8 Best Places to Visit in Uttarakhand
Tourist Places to visit in Uttarakhand : –
GARHWAL AND KUMAON
Two Valleys Garhwal And Kumaon Are Spread All Over In The State Of Uttarakhand .
The Garhwal Hills have peaks rising as high as 3000 meters. It is only a trekker’s paradise but also provides something for every holiday category, tourist or pilgrim. From the hill station of Dehradun and Mussoorie to charming walks and riding and bicycling trail to winter skiing….Garhwal has it all. Its holy shrines are steeped in legends and myths. So come to the Grahwal Himalayas for a unique holiday.
At the foothills of the Shivalik ranges the Doon Valley is bounded on the west by the Yamuna and on the east by the river Ganges. This picturesque town has a salubrious climate throughout the year and is a take off point for the higher ranges of the Garhwal Himalayas. Dehradun is among top tourist places to visit in Uttarakhand.
Haridwar the holy city lies at the base of Shiva’s hills-the Shivalik range. Legends goes that when Lord Shiva sent Ganga to quench the thirst of the people, the river Ganga extricated herself from the matted locks of Lord Shiva and descended to the plain Haridwar.From here, the Ganga proceeds eastwards and southwards through Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Calcutta towards Ganga Sagar, where it meets sea. Haridwar is famous for the Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh fairs that are held marking the 12 year solar cycle,etc. Million of devotees, Hindus and Visitors take a dip in the holiest of Hindu rivers at this time,to attain salvation.Mythology has it that a few drops of the nectar churned from the ocean fell at four places and it is here that the Kumbh is held(Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain& Nasik). It is said that you can attain salvation by praying to Lord Vishnu(Hari)or Lord Shiva and hence this scared spot is known as Haridwar and Hardwar. Haridwar is among top tourist places to visit in Uttarakhand.
Located at a height of 2000 m ,this picturesque hill resort was set up during the days of the “Raj”.Its trek and walks down the famous Camel Back Road welcome visitors in the summer and in the winter. You can trek through the hills and jump over little hills, streams and flowers in the valley and proceed for rock climbing or mountaineering if you wish, For the angler, fishing is available for trout or Mahseer. Mussoorie is among top tourist places to visit in Uttarakhand.
Rishikesh is an ideal base for pilgrimages to the Himalayan shrines of Yamunotri,Gangotri,Kedarnath and Badrinath. This temple town is situated amidst lush green forests. Close by are many white water rafting camps for the adventure seeker as also Yoga Ashram for those looking for something more from life. Rishikesh is among top tourist places to visit in Uttarakhand.
Located in the Central Himalaya, the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand rise from the forested plains to snowy heights. Tucked away in their folds are many ancient temples and hill resorts. Kumaon is famous for the mighty Nanda Devi-Trisul range offering a challenge to the skilled mountaineers as well as the adventure seeking tourists.It is a unique experience for the mountaineers to have mountain goats as porters together with the human skilled guides. Where else in the world can you enjoy such a unique experience.
Traditionally Known as a health resort, Almora has much more to offer than its excellent climate. Perched on a 5 km ridge, the hill station commands a majestic view of towering snow-clad Himalayan peaks. According to legend, the town of Almora has come up on the Kashaya Hill believed to have been the scenic abode of Lord Vishnu. Almora has long been a centre for woolen products and its shawl in particular, are famous in the region. Almora is among top tourist places to visit in Uttarakhand.
6. Jim Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park is one of India’s best known wildlife sanctuaries. Covering a large forested area of 520.8 sq. km. the park encloses a large section of the foothills of the Shivalik mountains, the Patlidum valley and the swiftly, flowing Ramganga river. The topography of the Park thus possesses a diverse range which is an asset for wildlife viewing. Named after the famous hunter, author and conservator Jim Corbett, the park was established as early as 1936.The dense jungles of the park teem with wildlife-the famous tigers of Kumaon in particular. The park provides a home for the panther wild boar, sloth bear, elephant, deer, python, cobra, crocodile and gharial among others. The river Ramganga is rich in mahseer, trout and goonch. More than 585 species of birds have been recorded at Corbett which make it an ornithologist’s dream. In its vastness and rich wildlife, Corbett National Park has succeeded in capturing the raw magnificence of nature. Quite simply, the spectacle at Corbett National Park, is awesome the experience unforgettable. It is among top tourist places to visit in Uttarakhand.
Nainital is a lake resort set at a height of 1938 m in a beautiful world valley. Surrounded by seven hills, the sparkling waters of a natural lake make it a gem among hill resorts. Legend has it that the lake was formed when the goddess Sati lost her eyes at this spot. She was being carried by Lord Shiva at the time and a lake was formed as a result. Naina (Eyes) ‘Tal’ (Lake) was thus given its name. Nainital is among top tourist places to visit in Uttarakhand.
Ranikhet as hill station is idyllic in its charm, and draws holiday-makers almost all the year round with its salubrious climate the balmy breeze. Against the backdrop of snow capped Himalayan peaks, Ranikhet means “Queen’s field”. An unusual name, a quaint legend and the sheer beauty of its enviers make this Kumaon hill station a wonderful holiday resort. Ranikhet is among top tourist places to visit in Uttarakhand.
9. WILDLIFE SANCTUARY AND NATIONAL PARKS
|S.No.||Name of Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS)||Established Year||Area (In km²)|
|1||Askot Musk Deer WLS||1986||599.93|
|4||Govind Pashu Vihar WLS||1955||485.89|
|S. No.||Name of National Park||Year of Notification||Total Area(km²)|
|1||Corbett National Park||1936||520.82|
|2||Gangotri National Park||1989||2390.02|
|3||Govind National Park||1990||472.08|
|4||Nanda Devi National Park||1982||624.6|
|5||Rajaji National Park||1983||820.42|
|6||Valley of Flowers National Park||1982||87.5|
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