Uttarakhand Tour Packages
Uttarakhand is one of the famous North Indian states which is also known as the Dev Bhoomi because of some famous pilgrimage sites in the Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand is also famous for its high hills. If you booking a Uttarakhand tour package then it gives you a chance to visit some famous tourist attractions in India like Nainital, Mussoorie, Haridwar, Rishikesh, etc. are some common tourist places to visit in Uttrakhand tour.
Devbhoomi, (abode of Gods) Uttarakhand was formed in the year 2000 after being separated from the large erstwhile state of Uttar Pradesh. It is a destination, par excellence, rich in Indian culture, history, heritage, and natural beauty. The state bordering Himachal Pradesh to the west and north-west, Uttar Pradesh to the south, Nepal to the east; and Tibet to the north; is divided into two regions, Garhwal and Kumaon. The history of this state goes back to the Vedic era, owing to its mention as a part of the Kuru and Panchal Kingdoms of those times. In Hindu mythology also, it has been recognized as a part of the famed Kedarkhand (Now Garhwal) and Manaskhand (Now Kumaon). Legend has it that the famous sage, Vyas, composed the epic of Mahabharata here. The signs of the practice, of Shaivism, in ancient times, along with Buddhism and Folk Shamanic religion, too, were also found in the state, one can visit on a Uttarakhand holiday tour package, in order to ascertain these facts.
Famed for their simplicity in lifestyle, honesty, and humility, the people of Uttarakhand reflect a sincere bond with nature and gods. Although, the state has a fair amount of cities that are plush with all state-of-the-art amenities and crowd from other parts of the country, this could, however, not distract, the people of Uttarakhand away from their culture and traditional values. The culture of this state still revolves around its traditional ethics, moral values, the simplicity of nature and a rich mythology.
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Apart from these two major inhabitants, the state is also home to ethnic groups like Bhotias, Jaunsaries, Tharus, Bokshas, and Rajis. Although the major part of the region is seen speaking native languages like Kumaoni and Garhwali, Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi, also, are widely spoken. Various tribal communities are nomadic and those hailing from the Indo-Aryan descent are part of the ethnicity of Uttarakhand, which is worth a check out on a Uttarakhand tour package
The people, here, indulge in various celebrations and perform rituals round the year, owing to their deep-rooted connection with nature and the rich mythology. Like their simple lifestyle, the festivals and fairs in too are also simple yet culturally rich. Each season is welcomed with hearty folk songs and dance and so are the agricultural periods. The ancestor spirit worship is exclusive to this state, Jaagar, as it is locally called, is held to wake the Gods, and the local deities, up from their inactive stage to solve their problems and shower, on them, many blessings. This region abounds in local and tribal folk dances like the Barada Nati, Bhotiya Dance, Chancheri, Chhapeli, Choliya, Jagars, Jhora, Langvir, Langvir Nritya, Pandav Nritya, Ramola, Shotiya, Thali-Jadda, and Jhainta performed on various occasions in Uttarakhand. Truly, every day in Uttarakhand is a day of festivals, the noble and humble people take immense delight in celebrating even a small success with a grateful heart, which can be enjoyed when on a complete Uttarakhand tour package.
Religion of Uttarakhand
A large section of the people in Uttarakhand, are Hindus. However, the state maintains a secular ambience with significant number of people belonging to other faiths like Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Christianity.
Art & Craft of Uttarakhand
The state is full of artisans who indulge in a variety of art and craft. The incredible crafts, as produced/manufactured, both, by the rural and the urban populace, of this state are worth witnessing. Woodwork is a significant art form that the locals here practise, apart from this, paintings from Garhwal School of Paintings and murals like Aipan, demonstrate skills of the natives. The Ringaal Handicraft, that is practised by a backward community, and is so named, is quite appreciable. The richness in the art and craft of Uttarakhand is also reflected in the Rambaan Handicraft that is mae out of Jute and Hemp. Apart from it the woolen knitted wear and embroidered cushion covers, carpets, bedsheets and curtains by the rural women or urban women groups are a must buy from Uttarakhand. The candle making skills in the state are par excellence, there is an entire market in Nainital that is dedicated to this art. All this can be witnessed, first hand, on a Uttarakhand holiday tour
Lifestyle of Uttarakhand
The lifestyle in Uttarakhand is heterogenous and one can clearly make out the difference between the urban and rural life in the state. Since the state comprises, of both, hilly and plain terrains, that eventually demarcate the lifestyle in the state, there are areas in the hills that are remote and difficult to access, where obviously the way of life is entirely different. The urban areas like Dehradun, Nainital, Haldwani, Haridwar and a few others enjoy access to most of the modern technological facilities.
Source of Economy of Uttarakhand
The state is largely dependent on its agriculture for its revenue. Basmati rice, wheat, soybeans, groundnuts, coarse cereals, pulses, and oil seeds are the most widely grown crops in the state. The harvest of fruits like peaches, oranges, plums, apples, pears and litchis, widely cultivated in the state too contribute, quite significantly, to the states revenue. Other key industries contributing to the economy, of the state, include tourism and hydropower, and of late the development in IT, ITES, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and automobile industries, too, can be seen in the state.
The state is best known for its plethora of rivers as it is the point of origin of the most sacred rivers of India namely the Ganga and the Yamuna, fed by large and small tributaries emanating from the glaciers of Uttarahkand, and happen to be the life lines of India. It is also a home to two UNESCO listed world heritage sites namely the Valley of flowers and the Nanda Devi National Park. Both are encircled by the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. These dreamlands shelter rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. The Nanda Devi Peak, standing at a height of 78163 meters or 25, 643 feet, is the second highest peak, entirely within India.
Established in 1936, the Jim Corbet National Park, so named after its founder Jim Corbet, who established this park in order to save the endangered great Bengal Tiger, is the first and the oldest National Park of India, situated in the Nainital District of the state.
It is also the home to a cluster of Panch Badri, (Group of five temples of Lord Vishnu), Panch Kedar (Shiva Temle), and Panch Pryag (five holy confluences). Apart from this it also features the Chota Char Dham circuit of Yamnotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.
Tungnath Temple, is the highest Shiva Temple in the world, and at an astonishing height of 15,200 feet, Hemkunt Sahib, is the highest Sikh Gurudwara in the world.
As already mentioned earlier, Uttarakhand is extremely rich in its culture, history, heritage and places of pilgrimage, let us now visit the state in all its beauty and bounty. First and foremost lets visit the pilgrimage circuit of this pristinely state.
For the spiritually inclined – Pilgrimage places to visit, on a pilgrimage tour package of Uttarakhand
Best Places To Visit in Uttarakhand Tour Package
HARIDWARLocated at a distance of 26 km from Rishikesh, 54 km from Dehradun, 86 km from Mussoorie, 192 km from Chandigarh and 208 km from Delhi, Haridwar or Hardwar, as it is known, is an ancient religious city in the Haridwar district of Uttarakhand, apart from being a popular pilgrimage site in India and also one of the well known tourist places near Delhi, it is a popular attraction not to miss out on, in your Uttarakhand tour package.
Haridwar, when literally translated means the Gateway to God, is one of the seven holiest places for Hindus, located on the banks of River Ganges. It is the place where river Ganga descends to the plains. Situated at an altitude of 314 m, it serves as a gateway to the Char Dham destinations of Uttarakhand which are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
The history of this place goes back to the period of King Vikramaditya, around 2nd century BC. It is also referred to as Mayapuri, Gangadwar, and Mokshadwar in the ancient Hindu texts and epics. The holy city of Haridwar is considered as old as Varanasi and according to legend; gods left their footprints in Haridwar. As legend has it, during the Samudra manthan, Haridwar along with Ujjain, Nashik and Prayag (Allahabad), is one of the four sites where drops of Amrit (nectar) fell while it was being carried by Garuda.
An important aspect of the pilgrimage to Haridwar is the Har-ki-Pauri, where a large number of pilgrims take a dip in the sacred Ganges. Legend has it that, the ancestors of Prince Bahgirathi, having been cursed by Kapil Muni, were absolved of the curse after Prince Bahgirathi performed Penance, for their sins, after which, his prayers having been answered the sacred Ganga started flowing from the locks of Lord Shiva and reviving the sons of King Sagara.
Chandi Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple at Bilwa Parvat, Vaishno Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Bhimgoda, Shanti Kunj are some of the important historical shrines in Haridwar. Rishikesh, Sapt Sarovar, Triveni Ghat, Kanva Rishi Ashram, Chila Wildlife Sanctuary are the other nearby attractions.
Incidently, it also happens to be one of the venues for the famous Kumbh Mela which takes place once every 12 years. The next Maha Kumbh Mela will be held in Haridwar in 2022. The Ardh Kumbh Mela is held every six years. Other than the Kumbh Mela Somwati Amavasya and Kartik Purnima, Baisakhi, and the Kanwar Mela, are the other important festivals celebrated in Haridwar.How to reach
Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport, which is about 38 km from Haridwar.
Haridwar Railway Station is well connected by train with Delhi, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Puri, Indore, Trivandrum, Ujjain, Madurai, Okha, Saharanpur, Mumbai, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Amritsar, Howrah and Kathgodam.
One can reach Haridwar by the State run buses or private taxis, that connect to nearby cities as well as New Delhi.
The best time to visit:
Best time to visit Haridwar is from October to April.
RISHIKESHLocated at a distance of 26 km from Haridwar, 42 km from Dehradun, 74 km from Mussoorie, 201 km from Chandigarh and 233 km from Delhi, Rishikesh is a holy city on the banks of the River Ganges and is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is one of the top pilgrimage sites in India and among the best places to visit near Delhi. It is also a base for several trekking trails in the state.
It is also the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath). Rishikesh is situated at an elevation of 356 m above sea level and consists of three distinct areas known as Rishikesh, Swargashram and Muni Ki Reti. Rishikesh has been a part of the legendary Kedarkhand (the present day Garhwal). As per the Skanda Purana, Lord Vishnu appeared here to Raibhya Rishi as Hrishikesh, which means the God of Senses. It is one of the best attractions that you must include in your Uttarakhand Holiday package.
A large number of tourists and pilgrims, from all parts of the country, come here to offer their prayers at this holy site. There are several famous ashrams and temples here. Triveni Ghat, Neel Kanth Mahadev Temple, Swarganiwas Temple and Bharat Mandir are the important pilgrimage sites in Rishikesh.
Ever since Yoga has been promulgated in the world, Rishikesh, has now become the world famous Yoga Capital of the World. Every year, during the month of February, a weeklong International Yoga Festival is hosted here. Rishikesh is also popular among adventure tourists as it offers several activities like mountain biking, bungee jumping and white water rafting, ideally suited for those with an adventurous turn of mind.How to reach
Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport, which is about 16 km from Haridwar. It is well connected by flight with Delhi.
Rishikesh Rail head is very well connected by a network of trains, with Mata Vaishno Devi Katra, Bandikudi, Delhi and Haridwar.
Rishikesh can also be reached by bus or private taxis from Dehradun, Haridwar and New Delhi.
If you are planning to visit Rishikesh for a regular visit, then the ideal time would be from the months March to May, while if you are planning to visit here for river rafting then the ideal time would be from October to Mid November.
BADRINATHAt 293 km from Rishikesh, 335 km from Dehradun and 523 km from Delhi, Badrinath is an ancient holy town in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It lies at an altitude of 3133 m in the Garhwal Himalayan ranges along the banks of River Alaknanda, near the India - Tibet border. It is one of the most famous centers of pilgrimage in India and also one of the most popular places to visit, as a part of the Char Dham yatra/circuit, when on your Uttarakhand pilgrimage tour package
Badrinath is the most important of the four sites, of the famous Char Dham pilgrimage; the other three being Puri, Dwarka and Rameshwaram. It is also visited as part of Chota Char Dham Pilgrimage along with Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri in the Himalayan region of this state. Surrounded by Nar and Narayana mountain ranges and the Nilkantha peak, Badrinath has a great mythical significance. You can find a mention of this holy town as Badari or Badarikashram in various ancient scriptures and texts. According to the epic Mahabharata, Badrinath is the site where Nara and Narayana, the dual forms of Vishnu, meditated. It is also believed that the Pandavas passed through Badrinath on their way to heaven. According to a popular local legent, it is believed that the Sage Vyasa scriptured the mythological Mahabharata at a nearby cave, lying about 4 Kms from Badrinath, in Mana.
It is famous for its Badrinath Temple housing Lord Badrinarayan, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple is believed to have been established by saint-philosopher Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. Adi Shankara discovered a Saligram idol of Lord Badrinarayan on the river bed of the Alaknanda. He installed this idol in a cave nearby, Tapt Kund, which was later shifted to the existing temple by the King of Garhwal in the 16th century.
The place is also famous for the Panch Badri temples, which are Yog Dhyan Badri, Bhavishtya Badri, Adi Badri and Vriddha Badri, along with Badrinath temple. Some of the other attractions of Badrinath include the Tapt Kund, Narad Kund, Brahma Kapal, Sheshanetra, Charan Paduka, Neelkanth and Mana Village. Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag, Vishnuprayag and Pandukeswar are among the other pilgrimage sites en route to Badarinath. Activities like trekking and mountaineering, in the Garhwal mountain ranges, can also be undertaken from here, on your adventure tour package of UttarakhandHow to reach
Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport, which is about 300 km. It is well connected by flight with Delhi.
The nearest railway station to Badrinath is Rishikesh Railway Station is well connected by train with Delhi,
Badrinath is well connected by road to Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haridwar and New Delhi and you avail Bus service or Taxs from these places to reach here.
What is the best time to visit:
Summers are the best time to explore this pilgrimage beauty. The temperature holds an average amount of 18°C to 20°C. The place receives large no tourists during summer. Although, the cool weather still calls, for you to carry enough woolen clothes with you, to tide away the chills from the cool weather.
KEDARNATHAt 224 km from Rishikesh, 264 km from Dehradun and 439 km from Delhi, Kedarnath is a town and a famous center of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand situated in Rudraprayag district.
A popular pilgrimage destination for the Hindus it is one of the four major places to visit in Uttarakhand in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit, including Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. It lies at an altitude of 3584 m near the Chorabari Glacier, the head of river Mandakini. It is the remotest of the four Char Dham sites and is flanked by breathtaking snow-clad peaks.
Kedarnath is named after King Kedar. According to mythology, King Kedar ruled Kedarnath during the Satya Yuga. It is believed that the temple existed even during the time of Mahabharata. It is at this place that the Pandavas were absolved of their sins of having slain their cousins, the Kauravas in the battle of Kurukshetra, by Lord Shiva. The famous Kedarnath temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and is thronged by thousands of tourists each year. Other than Kedarnath temple, Bhairavnath temple, Chorabari Tal, Shankaracharya Samadhi and Hans Kund are some of the other religious places near Kedarnath, to be visited when on your Uttarakhand pilgrimage package.
Best time to visit:
The best time to visit is from May to October.How to reach
The nearest airport to Kedarnath is the Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun, which is just 239 km away. It is well connected by flight with Delhi.
Rishikesh railway station is the nearest railhead to Kedarnath, which is situated at a distance of 224 km. It is well connected by train with Delhi, Haridwar, Bandikudi and Mata Vaishni Devi Katra.
Gaurikund is the nearest road point, which is 14 km from Kedarnath and is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh, Srinagar, Haridwar and Dehradun. A Helicopter service is also available from various places in Uttarakhand to reach Kedarnath. A helicopter can be hired from Dehradun, Gauchar, Agastyamuni, Phata or Sitapur.
Kedarnath can be reached after a 14 km steep climb/trek from Gaurikund to the temple of Kedarnath and can be done on foot or on ponies or horses, which are available on rent from Gaurikund. The route to Kedarnath was duly modified after the unprecedented flash floods of 2013 that ravished the Kedarnath region, resulting in the trek to Kedarnath having increased to 21 Kms, from 14 Kms initially, starting from Sonpryag. The first leg of this trek, 7 Kms, takes you to Bhim Bali, the first halt while the second leg takes you to Linchauli, which is a further 7 Kms Bhim Bali, and is the second halt en route to Kedarnath, and the last halt is at Kedarnath Temple another 7 Kms from Linchauli. Whereas this routé was originally passing through Rambara (7 km) - Linchauli (4 km) - Kedarnath (3 km), starting from Gaurikund.
The extreme weather condition of Kedarnath prompts the temple to be open only for 6 months from the end of April to beginning of November, which happens to be the best to visit here.
GANGOTRIThe Uttarkashi district in Uttarakhand, is home to another very important place of pilgrimage, namely, Gangotri, situated at an altitude of 3100 m, at a distance of 98 km from Uttarkashi, in the Garhwal Himalayan Range, on the banks of the holy Bhagirathi River, it is one of the best pilgrimage sites in India and also one of the most popular places to visit in Uttarakhand on your complete Uttarakhand tour package. The distances of this popular place of pilgrimage from Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Delhi are 242 km, 264, 288 and 483 Kms respectively.
Gangotri, which is also the origin of the River Ganges, constitutes one of the four sites on the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage circuit along with Yamnotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath. River Ganges originates at Gaumukh in the Gangotri Glacier, which is located about 19 km away from Gangotri town. As per legends, Goddess Ganga took the form of a river in order to absolve the sins of King Bhagiratha's ancestors, after his severe penance. The descent of the Ganges to earth was supposed to have a very destructive impact on earth. Owing to this reason Lord Shiva accepted to bear the impact of Ganges by receiving it in his thick hair locks, as a result minimizing the force of the impact of the mighty Ganges on earth.
Gangotri is famous for its ancient temples and religious significance.
A Gorkha General, Amar Singh Thapa was responsible for having got the existing Ganga Temple, at Gangotri, built, in the early 18th century. It is one of the most important temples of River Ganga. Ganga which goes by the name of Bhagirathi, at its source, takes the name Ganga from Devprayag onwards where it ultimately meets the Alaknanda. The place where King Bhagiratha is said to have meditated and worshipped Lord Shiva is marked by a sacred stone near the temple. The other religious attractions in Gangotri are the Gaumukh, Bhairavnath Temple, Bhavishiya Badri Temple, and the Jalamagna Shivalinga.
The most popular adventure activities in Uttarakhand are camping, river rafting, skiing and trekking on the Ghgarwal Himalayas. The trekking route to the Tapovan, Nandanvan, Gaumukh, Vasuki Tal and the Gangotri-Kedartal trek originates at Gangotri. Dayara Bugyal is the popular skiing destination near Gangotri, which would be of a great interest to the adventurous on their adventure tour package of Uttarakhand
Best time to visit:
Gangotri temple is opened from May and closes on the occasion of Diwali festival in Oct / Nov. Gangotri temple remains closed during winters as the region is prone to heavy snowfall. The idol is shifted to Mukhyamath Temple in Mukhba village, 20 km downstream.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun, which is about 277 km from Gangotri.
Dehradun is the nearest railheads at a distance of 242 km.
The best option to reach Gangotri is by road from Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun.
Gangotri has several government-managed dharamshalas which provide good accommodation. Most of the hotels in Gangotri offer decent facilities for a pleasant stay but it is advisable to book accommodation well in advance.
YAMUNOTRIAt a distance of 46 km from Uttarkashi, 134 km from Gangotri, 138 km from Mussoorie, 176 km from Dehradun, 209 km from Rishikesh, 224 km from Haridwar and 415 km from Delhi, Yamunotri is one of the four sites of Chota Char Dham pilgrimage situated in Uttarkashi district of the state. It is one of the best sacred pilgrimage sites in India and also one of the most well known places to visit in Uttarakhand.
Regarded as the seat of Goddess Yamuna, Yamunotri is considered to be the source of River Yamuna.. This is the western most shrine, in the Garhwal Himalayas, situated at an altitude of 3293 m atop Bandarpunch parvat. Geologically, the Champasar Glacier, located below the Bandarpunch Mountain at an altitude of 4421 m, is the point of origination of the River Yamuna. Although the Champasar Glacier is roughly 1 km upstream from the Yamunotri Temple, but to reach the glacier you are required to trek for 10 km from the temple. Yamunotri Temple can be reached after a 5 km trek from Janki Chatti which is the nearest road head.
According to an ancient legend, Yamunotri is also believed to be the residence of sage Asit, who used to bathe in the Ganges and Yamuna each day. As legend has it a stream of the Ganges appeared opposite Yamunotri for the sage as he was unable to up to Gangotri during his old age. Mythological speaking Goddess Yamuna is considered as the daughter of both, Lord Surya (Sun God) and Devi Sandhya along with being a sister to Lord Yama. It is believed that after having taken a dip in the Holy Yamuna ones sins are washed off and he or she attains a painless death in his or her old age.
The temple, dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, at Yamnotri, surrounded by mountains on all sides, is the main source of attraction there. In the early 19th century the Maharani of Jaipur, Maharani Gularia, took up the onus and built this temple, which was subsequently damaged in the earthquakes of 1923 and 1982. This temple was again rebuilt by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal, who was also the ruler of this region, at the time.. Janki Chatti, Kharsali, Saptarishi Kund, Barkot and Hanuman Chatti are the other attractions here. Famous trekking routes, such as Hanuman Chatti - Yamunotri route, Dodi Tal, Phul Chatti route and Janki Chatti originate from this place.
Best time to visit:
It is only on the auspicious day of the Akshaya Tritiya, generally falling during the last week of April, or early May, does this temple open. The temple always closes on the sacred day of Diwali in October / November. The idol of Goddess Yamuna is shifted to Kharsali which is the winter home to the idol during the winters.
The best time to visit Yamunotri is from May to June and September to October.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Yamunotri situated at a distance of 193 km.
The nearest railway station to Yamunotri is Dehradun (176 km).
Yamunotri does not have direct road access and the trek commences from Janki Chatti (5 km). Janki Chatti is well connected by motorable roads with Uttarkashi, Rishikesh, Barkot and Dehradun. From Janki Chatti visitors, unable to trek all the up, have the option of ponies or palanquins for their trip up to Janki Chatti.
Numerous Dharamshala and hotels are available in Yamunotri. Dharamshalas are the best options to stay here which provide comfortable stay with best services.
TARKESHWAR MAHADEV TEMPLE (NEAR LANSDOWNE)Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand is the home to an ancient and the very famous Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, located atop a hill at an elevation of 2092 m it lies at a distance of 37 km from Lansdowne and 69 km from Kotdwar. According to the local folklore this Temple is said to be one of the Siddha Piths dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the famous temples of Uttarakhand state.
As per the folklore Tarkasur, the demon, is supposed to have meditated and worshiped Lord Shiva for a boon of immortality that was granted to him by the Lord on having been pleased with his devotion. There however was an exception, in the sense that he was not exempt of this boon from the son of Lord Shiva, Karthekeya. Tarkasur started being evil by killing saints and threatening gods. Sages asked for help from Lord Shiva. Disturbed by wrong doings of Tarkasur, Lord Shiva’s son Kartikeya soon killed Tarkasur who at the time of his death prayed to Lord Shiva seeking pardon for his sins, and as a sign of forgiveness Lord blessed him by attaching his name to the temple where Tarkasur meditated once. Hence the place named as Tarkeshwar Mahadev.
The Presiding deity of this temple is Lord Shiva. The temple is located amidst thick forests of Deodar, Cedar and Pine. It is said that the Shivling that was present at the temple, has now been replaced with an idol of Lord Shiva performing tandava, which is worshiped. The Shivling in the temple is placed under the idol of the deity. A temple dedicated to Goddess Shakti lies adjacent to the main temple. According to another popular legend of the region, in order to provide shade to Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati transformed herself into 7 deodar trees, it further goes to say that the all the other deodar trees of the region have originated from these 7 trees. The shape of the deodar grove is believed to be in the form of the letter Om.
Mahashivaratri is celebrated annually with great pomp and show, and devotees come here in large numbers to offer prayers. The temple is encircled with thousands of bells which are offered by the devotees. There are two dharamshalas for tourist accommodation near the temple.
TUNGNATH TEMPLE (NEAR KEDARNATH)At a distance of 3 km from Chopta, 32 km from Ukhimath, 88 km from Kedarnath, 73 km from Rudraprayag, Tungnath is one of the Panch Kedar temples and at an altitude of 3,680, it is the highest Shiva temple in the world. It is located on the Chandranath parvat in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is a well know pilgrimage center and also a frequented place of trekking in Uttarakhand.
Tungnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be 1000 years old and is the third in the order of the Panch Kedars. This sacred temple was discovered by Adi Shankaracharya. As per mythology, the Pandavas having slain their own cousins in the Mahabharata war, were advised by Vyas Rishi that only Lord Shiva could exonerate or pardon them for this sin of their’s. On hearing this they started their search for Lord Shiva, in the Himalayas, who, knowing of their guilt, kept on avoiding them and finally disguised himself as a bull and took refuge underground. It is said that the places wjhere parts of the bull were found, the Pandavas built temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, to worship and revere, seeking his pardon and blessings. Each temple signifies the part of his body like the hump at Kedarnath, face at Rudranath, arm at Tungnath, navel and stomach at Madyamaheshwar, and his jata (hair or locks) at Kalpeshwar.
The temple was built in the Nagara style of architecture. It is a small shrine and can accommodate only ten people in the sanctum. A black sacred stone, one foot high, denoting the arms of Lord Shiva, adorns the sanctum and is worshiped. The construction of this temple is credited to Arjuna, the third of the Pandavas. In the main sanctum, idols of sage Vyas and Kala Bhairav, disciples of Shiva, are also installed in the sanctum. Also housed in the temple are the images of the Pandavas along with silver plaques of the other four Kedar shrines. At the entrance to the temple there is a Nandi stone image facing towards the sanctum.
Akash Ganga Waterfalls close to Tungnath, has a temple dedicated to Nanda Devi. This temple houses a statue of Adi Guru Sankaracharya and it can be easily reached from the Tungnath Temple. The Tungnath mountains form the Mandakini and Alakananda river valleys. The peak of Tungnath is the source of three springs that form the river Akashkamini.
Apart from being a popular pilgrimage destination, Tungnath is also a popular trekking and adventure destination. The 3 km trek starts from Chopta. It is a steep trek and takes nearly 3 hours. The trek goes through rocky terrains, green meadows and rhododendron bushes. Several peaks of the Himalayan range are distinctly visible from Tungnath. Another 1.5 km steep trek from here takes you to Chandrashila summit which offers a majestic view of snow clad Himalayan peaks including Trishul, Nanda Devi, and Chaukhamba, ideally suited for an adventure tour package of Uttarakhand, for the enthusiast.
The best time to visit:
The best time to visit Tungnath is from September - October and May -June.
Although there are several places of pilgrimage, the above are some of the major places frequented by the pilgrims in Uttarakhand.
JOSHIMATHAt an altitude of 6150 feet in Chamoli district of Gharwal region, is perched a small hill town known as Joshimath, or Jyotirmath. It serves as an important religious centre for Hindu pilgrims and lies in the proximity to one of the four 'maths' founded by Adi Guru Shri Shankaracharya in the 8th century. This 'math' is dedicated to the holy text of Hindus called Atharva Veda.
Joshimath, overlooking the convergence of the two rivers, namely the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga at Vishnu Prayag, is also known to be the winter sojourn of Lord Badri since during this period the idol of Lord Badrinath is move here for the winters.
Nestled amid the lap of the snow-capped Himalayas, Joshimath is also known as the 'gateway for trekking' with treks Valley of Flowers Trek located is close to Joshimath. Joshimath is also a popular gateway for many places of religious importance, a must, to be included in your Uttarakhand tour package and the adventure tour package of Uttarakhand
Joshimath or Jyotirmath is also one of the four cardinal institutions set up by the great Indian philosopher Sri Adi Shankara, who is believed to have contributed immensely to the underlying thoughts and principles of Hinduism, and who is credited with the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. Joshimath, as per the great Adi Shankara, is considered to be in charge of the Atharvaveda, or ‘the procedures of everyday life'. It is further believed that the deity of Lord Narsimha was personally placed in the famous Narsimha temple, here, by no other than the great Adi Shankara himself. This temple also happens to be one of the 108 Divya Desams, also classified as Vishnu temple, in the country, worshipped by the Alvar clan of Tamil poets.
ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES AT JOSHIMATH
Joshimath has some exciting adventure activities to offer its visitors. Asia’s longest cable car - the Gondola - offers a scenic ride from Auli to Joshimath. Over and above this a number of camping and adventure activities, in and around Joshimath, are also organised for the benefit of those visiting here. These include trekking along the beautiful Himalayan mountain paths, cycling routes, rock and rope climbing activities, campouts as well as river rafting.
What is the best time to visit:
If you wish to explore the natural beauty and spiritual essence of this town, then the ideal period to plan a visit here i9s during the months from April to November. The reason being that during winters Joshimath experiences some very cold wave conditions along with heavy to very heavy snow fall.
How to reach
Joshimath is well connected to the rest of India only by roadways. Regular bus services ply, to and fro, from the city of Joshimath. There is no direct flight or rail connectivity.
However, some 268 km away, Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun, is the nearest airport that connects Joshimath to the rest of India. The airport is well connected to Delhi via regular flights. Taxis are easily available outside the airport till Joshimath.
Situated on the NH58, Joshimath is connected to its several neighbouring cities as well as other major cities in the country via a well-maintained network of roads. There are several private as well as state owned buses that ply to and fro to Joshimath from cities like Pauri, Karnaprayag, Srinagar, Chamoli, Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, Ukhimath, etc. To travel till Rishikesh, there are buses that run from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi, on a regular basis.
Rishikesh serves as the nearest railway station to Joshimath about 250 km away on NH-58. This railways station connects the city to several major cities of India via regular train services. You can hire a taxi or even a bus from the town of Rishikesh.
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A part of the Garhwal region, it lies along National Highway 7 at a distance of 236 kilometres (147 mi) north of India's capital New Delhi, 168 kilometres (104 mi) from Chandigarh and is served by Dehradun railway station and Jolly Grant Airport.
Located in the Doon Valley on the foothills of the Himalayas, nestled between the river Ganges on the east and the river Yamuna on the west, the city is noted for its picturesque landscape and slightly milder climate while providing a gateway to the surrounding region. It is well connected and in proximity to Himalayan tourist destinations such as Mussoorie, Auli and the Hindu holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh along with the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit of Chota Char Dham. It houses various defense academies and research institutes, such as Indian Military Academy, Rashtriya Indian Military College, Forest Research Institute, and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology.
Place Of Interest In Dehradun
KHALANGA WAR MEMORIALThe first battle of the Anglo-Nepalese War of 1814–1816, the Battle of Nalapani was the fought between the British East India Company and Nepal, which was, at that time, ruled by the House of Gorkha. It was around the Nalapani fort, near Dehradun, under siege of the British between 31 October and 30 November 1814, where this battle took place.
About 8 Kms from Dehradun lies the Robber's Cave, known as Gucchu Pani among the locals. It is essentially a river cave formed in the Himalayas. If the local folklore is to be believed then this river cave is supposed to be an adobe of abode of Lord Shiva and is very close to 'The Thousandfold Springs' or Sahasradhara, in Uttarakhand. This cave has a cooling effect, because of the extraordinarily cold water of the underground springs, during the scorching-hot summer-afternoon. Incidentlyit also happens to be an ideal picnic spot amidst the natural beauty of Uttarakhand and a must visit place, at least once.
LACCHIWALA PICNIC SPOTLachhiwala, surrounded by the tall Sal trees provides a fun loving and calm environment for visitors. Children and elders find Lachhiwal equal enjoying. Apart from nature views, visitors like to enjoy fun bath in manmade water pools here. A stream from Suswa River is collected in number of pools.
TAPKESHWAR TEMPLEIt is a temple of Pashupati Lord Shiva. It is situated beside a forest on the bank of the Assan river and the main deity (Shivalinga) is housed in a natural cave. As per the epic Mahabharata, Guru Drona is supposed to have spent some period of time in this cave. The temple's natural cave is named Drona cave after him. Water trickles down the ceiling of the cave and drops on the Shivalinga creating a magnificent image.
DEHRADUN ZOOMain objectives of the Dehradun Zoo, formerly the Malsi Deer Park, are conservation of wild animals, and a rescue centre for wild animals, while at the same time developing an education centre. It is located on the foothills of Shivalik Range on the Mussoorie Road. It is about 10 km away from Dehradun and 23 km from Mussoorie.
FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTEForest Research Institute or 'FRI' is an institution in the field of forest research in India. The institute is one of the oldest and biggest forest-based training institutes in India. Dating back to the British era this institute is specifically the known for its research work and wonderful architecture. FRI is affiliated to the Forest Research Institute University and is approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The aim of the institution is to accomplish the needs of the Indo-Gangetic plains of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh, as well as the U.P. Himalayas.
MUSSOORIEA loner’s wonderland, the muse of a romantic and a nature lover’s paradise, and the favourite of many, is how this glittering hill station of Mussoorie can be described. Once visited it is difficult to wipe off the memories from your heart as the kaleidoscopic hills will always remind you of this pristine hill station.
It is one of the top hill stations in India, famous for a weekend getaway, and a very popular honeymoon destination. Located at a distance of 35 kms from Dehradun and 290 km (180 mi) north of the national capital of New Delhi, at a height of 2005 mts above the sea level, it is also known as the Queen of the Hills. Mussoorie offers spectacular views of the snow ranges to the north-east, glittering view of the Doon Valley and the Shivalik ranges to the south, an ideal place to visit by honeymooners on their Uttrakhand honeymoon package.
Places of Interest in Mussoorie
CAMEL BACK ROADA beautiful peaceful walk under the nature will always boost calmness and inner peace. Camel Back Road provides the same experience in Mussoorie. A natural rock formation in the shape of a camel hump, is the reason for this 3 km long road being named as the Camel Back road.
GUN HILLA historical and second highest peak of Mussoorie, Gun Hill is a favourite place for viewing the picturesque Himalayan range and Doon Valley. A popular view point of Mussoorie, Gun Point is located at 400 ft above The Mall and is accessible by a cable car as well.
KEMPTY FALLSOne of the oldest and the most popular of all the tourist spots near Mussorie, are the Gigantic Kempty Falls. Developed more than 150 years ago by a British man, Kempty Falls, at a distance of 15 Kms, is by far the most perfect day out place or a fascinating picnic spot nearby Mussoorie. It is a must include in your Uttarakhand holiday package
LAKE MISTAbout 5 km (3 mi) before Kempty Falls on the Mussoorie-Kempty road lies the Lake Mist, through which flows the Kempty river with its numerous small waterfalls. The resort of Lake Mist provides accommodation, restaurant facilities and boating, a must-visit when on your Uttarakhand holiday package
MUNICIPAL GARDENAt a distance of 3 km from The Mall is another major picnic spot visited by number of tourists round the year, namely the "Municipal Garden" or "Company Bagh", having a variety of beautiful flowers and an amusement park within its periphery.
BHATTA FALLSBhatta Falls is a recently developed picnic spot near Mussoorie. Untouched by commercialization, with its natural stream of water flowing down the hills, Bhatta Falls is located at about 7 kms from the main city.
The cascading Jharipani Falls is located on Mussoorie-Jharipani road about 9 km from the city, from where one has a choice to cover the remaining 1.5 Kms, to the fall, by bus, car or on foot. The enchanting Jharipani Falls offers a picturesque view of the Shivalik Range.
SIR GEORGE EVEREST'S HOUSEThe remains of the building and the laboratory of Sir George Everest, the Surveyor-General of India from 1830 to 1843, can be found at the Park Estate. It is after George Everest that the world's highest peak Mt. Everest is named. This Estate is at a 6 km of scenic walk from Library Bazaar, although accessible by road transport up to at least Haathi Paon. The place provides a mesmerizing panoramic view of the Aglar River valley and the peaks of the Himalayan ranges on one side and the scenic view of the Doon Valley on the other.
CLOUD ENDA very prominent land mark, signifying the geographical end of Mussorie, lies the Cloud End, surrounded by the Oak and Deodar forests. Clouds End, known for the pleasant scenic views of hills with enjoyable climate, lies about 7 kms from main Mussoorie city. A heritage building built by some British in 1838 is also an attraction at Clouds End.
MALL ROADAt the centre of Mussoorie, with architectural evidence of a colonial past, is a shopping area, also known as the Mall Road. You can find all the amenities like, cafes, video game establishments, skating rinks, a Tibetan market place and a Methodist church, nearby. A must visit for every tourist.
LAL TIBBALal Tibba, the highest point in Mussoorie, with views over the town and its surroundings is also called Depot Hill owing to its formerly being used as a military depot. A Japanese telescope, to enjoy the views of Himalayan ranges including Badrinath, Kedarnath, Banderpunch, was installed at Lal Tibba in 1967.
SOHAM HERITAGE ART CENTREThe culture and tradition of Himalayas is showcased through sculptures, scrap art, murals, frescoes and paintings on canvasses at The Soham Heritage and Art Centre. This art centre has been developed with the aim of displaying the diversity and wisdom of the Himalayas in a single place through various art forms.
NAINITAL AND RANIKHET
Blessed with abundant natural beauty offering picturesque landscapes, Nainital and Ranikhet are ranked amongst the most beautiful hill stations in Uttarakhand. Replete with snow capped hills, tranquil lakes, lush greenery, and astounding flora and fauna, if you are seeking an excursion with a bounty of offerings to savour. A quaint hill station snuggled in the midst of the Kumaon hills, Nainital is built around a uniquely shaped lake, called ‘Naini Lake’. Being also known as ‘City of Lakes’, this place is crammed with serene lakes adding a charm to its beauty manifold and a must include in your complete Uttarakhand tour package.
Places of Interest in Nainital
NAINITAL - THE LAKE CITY OF INDIAAt a distance of 285 km from the state capital, Dehradun and 345 km from New Delhi, in the Kumaon foothills of the outer Himalayas lies Nainital, truly the treasure trove of the Kumaon region. Surrounded by lush green deodar forests and vegetation, the beauty of which is further enhanced by the fragrance and the aroma of the flowering blossoms blending miraculously in the crisp fresh air, this tourist destination is among the most visited hill stations of North India since the British period.
At an altitude of 2,084 meters, the amazing city of Nainital is the home to the world-famous and ravishing Naini Lake which has earned it the epithet of being the lake city. The beauty and the serenity of this town attaracts, not only, the domestic tourists and travelers but a large number of foreign tourists as well. It shines as a glittering jewel in the Himalayan Mountains and is surrounded with lakes and nature's bounty.
Nainital Lake, famously known as Naini Lake is the major attraction of Nainital town as well of Uttarakhand. Surrounded by panoramic seven hills, Nainital lake is a favourite spot among romantic travelers around the world. It is one of the most visited lakes in India, honeymooners on their Uttarakhand honeymoon package will relish this quaint town.
Nainital Zoo is one of the best attractions for wildlife lovers in Nainital. Officially named as Bharat Ratna Pt. Govind Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo, Nainital, this is a very well maintained zoo. Covering a small green area of 4.693 Hectares, it is a home to numerous endangered species, many of which are adopted by people and animal organizations. Located at a height of 2100 mtrs this zoo is a favourable place for various animals and birds. Locally called as 'Sher ka Danda', Nainital Zoo is located on a hill slope in Nainital.
AERIAL ROPEWAY NAINITAL
Cable car or Aerial rope-way is a major attraction in Nainital, drawing hundreds of tourists each day, who want to enjoy the breathtaking views of Naini Lake and the complete Nainital Hill Station. Every tourist must take the adventurous ride in this rope-way which connects Snow view point with Mallital. It takes less than 3 minutes to reach Snow view point in the rope-way.
NAINA DEVI TEMPLE
One of the well known Shakti Peeths of Hindu religion, Naini Devi Temple is a sacred place of great devotion, in Nainital. Goddess Naini Devi is the diety of Naini Devi Temple and located at the northern end of the famous Nainital Lake. Goddess in this holy temple is represented by her two eyes. Devotees from faraway places come seeking the blessing of Maa Naina Devi.
THE MALL ROAD, NAINITAL
The Mall runs along the Nainital Lake connecting the two main ends of Nainital city, Mallital and Tallital This road was constructed by the Britishers. Despite it being officially renamed as Govind Ballabh Pant Marg, this stretch of the road is still known as its old name as the Mall road. Tourists and locals like to stroll on the Mall and enjoy the beauty of Naini Lake, mostly in the evening.How to reach
Pant Nagar airport is the nearest airport to Nainital, situated 72 Kms from Nanital it is very well connected by road to the other cities of Uttarakhand. Taxis from Pant Nagar airport are readily available between Nanital and Kathgodam.
Kathgodam, 41 Kms from Nanital, is the nearest rail head to Nanital. It is very well connected to the major cities of India by a good rail network.
Nanital is very well connected to the major cities in India by a network of roads. Delhi to Nainital is a distance of 320 Km coverable over a drive of about 9 hours.
Ranikhet, also referred to as “Queen”s Land”, is one of the most scenic tourist places in Uttarakhand. One can not only get mesmerized by the pristine beauty here but also enjoy trekking trails. For all those looking forward to complete rejuvenation of mind and body, Ranikhet is a perfect place. Offering a tranquil environment, this place is well-known for splendid views and sprawling landscapes. Ranikhet is also home to the famous Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum, which was built in 1970s and showcases rich legacy of the area. It is a must-visit place on your complete Uttarakhand tour package
Best time to visit: March to JulyHow to reach
By Air – Nearest airport to this hill station is Pantnagar Airport
By Train – Kathgodham Railway Station is the nearest railway station
By Road – Ranikhet can be easily reached via road as a plethora of buses and taxis ply from different cities
Known as “abode of Gods”, Chamoli is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Uttarakhand. This breathtaking place is home to a plethora of beautiful shrines and temples, and has something to offer everyone. Presenting a perfect combination of adventure and serenity, the panoramic vistas are sure to take your breath away. Not many might be aware of the fact that Chamoli is the place from where the famous Chipko Movement started and an ideal place to be on your Uttarakhand adventure tour package and Uttarakhand tour package
Best time to visit: November to MarchHow to reach
By Air – Jolly Grant Airport is the closest airport to Chamoli
By Train – Nearest railway station is the one located in Rishikesh.
By Road – State-owned as well as private buses ply on regular basis to connect Chamoli with other regions
A picturesque hill station located in Uttaranchal, Binsar is one of the best offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand. Located not far away from Nainital, Binsar is absolutely a picturesque hamlet. Situated in the midst of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, this beautiful land offers stunning views of Chaukhambha, Kedarnath and Nanda Devi. In addition, Binsar offers myriad activities including hiking, trekking and bird watching, for you on your Uttarakhand adventure tour package
Best time to visit: October to MarchHow to reach
By Air – Binsar doesn”t have an airport of its own, but the closest airport is Pantnagar Airport
By Train – Kathgodam railway station offers connectivity from Binsar to other areas
By Road – Nearest bus stand is in Almora from where cabs can be taken to reach Binsar
Earlier known as Haley”s National Park, Jim Corbett attracts wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers from far and wide. This national park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, and is definitely a treat for sore eyes. Enjoying a pleasant climate, the park organizes hiking trails as well as safari rides. Named after James Edward Corbett, a famous hunter who became a conservationist, this park is known to be the country”s oldest national park. To enjoy the flora and fauna in Jim Corbett book your stay at hotels in Corbett on your Uttarakhand adventure tour package
Best time to visit: November to JuneHow to reach
By Air – The closest airport to Jim Corbett is Pantnagar Airport
By Train – Ramnagar railway station connects Jim Corbett with other areas.
By Road – Various buses and taxis ply between different cities and Jim Corbett, thus ensuing great connectivity.
One of the most wonderful offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand, Almora is undoubtedly a heaven for all those who want to remain close to nature. This romantic destination is one of the perfect places to escape the scorching heat. Offering spectacular views of the Himalayas, this quaint hill town is famous for beautiful handicrafts, delectable food and rich flora and fauna. A verdant paradise, Almora sits on a horseshoe shaped ridge.
Best time to visit: April to JuneHow to reach
By Air – Pantnagar Airport is the closest airport
By Train – The nearest railhead to this place is at Kathgodam.
By Road – Regular buses ply from different cities to Almora bus stand, thereby providing direct connectivity.
Known as one of the best ski destinations in India, Auli is a beautiful hill station of Uttarakhand which offers stunning views of snow-covered peaks. Home to a range of wonderful spots like Chattrakund Lake, Nanda Devi National Park, Jyotirmath and many more, Auli is renowned for breathtaking natural vistas and enchanting coniferous forests. An adventure tourism destination and a must see on your Uttarakhand adventure tour package
Best time to visit: April to June
By Air – Nearest airport to Auli is Dehradun”s Jolly Grant Airport
By Train – Auli is easily accessible from train through Dehradun, Rishikesh and Haridwar railway stations.
By Road – Different buses and taxi services are available from major cities to Auli
Pithoragarh is one of the few offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand. Neighbouring Nepal on the eastern side, and flanked by Tibet on the northern side, Pithoragarh is famous for tranquil and serene environment. Adorned with magnificent temples, rich flora and fauna, and breathtaking valleys, Pithoragarh never disappoints! This wonderful land serves as an important spot for all those who embark on Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
Best time to visit: April to JuneHow to reach
By Air – Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport to Pithoragarh
By Train – Tanakpur railway station is the closest station serving Pithoragarh
By Road – The town of Pithoragarh boasts of a good connectivity to other states owing to the regular bus services.
Burrowed in the district of Dehradun, Chakrata is amongst the most scenic places to visit in Uttarakhand. Renowned for its serene environment, Chakrata offers a tranquil escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of daily life. This charming hill station offers a range of fascinating and exciting activities, thereby making it a perfect spot for all those who are looking forward to an adventurous trip.
Best time to visit: all round the year (except January and February)How to reach
By Air – Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport
By Train – Dehradun railway station is the nearest station to Chakrata
By Road – State transport buses connect Chakrata to different cities.
One of the most unexplored places in Uttarakhand, Chopta is a perfect place for all those who want to satisfy their wanderlust. Nestled perfectly in the Himalayas, this unspoiled natural destination is all about lofty peaks, lush green landscapes and breathtaking views. This beautiful hamlet with it’s mesmerizing sights and the reputation of being a trekker’s paradise, never ceases to amaze the travelers, be it families, backpackers or couples, on their Uttarakhand tour packages or Uttarakhand honeymoon package.
Best time to visit: All round the yearHow to reach
By Air – Jolly Grant Airport connects Chopta with other cities
By Train – Rishikesh railway station is the nearest station
By Road – Chopta is well connected with other areas owing to regular bus services.
Lansdowne needs no introduction as this quaint and charming hill station is one of the most desired places to visit in Uttarakhand. Discovered during British times by the Viceroy of India, this city is one of the perfect places to enjoy serene time in the lap of nature. Some of the must-visit places in Lansdowne are Bhulla Lake, Darwan Singh Regimental Museum, and snow viewpoint.
Best time to visit: April to JuneHow to reach
By Air – Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport from where one can take a cab for reaching Lansdowne
By Train – Kotdwara Railway Station is the closest railway station.
By Road – Both private and state buses offer regular services from Lansdowne to other cities and vice-versa.
Located in close proximity to Mussoorie, Dhanaulti is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places to visit in Uttarakhand. This scenic tourist place is a must-visit for all those who are looking forward to a tranquil weekend getaway. Situated in the midst of lofty peaks and dotted with lush green trees, this small town ensures an invigorating experience. Some of the must-visit places in Dhanaulti are eco parks, Dashavatar Temple and Deogarh Fort.
Best time to visit: March to June
By Air – Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport
By Train – Rishikesh Railway Station is the nearest station.
By Road – Regular bus services ensure amazing connectivity from Dhanaulti to other regions
Kanatal, which is one of the most tranquil places to visit in Uttarakhand, is a perfect spot for planning a refreshing getaway. Located on the Chamba-Mussoorie road, this serene place boasts of splendid vistas and breathtaking sceneries, apart from offering a range of adrenaline pumping activities, thereby making it a perfect spot for both nature enthusiasts and adventure lovers, on their Uttarakhand adventure tour package.
Best time to visit: April to JuneHow to reach
By Air – Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the closest airbase to Kanatal
By Train – Both Dehradun and Rishikesh Railway Stations are well-connected to Kanatal. By Road – Taxi and bus services offer easy connectivity between Kanatal and other cities
One of the most magical places, New Tehri is the only planned city in Uttarakhand. This beautiful place boasts of the biggest and highest dam in India i.e. Tehri Dam. One of the biggest hydro electrical projects, this dam is known to draw water from two major rivers – Bhagirathi and Bhilangana. Deriving its name from the word ‘Trihari’, this city also offers a range of activities like trekking, river rafting, and rock climbing, for the adventure enthusiasts on the Uttarakhand adventure tour package
Best time to visit: all round the yearHow to reach
By Air – The closest airbase to New Tehri is Jolly Grant Airport
By Train – Rishikesh is the nearest railhead to New Tehri
By Road – Both luxurious and non-luxurious type of buses ensure connectivity from New Tehri to other areas.
Amongst the well-kept secrets of Uttarakhand, Munsiyari is one of the most scenic holiday spots. With the stunning panoramas, one can witness nature at its best in Munsiyari. This picturesque destination is not only an amazing getaway for nature lovers, but is also a perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts. Also called as the “Gateway to Johar Valley,” Munsiyari serves as the base for Ralam, Milam and Namik Glaciers an ideal place for those on Uttarakhand holiday package and Uttarakhand adventure package
Best time to visit: October to JuneHow to reach
By Air – Pantnagar airport is the nearest airport to Munsiyari
By Train – The closest railheads to Munsiyari are Kathgodam and Tanakpur.
By Road – A number of buses are available from different cities to Munsiyari.
Offering a perfect getaway from everyday chaos, Kausani is a charming and serene hill station located in Uttarakhand. Kausani offers stunning views of lofty peaks like Panchachuli as well as Nanda Devi. The idyllic ambience is a perfect therapy for rejuvenating senses. Renowned for scenic splendour, Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Baijnath Temple, Gandhi Ashram and tea estate are some of the must-visit places in Kausani.
Best time to visit: April to JuneHow to reach
By Air – Pantnagar airport is the nearest airbase to Kausani
By Train – The closest railway station to Kausani is Kathgodam.
By Road – Bus and cab services can be availed to reach Kausani from other cities.
A small hamlet located in Uttarakhand, Pangot is well-known for forests and rich flora and fauna. Located in close proximity to Nainital, it is an absolute paradise for bird watchers. Here, one can catch a glimpse of different species of birds, apart from indulging in different activities like trekking, and mountain biking.
Best time to visit: October to JuneHow to reach
By Air – Pantnagar airport is the closest airport
By Train – The closest railhead to Pangot is Kathgodam.
By Road – Taxis and buses are easily available, thereby ensuring proper connectivity from Pangot to other cities.
A remote hill station located in Uttarakhand, Dharchula is known for lofty peaks, lush green forests and immaculate valleys. This hilly retreat lies on the way to the famous Kailash Mansarover Yatra. Located on the Indo-Nepal border, the name of this hill station originated from the words “Dhar” and “Chulha”, meaning mountain peak and stove respectively. This is owing to the fact that shape of this serene place resembles a stove. Situated on River Kali”s banks, Dharchula is a perfect place to enjoy solitude.
Best time to visit: If you are planning to visit here then the best periods are from May to June; and September to December
By Air – Pantnagar airport is the closest airport
By Train – Tanakpur railway station is the nearest station to Dharchula.
By Road – Dharchula is easily accessible from different cities through state-owned buses and taxis.
Located near the beautiful hill station of Nainital, Khurpatal is one of the best offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand. Dotted with plush pine and cedar trees, Khurpatal offers a memorable getaway to one and all. This beautiful town also houses a fascinating emerald lake, which is home to a diverse range of fishes.
Best time to visit: March to JuneHow to reach
By Air – Pantnagar airport is the nearest airbase
By Train – Kathgodam railway station is the nearest station.
By Road – Bus and taxi services can easily be availed to reach Khurpatal.
VALLEY OF FLOWERS
Known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and a variety of flora located in North Chamoli, in Uttarakhand lies the Valley of Flowers National Park, which incidentally is also home to some of the rare and endangered species like the snow leopard, brown bear, musk deer, the Asiatic black bear, red fox and the blue sheep. The Himalayan Monal Pheasant and other high altitude birds, too, are found here.. At an altitude varying between 3352 to 3658 meters, the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east is fairly well complemented by the gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park. Nanda Devi National Park Reserve that falls under the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves, encompasses both these National Parks.
You need to trek a distance of 17 Km, in order to reach the Valley of Flowers. The nearest town to the Valley of Flowers is Joshimath in Garhwal, which is connected to some of the major cities of the state by a network of all-season roads. In case you intend to travel by train then you could opt for a train to Haridwar from Delhi and then take the road route to Govind Ghat via Rishikesh. Alternatively, you could also drive up to Govind Ghat from Delhi, a total distance of about 500 Kms.
Things to do in Uttarakhand
• Boating in Naini Lake
• Strolling on the Mall
• Adventure activities in Nainital comprise of
• Trekking & Hiking
• Relishing the wildlife sanctuaries
• Nature walks
• Horse riding
• River rafting
• Rock climbing
• Sky diving
• Yatching, etc.
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