Uttarakhand has borders with Nepal and Tibet, and has mesmerizing Himalayan peaks, the region has mesmerizing natural beauty. It is bifurcated into two parts—Garhwal in the north, and Kumaon in the south. Ancient holy places, mountains, forests as well as valleys,apart from many trekking options are certain attractions making travel to Uttarakhand a memory. Find below the mesmerizing tourist places in Uttarakhand and this will be an incredible journey.
JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
It is among popular national parks, Jim Corbett National Park carries the name after hunter transformed into conservationist Jim Corbett. It has forest with high density and exemplary wildlife, and is a higher reserve. The park can be seen by jeep or elephant safaris that take place on a daily basis in the mornings as well as afternoons. The Dhikala zone in the park is panoramic, having mesmerizing valley views. It provides the best opportunity of animal sightings but can take time. You will be lucky to spot wild elephants.
Ancient Haridwar also called God’s gateway is among holiest places in India, and among the ancient cities in continuous existence. Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, it is much popular among Hindu pilgrims coming to take an immersion in the holy waters of the flowing Ganges River and having expiation of their sins. The Ganga Aarti in the evening has a special appeal.
Rishikesh, located nearby Haridwar, is well known with spiritual seekers from the west in the same way as Haridwar is for Hindu pilgrims. Known as the originator of yoga, people go there to meditate, for yoga, and to gain knowledge about different aspects of Hinduism in multiple ashrams as well as yoga institutes. Apart from the increasing number of visitors, the lanes of the town as well as alleys have a charm of the old world. It is a mesmerizing place for relaxing and spending some exotic moments with nature.
The hilly region of Nainital, in the Kumaon belt of Uttarakhand, was a well known summer retreat for the British during the period they ruled India. It has Naini Lake as well as The Mall, which lines restaurants, shops, hotels as well as markets. Enjoy the forest walks in this part of the world, go deep into the adjacent area on horseback, or take some rest on a boat. This place becomes crowded in summers, especially during weekends, because it is not much far from Delhi.Around this place, you will find other beautiful spots like Jeolikote, Bhimtal, Ramgarh and Mukteshwar; these are quieter places and less developed.
Mussoorie is a popular destination for north Indians, apart from honeymooners. One of the principal reasons is because it has various facilities developed for tourists. Enjoy the trip on a cable car towards Gun Hill, enjoy a nature walk along Camel’s Back Road, picnic at Kempty Falls, or ride on a horse up towards Lal Tibba, considered as the highest peak. Mussoorie provides a mesmerizing glimpse of the Himalayas. If you want a quieter alternative, go to Landour. You can have a six hours drive north of Delhi or an hour drive from Dehradun. IRCTC provides a comfortable two-night rail tour weekend package from Delhi to Mussoorie.
Almora is the present capital of the Kumaon belt, and was set up as the summer capital of the Chand kings during 1560. It magnetises foreigners who go to Kasar Devi Temple nearby, where Swami Vivekananda meditated once. There are some fabulous spots to stay in the area, like Kasar Rainbow Resort, Binsar Retreat apart from inexpensive guest houses having private cottages outside Almora town. Around Almora, you can see Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kausani, Ranikhet as well as the Jageshwar temple complex. It takes around nine hours from Delhi to reach this spot.
VALLEY OF FLOWERS NATIONAL PARK
S NATIONAL The mesmerizing landscape of The Valley of Flowers National Park located in the Garhwal region becomes alive as the monsoon rain falls. This highly elevated Himalayan valley has as many as 300 multiple varieties of alpine flowers, appearing as a shining carpet in the backdrop of mountainous snow. It is a famous trekking spot, and opens from the beginning of June till the end of October. It is in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites and among fascinating places to see in Uttrakhand. From Delhi, it will take around 15 hours.
Char Dham is in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, the Char Dham marks the source of four holy rivers: the Yamuna, the Ganges, the Mandakini at Kedarnath as well as the Alaknanda at Badrinath. Hindus call pilgrimage to the Char Dham as sacred. There is a belief that the pilgrimage washes away sins, and ensures liberation from the birth and death cycle.
Uttarakhand has a mesmerizing skiing destination Auli and is on the path to Badrinath. It has a long slope, gondola, chairlift, as well as Poma ski lift. For skiing, nature is best from the ending week of January to the beginning of March. All dependent on a fine snowfall that varies. If you are a trekking lover, the Kuari Pass trailhead is located here. This trek, passing through Nanda Devi National Park, is among the best and accessible. Thrillophilia provides six-day trips from Haridwar. There are various other hiking trails nearby as well. Resting options in Auli are not that much but you have a private lodge if you don’t stay at government run accommodations. It is among fascinating Uttarakhand tourist attractions.
Munsiyari is a little town engulfed by fascinating mountains and is located in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. It is a heaven for mountaineers as well as trekkers. Blazing sunsets formulate a mesmerizing backdrop of colored peaks in this part of the world. The hiking as well as trekking routes are major sources of attraction. Munsiyari is the basecamp for the nine-day Milam Glacier Trek, and the hasslefree two- to three-hour trek to Khalia Top is another adventure. The Tribal Heritage Museum has artifacts related to the ancient salt route, and this is also worth seeing. Munsiyari is among the mesmerizing places to visit in Uttarakhand.