Top 10 Destinations To Visit In Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is the state of North India known all over the world as a divine land of gods and goddesses, supernatural beauty, serene atmosphere, yoga, wildlife sanctuaries, and the best hill stations of the world. Hereby this article, we will mark the top 10 destinations of Uttarakhand state which is the favorite choice of every tourist.

1.Uttarkashi

Uttarkashi is known as the divine land of Uttarakhand state which is a home of several Hindu temples and shrines. This place is also known as the Kashi (Varanasi) of North which refers to the shivnagri of the north. This holy town is located on the bank of the holy river Bhagirathi which is the combination of River Ganges and River Yamuna that comes from Yamnotri and Gomukh.

This place is mentioned in the stories of the Historical religious book as many saints and sages did meditation here for long years and get salacity here. Uttar kasha is also one of the trekking hubs of India which attracts thousands of trekkers and adventure sport lovers from all over India.

Best Places To Visit In Uttarkashi –

Bhagirathi river, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Tapovan Kuti, Kuteti Devi temple, and Shakti temple

Best Time To Visit in Uttarkashi-

Between March to November is the best time to visit Uttarkashi when this land occurs many festivals. During winters this place is not feasible for the tourists as the weather goes down to minus degrees.

How To Reach Uttarkashi-

Uttarkashi is well connected by road from Rishikesh which is only 150 km from Rishikesh. It is also connected by road from Dehradun and the nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun.

2.Ranikhet

Ranikhet is the most beautiful hill station of Uttarakhand state which is famous for its Himalayan view snow peak mountains. Ranikhet is located at an altitude of 1870 meters and it is 6132 feet above sea level. During the British Raj, this place was also proposed as the summer headquarters of the government of India.

Best Places To Visit In Ranikhet-

Majkhali, Ram mandir, Haidakhna Balaji Temple,Bhalu Dam,Golf Ground,Jhoola devi temple.Binsar Mahadev Temple etc.

Best Time To Visit Ranikhet-

Ranikhet becomes very cold in winters and you will also enjoy the snowfall during December and January. But the best time to visit Ranikhet is between February to April.

How To Reach Ranikhet-

The best way to reach Ranikhet is by road if you are traveling from Delhi which is only 370 km. The nearest airport is Patnagar in Udhampur district which is about 120 km from Ranikhet. If you are traveling by train you will reach up to Kathgodam railway station which Is only 88 km from Ranikhet.

3.Dhanaulti-

Dhanaulti is located in close proximity to the other popular hill stations of Uttarakhand such as Chamba, Mussoorie, Tehri, and Kanatal. Dhanaulti provides a super view of the lofty Himalayan Mountains and its looks like an isolated place in comparison to the other famous hill stations. Dhanaulti is a paradise for domestic tourists its pristine atmosphere will mesmerize your body and soul and provides you inner peace. This place is the home of Nature walks, camping, shopping, and adventure activities.

Best Places To Visit In Dhanaulti-

Eco park, Deogarh Fort, Surkanda Devi Temple, Dhanaulti adventure park, Tehri dam, Dashavtar Temple

Best Time To Visit Dhanaulti-

September to June is the best weather to visit Dhanaulti. It is a must to know about the importance of weather here before planning to visit Dhanaulti.

How To Reach Dhanaulti –

Dhanaulti is located just 60 km from Mussoorie which is the favorite tourist spot of Uttarakhand Jolly grant is the airport of Dehradun is the nearest airport to reach Dhanaulti which is only 88 km. If you are traveling by train then you have to reach up to Dehradun or Rishikesh.

4.Almora

Almora is situated in the north of India lies in Uttarakhand state. This hill station is located at a distance of 365 km from the national capital Delhi. It is just 63 km from the main tourism spot Nainital.  It is surrounded by thick pine trees and fir trees and the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas. This place is also housing so many Hindu temples and shrines and the best tourist place to skip the busy hill stations such as Nainital, Mussorie, or Uttarkashi.

Best Places To See In Almora-

Kalimat, Katarmal sun temple, Martola, Chital Golu Devta temple, Bright end corner, and the most visited site Kasar Devi temple

Best Time To Visit Almora-

The best time to roaming in these places is between April to June in the summers to explore the serene beauty of the snow Peak Mountains. The rainy season is not feasible to visit Almora, but if you would like to visit the natural beauty of  Almora hill station is between November to February when you will enjoy the snowfall as well.

How To Reach Almora-

Almora is well connected from the main tourist cities of Uttarakhand, Kathgodam is nearby by railway station from where you will get taxis and buses up to reach Almora. The nearest airport is Jolly grant lies in the capital city of Dehradun.

5.Lansdowne

Lansdowne is located in the state of Uttarakhand lies in the Pauri district. Lansdowne was named by the name of the Viceroy of India Lord Lansdowne during the British raj in 1887. This place is famous for its thick oak and blue pine forest lies in the Pauri Garhwal district. This place is also famous for the war memorial and defense institutions of the Kumaon range and Garhwal regiment. This is one of the most isolated hill states of Uttarakhand state. Here the tourists are coming all around the year to enjoy the steep weather conditions.

Best Places To Visit In Lansdowne-

Tadkeshwar Temple, Bhulla Tal, Tip N Top, War memorial Lansdowne St John’s Church, and Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple

Best Time To Visit Lansdowne-

The best time to visit Lansdowne is between April to June when the spring season arrives here and the whole town looks more beautiful. If you want to enjoy the snowfall which is a bit risky then you will choose January.

How To Reach Lansdowne-

If you are traveling by train then the nearest railway station is Kotdwar which is only 45 km from the town, The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun. By road also you will reach here up to Kotdwar.

6.Auli

Auli is a beautiful hill station that lies in the state of Uttarakhand state. This hill station is surrounded by deep wild forest, pine, and oak trees. This hill attraction attracts thousands of tourists every year because of blossom nature and adventure sports activities. Auli is also known as the skiing capital of India and is also famous for its highest manmade artificial lake.

This place is located around 9200 feet above sea level and the mountain range of the Himalayas provides this place a beautiful landscape. Auli is recently known all over the world for the snow games such as skiing, cable car, ski lift, etc. The people were also come here to spend their quality time with their families. This is one of the favorite destinations for ski lovers in India.

Best Places to see in Auli-

Auli ropeway, Joshimath, Auli artificial lake, Trishul peak, Vishnu Prayag, the valley of flowers, and Nanda Devi national park.

Best Time To Visit Auli-

Those who love to enjoy the sports activities such as skiing should come in the month of November to March when the mountains captured by the snow. This destination is gathered with tourists throughout the year so you will also enjoy the cool weather here between April to October.

How To Reach Auli-

The nearest airport is Dehradun Jolly Grant airport which s only 190 km from Auli. The closest point to reach is Joshimath which is just 16 km away from Auli. You will get taxi, buses or state transport buses up to reach Joshimath from Haridwar and Rishikesh, and from Joshimath, you will get another taxi or bus to reach Auli. The nearest railway station is Rishikesh from Auli and you will get buses or taxis to reach Auli.

7. Mussorie

This is one of the topmost destinations of the Uttrakhand state. Mussorie is also known as the ‘queen of the hill’s and of the favorite destination amongst the tourists. Mussorie lies just 35km from the capital city Dehradun of Uttarakhand state and around 290 km from the capital city of Indian Delhi. This hill station will be bust throughout the year but in summers it will be very crowded when the tourist coming from all over India to escape from the heat of plains.

Mussorie is located around 6500 feet above sea level lies in the Garhwal Himalayan range. Lal Tibba is the highest peak in this region which is located a few km away from Mussorie. This is the land where people coming all around the world to enjoy their holidays and the shopping market here the Mall road is a paradise for shopping lovers.

Best Time To Visit Mussorie-

The best time to visit Mussorie is between April to October. Those who desire to enjoy the snowfall in Mussorie should come in the month of winter December and January.

Best Places To Visit In Mussorie-

Lal Tibba, Kempty fall, Company garden,Gun hill, Mall road, Gandhi chowk, and clouds endpoint.

How To Reach Mussorie-

Dehradun railway station is only36 km far from Mussoorie which is the best way to reach Mussoorie by train. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport lies in Dehradun. If you are traveling by road you can easily reach up to Mussoorie with your own car. This city is well connected by road from the neighboring cities like Delhi, Rishikesh, and Dehradun.

8.Rishikesh

Rishikesh is famous all around the world as the yoga capital of the world. This divine land is also believed as the city of Lord Shiva and it is one of the sacred Hindu pilgrimage centers where you will found many temples, ashrams, and yoga and meditation centers. In Rishikesh, thousands of pilgrims are also come to take a holy dip into the river Ganges and this place is also a passage to the holy shrine of Chardham Yatra, In previous years Rishikesh is famous for the adventure sports and the tourist can enjoy here white water rafting which is a unique experience amongst the tourists. This place is located in the foothills of the Himalayas based on the river Ganges. It lies 45 km from the capital city Dehradun and just 21 km away from Haridwar which refers to the “Gateway to the God”. Here the mythological river leaves the Shivalik hills and flows down to the plains of North India.

At present Rishikesh is the home of many foreign tourists who are coming from all over the world to learn yoga and meditation. They took shelters in hotels and ashrams and enjoy the spiritual life of this city. Here many ashrams also organize some beautiful activities of evening prayer ceremony on the banks of river Ganges which is an eye-catching moment for pilgrims and tourists. Here are few Ashrams which are world-famous such as ‘Beatles Ashram’ where the famous English rock band artist Beatles members staying here for months to learn yoga and meditation from Mahesh Yogi. At the same time, they also made an album called White Album which was the most popular album of the year.

Places To Visit In Rishikesh-

Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, Parmath Niketan, Swarg Ashram, The Beatles Ashram, Chotiwala restaurant, Gita Bhawan, etc.

Best Time To Visit Rishikesh-

The best time to enjoy Rishikesh is in the summers between March to May when you will enjoy bathing in the river Ganges and the adventure activities. Winters are chilly here and the River Ganges become too cold and not feasible to take bath. We do not recommend you to go in the rainy season when the river has a fluid situation and not easy to take bath or for river rafting.

How To Reach Rishikesh-

The nearest airport to reach Rishikesh lies in Dehradun the Jolly Grant airport which is only 35 km from the main city. Rishikesh is connected by rail from all neighboring cities like Delhi, Agra, Dehradun, etc. This place is also well a network of roads and connected by highways and Rishikesh is also the starting point of Char Dham Yatra so the connectivity is better here by roads.

9.Kanatal

Kanatal is not so popular as the other hill stations of Uttarakhand state but this is the most natural and isolated hill station of this state. Kanatal is just 40 km from Mussoorie and 80 km from the capital city Dehradun. Kanatal is situated on the Chamba Mussoorie road and near about 300 km from Delhi. This town is located at the height of 8500 feet above sea level and admires every tourist from its pristine beauty which provides a perfect weekend destination for every tourist. Kanatal offers the best trekking points to the tourists and offers boating to the new Tehri lake which is an awful experience.

Best Time To Visit Kanatal-

The best time to experience the scenic beauty of this hill station is in the summers between March to May. During summers the temperature is always between 25 to 30-degree here and you will feel the cool breeze blowing in the evening.

Best Place To Visit In Kanatal-

Surkhanda Devi temple, Tehri Dam,Kaudia forest, Tehri dam reservoir, and Eco-park.

How To Reach Kanatal-

The nearest airport to reach Kanatal is the jolly Grant airport Dehradun which is only 80 km from Kanatal. The nearest railway station is the Dehradun railway station which is well connected with all major cities. By road also you will reach here from the different cities such as Delhi, Agra, Rishikesh, and Dehradun.

10.New Tehri-

This beautiful hill station lies in Tehri Garhwal district in the state of Uttarakhand This modern and well-planned town is only 11 km from Chamba and 25 km from Old Tehri. It overlooks an artificial lake called Tehri lake which will be the super attraction for the tourists after completion. One of the major the attraction of New Tehri is to visit his Tehri dam which is one of the world’s largest hydroelectric project harnessing waters of two important rivers Bhagirathi and Bhilangna.

Best Places To Visit In New Tehri-

Tehri Lake, Pantwari village, Chandrabani temple, Buda Kedar and Ghansali.

Best Time To Visit New Tehri-

This place you can visit throughout the year according to your choice as in summers it looks little hot but the evening time is very pleasant. In winters you will enjoy the cool breeze and the temperature goes down up to 15 degree.

How To Reach New Tehri-

New Tehri is easily reachable by roads from Rishikesh , Haridwar and Dehradun and get better connectivity from the other tourists spots of Uttarakhand state by the motorable roads. If you are travelling by air the nearest airport is the Jolly grant airport of Dehradun. You will get taxi, buses and other road transport to reach New Tehri if you reaching to the nearest railway stations such as Dehradun and Rishikesh

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Atul Kumar Singh Parmar

Dr Atul is a graduate of R.B.S College Agra after the graduation did his Masters in Arts (English) Later pursued Bachelor of Education and Doctorate in English fro Agra University Agra. He has been been engaged in the tourism trade since 1995 , Worked as Govt Of India approved tour escort till 2011, He is promoter of 10thGate Tours dba S.A.M Tours and Travels. He is an avid traveler and travel writer with expertise in tours and travels, history, literature, architecture, social and political.

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