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.
Cities in Uttarakhand
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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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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