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Essential information of Uttarakhand

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Essential information of Uttarakhand

Here is some basic information of Uttarakhand state that will be handy during your visit to this beautiful state. Keep reading for some insights that you will find on any tourist map of Uttarakhand.

Food of Uttarakhand

The culinary treasure of Uttarakhand is as renowned as its natural wealth. The main food of Uttarakhand varies from Kumaon to Garhwal division. Between Pithoragarh and Pauri, the traditional food of Uttarakhand depends on what local tribes prefer to eat. Most people in Uttarakhand prefer vegetarian cuisine, although non-vegetarians also have plenty to choose from.

Like other hilly regions in India, Uttarakhand cuisine relies on simplicity. Kafuli is a nutritious dish prepared from Spinach and fenugreek leaves. This healthy dish is complimented by steaming rice. The aroma of Fannah and Chainsoo will make you want to crave for more Garhwali cuisine. Both dishes have an earthy flavour that is essential to local people. Kandalee Ka Saag, Baadi, Phaanu, and Dubuk are some of the famous food of Uttarakhand. Jhangora Ki Kheer is a popular dessert having a rich texture. Gulgula, Bal Mithai, and Arsa are other sweets to try in the region.

Climate of Uttarakhand

Weather of Uttarakhand can be tricky to predict, especially in high-altitude places. Some far-flung roads are vulnerable to landslide, while others remain cut off due to snowfall in the winter season. Before going on trekking or camping in high-altitude valleys, make sure to pack rain gear and winter wear. The peak of summer and winter season brings a river of honeymooners, pilgrims, and adventurers from India and abroad. Dehradun and Haridwar witness heat waves in summer and day temperatures can reach up to 40°C.

Milder temperatures between April and June prevail in the higher Himalayas up north. This time is ideal to make a pilgrimage or plan a honeymoon in Uttarakhand. March is the best time to catch full bloom at the Valley of Flowers. Temperatures in winter – which lasts from November through February – range between sub zero to 15°C, especially in high-altitude regions. Nainital witnesses milder winters and a reasonable amount of snowfall. Weather in Uttarakhand may vary as per geographical features of the state.

Festivals of Uttarakhand

The state of Uttarakhand features an amalgamation of Garhwali and Kumaoni cultures. It’s a microcosm of time-honoured traditions and beliefs which are celebrated with great fervour by the locals. Despite the recent burst of commercialism, environmentalism is a belief that locals hold dear to themselves. There are numerous folk songs and tales about nature’s bounty that predates the famous Chipko Movement. The Garhwal region celebrates Saradotsava in October every year in the picturesque town of Pauri. It showcases local talent in forms of art, dance, and music. Choliya, Jhodha, and Chanchi are popular dance styles in Kumaon region. Chhopati, Basanti, and Chhura are popular folk songs voiced by Garhwalis. Bhaitauli, Ganga Dussehra, Phool Dei, and Kandali are famous festivals of Uttarakhand. Hindi is a predominantly spoken language in Uttarakhand. Local languages of Uttarakhand are Garhwali, Kumaoni, and Jaunsari.

Tips and Facts about Uttarakhand

Do carry Uttarakhand tourist map as there are some remote places with no network connectivity. Travellers must follow safety procedures during natural calamities. Always stay abreast of weather updates during your stay in Uttarakhand. Avoid driving or riding on treacherous roads after sunset.

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      We had very nice and hassle free trip. Hotels where we stayed were all excellent. Especially Tigers Pug Mark Resort was awesome. We had excellent driver.
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      Ckoushik Hg

      Bengaluru, 2 days ago

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      services were ok but food at the camp was below average, electricity at the camp was also not up to the mark.
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      Asingledropoffaith

      Delhi, 7 days ago

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      services were ok but food at the camp was below average, electricity at the camp was also not up to the mark.
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      Asingledropoffaith

      Delhi, 7 days ago

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      Nice agent and the most responsible trusted one. The car & Driver/Guide provided for the tour was Awesome. It was my first time with them and they did it all good. No problem and no complaints can be raised. I'll look forward to again go with them whenever I do Uttarakhand Tour. Nice job guys Keep it up. Thanks Travel Triangle and Travel You & Last but not least Janta Travels guy Imran Ahmed and his car LUXURY SUV MAHINDRA MARAZZO M2.
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      BUDDHADEB MAITY

      Delhi, 8 days ago

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      As travel plan was initiated they were promised for best hotel rooms and cab facility. While first day we reached we get accommodate in different room, rather we pay very before for advance room booking. Hotel manager was said room was unavailable today so will change it tomorrow. That was very ridiculous. And cab driver was very unprofessional. On last night we were requested him to pick up us from said destination which was on hardly 1-2km from our hotel, he refused to come. That was very rude behaviour and from day one driver was influencing us to stay in dhanaulti, and discouraged us by saying that Mussoorie was not worth watching or visiting.
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      New delhi, 8 days ago

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      Tausif

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      Overall, 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
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      Bangalore, 15 days ago

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      1. 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
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      Gopi Krishna

      Hyderabad, 16 days ago

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      all 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.
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      Devendra Ibulls

      Jaipur, 17 days ago

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      Anurag 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.
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      Perungalathur, 17 days ago

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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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