Uttarakhand, once known as Uttaranchal, secured the status of 27th state of the Republic of India in November 2000 and lies in the northern Indian. It was carved out from the state of Uttar Pradesh, and today it encompasses the hilly regions of Uttar Pradesh with border states being Himachal Pradesh in the north-west and Uttar Pradesh in the South. This exquisite Himalayan state, oftentimes referred as the abode of Gods, also consists of a route to directly reach Nepal and China. It’s where one finds the most captivating hill stations such as Nainital, Mussoorie, Munsiyari, Auli, Almora and Ranikhet.
Tourists love relishing the breathtaking views of snow-laden Himalayan peaks, and take part in numerous of the adventurous activities such as rafting, trekking, skiing, paragliding, etc. In a way, one needs no reasons to plan a vacation to this splendid state, which will make you explore your effervescent self at every step. Uttarakhand also happens to be a common destination for the pilgrims with it being home to major shrines like Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Ice-lovers too have a time of their life taking delight in the spectacular snow white icy glaciers like Pidari, Bundar, Punch, Ralam, Milan, among many others.
Then there are a number of Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks in Uttarakhand like Jim Corbett National Park, Rajaji National Park and Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. In fact, there is a lot in store for the prospective visitors!
Mussoorie: Prominent hill station near the city of Dehradun, Mussoorie has such mesmerizing air that bestows the sense with serenity and brilliantly casts a spell on the visitors, with its fascinating charm. There are myriad of cottages in this hill station which offer stunning sunrise and sunset sights. Head to Kempty Falls, Lake Mist, Lal Tibba, Jhari Pani Falls and Happy Valley, and be in awe of natural splendor.
Ranikhet: Also called as The Queen’s Hill, Ranikhet is a capturing hill station and cantonment town in Almora district that attracts large number of tourists during all the seasons. Tranquil hills, thriving valleys, this town is filled with abundant natural wonders. Get a break from city life and rediscover yourself in the healthy climate over here. Enjoy excursions to Jhoola Devi Ram Mandir, Binsar Mahadev, Hairakhan Temple and Naithna Devi.
Jim Corbett National Park: When travelling to Nainital, Jim Corbett National Park indeed comes around as exciting side trip and it got its name from huntsman turned environmentalist Jim Corbett. Presenting lush woods and striking array of wildlife, Jim Corbett is explored on the jeep or elephant safaris, during early morning and afternoon. Experience the panoramic views of dazzling valleys at Dhikala zone of the park.
Pithoragar: Pithoragar is found in a small valley that’s five kilometers long and two kilometers wide and happens to be the destination significantly frequented by the Chand rulers of Kumaon. This soar valley endows the tourists with natural treasure and it’s also the route to Mansarovar Yatra. Lush woods, variety of flora & fauna species, like elephants, peacocks, tigers, elephant, musk deers and snow leopards, are all found here.
Nainital: During the British rule, Nainital, a small hill town, used to be their well-liked summer retreat. It is home to tranquil and greenish Naini Lake and the active street of The Mall opens to restaurants, shops, hotels and markets. Take pleasure in the boat ride and have fun while seeing the surroundings on horseback.
- Jim Corbett National Park