Top ten tourist destinations in Uttarakhand

Popularly known as Devbhumi or Land of the Gods, Uttarakhand came into independent existence as a state in the year 2000. Earlier named Uttaranchal, is regarded as “simply heaven of earth”. In this metropolitan scenario, this state trailed by towering Himalayan peaks is known to possess unspoiled natural beauty till date. It’s the blessing of the divine Ganges that soothes every individual paying a visit to this land.

Uttarakhand simply wows every individual who’s daring to explore himself/herself to their roots either in terms of adventure or faith. Let’s quickly glance on the top ten tourist destinations in Uttarakhand you must visit on your next relaxing trip to this heavenly terrestrial.

Top ten tourist destinations in Uttarakhand

1.     Nainital

1938 mtrs above sea level, Nainital is the first place you must visit in Uttarakhand. It’s popularly known as the “Lake district of India”. This place is crowded heavily by Delhiites on holidays. Naini jheel is irresistible for any tourist who admires magnificent scenic beauty. The attractive lakes and seven prominent peaks of Nainital, make it the most beloved destination of nature lovers.

Popular places to visit:  

Naini lake, Tiffin Top, Corbett National Park, Ranikhet, Nainital zoo, Eco cave gardens, Himalaya view point, Mall road / Thandi sadak, Kilbury Bird sanctuary, Bhimtal, amazing peaks, etc.

2.     Auli

The cutest hill station, Auli is the favorite place of all tourist coming to visit top ten destinations in Uttarakhand. Neighboring the shrine of Badrinath, it has a marvelous view of snowcapped Himalayas. Auli is the skiing destination for winter sport lovers. It is also famous for trekking and other snow adventures.

Popular places to visit:  

Skiing, Snowboarding, Badrinath, Joshimath, Shankaracharya Tapastali.

3.     Mussoorie

“The Queen of hills”, Mussoorie is regarded as the most romantic honeymoon destination in Uttarakhand. This place is especially developed for Uttarakhand tourism purposes. It’s the most well-famed hill station for Delhites weekend trips. At an altitude of 1880 mtr, Mussoorie features magnificent scenic beauty and shopping places for its visitors.

Popular places to visit:  

Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, Gun Hill, The Mall Road, Adventure Park, Cloud’s End, Bhatta Falls, Sir George Everest’s House, Jwalaji Temple, Benog Hill, etc.

4.     Rishikesh-Haridwar

The complete vacation package for experiencing adventure as well as tranquility, these twin holy cities are a must to be included in the top ten tourist destinations of Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is known as the Yoga capital of the world, while Haridwar is the pilgrimage capital of the state.

Popular places to visit:  

Triveni Ghat, Laxman Jhula. Parmarth Niketan, Jumpin Heights, Har ki Pauri, White water river rafting, Mansa Devi Temple, etc.

5.     Almora

The best destination to beat the scorching heat of the sun, Almora is another heaven in Uttarakhand. It is located in eastern Uttarakhand and has spell bound view of the Himalayas. Wildlife and handicraft is also famous here.

Popular places to visit:  

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Gobind Vallabh Pant Museum, Sun Temple, Simtola, Martola, Kasar Rainbow Resort etc.

6.     Lansdowne

The cantonment town of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is a perfect weekend destination to enjoy with your friends and family. It’s pleasant weather and unparalleled scenic beauty never fails to wow its tourists.

Popular places to visit:  

Darwan Singh Sangrahalaya, St. Mary’s Church, Tiffin Top, Snow View Point, Bhim Pakora, Tarkeshwar Mahadev, etc.

7.     Binsar

2400 mtr above sea level, Binsar is the town untouched by the modern scenario. It is located amidst a wildlife sanctuary. Binsar is famous for the best homestays in the Himalayan range.

Popular places to visit:  

Safari to the wildlife, Pant Nagar, Nanda Kot, Chaukhambha, Nanda Devi, etc.

8.     Chakrata

The most secluded town in Uttarakhand, Chakrata was initially not traced on map due to its high military significance. It is the home to one of India’s highest waterfalls known as the Tiger Falls. This town has postcard size houses that get snowcapped in winters. It is the dream destination for all peace lovers. Moreover if you want to meet a mountain bear, you must visit Chakrata.

Popular places to visit:  

Tiger Falls, Budher Caves, Parks, etc.

9.     Kausani

It is the small yet popular town of Uttarakhand where Gandhi spent time writing his Bhagwat Geeta discourse. Just 48km away from Almora, Kausani is a popular honeymoon destination of Uttarakhand. It is the town where you can enjoy the serene flawless beauty of Mother Nature.

Popular places to visit:  

Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Lakshmi Ashram, Anasakti Ashram, Sumitranandan Pant Gallery, Baijnath Temple, Kausani Tea Estate, etc.

10.  Chopta

It would be unfair to complete the list of , without mentioning the most popular camping place, Chopta. It is such a pristine town that once you come here, it would tempt you for life to visit again. You can enjoy trekking, bird watching, hiking, camping, etc. It is also the starting point for the famous trek to Tungnath Temple and Chandrashila summit.

Popular places to visit:  

Tungnath Temple, Chandrashila, Madhyamaheshwar Temple, Deoria Tal Kalimath, etc.

Author: Varsha Bhattacharya


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