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Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) Travel Guide


Uttaranchal is one of the smallest yet one of the beautiful states in India, comprising of total 8 hill district and famous for its spirituality and divinity, Uttaranchal is one of the best tourists' attractions in India. Uttaranchal is well versed with spectacular natural beauty, pleasant climate, places of pilgrimages, abundant wildlife, and beautiful countryside and all these unite to make Uttaranchal a sizzling travel destination.

Uttaranchal is also famous for the diverse pilgrimages that it offers to its tourists' starting from char-dham's that comprises Badrinath, Kedarnath, yamnotri and gangotri to Sikh pilgrimage of Hemkund - Lokpal, Nanakmatta and Meetha - Reetha Sahib and Piran Kaliyar.



Uttarakhand/Uttaranchal lies in the Northern part of India surrounded by the magnificent Himalayas and dense forests. The state is bordering Uttaranchal in the north-west and Uttar Pradesh in the South and has international borders with Nepal and China. The State today with 13 Districts can be grouped into three distinct geographical regions, the High mountain region, the Mid-mountain region and the Terai region. Dehradun is the interim-capital city.

The dense forest and the mountains surrounding Uttaranchal help controlling the pollution in Uttaranchal, climate remains soothing all throughout the year with heavy snowfalls in dhanaulti and aully in winters.



Best time to visit Uttarakhand/Uttaranchal is in the months of summer as climate remains soothing, Surrounded by Himalayan ranges makes few places in Uttarakhand/Uttaranchal inaccessible in the months of winter. Snowfalls can be spot all through out winters near dhanaulti and aully.



Festivals have very strong role to play in the holly state of Uttarakhand/Uttaranchal, being the land of char-dham, festivals have yet another importance in Uttarakhand/Uttaranchal. The world famous Kumbh Mela/Ardh Kumbh Mela is held at Haridwar every twelfth/sixth year interval. Some of the other important festivals are listed below:

  • Devidhura Mela (Champawat) : Devidhura Mela is held in the compound of the Varahi Devi temple of Devidhura. Devidhura Mela is held every year on the auspicious day of Raksha Bandhan. The place Devidhura is situated at a junction of Almora, Pithoragarh, and Nainital districts. Devidhura Mela is famous for its enchanting dance and folk songs and also for its Bagwal.
  • Purnagiri Mela (Champawat): The temple of Shri Purnagiri organises the Purnagiri Mela in Uttarakhand on Navratri. As the temple is located on the Annpurana ranges, it also offers a breath taking scenic view to the tourists.
  • Nanda Devi Mela (Nainital): This fair was initiated by King Kalyan Chand of Chand Dynasty of Garhwal in the 16th century to showcase the economic and cultural prosperity of different regions. And since then this fair takes place in month of August-September on a yearly basis.
  • Kumbh Mela/Ardh Kumbh Mela (Haridwar): This fair takes place in haridwar and attracts a millions of tourist and devotees to the land of Ganga. It happens on basis of every twelfth/sixth year interval.



The alpine and tropical rainforests that cover most parts of the state make natural habitats of some of the best-known wildlife creatures India has on offer. One can also explore The Jim Corbett National Park tour, which homes Royal Bengal Tigers and ground for the plot of Jim Corbett's Man-eaters of Kumaon. Another rainforest in the region is Rajaji National Park famous for its large number of pachyderms. Alpine forests in the region include Valley of Flowers National Park (known for its amazing variety of flowers), Nanda Devi National Park, Govind National Park, Gangotri National Park, and many more.


  • By Air: Jolly grant is only airport near Dehradun, and flights can be availed at a regular interval from Delhi. And from Dehradun you can take travel to all exotic destinations by road.
  • By Train: Dehradun, Haridwar, and Kathgodam are the major railway stations connected to almost all parts of f the country with regular trains. Not many places in the state are connected by rail because of tough terrains. For those visiting places in the higher altitudes, trekking and road routes are the only options available.
  • By Road: Almost all the important places in the state are connected by all-weather metalled roads. Many places in the higher altitudes may still remain off for a period in the year due to landslides and snowfall.



There are many places in Uttarakhand/Uttaranchal that are worth visiting, here are few of them listed below :

  • Haridwar : Right from the great epics it has been said that one can attain moksha just by a touch of Ganges in haridwar or say Haridwar is a gateway to god. Tourists also come to Haridwar for famous Kumbh/Ardh Kumbh Mela which happens in every twelfth/sixth year.
  • Dehradun : Dehradun is the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand. It is a well known tourist destination for a long time. Besides being a travel destination, the city is also known for public schools, IMA and other national institutes. The entire district is surrounded by the mighty Himalayas in the North, aging Shivalik Hills in the South, the River Ganga in the East and River Yamuna in the West.
  • Rishikesh : Rishikesh is small towns near Dehradun well known for large number of old and new temples in the area. It is also place for water sports and adventures like camping and cliff jumping which attracts a large number of tourists every year.
  • Mussoorie : Mussoorie is yet another small but very beautiful city near Dehradun and is named after a suburb Mansor which is indigenous to this place. Popularly known as queen of hill stations is a place where you will find your self in the lap of nature and the eye stucking sight of Dehradun valley from the top can't be expressed in words.
  • Nainital : Nainital also known as the lake city of Uttarakhand/Uttaranchal is named after one of the nine lakes in the city. It is one of the beautiful hill stations in India and is surrounded by 7 hills. Corbett only a 60 kms journey from Nainital attracts a large numbers of tourists every year.

Besides these major cities in Uttarakhand/Uttaranchal there are many other cities which are worth visiting and that includes Pithoragarh, Ranikhet, Kausani, Mukteshwar, Lansdowne and many more.

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