Visitors Guide presents an overview of the precise geographical position
and important tourist destinations of Uttarakhand. It is located in the
northern part of India, Uttarakhand is known as the land of Gods, it is
truly ‘An Abode of the Gods’ since several pilgrim centers
are situated here like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Henmkund
Sahib, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The land is considered to be the holiest
land in the Himalaya.
Uttarakhand is also the source of the holy rivers Ganga and Yamuna. Ganga
is the sacred river in the Hindu mythology. Haridwar, the gateway to the
four pilgrimages of Uttarakhand; Pilgrims generally start their journey
from Haridwar, which is centrally located and easily reachable by roadways
There are many places to visit in Uttarakhand. The important tourist attraction
in Uttarakhand includes Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nainital, Almora, Kaushani
and Ranikhet. Dehradun, is the capital of Uttarakhand and one of the oldest
Indian cities. Sightseeing in this city comprises places like Robbers'
Cave, Tapkeshwar, Malsi Deer Park and Forest Research Institute (FRI).
Mussoorie is one of the best hill resorts in India. Gun Hill, Kempty Falls,
Camel's Back Road, Lal Tibba and The Jheel are some of places mostly visited
by tourists. Nainital is a popular lake resort placed at a height of 1,938
meters. Sightseeing in Nainital includes Naini Lake, Naina Peak, Snow
View and Hanuman Garhi.
Ranikhet offers the lush green forests housing attractive wildlife.
Almora houses many tourist attractions like Bright & Corner, Public
Museum, Deer Park, Nanda Devi Museum, Chetai Temple, Simtola. Kausani,
a small town provides a breathtaking view of the snow-capped peaks of
Trishul, Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Nandakot, Nanda, Chaukhan and Ghunti.
With Jim Corbett National Park, Valley of Flowers and other parks, the
tour to Uttarakhand becomes interesting for the nature lovers. Airways,
roadways as well as railways connect Uttarakhand with all the parts of
the country. Jolly Grant located near Dehradun caters to airlines plying
regular flights to and from Uttarakhand.
Dehradun, Haridwar and Kathgodam are the important railway stations of
the state and connect the state with all the parts of India. NH 58, 73,
74 and 87 connects the state by roadways. The best time to visit Uttarakhand
is from April to June and September to Mid-November.
The hotels in Uttarakhand offer the tourists with a comfortable and pleasant
stay at reasonable prices. Some of the well known hotels of Uttarakhand
are Savoy Hotel Mussoorie, Hotel Shiva Residency of Dehradun and Royal
Travel to Uttarakhand
On the foothills of the majestic Himalayas, it came into existence on
9th November 2000 as the 27th state has been carved out of Uttar Pradesh
. The region finds a mention in the epics of Mahabharata and has seen
the rule of the ancient dynasties like the Kushan and the Guptas until
the British arrived.
Before you travel to Uttarakhand, Travel.mapsofindia brings you some fast
facts about the state:
Uttar Pradesh on the South,
Nepal on the East,
Himachal Pradesh on the west
China on the northeast.
and 31°27' North
and 81°02' East
||55845 sq km
||Summer - Hot
Winter - Cold
Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism
|Best Time to
||April - June
& September - November
||Summer - Cottons
Winter - Woolens
From the very
beginning tourism is an important activity in these regions. Since times
immemorial the Hindus have considered the land sacred. Legends and myths
have it that this is the abode of the Gods with the holy river Ganges
and numerous temples. For some, the lure of piety and the sublime ambience
for others, are abiding reason to travel to Uttarakhand.
A travel to Uttarakhand would take you to the land of breathtaking snow-capped
mountains, wooded valleys and magnificent glaciers, which give birth to
a few mighty rivers of India. The land will seduce you with its unparalleled
beauty as you travel to Uttarakhand.
Large numbers of people travel to Uttarakhand to learn a few lessons of
Yoga and get a treatment of Ayurveda.These ancient Indian medical sciences
have phenomenal healing power for many modern day maladies.
Travel to Uttarakhand if you are an adventure freak. The state has ideal
opportunities and adequate infrastructure for skiing, rafting, trekking
and so on.
Lastly, the abundance of wild lives in its national parks and game sanctuaries
is also a major draw for tourists to travel to Uttarakhand.
How to Reach Uttarakhand by Road: Although Uttarkhand is a very
young state in India, an extensive road network covers the state. The
state has excellent road connection with Delhi and state highways link
the destinations and important places like Corbett National Park, Haridwar,
Rishikesh of the state to each other
How to Reach Uttarakhand by Rail: Rail network is also
very convenient in Uttarakhand. The keys Railway Stations in the state
are Dehradun, Haridwar and Kathgodam. Many super-fast express and passenger
trains service these stations.
How to Reach Uttarakhand by Air: The state has its only
airport in Jolly Grant, which is close to the state capital Dehradun.
Nearly all public and private airlines operate regular flights to Dehradun.
Uttarakhand is a newly-carved state, but with its startling combination
of Pilgrimage Sites, Hill-Stations, Wild Lives, Ayurveda and Adventure
Sports - the packs quite a punch.
a few major tourist attractions in Uttarakhand: Pilgrimage:Hemmed by the
austere mountains, mighty glaciers bringing forth gurgling hill brooks,
flower beaded valleys and gentle clouds entwined in unending affair with
the snow-white peaks - where else could be the abode of Gods. Many places
in Uttarakhand like: Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Kedarnath find several
mentions in Hindu myths and legends and are considered sacred by the Hindus.
Take a dip in the holy river the Ganges, visit the temples to watch an
evening aarti - even the non-believer would have a soothing effect on
the weary soul. Some places have of late gained fame as a prominent Yoga
destination in India.
Hotels in Uttarakhand
Rajasthan still bears the legacy of splendid heritage of Indian Maharajas
and their fabled hospitality. The state receives the maximum number of
tourists every year. Naturally the infrastructure has flourished with
the growth of tourism. The enchanting state of Uttarakhand offers picturesque
hill stations, rolling meadows, glaciers and waterfalls and to cap it
all, the breathtaking wild lives.
In each of its tourist destinations there are a large number of hotels
in Uttarakhand. The hill stations of the state have been favourite with
the tourists for long. Here you can find a wide variety of choices right
from sophisticated luxury hotels to economy class hotels.
If you are a real foodie and wish to have good food and quality time,
hotels in Uttarakhand would not let you down. There are some good restaurants
in some of the Uttarakhand tourism hotels.
Even in its wild life destinations, there is no scarcity of hotels in
Uttarakhand. Most of these hotels in Uttarakhand clubs food and accommodation
with jungle safari packages. But only accommodation is also available
in Uttarakhand tourism hotels. During the monsoons, when the national
parks go on closure, most of these hotels remain closed.
Following are only few hotels in Uttarakhand:
Hotels in Rishikesh
In The Himasalay
Palace Estate, Narendra Nagar, Rishikesh
Palace Road, Jaipur
Opp. Jal Mahal, Amber Fort Road, Jaipur
in Corbett National Park
Zero Garjia, Dhikuli, Ramnagar, Nainital
River View Retreat
Zero Garjia, Vill Dhikuli, Ramnagar
Uttarakhand is not a typical shopping destination. Still shopping in Uttarakhand
can be a real fun for the avid shopper.
The main handicraft in this region is woodcarving. Like all hilly states,
Uttarakhand also has rich forestland. Wood has traditionally served as
the base for crafts fashioned out by the local artisans. The woodcrafts
would make for great souvenirs for your Uttarakhand tour.
You can also buy the local woolens products, which sports unique designs
and variety of colors.
Besides, Uttarakhand grows the finest variety of rice. Do not forget to
pick up apacket or two of the fragrant Basmati rice as you shop here.
Travel.mapsofindia recommends a convenient list of interesting items to
look for while shopping in Uttarakhand:
of options for shopping in Uttarakhand. Most of the destinations in the
state are replete with shops, be it Government or private-run. In most
of the hill stations Malls are the favourite haunts for those who want
to do some shopping in Uttarakhand?