Earned the status of ‘State’ in the year 2000, Uttarakhand, which was earlier a part of Uttar Pradesh, is famous for its scenic beauty and pilgrim centers. If you are associated with religious beliefs, you may be keen to visit the place for its divinity and if you are a nature lover, you will find divinity in the rich expanse of endless natural beauty here. Wherever your faith is placed, be it in god or in the powers of nature to inspire you into living a life of fulfillment, Uttarakhand is the perfect destination. Here are the top 8 places to visit in Uttarakhand.
1. Dehradun & Mussoorie – Hill stations you just can’t miss!
The capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun has a picturesque location with a beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges and river Ganga flowing on the either sides of the city. Mussoorie is located at a distance of about 38 km from Dehradun. It is touted to be the ‘Queen of Hills’ and attracts many tourists every year.
2. Nainital & Ranikhet – A mix of bustle and quietude
One of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand and a popular getaway for couples and families, is Nainital. Located by the famous Naini Lake in the valley, surrounded by mountains on all sides where one can enjoy majestic vistas of nature here. Plus, there is plenty to explore with some interesting tourist places in Nanital.
3. Rishikesh and Haridwar – To the spiritual destinations in Uttarakhand
Another place you definitely must visit in Uttarakhand is the adventure capital–Rishikesh and pilgrim capital–Haridwar. Haridwar is a place where tourists get enchanted by rustic touch and spiritual energy of the place and its surroundings.
4. Chamoli – An ideal vacation spots in the mountains
Chamoli is populary known as the ‘adobe of Gods’. Famous for its shrines, temples and connections with Hindu mythology and stories — Chamoli is also the town that sparked off the famous Chipko movement. The place is frequented by tourists for its villages and rich Garhwali traditions.
5. Binsar – Nature’s bounty, untouched!
Binsar is located amidst an entire wildlife sanctuary. At an elevation of some 2,400 m, it is a slightly cut off travel destination offering majestic views of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Kedarnath and Chaukhambha. Like several others, even binsar has a mythological connect as the local gods Golu devta had a fight with the king of Binsar. Homestays in Binsar are among the best homestays in the Himalayan region.
6. Jim Corbett – Where wildlife never fails to amuse
Formely known as Haley’s National Park, Jim Corbett was established in 1938 and attracts visitors for its Royal Bengal Tigers. The park is home to some 600 species of birds, an equal number of animals and around 488 different types of plants and trees. Jim corbett organises safaris and hiking trails through the dense forest’s buffer zones all through the year.
7. Almora – A typical small town in the mountains
Almora is one of the best offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand, especially in summer to escape the heat. The picturesque views of Almora are especially recommended to the mountain lovers. The romantic destination allures you with its magnificent beauty.
At 2800m above sea level, Auli is India’s own version of the Swiss Alps. Cosy ski resorts are a must do if you are a snow junkie. Snow laden trees against the majestic white slopes of the Garwhal Himalayas, a sight that’s worth it. Around 268 kilometres away from the nearest Airport, the Jolly Grant, Auli is a bliss all the way from March to June where the temperature is apt at 15 degrees only. If you are looking to breathe into some cold, crisp mountain air, this is just the place to head to.