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About Uttaranchal

Haridwar, Uttaranchal


Uttaranchal carved out of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal mainly comprises the hilly regions and possesses a wealth natural beauty in the form of several attractive hill resorts as also some of Hinduism’s most sacred pilgrim sites including Badrinath and Kedarnath. The capital of the new state is Dehradun.

Uttaranchal is divided into two major sections Garhwal and Kumaon, both equally known for their majestic hills and natural beauty. Every near millions of pilgrims from around the country embark on a pilgrimage to the Garhwal Himalayas to worship at some of the most sacred shrines of Hinduism.

The two rivers of Ganga and Yamuna, considered most holy by the devout, find their origins in this holy land called “Devbhumi or the abode of the Gods”.

Uttaranchal also houses the holy city of Haridwar considered, like Varanasi, the most sacred city of Hinduism. Haridwar opens the doorway for the Valley of Gods. There are many centres of spiritualism and meditation in Haridwar and millions of pilgrims and tourists from India and aboard regularly visit Haridwar in their quest for enlightenment. In the glaciers, valleys, and forests of Uttaranchal, reverberate sacred hymns of the Vedas, and you feel the place, as timeless as the universe itself.

Location
uttaranchal located in the northern border of India. uttaranchal blessed with rushing rivers, bewildering lakes, venerated temples awesome snow coated peaks and bursting plethora of flora and fauna. Nepal and China shares its international borders with uttaranchal.

Cities Of Uttaranchal
Following are the famous cities of Uttaranchal

Champawat Dehradun Haldwani
Haridwar Kotdwara Mussoorie
Nainital Pithoragarh Ranikhet
Rishikesh Roorkee  

Places Of Interest

City Guide
Hawa MahalHaridwar –Fifty two km from Dehradun, called by many names ranging from Kapilasthan and Gangadwar to Tapovan, Haridwar is probably the holies of cities which stand on the banks of the sacred Ganga river. It is at this point that the Ganga emerges from the Himalayas into the northern plains. The evening aarti performed at Har-ki-Pauri, the most sacred bathing ghat in Haridwar, is worth attending.

Rishikesh -Sage Raibhya Rishi did a penance to please Gods who appeared as Hrishikesh. That was how the holy tow of Rishikesh, situated on the banks of Ganga, got its name. It is 42 km from Dehradun and its calm, serene surroundings and a peaceful atmosphere have led many a sait and godman to set up ashrams along the holy Ganga. Today, RIshikesh has developed into a major centre for yoga and meditation ad research in mental and physical health. Laxmanjhoola, a suspension bridge across the Ganga, Triveni Ghat where evening aarti to Ganga Ma is performed and the Ram Jhoola make for interesting viewing. In addition, there are many important temples and ashrams to be seen.

Badrinath -Badrinath is 343 km from Dehradun. Alaknanda, one of the constituents of the Ganga, forges its way down the steep rocky, Himalayas have. During its descent, it changes from a gorge onto a wide shelf. At the end of this shelf, which is banked on either side by wild flowers, Badrinath is located.

The temple of Shri Badrinathji, Mata Murti Temple and the Urvashi temple are Badrinath’s main attractions. Badrinath also has three natural thermal springs on the banks of the Alaknanda.

Nainita - Set in idyllic surroundings, peacefully nestling in the hills and spread around an equally placid lake, the town of Naini Tal was first discovered by an English traveler. Situated at 6500 feet above sea level and 35.4 km from Kathgodam, Naini Tal is easily accessible and a popular hill resort. Soft and graceful willows droop and the illuminations around dance on the dark waters. Horse riding, boating and trekking are favourite pastimes in Naini Tal. Naini Tal is an ideal base for excursions to other resorts and beauty spots of the Kumaon Hills.

Mussoorie - The foundation of this town was laid by Captain Young of the British Army in 1827 A.D. One of the most popular summer getaways in the northern hills today, Mussoorie overlooks the Doon Valley on one hand and the majestic snow-capped peaks of the mighty Himalayas on the other. It’s grand and picturesque surroundings offer year round attractions. Mussoorie is a mere 34 km from Dehradun and offers a variety of sports and entertainment activities. A few vantage points and picnic spots in and around Mussoorie which are a must for visitors are Gun Hill, Camel’s Back Road, Municipal Garden, Jharipani fall, and Kempty Falls.

Corbett - With an area of 520.8 sq. km., Corbett National Park is a protected area created by the government of UP to protect the immense wildlife treasures. The tourist season stretches from November 15 to June 15 and the main tourist centre is at Dhilka. One can hire coaches and jeeps and even elephants to view the exotic species of wildlife that the park houses. The varied fauna includes the tiger, leopard, elephant, bear, hog and sambhar deer, fox and the mugger and gharial crocodiles amongst others. The park also boasts of a large flora variety.

Almora -A charming mountain resort of the Himalayas, Almora is perched atop a 5 km. long saddle-shaped ridge of the Kashaya Hill. Salubrious climate, colourful valley and enchanting view of the snow covered peaks are all characteristic of this picturesque resort. Almora was founded in 1560 A.D. by Raja Kalyan of the Chand Dynasty. Traces of the old fort, wooden, houses with carved facades and homes with traditional murals are still found here. Almora is situated at a distance of 443 kms. from Delhi and 120 kms from Nainital.

Dehradun -Nestling in a thickly wooded valley, its serene and scenic surroundings have made Dehradun a popular tourist spot as well as a stopover for Mussorrie, Haridwar, Badrinath and other major tourist and religious places. The valley was a stronghold of the Garhwal rajas until its takeover by the British, who later built Dehradun as a residential resort. The town also houses the famous Doon and Welham schools. The countryside is dotted with picnic sports like Roubber’s cave (8 km), Lakshman Sidh (12 km), Tapovan (6 km) and Dak Pather (45 km).

Things to Do

Char Dham Yatra - Char Dham Yatra covers the four major destination in uttaranchal - Badrinath, Yamnotri, Gangotri and Rishikesh tour. The yatra is perfect amalgam of adventure and spiritual enlightement.

Auli Skiing -Auli will give an exciting offer for those who love more advanture. Ski at the Auli slopes with its panoramic views of the high Himalayan mountains including Nanda Devi, Mana and Kamet.

Jim Corbett Park - Corbett National Park is one of the greatest National Parks in Asia with over 1300 sq kms of forests, hills and grasslands, fed by a frisky river. Its proximity to Delhi and prolific wildlife makes Corbett one of the must visit destinations in India.Among Ind's nature reserves, this is the best known because of Jim Corbett, the audicious hunter of the man eating tigers of Kumaon. The park was established in 1935 and was given Corbett's name after India became independent. Don't miss to visit Jim Corbett Park on a tour of uttaranchal.

Connectivity

By Air - Jolly Grant is only airport in Uttaranchal. This airport is connected to Delhi and other parts of India.

By Rail - There are three major rail heads in Uttaranchal - Dehradun, Haridwar, and Kathgodam are the major railway stations connected to almost all parts of the country with regular trains. Not many places in the state are connected by rail because of tough terrains. For those planning their vacations in the higher altitudes, trekking and road routes are the only options available.

By Road - The state is well connected with roads to other parts of northern India. National Highways such as 58, 73, 74, and 87 connect places in the state to other parts of the country.