Uttarakhand was named after Uttaranchal got its separation from Uttar Pradesh. It is divided into two regions: Kumaon in east and Garhwal in west. Each region has their distinct culture and languages spoken are Kumaoni, Gahrwali, Hindi and English. From temples to hill stations and from National Parks to trekking adventures, Uttarakhand seems to fulfill every tourists’ wishes at one place.
This state is jam-packed with multitudes of options to visit and to unwind. Nainital, Ranikhet, Dehradun and Mussoorie are natural retreats for people who like enjoying leisurely while peaking at snowcapped mountains of Nanda Devi and lush green valleys. These places get slightly crowded in summers so it is better to have prior arrangements. Badrinath Temple, Mukteshwar Temple, Kedarnath, Haridwar, Rishikesh welcome large amount of pilgrims. The rivers Ganges, Yamuna and Alaknanda are not only sources of water but also being worshiped by the pilgrims. The aarti of the river Ganges at Haridwar is a deity occasion that takes place twice a day and invites tourists domestically as well as internationally.
Uttarakhand is a paradise for adventure trippers as it offers trekking, paragliding, camping, skiing, river rafting and jungle safari in places like Har ki Dhun, Rishikesh, Chopta, chakrata, Alaknanada, Rupin Pass trek and many more. Rajaji National Park remains open from November to June for nature lovers and Corbett National Park (oldest in India) inhabits vast migratory birds and animals near Corbett Waterfalls. The famous Kumbh Mela that takes place in Haridwar is a pilgrimage site in which lakhs of people visit to take bath from the Ganges. The culinary here is also very distinct with inclusion of distinct Himalayan spices and herbs. The cuisine consists of staple North-Indian dishes along the famous dessert: Gulgula.
The places to visit here are endless and so are the reasons. So why waste time searching for something else when we have Uttarakhand to unwind.