Places To Visit In Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is one of the mountainous states in northern India, lying in the cusp of the mighty Himalayas, holding precious tourism gems in the form of the various places to visit in Uttarakhand. These places range from religious pilgrimage sites to hill stations, all amidst the natural beauty of rocky mountains, blossoming valleys and magnificent rivers.

One of the reasons Uttarakhand attracts tourists from all over India is because it is home to the Char Dham Yatra sites, i.e., Yamunotri, Gangotri. Kedarnath and Badrinath. These 4 sites are considered to be the most sacred sites and the path to Moksha by Hindus in India, and have gotten Uttarakhand to be dubbed as the abode of gods. People flock from all corners of the country to Uttarakhand for the Chardham Yatra, but they often get more than what they bargained for, and in a good way, because the beauty of other places to visit in Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Lansdowne, Mussoorie, Mukteshwar, Valley of Flowers, etc. leaves them holding their breaths and astound. Uttarakhand is also a tourist hotspot for birdwatchers and animal lovers, with sites like Jim Corbett National Park, Assan Barrage, etc., to boast of the country’s rich flora and fauna.

Whether you come to Uttarakhand for a religious pilgrimage, camping, trekking, sightseeing or just a quiet relief from modern chaotic everyday lives, you will be sure to be surprised by what you will find in Uttarakhand, to take back home from your trip in the form of memories and recollections from the places to visit in Uttarakhand that you will want to come for one again.

Multiply your learning journey by embracing an adventurous and fun ride and experience a wild day out at the Rajaji National Park. The park has been named after one of the most renowned and respected freedom fighters of the country C. Rajagopalachari, also known as Rajaji.

The Shivalik forests of Rajaji National Park was once a winter resort and became home for many tribes of Himalayas. It is abundant in the area scattered over 820 square kilometers, with its thriving wildlife sanctuary, flora and fauna, chilled breezy weather, and a perfect picnic spot for winter lovers.

This national park is considered as one of the amazing and well-maintained national parks in India, and has also received the tag of a Tiger Reserve.   

 

 

Step into the outstanding beauty of nature snuggled in the high mountain ranges, visit the Valley of Flowers, a beautiful site which you have never experienced before. This national park is a renowned Indian National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage site for indigenous alpine flowers and natural beauty.

Valley of Flowers is an Indian National Park which is situated in North Chamoli and Pithoragarh in the state of Uttarakhand, India. This area is massively rich in exotic flora and fauna and is a shelter for endangered animals. It is located at a high-altitude of 3500 meters above the sea level. Valley of Flowers is bestowed with a bouquet of Himalayan flora, nestled in the West Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. 

 

 

Tourist Attractions

  • Ghangaria: A bridge of 4 kilometers is connected with the Valley of flowers till Pulna Village. From there you can trek to Ghangaria which is at a distance of 10 kilometers. A clear and swift route is carved to the Valley of Flowers that will guide you towards the valley for a sojourn rewarding experience. 
  • Hemkund Lake: Experience the quietness of the lake, that will be a stunning experience with the majestic surrounding of the lake for travelers. Gurudwara situated near the lake will surely be a heartwarming and unforgettable moment of your lifetime.
  • Hemkund Sahib: If you like challenges then climb to the steep mountains of Hemkund Sahib which is at a distance of 6 km to experience a scenic view of the landscape. While traveling up the hill, you will witness a bird’s eye view feeling the cold breeze of air.
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Explore and experience the landmark of famous and spiritual Ghat on the banks of river Ganges, Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar situated in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It was built by King Vikram Aditya. 

Har Ki Pauri Ghat is known to be the holy place in Haridwar. Ganga Aarti is conducted here, which is believed to be a sacred spot where the nectar was dropped on earth. People believe this as a pious place on earth where the Ganges touches the plains through leaving the Himalayan ranges. Ghat is situated on the west of the Ganges Canal which then turns to the north.

 

 

What is it famous for? 

Har Ki Pauri is considered to be a famous spot where Ganga aarti happens in the Brahmakund area. Devotees pay respect to the holy river every morning and evening, in Haridwar. This location attracts many devotees of Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar. Priests chant hymns towards the sacred river.

Tourists are fascinated by this place and can spot the view of the Ganga Aarti that takes place usually in the morning from 5.30 am to 6.30 am and in the evening from 6 pm to 7 pm. Visitors come from far places to this pure Ghat to take a dip in the holy water.

The Ghat looks mesmerizing after getting brightened up by shimmering lights and lamps. The priests enchant prayers, and devotees float diyas on the surface of the water giving respect to the river Ganges. Thousands of pilgrims’ get-together and commence festivities during many fairs including Kumbha Mela, Vaisakhi, Ardh Kumbh Mela.

 

 

Is this place worth seeing? 

Har Ki Pauri Ghat looks spectacular with sparkling lights and diyas lit everywhere especially during evening prayers and festivals. It is known to be a prime attraction as a lot of tourists get captivated to this destination because of the positive aura and ethereal beauty of this place.

People also come to attend the fairs including Ardh Kumbh and Hindu’s Kumbh that take place at this holy place. There is no entry fee and no restrictions are layed on the public.  You can find this place worth a visit.

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If you are visiting Haridwar and Rishikesh, the two sacred places of worship for Hindus, then you must visit Lakshman Jhula which is situated in Rishikesh. Ganga looks very beautiful from here & which is why the bridge is an iconic landmark of Rishikesh.

There are two suspensions Bridges in Rishikesh, one is Ram Jhula and the second is Lakshman Jhula. Like Ram Jhula, no bikes are allowed on this bridge, thus making it most attractive for tourists as they cross the bridge by walking. Either you are crossing the river or you are having a view of the bridge from far away, both are just amazing.  

 

 

Historical Importance

Built in 1923, this 137-meter footbridge is an essential way of pedestrian traffic across the Ganga. It is located around 5 Km from the main city. As per some old stories, Lord Ram crossed the river Ganga at this place with the help of Ropes along with his Younger Brother, Lakshman. Later Iron Bridge is constructed by one businessman called Surajmal Jhuhanubula. 

 

 

Why it is Famous?

The main bridge is mainly famous for its iconic structure and heart soothing view of River Ganga. You will just feel the religious relevance of this place once you decided to visit. Many activities like Sadhus sitting, monkeys playing, people worshiping goes on at the bridge at the same time.

Are you wondering to visit a holy place for devotion, then plan your trip to Mansa Devi Temple? It is considered to be one of the prime sacred places in Haridwar. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi in the city of Haridwar, Uttarakhand, state of India.

She is thought of as a form of strength who is emerged from the mind of Lord Shiva. The temple is nestled on top of the Bilwa Parvat of the Shivalik ranges of Himalaya. It is believed by devotees that their desires are fulfilled at this temple with devotion.

 

 

What is it famous for? 

Many tourists travel to this temple as it is one of the most famous Hindu temples dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi. The temple is also known to be one of the five finest pilgrimages in Haridwar. The interesting and exhilarating experience would be to take a ropeway to reach the temple and enjoy the panoramic view, situated at proximity. Mansa Devi temple is considered as one of the ancient religious centres in India and has an interesting mythological history. Tourists visit the shrine as it is highly respected by the Hindus. You will see the crowd especially during Kumbh Mela and Navratra celebrations. 

 

 

Would you recommend a guide?

Tourists travelling to this place can travel all by themselves without requiring any guide.

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Located at a distance of less than 6 km from the main city area, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In detail, this temple is called Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple. This place derives its name because water droplets continuously drop on the Shiv Linga. The Environment at the temple is peaceful and many Sadhus can be seen meditating. There is another Shiv Linga nearby covered with Rudraksha. Temple Premises is divided into two parts by River, connected by an iron bridge. Wishes to explore more follow below:

 

 

Historical Importance

One of the oldest and famous temples in Uttrakhand state, Many believes are related to this temple. One of the best discussed believe is regarding the period of Mahabharata. It is believed that Guru Dronacharya (Teacher of Pandavas and Kauravas) worshipped Lord Shiva during the Mahabharata period at this temple. 

 

 

Why it is Famous?

There are very few places where natural Shiv Linga is found. This temple is one of them. Constant water dripping on the Shiv Linga is another attraction. A peaceful environment in between the busy city of Dehradun attracts tourists here.

 

 

Famous restaurant or Places to eat nearby

Many famous and many cheap restaurants are nearby this place to have food. Some of them are as follows:-  

  • Nebula Retro Pub: Located within a distance of 2 Km, this restaurant offers all sorts of food. Here the Pub is very nice. 
  • Kumar Food Restaurant: If you are with family, and wish to have complete Indian food at a reasonable price, then visit here.
  • Barbeque Nation: India's famous chain of restaurants, this offers one of the best buffet systems nearby. This is a paradise for Non-Vegetarian people. 

 

 

Where to Stay

As this place is located in the city, lots of hotels facility are available. Some of them as follows:- 

  • Four Points by Sheraton
  • Hotel Red Fox
  • Hotel Sky King
  • Hotel Lemon Tree 

 

 

Recommendations: Do’s and Don’ts

The temple is around 50-60 stairs down the road. Also, a visitor has to bend and walk a bit through the cave to see the actual Shiv Linga. Therefore, People who have back or spinal problems should avoid visiting. Wear clothes intelligently as this is a religious place. Put the Phone on silent mode or switch it off when in the main temple.

 

Is this place worth seeing?

Yes, No reason to drop this awesome place to visit if you are going to Dehradun.

 

 

Would you recommend a guide?

No, there is no need for any guide. Also, professional guides are not available at this tourist place. 

 

Nature lovers are attracted by waterfalls; waterfalls will make your eye-soothing, and your body will feel refreshed, relaxed. Kempty falls is a well-known tourist spot in Mussoorie; this significant fall is divided into five falls and gives a fantastic view. From Mussoorie, is situated near about 13 km and from the sea level 1364. The world's highest peak is Everest also located in the Himalayas. Himalayan peaks covered the northern part of the Uttarakhand.

Some amazing things you must do here are bathing, cable car ride, and sightseeing. Below the falls there is a small pool where you enjoy yourself with your family and friends. You enjoy cable car ride with a 3600degree view of Kempty falls, and also huge sightseeing is visible here.

 

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Deriving its name from one of the most revered gods in Hinduism, Ram Jhula is another famous suspension bridge besides Lakshman Jhula located near Rishikesh. Constructed in 1986, this bridge is a connecting link between one of the two important ashrams Shivananda ashram and Parmarth Niketan. As compared to Lakshman Jhula, this bridge is very more crowd and noisy as Motorbikes and Cycles are allowed on this bridge to cross. Despite, that it attracts tourist from all around the world.

Why it is famous: - This place is one of the best spots to enjoy the amazing view of River Ganga. As the name of Lord Ram is related to this place, it has some local religious sentiments attached. Earlier this bridge was called Shivananda Bridge. But as it is bigger than the size of Lakshman Jhula, people started calling Ram Jhula (As Ram is the elder brother of Lakshman). Walking around Ram Jhula enjoying the fresh air with so much stuff being sold nearby will stop your heart to leave this place. 

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If you wish to get mesmerized by nature along with religion, then this place is for you. Famous Lord Shiva abode, Tungnath Temple will give you plenty of pleasure. A stopover lake will relieve your mind and soul. This temple is two kilometers away from Chandrashila Peak, which means the ‘moonrock’. This is a summit that offers a panoramic view of the majestic Himalayas. The base camp of this trek Chopta is called “Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand” because of its jaw-dropping scene of a virgin landscape. 

Why it is famous: - Mainly famous for temple and trekking this place is one of the best tourist destinations for all. This temple is one of the temples of Panch Kedar and must be visited by everyone. You will find mental peace, helpful villagers, and most importantly the silent noise of Nature. Tungnath is also famous for being one of the highest Temple of Lord Shiva. The temple has great importance in Hindu mythology. This temple is near the Alaknanda River.

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Rishikesh stands for many historical tales but from them, Neelkanth Mahadev temple is a famous one. This temple is situated between the Manikoot, Brahmakoot, and Vishnukoot valley at a height of 1330 meters. Nar-Narayan mountain range and forest surrounded the temple. Here you can see the confluence of river Madhumati and Pankaja.

 

In the month of Sharwan and during Shivratri many people come here to express their feelings and pray to god to remove all the sadness from their life. Devotees believe that Shiv baba gives them all the things they want. The way of the temple is very interesting, many people chose trekking to reach the temple. Mountains, rivers, and forests make this place more adorable.

 

Why it is famous? -  

Lord Shiva is known as ‘Bholenath’ and ‘Rudranath’ because, when he is in a cool mind that time he gives everything to his devotes but when he is in an angry mood at that time the whole world is just finished. But this place tells a different story that Lord Shiva drank poison and then his throat became blue that’s why he also is known as a Neelkanth. And this place the incident occurred; from then this place is known as a Neelkanth temple.

 

According to Hindu mythology, a thousand years ago there happened a battle between Asuras and Gods to get Ambrosia. After some time they decided to divide it into them but that time no Ambrosia came out. There is a poison that came out and no one wants to drank it. At that moment, Lord Shiva drank the Poison. Mata Parvati came here and touch his throat and that time the poison hold there and his throat became blue and he is known as a Neelkanth.

The Hindu temple, Surkanda Devi situated near Kanatal in Uttarakhand, India. Most of the time in the year this temple is covered with fog. Every year between May and June the famous festival, Ganga Dusshera celebrated here and this is the main attraction of the people. Near about 2756 meters of the altitude, the Surkanda temple is located. We all know about the 51 Shaktipeeth and this is one of the popular Shaktipeeth of India. For trekking lovers this place is perfect but the way of the route is a little difficult and takes 2 hours long. after reaching the place you feel the blessing of God.       

 

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As per Hindu mythology, the place takes a major role that is connected with the feelings of many people. Sati, who is the daughter of Daksha and the wife of Lord Shiva. Daksha was very unhappy with the decision of Sati that is to marry Lord Shiva and that’s why he didn’t invite them to his house for Yajna. For this Sati burn herself into a fire and left her body. After that Shiva took her body and started tandav (when Lord shiva starting tandav that means the whole world destroyed). So, stopping Lord Shiva is very important and that time Lord Vishnu used his Sudarshana Chakra to destroy Sati’s body. That time Sati’s body was divided into 51 parts and fell all over the region; from then that places are known as a Shakti Peeths. 

Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Kedarnath, surrounded by snow-clad peaks, dedicated to Lord Shiva, Kedarnath, Kedarnath, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Shiva, are not just temples and shrines but a true reflection of the faith, tradition, and goodwill of India. Is Kedarnath is one of the most celebrated temples in the history of India, as well as being the only temple to have a dham in four dhams and a place in panch kedar. Kedarnath is protected by the mighty peaks of the Great Himalayas.

HISTORY OF TEMPLE

Kedarnath Temple is situated on the banks of the Mandakini River, 223 km from Rishikesh, situated at an elevation of about 3,583 meters above sea level.

Adi Shankaracharya restored the temple in 8th century AD. Kedarnath Dham Temple is located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state, it is the largest Shiv temple in the entire state! | The brownstone blocks have been used in the construction of this temple. The temple is built on a 6 feet high platform. The natural beauty of the Kedarnath Temple can be gauged from the fact that this temple is surrounded by mountains about 22 thousand feet high from three directions. So that the natural hue mesmerizes the beauty that the river passing through the guard of the temple of Kedarnath makes its moon in its beauty.

Kedarnath temple is also the confluence of five rivers. Among which Mandakini, Madhuganga, Kshirganga, Saraswati, and Swarna Gauri are prominent. According to the legend, by bathing in these rivers, man gets freedom from all sins. In the Kedarnath temple, the figure of the back of Shankar bull is worshiped as a body. According to the legend, the shape of Lord Shiva was established as a body in five directions. Kedarnath is also known as Panch Kedarnath because of Shiva's presence in the main Rudranath at Tungnath at Nubhimadeshwar and Jatakalpeshwar.

Badrinath is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in India. In the 8th century, Adi Sankara re-established a pilgrimage site and renamed it, Badrinath Temple. The word Badri means 'growth' and the word Nath means 'Lord' which means this god is called the god of growth. This temple is a holy place for Vaisnavas. The day before, one had to walk hundreds of miles to reach this temple. Now, of course, there is so much to walk. Since the place is in a hilly area, the temple was almost destroyed due to earthquakes and snowfall.

Why it is famous for?

The temple was not very popular towards the end of the First World War. The place has gained a lot of popularity recently. Devotees from different parts of the country come to this temple to pay homage to Lord Badrinath. The temple is about 50 feet long and has a roof of gold gilt at the top. The main attraction of this temple is its statue which is made of black coloured stone. This idol was installed in the temple by the king of Garhwal in the sixteenth century. In front of the temple, there is a wide staircase that extends up to the entrance. There is a beautiful temple inside the temple.

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Ram Jhula is one of the most iconic places in Rishikesh and if you are planning a pilgrimage to the city, or just visiting for a holiday, you must stop by this iconic bridge. It is a suspension bridge, built entirely out of iron and the length of the bridge is around 450 feet. It was constructed in the year 1986, by the PWD.

The bridge is located over the holy Ganga river and it connects Sivananda Nagar in Muni Ki Reti, in the district of Tehri Garhwal in the west to Swargashram in the district of Pauri Garhwal, in the east.
 
This bridge can be found in the state of Uttarakhand, approximately 3 kilometres away from the main town of Rishikesh. It is a comfortable walking distance from Rishikesh, and if you like long walks in the midst of stunning scenery then you can walk the length of the bridge as well.

People can also traverse the bridge with bikes or cycles. A number of holy ashrams and Hindu religious centres and temples can be found lining the side of the bridge. These ashrams encompass the true essence of Rishikesh, with their peace, hospitality and piety.

Another well-known bridge in the area is the Lakshman Jhula, which is lengthier than Ram Jhula and is situated 2 kilometres upriver, on the banks of the Ganga.

One of the most memorable experiences you can enjoy at the Ram Jhula is overlooking the holy city of Rishikesh from the bridge itself in all its natural and historical glory, surrounded by the river and the mighty mountains. 
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Uttarakhand is known as a beautiful state amidst the mighty Himalayas, known for its natural beauty, such as at Almora, Auli and the Valley of Flowers. There are famous hill stations in Uttarakhand such as Mussoorie and Nainital, and there are a number and variety of tourist attractions in Dehradun. Uttarakhand is also famous for having the Char Dham Yatra sites, namely Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Due to heavy rainfall high up in the mountains of Uttarakhand during the monsoon season, a lot of the places to visit in Uttarakhand are closed off for tourist visits. To avoid risks during this time, the holy pilgrimage Char Dham Yatra is on halt too during this time of the year. However, you can still visit places like Dehradun and Lansdowne, which will offer you a charming experience through the filter of monsoon showers at these places.
Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nainital, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Auli and Almora are the places that are recommended to be on your tour list if you are planning a visit to Uttarakhand in the winter season.
The capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, provides a plethora of places to visit in Dehradun and things to do here suitable for couples on holiday. You will be able to grab a lot of shopping opportunities, go to the nearby hill station of Mussoorie or Queen of Hills, visit the numerous aesthetic cafes and restaurants and visit tourist attractions in Dehradun for sightseeing and picnic purposes with your partner. If you are more of an adventure seeker and wish to do that with your partner you can go higher up the hills to trekking, hiking and camping sites. You are also advised to go to the extremely beautiful Valley of Flowers to enjoy a blissful and lovely day with your partner.
Nainital, Mussoorie, Bhimtal and Ranikhet are the top hill stations in Uttarakhand. In order to visit these places, you will need to reach Dehradun, the capital of the state, first and then travel henceforth.
8-10 days provide an ample duration to visit the major tourist attractions in Uttarakhand. However, you will need more days if you wish to focus on a specific tourist attraction in Uttarakhand. For example, the Char Dham Yatra in Uttarakhand alone takes you a minimum of 11-12 days to complete.