- the land of gods, the home of Himalayas and truly a paradise
on earth, allures everyone from everywhere. The fresh air,
the pure water, the chilling snow, the adversing mountains,
the scenic beauty, the small villages, the simpler people
and a tougher lifesytle is what that distinguishes Uttaranchal
from rest of the world.
Uttaranchal is a 'paradise' for nature lover's and adventure
sports enthusiasts. Mussoorie, the 'Queen of Hills'; Nainital,
the 'Lake District'; Almora, the 'Switzerland of India';
Ranikhet, Pithoragarh, Pauri and Munsyari are just few highlights
for the nature lovers. For adventure and excitement, one
may choose Mountaineering (Bhagirathi, Chowkhamba, Nanda
Devi Kamet, Pindari, Sahastrataal, Milam, Kafni, Khatling,
Gaumukh), Trekking, Skiing (Auli, Dayara Bugyal, Munsyari,
Mundali), Skating, Water Sports like rafting, boating and
angling and Aero Sports like Hand Gliding, Paragliding (Pithoragarh,
Jolly Grant, Pauri).
State is also a treasure house of exotic flora and fauna
and is an ideal location for eco-tourism, as well as wildlife
tourism. The world-famous Corbett National Park is the pride
of Uttaranchal. Other important sanctuaries are, Rajaji
National Park, Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Asan Barrage,
but not the least, the rich cultural traditions and the
cool and invigorating climate of Uttaranchal sums up for
a perfect holiday destination to relax and unwind.
is composed of two words, "uttar" meaning "north"
and "aanchal" meaning "blessings." Earlier
known as "Devbhumi" meaning "the land of
god," Uttaranchal also nourishes a diverse and rich
culture and monuments of historical importance. Uttaranchal
is broadly divided into two zones Kumaon and Garhwal.
Pauri is the Headquarter of Pauri-Garhwal district and Garhwal
division. It is situated at a height of 1814 mts, on the
northern slopes of kandolia hills.
Pauri provides a delightful view of the snow clad Himalayan
peaks of Bandar-Punch. It is a beautiful small town with
lush green forests and scenic landscape. The forests of
Deodar covered with mist and the peaceful surroundings makes
Pauri an ideal place for holiday. There are many educational
institutes and a large number of picnic spots. Kandolia
Gap and Nag tibba are two important picnic spots.
Tehri is the headquarter of Tehri-Garhwal district and is
situated at an altitude of 770 mts (2,3256 ft) It is situated
at the confluence of Bhagirathi and Bhilangana rivers.
The town is located in a wide open valley which is quite
warm in the summer.The forests of birch and pine on the
steep slopes of himalaya, surround the valley.. this important
town is at the jucntion of fiver important roads which branch
off to Rishikesh, Deoprayag, Uttarkashi, Srinagar and Tilwara.While
coming from Rishikesh 83 km from rishikesh, the road to
uttarkashi and dharasu branches at dobata.
to india's independence, Tehri was capital of the princely
state of Tehri-Garhwal. Maharaja Sudarshan Shah founded
the town in 1803. Earlier to this, Srinagar (Garhwal) used
to be the capital. The palaces and temples built by the
old rulers can still be seen at Tehri and the adjoining
places.The Tehri Hydel Development Corporation has undertaken
the construction of Tehri Dam on river Bhagirathi and the
project is estimated to generate 2400 MW of electricity
for the nation and irrigate vast areas in the region. It
has the potential of growing into a important tourist centre.
Dehradun is the capital city of the state of Uttaranchal.
It is situated in the Doon valley at the foothills of Himalaya
with Ganga in the east and Yamuna in the west. Guru Dronacharya
medidated here, which was then known as Drona Ashram. Sikh
Guru Ram Rai camped here where the Ram Rai Durbar is located,
presently it attracts lots of devotees and followers from
India. The name Dehra (Camp) is derived from here. The British
found the climate of Dehradun very pleasant and established
many institutions here i.e. Forest Research Institute, Indian
Military Academy, ONGC, Survey of India, best public schools
viz' Doon School, Welham School, Col. Brown school, Jesus
& Mary Convent, St Josephs School. Very near from Dehradun
is the hill resort of Mussoorie.
The nearby places of interest for the tourists are Tapkeshwar
temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Sahastra Dhara the sulphur
springs, Robbers Cave a picnic spot, Dakpathar Barrage,
Tapovan a place where Guru Drona did penance, Kalanga Monument
for Gorkha Gen Balbhadra Thapa, Ashoka Edict at Kalsi.
Uttarakashi is a big town and is situated near the river
Bhagirathi. This historic town has lot of ancient monuments
and temples. It is a tourist halt place and lot of hotels
and lodges and market cater for them. The most famous temples
is Lord Viswanath temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Nearby
there is Shakti temple which has a old brass trident which
is 26ft high and a base circumference of 9feet. There is
also a temples of Parshuram. There are lot of similarities
with town of Kashi, hence the name. This town has a power
project .e. Maneri-Bhali and provides 93MW of power. This
town also has the prestigious Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.
Chamoli is situated near the river Alaknanda on the way
to Badrinath. Its is a small town and usually not used by
tourists as a night halt. It is 10km further from Nandprayag
and 10km before Gopeshwar.
Rudrapayag as the name specifies is the town situated near
the meeting place of two rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini.
It is a town on the way to Badrinath from Srinagar. From
here there are two roads one going to Kedarnath and other
to Badrinath. It is a night halt place for pilgrims and
has many hotels and lodges and market. There is a small
temple dedicated to Goddess Durga, called Jagdamba Devi
Temple. There is also an old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva
called Rudranath temple. Narad Muni medidated here for several
years, Lord Shiva blessed him with perfection in music.
The name Haridwar signifies the gateway to the God, since
this is the place where the pilgrimage to two famous temples
Kedarnat (Lordh Shiva) and Badrinath (Lord Vishnu) is started.
It is situated on the banks of river Ganga and at the foothills
of Shivalik mountains. This was the place of meditation
for sages and rishis. Sage Kapil meditated here and this
place was called Kapilasthan. It is one of the four places
where Kumbh mela is held every 12 years, millions of people
take holy dip in the river Ganges to get rid of their sins.
It is said that the pitcher of Amrit was kept in hiding
here by Devtas when it was unearthed from Sagar Manthan.
The same pitcher was taken to other i.e. Allahabad, Ujjain
and Nasik, in the struggle with Asuras the pitcher broke
spilling some sacred water "Amrit", since then
these places became very holy and the Kumbh mela is held
every 3 years in these cities in succession. Lots of devotees
throng this place to take a holy dip in the Ganges, every
evening Arti is performed in Har-ki-Pauri. There is a slab
where the footprints of Lord Vishnu is present. The nearby
places of interest for the tourists are Har-ki-Pauri, Ram
Krishna Mission Seva Ashram, Gurukul Kangri University,
Sapta Rishi Ashram, Bharat Heavy Electricals Factory, Mansa
Almora is a hill district in the central Kumaon region of
Uttaranchal. It is a beautiful scenic place situated at
an altitude of 5900 ft. It was founded by Raja Kalyan of
Chand Dynasty in 1560AD. There is a cave where Swami Vivekanand
meditated and was enlightened. Almora was captured by British
from Gorkhas, who have left their mark on this town. Nanda
Devi festival is celebrated here, during which devotees
from all over India visit this place. Almora is very popular
among tourists from nearby cities who come here during the
summer for a holiday. There are very enchanting spots nearby.
Kumaoni is the major language spoken here. The nearest railroad
station is Kathgodam from where jeeps or bus has to be taken
to reach this place. There are several lodges, hotels and
Forest rest house.
Bageshwar is a district town locaed in enchanting surroundings.
According to mythology Lord Shiva had wandered this place
transformed as a tiger. There is Baghwat temple dedicated
to Lord Shiva, build by Raja Laxmi of Chand Dynasty. Many
pilgrims visit this temple during the Uttarayan fair. This
place is also frequented by trekkers since it is the starting
place for Pindari, Sunderdhunga and Kafni glaciers. Almora
is 90 kms away, the nearest railroad is Kathgodam.
Champawat is a historical place with magnificent scenery
and landscape.. There are many ancient temples viz' Baleshwar
Temple, Rataneshwar Temple. There are many lodges and hotels.
The nearest railroad is Tanakpur.
This is the northernmost district town in the kumaon region
of Uttaranchal. This place is endowed with natural charming
beauty with many valleys and snow covered mountains. This
place is the starting point to Mansarover lake and Mount
Kailas which is revered by Hindus. The nearest railroad
is Tanakpur and the nearest airport is Naini Saini.
This is the new district of Uttaranchal. It is named after
freedom fighter Udham Singh who had killed General Dyer
of JallianWala Bagh massacre. It is a very beautiful and
charming tourist spot.
This is the lake town in the hilly region of Kumaon. The
city is built around the lake Naini, and the city is surrounded
by seven mountains Sapta Shring. Nainital was the summer
capital of UttarPradesh for many years during Bristish regime
and also after independence. It is said in mythology that
when Lord Shiva was carrying the body of Sati, her eyes
fell at this place and came to be known as Naini Tal. The
nearest railroad is Kathgodam, this place is very popular
with tourists of nearby towns especially Delhi who come
here to escape the scorching heat of the capital city. Nearby
places of interests are BhimTal, SatTal.