Uttarakhand: The Realm Of Natural Beauty And Spirituality

Devbhumi (literally 'Land of the Gods') Uttrakhand is famous for its spiritual ambiance. This state has everything in store including beautiful nature, holy Shrines, and adventurous activities.

The state is home to top-listed Hindu temples like Kedarnath Temple, Badrinath Temple, Gangotri Temple, Yamunotri Temple, Nandadevi Temple, Tunganath Temple, and many known-unknown Temples are there. As a result, it is heaven for millions of devotees and religious tourism forms a major portion of the tourism in the state.

The state boasts captivating terrains and breathtaking views of the lofty Himalayas. Besides, the availability of countless natural jewels of the Himalayas to the ashrams where one can connect with one's inner self doubles the traveler's pleasure.

Adventure fanatics who are daring enough to encounter the lofty Himalayan heights also feel excited about the various adventure sports offered.

When to visit

Uttrakhand is beautiful in all seasons. Summer is pleasant and comfortable here. It brings out the beauty of the mountain bloom. Thus, Summer considered to be the best time to visit Uttrakhand. The Mosoon in the valleys of Uttarakhand is charming. It provides a lush-green panorama. Valley of Flowers i.e. one of the most beautiful You are allowed to discover it in winter also. The beauty of the valley will definitely make you spellbound, and if luck supports, you could experience snowfall too.

How to reach

By air: There are two domestic airports near Uttarakhand and regular flights to Dehradun are available from the major cities of the country.  You can reach Kolkata to Dehradun by flight. It takes almost 8 hours.

By Rail: You can also opt for a train journey. It will take around 29 hours. There are trains from Kolkata to Dehradun. Otherwise, you can first go to Delhi from Kolkata, and then take a train for famous hill stations of Uttrakhand from there. Some major junctions are Haridwar, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Nainital, Kotdwar, Kathgodam, Pauri and Udham Singh Nagar.

Cultural Richness of the ‘Pahari’ Land

The cultural tenor of Uttrakhand defines simplistic living amid nature.

Being home to renowned Shrines and Pilgrimage sites, the state has been the center of religious and spiritual knowledge for ages. The Pahari culture has a history that is deeply connected with religion and is celebrated everywhere. Different cultures and ethnicities fuse in the valleys of Garhwal and Kumaon. It is also well known for its denizens, who live there in peace and harmony. Jaunsaries, Tibetan refugees, and Bokshas are some of the local ethnic groups. The people hold their culture and celebrate together.

According to local belief, Gods come down to earth and dance along with the people during some significant celebrations.

Uttrakhand's rich culture is nourished by its rich Folk dance, music, festivals, and aroma of delicious cuisines.

Festivals, That Are Close to Nature

Although living in the hills, the lifestyle of the people of Uttarakhand is almost the same as most of the North Indian states. They celebrate all the major Hindu festivals like Diwali, Holi, Navratri, BasantPanchami, Bhitauli, Batsavitri, Dikar Puja, Olgi or Ghee Sankranti, GhuianEkadashi, and more. Along with this, there are Garhwali festivals like HarelaParv, Phooldei, KhichdiSankrant, GangaDusshera.

HarelaParv is a harvest festival. It is celebrated in Kumaon at the first day of the monsoon, followed by the Bhitauli(seeds sown by Kumaoni women). Igaas, the Garhwali Diwali is another festival that is celebrated a few days after Diwali. Earlier, the men of Garhwali families, in the Army, couldn’t come off duty on Diwali. So they would come home after a few days and celebrate Diwali which is Igaas.

Mouth-watering Flavour

Dominant cuisines of Uttarakhand are from Garhwal and Kumaon regions. Most Garhwali cuisines are based on vegetables that can be grown in the mountains. They are simple without being dominated by complex spices. They also need good nutrition supplements that will keep them warm during chilly winters. Some of the most delicious servings of Uttarakhand include Urad dal kepakode, Chainsasa, Bhang ki chutney, Jhangorekikheer,  Kafuli, GarhwalkaFannah, KandaleeKaSaag, Chainsoo, KumaoniRaita, Dubuk, Gulgula,  Singori,  Singori, and more. Pahadi Chicken, Garhwali Bhuna Mutton are some of the non-vegetarian dishes. The specially of most of the dishes from Uttarakhand is that they are cooked over a slow fire and consist of lentils.

Adventurous vibe with Beauty of Nature

The virgin nature in all its grandeur is what Uttarakhand is blessed with. Covering almost 45.43 percent of the geographical area with dense forest, the valleys of this mountain state add gorgeous natural beauty. Trekking, Paragliding and The Char Dham Yatra are the most popular activities in Uttarakhand. Rafting in Rishikesh and wildlife spotting in Jim Corbett National Park make your journey a perfect one.

The blanket of white during the winter turns the peaks into picturesque ones that you wouldn’t want to leave.

Sightseeing Places in UttarakhandShow / Hide

Mussoorie and Dehradun

Mussoorie and Dehradun

Mussoorie and Dehradun are both highly sought-after weekend getaways. You just can't miss any of the two hill stations. Dehradun is the capital city, whereas, Mussoorie is called the "Hill Queen". Apart from verdant hills all around and a bed of clouds beneath, Dehradun is a hub for religious and cultural sightseeing. With a captivating view of the Himalayan Range, these celestial locations are ideal for peace seekers, honeymooners, families, etc. Along with great local cuisine, both Dehradun & Musoorie are famous for shopping, amusement parks, trekking, camping, and much more. Mussoorie is famous for its picturesque hills, and mesmerizing views of the Shivalik range.

Rishikesh and Haridwar

Rishikesh and Haridwar

Rishikesh is called as "Adventure capital of India" and Haridwar is known as the "pilgrim capital". Rishikesh is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Apart from this, it offers several adventurous sports like giant swing, river rafting, and more. On the other hand, Haridwar is the gateway to the Char Dham - Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. According to Hindu mythology, Haridwar is one of the four places where the drops of Amrita was fallen. Hence, one of the four KumbhMela is held once every 12 years. These places enchant visitors with their rustic touch and spiritual energy of the place.



Famous for its shrines, temples, and association with Hindu Mythology and legends, Chamoli is known as the abode of gods. When in Chamoli, it is imperative to try local and traditional cuisine. Predominantly grain and cereal-based, the dishes are simple and nutritious. Chamoli is famous for several local products like pickles and jams, decorative items, handloom products, and Angora wool. It is perfect for peace seekers, pilgrims, photographers, and adventure junkies.

Nainital and Ranikhet

Nainital and Ranikhet

Located by the famous Naini Lake, Nainital is one of the ideal gateways for couples and families. It is also known for the revered Naina Devi temple, which stands on the edge of the lake. Due to its location amid the mountains, the place offers captivating vistas of the lush green vales and Himalayan ranges. One can indulge in trekking and camping in Ranikhet. Nainital is noted for its prestigious educational institutions, since the British era. On the other hand, Ranikhet is famous for its enchanting sights and temples. Popular temples include Haidakhan Temple, Ram Mandir, and Jhoola Devi.

Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park

Named after the famous British hunter, Jim Corbett National Park is located at the Himalayas' foothills. The Beautiful Park is famous for being home to the Royal Bengal Tigers, 488 varied types of plants and trees, 600 species of birds, and an equal number of animals. Established in 1938, it is a must-watching place for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers, and photographers.

Valley of flowers

Valley of flowers

The Valley of flowers is one of the most remarkable places to visit in Uttarakhand. Home to the Divine Brahmakamal, It is known for its immaculate natural beauty. For those who are on a quest for aesthetic beauty, Valley of flowers is a paradise. Not only that the ineffable region is perfect for trekking, photography, etc. The only thing you need to remember is that the valley is accessible only between June and October and the best time to visit is between July and mid-August when it is in full bloom.