Uttarakhand, the land of mountains, mythologies and myths, adventure, simplicity, nature’s joy, is one of India’s most beautiful tourist destinations. The place is a great place to connect your mind and the rhythm. It is located in the lofty Himalayas and has two major regions, Garhwal or Kumaon. Each region has its own charm.
Uttarakhand is a popular destination for tourists from around the globe who visit it to enjoy hill station vacations. You will find beautiful hill stations such as Mussoorie and Nainital. Devbhoomi is also known for being the land of Gods due to the presence of Char Dhams which are the most holy pilgrimage sites in India.
Uttarakhand offers a unique combination of beauty and spirituality that is worth a visit. Also, it offers everything for tourists who are brave enough to climb the Himalayas and crazy enough to sail on snowy waters, and eager enough to explore this region.
This is a list of top 10 places to visit in Uttarakhand. Enjoy a memorable vacation amongst the tranquil landscape and snowcapped mountains.
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What is the best way to relax and unwind from our hectic lives? This job is best done by traveling. Uttarakhand is a popular destination for travellers. Millions of tourists flock to Uttarakhand every year, especially during summer.
Lansdowne, was an Indian town that was built under British rule. It was a major center for freedom fighters. Lansdowne is one of the quietest India’s hills stations. Also, it is a great historical treasure, surrounded by thick blue pine and oak forests.
It is an ideal weekend getaway because of its natural beauty and pleasant weather. British discovered the town and gave it its name after Lord Lansdowne, then Viceroy of India. The guesthouses are beautiful reminders of colonial times and offer stunning views of the mountains from their balconies.
The ancient city of Rishikesh, set against the Himalayan backdrop and with the pristine Ganga running through it, is a major tourist and pilgrimage center in northern India. This is where tourists and pilgrims from all over the globe arrive to find peace.
Rishikesh is often called the “yoga capital” of the world, and it’s rightly so. Visitors flock to Rishikesh to learn meditation and yoga. It is a home to many ashrams that are recognized internationally as centers of philosophy, yoga, and other ancient Indian traditions.
Here, the International Yog Festival (IYF), which draws thousands of yoga lovers each year, is organized by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board.
Rishikesh also has many charming cafes that offer international and local cuisines. Rishikesh’s vibrant Holi celebrations have become quite popular in recent years.
Kausani, cradled beneath the sheaths of the crimson sunlight and the dark green hills is well-known for its panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nanda Devi and the great Panchachuli Peaks.
Kausani is a backpacker’s paradise and a writer’s dreamland. Situated in Bhageshwar district, it is one village in Uttarakhand that is also enjoying its status as a charming hill station. The village is perched on a ridge of blue pine and chir forests. One of the many viewing platforms within the village allows you to enjoy a stunning sunrise.
You can also explore the forests surrounding you, which are filled with tranquility, chirping birds, and babbling streams. This is a paradise for bird lovers. You can see more than 50 species of birds, including parakeets, woodpeckers, robins. You can spot birds at the Kausani Tea Estate too. It is best to travel to this beautiful hill station without a plan.
Kausani will be your home if you want to experience the kindness of Mother Nature. The hill station is situated at an elevation of 1890 metres.
Ranikhet, a charming hill station is located in Uttarakhand’s Almora District at an elevation 1,829mts above the sea level. Uttarakhand’s best-kept secret, Ranikhet is a great tourist destination. Its a city-living paradise that offers everything you need.
Ranikhet is a hill station, literally meaning Queens Land, is a popular tourist spot for those who love the natural beauty. According to legend, Queen Padmini was so infatuated with Ranikhet that King Sudhardev built a palace there to win her affection. It is a beautiful place, and has stayed there for the good of all.
Today’s Ranikhet is home to Kumaon Regiment, Indian Army Headquarters, a sprawling 9-Hole golf course, and many temples, including Jhula Devi. Ranikhet is the place that showcases the best of the Himalayas.
It is a popular tourist destination that offers all-seasons travel. It boasts a beautiful climate and a serene environment. It is still surrounded by the best of nature and calls out to those who seek tranquility and rest.
Munsiyari, also known as “Little Kashmir”, is a cozy hamlet in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The pretty hill town of Munsiyari is located at 2298m. It is well-known for its stunning views of the snow-capped Himalayan Range as well as some challenging trekking trails.
Munsiyari, located between India, Tibet, and Nepal, is the base for three glaciers, namely Namik Glaciers, Milam Glaciers, and Ralam Glaciers. This picturesque village can often be seen romanticizing with the beautiful backdrop of Panchachuli (the five peaks), Nanda Devi, and Nanda Kot.
Known as the “Gateway to Johar Valley”, Munsiyari is the point from which Johar Valley begins. This was an ancient trade route connecting Tibet and India.
Munsiyari is a place where people go to escape the hustle and bustle of cities to experience the peace and tranquility of the virgin nature.
Auli, a hill station that is well-known and popular as a ski resort in India, is known for its snowy slopes. Located at 2800m above sea level and home to the mountain ranges Nanda Devi (Mana Parvat) and Kamat Kamet, Auli is also home to many religious sites. Shankracharya is believed to have visited Auli and blessed it with his blessings.
Auli, boasts everything a tourist can ask for: Himalayan views, Meadows and other adventure activities. Cable cars can be arranged to take you to the top of the mountain.
It is dotted with old oaks, pine trees, and apple orchards. You can also enjoy stunning views of the snow-draped mountain ranges by going on numerous trekking trips in the hills of Garhwal Himalayas.
Auli, a popular Himalayan hill resort, dates back to the 8th century AD. Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited, (GMVL), runs a ski resort as well as a rental shop. This ski destination is known for its beautiful slopes and clean environment.
Kedarnath is a small village in the Garhwal Himalayan Ranges. It is one of the most sacred pilgrimages for Hinduism. It is located in the majestic Garhwal Himalayas, built around the sacred Kedarnath temple at 3,580m above the Mandakini River source.
Kedarnath temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a masterpiece of architecture made from large and evenly shaped grey stones. The temple’s conical rock formation is believed to be Lord Shiva in his “Sadashiva” form.
The Kedarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is part of Char Dham pilgrimage route. It is also one of the 12 Jyotirlingas for Lord Shiva in India. The Kedar Dome, Kedarnath peak and other Himalayan peaks are located behind the Kedarnath Temple.
8. Valley of Flowers
Valley of Flowers located in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district, near Badrinath, is approximately 300km north of Rishikesh. The Valley of Flowers is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features lush meadows bursting with endemic alpine plants and diverse fauna.
The Valley of Flowers, a peaceful oasis of nature in the West Himalayan region of Uttarakhand, is endowed with rare and exotic Himalayan flora. You can reach the Valley of flowers by traversing dense forests and crossing many bridges, glaciers, and waterfalls along the way.
9. Roopkund Trek
Roopkund, a mysterious place at 5,029m above sea level in the laps of Trishul Peak & Nanda Ghunti, is perched on the crest of the mountain. The place is also known as “Mystery Lake” and was named after the discovery of horse remains and human skeletons from Paleolithic times at the same place.
The trek to Roopkund is fascinating in and of itself. It includes the trek through villages, alpine meadows, and a sacred pond BedniKund, which has its clear, crystal-clear water.
From Bedni Bugyal, the trek climbs up to Roopkund. This is the perfect place to go trekking if you’re looking for adrenaline-pumping activities and stunning scenery.
A tiny village called Chamba lies in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is located in the Tehri Garhwal area of Uttarakhand. The idyllic village is situated at 1,600m above sea level and is surrounded by thick forests.
Because of its natural beauty and breathtaking views, it is a very popular tourist destination. Tourists love to visit Chamba because of its tranquility and exquisiteness.
It also offers adventure sports in the rolling Himalayan hills. Chamba has many opportunities for adrenaline-rushes such as rafting, trekking camping, kayaking and more. Other popular attractions include the Surara temple or Brajeshwari Temples.
Chamba is a hidden getaway close to other popular tourist destinations in Uttarakhand such as Mussoorie, Kanatal, Dhanaulti and Rishikesh.
FAQs About Uttarakhand
What makes Uttarakhand different from other states?
Uttarakhand is most well-known for its rivers, as it is home to some of the most sacred rivers in India, Ganga and Yamuna. These rivers are India’s lifeline, fed by hundreds of small and large tributaries that emerge from the glaciers in Uttarakhand. The marine drive can be enjoyed in any part of Uttarakhand.
What is the old name of Uttarakhand?
Uttarakhand was formerly Uttaranchal and is located in the northern-western region of India.