Located in midst of great Himalayas, the tiny state of Uttarakhand packs quite a punch when it comes to tourism. It is also called “Devbhoomi ” literally meaning the “Land of the Gods”. The state was carved out from northern Uttar Pradesh and became a state of its own in the year 2000. Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand. Known for its spectacular surroundings, the city sprawls in the Doon Valley area close to the foothills of towering mountains. The state is divided into two regions: Garhwal and Kumaon. Each of these offers plenty of opportunities for tourism, sightseeing, adventure and wildlife. The surreal landscape of the state comprises soaring snowcapped peaks, glistening streams, impressive meadows, imposing glaciers and blue alpine lakes.
Dotted with sacred Hindu shrines and hundreds of trekking trails, it is a great destination for both religious tourism and pilgrimages as well as for adventure and leisure travel. One can visit the famous religious Hindu temples such as Panch Kedar, Dhari Devi, Tungnath Temple, or opt for the famous Chardham Yatra – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. The origin of the sacred Ganga river is located here in Gaumukh in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand.
Here, some of the most popular hill stations for leisure travellers include Mussoorie, Rishikesh and Nainital. The state is also home to Jim Corbett National Park, the first National Park of India. It is a popular protected area in the country offering nice jungle lodges and campsites and is a treat for wildlife photographers. Other favourite places which have recently started attracting a lot of visitors include Ranikhet, Bhimtal, Sankri, Binsar, Lohajung, Pithoragarh, and many more.
For those who seek adventure tourism, an Uttarakhand trek is a must. The region offers some incredible trekking, mountain climbing, and white-water rafting opportunities. Skiing enthusiasts can head to Auli which is one of the top skiing destinations in India. Some of the famous Uttarakhand treks are Kedarkantha, Chopta-Chandrashila Peak, Auden’s Col, Kalindi Khal, Nag Tibba, Bedni Bugyal, Valley of Flowers and many more. Some of the offbeat and relatively new Uttarakhand treks include Phulara Ridge Trek, Ruinsara Tal, Gidara Bugyal, Baradsar Lake, etc. With a plethora of experiences on offer, the state is suitable for all kinds of visitors. Whatever be the reason for visit, Devbhoomi Uttarakhand is one place one can easily fall in love with.