Top 10 Places to Visit in Uttarakhand

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Uttarakhand, the land of spirituality seems to be a jewel on the crown of Indian Territory. Being the originating point of significant Indian rivers, Uttarakhand is the abode of some of the best hill stations in north India. While the winter season can offer you the best views of snow packed mountain ranges, the same ranges can be the comfort zones in the scorching summer. From thrilling mountain climbing to relaxing leisure walk, each single activity is delightful and worthy to time spending.

Nainital

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Nainital is a popular hill station in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and It is situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres (6,837 ft) above sea level, Nainital is set in a valley containing a pear-shaped lake, approximately two miles in circumference, and surrounded by mountains. Nainital is the perfect retreat for the tourists of all taste. From lovely honeymoon couples to passionate youths, everyone has unique things to explore here. Nanda Devi temple on the northern bank of the lake is a historical sightseeing spot. Sher-Ka-Danda Ridge, Guano Hills, Tiffin Top, and Eco Cave Gardens are some of the popular places in Nainital. Nainital Zoo has a few rare species of animals like snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and steppe eagle. Enjoying boat ride on the pristinely set environment of Naini Lake is incredibly blissful.

Mussoorie

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Mostly known as the ‘queen of the hills’, Mussoorie is the pride of Uttarakhand Tourism industry and a significant source of revenue for the state. Breathtaking scenic beauty of Mussoorie compels the travelers to accept the truth that nature has painted the canvas of this astounding tourist spot with sheer concentration.Situated at an altitude of 6000 ft. , Mussoorie is a popular hill station famous for its colonial heritage and its religious sites.Initially an escape for the British from the unforgiving heat in the plains, Mussoorie has only grown into a popular hill-station to provide you an escape into the wave of activity surrounding the scenic views and lush green flora. The Mall is the centre point of Mussoorie with its two ends- Library and Picture Palace spread some distance away. In Mussoorie, you will find both nature at work with beautiful waterfalls and sceneries as well as architectural marvel of colonial structures.

Rishikesh

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Another place you definitely must visit in Uttarakhand is the adventure capital–Rishikesh. Located near the foot of the Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttrakhand, Rishikesh is the 7th largest city in India. It is also called as the “Gateway to the Garhawl Himalayas”. The town is a famous tourist spot and also a major pilgrimage spot for the Hindus. The River Ganges flows through the town of Rishikesh and it is famous for its various shrines and yoga ashrams. Rishikesh also is among the few places in India that offers a multitude of adventure sports to its visitors. With the city of Haridwar only a few miles south from rishikesh, the place is also considered as a ‘holy city’.

Chopta

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Chopta is a small region of meadows and evergreen forest area which is a part of kedarnath wildlife sanctuary located in Uttarakhand state, India and a base for trekking to Tungnath, third temple of Panch Kedar.Chopta is an unspoiled natural destination lying in the lap of the Uttarakhand Himalayas and offers views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. It is located at an elevation of 2,680 metres (8,790 ft) above sea level. Chopta village is surrounded by forests of pine, deodar and rhododendron and is rich in flora and fauna include rare species of birds and musk deer.

For having a glimpse of superb views of Chopta, September to November is the best time. Witnessing the snow covered mountain tracks while passing through the twist path is remarkable. The region is perched with numerous alpine meadow slopes which are great locations for skiing. You can also take part in camping on Chopta.

Chakrata

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Another famous hill station in Uttarakahand, Chakrata attracts attention of the tourists for its unique natural setting. Situated by the side of Yamuna and Tons River, this beautiful hill station is amongst one of the best locations.This is a small and secluded hill town and is an ideal place for those who are looking for a place to be silent and enjoy the beauty of the hills.

Auli

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Auli is a ski destination in Chamoli district in the Himalayan mountains of Uttarakhand. Auli, also known as Auli Bugyal, in Garhwali, which means "meadow", is located at an elevation of 2,500 metres to 3,050 metres above sea level.For enthusiastic winter sports lovers, it houses some of the best slopes covered with Deoadar and Oak forest reducing the velocity of chilling wind. Witnessing the panoramic view of the Himalaya from Gondola can be an unforgettable experience. If you love to go for trekking, Auli to Badrinath and Auli-Kuari Pass trek are some of the best places for adventure trekking in Uttarakhand.

Chamoli

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Chamoli is an abode to many beautiful villages. Lush green mountains surround Chamoli. The land is untouched by commercialization. Unlike other hill stations which have become a hub for cafes, malls and buildings, Chamoli is still very much close to nature. There is no unnecessary rush there to compete with the global world. The people there are satisfied living amidst the breathtakingly tall mountains and beautiful dense valleys. Chamoli is that ideal vacation spot with something for everyone. It is an ideal blend of pilgrimage, adventure and natural serenity.

Uttarkashi

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The town of Uttarkashi is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This town is a very important tourist destination in the region.The place is known for its stunning natural beauty, and is also called as Devbhumi, which can be literally translated to ‘Land of the Gods’. Pilgrims from all around the country flock to this region too, due to its religious heritage.

There are many temples in Uttarkashi that you can visit during your trip to the place and the most famous one among these is that of Lord Vishwanath. This is the largest temple in the region, and the most frequented one as well. There are several smaller temples in Uttarkashi as well, and these are dedicated to the chief deities Hanuman and Durga. Many other shrines are present in Uttarkashi and they cater to a wide variety of Gods, including Parshuram, Annapurna, Dattatrya, Bhairav, Laksheswar and Ekadashrudra.

Jim Corbett National Park

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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.

Valley Of Flowers National Park

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Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park, located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand and is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. This richly diverse area is also home to rare and endangered animals.This Reserve is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves since 2004.Legends believe it to be the place from where Hanuman had collected the Sanjeevani buti for curing Lakshmana. This place has floral pastures, running streams and beautiful backdrop of the mountains.

 

 

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