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Uttaranchal
Uttaranchal - the land of gods, the home of Himalayas and truly a paradise on earth, allures everyone from everywhere. The fresh air, the pure water, the chilling snow, the adversing mountains, the scenic beauty, the small villages, the simpler people and a tougher lifesytle is what that distinguishes Uttaranchal from rest of the world.
Also known as Dev Bhumi, Uttaranchal is a boon for the pilgrim tourists. The Maha Kumba Mela, the Char Dham Yatra and the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra give Uttaranchal an international recognisance. The major pilgrim places include Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Devprayag, Nandadevi and Purnagiri.
Uttaranchal is a paradise for nature lover's and adventure sports enthusiasts. Mussoorie, the 'Queen of Hills'; Nainital, the 'Lake District'; Kausani, the 'Switzerland of India'; Ranikhet, Pithoragarh, Pauri and Munsyari are just few highlights for the nature lovers. For adventure and excitement, one may choose Mountaineering (Bhagirathi, Chowkhamba, Nanda Devi, Kamet, Pindari, Sahastrataal, Milam, Kafni, Khatling, Gaumukh), Trekking, Skiing (Auli, Dayara Bugyal, Munsyari, Mundali), Skating, Water Sports like rafting, boating and angling and Aero Sports like Hand Gliding, Paragliding (Pithoragarh, Jolly Grant, Pauri).
The State is also a treasure house of exotic flora and fauna and is an ideal location for eco-tourism, as well as wildlife tourism. The world-famous Jim Corbett National Park is the pride of Uttaranchal. Other important sanctuaries are, Rajaji National Park, Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Asan Barrage, Chilla etc.
Last but not the least, the rich cultural traditions and the cool and invigorating climate of Uttaranchal sums up for a perfect holiday destination to relax and unwind.
Lying in the north of the vast and bountiful expanse of India and cradled in the awesome beauty and calm serenity of the stately Himalayas, Uttaranchal - the "Devbhumi" that has attracted tourists and pilgrims from world over since time immemorial. Comprising of eight hill districts and an area and population that equals the state of Himachal Pardesh,, Uttaranchal is an expression of divinity, austerity, meditation, penance and attainment.
Nanda Devi is the highest mountain situated completely in India, and forms part of the main axis of the Great Himalayan Range. To the North of the Himalayas, the Zanskar range forms a formidable divide between India and Tibet. To the south of the Himalayan range the main tributaries of the Ganges and the Kali River form rugged gorge country before cutting though the Shivalik range, where the peaks rarely exceed 3,000m.
Uttaranchal Peak Regions
The Great Himalayan Range forms the backbone of the Garhwal and Kumaon regions of Uttaranchal. In Eestern Garhwal, it includes the Swargarohini range with Swargarohini I (6,252m) at the head of the Tons River, and the Bandarpunch range, including Bandarpunch (6,316m) forming the main divide between the headwaters of the Yamuna and the Bhagirathi Rivers.
The main Himalayas extends to the Gangotri region, where a huge concentration of peaks almost encloses the Gangotri glacier. The peaks include Yogeshwar (6,678m), Sri Kailash (6,932m) and Mana Parbat (6,794m) to the North; and Kedarnath (6,490), Kedar Dome (8,831m) and Bhirigupanth I (6,772m) to the south. Up at the head of the glacier, the Chaukhamba range, including Chaukhamba I (7,068m), provides an impressive divide between the headwaters of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda Rivers.
To the east of Badrinath, the peaks of Nilgiri Parbat (6,474m), Ghori Parbat (6,708m) and Hathi Parbat (6,727m) are the highest of the Himalayan peaks, while to the North, Kamet (7,756m), Mana Peak (7,272m), Abl Gamin (7,355m), and Mukut (7,242m) are some of the 7,000m peaks forming the main axis of the Zanskar range.
Climate Of Uttaranchal
With the exception of the remote valleys to the North of the Great Himalayan Range, the Uttaranchal region is subject to the Indian monsoon. The monsoon begins by mid-June, with the first heavy rainfall generally occurring by the first heavy rainfall generally occurring by the first week of July. Rain continues through August until the first week of September.
The first of the winter snows falls in mid to late October. Heavy snowfall on the main Himalayan range during the winter months, and it is not until the beginning of May that the snow starts melting. To the south of the Himalayan range, some of the valleys, including the Har Ki Dun, enjoy milder climates. At lower altitudes the snowfall is not so severe, still the best time to visit Uttaranchal is from April to June, and after the Monsoon, from September to mid-November.
Pilgrimage Centres In Uttaranchal
Sacred pilgrimages of different religions including the world famous “Char Dham” or the four Hindu pilgrimage destinations of Shri Badrinath - Kedarnath - Gangotri - Yamunotri; the sacred Sikh pilgrimage of Hemkund - Lokpal, Nanakmatta and Meetha - Reetha Sahib and Piran Kaliyar have drawn pilgrims and seekers for spiritual fulfillment to Uttaranchal. Kailash Mansarovar, Tholingmath are all in the Chinese occupied Tibet, but for the people of yesteryears, these were some of the most important landmarks in Uttaranchal.
Garhwal & Kumaon
Uttaranchal is undoubtedly India’s most beautiful canvas. Studded with green strokes, wild splashes and quaint highlights. What makes Uttaranchal a holidayer’s delight are the sketches of Kumaon and Garhwal. Enchanting, captivating in their own ways. Mesmerising, spellbinding to the last kilometre. Unspoilt, untouched and unbelievable. If Kumaon is a green table spread, Garhwal is a challenger’s delight. If Kumaon plays host to clear lakes, chirpy forests, floral rainbows, garhwal flaunts its snow-clad peaks, quaint retreats and infinite mountain rivers.
Cultural Heritage Of Uttaranchal
Culturally, Uttaranchal has a rich a vibrant heritage. There are several local fairs and festivals like Jhanda Mela, Surkanda Devi Mela, Magh Mela, Nanda Devi Mela, Chaiti Mela, Purnagiri Mela, Piran Kaliyar Mela, Joljivi Mela and Uttarayani Mela, incicative of the immense possibilities for cultural tourism in Uttaranchal. Culturally, Uttaranchal has a rich a vibrant heritage. There are several local fairs and festivals like Jhanda Mela, Surkanda Devi Mela, Magh Mela, Nanda Devi Mela, Chaiti Mela, Purnagiri Mela, Piran Kaliyar Mela, Joljivi Mela and Uttarayani Mela, incicative of the immense possibilities for cultural tourism in Uttaranchal.
Trekking in Uttaranchal:
Uttaranchal is one of the major destination for adventure lovers, adventure sports like trekking, hiking, white water rafting, Mountaineering, safaris etc. Trekking in uttaranchal is mainly done in Kumaon and Garhwal himalaya region. Garhwal Himalaya: Garhwal Himalayas is lying in the north-west of Uttaranchal, comprising six districts, it is mostly famous for Adventures sports ( Trekking, Rafting, Safaris and Expeditions) and pilgrimage tours, the past of Garhwal Himalayas is exciting with its on glorious history. Kumaon Himalaya: Kumaon Himalaya home of some of the finest hill stations in India with easy access to the most magnificent natural surroundings. Hills of Kumaon Himalayas have anything and everything that an avid trekker would desire, valleys, flora, fauna, lakes, rivers, peaks, you name it and Kumaon Himalayas have it.
Wildlife In Uttraranchal
Along with the world-famous Corbett National Park, Uttaranchal has several breath taking destinations for wildlife tourism. These are the Rajaji National Park, Govind Pashu Vihar, Asan Barrage, Chilla and Saptarishi Ashram, the last four being a delight for bird watchers. Uttraranchal has a flora and fauna, which is diverse as well as rare. Making this state an ideal location for Eco-Tourism. Eco tourism includes Jungle Safaris, Trekking on forest trails, Nature Walks, catch and release of Mahaseer and other fish species. However, the utmost priority in all these activities is given to retaining the ecological fragility of the region
Best Time to Visit Uttaranchal
The best time to visit the Himalayan region is the summer, when the weather is very pleasant. Parts of the hills will be inaccessible in winter. The plains region is best visited in winter, when the weather is milder. When it comes to tourism in Uttaranchal, Uttaranchal has something for everyone. The unparalled beauty of Uttaranchal attracts toursits of all kind - Adventure lovers to Pilgrims and Nature lovers to Wildlife enthusiasts. Jim Corbett had come to shoot a tigress here in Mukteshwar Uttaranchal but fell in love with the place instead. Ideal for a brief sojourn, this slumbering hamlet, perched atop a high ridge soaring 7,513ft into the sky, exudes a charm unrivalled by any other place in the Kumaon hills. Take a walk amidst the conifer forests and apple, plum, peach and apricot orchards, and watch the Himalayan snow peaks play hide and seek with the clouds, or, if you happen to be there on a moonlit night, the twinkling lights of Almora far below. There's magic in the air of Mukteshwar in and around and it will stay with you, long after you're back home Uttaranchal is a major travel destination for tourists in search of eternal peace, for a change from their usual way of life, to live life on extremes and as pilgrims. If you are planning to tour Uttaranchal, the state is easily accessible by air, rail and road. Uttaranchal travel agent gives special discounted hotel from budget hotels to Deluxe hotels in Uttarakhand.
How to reach uttaranchal
Travel to Uttaranchal by Air

Jolly Grant near Dehradun is the only airport. There are regular flights to Delhi by major Indian airlines. Otherwise, one has the option to travel to Delhi by road or rail and then take the air route to various destinations.
Travel to Uttaranchal by Rail
Dehradun, Haridwar, and Kathgodam are the major railway stations connected to almost all parts of the country with regular trains. Not many places in the state are connected by rail because of tough terrains. For those planning their vacations in the higher altitudes, trekking and road routes are the only options available.
Travel to Uttaranchal by Road
All-weather metalled roads connect almost all the important places in the state. Many places in the higher altitudes may still remain off for a period in the year due to landslides and snowfall. National Highways such as 58, 73, 74, and 87 connect places in the state to other parts of the country.

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