Top 8 tourist destinations in Uttrakhand

Uttrakhand is located in Northen part of India is often referred as “Land of the Gods”. Formerly Uttaranchal is popular for natural beauty of Himalyas and Pilgrim centres. If you have a divine interest, nature lover or adventurous tracker; Uttarakhand is a perfect destination.

1. Mussoorie

The ‘Queen of Hills’, is beauty personified. It was named after an indigenous shrub of the area, Mansoor that yields our favorite Mansoor Dal. This natural beauty was a summer retreat for many high official Britishers and a land relaxation and Entertainment. Now, a famous tourist spot is a witness to rich cultural heritage. Inhabited by Garhwalis and Tibetans, Mussoorie, with its green hills and varied flora and fauna, is a fascinating hill resort.  It has a nature walk known as “Camel’s Back Road”. This road takes its name from a rocky outcrop in the shape of a camel’s hump.

The ‘Mall Road’ in Mussoorie is an important feature, which gives you a picturesque view of Himalayan Ranges coupled with shopping experience of handicrafts. It stretches from Picture Palace at its eastern end to the Public Library at its western end. Kempty Fall, lake Mist, Mussoorie lake, Nahata Estate attractions are feather in the cap for Mussoorie as a hot destination.

2. Dehradun

Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand and is one of the oldest cities in India surrounded by Shivalik Hills to the North, Yamuna to the West and Ganga to the East is the most popular tourist attraction. Famous for natural beauty, it displays splendid architectural display by some of the ancient construction. This all round tourist attraction is a gateway to heavenly hill station; Mussoorie. Pensioner’s city with moderate climate has various attractions to offer within the city:

  • Sahastradhara
  • Tiger Falls
  • Tapkeshawar Temple
  • Lacchiwala
  • Robber’s Cave
  • Rajaji National Park
  • Malsi Deer Park

3. Badrinath

The sacred pilgrimage site of Hindus. With historical and mythological importance, Bhadrinath is one of the 4 holy revered abodes by Hindus. As per Indian mythology, Bardinath temple located in the town is a place sacred to Lord Vishnu, due to its existence in dual form; Nara-Narayana. This current conical shape temple was built in 16th century by Gharwal Kings, resembles a Buddhist vihara (temple), with the brightly painted facade also more typical of Buddhist temples. The holy shrine of Badrinath is now a host to lakhs of pilgrims visiting every year

4. Nainital

The ‘Lake District of India’ Nainital derives its name from Naini Lake. It is located around the famous Naini Lake in a valley. With mountains on all sides, Nainital is where you need to be for a rendezvous with nature. Famous for its ‘Naini Lake’ where it is believed that Lord Shiva performed his Tandava making its place in various ancient myths and legends.

5. Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park is situated in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand and is the oldest National Park in India which got established in 1936. The park has sub-Himalayan belt geographical and ecological characteristics. It acts as a protected area of critically endangered Bengal of India. The park contains 488 different species of plants and wide variety of wild life including Tigers, Elephants, Sambar Deer, Wild Boar; to name a few. If you are an adventure freak, bird watcher, animal lover, then Jim Corbett National Park is a place for you.

6. Haridwar

Haridwar is located on the banks of Ganga. It is an ancient city of India – Haridwar; also known as “Doorway of/to God” is one of the seven holiest cities for Hindus. It has a special mention in Indian mythology; as it is one of four sites where drops of Amrit/nectar, the elixir of immortality, accidentally spilled over from the pitcher while being carried by the celestial bird Garuda. And the spot is known as Brahma Kund or Har-ki-Pauri. This manifested the celebration of Kumbh Mela every 12 years being celebrated in Haridwar. This sacred place witness million of pilgrims, which come for a holy dip in the holy water of Ganga. Twilight marks the beginning of Aarti with thousands of Diya’s floating in the river, culminating into an enchanting view. The feel of the atmosphere makes you feel divine.

7. Lansdowne

Named after Lord Lansdowne, the Viceroy of India (1888-1894), Lansdowne is one of the quietest hill stations of India and holds a terrific historical value. Once, considered as a important centre of freedom fighters of India is now a base for Indian Army – Garhwal Rifles. Located at an altitude of 1700m above sea level, this small hill station offers the best views of snow-laden peaks of Mt. Kedarnath and Chaukhamba. It is surrounded with thick oak and blue pine forests, which gives an unprecedented view and amplify the scenic beauty. A perfect destination to rejuvenate and synergy

8. Ranikhet

Ranikhet (Queen’s Meadow) is a dream destination, which elevate your spirits with its scenic beauty. Historically, considered to be the residence of Rani Padmini – the local legend; it is the perfect place to enjoy the nature at its best. The artistic canvas of this region is perched with varieties of charming and majestic pine trees, multihued nameless flower gardens, lush green forest and panoramic view of Himalya’s. Apart from bewitching topography, it is a home to amazing excursion and expeditions. This picturesque and beautiful hill station is a pleasant and heavenly retreat for thousands of tourist.