Uttaranchal, or the Dev Bhumi as referred in the local dialect, is a godly creation, where one can see Mother Nature in its true form, and where Himalayas gorge to create a celestial ambience, praised and adored by everyone. Uttaranchal, with its snow flakes, clean air, gargantuan mountains present a rich kaleidoscopic view to the visitors. Adding to this, the simple pastoral lifestyle, blooming happiness on the faces of uttaranchalis (Local Inhabitants) and alpine vegetation belt lends a fabulous view that makes Uttaranchal stand unique from rest of places in the world.
Uttaranchal has no dearth of places that can be exploited for the purpose of pilgrimage. These ideally include Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Devprayag, Nandadevi and Purnagiri. Beyond holy surfeit, Uttaranchal offers plethora of splendid opportunities to nature lovers, besides, the adventure sports enthusiasts.Mussoorie, the 'Queen of Hills'; Nainital, the 'Lake District'; Kausani, the 'Switzerland of India'; Ranikhet, Pithoragarh, Pauri and Munsyari provide the opportunity to the nature lovers to explore and adore the scenic beauty of the landscape.
Uttaranchal is the place to many of the grand holy occasions such as the Maha Kumba Mela, Kumba Mela, etc. which further impart a tint of piety to the place, and an opportunity to purge their sins. The Char Dham Yatra and the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra which takes its path through the Uttaranchal offers divine tryst to the pilgrims, and the opportunity to become one supreme power.
It is the cultural hub of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The natural ambiance is so serene that the entire town exudes a divine feel. The four hill ranges surrounding this town are - Banari Devi, Shayahi Devi, Kasar Devi and Katarnal. Adding to the attraction of Kumaon is a museum located here. This town also features a deer park on its precincts which is a must visit on your tour to Uttarakhand.
This is one of the leading tourist attractions in Uttarakhand and a magnificent hill station offering splendid views of the mountains, particularly the peaks of Nanda Devi and Trishul. The entire place exudes a heavenly ambience and its cool climate attracts tourists all through the year.
Nainital ranks high in terms of popularity and fame and is also famous among the foreign tourists. The town has derived its name from the Naini Lake, which is located in the center of the town. It is also a trekker’s paradise and China peak is the highest peak in Nainital offering good scope for trekking. Several well-known attractions of this town are Hanuman Garhi, snow view, Bhimtal, Sat Tal etc.
It is one of the most important places of tourist interest in Uttarakhand and apart from being the capital of Uttarakhand, is a charming hill station acknowledged for its pristine natural beauty. The Forest Research Institute is an important landmark of the town with a museum housing rare plant species. The academic institutions of Dehradun are also quite famous. The caves, springs, and other natural sites are also major attractions of Dehradun.
Rishikesh is a popular pilgrimage spot that abounds in temples and is famous for Triveni Ghat, which is a holy spot located in the central region of the town. The river passing through the town looks brilliant
during aarti (evening prayers) when diyas or oil lamps are released to float on the water. Bharat Mandir and Neelkanth Mahadev temple are the two important pilgrimage spots of Rishikesh.
Jim Corbett National Park
named after the hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment—is the oldest national park in India.The park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park. Situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand the park acts as a protected area for the critically endangered Bengal tiger of India, the secure survival of which is the main objective of Project Tiger, an Indian wildlife protection initiative.
The park has sub-Himalayan belt geographical and ecological characteristics. An ecotourism destination,it contains 488 different species of plants and a diverse variety of fauna.The increase in tourist activities, among other problems, continues to present a serious challenge to the park's ecological balance. Corbett has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. Tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife. In recent years the number of people coming here has increase dramatically. Presently, every season more than 70,000 visitors come to the park from India and other countries.
The Jim Corbett National Park is a heaven for the adventure seeker and wildlife adventure lovers. Corbett National Park is India's first national park which comprises 520.8 km. area of hills, riverine belts, marshy depressions, grass lands and large lake. The elevation ranges from 1,300 feet to 4,000 feet. Winter nights in Corbett national park are cold but the days are bright and sunny. It rains from July to September.