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.
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
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.