5 Most Visited Destinations In Uttarakhand
By: Kratika Mon, 24 Jan 2022 5:55 PM
Famous as the “Devbhumi” or ‘land of the Gods’ due to numerous Hindu temples and pilgrim centres found throughout the state, Uttarakhand is equally famous for its natural environment and scenic beauty of the Himalayas, the Bhabar, and the Terai regions. Undoubtedly the state of Uttarakhand is one of the most sought-after destinations for tourists be it for religious fervour or an invigorating vacation & adventure sightseeing. Among the many places to visit in Uttarakhand, a few have been selected here just for you to get the best lifetime experience of this Himalayan state.
Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of River Ganga, Rishikesh is one of the most sought-after tourist places in Uttarakhand that provides almost everything from spirituality, yoga retreats, temple hopping, and adventure activities to nightlife. If you enjoy trekking up in the hills, water sports like river rafting Rishikesh is the place for you. A visit here will let you practice Yoga Asanas with a perfect backdrop of the mighty Himalayas at Swarg Ashram or go for a jungle safari at the Rajaji National Park. But do not forget to experience the thrill of swaying over the crystal clear Ganga from the Ram and Laxman Jhula. For those of you who wish to experience spirituality, Triveni Ghat is the place to visit for Ganga Aarti. Pay a homage to Lord Shiva at Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, one of the famous and sacred places in Uttarakhand. You will find Rishikesh one of the most happening places that will never cease to amuse you with a blend of tranquillity and adventure.
Popularly referred to as the ‘mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand’ Chopta at a distance of 162 km from Rishikesh, tucked away in the Garhwal Himalayas is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. Chopta offers you an all-year holiday destination with its pleasant summer, rain-fresh monsoon, and a snow-clad dreamy land in winter. You will love this serene hill station with lush valleys very popular for camping, trekking, and bird watching. You can see over 240 species of birds here, including native and migratory species like Himalayan monal, Himalayan swiftlet, griffon, scarlet finch, hill partridge, and many more. Chopta is home to one of the best treks in Uttarakhand. It is the base point for a 3 Km trekking to Tugnath Temple which is the highest Shiva shrine in the world. You can trek further 1 Km from Tugnath to reach Chandrashila summit located at a dizzying altitude of 4020 meters for enjoying a stunning view of the gigantic Himalayan peaks including, Nanda Devi, Trishul, Bandarpunch, and Chaukhamba that is sure to give you a never before experience.
Known as the “Queen of Hills” Mussoorie located at a distance of 38 km from Dehradun is full of scenic views and beautiful landscape that makes this place one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. It is a popular weekend destination and has well-developed facilities for the convenience of tourists. You can take a cable car to Gun Hill for a panoramic view of the surroundings and the Himalayas. Laze around enjoying a nature walk along Camel’s Back Road or go out for a fun-filled picnic at Kempty Falls. You can also enjoy boating on Lake Mist or go trekking and camp at Nag Tibba for a great outdoor experience. Mussoorie with its natural splendour, stunning waterfalls, and impressive colonial architecture will never fail to satisfy your cravings and you would want to return again and again.
Named after Naini Lake the city of Nainital also known as the City of Lakes is one of the most popular and romantic places to visit in Uttarakhand. Situated at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas with snow-covered mountains in the backdrop and the scenic beauty of lovely lakes, lush flora around this serene hill station immediately catches your fancies for experiencing memorable moments in your life. Popular among honeymooners, while at Nainital, never miss the romantic boat rides or yachting on the lake. You can spend the day trying at angling or opt for an enjoyable ride in the cable car. Other attractions of this tourist place in Uttarakhand are Naina Peak, Kilbury Bird sanctuary, Eco Cave Gardens, and snow viewpoint which is there for you to explore and be delighted.
# The Jim Corbett National Park
Located in Nainital district and Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. With a span area of over 520 square kilometres, the Park comprises of hills, marshy depressions, riverine belts, grasslands, and a large lake and is the best place to explore the implausible wildlife of India. You can choose from a wide variety of safari rides offered by Jim Corbett National Park that include elephant safari, jeep safari, canter safari, and so on. These tours are all well equipped with loads of fun and you are sure to enjoy and experience a lot about wildlife.