Uttarakhand

Discover Uttarakhand

Travel to Almora, Bageshwar, Chamoli, Champawat, Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital, Pauri Garhwal, Pithoragarh, Rudraprayag, Tehri Garhwal, Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarkashi

Uttarakhand was formed on the 9th November 2000 as the 27th State of India, when it was carved out of northern Uttar Pradesh. Located at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain ranges, it is largely a hilly State, having international boundaries with China (Tibet) in the north and Nepal in the east. On its north-west lies Himachal Pradesh, while on the south is Uttar Pradesh. It is rich in natural resources especially water and forests with many glaciers, rivers, dense forests and snow-clad mountain peaks. Char-dhams, the four most sacred and revered Hindu temples of Badrinath,Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are nestled in the mighty mountains. It’s truly God’s Land (Dev Bhoomi). Dehradun is the Capital of Uttarakhand. It is one of the most beautiful resort in the submountain tracts of India, known for its scenic surroundings. The town lies in the Dun Valley, on the watershed of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers.

It is blessed with a rare bio-diversity, inter-alia, 175 rare species of aromatic & medicinal plants are found in the State.

The State is rich in mineral deposits like limestone, marble, rock phosphate, dolomite, magnesite, copper, gypsum, etc. The number of small scale industries is 25,294 providing employment to 63,599 persons. As many as 1802 heavy and medium industries with an investment of Rs 20,000 crore employ 5 lakh persons. Most of the industries are forest-based. There is a total of 54,047 handicraft units in the state.

Area:53,483 Sq.Km

Population: 101.17 Lakh

Capital: Dehradun

Districts: 13 Nos .

Almora: Almora district is a district in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand state, India. The headquarters is at Almora. It is 1,638 meters above sea level. The town of Almora is surrounded by Pithoragarh district to the east, Garhwal region to the west, Bageshwar districtto the north and Nainital district to the south.

Famous Place In Almora: Chitai Golu Devta Temple, Bright End Corner, Martola, Kalimat Almora, Deer Park,

Govind Ballabh Pant Public Museum, Simtola, Katarmal Sun Temple, Kasar Devi Temple, Kasar Devi,

Nanda Devi Temple Almora, Lakhudiyar Rock Painting, Jageshwar.

Chitai Golu Devta Temple: The famous Temple of Chitai Almora is the Golu Devta Chitai temple, dedicated to Gollu or Goljyu Devta an Avtar (incarnation) of Lord Shiva in the form of Gaur Bhairav. Although there are many temples of Golu Devta in Almora but the Chitai Golu Devta Temple is the most sacred one. It is reputed to make every wish come true, provided the worshipper ask for it with a clear conscience. The temple is situated at 9kms from Almora.

Bright End Corner: Bright End Corner is a scenic place situated at a favourable distance of 2 km from the beauteous Almora district of Uttarakhand. This natural paradise offers a mesmerising view of the dusk and dawn playing hide-and-seek with the snowy peaks.

Martola: Martola is a picturesque place known for its scenic grandeur located about 10 kms from Almora. This place is surrounded by thick woodlands and well-manicured gardens whose beauty has tempted many foreigners to settle here.

Kalimat Almora: Kalimat is a fairy tale hamlet located in the Hawalbag Tehsil of Almora district. This village comes under kalimat Panchayat. It is located about 5 km North of District Headquarters Almora and 201 km from Dehradun.

Deer Park: The Deer Park situated at Narayan Tiwari Dewai about 3 km from Almora. Lush green trees of pine surround the park and oak that adds up to its natural magnificence.

Govind Ballabh Pant Public Museum: Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant Museum is located on Mall Road in Almora city. This museum was built in 1980 to honour the noteworthy efforts of the great freedom fighter Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant in Uttarakhand’s development.

Simtola: Simtola is a famous picnic spot opposite to a horseshoe ridge, which offers a panoramic view of the luscious terrains and the nearby misty valleys.

Katarmal Sun Temple: The Katarmal Surya Temple is a 9th-century temple built by Katarmalla, a Katyuri King, exhibiting the architectural style of the ancient artisans. This Hindu temple is perched at an elevation of 2,116 meters above sea level and is situated at a distance of 19 kms from Almora.

This Surya Mandir (Sun Temple) is also known as Badaditya (Baraditya) Temple.

Kasar Devi Temple: Kasar Devi Temple is a famous Hindu shrine which sits high at an altitude of 2,116 metres above sea level. This 2nd-century temple is adorned on a hillock overlooking the toy town of Almora. The temple is about 5 km downhill from Tarai Nagri and is surrounded by lofty pine and deodar trees.

Kasar Devi: Perched just 8 kms from Almora, Kasar Devi is a hushed hamlet situated in the silence of verdant Kumaon hills. One of the many hidden jewels in Uttarakhand, Kasar Devi village derives its name from the namesake local deity, Kasar Devi. A Devi temple erected in her reverence is a popular pilgrimage destination in the vicinity of Almora. The serenity exuberated at Kasar Devi is only superseded by the majestic panoramic view of the valleys, rivers and hamlets.

Nanda Devi Temple: In the tranquil vistas of Kumaon, lies a sacred temple of Nanda Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Durga. This holy shrine is located in the heart of Almora city. Many Hindu pilgrims religiously visit this temple as Nanda Devi is considered to be the “Destroyer of Evil” and the saviour of the denizens of Kumaon as well as other regions of Uttarakhand.

Lakhudiyar Rock Painting: The Lakhudiyar Walls located in the Barechhina village of the Almora district of Uttarakhand. It is a marvelous piece of history that is preserved in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. It depicts the life of the early man during the times of Stone Age. The Lakhudiyar is located at the banks of the Suyal River in Almora. These caves have the paintings of animals, humans and also tectiforms done with fingers in black, red and white. It has become a historical sight and also a piece of history to be preserved as it is an archaeological rock for India.

Jageshwar: Jageshwar is situated at an elevation of 1,870 mts above sea level and at a distance of 37 kms from Almora. Jageshwar is an important tourist destination of Kumaon and receives thousands of visitors every year. It is situated amidst dense Deodar forest with a stream flowing at its backyard.

Bageshwar: Tucked away in the verdant valley of the Kumaon region lies the quaint temple town of Bageshwar. The town, surrounded by the majestic Bhileshwar and Nileshwar mountains, sits pretty at the confluence of rivers Saryu and Gomti. Not just natural and scenic vistas, Bageshwar is also home to the revered Bagnath temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is visited by devotees in large numbers all year round but witnesses a whopping footfall during the annual Shivratri festival. Legend has it that the temple sits at the site where Lord Shiva had appeared in his tiger avatar here to bless sage Markandeya, who had worshipped the deity. The annual Uttarayani fair, which is held on Makar Sankranti at the confluence of river Saryu and Gomti, is a grand affair and is attended by visitors from far and wide. This fair is considered one of Uttarakhand’s ancient events. As the headquarters of the Bageshwar district, the eponymous town attracts a steady stream of tourists and trekkers throughout the year.

Famous Place in Bageshwar: Baijnath, Baghnath Temple, Chandika Temple, Gauri Udiyar Cave, Chandrika Temple,

Kanda, Bigul Village, Vijaypur.

Baijnath: Baijnath is famous for its ancient temples, located at an altitude of 1126 mts, on the banks of the Gomti River in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. The town draws its name from the Baijnath temple. It is one of the important places to visit in Bageshwar (Kumaon region) because of its historical and religious importance.

Baghnath Temple: Baghnath that literally suggests the ‘Tiger Lord’ is a temple after which the Bagheswar city is named. This famous Hindu temple is a Shaivism site dedicated to Lord Shiva the transformer within the ‘Trinity’ namely Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. This ancient shrine is adorned in the Bageshwar city of Kumaon and is flooded with devotees during the auspicious Shivratri festival.

Chandika Temple: The Chandika Devi temple is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Chandika Mai also known as Kali. This sacred shrine is located about half a kilometer away from Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand.

Gauri Udiyar Cave: In the beauteous Kumaon division of Uttarakhand, there is an infamous cave temple called Gauri Udiyar. It is located about 8 km from Bageshwar town and houses several idols of Lord Shiva. In Kumaoni dialect, ‘Udiyar’ stands for a small rock cave, where tigers and other wild animals live. The cave measures about 20×95 square metres and enshrines several images of Lord Shiva.

Kanda: Kanda is a dispersed settlement cluster of about30 villages, home to over 20,000 people, 85 kilometres away from the bustlingtown of Almora.

Bigul Village: Bigul is a beautiful hidden destination thatoffers a stunning view of the Himalayas – from majestic Nanda Devi to thegorgeous Panchachuli peaks. Perched at an elevation of 2,000 meters, the tinyhamlet of Bigul is enveloped with lush greenery in the form of pine andrhodenderon trees.

Vijaypur: Blanketed by the silver peaks and lush greenery, Vijaypur is a mirror to the snow-shrouded Himalayas showcasing their beauty in utmost grandeur. This hushed village is cocooned in the naturally enclosed region of Kumaon in Bageshgwar.

Chamoli: Chamoli hosts a variety of destinations of pilgrim and tourist interest. Chamoli also happened to be a birthplace of “Chipko Movement”. Chamoli proved itself “the most spectacular in its natural assets; be it scenery, valley aspects, water-edges, floristic varieties, dramatic landform or the climatic cardinalities.

Famous Place in Chamoli: Urgam Village, Mandal, Kalpeshwar, Gopeshwar, Nandprayag, Pipalkoti, Joshimath, Chopta,

Tungnath, Auli, Rudraprayag, Govindghat, Kartik Swami, Deoria Tal, Valley of Flowers, Hemkund Sahib, Badrinath,

Gwaldam, Malari.

Urgam Village: Located in the picturesque Urgam Valley near Joshimath in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Urgam Village is a scenic hamlet tucked at an elevation of about 2100 mts Surrounded by snow-clad peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas and enveloped in dense forests, farmlands, and apple orchards, Urgam Village lies in Urgam Valley which is far away from the modern lifestyle and takes you to a world of its own.

The place is famous for the ancient Shiva temple, Kalpeshwar Temple, one of the revered Panch Kedars. Kalpeshwar Dham lies just 2 km ahead of Urgam Village.

Mandal: The Mandal Village is a tiny remote hamlet of Uttarakhand located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is one amongst those left out yet must travel villages in Uttarakhand.

Mandal Village is located in the midst of the pristine beauty of the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. At Mandal you will find yourself indulged in the gorgeous topography of the state of Uttarakhand.

Kalpeshwar: Kalpeshwar is the last and fifth temple in the list of Panch Kedar pilgrimage circuit and it is the only temple of the sacred Panch Kedars that remains open throughout the year. The matted hairs or Jata or Lord Shiva are worshipped inside this temple.

Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of matted hairs at Kalpeshwar and the trail to this sacred shine goes through thick forests and lush green terrace fields. There is also an old Kalpvriksha tree here which is said to be the wish-granting tree in Hindu mythology.

Gopeshwar: The headquarters of the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Gopeshwar is located at a height of 1300 meters above sea level. It is famous for its temples and natural beauty enhanced by its wonderful weather. According to some, the name Gopeshwar is linked with Lord Krishna. It is one of the most important towns in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.

Nandprayag: Nandprayag is a small town located at the sacred confluence of the Alaknanda and Nandakini River. The source of Alaknanda River is Satopanth near Badrinath Dham and Nandakini River emerges from the foot of the Nanda Devi Peak.It is believed that a holy dip in the confluence of Nandprayag is capable of washing all the sins.

Pipatilko: Pipalkoti is a small and scenic town situated at an elevation of 1,260 mts above sea level. It is located 17 kms after Chamoli on NH58. Pipalkoti acts a relaxation point for people traveling to Badrinath, Auli, Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Nestled amidst lush green mountains and terraced fields, Pipalkoti provides delightful views of the snow-clad mountains and green hills all around.

Joshimath: Nestled with love in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, the sacred town of Joshimath spreads its celestial aura in the entire Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The town of Joshimath is also nicknamed as Jyotirmath and is the winter seat of Lord Badri, whose idol is brought down from Badrinath temple to Vasudeva temple at Joshimath. This holy town is revered by the Hindus for being an important pilgrimage center of the country.

Chopta: Chopta is a picturesque hamlet which is still unexplored by travelers, is also famous as “Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand”. Wake up with cool salubrious breeze and chirping of birds in Chopta which is a far cry from the blaring horns of the cities and other hill stations, morning view from Chopta is invigorating when the crimson rays of sun kisses the snow-laden Himalayas.This hushed abode is enclosed by the dwindling pines, deodars, rhododendrons and other conifers that can be found in this region, which makes Chopta rich in flora and fauna.

Tungnath: Tungnath peacefully adorned on the Chandranath Parvat is the highest Shiva temple in the world and the highest Panch Kedar temple of Uttarakhand. It is the third (Tritiya Kedar) in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. Tungnath is perched at an elevation of 3, 680 metres above sea level and is considered to be more than 1,000 years old.

Auli: Auli is a famous hill station and a popular winter destination as ski resort of India, known for its snowy slopes, Auli has everything that an ideal tourist dreamed for like Himalayan Views, Meadows, adventure activities, romantic vistas, cable cars and much more.From snow-covered peaks to wooden huts, Auli is not less than a perfect European village. It is situated at an astonishing height of 2505 meter which offers a magnificent view of crescent Himalayas.

Rudraprayag: The famed town of Rudraprayag is named after the Rudra avatar of Lord Shiva. This heavenly town is encircled by the emerald lakes, glaciers, foaming rivers and silver streams. The pristine town of Rudraprayag is nestled on the holy confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers, at 34 km from Srinagar (Garhwal). It is perched at an average elevation of 895 metres about 2,936 feet above sea level.Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayag or five confluences of Alaknanda River. Rudraprayag is blessed with nature’s bounty, the climate of which depends upon the height of the region.

Govindghat: Govindghat is a pristine hamlet adorned by pilgrims and adventurers alike, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. It is located on the way to Badrinath at the confluence of Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga rivers. Govindghat is also the starting point of the trek to Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers.This celestial place is perched at an altitude of 1800 meters above sea level. Since Govindghat is nestled on the banks of Alaknanda River, a major part of it was disrupted by the 2013 Uttarakhand Floods, which was restored later.

Kartikswami: In the wonderlands of the Garhwal Himalayas, lies the Kartik Swami temple that remains hidden by the cottony clouds that carelessly drifts above the temple. This holy temple is dedicated to Kartikeya, the elder son of Lord Shiva and is adorned at the end of a narrow ridge, enclosed by a deep valley. One can soak in the mystical beauty of the snowy peaks and the lower Himalayas that can be seen from here. If you move inside, you’ll be stunned by the beautifully carved idol of Kartik Swami.

Deoria Tal: Devariyatal is an emerald lake perched at a height of 2438 mts above sea level. During the early morning on a clear day, Devariya Tal blesses the tourists with miraculous reflections of Chaukhamba peaks on its crystal clear water. Deoriatal is an easy and weekend trek for beginners. One can also extend their trek to Bisuri Tal, Chopta via Rohini Bugyal and even to Tungnath and Chandrasila.

Valley of Flowers Trek: Bestowed with the rare and exotic Himalayan flora, the Valley of Flowers is a bouquet of nature peacefully snuggled in the West Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. The trek of Valley of flowers goes through dense forests, along with Pushpawati river and can be reached by crossing many bridges, glaciers and waterfalls on the way. This glaring piece of nature is an Indian National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site exhibiting plush meadows blossomed with endemic alpine flowers and diverse fauna in this valley.

Hemkund Sahib: Hemkund Sahib is the highest Gurudwara of the Sikhs, located at an altitude of 4329 mts in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This holy shrine got its name from the glacial lake Hemkund, adjacent to the Gurudwara whose literal meaning is the ‘Lake of Snow.

This pilgrimage place of Sikhs is dedicated to the tenth Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji (1666-1708) and also finds its mention in Dasam Grant, a work dedicated to Guru Ji himself. A small temple of Lakshman, the brother of Lord Rama is also bedecked on the shore of Hemkund Lake.

Badrinath: The famed town of Badrinath is among the four dominant Char Dham pilgrimage sites of India as well as the Chota Char Dham. It is perched at an average elevation of 3,300 metres (10827 feet) above sea level on the banks of Alaknanda River.This holy town is named after the Badrinath temple dedicated to the preserver, Lord Vishnu. Many Hindu devotees are smitten by the charm of this holy shrine as it showcases the traditional Garhwali wooden architecture.

Gwaldam: Gwaldam is a sleepy little town, on the border of Garhwal & Kumaon hills located amidst green jungles and apple orchards, offering a fascinating view of Himalayan peaks Nanda Devi (7817 mt), Trishul (7120 mt) and Nanda Ghuti (6309 mt). This quaint little hill station is perched at an altitude of 1700 mts above the sea level and is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. It lies on the route which connects the Garhwal region with Kumaon.

Malari: Malari is a small village near the Indo-Tibetan border near Joshimath in Chamoli district. Located in Dhauli Ganga valley at a height of 3048 meters, Malari village is encircled by steep snow-covered mountains. Inhabitants of Malari village moves to the lower part of Himalayas during winters due to heavy snowfall. Malari is a beautiful also old Himalayan Village with a very unique architecture and slate roofing of old houses. The road from Malari goes towards the Niti Village/Niti Pass which is close to China/Tibet border.

Champawat : Champawat district was formerly a part of almora district. In 1972, the part came under pithoragarh district. In 1997 september 15, champawat was declared an individual, independent district.

Champawat is valued in uttarakhand as the place of origin of culture and religion in uttarakhand region. The champawat land is considered to be the home of naga and kinnar described in hindu mythology. The region was ruled by khash kings in past. Historical pillars, monuments, manuscripts, archeological collections and folklores of the region are the evidences to its historical importance.  The manuscripts make it clear that katyur dynasty ruled the region in the past.

Champawat district is one among 13 districts of uttarakhand state, india. Champawat district administrative head quarter is champawat. It is is located 266 km west towards state capital dehradun . Champawat district population is 259648 approx. It is 12 th largest district in the state by population.

Famous Place in Champawat:  Kranteshwar Mahadev Temple, Ek Hathiya Ka Naula, Patal Rudreshwar, ReethaMeetha Sahib,

Baleshwar Temple, Banasur Ka Kila, Nagnath Temple, Golu Devta / Gwal Devta, Abbott Mount Church, Pancheshwar Dam,

Maneshwar Temple, Abbott Mount, Lohaghat.

Kranteshwar Mahadev Temple: Kranteshwar Mahadev Temple is a holy shrine of Lord Shiva situated on a top of a lofty hill on the east of Champawat town. The temple is locally called by name of Shrine Lord Kandev and Lord Kurmapad.

Ek Hathiya Ka Naula: Ek Hathiya Ka Naula is a stone structure having intricate stone carving done on it. This place is located about 5 km from Champawat.

Patal Rudreshwar: Patal Rudreshwar is a cave where Lord Shiva did serious meditation to attain salvation. This cave was discovered in 1993 and is 40 metres long and 18 metres wide. Many devotees are allured by this cave as it offers spiritual bliss.

Reetha Meetha Sahib: Reetha Sahib also known as Meetha Reetha Sahib is located in a tiny hamlet called Dyuri in Champawat district of Uttarakhand. It is considered sacred by the Sikhs and is located about 72 km from Champawat.

Baleshwar Temple: Admist the main city of Champawat is the historical “Baleshwar Temple”. Built by the rulers of Chand Dynasty, Baleshwar Temple is a marvelous symbol of stone carving. There isn’t any historical manuscript that dates the Baleshwar temple, however it is believed to be built between 10 – 12 century A.D.

Banasur Ka Kila: This medieval-era fort was built in the memory of Banasur, thousand-armed son of mythological king Bali who was slayed by Lord Krishna. The fort, situated 7kms from Lohaghat in Champawat district offers a perfect vantage to view the majestic Himalayan peaks in its full glory. Vanasur Ka Kila also known as Banasur Ka Kila.

Upon reaching, the travelers are required to do an easy gradient of 2 km will lead to Banasur Ka Kila. The lovers of ancient Indian architecture must visit this spectacular fort, which has been standing tall since ages.

Nagnath Temple: The Nagnath Temple is one of the oldest and holiest Hindu shrines in the Champawat district of Uttarakhand. This sacred Shiva temple is revered by many Hindu devotees who come from far-off places to pay obeisance at the temple.

Golu Devta / Gwal Devta: Gwal Devta Temple  or  Golu Devta is a dedicated Golu Devta (also known Gorilor Gollas) who is considered the most revered local deity in the Kumaon region. Golu Devta is revered by the devotees the God of Justice. The temple is located in the Champawat town in the name sake district of Uttarakhand. Large numbers of devotees’ visit the temple to seek the deity’s blessing in their life.

Abbott Mount Church: In the solitary hill station of Abbott Mount perched at 6,400 feet above sea level, withstands an old rustic church called Abbott Mount Church built in 1942.

Pancheshwar Dam: Pancheshwar Dam is a rock-fill dam which is  being constructed on the Sarda River (also known as Mahakali in Nepal), which  forms the international boundary between India and Nepal.

Maneshwar Temple: Maneshwar Temple is an ancient temple which is about 7 kms from the city of Champawat. 1 km away from Champawat-Pithoragarh motorway. Maneshwar Temple is a famous religious temple situated in Champawat. Maneshwar Temple is the oldest temple of Champawat. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Nirbhay Chand the King of Chand dynasty was built this temple in the 8th century.

Abbott Mount: Cliffed atop a hill, the dwarf hill station of Abbott Mount is snuggled in the Kali Kumaon region of Champawat district of Uttarakhand state. This picturesque hill station is perched at an elevation of 6,400 feet and is encircled by a cluster of thirteen cottages, sprawling over five acres of woods. The tiny hamlet also features a lovely church offering spiritual bliss to the visitant. The Abbott Mount is also the base camp for the Mahaseer fishing in Pancheshwar, the confluence of Saryu and Mahakali rivers.

Lohaghat: Perched on the banks of Lohawati river, this verdant hills station of Lohaghat is situated just 7 kms from Abbott Mount. Blessed with serene climate, lush greenery and pine and oak forests, Lohaghat is one of the least explored Himalayan retreats. Lohaghat is an admired destination in the Champawat district of Uttarakhand state. Lohaghat holds immense historical and mythological importance and it is situated on the banks of Lohawati River at an altitude of 1745 mts above sea level.

Dehradun: Fascinating history and intriguing mythology meet at the crossroads of this beautiful hill-station, one of the most popular in the country. Just 240 km from Delhi, nestled in the rolling Doon Valley and at the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun is surrounded by high mountains and lush Sal forests. Known for its pleasant year-round weather and scenic surroundings, the city is a gateway to several popular hill-stations like Mussoorie and pilgrimage sites like Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Offering a blend of unparalleled landscape and modern amenities, bustling Dehradun is a city for both business and leisure. Once a retirement haven, today it buzzes with excitement, yet has managed to retain its laid-back vibe. Quaint cafés and lounges rub shoulders with heritage monuments and bazaars.

The education hub of northern India, the city is home to iconic institutions like Welham and Doon School, alma mater of stalwarts like former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Olympian Abhinav Bindra, and renowned author Amitav Ghosh. The Indian Military Academy is also located here. Said to have been established by Sikh guru Ram Rai in 1675, the city is also known as the abode of Dronacharya, the famed teacher from the epic Mahabharata. Fascinating history and intriguing mythology meet at the crossroads of this beautiful town, one of the most popular vacation spots in the country.

Famous Place in Dehradun: Forest Research Institute – FRI Dehradun, Guchhu Pani/ Robbers Cave, Sahastradhara,Tapkeshwar, Buddha Temple, Asan Barrage, Lachhiwala, Dehradun Zoo Malsi Deer Park, Jolly Grant Airport, Clock Tower,  Daat Kali Temple, Santala Devi Temple, Laxman Siddh Temple, Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara, Fun Valley, Khalanga War Memorial, Jagatram, Paonta Sahib Himachal, Sai Mandir, Shiv Mandir, Gurudwara Nanaksar, Shikhar Fall, Dehradun Railway Station, Uttarakhand War Memorial, Chandrabani Temple, Regional Science Center, MDDA Park, Maldevta, Dehradun Zoo, Sura Devi, Parade Ground, Dehradun Mussoorie Ropeway, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium,       Kalu Sidh, Manak Sidh, Mandu Shidh, Anand Van,

Forest Research Institute – FRI Dehradun: The Forest Research Institute of India, popularly called as FRI Dehradun is an architectural marvel and vast collection of forestry related items in its six museums, FRI is a must visit place in Dehradun.

Guchhu Pani/ Robbers Cave: Robbers Cave is a favourite picnic spot for young couples and fun loving enthusiasts. Located near Anarwala village at 8 kms from Dehradun city center. Visitors often visit Robbers Cave for enjoying cold streams of water within natural beauty of caves.

Sahastradhara: Sahastradhara, which literaly means ‘Thousand fold spring’ is a famous tourist spot in Dehradun. At the Baldi river, Sahastradhara is located at 14 km from Dehradun city. Tourist visit Sahastradhara in large numbers to watch beauty of waterfalls and caves.

Tapkeshwar: Tapkeshwar is a famous holy temple of Lord Shiva on the bank of seasonal Asan river near Dehradun. Known to have one of the oldest Shivling in the cave, Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple is located at 6.5 km from Dehradun city. As water droplets continuously drops on the shivling, hence it was named as ‘Tapkeshwar’.

Buddha Temple: Famous for extravagant Buddhist structure and holy school of Tibetan religion, Buddha Temple is the most visited place in Dehradun city. Located at Clement Town, Buddha Temple is center of attraction for many International tourists and Budhhist followers.

Asan Barrage: The wetland at Asan Barrage, is situated near the confluence of two perennial rivers Asan and Yamuna near Dehradun. The lake attracts a large number of waterfowl, both waders and divers. The birds listed as globally threatened species and in the IUCN Red Data Book have been observed at Asan. The barrage is 287.5 m long, the river bed being 389.4 m above sea level, with minimum and maximum water levels respectively at 402.4 m and 403.3 m asl. The Asan reservoir exists throughout the year and is fed from the river Asan and the discharge channel of Yamuna through Dhsalipur power house.

Lachhiwala: Encircled between Sal trees, Lachhiwala provides a calm and fun loving environment for visitors. Children and elders find Lachhiwal equal enjoying. Apart from nature views, visitors like to enjoy fun bath in man made water pools here. A stream from Suswa River is collected in number of pools.

Dehradun Zoo, Malsi Deer Park: Malsi Deer Park is now renamed as Dehradun Zoo. Malsi Deer Park is a major wildlife lovers attraction after Rajaji National Park in Dehradun. Located at 10 km from Dehradun at Mussoorie Road, this mini Zoological park or garden is now developed as a famous family outing/picnic spot in Dehradun and flushed with visitors during weekends.

Jolly Grant Airport: Jolly Grant Airport (IATA: DED, ICAO: VIDN), also known as Dehradun Airport, is an airport serving Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the only operational airport plying daily commercial flights, connecting the Garhwal region by Air.

Clock Tower Dehradun: Clock Tower is a landmark and a major attractive place in Dehradun city. Also called as Ghanta Ghar locally, it is located centrally and encircled by commercial centres like GPO, Shops, six face Clock Tower with a clock in each face, this monument stands much before independence.

Daat Kali Temple: Popularly known as “Maa Daat Kali Temple”, Daat Kali Temple is one of famous centre of religious sentiments near Dehradun. Located at 14 kms from main Dehradun city in Shahranpur Rd, Daat Kali Temple is visited by hundreds of Goddess Kali devotees all round the year.

Santala Devi Temple: Right above the Nun Nadi in Dehradun, Santala Devi Temple is a center of faith for the devotees. Located in between dense green forest at a distance of 15 km from Dehradun city in Santur Garh, Santaula Devi and her brother are the dieties of the temple.

Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara: At the heart of Dehradun city, Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara is the most famous religious centre in Dehradun. Established in 17th century, Guru Ram Rai Gurudwara is the oldest and holiest pilgrimage for Sikh community in Dehradun.

Fun Valley: Located at the Golden Triangle of Uttarakhand, equi-distance from Dehradun-Haridwar-Rishikesh, the Fun Valley is an amazing amusement park near Dehradun. The Fun Valley Dehradun is best place for kids and adults as it comprises amusement, liesure and water park.

Khalanga War Memorial: Located at just 5 kms from Dehradun city center at Sahastradhara Road, Khalanga War Memorial is a famous tourist spot in Dehradun which still depicts the brave story of Gorkhas. Its becomes big honour when an enemy erects a memorial of their opponent. It is perhaps world’s first memorial erected by an army for their opponent. It was Britishers who constructed Khalanga War Memorial in the memory of their General “Gilaspy” and other army men as well as Gorkha General “Balbhadra Thapa” to pay tribute to their courage jointly after the battle of Nalapani which was faught in 1814.

Jagatram: Jagatram is a historically significant and heritage site near Vikasnagar, Dehradun. Jagatram is located at 6 km from Vikasnagar, famous for ancient horse sacrifice site. This historic site is now under care of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Paonta Sahib Himachal: Paonta Sahib is small sacred town located in state of Himanchal Pradesh. Located on the banks of Yamuna river, Paonta Sahib town is holy place for Sikh community people and was built in the memory of Guru Gobind Singh, 10th Guru of Sikhs. This city is also known for growing industries. It is also spelled as Ponta Sahib or Poanta Sahib.

Sai Mandir: The Sai Darbar Temple is one of the pious and popular religious places in Dehradun. It is constructed out of white marble and the idol of Sai Baba is placed in the middle of the temple. Lots of paintings of god and goddess are also placed in temple. There is a large hall inside the temple where prayer sessions and aarti held every evening. On Thursday many people use to come at this place for prayers because Thursday is the day of Sai Baba.

Shiv Mandir: It is popularly known as Prakasheshwar Mahadev Mandir among locals as well as devotees. Shiv Mandir is one of the famous religious places of Dehradun. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Here you can see many pictures and idols of god and goddess. Everyday temple is decorated with flowers. Special poojas are held on the occasion of Shivratri & Sawaan.

Gurudwara Nanaksar: It is located at Raipur road near Shivlok Colony, Dehradun. Sant Baba Gurudev Jee founded it in 1973, Nanaksar is one of the famous religious places in Dehradun and dedicated to Sikh community. On the occasions of Pooranmashi and Guru Nanak Dev Jayanti Gurudwara prepares special arrangements. Through Jagrans and Ardhas this place charged you with the feeling of spirituality. In the evening bhog of Sri Sampat Akhnad Path of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Jee is performed and followed by katha & Kirthan.

Shikhar Fall: It is one of the most frequented waterfalls as it is the easiest to access from Dehradun city. Just push yourself more and you will get a perfect nature feel.

Uttarakhand War Memorial: Since World War-I, the land of Uttarakhand has given birth to thousands of warriors who have shed their blood for our country. Uttarakhand is not only known as Devbhumi but also called as ‘Veer Bhumi’.

Chandrabani Temple: Chandrabani is a famous temple located in the capital city of Dehradun which is dedicated to Goddess Chandrabani. Perched amidst the Shivalik hills in lush greenery, the temple is also locally known as Gautama Kund as it is believed that sage Gautama lived in the vicinity.

Regional Science Center: Regional Science Centre in Dehradun is a newly created science park that educates as well as entertains visitors especially children. It is a perfect outing destination for school children to expand their scope of knowledge. The science park includes Dinosaurs Park, a Himalayan gallery, a 3D theatre, a library, a 200-seater auditorium and an exhibition hall.

MDDA Park: In the hinterlands of Dehra lies the MDDA Park peacefully snuggled in the Kairwaan village at Rajpur. This lavish park is thronged by many visitors belonging to different age groups who are enticed by the park’s well-manicured gardens and the scenic beauty around.

Maldevta: A surreal place besieged by the dense thicket and river Song flowing in ecstasy, Mal Devta is one of the popular tourist attractions of Dehradun. The calm surroundings and the gurgling sound of the river make this place a safe haven for Doonites who are awe-inspired by the magnetising beauty of Maldevta.

Sura Devi: Sura Devi Temple is a holy place of worship located in the sylvan realms of Dehradun. This lesser known temple in Uttarakhand is located near Dak Patti and Barkuli.

Parade Ground: Parade Ground, a big ground that lavishly sprawls in the lively city of Dehradun is a venue for several popular events held in the city. It is one of the most happening places of Dehradun that hosts many mega events from time to time.

Dehradun Mussoorie Ropeway: The dream project of Uttarakhand Tourism department, Dehradun-Mussoorie Ropeway Project is finally sees the light of day. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat laid out the foundation stone for the Doon-Mussorie Ropeway Project on March 06, 2019.

Kalu Sidh: Located in Kaluwala village near Bhaniwala or Bhaniyawala, Kalu Siddh is a holy shrine dedicated to Sage Kalu, one of the 84 disciples of Lord Dattatreya. Kalu Siddh Temple is set in the Thano Forest Range amongst dense sal forests and situated at a distance of about 7kms from Thano village. It is one of the four pilgrimage sites of the four siddhs (holy shrines) of Dehradun.

Mandu Shidh: Situated among dense forests in the small village Aamwala, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Mandu Siddh is one of the four revered siddhs of Dehradun. The four siddhs of Dehradun are situated within 15kms radius from the main city of Dehradun and in four different directions. Mandu Siddh is situated in the north direction.

Anand Van: Anand Van in Dehradun is Uttarakhand’s first urban forest.  It has been developed in the Jhajra Forest Range. Anand Van is all set to open  on 17th October 2020 the first day of Navaratri. It is developed in  3 years at a cost of 43 lakhs rupees. Anand Van is spread over 50 hectares of  land which has been developed to reduce the severe levels of air pollution in  the region.

Haridwar: Haridwar district, covering an area of about 2360 sq.km. is in the western part of Uttarakhand state of India. It’s latitude and longitude are 29.58 degree north and 78.13 degree east respectively. The height from the sea level is 249.7 mts. The district came into existence on 28th Dec. 1988. Prior to its inclusion in the newly created state of Uttarakhand, this district was a part of Saharanpur Divisional Commissionary. The district is ringed by Saharanpur in the west, Dehradun in the north and east, Pauri Garhwal in the east, Muzzaffar Nagar and Bijnor in the south. The district headquarter is situated in the Roshnabad, at a distance of about 12 kms from railway station. The Collectorate, Vikas Bhawan, District Judiciary, S.S.P. Office, Police line, District Jail, District sports stadium, Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya etc. are the prime establishments of this area. The district is administratively subdivided into four tehsils i.e. Haridwar, Roorkee , Laksar, Bhagwanpur and six development blocks i.e. Bhagwanpur, Roorkee, Narsan, Bahadrabad, Laksar and Khanpur. Haridwar is one of the first towns where Ganga emerges from the mountains to touch the planes. As per the 2011 census, the population of the district is 18,90,422. Due to Haridwar’s location on the bank of river Ganga, it has plenty of water resources and almost all kind of food grains are produced here in abundance.

Famous Places In Haridwar: Har Ki Pauri, Ganga Aarti, Mansa Devi Temple, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi Temple, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Chilla Range, Ma Anandamayi Ashram, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Saptrishi Ashram, Maya Devi Temple, Jai Ram Ashram, Haridwar Railway Station, Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple, PremNagar Ashram, Sri Santosh Puri Ashram, Shankar Ashram, Kutchi Lal Rameshwar Ashram, Bholagiri Ashram, Soham Ashram, Gau Ghat, Doodadhari Barfani Temple, Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar, Pawan Dham, Parad Shivlinga, Bhimgoda Tank, Ramanand Ashram, Sati Kund, Sureshwari Devi Temple, Bhimgoda Barrage, Bara Bazaar, Vaishno Devi Temple, Swami Vivekananda Park, Bhuma Niketan, Vishnu Ghat, Gaurishankar Mahadev Temple, Moti Bazaar, Birla Ghat, Kushavarta Ghat.

Har Ki Pauri: Har Ki Pauri is a major landmark place and a famous ghat on the banks of river Ganga in Haridwar. A center place of attraction among devotees in Haridwar, Har ki Pauri is believed to be the place of exit of holy river Ganga from the mountains. World famous Ganga Aarti takes place in Brahmakund area of Har ki Pauri, a sacred spot where it is believe that the nectar (Amrit) felled on earth. Biggest fairs of Hindu’s, Kumbh and Ardh Kumbh also takes place at Har ki Pauri.

Ganga Aarti: Haridwar is famous for Har ki Pauri and it’s Ganga Aarti. Ganga aarti means worship of Ganga. Lots of people visit this place for Ganga aarti everyday at 06:00 pm – 07:00 pm (Daily). The priest hold large fire bowls in their hands, the bells in the temples at the Ghat start ringing and the chants of mantras flowing out in the air. People float diyas, with flowers on Ganga. The shadow reflects on the river and lighting diyas on flowing Ganga looks so beautiful that cannot be expressed in words. It is a very fascinating experience to participate in the Ganga Aarati performed in the evening at Har Ki Pauri. This place is famous for its Ganga Aarti at dusk among tourists as well as devotees.

Mansa Devi Temple: Mansa Devi Temple is one of the most revered temple of Goddess Mansa Devi located at Bilwa Parvat near Haridwar. This temple is a holy place to worship Goddess Mansa, who is believed to be a form of Shakti, emerged from the mind of great Sage Kashyap. Mansa Devi temple is a famous Siddhpeeth and offers panoramic views of Haridwar city.

Shantikunj: Shantikunj is a world-renowned ashram and headquarter of All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP), located in Haridwar. Established in 1971 by Pandit Sriram Sharma Acharya, Shantikunj is a major attraction in Haridwar among visitors in search of spirituality.

Chandi Devi Temple: Chandi Devi Temple is a holy temple located at a hill top, Neel Parvat near Haridwar. Goddess Chandi is the presiding diety of the temple and believed to be a Siddh Peeth where desires get fulfilled.

Daksha Mahadev Temple: The ancient temple of Daksha Mahadev also known as Daksheshwar Mahadev Temple, is situated in the south Kankhal town in Haridwar. A sacred place of great devotion and faith among Lord Shiva devotees, the Daksheshwar Mahadev Temple is a centre of attraction in holy month of Saavan as per Hindu calender. This temple of Lord Shiva is named after King Daksha Prajapati, father of Sati.

Maya Devi Temple: Maya Devi Temple is a popular ancient temple in Haridwar and one of Siddh Peeth located in Uttarakhand. Goddess Maya, who is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Shakti, is the deity of Maya Devi Temple. As per mythology, here at Maya Devi Mandir heart and navel of Goddess Sati fell.

Gau Ghat: Mythologically, a cow fulfills the wishes and the desires and is known as “Kamadhenu”. People reach this place for penance for their sin of cow killing for food.

Doodadhari Barfani Temple: Doodhadhari Barfani temple lies on Haridwar-Rishikesh NH 58 (Bhupatwala) and is located at a favourable distance of 4 km from Har Ki Pauri. The temple offers spiritual bliss to the devotees who enrapture themselves in the worship of the deity.

Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar: Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar is a paradise for the bird watchers and trekkers as it is blessed with wildlife, flora and fauna in abundance.

Pawan Dham: Pawan Dham is a social non-profitable organization and is one of the most visited pilgrim sites of the Hindus. Swami Vedantanand Ji Maharaj founded this temple. The major attractions of this temple are the idols, which are adorned with precious jewellery.

Parad Shivlinga: Parad Shivlinga enshrined in the compound of Harihar Ashram is located at a favourable distance of 2 km from Haridwar. The name of this Shivlinga is derived from the word ‘Parad’ meaning mercury and ‘Shivlinga’ which symbolises Lord Shiva.

Bhimgoda Tank: Bhimgoda tank is situated in the revered town of Haridwar in Uttarakhand. This sacred tank is named after Bhima, the second of the five Pandavas in the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

Bara Bazaar: The bustling Bara Bazaar market of Haridwar is a shopper’s stop for the local as well as foreign tourists. This lively market is famous for selling religious paraphernalia, decorative as well as ornamental items. Meander through the gullies (lanes) and you’ll see different goods on display.

Vaishno Devi Temple: Made as a replica of the Vaishno Devi temple nestled in the ethereal beauty of Jammu and Kashmir, this holy shrine is dedicated to Maa Vaishno Devi, a manifestation of Hindu Goddess Laxmi.

This sacred shrine is evident by the colossal caves leading to the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, housing the shrine of Vaishno Devi.

Swami Vivekananda Park: Out of the very few parks in Haridwar, Swami Vivekananda Park is considered one of the most beautiful and serene parks. The triangular shaped park, which lies on the banks of river Ganges, is enveloped in lush greenery and contains a large statue of the great Swami Vivekananda whose teachings have had a lasting impact on Indian culture.

Bhuma Niketan: Bhuma Niketan Temple is one of many landmarks to discover in the holy city of Haridwar. This sacred Hindu shrine is located on the Saptsarovar Marg.

Nainital: Nainital, the charming Himalayan lake town, is a picture-postcard perfect hill-station and one of the most popular in Northern India. Commonly known as the ‘Lake District’, Nainital is nestled high up in the Kumaon Himalayas at an altitude of around 2,000 m above sea level. This beautiful town in surrounded by seven hills, popularly known as ‘Sapta-Shring’ – Ayarpata, Deopata, Handi-Bandi, Naina, Alma, Lariya-Kanta and Sher-Ka-Danda. The majestic mountains and the sparkling waters of the lake add an immense lot to the beauty of the town.  The town is centred around the emerald mountain lake Naini, which on most days is dotted with colourful sailboats. According to mythology, the lake is believed to have been formed when the eyes of goddess “Sati” fell at this spot while her body was being carried by Lord Shiva after her death.

Famous Places In Nainital: Naini Lake, Nainital Zoo, Aerial Ropeway Nainital, Naina Devi Temple, The Mall Road,

Tiffin Top, Eco Cave Gardens, Raj Bhawan, Kilbury, Snow View Point, Gurney House, The Flatts, Naina Peak, ARIES,

Kainchi Dham, Hanuman Garhi, Aurobindo Ashram, Naina Devi Bird Reserve, Sariyatal, Khurpatal, Sukha Tal Lake.

Naini Lake: Nainital Lake, famously known as Naini Lake is the major attraction of Naintal town as well of Uttarakhand. Surrounded by panoramic seven hills, Nainital lake is a favourite spot among romantic travellers around the world. It is one of the most visited lakes in India.

Nainital Zoo: Nainital Zoo is one of the best attraction for wildlife lovers in Nainital. Officially named as Bharat Ratna Pt. Govind   Ballabh Pant High Altitude Zoo Nainital, this well maintained zoo is the single zoo in entire Uttarakhand state. Covering a small green area of 4.693 Hectares, Nainital Zoo is the home of numerous endangered species, many of which are adopted by people and animal organizations. This high altitude zoo is located at an height of 2100 mtrs which makes this zoo a favourable place for many animals and birds. Locally called as ‘Sher ka Danda’, Nainital Zoo is located at hill slope in Nainital.

Aerial Ropeway Nainital: Cable car or Aerial rope-way is a major attraction in Nainital, which draws hundres of tourists each day who wants to enjoy the breathtaking views of Naini Lake and complete Nainital Hill Station. Every tourists must take the adventurous ride in aerial rope-way which connects Snow view point with Mallital. It takes less than 3 minutes to reach Snow view point in aerial rope-way.

Naina Devi Temple: A well known Shakti Peeths of Hindu religion, Naini Devi Temple is sacred place of great devotion in Nainital. Goddess Naini Devi is the diety of Naini Devi Temple and located at northern end of famous Nainital Lake. Goddess in this holy temple is represented by her two eyes. Devotees from far away place comes here to take blessing of Maa Naina Devi.

The Mall Road: The Mall is a most popular name in Nainital city. A busiest road in day time, The Mall runs side by side of the Nainital Lake. Britishers constructed The Mall Road which passes through the centre of Nainital and connects two main ends of Nainital city, Mallital and Tallital.

Tiffin Top: A popular picnic spot in Nainital, Tiffin Top (also known as Dorothy’s Seat) is located on Ayarpatta hill, offers a magnificent 360 degree view of the Nainital town and surrounding hills of kumaon region. Apart from a picnic spot amidst the calm and serene environment, Tiffin Top is a delight for photographers. It should be visited by those who enjoy the nature’s calling and love capturing the divine beauty of nature in photographic shots.

Eco Cave Gardens: Eco Cave Gardens is a newly developed tourist spot in Nainital. It comprises several natural inter connected caves of different animals. Hanging gardens makes this place more attractive. A children educational tour is the best option to explore Eco Cave Gardens.

Raj Bhawan: Raj Bhawan, also called as Governor House is a British era building, now serves as the residence of Governor of Uttarakhand. Known for its magnificent looks and old age charming architecture, Raj Bhawan in Nainital previously served as summer residence of British Governors. Governor House or Raj Bhawan is located in splendid landscape and spreads across vast area.

Kilbury: Kilbury is famous as birding route in Nainital, Uttarakhand. Developed as a splendid picnic spot in Nainital, Kilbury is definetly a bird watcher’s paradise. Visitors finds a wide range of species of birds in their natural habitats with closeness. It is also the home of Naina Devi Himalayan Bird Reserve famous for number of birds species. Tourists enjoys the relaxing sound of chirping of birds in the forests of oak, pine and rhododendron.

Snow View Point: Snow View Point is one of the most visited places by tourists for watching majestic Himalayas from Nainital. Known as best view point in Nainital, Snow view point offers tourists an excellent views of snow capped mountains like Nanda Devi, Trishul and Nanda Kot. Snow view point is well connected by road but an adventurous ride in aerial ropeway from Mallital is always worth it.

The Flatts: The Flatts is a well known name for the locals but an interesting place for tourists in Nainital. A centre for recreational activities, the Flatts is a large ground conducting number of sports activities such as Cricket, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton and Boxing tournaments are organized from time to time by sports authorities. All cultural fairs and festivals in Naintal are also organised in The Flatts.

Naina Peak: Naina Peak is highest hill top and one of the the famous tourist spots in Nainital. This peak is also called as China Peak and Cheena Peak by locals in Naintal. Due to high altitude and lush green forest path, Naina Peak is favourite place in Nainital for trekking among travellers.

ARIES: ARIES, stands for Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences, is a prominent astronomical institute of India. ARIES observatory was established after independence in 1955 but later on shifted to more appropriate location at Manora Peak in Nainital. Known to have one of the most advanced telescopes in India, ARIES is setup as an autonomous institute imparting education on astronomical studies.

Hanuman Garhi: Hanuman Garhi is located some 3.5 kms from the Tallital or South End bus stop, at an altitude of 6,401 ft above sea level. Lord Hanuman – the monkey god of the epic Ramayana is the main deity of the temple.

Aurobindo Ashram: Located in the verdant hills of Nainital, away from the cacophony of the marketplace, The Himalayan Center of Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Nainital is a significant branch of its namesake ashram, which is situated in Delhi. It is the Himalayan centre for the group dedicated to yoga and meditation. With prior permissions from the ashram’s administration, visitors can plan a stay at this tranquil place.

Naina Devi Bird Reserve: Uttarakhand is the first state of the country to have a National Park which was set up by the name of Hailey National Park (now Jim Corbett National Park). The hill state has carved niche for itself in taking initiative for conserving rich flora and fauna of the country. The Himalayan paradise is known to be home of some of the rarest species of animals and birds as well. Carrying on the legacy, Uttarakhand has put a step forward in contributing to the sustenance of concealed and endangered species of birds by paying homage in the Naina Devi Bird Reserve, Pangot.

Sariyatal: In the cool suburbanarea of the lake city, lays a jade green lake called Sariyatal which hasemerged as a popular tourist spot in the recent times.

Khurpatal Lake: The emerald blue-green lake of Khurpatal is cradled in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It is encircled by the lofty pine and old cedar trees offering a gorgeous vista of the mountains. Khurpatal, being tucked away at an astonishing height of 1,635 meters above sea level, this beautiful piece of nature is just 12 km away from Nainital and can be easily approachable.

Sukha Tal Lake: Sukha Tal cocooned in Mallital was earlier a part of the pristine Nainital Lake. Sukha Tal or Suka Tal literally suggests dry lake which is located half a km from the picturesque lake of Nainital.

Pauri Garhwal: Pauri Garhwal is a district of Uttrakhand. Located partly in the Gangetic plain and partly in the northern Himalayas, Pauri Garhwal district encompasses an area of 5,230 square kilometres (2,020 sq mi) and is situated between 29° 45’ to 30°15’ North Latitude and 78° 24’ to 79° 23’ East Longitude. The district is bordered on the southwest by Bijnor district, Uttar Pradesh, and, clockwise from west to southeast, by the Uttarakhand districts of Haridwar, Dehradun, Tehri Garhwal, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Almora, and Nainital.
The climate of Pauri Garhwal is mostly pleasant in summer and cold in winter. In the rainy season the climate is cool and the landscape green. However, in Kotdwar and the adjoining Bhabar area, it is quite hot, reaching the high 40s Celsius during the summer. In the winter, many parts of Pauri receive snowfall.

Famous Places In Pauri Garwal: Ransi Stadium, Kandoliya Temple, Danda Nagraja Temple, Satpuli, Jwalpa Devi Temple, Nag Dev Temple, Chaukhamba View Point, Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Tara Kund Lake, Gagwadsiyun Valley.

Ransi Stadium: Ransi Stadium perched at an astounding altitude of 7000 feet above sea level is the second highest stadium in Asia. The stadium is located at a distance of 2.5 km from the town and is one of the highest points in Pauri where games and tournaments are held frequently. At present, the Pauri stadium is under construction to meet the international standards as envisioned.

Satpuli: Satpuli is a mid size town falls just between route road connecting Pauri and Kotdwar. Located on the banks of Purvi Nayar Ghati river, Satpuli is almost equi-distance from Kotdwar and Pauri. Vehicles running between Kotdwara and Pauri or vice versa take halt for refreshments at Satpuli

Nag Dev Temple: Nag Dev temple is a Hindu shrine located in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. This Hindu shrine is cocooned amidst the dense pine and rhododendron forests. The temple is dedicated to Nag Dev, the serpent god and can be easily accessible by commencing an easy gradient of 1.5 km trek.

Chaukhamba View Point: Chaukhamba View Point is a vantage point located about 4 km from Pauri Garhwal. One can have a breathtaking view of the misty Himalayas from this point.

Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev Temple: Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev Temple located in Pauri Garhwal is an ancient 8th-century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is nestled in the lap of Alaknanda Valley and offers soul-rejuvenating views of the snow-clad Himalayan ranges.

Tara Kund Lake: Tara Kund is a small pristine lake perched at 2,200 meters above sea level in Pauri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Cradled in the lap of the majestic Himalayas, the lake is situated in the Chariserh Development Area.

Gagwadsiyun Valley: The Gagwadasayun Valley adjoining the Pauri Divisional Headquarters is a very beautiful valley that has many secrets inside it. Many religious programs held here throughout the year that increases its beauty. You can visit Gagwarasyun Valley by walking or trekking, if you want to roam the entire valley then you will need a vehicle.

Gagwadsiyun Valley: The Gagwadasayun Valley adjoining the Pauri Divisional Headquarters is a very beautiful valley that has many secrets inside it. Many religious programs held here throughout the year that increases its beauty. You can visit Gagwarasyun Valley by walking or trekking, if you want to roam the entire valley then you will need a vehicle.

The area of this valley adjacent to the Pauri Kandolia will be about 2 or 3 sq km. The Lwali market here is very beautiful where you will get to eat spicy spring rolls and salty snacks on the samosas of the Dabral Sweets.

Pithoragarh: An idyllic hill-station, Pithoragarh is a dream destination for those looking for a trip away from the crowd. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, specially the Panchachuli Peaks which overlook lush green Saur valley criss-crossed by meandering rivers and waterfalls cutting across forests, the town of Pithoragarh is a nature-lover’s paradise. Perched at a height of 1,645 m above sea level, Pithoragarh serves as the headquarters of its eponymous district.

The third-largest city of the Kumaon region, Pithoragarh is popular as being the starting point for treks to the Milam Glacier and the Darma Valley. Being a border town, Pithoragarh is also an important base of the Indian Army. Historically, the town was a major centre of power during the reign of the Chand Kings in Kumaon and even today some remnants of that time exist.

Famous Places In Pithoragarh: Gangolihat, Arjuneshwar Temple, Nakuleshwar Temple, Pithoragarh Fort, Thal Kedar Temple, Dhwaj Temple, Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple, Naini Saini Airport, Pancheshwar Dam, Pancheshwar Mahadev Temple, Lateshwar Mandir.

Gangolihat: Gangolihat is a small Himalayan hill town in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. Gangolihat is famous for its Shakti Peeth of “Haat Kalika” dedicated goddess Kali.

Arjuneshwar Temple: The Arjuneshwar temple is a famous Lord Shiva temple in Pithoragarh town. It is believed that the temple is built by Arjun- one of the Pandavas and a supreme archer. This religious site is perched at 6000 feet above the sea level. There are many center off attractions at this destination like Laxminarayan temple and Shivalaya in the town and Shiva, Hanuman, Chatkeshwar, Gurna Devi and Igyara devi around the town.

Dhwaj Temple: The Dhwaj Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Jayanti. It is located near Pithoragarh and is perched at an elevation of 2,100 metres above sea level. The temple can be easily accessible as it is 10 km by road from Pithoragarh.

Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple: Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple is adorned in the luscious Soar Valley located near Takaura and Takari villages of Pithoragarh. The Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated about 10 metres inside a dark cave.

Naini Saini Airport: Naini Saini Airport is situated in a beautiful city of Kumon called Pithoragarh. This airport is also known as Pithoragarh airport or Pithoragarh Airstrip. Currently goverment of Uttarakhand is operating this airport and is planning to upgrade it to Category 2C airport under Visual flight rules (VFR) conditions to facilitate operations of ATR-42 type of aircraft. Pithoragarh Airport was constructed in 1991 for administrative use and planned for Dornier 228 type aircraft.

Pancheshwar Dam: Pancheshwar Dam is a rock-fill dam which is  being constructed on the Sarda River (also known as Mahakali in Nepal), which  forms the international boundary between India and Nepal.

Pancheshwar Mahadev Temple: Pancheshwar Mahadev Temple is a sacred temple of Lord Shiva located at foothills of the India – Nepal border, on confluence of river Sharda and river Kali near Lohaghat in Champawat district. This temple is also known as Chaumu (Isht Devta) by local people. Here locales worship the Jaat of Chaumu. The temple is mostly visited during the Chaitra Navratri, a festival celebrated in months of March-April by Kumaoni as well as Garhwali people.

Lateshwar Mandir: People from across the region visit Lateshwar Mandir to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and its enthralling location makes it one of the most famous attractions of Pithoragarh region. The entire temple is coloured in red with ample space for holding yagnas, festivals, and religious gatherings.

Rudraprayag: Rudraprayag district was established on 16th September 1997. It lies at the confluence of two rivers Alkananda and Mandakini. Rudraprayag is one of the Panch Prayags or five confluences of Alaknanda River. Rudraprayag is blessed with nature’s bounty, the climate of which depends upon the height of the region.The district was carved out from the following areas of three adjoining districts.Whole of Augustmuni & Ukhimath block and part of Pokhri & Karnprayag block from Chamoli District. Part of Jakholi and Kirtinagar block from Tehri District. Part of Khirsu block from Pauri District.

Famous Places In Rudraprayag: Dhari Devi Temple, Kartik Swami, Augustmuni, Koteshwar Mahadev Temple,

Karma Jeet Temple, Hariyali Devi Temple, Indrasani Mansa Devi Temple, Basukedar Temple, Syalsaur.

Dhari Devi Temple: On the banks of Alaknanda river, the holy temple of Goddess Dhari Devi is located between Srinagar and Rudraprayag on Badrinath Road. Dhari Devi Temple diety is Maa Dhari Devi.

Kartikswami: In the wonderlands of the Garhwal Himalayas, lies the Kartik Swami temple that remains hidden by the cottony clouds that carelessly drifts above the temple. This holy temple is dedicated to Kartikeya, the elder son of Lord Shiva and is adorned at the end of a narrow ridge, enclosed by a deep valley.  One can soak in the mystical beauty of the snowy peaks and the lower Himalayas that can be seen from here. If you move inside, you’ll be stunned by the beautifully carved idol of Kartik Swami.

Augustmuni: Augustmuni is a small town in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand in India. The famous temple of Rishi Augustya is located here and the village gets its name (Augustyamuni) from it. Phata, is around 50 kms from Augustmuni enroute to Kedarnath and 18 kms short of Gaurikund.

Karma Jeet Temple: Situated in the Pillu village of Rudraprayag district of Garhwal, lies a temple dedicated to a serpent deity Karamjeet Devta.  The temple is located near the world renowned Kartik Swami temple, some 30 kms away from district headquarters. The devotees of Karamjeet Devta lift the idol of the deity in a palanquin (doli) – much like goddess Nanda Devi – and carry out the pilgrimage with much devotion and sanctity.

Hariyali Devi Temple: Hariyali Devi is at an altitude of 1400 mts on the way to Rudraprayag-Karanprayag, a route diverting from Nagrasu, leads to the Siddha Peeth of Hariyali Devi. Hariyali Devi Temple contains an idol of the goddess on a lion’s back along with idols of Kshatrapal and Heet Devi.

Indrasani Mansa Devi Temple: Located near Kandali Patti Village in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, Indrasani Mansa Devi Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Mansa Devi, Goddess of Serpents. The beautiful temple is surrounded by forests and temples of Jalkedareshwar, Khetrapal and JakhDevta. Itsstriking architecture never fails to captivate anyone.

Basukedar Temple: Located at the peaceful village of Basukedar in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, Basukedar Temple is a highly revered temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located away from the main road and is an ideal place for people seeking peace, meditation, respite from daily events, and some amount of hiking.

Syalsaur: Syalsaur is located on the banks of the Mandakini River, a tributary of the Alakananda River in Uttarakhand. Syalsaur is about 160 km from Haridwar at a height of about 820 m above sea level. It is a beautiful place which would make its visitors halt and it is a haven for the bird lovers. Syalsaur is a place which need to be visited by those who are seeking an adrenaline rush and spend some quality time in the lap of nature.

Tehri Garhwal: Lying on the southern slopes of mid Himalayas, Tehri Garhwal is on of the sacred hilly districts of Uttarakhand State. Before the creation of universe, Lord Brahma is said to have meditated on this sacred land. Muni-ki-Reti and Tapovan of the district are the places of penance for the ancient Rishis. Its hilly terrain and lack of easy communications have helped it to preserve its culture almost intact. Tehri and Garhwal are the two words combined for naming the district as Tehri Garhwal.

Famous Places In Tehri Garhwal: Ghansali, Pantwari Village, Tehri Dam, Budha Kedar, Tehri Lake, Chamba,

Chandrabani Temple.

Ghansali: Ghansali is a small town located at 59 kms from New Tehri close to confluence of Bhilangana and Bal Ganga river. Also pronounced as Ghansyali, this small town is major market place for nearby villages. Situated at a height of 976 mtrs, Ghansali is also a road route to Gangotri from Kedarnath via Tilwara.

Pantwari Village: Pantwari is a Village in Dhanaulti tehsil in Tehri Garhwal District. It is the base camp for Nag Tibba trek. This place is located 140 kms from Rishikesh and 95 km from Dehradun. There are few shops, guesthouses and home stay options for night stay.  Pantwari is a small village with a main bazaar for surrounding villages where you will find shops, dhaba (local eateries), ATM, Trekking Rent shops and few budget lodges for stay.

Tehri Dam: Reaching a staggering height of 260 meters, the imposing Tehri Dam is one of the tallest dams in the world and the tallest dam in India. An engineering marvel in itself, Tehri Dam not only provides more than 1,000 MW of hydroelectricity but also is a popular tourist attraction in Uttarakhand. The dam reservoir, also known as Tehri Lake, is usually flocked with tourists interested in boating and is slowly becoming a prominent hub for adventure tourism in Uttarakhand.

Budha Kedar: Budha Kedar is a holy place dedicated to Lord Shiva in Tehri Garhwal of Uttarakhand state. There is a Shivling in this place which is said to be the biggest Shivling in North India. It is situated at the confluence of Bal Ganga and Dharam Ganga.

Tehri Lake: Perched at an elevation of 1,700 meters, Tehri Lake is an artificial dam reservoir that came into existence during the construction of Tehri Dam when the water from the Bhagirathi River was diverted to fill the dam reservoir.

Chamba: In the celestial Garhwal Himalayas, lies a tiny hamlet called Chambasnuggled in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. This idyllic town is perched at an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level, enveloped by the thick woodlands.

Chandrabani Temple: Chandrabani is a famous temple located in the capital city of Dehradun which is dedicated to Goddess Chandrabani. Perched amidst the Shivalik hills in lush greenery, the temple is also locally known as Gautama Kund as it is believed that sage Gautama lived in the vicinity.

Udham Singh Nagar: Udham Singh Nagar was a portion of district Nainital before the Tarai belt was separated to form the present Udham Singh Nagar on 30/09/1995.In the past this land which is full of forest land was neglected till 1948 due to difficult climate. Marshy lands, extreme heat, rains which lasted months, a place full of wild animals, diseases and no means of transportation prevented the human race to form a colony here.

But today due to the efforts of Community this place is the most developed region in the Uttarakhand State and the Financial very stable land. After formation of district in this agricultural land, industrial developments have taken place. People from all walks of life are found here.

Nanak Matta: It is believed that Guru Nanak once graced the place with his presence. Ever since the place has been an important pilgrimage centre for the Sikh community. Devotees come here in large numbers to visit Nanak Matta. Apart from that, the place is also known for the dam that is also in the vicinity. Boating and fishing for tourists are thus common activities for the tourists. The place is a common picnic spot frequented by the locals.

Purnagiri Temple: The temple is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Purnagiri a form of Parvati. It is among the many Sakti Peethas in the subcontinent. Shakti Peetha is the shrine where the bodily remains of the goddesses are venerated. The tale behind the formation of the various temples is one of devotion, love and sorrow.

Giri Sarovar: This is a picturesque site with a beautiful lake. Giri Sarovar provides peace and tranquility and is another common picnic destination. Visitors often find themselves boating in the azure clear waters. Another beautiful lake near this is the Drona Sagar. The lakes prove to be not just a respite from the city but a quite place to sit and think. The tranquil environment provides the perfect place to ponder and think upon various issues.

Kashipur: The city stands on the ruins of the historic city that predated the area. Kashipur is said to have been a prosperous and had a vibrant economy with a bustling trade network. The city then attracted many travelers and pilgrims. Today the area is an industrial sector that has still preserved its heritage. Thus, the city is the perfect blend of modernity and medieval past.

Jaspur: Jaspur shows harmonious coexistence of Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims. All four communities have their places of piety in close proximity. Populated with these communities the town is always in celebration mode. The town is always organizing festivities of the various communities with participation from all the member of the town.  The town has many places of historic interests as well. Apart from that the town has some beautiful groves and orchards. The town also provides a striking scenic depiction of the snow clad Trishul peaks.

Uttarkashi: Uttarkashi district was created on February 24, 1960 out of what then constituted the parganas of Rawain and Uttarkashi of Rawain tahsil of erstwhile Tehri Garhwal district. It sprawls in the extreme north-west corner of the state over an area of 8016 sq. kms. in the rugged terrain of the mystic Himalayas. On its north lie Himachal Pradesh State and the territory of Tibet and the district of Chamoli in the east. The district is named after its headquarters town Uttarkashi, an ancient place with rich cultural heritage and as the name suggests is the Kashi of north (Uttara) held almost as high a veneration as Kashi of the plain (Varanasi). Both the Kashi of the plain (Varanasi) as well as the Kashi of north are situated on the banks of the river Ganga (Bhagirathi). The area which is held sacred and known as Uttarkashi, lies between the rivers Syalam Gad also known as the Varuna and Kaligad also known as the Asi. The Varuna and the Asi are also the names of the rivers between which the Kashi of the plain lies. One of the holiest Ghats in Uttarkashi is Manikarnika so is the one by the same name in Varanasi. Both have temples dedicated to Vishwanath.

Famous Places in Uttarkashi:  Gaumukh Trek, Kedartal, Dodi Tal Lake, Tehri Dam, Gangnani, Dayara Bugyal,

Harsil, Gangotri, Tapovan Trek, New Tehri, Chamba,

Gaumukh Trek: One of the most popular and rewarding treks in the Garhwal Himalayas, Gaumukh – Tapovan – Nandanvan Circuit not only gives you the opportunity to camp at the foot of lofty Himalayan peak but it also involves crossing the massive Gaumukh Glacier, the origin of Ganga River.

Kedar Tal: Kedartal also known as ‘Shiva’s Lake’ is one of the highest lakes in Uttarakhand. This immaculate glacial lake is seated at an elevation of 4,912 metres above sea level in the Uttarkashi district. Kedar Tal lake is formed by the melting of Kedar glacier, thereby giving birth to Kedar Ganga River which is an important tributary of Bhagirathi River.

Dodi Tal Lake: Dodital cocooned amidst the benedictory pines is a fresh water lake of Uttarakhand. Tucked away at an astounding altitude of 3,310 metres above sea level in Uttarkashi. Dodital is a home to varied aquatic species, flora and fauna. The lake has a circumference of 1.5 km. Dodital is the source of Asi Ganga river, which merges with Bhagirathi river near Gangotri. This crystalline fresh water lake in the Garhwal Himalayas offers contentment in the tranquil Himalayan vistas.

Gangnani: Gangnani is a small town situated 46 kms from Uttarkashi on the route to Gangotri. Gangnani is an ideal destination for the spiritually inclined and those seeking peace of mind. Being a perfect spot for meditation, Gangnani acts as an ideal retreat for the nature lovers who are exploring the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state. Gangnani affords stunning mountain views surrounded near Gangotri.

Tehri Dam: Reaching a staggering height of 260 meters, the imposing Tehri Dam is one of the tallest dams in the world and the tallest dam in India. An engineering marvel in itself, Tehri Dam not only provides more than 1,000 MW of hydroelectricity but also is a popular tourist attraction in Uttarakhand.

Dayara Bugyal Winter Trek: Ideal trek for long weekends, Dayara Bugyal can be a perfect start for beginners. Dayara Bugyal trek goes through open land and dense forest at different places ending up at the vast expanse of lush green meadow. Most of the trekkers start their trek from Barsu village and they trek down via Raithal to see the scenic beauty of both the routes of Dayara Bugyal.

Harsil: Harsil is an unspoiled and hidden jewel of Uttarakhand state offering ample scope for people seeking peace and serenity in the lap of Himalayas. It is situated on the banks of Bhagirathi River at an elevation of 2620 mts above sea level. This quaint hamlet has become popular in recent years among travel enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Gangotri Dham Yatra: Gangotri is a small town centered around the temple of Gangotri temple and is one of the holy places among the four Char Dhams. It is the highest and the most important temple of river Ganga which is worshiped as a Goddess in India.The origin of the holy river is at Gaumukh, set in the Gangotri glacier that can be accessed by a short 19 km trek from Gangotri. But according to Hindu mythology, Gangotri is the place where river Ganga descended from heaven when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from his luscious locks.

Tapovan Trek: Tapovan is a naturally diverse area carpeted by the lush green grasslands that are considered to be the best high-altitude grasslands in India. It is perched at an elevation of 4463 metres about 14,640 feet above sea level and is situated near the famous Gangotri shrine. At the foot of Shivling peak, Tapovan is a seasonal home to several sadhus living in caves, huts etc. In the past few years, Tapovan has emerged as a popular trekking destination and people from far-off places come to see the enchanting grasslands of Tapovan that are decorated with flowering plants.

New Tehri: New Tehri is a modern town developed at the hilltop, spread over an altitude from 1550-1950 mts above sea level overlooking the gigantic lake and the Tehri dam. You can also see Himalaya Views from New Tehri early in the morning or on clear days.

Chamba – A Pristine Hamlet: In the celestial Garhwal Himalayas, lies a tiny hamlet called Chamba snuggled in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. This idyllic town is perched at an altitude of 1,600 meters above sea level, enveloped by the thick woodlands. It is a popular destination because of its unpolluted beauty and panoramic excursions. Chamba is frequently visited by tourists as it offers tranquility and exquisiteness.