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Uttranchal, India

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Formed on November 9th, 2000, this 27th state of the Indian Union formerly was a part of Uttar Pradesh. Located at the foothills of Shivalik, is the beloved home to 4 of the most revered pilgrimage spots of Hindu , i.e., Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. There are immense opportunities for tourism in Uttaranchal. Due to a rich fusion of nature, wildlife, adventure and pilgrimage, you will enjoy Indian tourism at its best in Uttaranchal. No other tourist destination in India offers such a diverse natural abundance in such a close proximity. On your tours to Uttaranchal, you can also seek a calm and tranquil holiday.
City Tour of Uttaranchal
Sprinkled with many tourist destinations, Uttaranchal tourism offers some unforgettable experience. Dotted with dense jungles, breathtaking hill stations, snow-clad peaks, wooded valleys and wonderful glaciers, cities of Uttaranchal lure hordes of tourists through out the year. Some of the major tourist cities of Uttaranchal include

Dehradun
One of the oldest cities in India, this capital city offers countless tourist destinations. Its healthy climate makes it a one of the most favored tourist destination. Dehradun provides excellent facilities for skiing and trekking

Highlights : Tapkeshwar, Robbers' Cave, Malsi Deer Park, Forest Research Institute, Jhanda Fair, Lakhawar Fair etc.

Dehradun

Mussoorie
Located at a height of 2000 metre, this hill resort is renowned for its captivating landscape Set up during the days of the "Raj, this picturesque hill resort comprises of imposing mountains and lush greenery.

Highlights : Gun Hill, Camel's Back Road, Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, The Jheel etc.

Dhanaulti
Situated on the Mussoorie-Chamba route, Dhanaulti is 31 kms from Mussoorie. Dhanaulti is an un-spoilt and unexplored hill station which serves as the starting point for various treks. This beautiful woody paradise will make you enjoy a holiday of a lifetime.

Highlights : Surkanda Devi, Chamba, new Tehri, Chandrabadni and Kunjapuri.

Nainital
Nainital is a lake resort set at a height of 1,938 meters. According to the myth the main attraction Naina Lake, was formed when the Goddess Sati lost her eyes or Naina at this spot. To beat the heat and dust of the plains, nobody can beat this beautiful valley.

Highlights : Naina Lake, Snow View, Hanuman Garhi, Naina Peak, Snow View, St. John Church, Sat Tal etc.

Ranikhet
According to Popular belief Ranikhet or the “Queen's Field", has got this name when this place had won the heart of Rani Padmini, Queen of Raja Sudhardev. Sprinkled with lush green forests, exotic plant life, attractive wild life and mountain peaks, reflects the best of the heavenly Himalayas.

Highlights: Chaubatia, Bhaludam, Jhoola Devi Ram Mandir, Mankameshwar, Upat and Kalika, Hairakhan Temple, Tarikhet, Binsar Mahadev, Majkhali, Dwarahat, Chaukhutia, Bhikiasain, Manila, Naithna Devi Jaurasi, Khairna and Pandukholi.

Architectural Heritage of Uttaranchal
Tourism plays a prominent role in Uttaranchal’s economy. This place inherits some of the most beautiful and oldest religious shrines of India. The state has an abundance of old traditional temples and shrines. These religious shrines showcase typical of the region and somewhat they are special from other parts of India. For their distinct architectural features, ancient temples at Jageshwar are renowned. At southwest of Dehradun, you will feel the presence of Tibetan Buddhism with the Mind drooling Monastery and its Buddha Stupa.

Adventure Travel in Uttaranchal
If you have a penchant for adventure, then a tour to Uttaranchal will be a most rewarding experience for you. Activities like high and low-altitude trekking, river rafting, paragliding, hang-gliding, mountaineering, skiing etc has put top on the adventure destinations map. Uttaranchal provides excellent facilities for adventure Activities. For both beginner and proficient can have their share of fun here, without getting into any kind of trouble. With a scope and thrill of its own, Uttaranchal is the perfect destination to head towards for adventure holidays in India.

Uttaranchal Wildlife Destinations
Uttaranchal tourism offers you on your wildlife tour, pristine glaciers, majestic snow-clad mountains, spectacular vista of the Himalayas, dense forests and the valley of flowers. The biological eco-system of this state supports a large number of flora and fauna. Naturally this place houses several wildlife reserves. Apart from the much known Corbett National Park, other significant wildlife sanctuaries are Valley of Flowers, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajaji National Park and Nanda Devi National Park. If you are nature lover, get enrolled yourself in Uttaranchal wildlife tours.

Cultural Highlights of Uttaranchal
The main locals of Uttaranchal are known as Garhwali or Kumaoni, better known as “pahari”, meaning the “people of the mountains”. The main language used in Uttaranchal is Garhwali. Often considered to be the heartland of Hindu culture, the culture of Uttaranchal is basically following the Hindu basic traditions. The major fairs and festivals of the Uttaranchal are Hatkalika Fair, Tapkeshwar Fair, Surkhanda Devi Mela, Kunjapuri Fair, Lakhawar Village Fair, Mata Murti Ka Mela etc. If you want to enjoy a cultural tour of Uttaranchal then try to visit this state during period of the Uttarayani Mela, Shravan Mela (Jageshwar), Kartik Poornima at Dwarahat, Kasar Devi Fair and Nanda Devi Melas.

Famous Cuisines of Uttaranchal
Picturesque Uttaranchal is blessed by an air which is a natural enhancer of appetite. Added to this is the amazing taste and nutritious ingredients of the cuisine of Uttaranchal, strongly influence the tender minds of gormandizers. The main ingredients used in the cuisine of Uttaranchal are found suburb the forests, lakes and mountains of Uttaranchal Pulses, cereals and vegetables which are widely used in its cuisines. Milk and milks products are some of the most commonly found food items of Uttaranchal. Some of the important cuisines are Singal, Gahat ki Dal, Rus, Aloo ke Gutke, Kumaoni Raita, Jhangora Ki Kheer, Sani hui Muli and Nimbu, Singodi, Bal Mithai, Kandalee ka Saag, Kaafli, Arsa, Gulgula and Kulath Phanu.

Popular Shopping Centres in Uttaranchal
Shopping in Uttaranchal is one of the most addictive pleasures. A wide range of shopping items are available in this shopper’s paradise at a very affordable price. An amazing variety of woolens are available here for every taste and requirements. Besides these, rice and tea are definite must-buy while you are on a tour to Uttaranchal.

Major Railway Stations/Airports of Uttaranchal
Trains, air flights provide the means of access to the state with the other major cities of India. The popular commutation gateways are:
Major Airports of Uttaranchal
  • Jolly Grant Airport
  • Dehradun Airport
  • Patnagar Airport
Major Railway stations of Uttaranchal
  • Dehradun Railway Station
  • Haridwar Railway Station
  • Kathgodam Railway Station
  • Roorkee Railway Station