Places to visit in Uttarakhand
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Places to visit in Uttarakhand
In Uttarakhand, there is always something unforeseen lurking around at every turn of the road to mesmerise travellers. Be it a pilgrimage or a honeymoon, there are plenty of Uttarakhand tourist places that are ideal to plan a trip to the hills. Raj-era hill stations, Hindu pilgrimage sites, spectacular national parks, and honeymoon resorts make up some of the top places to visit in Uttarakhand.
Robber’s Cave, Tapkeshwar Temple, Sahastradhara, Paltan Bazaar, Mindrolling Monastery, and Lachhiwala are popular places to visit in Dehradun. Nestled in lush green hills, Mussoorie offers a splendid vista of the Doon Valley. Located 34 kilometres from Dehradun, Mussoorie is famous for its comfy bookstores, English weather, and sheer natural beauty.
If ever there was a place custom-made for discovering your inner self, Rishikesh has to be it. This spiritual town is where the West learns about the East. Rishikesh is famous for being the Yoga capital of the world. White water rafting in Rishikesh, near Shivpuri to be precise, is an experience like no other.
Dotted with numerous temples and ashrams, Haridwar is a magnet for spiritual seekers and devotees beginning their Char Dham pilgrimage: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. It is where the Ganges enters the plains of India.
When you’re listing famous tourist destinations in Uttarakhand, Nainital always finds its place among the top places. Naini Lake, Tiffin Top, Snow View Point, Raj Bhawan, and Naina Devi Temple are major points of interest in Nainital. Famous for its panoramic views, Kausani ranks among the best tourist places in Uttarakhand. Besides its scenic splendour, travellers gather here to go on a trek to Pindari Glacier and Kafni Glacier. Jim Corbett National Park – the oldest national park in India – is a popular haunt for wildlife enthusiasts.
Comprising 520 square km of area, the park is home to Bengal tigers, elephants, leopards, Himalayan black bears, deer, buffaloes, and around 580 bird species. The Nanda Devi National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the highest mountain located entirely within India. The Gangotri National Park and Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary are ideal to spot alpine flora and fauna. Trekking in Valley of Flowers National Park can be most rewarding between July and September.
Auli is a popular ski resort in Uttarakhand visited by scores of honeymooners in winter. Binsar and Chakrata are up-and-coming hill stations currently famous for offbeat camping opportunities. Dhanaulti and Kanatal are arguably the most popular sites for camping in Uttarakhand. Almora is a picturesque hill station and a perfect alternative for Nainital. If you’re aching to try paragliding in Uttarakhand, then Pithoragarh is the best to be. Jageshwar, Mukteshwar, Ranikhet, Chamoli, Chamba, and Lansdowne are other famous places to visit in Uttarakhand in summer.
Shivpuri in Rishikesh
There is a region named Shivpuri near Rishikesh. Overseen by the majestic Himalayas and surrounded by the lush green vegetation, Shivpuri is a beautiful place to be. Because of its rugged and uneven geography, the Ganges and its tributaries exhibit some of the most herculean rapids, providing a perfect setting to try river ...
Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh
Triveni Ghat is located in Mayakund, Rishikesh Uttarakhand. This ghat is on the banks of Holy River Ganga. This ghat is used for baths by pilgrims. You will find idols of Lord Vishnu and Krishna here. Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh is the meeting point of three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. It is the most honored hol...
- Ideal for families
- Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat.
Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh
The Lakshman Jhula Rishikesh is one of the main tourist attractions in the city of Rishikesh. This is basically a suspension bridge which connects the two villages which go by the names of Tapovan and Jonk. The first being in the Tehri Garhwal district and the latter in Pauri Garhwal district. Because the bridge is located ...
- Ideal for friends
Company Garden In Mussoorie
Mussoorie Company Garden is a well maintained exhibition of natural beauty which offers good opportunities for photography with fountains and flowering bushes. The gardens laid out in the British colonial style are a treat for the eyes as the place offers astonishing view of the hills around. There is a subtle arrangement t...
- Ideal for couples
Kempty Falls in Mussoorie
Kempty Falls in Mussoorie (Uttarakhand) is a wonderful waterfall and one of the best places for rejuvenation in the green valley. Generally, something that is easily gettable often gets monotonous, but you will find the locals of Mussoorie enjoying around the water place enthusiastically. And they have every reason to be as...
- Cable Car Ride
Gun Hills In Mussoorie
Gun Hill in Mussoorie offers unparalleled views all over Mussoorie, the Doon Valley and the Garhwal Himalayas.Gun Hill sits at a daunting height of 6,640 feet (2,020 meters) which makes it the second-highest point in Mussoorie. From the summit, one can see views of the rolling green hills of the Doon Valley in all direction...
- Cable Car Ride
- Family Trip
Happy Valley In Mussoorie
Happy Valley in Mussoorie is a place for you to explore with its typical Tibetan characteristics and culture, being one of the first places to have been inhabited by Dalai Lama in India. The Tibetan temples and the Municipal Gardens are a treat. Happy Valley extends right from the west of Library Point and ends somewhere ar...
- Happy Valley
Har Ki Pauri In Haridwar
Har Ki Pauri is a very famous ghat which is situated on the bank of the river Ganges in Haridwar in the Indian state of Haridwar. It is regarded as an acclaimed landmark in the holy city of Haridwar. The words “Har” means Lord Shiva, “Ki” means of and “Pauri” means footsteps which literally translate to footsteps of the Lor...
- Ganga Aarti
- Religious Tour
- Holy Land tour
Mansa Devi Temple In Haridwar
Mansa Devi temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi located in the holy city of Haridwar in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This temple is located atop of the Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik hills which are the southernmost mountain in the Himalayan mountain range. Mansa Devi temple Haridwar is also known as Bi...
- Mansa Devi Temple
- Religious Tour
- Holy City
- Ideal for families
Nainital, the “city of lakes” as it is widely known has a number of fascinating lakes in and around the place. Being a hill station adds much to its glory as an important tourist spot in India. The major attraction is the Nainital Lake which attracts tourists from various parts of the world. Famously known as the Naini Lake...
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Trip to UttarakhandWe are Happy with Aarav travel where as we small changes need to be made like they have provide someone who will travel with us so that they can guide in all the aspects but overall they have did excellent job with good support
Trip to UttarakhandOverall a good trip to nainital, kausani, ranikhet and jimcorbett national park. A little disappointed towards jim corbett park's safari . Otherwise, the coordination with the travel agent was fantastic and specially the driver (Neeraj ji) , a very friendly driver, made our trip memorable.
Trip to UttarakhandI really wish I could have written a positive feedback for you. The start was good, everything worked as per the planning as per the expectations. Firstly, I didn't realize there would be no coordination between Hotel and the Travel Agency. There was some difference between what we were promised and what we received. There were lot of places that needed to be covered but due to lack of communication between the transport team and booking agency they misunderstood us and blamed us for everything. At the end of the journey, I was really surprised by the inhuman nature of driver and cab coordinator. I had my female friend with me and I asked for a single drop for her and clearly mentioned that please drop her at a distance which was just 15 mins away from my pick up location. I would go on my own and there is no need to go to my location. But they denied this rudely. The cab Coordinator said "It's your problem, deal with it". We were charged high for everything but that wasn't an issue at all, the issue was inhuman behaviour and the way they talked. It was not expected at all. I paid night allowance as well to the driver even if we reached well within time and we had to pay that extra amount as a night allowance. That too I didn't deny I paid everything they asked without any negotiation. But I was not happy at all by the inhuman nature of cab coordinator. He was good initially but at the end he turned out to be hostile towards us. Finally I had to take another cab for her at 1 AM. I want you to at least warn such people who don't treat humans as humans. Positives: The Resort was at an amazing Location, food quality was superb. Hotel staff service was good. The behaviour was polite. Overall it was awesome place to stay. Rafting in Rishikesh, cliff jumping in Rishikesh
Trip to UttarakhandIt was a memorable trip,lot of thanks to travel triangle,Md Ameed ,sky tours and travels,and Leena.keep up the good work.A well organized and well planned trip.
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Trip to UttarakhandI want to share how much I have enjoyed choosing Doon travel for my Uttarakhand trip. Indu Rawat has made my travel as painles as possible. She made sure that she has proactively resolved all the becoming bad situations. Just an FYI & pat on the back for excellent service.
Trip to UttarakhandWe had booked our trip to Uttarakhand in March through Travel Traingle and we got the best value quote from Trip Birbal. Deepak ji from Trip Birbal assisted me through out the trip and has been absolute help during the trip. We were a group of 2 families (4 adults and 2 kids) and a Toyota Innova was arranged for trip from Delhi. The driver was on time or rather before time to receive us and a wonderful person. He gave us pointers to good dhabas and restaurant on the way. Since we were getting late while reaching Rishikesh, he suggested us to take a mini halt in Haridwar and we got to see Ganga Arti at Har Ki Paidi. We stayed in Hotel Shivay (OYO) near Lakshman Jhoola. The room was ok. We had to start next day for Joshimath and we requested for an early breakfast which could not be accommodated. We got the breakfast at 8:15 AM but the breakfast was too good. Everything was fresh and they even packed a sandwich for my daughter for id way. Our journey to Joshimath started at around 9:00 AM and we took a few halts including the one at Dev Prayag where we filled a bottle for Ganga Jal. It was raining heavily and the roads are under construction so we took a little longer than expected to reach Joshimath. We called Himalayan Abode in advance and they were at the gate to receive us despite heavy rains. The food was homely with Fulkas and Dal. Very good food. When we got up in the morning, the view from rooms were superb with snow clad mountain peaks and Alaknanda river flowing by the side. Breakfast were delicios Parathas and Poha. We liked the home stay very much and the hospitality of the staff. The driver took us to few places in Joshimath including Dev Prayag, Joshimath Temple and Cable Car. We decided against taking the cable car and our expert driver took us to Blue Poppy resort. The service from Blue Poppy resort was lacking in quite a few aspects. Despite we letting them know in advance, our luggage was not picked from the cab for almost 2 hours. The rooms we were supposed to stay were not proper with bathrooms having leaked water. It took the staff couple of hours to fix that. The views from the resort was awesome and if I had to give ratings to the resort that would be only for these spectacular views and accessibility of the resort by the road. The staff was hardworking, very polite but may be they had reduced staff for some reason. They did try to take care of our demands with the means available to them. However, I do believe there was some area for improvement. They also need to clean up the cafeteria which though had very beautiful views outside, was filled with lots of flies inside the cafeteria. The food was OK and they could always do with few more food categories given it was a resort. The resort also has Hanuman temple nearby and you get to hear good Bhajans and Aarti during morning and evening. We came back to stay at Hotel Shivaya and we were given better rooms this time. The rooms on 2nd floor are better than the rooms on 1st floor. We ordered the dinner and were served with amazing food. We were told that our driver had a medical emergency and he needs to rush home so we would get a different cab to drop us to Delhi. We stayed in hotel Urmi in Haridwar and the hotel was good although about 3 Kms from Har Ki Paidi on the highway to Rishikesh. Food and Service was awesome. Rooms were awesome. Again Thank You Very Much Travel Traingle and Trip Birbal for arranging an unforgettable trip. Highly recommend!!
Trip to UttarakhandThe service was at its best except that I was not given an early morning Safari and instead an afternoon 2pm slot in Corbett.
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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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