Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand - The Devbhoomi

Uttarakhand, famously nicknamed as 'Devbhoomi' has  quite a lot of reasons to be called so. Cradled in the lap of majestic Himalayas  with meadows lush and green, Uttarakhand is a must visit for everyone who loves  nature, spirituality, and a bit of adventure.Trek across the glaciers and  mountains, hike through the villages,live out the ancient stories, and be a  part of the rich cultural and religious heritage of Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand has a huge significance in Hindu  mythology. Places like Haridwar and Rishikesh situated along the banks of river  Ganga, is a prominent place of visit and worship for Hindu devotees. The famous  Char Dham Pilgrimage of the Himalayas is a pilgrimage journey travelled across  four holy sites in Uttarakhand- Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. 

From being one of the top places in India for  religious tourism, Uttarakhand is now gaining popularity for adventure sports  and trekking. Being home to numerous mountain peaks, Uttarakhand offers a great  trekking experience to novice as well as pro. The numerous activities that can  be undertaken alongside trekking makes it even the more enjoyable. While the summers serve as a refuge from the scorching  sun, winters in Uttarakhand are even special with thick snow lying across the  hill stations.

Each city and town in Uttarakhand has its own significance.  This is a place to satisfy your adventure junkie; be it bungee jumping in  Rishikesh, trekking in Himalayas, skiing in Kedarkantha, or tasting the local  delicacies in Kumaon. Simply heaven, isn’t it?

So, hop in and join aboard!

Rishikesh - Yoga Capital of India

Residing at the foothills of Ganga, Rishikesh is renowned  as the Yoga Capital of India. With countless yoga and meditation centers, ashrams,  and temples, Rishikesh is a go-to destination for people seeking calm and  peace. Moreover the location of Rishikesh, surrounded by dense green forests, mellow  hills, and the clear gushing Ganga makes it even the more enthralling.

In the late 60s, the Beatles visited the Maharishi  Mahesh Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh. The Beatles are said to have a spiritual  experience here.Ever since then, Rishikesh has been pursued by Western  countries in spiritual sense. The ashram has been reopened for the public and  is a peaceful location.

The Char Dham Yatra (Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri,  Yamunotri) begins from Rishikesh.

Adventure Sports

The landscape and location of Uttarakhand makes it  ideal for various adventure sports. 

  • White Water Rafting- White water  rafting in the gushing Ganga, Kali, and Tons river serves the perfect dose of  adrenaline for adventure lovers. The rivers flow through rocky terrains and  dense forests. Whether you are a swimmer or a non-swimmer, whether it’s your  first-time rafting or not, you can easily choose the package that’s ideal for  you. There are several places in Uttarakhand where you can do rafting. However,  the most popular ones are in Rishikesh and Mori.
  • Trekking- Surrounded by the  majestic Himalayas, Uttarakhand offers one of the best trekking destinations  for everyone. From easy treks like Har ki Dun, Kedarkantha, etc to moderate and  tough treks, you’ll find the perfect trek for you. The trekking bases are  beautiful with picturesque views and the summits are captivating with the lofty  mountains surrounding them. The World Heritage sites of Valley of Flowers and  Nanda Devi have very scenic trekking trails. You can trek all year round with treks  like Kedarkantha that look surreal in winters with thick snow covering them.
  • Skiing- One of the best thing about  trekking in winter is skiing. And Uttarakhand surely provides you the perfect  opportunity to glide through the white blanket of snow. Skiing in Auli and Kedarkantha  is one of the most sought after adventure in Uttarakhand.
  • Camping- Whether you’re trekking across  the Himalayas orhiking across the outskirts of the city, you’ll fall in love  with the camping sites of Uttarakhand. The camping sites reside in the lap of  Mother Nature providing you with the much needed peace and calm. The sites are  perfect for stargazing, taking therapeutic nature walks, and for relaxation.
  • Paragliding- Fly! Let the winds  sweep you while you gaze at the vast sky and the spread of green all around  you. You don’t need any prior knowledge for paragliding in Uttarakhand. The  trained experts will guide you through and aid you in having your best  experience. Mukteshwar and Ranikhet are two of the most famous paragliding  destinations in Uttarakhand.
  • Bungee Jumping- When you gotta  Bungee Jump, you gotta jump from India’s highest Bungy. Jumpin Heights, India’s  highest Bungy at 83 feet, is located at Rishikesh. Reasons to try out Bungee  Jumping at Rishikesh- Trained experts from New Zealand, amazing views, ultimate  adventure.

Char Dham Pilgrimage

“Devabhoomi”or the “Land of Gods” is what Uttarakhand is  commonly known as. You’ll find significant places and stories from Hindu  mythology having a deep-rooted connection with Uttarakhand. Along with the  sacred mountain peaks, holy rivers, and religious temples, Uttarakhand is  renowned for the Choota Char Dham Yatra or the Char Dham of Himalayas. The Choota  Char Dham Pilgrimage comprises of four holy places of Uttrakhand- Yamunotri,  Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.

The Char Dham originally, was established by Adi  Shankaracharya, and is located at the four directions of India. It comprises of  threeholy Vaishnasites of Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri, and one holy Shaiva site of  Rameshwaram. Vaishnavism is a one of the three major traditions of Hinduism,  two of them being Shaivism and Shaktism. The Choota Char Dham comprises of two  Shakti sites of Yamunotri and Gangotri, one Shaiva site of Kedarnath, and one  Vaishnava site of Badrinath.

The Char Dham Pilgrimage follows a specific order and  can be undertaken from Haridwar, Rishikesh, or Dehradun. You’ll begin your  journey towards Yamunotri, and then move towards Gangotri, followed by  Kedarnath, and finally Badrinath. The route is very scenic and full of  adventure.

Hill Stations

Guarded by the Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas in the north  and the birthplace of important Indian rivers, Uttarakhand without doubt  consists of the best hill stations. The hill stations of Uttarakhand with their  stunning landscape provide a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the  city. The culture and slow-paced lifestyle of the people helps in enjoying the  beauty of the places with ease and calm. 

Whether you are looking for a beautiful family  gateaway, romantic honeymoon destinations, an adventurous trip with friends, or  wander solo, the hill stations of Uttarakhand offers you the best of what it  has. You’ll come as a traveller but when you leave, you’ll feel like leaving  the warmth of your home.

Wildlife

Uttarakhand is rich in flora and fauna. From the lush  green alpine meadows to the lofty forests of pine, deodars, and oaks, along  with countlessother species of trees, plants, and animals, Uttarakhand is a  nature lover’s paradise. A haven for birds and flowers, at Uttarakhand you’ll  get to watch various kinds of birds and captivating flowers.

Forest constitutes 65% of the total area of  Uttarakhand.There are about 12 National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries that  cover 13.8% of the total area of Uttarakhand. There are many rare species of  plants and animals which are protected in biospheres and reserves. The famous  national parks of Uttarakhand include Jim Corbett National Park, Rajaji  National Park, The Valley of Flowers National Park, and Nanda Devi National  Park, among others. There are two conservation reserves, namely, The Asan  Barrage and Jhilmil Tal.

Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park  of India. It is also the oldest tiger reserve.The Valley of Flowers and Nanda  Devi National Park have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Valley  of Flowers consists of about 520 species of higher plants and 498 species of  flowering plants.

Leopards, sloths, Himalayan black bears, barking deers,  sambars, hogs, chitals, Indian gray mongooses, yellow throated martens, bharoi,  Indian pangolins, langur, rhesus monkeys, elephants, marsh crocodiles,  gharials, Indian sawback turtle,brahminy river turtle, Ganges softshell turtle,  etc. are some of the animals found in Uttrakhand.

Red Helen, great eggfly, common tiger, pale wanderer,   jungle babbler, tawny-bellied babbler, great  slaty woodpecker, red-breasted parakeet, orange-breasted green pigeon, and  chestnut-winged cuckoo are the butterflies and birds of Uttarakhand.

The most prominent trees of Uttarakhand include evergreen  oaks, rhododendrons, conifers, sal, silk cotton tea, etc.

Himalayan Expedition

An expedition is an experience unlike any other. There  are about 200 mountain peaks with an altitude of above 6,000mts in Uttarakhand.  Along with that, there are countless other smaller peaks fuelling the  adventurer with more experiences. Uttarakhand is one of the best places for an  expedition. Whether you are a novice or a pro, there’s a peak for everyone.

While Himalayan Expedition is an experience worth  undertaking, we realize the safety requirements and precautions of it. Hence,  leading our teams are professional mountaineers and climbers, who are an expert  at what they do.

For testing your spirits, you can take up an  expedition to the highest mountain located entirely in India, Nanda Devi. The  trek to Nanda Devi is quite difficult and is recommended for expert trekkers. For  starting out with trekking, you can start with Har ki Dun trek or Kedarkantha  trek.

Eco Tourism/Cultural Tourism

Being a biodiversity hotspot and a culturally rich  state, ecotourism and cultural tourism in Uttarakhand is eye opening. Explore  the mountains of Uttarakhand and indulge in bird watching and photography. The  mountains of Uttarkhand have a diverse range of flora and fauna that never  fails to amaze anyone.

The ethnic communities of Uttarakhand comprises of  Kumaoni, Garhwali, Jaunsari, Bhotia, Tharus, Boksas, and Rajis. The people have  an impressive cultural heritage and have stood by and followed the traditions  till this day. They are warm-hearted, honest, and simple. 

The culture of Uttarakhand is highlighted through its  unique crafts, cuisine, music, dance, literature, arts, festivals, and structures.  Each place in Uttarakhand has its significance in Hindu mythology. The crafts  aim to spread the culture of Uttarakhand. The most prominent local crafts are  wood carving. The local cuisine is pleasant and healthy. Some popular dishes of  Uttarakhand include Bal mithai, Dubuk, Chutkani, Sei, Swal, Ghughut, Arsa,  Gatta, etc.

One of the most prominent ways to experience the tradition  of Uttarakhand is to visit local villages, eat local cuisine, and be a part of  the local festivals.    

Uttarakhand Photo Gallery

Swargarohini Peak as seen from Kedarkantha Trek
Badrinath Mandir
Our tents in Kedarkantha base camp
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What is Uttarakhand famous for?

Uttarakhand is famous among tourist as Hill Stations, Char Dham Yatra, Trekking, Skiing, Bird Watching, Wildlife Tourism, Rafting, Mountaineering.

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