BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN UTTARAKHAND

Known for the various Hindu pilgrimage sites, Uttarakhand is often referred to as “Devabhumi”, meaning Land of the Gods. Uttarakhand was initially known as Uttaranchal when it was carved out from the state of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000 to form the 27th state of the nation. Uttarakhand is popularly known for the rivers being the origin of two of the most sacred rivers in India, like the Yamuna and Ganga. Uttarakhand is the home to two of the UNESCO recognised world heritage sites, Nanda Devi National Park and Valley of Flowers.

RISHIKESH

Popularly known as the Yoga Capital of the World, Rishikesh is located at an elevation of 321M above sea level. The river in Rishikesh is considered to be a holy river. It is a holy town with a good number of Ashrams and yoga centres.  Every year, in the month of March, a one week long International Yoga Festival is hostel in Rishikesh. It is also known as the gateway to the Char Dham (Four Abode).  Rishikesh is also a hub for various adventurous sports like white water rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking etc.

BADRINATH

It is a holy town located at an elevation of 3,300M above sea level. The Badrinath temple is one among the four sites of India’s “Char Dham”, receiving the name Badrinath from the Badrinath temple. The word “Badri” refers to Berry and “Nath” means Lord. Badri is a Sanskrit name as well, meaning Jujube Tree. In the 7th century, Adi Shankaracharya re established Badrinath as a major Pilgrimage Site. It is believed that a black stone image made out of Saligram stone of Lord Badrinarayan was found from the Alakananda River, which was later moved to the current temple.

KEDARNATH

Kedarnath is a town located at an elevation of 3553M, which gained importance because of the Kedarnath Temple. Kedarnath is one of the Hindu Char Dham Yatra. It was believed that it was created by the mythological characters from the Indian epic, Mahabharata, The Pandavas. But the present temple was designed by Adi Shankaracharya.

DEHRADUN

Situated at an elevation of 447M, the city of Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand. Dehradun is one of the top cities to be in the list with the best educational institutions. It is also known as the school capital of India. It was founded by Sikh Guru Ram Rai back in the 18th century. There are various types of activities that are popular among the people in this place. Robber’s Cave, the monasteries, bird watching, paragliding, trekking and much more.

GANGOTRI

Gangotri is a town located at an elevation of 3,415M above sea level. It is one of the Hindu pilgrim towns, which is on the banks of river Bhagirathi and also the origin of the River Ganges. Gangotri is known as the abode of Goddess Ganga. It is the most important and the highest temple of the river Ganga, which is worshipped as a Goddess in India. The first ever temple structure of Gangotri was constructed first about 250 years back by a Nepalese General whose name was Amit Singh Thapa.

AULI

Located at an elevation of 2,800M above sea level, Auli is a hill station in Uttarakhand, surrounded by oak and coniferous forests. It is in the range of the Himalayas which dates back to the 8th century AD. It is one of the popular skiing destinations India. The place is also surrounded by the Nanda Devi and the Nar Parvat mountains. To the north side of Auli, the Badrinath Temple is located, which is a major pilgrimage.

MUSSOORIE

It is a hill station located at an elevation of 2005M in the Dehradun district. Nestled among the foothills of the ranges of the Garhwal Himalayan, it is also known as the Queen of The Hills. During the British Era, this spectacular hill station was among the major holiday destination. During the winters, Mussoorie gets occasional snowfall. The beauty of this place has always been addictive. There are various activities that are carried out in this place such as the rock climbing, paragliding, sky walk adventure etc.