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Debangana Sen Nov 04 2014

What are the 10 reasons to visit Uttarakhand?

Etti Bali Nov 04 2014
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These 10 reasons to visit Uttarakhand are more than enough to make a traveller fall in love with the mountainous countryside! Peacefully located between Nepal and Tibet, Uttarakhand provides a unique retreat for every kind of traveller. Read on to find out more about the Himalayan getaway!

Adventure at Rishikesh

Also known as the “birthplace of yoga”, Rishikesh is popular with tourists for the array of adventure sports one can indulge in here! If you are an adventure-junkie, then a trip to Rishikesh should be on your must-visit list! Activities like flying fox, bungee jumping, body surfing, cliff jumping and white-water rafting are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Enjoy spectacular views of the city from the Lakshman Jhula. You can also stay on-site at the overnight camps and enjoy your adventure in the lap of nature!


Lakshman Jhula (by Tylersundance)


Campsite (by Ankur Gulati)

Heritage of Corbett!

Named after the famous writer and hunter-conservationist, the Jim Corbett National Park is home to the regal Bengal Tiger. Apart from the big cat, the national park is home to many native and rare species of flora and fauna.


Bengal Tiger (by soumyajit nandy)

But there’s more places to visit in Corbett than just the animals and safaris. A visit to Gurney House--the former residence of Jim Corbett, is a must when you are here! Located on the Ayarpatha Hills, the sprawling property is reminiscent of the Raj era. The family that manages the property offers tours of the residence, but you need to book an appointment first!


Gurney House Drawing Room (from the official website)

Himalayan Retreat

Anywhere you turn, you are afforded with breath-taking views of the Himalayan Ranges. Snow-capped peaks, steep valleys, misted landscapes and an abundance of beautiful flora are enough to entice any traveller to pack their bags and head to this Himalayan retreat known as Uttarakhand!


Nanda Devi (by Paul Hamilton)

Valley of Flowers

Nestled quaintly between the Zanskar Valley and the Great Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers is known for its variety of flora, especially the alpine flowers. The soft and serene landscape of the valley provides a stark contrast to the rugged terrains of the surrounding mountains. It is a World Heritage Site as recognized by UNESCO under its World Network of Biosphere Reserves. If you are lucky, you may even get to witness the snow leopard!


Valley of Flowers (by Alosh Bennett)

Wellness and Rejuvenation

The Himalayan region is home to many wellness resorts, making it very popular with international as well as desi tourists. A number of resorts in Uttarakhand offer spa treatments and yoga facilities. Pamper yourself in some of the best spas like The Terraces, Ananda In The Himalayas and Aalia. Rejuvenate your senses with your very own Himalayan sojourn!


Ananda In The Himalayas (from the official website)

Holy Holiday!

Also known as Devbhoomi--Land of God--Uttarakhand is famous for its pilgrim sites. People come here for the most sacred pilgrimage of the Chaar Dhaams, the four shrines of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Panch Prayag, where River Ganges meets its tributaries at the five sangams is a revered spot for pilgrims.


Badrinath Temple (by Sumeet Basak)

Plan a trip around the time of the Kumbh Mela held in Haridwar. You can also visit the ancient Baijnath Temple and the Naina Devi Temple in Nainital. All in all, a trip to Uttarakhand provides many a vistas for the devout soul!


Har ki Paudi (by McKay Savage)

Honeymooner’s Paradise

Uttarakhand has many hill stations for the honeymooning couple. From the valleys of Dehradun to the picture postcard locations of Bhimtal, from Kempty Falls at Mussoorie to the historic town of Lansdowne, there is a lot for the romantic couples to enjoy in Uttarakhand. Adventurous souls can opt for skiing on the Auli range! The romantic getaway that this place provides is among the top 10 reasons to visit Uttarakhand.


Kempty Falls (by KuwarOnline)

When the golden rays of the mellow sun hit the snow-laden mountain peaks, it lights up the place in a romantic glow! Who wouldn’t want to be there when this beautiful moment takes place?


Sunset over Kalindi (by Sharada Prasad CS)

Festivals

Being the Land of God, every major festival is celebrated with great fervour in Uttarakhand. From the great Kumbh Mela in Haridwar held every 12 years to the celebration of the River Ganga, one can indulge in many festive celebrations here. The Ganga Dussehra marks the descent of Ganga to earth and the festivities continue for 10 days. It is believed that people who pray with a pure heart on this occasion can wash away their sins with a holy dip in the waters.


Ganga Dussehra (by Barry Silver)

Another major festival is Mahashivratri, which is especially important for newly married couples as it celebrates the convergence of Shiva and Shakti. Newly weds from all over and especially New Delhi visit this place, making the New Delhi to Dehradun train a very busy train packed with people.


Mahashivratri (by garbyal)

People

The people of Uttarakhand are simple, warm and welcoming. See their faces light up with jubilant smiles as you talk to them! The colourful society is also a reflection of the many fairs and festivals celebrated across the mountain region! With the major occupation being farming, you’ll find the locals busy in the lush countryside.


The wise and the young! (by Paul Hamilton)

Religious Diversity

Uttarakhand is a land of great religious and cultural diversity. From Buddhist Monasteries to Sikh Gurudwaras, the traveller has a lot to see and explore in the region. The Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara in the Chamoli District is a magnificent religious site, surrounded by seven mountain peaks and a glacial lake.



Hemkund Sahib (from the official Facebook page)

The Mindrolling Monastery of Tibet was re-established in India by a small group of monks in Dehradun and is a famous Buddhist place of worship in the city.


Great Stupa at Mindroling (by Teemu Kiiski)

With these 10 reasons to visit Uttarakhand, you can be rest assured to have a memorable holiday. So pack your bags and head to your Himalayan getaway!

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