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About Uttarakhand Holiday - If you wish to watch the starlit sky above you, hike extensive trails to find hidden streams and waterfalls and rediscover yourself in Uttarakhand, Thomas Cook India has got you. Thomas Cook India’s Uttarakhand holidays promise you unforgettable memories with customised experiential tour packages. No matter what your requirement may be, our range of Uttarakhand holiday packages fit every need like a glove. Be it a feasible and time savvy Uttarakhand - Divine Haridwar - Darshan Special trip or a more intricate and elaborate Char Dham Yatra. More such vacations to Uttarakhand can be found on the Thomas Cook India website starting from a budget of INR 7,599 with Uttarakhand - Divine Haridwar - Darshan Special to a grand and leisurely INR 66,999 with Char Dham Yatra. All you have to do to start your epic adventure and book your Uttarakhand tour by logging onto the Thomas Cook website and opt for your desired tour package. Now, all you have to do is let Thomas Cook India plan the ideal vacation to Uttarakhand just for you. We will make sure that your trip to Uttarakhand overwhelms and enchants you.
Thomas Cook’s team of travel experts curate and carefully organise every Uttarakhand tour with a touch of love and magic. The aim is to ensure that your Uttarakhand holiday is not just a holiday, but an unforgettable experience that makes you want to go back in time. With snug accommodations, delightful meals and expert guides Thomas Cook India aims to make hearts happy while on vacation.
With Uttarakhand holiday packages available from all major cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Haridwar, Goa, Nagpur, Chennai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Cochin and Bangalore getting to Uttarakhand with Thomas Cook India is convenient and comfortable.
|Uttarakhand Tour Packages||No. of Days||Price*|
|Mesmerizing Uttarakhand||6 Nights / 7 Days||Rs. 29,999|
|Simply Kumaon Budget||6 Nights / 7 Days||Rs. 29,999|
|Nainital Corbett Mussoorie - Sterling Special||6 Nights / 7 Days||Rs. 34,999|
|Captivating Uttarakhand with Flexi Flight||6 Nights / 7 Days||Rs. 36,572|
|Uttarakhand Magic with Flexi Flight||7 Nights / 8 Days||Rs. 42,372|
Endless meadows of green dotted with sparkling waterfalls and a new shade of flower at every sharp turn, will make your eyes wander off the road. Old British homestays amidst the vast, deep jungles, with the sound of birds singing a long-forgotten song will make you want to hum to their tunes. Stopping along the way to gorge on a piping, hot plate of Maggi and some laal chaai will warm your soul. Travelling with the locals crammed inside rumbling shared jeeps will help you share smiles and stories that you will always remember. Meditating by the banks of the Ganga river in Rishikesh or amidst the hills in Badrinath will help you exhale all your inhibitions. Uttarakhand awaits, where are you?
Best time to visit Kashmir
Uttarakhand’s climate ranges from sun kissed mountains and playful snowball fights with your family in the winter. If you wish to take the road less travelled, go for the low season discounted Uttarakhand packages between December to March. When cold winds bite at your skin occasionally and the presence of the sun in the day sends warmth all the way to your soul. Visit the Thomas Cook India website to check out discounted Uttarakhand tour packages during this period.
How to reach Uttarakhand
There are two domestic airports in Uttarakhand that connect you with major cities in the country. One of them is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is also the central point to reaching anywhere in Uttarakhand. It is located 22 kilometres from the city centre. It also provides you with non-stop flights to and from Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai. The fastest way to reach Dehradun is by taking a flight from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi which transports you to Dehradun in approximately 45 minutes to an hour. If you are travelling internationally, we advise you to take a direct flight to Delhi from there. Also, tourists prefer travelling to Uttarakhand via flights to Dehradun because of its close proximity to popular tourist destinations such as Rishikesh, Haridwar and Mussoorie. Jolly Grant Airport is equipped with high-class facilities and amenities that will take care of all your needs while you are on the go. There are quite a few places to keep yourselves entertained as you wait for your flight. Be it shopping or eating, the airport has it all. Upon arrival, individuals can avail of the bus services that will take you to places such as Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun. Or else you could also hire a private cab or taxi right outside the airport.
Another domestic airport in Uttarakhand is the Pantnagar Airport which connects you to nearby major hill stations in Kumaon such as Nainital, Bhimtal, Ranikhet, Almora, Jim Corbett National Park and then Bareilly. The distance from Pantnagar Airport to Jim Corbett National Park is approximately 120 kilometres. It would be advisable to book your tickets well in advance, especially if you are travelling in the peak season.
One can choose between any of the following airlines - SpiceJet, Air India and IndiGo to make your way to Uttarakhand.
Major cities are connected to Uttarakhand and some of its hill stations by rail. Trains to Dehradun make their way to and from major places such as Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Some of the major trains serving Uttarakhand are Jan Shatabdi Express, Dehradun Express, Doon Express and Nanda Devi Express. Some important junctions of this location comprise Haridwar, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Nainital, Kotdwar, Kathgodam, Pauri and Udham Singh Nagar. These stations comprise good connectivity with cities such as Lucknow, Delhi and Varanasi. Compared to other regions in India, travelling to Uttarakhand is easier when you are in the North and it takes around a day. The Uttarakhand Railway Department currently comprises almost 16 different stations connecting Uttarakhand with other important Indian cities. You will also be able to avail services of various buses and taxis lined outside these stations.
Imagine catching sight of imposing mountain peaks, lumbering amidst coniferous forests, staring in awe at towering trees and making stops along the way to sip on tea and enjoy some hot local food. These are the experiences that travelling to Uttarakhand by road promise you. Approximately 1000 state buses run in and out of Uttarakhand facilitated by the Uttarakhand Transport Corporation. Some of the major tourist destinations such as Haridwar and Rishikesh are connected to Delhi by National Highway 34 and National Highway 7 passing through Dehradun with Badrinath on the way. While Highways 309 and 109 link Nainital, Almora and Jim Corbett National Park. If you really wish to drive through the hilly terrains and overwhelming landscapes of Uttarakhand, travelling from the north would be rather convenient.
Places to visit in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand is a spiritual retreat by the banks of the holy river along Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh. Cosying up with your significant other in Old British houses in Dehradun. Or rappelling off steep cliffs that make the heart skip a beat in Mukteshwar. Taking back mementos from Kausani’s pine forests as a memorable memoir from the mountains. This state is dotted with experiences that will enrich, enchant and enlighten. Uttarakhand tourism pivots around cities, towns and villages such as Nainital, Kausani, Corbett, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Kedarnath and Dehradun.
To let you contemplate a little further, here are a few places to visit as a part of your Uttarakhand tourism package that spell magic.
Nainital is eternal beauty, that can be found within the frozen lakes and snow-capped mountains of this hill town. Head to the Naini lake calls out to you as you meander your way across it by engaging in some boat pedalling with your family. Say hello to the sun at Tiffin Top. This spot enhances the beauty and re-establishes the prominence of the Himalayan Range.
Make your way to the quaint streets of Kausani, where busy and colourful markets offer you vibrant shawls, sweet treats and home-made syrup. Marvel at the stars that envelope the clear sky as night falls. Head to Nanda Devi, to watch the peaks of snow-clad Himalayas dipped in orange and golden hues as the sun rises.
You stop in your tracks as you listen to the majestic roar of the tiger. You maintain the hushed silence as you tread ahead. Be a brave heart and follow the trail of the tiger. Embark on a jungle safari and watch the gentle giants (aka the elephant) of the grassland show off their unique physique and super tuskers. If you are a birdwatcher, look out for the little Brown Dipper with a beautiful chocolate-brown colour donning a short tail. This bird may be petite but can be spotted fearlessly plunging and diving into streams to capture its prey.
If you are in the hill station during the summer season, head to the Kempty Falls. Cool yourself off by taking a dip into the cold water as sheets of crystal-clear water pound the rocks. The natural pool at the bottom seems to be untarnished by mankind, even though it’s the most popular leisure spot in Mussoorie. If you’d rather be away from the influx of tourists, head to Dhanaulti. At a distance of 32 kms away from the hill station, this place has an Eco Park which has rides and open spaces for children.
A yogic hub, this destination is a must visit on every pilgrim’s list. You hear pandits chanting hymns as each devotee whispers a prayer of hope under their breath, before they set afloat their diyas onto the holy river along Triveni Ghat. This holy hamlet makes you feel safe with it being one of the few places that will take you the closest to the presence of God.
Perched on the foothills of the Himalayas, Kedarnath is one of the four Char Dham pilgrimage centres in India. Situated amidst snow-covered mountains, the Kedarnath temple welcomes its devotees after an adventurous trek to Lord Shiva’s shrine. Moreover, the green meadows and lush forests located at the lower ranges of the Himalayas only enhance their charm. The 14-kilometre trek to the Kedarnath temple starts with Gauri Kund, another mythological location.
What to eat in Uttarakhand
Food in Uttarakhand will make you feel at home. Its cuisine is modest and simple yet lingers on your tongue for a long time. Here are a few godly dishes to dig into when you are in Uttarakhand
Kafuli/Kapaa - Do not miss out on this bowl of piping, hot spinach curry if you are visiting during the winter season. This could probably be Popeye the sailor man’s favourite dish! You could savour this dish in a bowl, just like soup or maybe with some steamed jeera rice.
Chainsoo - If you are missing home and longing for simple ghar ki roti, then you must try Chainsoo, a dish made of a variety of pulses with spices added to it. Local spices give this dish an earthy flavour and tastes best with the Indian flat bread – roti.
Phaanu - If you are looking for a soupy meal that will warm your soul, do try Phaanu. Prepared from a variety of lentils and garnished with fresh coriander, this dish is best had with some steamed rice.
Things to do in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand is your own personal playground. A beautiful garden with endless meadows that is home to interesting activities and experiences that will fill you with joy. Our Uttarakhand packages make sure they capture each and every experience. Here are some things to do while you are in Uttarakhand. Make sure you add them to your shortlisted Uttarakhand tour packages.
Go on a spiritual retreat
It is no secret that Uttarakhand is the land of Gods. Where you can have a long due conversation with yourself as you exhale your worries out. Head to Haridwar. Where pandits chanting holy words will seem like music to your ears. Har Ki Pauri is considered to be the most historically prominent temple in the city. Attend the Ganga Aarti, where thousands of devotees can be seen every day.
Explore Mussoorie’s churches and temples
Head to the oldest church in the Himalayan region, the Christ Church. Explore the church’s gothic architecture that has a bright feel to it with its creamy colour and a tint of yellow on its walls. Located in the middle of the bustling Library Road, this church will take you back to the colonial era. Not too far from the Mall Road is the Union Church, which is around 150 years old. Sombre in grey, this church is also a school for the local children - from kindergarten to the eighth grade. You could visit the Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple which is 40 kms away from the hill station.
Spend monsoon in Nainital
Monsoon in Nainital is about misty mornings and dewy droplets of water making the greens of the hamlet twinkle in the day. Nainital in monsoon is a peaceful little retreat on your own, away from the rush of the tourists. The weather is a lot cooler now with the ravishing beauty of the hill town exposed after getting drenched in the rain. If you are up for a challenge and are an adventure seeker, do participate in the Monsoon Mountain Marathon. Running on Nainital’s rugged, hilly and slightly wet terrain will surely give you the much-needed thrill in the gloomy monsoon!
It is now no secret that there are a range of activities and things to do in Uttarakhand. This combination of towering trees, homely culinary experiences and starlit skies is what entices you to opt for our Uttarakhand tour packages. What are you waiting for? Head to our Thomas Cook India website and book your Uttarakhand family tour package or Uttarakhand honeymoon package right away!
When Is the Best Time to Visit Uttarakhand?
The best time to visit Uttarakhand is during the months of March to April and September to October. The summer season is considered to be the peak season as one can indulge in activities like trekking, paragliding and the Char Dham Yatra.
What Is Uttarakhand Famous For?
Uttarakhand is famous for its natural beauty of the Himalayas, beautiful temples, the Bhabar and its savannahs.
How Far is Uttarakhand from Mumbai?
Uttarakhand is about 1615 kilometers away from Mumbai.
What is the distance from Delhi to?
Uttarakhand is approximately 349 kilometers away from Delhi.
Is Uttarakhand safe for solo female travelers?
Yes, Uttarakhand is completely safe for solo female travelers and the government of Uttarakhand ensures a safe and comfortable environment.
Does it snow in Uttarakhand?
Yes, a lot of places in Uttarakhand witness snowfall during the winters. To enjoy the snow, Auli, Chakrata and Dhanaulti are the top destinations in Uttarakhand.
What can I buy in Uttarakhand?
Uttarakhand is famous for its handicrafts, Pashminas, woolen clothing, jams, pickles, honey and local wine.
What language is spoken in Uttarakhand?
Hindi is the primary language spoken in Uttarakhand. Other languages that are spoken in Uttarakhand are Garhwali, Kumaoni and Jaunsari.
What is Uttarakhand’s most famous food?
Aaloo ke gutke, Kafuli, Phaanu, Baadi and Chainsoo are some of the most famous foods in Uttarakhand.
How many days are sufficient for an Uttarakhand trip?
About a week is sufficient for the Uttarakhand holiday. However, you can pick from a variety of packages ranging from 3 nights and 4 days to 10 nights and 11 days.
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