Uttarakhand is exhilarating to the core. It is commonly referred to as Land of Gods (Dev Bhumi) because many Hindu temples and holy cities are found throughout the state. The natural beauty of Uttarakhand is breathtaking. Snow capped mountains, holy abodes of God, Pilgrim centers, perennial glaciers, cool hill stations, exotic national parks, gushing rivers and rapids, rugged hills and rollicking valleys – the endowments Uttarakhand is blessed with are many.
The hill stations namely Nainital, Mussoorie, Almora, Kausani, Bhimtal and Ranikhet and the Jim Corbett National Park are the more frequented destinations of Uttarakhand tourism.
Two of largest rivers of India, Ganges and Yamuna originate in the glaciers of Uttarakhand and are fed by myriad lakes, glacial melts and streams in the region. Gangothri and Yamunothri, the sources of both Ganges and Yamuna are prominent Hindu pilgrim centers. Along with cities of Badrinath which is dedicated to Vishnu and Kedarnath which is dedicated to Shiva, Gangothri and Yamunothri form the Char Dham, one of the most spiritual and auspicious pilgrimage circuit of Hinduism. Another prime Hindu pilgrim destination is Haridwar. Haridwar hosts Kumbha Mela every twelve years in which pilgrims from all over India and world participates. Rishikesh near Haridwar is known as preeminent yoga center of India. Uttarakhand has an abundance of temples and shrines whose architecture is typical of the region.
Uttarakhand homes pilgrimage sites of Sikhs and Buddhists as well. Hemakund nestled in Himalayas is a pilgrim centre for Sikhs.
Mussoorie and Nainital are the prominent hill stations of Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of one thousand nine hundred and thirty eight meters, Nainital is set in a valley surrounded by mountains. The valley contains a pear shaped Lake. From the top of peaks view of plains can be obtained. Mussoorie tour packages takes one to a fascinating hill resort and fabulous honeymoon spot. This hill station is situated in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan ranges and is also known as “queen of the hills”. Situated at an average altitude of one thousand eight hundred and eighty meters, Mussoorie is endearing with its green hills and varied flora and fauna. It has commanding snow ranges to the north and from south can be had beautiful views of Doon valley and Shiwalik ranges. The nearby interesting sites to Mussoorie are Gun Hill, Municipal Garden, Childer’s Lodge, Camel’s Back Road, Jharipani fall, Bhatta fall, Kemoty Fall, Nagdevta Temple and Mussoorie Lake. Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, where administration officials of India are trained, is in Mussoorie. From Mussooorie excursion hiking can be had to Naga Tibba, Dhanolti, Surkhanda Devi and Lakha Mandal.
Jim Corbett tour packages include visit to Jim Corbett National Park, the oldest national park in India. The other more prominent national parks in Uttarakhand includes Valley of flowers National park and Nadadevi National park,which together are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rajaji National Park, Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Gangotri National Park.
Jim Corbett National Park is named after hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment. It is the protected area of critically endangered Bengal Tiger. The National Park which is an ecotourism destination homes four hundred and eighty eight flora species and a diverse variety of fauna.
Uttarakhand holds options for adventures like mountaineering, hiking, rock climbing, white water rafting etc.
Mahi Manral is an eminent analyst and writer in Travel & Tours related topics. He has authored many books on Jim Corbett National Park and Rishikesh Haridwar Tour Package. Find more information at http://www.uttarakhandtour.org/.
Exhilarating landscape and land of Gods