A travel Guide to Uttarakhand
Carved out with some beautiful hilly districts of Uttar Pradesh, the state of Uttarakhand came into existence around two decades ago. Due to many pilgrimages and temples across the whole state, Uttarakhand India is also known as the Dev Bhumi (God's Land). Guarded and draped by Himalayan walls, the province is divided into two regions – Kumaon and Garhwal. Uttarakhand is also the origin of holy rivers like Yamuna and Ganga, which are sacred and idolised across the country.
Uttarakhand tourist attractions include a few of India's finest trekking, wildlife and tourist towns with Himalayan peaks, dense forests, quiet hillsides and lively cities. So, if you wish to spend some quality time with your family or loved ones or desire to put some spice of adventure in your life, then Uttarakhand tours are just perfect for you.
Your journey to Uttarakhand tourist places will gratify you and will make you fall in love with all of them. So pack yourself up to feel great about being around nature and adventure.
Places to visit in Uttarakhand
Things to do in Uttarakhand
Things to do in Uttarakhand are innumerable, but some of them are just mind-blowing. These activities are what make the state exciting.
Char Dham Yatra
There is hardly anything more devotional in Uttarakhand than a trip to the Char Dhams. On the occasion of Akshay Tritiya in Chaitra month, the Char Dham Yatra opens and stays open till Bhai Dooj. You will have to spend 11 to 12 days in the full yatra.
The trip to Yamunotri Dham, following a trek, marks the start of the Char Dham Yatra. The Gangotri Dham is about 100 km away from Yamunotri. Next is Kedarnath where you can reach via Rudraprayag, 180 km from Uttarkashi. Badrinath Dham is 160 km from Rudraprayag, which becomes your yatra's final location.
Bungee Jumping and Rafting in Rishikesh
Rishikesh is famous for thrilling adventurous sports such as bungee jumping and rafting. Bungee jumping is performed under the supervision of trained tutors in Mohanchetti (Jumpin Heights). You can also make a short tour around to enjoy the scenery and the pleasant air before free-falling.
Uttarakhand tourism offers four rafting routes - Brahmpuri-Rishikesh, Shivpuri-Rishikesh, Marine Drive-Rishikesh, and Kaudiyala-Rishikesh. Certified operators take care of all arrangements which allow you to enjoy rafting without any fear.
Nag Tibba Trek Expedition
Recognised as the best treks for the weekend, Nag Tibba Expedition is among the Uttarakhand attractions that will offer you a 10,000 ft trek on the snow-covered mountains. The glory of the trek is marked by the magnificent views of Gangotri and Kedarnath. It will make you pin this trek in your Uttarakhand travel guide. The journey will make you admire the diverse array of fauna and flora including the oaks-deodar forests, the home to exotic wildlife.
So, if you are looking for a weekend off from the busy city life and want to enjoy an easy expedition in a peaceful environment, this trek is worth opting for.
Best Time to Visit Uttarakhand
Although Uttarakhand is a year-round tourist spot, the time from March to April and September to mid-October is regarded as the best time to visit Uttarakhand. Activities like Char Dham Yatra, paragliding, and trekking are mostly opted for during the summers. Thus, summer is marked as the best season to visit Uttarakhand.
As for winters, the time between November and February is considered a good time for rafting in Rishikesh, wildlife-spotting in Jim Corbett National Park, and snowfall watching in Mussoorie and Nainital.
How to reach Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand is very well-connected with the entire nation and can be reached in many ways. The information on how to reach Uttarakhand is given below.
By Airlines: Uttarakhand has two domestic airports. One is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun that offers non-stop aeroplanes to and from Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, and Chennai. Another is the Pantnagar Airport, which provides access to nearby locations in Uttarakhand including the main hillside stations in Kumaon, Jim Corbett, and Bareilly.
By Railways: Currently, Uttarakhand consists of nearly 16 railway stations connecting Uttarakhand with major Indian cities. Trains to and from major cities like Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh specifically travel to Dehradun and a few other important Uttarakhand attractions.
By Roadways: About 1000 public buses run in and out of the state and connect it with the rest of the country. Some important Uttarakhand tourist places such as Rishikesh, Haridwar, and Badrinath are connected to Delhi by NH 34 and NH 7, passing through Dehradun on the way.