Top 6 Tourist Places To Visit In Uttarakhand, India

Uttarakhand, also known as Uttaranchal, is a state in northern part of India in region of Himalayas. It is often called as Devabhumi ( Land Of the Gods ) because of a number of Hindu temples and pilgrimage sites found throughout Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand is home of many tourist places and attractions.

Uttarakhand is an year – round destination. Many of the most popular attractions lies within the cool hills of the terai. This place never gets too hot. Summer is best time to visit this state as temperature are pleasant. Winter is significantly cold.

Two of the most holy rivers in Hinduism is originated from glaciers of Uttarakhand, the Ganges at Gangotri and Yamuna at Yamunotri. These two rivers along with Badrinath and Kedarnath form the Chota Char Dham ( Little four Abodes ), a holy pilgrimage in Hinduism.

The Nanda Devi and Velley of Flowers National Parks , a UNESCO World Heritage sites, located in North Chamoli and Pithoragarh, in state of Uttarakhand. It’s is known for its variety of Flowers and Flora which attract the people worldwide.

Uttarakhand has lot to offer from every aspect of life mainly spirituality and natural beauty. Haridwar is one of most important Sapt puri in Hinduism. The seven most important pilgrimage sites (Mokshdayini Sapt Puri) in Hinduism are :

  • Ayodhya
  • Mathura
  • Haridwar (Maya)
  • Varanasi (Kashi)
  • Kanchi (Kanchipuram)
  • Avantika (Ujjain)
  • Dwarka (Dvaravati)

Ayodhya, Mathura and Varanasi : Pilgrimage sites (Mokshdayini Sapt Puri) in Uttar Pradesh

Here is list of Top 6 Tourist Places To Visit In Uttarakhand, India.

1. Nainital

The Boat and The Lake, Nainital
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Nainital, the Lake district of India, is a popular hill station in Uttarakhand. It is located in Kumaon foothills of Himalayas. Literally, Nainital means an eye shaped lake. Best time to visit Nainital is April – June.

Nainital is famous for Naini Lake. Naini Lake is one of 51 Shakti Peeths and it is believed that it is the spot where Goddess Sati’s eyes (Nain) fell down. The Goddess Sati is worshiped at Naina Devi Temple, located on north shore of Naini Lake.

Nainital Zoo is very attractive tourist spot which is home of various wildlife species like snow leopards, Himalayan black bear, the Siberian tiger, hill fox, Steppe eagle,Palm civet cat and many more.

Cheena Peak (Naini Peak) is highest point in Nainital. It is a popular spot for trekking among travellers due to its high altitude and lust green forest path. Naina Peak offers mind-blowing Bird’s eye view of Nainital and Himalaya.

Place Of Interest

  • Naini Lake
  • Naini Peak
  • Nainital Zoo
  • Eco Cave Gardens
  • Thandi Sadak
  • Himalaya View Point
  • Snow View
  • Horse Riding
  • Pangot and kilbury bird sanctuary
  • Sonanadi wildlife sanctuary
  • Tiffin Top

2. Haridwar

Bholanath Sevashram Temple by the Ganges, Haridwar
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Haridwar is located at bank of Ganges river, at the foothills of Shivalik ranges. Haridwar is one of seven most important pilgrimage sites (Mokshdayini Saptpuri) in Hinduism. It is famous for Ganga Aarti which makes it’s a beautiful tourist place and attract people towards it.

This state has two spellings : Haridwar and Hardwar. Each of them has its own philosophy. Literally, Haridwar means Gateway to Lord Vishnu and Hardwar means Gateway to Lord Shiva. Shaivaites (devotees of Lord Shiva) and Vaishnavites (devotees of Lord Vishnu) call this place Hardwar and Haridwar respectively, relating to Har being Lord Shiva and Hari being Lord Vishnu.

Haridwar is considered as starting point of Chota Chardham (Little Four Abodes) Yatra that is Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Badrinath is one of main Chardham (Four Abodes). The main Chardham (Four Abodes) are Badrinath in North, Dwarka in West, Jagannathuri in East and Rameshwaram in South.

Dwarka : A holy Hinduism pilgrimage site in Gujarat

The most significant event in Haridwar is Kumbh Mela which takes place once after every 12 years. During Kumbh Mela, million of devotees and tourists gathered to perform ritualistic bathing at the bank of Ganges river. It is believed that one get free from all sins after bathing in sacred river Ganges.

In Hinduism, the Panch Tirth (Five Pilgrimages) within Haridwar are :

  • Gangadwar (Har Ki Puri)
  • Kushawart (Ghat in Kankhal)
  • Birla Tirth (Mansa Devi Temple)
  • Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi Temple)
  • Town of Khankal

In Hinduism, the three Siddha Peetha, devoted to Shakti (the female aspect of divine) are:

  • Mansa Devi Temple
  • Chandi Devi Temple
  • Maya Devi Temple

Place Of Interest

  • Har Ki Puri
  • Chandi Devi Temple
  • Mansa Devi Temple
  • Maya Devi Temple
  • Vaishno Devi Temple
  • Makarvahini Temple (delicated to Goddess Ganges)
  • Kankhal
  • Bharat Mata Temple
  • Piran Kaliyar
  • Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar
  • Shri Chintamani Parshwnath Jain Shwetambar Temple (delicated to Jain)
  • Pantanjali Yogpeeth

3. Badrinath

Badrinath Temple, Uttarakhand
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Badrinath is a holy city in state of Uttarakhand, located along the bank of Alaknanda river. It is one of four Adodes in Hindu mythology. This place is delicated to Lord Vishnu. It is also place where Lord Vishnu took incarnation as sages Nara and Narayana. This is also a place where Vyasa wrote the Mahabharata.

This place has great importance not only for Hindu but also for Jainism. Rishabhanatha attained Nirvana on Mount Kailash. In Janism, Himalaya is called as Ashtapad because of its 8 mountain ranges that are:

  • Gaurishankar
  • Kailash
  • Badrinath
  • Neelkanth
  • Nanda
  • Drongiri
  • Nara Narayana
  • Trishuli

Best time to visit Badrinath is May – June and September – October. The views around the Himalaya and lust green pastures make it a very attractive tourist place.

Place Of Interest

  • Badrinath Temple
  • Tapta Kunda
  • Neelkanth Peak
  • Badri Narayanan Temple
  • Charanpaduka
  • Pandukeshwar
  • Yogadhyan Badri Temple
  • Mana Village
  • Sheshnaag Lake
  • Vasudhara Falls

4. Kedarnath

The kedarnath temple and himalyas
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Kedarnath is a town in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and gained popularity because of Kedarnath Temple. Kedarnath is one of Chota Chardham pilgrimage sites. Kedarnath is located in Himalaya about 3,593 m above sea level near Chorabari Glacier which is source of Mandakini river.

Literally, Kedarnath means the lord of the field. This place is devoted to Lord Shiva. The views around the Himalaya and lust green pastures make it a very attractive tourist place for pilgrimage and trekking.

Best time to visit Kedarnath is anytime throughout the year except mansoons.

Place Of Interest

  • Kedarnath Temple
  • Chorabari Tal
  • Vasuki Tal
  • Gauri Kund (delicated to Lord Shiva’s wife)
  • Triyuginarayan Temple
  • Shankaracharya Samadhi

5. Dehradun

Dehradun view from maggi point
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Dehadun, capital city of Uttarakhand, is gateway to most popular hill stations. Dehradun is also known as “school capital of India” because of its numerous school and research hubs like Doon School, Indian Military Academy, Rashtriya Indian Military College, Uttarakhand Ayurveda University, Birla Institute of Himalayan Geology, Forest Research Academy and many more.

Dehradun is located on Doon Valley on foothills of Himalayas. Dehradun is also known as “Dronanagari” because it was home of Dronacharya, teacher of Kauravas and Pandavas.

Dehradun is mainly known for Basmati rice which is exported to other parts in India. Best time to visit Dehradun is March – June because of clear and pleasant weather.

Place Of Interest

  • Barkot
  • Clement Town
  • Robber’s Cave
  • Tapkeshwar Temple
  • Pindari Glacier (for trekking lover)
  • Rajaji National Park
  • Malai Deer Park
  • Guru Ram Rai Darwar
  • Forest Research Institute Museum
  • Honol Temple
  • Buddha Temple
  • Dehradun International Cricket Stadium
  • Dehradun Zoo

6. Mussoorie

Snow covered peaks in Mussoorie
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Mussoorie, The Queen of Hills, is a hill station in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand.It is located in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalaya range. Mussoorie has an average height of about 2,005 m (6,578 ft) and the highest point is “Lal Tibba” at an average height of about 2,275 m (7,464 ft).

The Doon Valley view from Dhanaulti, snow covered Garhwal Himalaya view, dense forest of Deodars, rivers and waterfalls attract people worldwide and make it a beautiful tourist place. Best time to visit is throughout year except Mansoons.

Place Of Interest

  • Dhanaulti
  • Mussoorie Adventure Park
  • Camel’s Back Road
  • Nahata Estate
  • Jwalaji Temple (Benog Hill)
  • Gun Hill (second highest point of Mussoorie)
  • Kempty Falls
  • Lake Mist
  • Mussoorie Lake
  • Bhatta Falls
  • Jharipani Falls
  • Mossy Falls
  • Sir George Everest’s House
  • Happy Valley
  • Christ Church
  • Cloud End
  • Lal Tibba

This is not end of Tourist places in Uttarakhand. Besides it, there are a number of wonderful and beautiful tourist places, hill stations, waterfalls, wildlife and temples which is not possible to cover those places at a time.

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