight ticket booking which was not sorted properly. Too much confusion created by agent during entire time for one or other reason. one car driver was really good but other was not at all co-operative , one day he just walked out without intimating any thing with unreachable phone & later said he was went in search of diesel as it is not available nearby. Stay and food options provided were good. It would be good if you understand peoples feeling about Trip , money & time investment
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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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