Uttarakhand, adjoined by Nepal and Tibet, and veiled by Himalayan peaks, is full of unblemished beauty of nature. Uttarakhand is divided into two regions — Kumaon in the south and Garhwal in the north. Sacred holy places, mountains, valleys and forests, and an abundance of trekking options are some of the draws that make travel to Uttarakhand worthwhile. Check out a list of best places to visit in Uttarakhand.
Nainital with its beautiful lakes, exotic scenery and temples around is the perfect honeymoon paradise huddled in the arms of Kumaon Hills with an air which is fresh and carries a subtle charm.
Blessed with the picturesque lake, Nainital is a hill station enclosed by the hills of Kumaon Hills and is full of natural hot springs water. Nainital is split into two parts, Mallital and Tallital, with the lake separating them. Mallital holds the northern upper reaches, while Tallital is the southern side of the lake. Nainital also known as the Lake District of Uttarakhand and is referred after Goddess Naina Devi. This honeymoon utopia hugged in the arms of Kumaon Hills is deemed to have the blessings of Lord Shiva. Some popular things that you can do around Nainital are its lake, yatching, trekking, and horse-riding.
- Valley of flowers Uttrakhand
Valley of flowers is discovered in 1931. It is a World Heritage Site for its wild untamed flowers enclosed by white peaks.
At the confluence point of the Himalayan ranges, Zanskar and Eastern and Western Himalayas, the valley of flowers found by Mountaineer Frank S Smith in 1931 has been proclaimed a world heritage site for its wild untamed flowers surrounded by white peaks. Famous for its fascinating varieties of medicinal herbs, it is also assumed that Hanuman brought Sanjivani to the feeble Lakshmana from the valley of flowers.
Situated along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports.
Over the past few years, Rishikesh has become greatly popular as the top spiritual end in the world, particularly after the Beatles connection with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi here in the late ’60s. As it rests on the holy banks of river Ganga, this place has been a center of Sadhus (saints) and there are copious ashrams teaching devoutness, meditation, yoga, and Ayurveda. In the last few years, Rishikesh has also emerged as the hub of Adventure Sports in India as there is multitude of options including Bungee Jumping, White Water Rafting, Mountain Biking, Flying Fox, etc. here.
Atop 3584 mts, Kedarnath is one of the Char Dhams and one of the bustling pilgrim in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is assumed that in order to elude the Pandavas, Lord Shiva hid in the form of a bull at Kedarnath, and when found by the Pandavas, he went further into a hump on the surface.
Kedarnath is famous for its ancient Shiva Temple, Himalayan ranges, shrines, and undulating landscapes. Kedarnath remains closed for the six months due to winters, unbearable temperatures and heavy snowfall.