Uttarakhand with its mesmerizing natural vistas and divine splendor is indeed a ‘Dev Bhoomi or ‘God’s abode’ in all respects. The snowy, rolling mountains, pristine waterfalls, fresh air, adverting terrains and an un-spoilt natural beauty lures everyone to this distinct land. If you wish to set out for a tour of Uttarakhand, here’s a travel guide that’ll surely help you-
Uttarakhand Tourist Places
Uttarakhand abounds in tourist places. The tourist places of Uttarakhand may be categorized into the following groups:
Uttarakhand Religious Tourist Spots
The ‘Land of God’, Uttarakhand is dotted with uncountable religious destinations. Chardhams, namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath are the most major attraction for devout pilgrims. But apart from Chardhams, there are many others like ‘Panch Prayag’, ‘Panch Kedar’, ‘Panch Badri, Bajinath, Haridwar, Hemkund Sahib and many more.
Uttarakhand hill station tourist Spots
The offbeat, rather unexplored hill stations of Uttarakhand will definitely elevate your mood & spirit. The top ones are Nainital, Ranikhet, Lansdowne, Munsiyari, Binsar, Kausani, Almora, Mussoorie etc.
Uttarakhand Wildlife Tourist Spots
Uttarakhand features vast stretches of dense forests home to many rare species of wild animals. Places like Jim Corbett National Park, Rajaji National Park, Govind Wildlife sanctuary are a veritable treat for wildlife enthusiasts.
Uttarakhand Adventure Tourist Spots
The rugged, mountainous terrains, rocky cliffs, snow clad trenches, undulating topography and challenging cascading streams make Uttarakhand an ideal hotspot for adventure lovers. Pindari glacier and Valley of flowers treks, white water rafting at Rishikesh, skiing at Auli are some of the major adventure-related attractions of Uttarakhand.
Best Time to Visit Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand is a fascinating all-year-round tourist destination, but the ‘best time to visit’ actually depends on the location you choose to visit. The best tour operator for Uttarakhand travel will be able to guide you on the ideal travel time. Summers in Uttarakhand are pleasant and cool and that is time when Uttarakhand receives the highest number of tourists. The summers start from April to early June. If you wish to enjoy the refreshing, lush greenery of Uttarakhand, you could consider visiting the state during the monsoons as well; i.e. around the months June, July and August, but beware of hazardous landslides! The winters of Uttarakhand are biting cold and even snow clad. Thus if can bear the chilly wintry ambiance and are interested in adventure sports like skiing, you could visit Uttarakhand during the winter months as well; i.e. between November and March.
How to Reach Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand can be reached through air transport, rail transport and road transport.
By Air:-The three major airports of Uttarakhand are Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, Pant nagar airport in vicinity to Nainital, Naini Saini in Pitthoragarh. Jolly grant airport is connected to rest of the country through various public as well as private airline services. The other two airports have limited flight services.
By Rail:-Railway networks are well developed and the major rail heads are Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Kathgodam, Kotdwar, Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar. Numerous express plus passenger trains ply between these stations and the other parts of the country.
By Road:-An extensive and well-developed road network runs within the state of Uttarakhand connecting one city to another plus connecting many important cities of neighboring states to that of Uttarakhand. Regular private, as well as public buses and taxis, ply on these domestic as well as state highways, thereby making the state highly accessible.