Uttarakhand, fondly known as the ‘Abode of Gods’, has countless temples and other pilgrimage sites. The sacred shrines along with the magnanimous mountains, tall peaks, tranquil rivers and lakes, unexplored hamlets collectively make Uttarakhand nature’s paradise. Nearly every stream, mountain, rock, temple of Uttarakhand is associated with mythological background. The mystery behind their grandiose is what makes them unforgettable. The state is also known for the myriad of adventure sports it offers. Some of the most famous ones include river rafting, paragliding, trekking, skiing and bungee jumping.
| Cold | The climate of Uttarakhand experiences seasonal variations in temperature but is mostly temperate except in tropical monsoons. Winters in the state are very cold with many regions receiving snowfall as well. So, Summer is an ideal climate to visit Uttarakhand. To enjoy your trip to the fullest visit the state between March to June or October to February.
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- Uttarakhand offers breathtaking views and inexplicable serenity which will calm your body, mind and soul. The most serene place in Uttarakhand is Landour. It brings you closest to nature because it is still untouched by commercialization. In the close proximity of this town is Dehradun, a famous hill station that entices every visitor. It is well-known for its pleasant climate and architectural display. Nestled in the Garhwal Himalayan ranges is Mussoorie which is home to several hills, temples, lakes, the marvellous Lal Tibba and Kempty Falls. Nainital is another beautiful city surrounded by peaks and pristine lakes which bestow the place with stupefying views. The Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, Snow view, Eco Cave Gardens, and Naina Peak are some of the famous spots in Nainital. Jim Corbett National Park is another must visit place in Nainital known for its diverse range of flora, fauna and wildlife.Haridwar (Gateway to the Lord), the most famous spiritual destination in India is situated in Uttarakhand. The city is home to numerous temples and ashrams. If you seek solitude and peace you must visit Haridwar and see the difference it creates within you. Haridwar is also famous for Kumbh Mela celebrated once in every 12 years. Another city which offers a perfect combination of adventure and serenity is Rishikesh. The ashrams here are famous for teaching meditation, spirituality and Ayurveda. Badrinath, Uttarkashi, Lansdowne and Auli are some of the other places well-known for the breathtaking vistas and thrilling adventurous activities they offer.
- Uttarakhand is not just a spiritual destination, in fact, it has a variety of adventures to offer which includes rock climbing, bungee jumping, peak climbing, trekking, mountain biking, paragliding, skiing, river rafting and much more. All these adventure sports are performed under expert supervision and with proper precautions. The best places to enjoy rock climbing the most in Uttarakhand include Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Nainital, Pithoragarh, Gangotri, Ramnagar, Dhanaulti and Mukteshwar. Bungee jumping in Uttarakhand is an exceptional experience. Anyone above the age of 12 can savour the thrilling experience of a free fall in Rishikesh. The snow-capped rugged Himalayan mountains make Uttarakhand the best peak climbing destination in India. Tall peaks like Shivlinga, Kedar Dome, Chaukhamba, Kamet, Deo Tibba, Bhagirathi, Trishul in the Kumaon and Garhwal regions await to be conquered. Peak climbers also have an opportunity to attempt submit-bid at Nanda Devi, India's third highest peak. Auli situated in the Chamoli district is a hotspot for skiing. This place sparsely lined by Oak and Deodar trees and several tall peaks make for an astounding skiing experience you'll cherish for lifetime. Besides Auli, other ski destinations include Dayara Bugyal, Mundali, Munsiyari, Kush Kalyan, Chiplakot valley and many other unexplored gems. You can also cherish the beauty of Uttarakhand from the sky by paragliding at Naukuchiatal, Mukteshwar, Ranikhet, Bhimtal, Pithoragarh fall and Mussoorie's Dhanaulti ridge. Motorbiking, one of the most exhilarating adventurous activities, can be explored in places like Chopta, Pauri, Rudraprayag, and Lansdowne. There are few more trails that connect various hamlets which will make your motorbiking experience a memorable one because of the kaleidoscopic view it offers.
- With so many mountains in the state trekking is undoubtedly the best adventure sport to try. There is a trail for amateur trekkers and professional trekkers offering the same amount of chills and thrill. Nag Tibba Trek, Har Ki Dun Trek,Panchachuli Base Camp Trek, Chopta Chandrashila Trek, Kedarkantha Trek, Roopkund Trek, Pangarchulla Peak Trek, Kuari Pass Trek, Brahmatal Trek, Rupin Pass Trek, Dayara Bugyal Trek,, Bagini Glacier Trek, and many more adventurous treks are awaiting your arrival. The scenic view of thick forests, plains covered with meadows, holy rivers and pristine lakes surrounding the trekking sites make the adventure an unforgettable one. Valley of Flowers Trek is the most mesmeric owing to the flora and fauna adorning the valley.
- Uttarakhand is known as the sacred land of holy rivers as Ganga and Yamuna grace the state with their unmatched beauty. Thousands of people from across the country travel to the state for the holy Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat. The state is a confluence point for many other rivers as well. Alaknanda River, Bhagirathi River, Kali River, Gaula River, Dhauliganga River, and Bhilangana River are just some of the many other rivers that add to the natural beauty of Uttarakhand. The soothing sound of the river flowing will make you forget all your worries and you'll live in the moment just adoring the presence of nature all around you. Some of these rivers offer a wide variety of water sports and river rafting is one of them. The thrilling rapids created by rivers Alaknanda, Kali, Tons, Bhagirathi and especially Ganga in Rishikesh, makes river rafting an unforgettable adventure of your lifetime.
- Uttarakhand is famous for Char Dham Yatra, which literally means ‘journey to the four centres’. These four centres in Uttarakhand are represented by Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Piran Kaliyar dargah and Mansa Devi temple in Haridwar, Baleshwar Temple, Triyuginarayan Temple, Tungnath Temple, Katarmal Sun Temple and many other temples make Uttarakhand holy and extremely serene.
- Kumaoni cuisine found in the Kumaon region of the state consists of a variety of nutritious dishes made using minimal spices. It's the best cuisine to try in order to handle the cold climate. Kumaoni raita, Ras Bhaat, Faanda, Thatwaani, Bal Mithai, Chudkani, Jhoula, and several snack items are some of the famous Kumaoni dishes. Garhwali is another traditional cuisine of Uttarakhand which is mainly grains and cereal based. Besides these two cuisines, you must try Baadi, Chainsoo, Kafuli, Aaloo Tamatar Ka Jhol, Dubuk, Phaanu, among others; most of which are prepared in a traditional manner using minimal spices but are lip-smackingly delicious.
- While the meal prices can vary, you can still expect to have a hearty meal at an average cost of 300 INR per person.
- The cost of a sim card differs according to the recharge package you opt for but the starting price is 100 INR.
- Indian Passport and OCI Card holders do not require a Visa
- Other need to apply for an Indian visa