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Uttarakhand

Major Airports

Dehradun, Delhi

When to Go

Oct - May are the driest months. May-Oct is season for Char Dham Yatra

Must Try Dishes

Kafuli, Thechwani, Sisunak Saag, Jhangore ki Kheer

Major Festivals

Basant Panchami, Kumaon Holi, Ganga Dussera

Why go

Uttarakhand is a Himalayan state in North India, renowned for its pilgrimages (often referred to as "Dev Bhoomi" meaning the Abode of Gods) and holiday destinations. It is most renowned for its Char Dham Pilgrimage, Valley of Flowers Trek, Hemkund Sahib Gurdwara and its hill stations. The state offers superb Himalayan views, excellent wildlife experiences (including the elusive Royal Bengal Tigers) and is home to over 700 species of birds, the most in India. Uttarakhand is also a major adventure travel hub and is most visited for white water rafting (Rishikesh) and trekking. 

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Badrinath (10800+ ft) is one the holiest pilgrimages for Hindus and one of the Char Dhams (alongwith Yamunotri, Gangotri and Kedarnath) and one of the four must visit pilgrimages for all Hindus (alongwith Dwarka, Puri and Rameshwaram). Badrinath offers stunning views and the temple is open for a few months a year (open from May to October). It is a popular standalone pilgrimage and is visited as part of Valley of Flowers trek, Auli visit in summer and Hemkund Sahib Gurdwara.

Nainital (6500+ ft) is a popular colonial era lakeside hill station in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It has a crowded market area (known as Mall Road) and hotels around the mall area overlook the lake and reserve forests. Nainital is blessed with excellent climate all through the year (it snows often in winter between January and March) and is an excellent base point to visit other lakeside and hillside hamlets around such as Almora, Bhimtal, Ranikhet, etc. Nainital is a popular all-season ex-Delhi (300 kms) getaway and a holiday destination combining well with the nearby Corbett National Park (75 kms) as well as Almora (68 kms).

Mussoorie (6500+ ft) is a popular colonial era hill station in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, just 30 kms from Dehradun, the capital of the state of Uttarakhand. It has a crowded market area (known as Mall Road) and hotels around the mall area overlook Doon Valley. Mussoorie offers multiple viewpoints, a waterfall (Kempty Fall) and excursions to Dehradun and nearby hamlets (Dhanaulti). Mussoorie is a popular all-season ex-Delhi (300 kms) getaway and a popular holiday destination for traditional summer travellers. 

Haridwar is a major pilgrim destination and a railhead at the foothills of the Himalayas in the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. Haridwar is set on the holy river Ganga and is one of the 4 sites for the Kumbh Mela. Haridwar is where you arrive for Siddh Peetha temples (Chandi Devi, Mansa Devi Temple and Maya Devi Temple) and where the evening Aarti at Har Ki Pauri is considered a spiritual experience. It is also the base point for the Char Dham itinerary and a popular ex-Delhi (225 kms) pilgrim getaway alongwith neighbouring Rishikesh (20 kms).

Jim Corbett National Park is the richest reserve forest in India in terms of flora and fauna and one of the best park experiences in India. Corbett today is a popular holiday destination, ex-Delhi (250 kms) getaway and sought-after park for wildlife travellers and bird watchers. Corbett offers a riverside character with evergreen reserve forests around it with snow fed Kosi and Ramganga rivers flowing right through. Corbett National Park is renowned for its tiger sightings and 400+ species of exotic birds. It has jungle lodges, getaway resorts, adventure centric stays and homestays, making it suitable for the widest range of travellers for any wildlife destination in India. 

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