From Romantic to Thrill, 10 Things not to miss in Uttarakhand- Sublime and Spiritual Uttarakhand

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The state of Uttarakhand is well known for it’s exceptional scenic beauty. It is also bestowed with the divine bounty of Himalayan foothills and The Ganges. There are several spiritually rich towns like Rishikesh, Haridwar, Nainital, Kedarnath etc. which one must visit while visiting the state of Uttarakhand. Give the entire state at least 7 days if not more so that you don’t miss out on it’s culturally rich cities. Uttarakhand which was once a part of the state of Uttar Pradesh now sits as an independent province with it’s capital in Dehradun which houses the very famous Paltan Bazaar. Find below the 10 top things to do in Uttarakhand- 


1 “The holy Ganga Snan”; Dip your sins away- Visit the Har-ki-Pauri Ghat in Haridwar- While visiting Uttarakhand one must visit it’s Ghats even if one is not religious as it is a humbling cultural experience. This particular ghat is in the city of Haridwar. One should not miss the opportunity of taking the holy bath in the river and the Maha Arti during the evening. While the city of Haridwar in itself is a very spiritual place to visit, this Ghat is essential to visit within the city. The name of this ghat translates to mean “The Footstep of God” and in this case Lord Vishnu. Other Ghats for Ganga Snan are The Gau Ghat, Ashti Parvat Ghat and Subhas Ghat in Haridwar.


The International Yog Festival, Rishikesh; Meet the Yogi Within You – This fest is an incredible sight to behold. In the first week of March, swamis and yoga masters from around the world flock to Rishikesh for lectures and training. One must consider visiting the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Swarg Ashram as this is where most of the action can easily be caught. This is truly a humbling experience and one must not miss this one of it’s kind Yog Fest.

International Yog Fesrival


3 “Naini Lake, Nainital”; Pristine Blue Wonder: The city of Nainital resides in a beautiful valley in the Himalayan foothills. One can see the entire city around the Naini lake. It’s a calm and serene experience that one must not miss. One can choose to go boating and enjoy the breathtaking vistas that Nainital has to offer. This mesmerizing lake is Nainital’s centerpiece.

mesmering view


4 “Valley of Flowers National Park and trek and The Kuari Pass Trek in Garhwal Region”; Be truly humbled by the rawness of nature – You can choose to trek within this National Park. It’s a fantastic experience. The high-altitude meadows of tall wildflowers in the Valley of Flowers are a glorious sight on a sunny day, rippling in the breeze. The entire valley is framed by the mighty 6000m mountains with glaciers.

Valley of flower


5 “Corbett Tiger Reserve”; Roar Said the Jungle – This is a national park. This famous reserve was established in 1936 as India’s first national park. It was renamed in 1957 after the epic tiger hunter Jim Corbett (1875–1955), ended up  putting Kumaon on the map with his book The Man-Eaters of Kumaon. This English hunter was greatly revered by local people for shooting tigers that had developed a taste for human flesh. This park has a government owned and run hotel. It’s a deep and lush forest where you can still spot tigers among many other animals. You can also choose to ride on an elephant’s back in order to scan the forest where there are no roads.

6 “River Rafting in Rishikesh”- Say Hello to Adventure – Raft on the one and only rumbling river Ganga. The Ganges, originating from Gaumukh, passes through Devprayag and reaches Rishikesh. It is one of the prime spots for rafting enthusiasts, with its subtle flow of water. One can also try several other Rafting spots such as Tons River valley which happens to be one of the most fascinating river valleys in Himalayas. It is located at Netwar village, River Kosi in Ranikhet and River Kali in Kumaon.

Adventurous Rishikesh


7 “Visiting Temples”; Best Hope to Experience Unsurpassed Spirituality- The two must visit temples in Uttarakhand are the Badrinath and the Kedarnath temple. The famed town of Badrinath is among the four dominant Char Dham pilgrimage sites of India. This holy town is named after the Badrinath temple dedicated to the preserver, Lord Vishnu. Several Hindu devotees are struck by the charm of this holy shrine as it showcases the traditional Garhwali wooden architecture. The list of other famous temples include the Gangotri Temple & Yamunotri temples in the Uttarkashi district,  Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Chitai Golu Devta Temple of Almora, Dhari Devi Temple, Tungnath Temple and the Nanda Devi Temple of Almora etc.

Badrinath Temple


8 “Visit Mussorie”; Experience Romance like never before- Mussoorie poses to be an extremely popular weekend destination for north Indians, as well as honeymooners. The city boasts a lot of facilities developed especially for travellers wishing to travel in leisure. Take a cable car to Gun Hill, enjoy a beautiful nature walk along Camel’s Back Road, have a picnic at Kempty Falls, or ride a horse up to Lal Tibba (the highest peak in Mussoorie). Mussoorie also offers a superb view of the Himalayas.

Mussorie


9 “Go Skiing”; Meet and Greet Thrill- Visit Auli, Mundali, Munsyari and Dayara Bugyal. Auli is the most known among them. It is a ski destination of international standards.The snow covered mountains of Uttarakhand are perfect for skiing. A thick layer of snow occupies certain places with the advent of snowfall.


10 “Try Camping”; Show-stopping Vistas thru and thru- Popular places: Rishikesh, Kanatal, Dhanaulti, Chopta, Tons valley, Roopkund, Dayara Bugyal, etc. Best Time: The summer months, March to June and October to November. Uttarakhand in blessed by nature. Camping is possibly the finest way to enjoy the serenity of nature. Experience the blue mountains and gurgling streams. It’s simply nature at it’s best. 

Tungnath Temple

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