Uttarakhand is a northern state of India. It is mostly known for its awestruck and mesmerizing natural beauty. It is also known as Devbhoomi because it is a home for various Hindu deities. People from all over the world visit these temples. Apart from the temples, waterfalls, forests, rivers, and mountains enhance its beauty. The state has rich culture and heritage. Uttarakhand is composed of two words—uttara meaning northern and khand meaning land. The state is broadly divided into two regions—the Garhwal in the west and Kumaon in the east. If you are a nature lover then you must spare some time from your busy schedule and visit this beautiful state. Here you will feel calm and stress-free in the arms of nature.
Garhwal is best known for its culture, hospitability, and also for its food. It lies at an altitude of 8500 ft above sea level. Some of the special dishes of the Garhwal region are til ki chutney, aloo tomato jhol, aloo ke gutke with puri, and kheerein ka raita. Non-vegetarians can relish upon gravies with red meat and chicken and curries made with river fish.
Places to visit: Mussorie, Lansdowne, Dhanaulti, Devprayag, Sem Mukhem Temple, Kanatal, Khatling Glacier, Chamba, Tehri Dam, Nag Tibba, Shivling trek, Chopta and many more.
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Kumaon region extends from the northern ends of Uttarakhand to Tibet. Famous places to visit in the Kumaon region are Nainital, Ranikhet, Mukteshwar, Almora, Jim Corbett, Bhimtal, Pithoragarh, and many more.
Mussoorie is popularly known as ‘Queen of Hills’. There are two waterfalls namely, Ghata waterfall and Kempty waterfall. The Mall road is the shopping station in Mussoorie or we can say market of the Mussoorie. The momos are so awesome on the mall road that will make your mouth watering. If you want to explore more then you can take a ride on a cable car to Gunhill point where you can have a great photo shoot. After that you can go to the Kempty waterfall and can have a bath under the waterfall which is really amazing. Near Ghata water fall, you can also take a paragliding ride.
If you want to enjoy snowfall, then Dhanaulti is the best place to visit. It is just around 62 km from Mussoorie. Visiting Dhanaulti ensures that you get comfort and tranquility with lesser human intervention thereby providing a break from a monotonous work routine.
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It is a religious spot. It is the meeting point of Bhagirathi and Alaknanda River. The two rivers merge together to form river Ganga at an elevation of 830 metres.
Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath, and Yamunotri are mainly known as Char Dham. Gangotri is devoted to goddess Ganga, Kedarnath to Lord Shiva, Badrinath to lord Vishnu and Yamunotri to goddess Yamuna. The yatra is considered to be completed only if one follows the correct order, i.e. from Yamunotri to Gangotri, Kedarnath, and finally at Badrinath. You will feel blessed and find inner peace after completing this amazing and spiritual journey.