Uttrakhand, a resplended state well known for its natural beauty, is situated in northern part of India. It is often called “The land of gods” as it boasts of some famous Hindu shrines, and pilgrims have been visiting this region in the search of salvation for many centuries. Rishikesh hosts the divine Ganga Aarti on Ganges River every evening that lifts up ones spirit. It is also home to rich flora and fauna.
Major Attractions of Uttrakhand
Haridwar, the major Hindu holy destination, hosts the Kumbha Mela every twelve years, in which pilgrims from different parts of the world take part in search of inner peace. The state offers astounding architecture in the different temples, monasteries and shrines. Kedarnath temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is the most famous pilgrimage of Uttrakhand.
The state has great diversity of wildlife which can be witnessed in the different national parks, Corbett National Park being the most popular among them. Valley of Flowers is a must-see place if you wish to enjoy sheer natural beauty and sights of wildlife.
Some of the most famous hill stations-Mussorie, Dhanaulti, Lansdowne, Pauri, Ranikhet, Sattal, Nainital and Bhimtal add to the beauty of this charming state.
The state has always been a destination for mountaineering, hiking and rock climbing in India. Rishikesh is well known for river rafting and bungee jumping. The proximity to the Himalayan ranges makes the place suitable for trekking, climbing, skiing, camping, rock climbing, and paragliding.
The cuisine of Uttrakhand is simple yet utterly delicious. Dishes like Garhwal ka fannah, Chainsoo, Kafuli, Jholi and Phaanu are a sure delight to the taste buds.
One can find a range of lovely handmade items, gems and jewelry, varieties of woodcraft and elegant woolens items, brass items and delicate jewelry to buy in the markets.
How to reach
Uttrakhand is well connected to rest of the Indian states by air, rail and roads. Jolly grant airport in Dehradun is the busiest airport in state.