Uttarakhand, a prominent tourism destination in India is a place of spiritual importance and majestic mountain sceneries. The place flaunts the incredible beauty of nature and offers interesting locations for honeymoon holidays, family tours, and solo trips. So if you too are planning a trip to this beautiful place, then you must decide on the destinations that you would pay a visit while on your venture.
Top 10 Places to Visit in Uttarakhand
I am pretty aware of how much of havoc it is to choose between locations especially for a place like Uttarakhand. In order to ease the work for you, we’ve curated a list of Top 10 places to visit in Uttarakhand that you must include in your list.
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Let’s take a look!
A small district situated on the Kumaun hills, Almora is surrounded by majestic sceneries and panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges. It is also called Devbhoomi and is home to several religious places. It attracts tourists mainly for its cultural heritage sites, handicrafts, and exquisite wildlife. Chitai Golu Devta Temple, Nanda Devi temple, Katarmal, Jageshwar, and Kasar Devi are some of the popular attractions of the town.
Nested with an old-fashioned military atmosphere, Ranikhet is home to some stunning mountain views. It is located at an altitude of 1869 meters above sea level in the state of Uttarakhand. Whilst you enjoy the serene beauty of this place, you can also plan a visit to the Jhula Devi Temple which is only 7 kilometers away from Ranikhet. The best time to visit Ranikhet is between the months of September and November.
8. Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park is a popular national park located in the foothills of the Himalayas, about 50 km northwest to Ramnagar. Tigers, langurs, sloth bears, Asiatic black bears, Indian gray mongooses, jungle cats, elephants, wild boars, chitals among various others are some of the animals you can easily spot here. You can opt for a jeep or elephant to view the wildlife observation posts here. Visit to this park is only made available from mid-November to mid-June.
Nainital is considered to be the paradise on earth, it’s usually known for the Nani lake which equips pleasant weather and is surrounded by mountains. While here, you have to take a boat ride in the lake and enjoy the scenic beauty all around. There are also various temples nearby and prestigious schools that you can visit during your trip to this place. If you love snow, you can get access to some of the best views in the Snow View Point via an aerial ropeway. You can plan a visit to this place throughout the year, the weather there is pretty good.
A majestic view at the top of hills with lush green hills is what you get to see in Mussoorie. It is just 34 km away from Dehradun and is often referred to as the ‘queen of hill stations’. The hill station was founded in 1820 and has plenty of views to offer. The best time to visit this place is anywhere between the months of April to June. Make sure you book your hotels in advance as those months are considered to be the peak ones to visit this place.
Activities you can do while in Mussoorie include:
- Rock climbing adventure
- Nature walk
- Zip swing adventure
Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand is a place with some of the most popular hill stations in India. It is located between the two most sacred rivers- Ganga and Yamuna at an elevation of 450m above sea level. Its pleasant weather, beautiful fairs, temples, and museums attract lakhs of tourists every year. There, you can get your hands on the best woolens, handicrafts, handlooms in the local market. You can also enjoy the city’s delicious Garhwali food which you can find at almost every local restaurant.
Named after Lord Vishnu who made an appearance before Saint Raivya after his meditation, Rishikesh is a place of spiritual importance where thousands of devotees pay their visit every year. The place is the beginning of the famous Char Dham Yatra. While here, you should visit the ayurvedic centers where you can experience exceptional healing properties for both your mind and body. The climate there is pleasant throughout the year which means you can plan a visit literally at any time.
Haridwar is among the 7 holiest places in India, it is a popular pilgrim spot in the state of Uttarakhand. Erupted from the Samundra Manthan or the Churning of the Seas by the Devas and the Asuras, Haridwar should be on your list of visits while in Uttarakhand. Over the years, it has evolved into the center of cultural and spiritual importance and is also a place where you can opt to learn the Sanskrit language.
Badrinath, the name which originates from the word Badri once used to be the place where Lord Vishnu sat in penance. Goddess Laxmi provided shade to the lord by taking the form of a berry tree. Many saints and pilgrims during their visit to the place perform meditation in search of enlightenment. It is located at an altitude of 3133 meters and shadowed by Nilkantha Peak, You can get there by bus which can be easily availed from any local bus station.
Located in Garhwal Himalayan Ranges, Kedarnath is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimages for all Hindus. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is approximately 1,200 years old. Just behind the temple stands a majestic Kedarnath peak that makes the place even more magnificent. Every true worshipper makes sure visit to the temple at least once in his lifetime. It closes on the first day of Kartik and reopens in Vaishakh every year.
Which is the coldest place in Uttarakhand?
Chopta is considered to be the coldest place in Uttarakhand where the temperature is said to fall below 10°C.
How many days are enough for Uttarakhand?
Anywhere between 4 days to 15 days is a good enough time to explore Uttarakhand.
What is the famous fruit of Uttarakhand?
Hinsaula, kafal, bedu, bhamora, and timla are some of the famous fruits of Uttarakhand.
What is the main food of Uttarakhand?
Kafuli is referred to as the State Food of Uttarakhand.
Which month is best for Uttarakhand?
March to April and September to October are the best time to visit Uttarakhand.
What is special about Uttarakhand?
Uttarakhand is popular for its rivers and sceneric view of Himalayan ranges.
So this was all about the Top 10 places to visit in Uttarakhand. Well, it’s truly a blissful place and is home to majestic hills. Uttarakhand boasts some of the most popular adventure tourism places, so it’s definitely going to be a refreshing trip there. I hope our list was informative and that you can now check the list of places of interest you would like to visit in the state of Uttarakhand.
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Which of the following places you’re going to visit for sure while your trip to Uttarakhand, let us know in the comment section below.