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Uttarakhand – State filled with Beauty and Land of GOD

Written by Arvind Tiwari

Uttrakhand: – Dev Bhoomi(Land of God), this name comes in mind as soon as we hear about Uttarakhand. Packed with not one or two tourist places but full of places to reconnoiter for group of travelers, famous for Char Dhamwith most visited pilgrimage in India “Haridwar”, adventurous “Rishikesh” is best for both the worlds. Experiences say that time flies when you’re having fun there. Two of the famous river of India Ganga and Yamuna are originated in this state, its beauty has always been intact with Deodar, oak, silver, fir, chestnut poplar, birch and many other species of trees, so let us explore Dev Bhoomi today.

Haridwar

Pilgrimage/Spirituality for Hindu starts with this place. Located on the banks of Ganga, Hindus from all parts come here to wash out there sin. Famous for Kumbhthis city is one of the seven Holiest places for Hindus. Evening Ganga Artiis world famous thousands of people come here to attend this every day and the biggest event of Hindu’s Kumbhmela among 4 places where kumbh is performed “Haridwar” is one of them.

Rishikesh

Located 25 Kms from Haridwar, this place is Gateway to GarhwalHimalyas, Rishikesh too have scared Ganaga River flowing through it. The highlights of this place are Laxman Jhulaand Ram Jhula. Rishikesh came into lime light because of Adventurous tourist coming in for River Rafting and other adventurous activities.

Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park has become a wildlife enthusiast’s top interest now. Located in Nanital and was name after the person who played key role in its establishment. It has 488 different species of flora and fauna, 50 species of mammal, 25 species of reptile and 580 species of Birds. The park is covered with and area of 580 Km, comprised of grasslands, marshy depression, rivers and hills. Also it is considered as one of the oldest national park.

Nanital

The name itself explains the beauty of this place famous for Naini Lake makes this hill station look even more magnificent, boating in this clear lake is one of the favorite activities of the visitors. Nanital is also famous for its educational institutes.

Ranikhet

 

Britishers loved this place for summer retreat for which they established their headquarters of Kumaon Regiment here. This place is brimming with Pine, Oak and Deodar forests. These forests are filled with red faced monkeys, Jackals, Langur, Red fox, Porcupine, Sambar, Pine marten, Barking deer, Leopard cat and mountain goats. This place is also famous for its temples like. Rama Mandirand Jhula Devi.Chaubatia Garden is having plantation of apricots, peaches, almonds, chestnuts, apples with a variety of Himalayan Flowers. In short one of the best places to find peace.

Haldwani

Known as the Gateway to Kumaon, Haldwani in Uttarakhand is known for its scenic views and pleasant climate. Haldwani stands for the forests of Haldu trees as the region once had an abundance of Haldu trees (also known as Kadamb). Located in Nainital district, the town is surrounded by dense forests and the Gaula River. It has rich culture and history which attracts ecologists and historians.

Dehradun

Counter Magnets of NCR of India, Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand. This place has two most sacred rivers of India flowing through it, Ganga in the east and Yamuna on the west. The city is calm and relaxed but still appreciable pacing up with modern standards. Located in Doon Valley on the foothills of Himalyas this city is Hub of educational institutes of the country

Valley of flowers

 

Nothing but beautiful you can say after visiting this place an attraction not only for travelers but birds from faraway lands. Valley of Flowers is home to some of the most endangered species like Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox and brown bear. Valley of flowers has different species of flowers blooming in abundance. These alpine flowers are eye-catching.

Mussoorie

Located at GarhwalHimalya Ranges, apart from being a major tourist spot this hill station has some of the most important educational institutes of the country. Tourist spends plenty of time walking around and getting closer to nature at Camel’s Back Road. Cabel car rides up to the Gun hill are yet another reason to love this place. One of the oldest Church of Himalyas stands in the Mall Road and the oldest Tibetan Temple of India is situated in the Happy Valley.

Srinagar

Uttarakhand’s Srinagar is situated beside the Alaknanda River, largest city of Garhwal hills and last city of the plains of Uttarakhand. Srinagar had been the capital of Garhwal Kingdom until British invasion. British re-built and modernized the city in 1931.  And today it is an important destination of education and culture. In four day festival, cultural shows are organized to flaunt its ethnicity.

Almora

The cultural heart of Kumaon, thick forests of pine and fir trees encircle the area and River Koshi and Suyal flows across it. The city has venerated shrines like Kesar Devi, Nanda Devi, Shyayi Devi, Katarmal temple, AshtBhairav and many others.  Chand Rajas developed Almora and British adorned it further. Swami Vivekananda spent years in meditation here and appreciated its raw beauty and serenity.

Kausani

Commentry on AnashaktiYogwas Mahatma Gandhi when he spent his time here; a major tourist attraction of Kausani. Hindi literature Poet Sumitranandan Pant born here and this place has special reverence and is known as Pant Museum. Kausani must be visited if you are hunting for sheer peace and tranquility.

TehriGarhwal

The Hindu Mythology and legends seemed to have showered TehriGarhwal with several spiritual significances. It is this place where River Ganga arrives in its real form at Devprayagwhere River Bhagirathi and River Alaknanda merge. One can also see many temples dotted across the place. In fact the TehriGarhwal derives its name from the word aÛÏTrihariaÛ? Which indicates place where three kind of sins can be cleared that are result of Mansa, Vacha and Kamana i.e. thought, word and deed respectively.

Kotdwara

Kotdwara is a town and tehsil in the PauriGarhwal locale of Indian state of Uttarakhand. Kotdwar one of the most established Railway stations in the country built up in 1890 by British for timber transport from Himalayan Region. To begin with Passenger prepare was keep running in 1901. Once ruled by Mauryan Empire under Asoka the immense, Katyuri line, Panwar administration and the Gorkhas of Nepal. It is today a developing business and instruction center point furthermore one of the main town of Uttarakhand. It has a hot and muggy atmosphere amid the summers and stormy season. The best time to visit Kotdwar would be from October – February.

PanchPrayag

PanchPrayagyatra is one such journey that provides the peace and support you may be seeking for your soul, mind and body. The Alaknanda river flowing along the four confluences of PanchPrayagVishnuprayag, Nandprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag–  finally meet the Bhagirathi river at Devprayag, the fifth Prayag, to form the Ganga, the holy river of India that has brought salvation to this land.
According to Hindu legends, earth was unable to bear the force of the Ganga. When it started descending to earth and to control the force, Ganga divided into 12 channels. At Devprayag, Alaknanda meet Bhagirathi to form the Ganga, higher up from Devprayag. Four other meeting forms the sacred Panchprayag that pilgrims visit for prayers, bath, purification and worship. PanchPrayag of Garhwal is the second most important prayag out of 14 prayags in India.

Char Dham

Known as chotaChardhamYatrais India’s most devoted and featured part of India spiritual tour. Chardham is the most renowned and holy expedition in India. Which includes visiting to four glorious shrines including Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnathand lastly the BadrinathDham. A visit to these holy shrines together forms the ChotaChardhamYatra in India. All these famous sacred destinations are being located in the astonishing Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand at distinct districts.

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