Sir George Everest House- built by Sir George Everest for residential purpose, it was later became a famous tourist spot and showcases interesting facts about him.
Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology located in Dehradun has a rare collection of charts maps, photographs etc. that are used to study the Himalayan mountain range.
The first ever Wildlife reserve in Mainland Asia was the JimCorbettNational Park. Originally called the Hailey’s Forest, later on the Ramganga Reserve and Finally as Jim Corbett National Park after a hunter turned conservationist, who wrote many stories on Indian wildlife. It is particularly focused on tiger conservation, but apart from tigers it also acts as a home to many other mammals as well as birds and reptiles.
The Valley of Flowers National Park is yet another place one must visit. Situated at a high altitude HimalayanValley the park is known to hold 300 different varieties of alpine flowers and is a favourite trekking destination.
Generally starting in the month of May, Char Dhamyatra literally means Journey to four centres. The four centres being Badrinath (Abode of Vishnu), Kedarnath (Abode of Shiv), Gangotri (origin of holy river Ganga) and Yamunotri (origin of hole river Yamuna).
Having many folk legends linked to its creation, PanchKedar refers to five temples built as a dedication to Lord Shiv.
Apart from being one of the oldest living cities Haridwar or the “Gateway to Gods” is one of the seven holiest places in India particularly famous for its evening Gangaarti.
For a person not intent on experimentation a simple order of mixed vegetables or Pahadi chicken curry will ever go wrong. However if one is in no mood for pure Indian cuisine, a small yet famous joint called “Lee’s Kitchen” on the GulabGhati Road (2.7km from Kathgodam railway station) is well known for its Chinese with the Dragon chicken or veg Manchurian with noodles being the most recommended combo but if one is a non-vegetarian they should try the fish as it is sure to be freshly cought.
Another alternative to local food is ‘The Café’ in Ranikhet, very popular among tourists it also has adjoining villas to stay in with a spectacular view of the mountains. If one does happen to cross ‘The Café’ they should definitely stop to try some carrot cake a specialty of the owner.
Although on the track one may have to make do with Maggi and any other food that they may be carrying with them, Uttarakhand does have its own distinct eating habits and their locally prepared food is commonly referred to as “Pahadi food”. Pahadi food is well equipped to cater to both vegetarian and non-vegetarian clients, but one should be well prepared for hot and spicy food since it is cooked in a variety of spices and often has often has finely chopped green chillies, these add a great aroma to the food and helps generate heat that helps fight the cold.
A few dishes unique to Uttarakhand are:
It is usual to feel motion sick while travelling on the twisting and curving roads on hills and PahadiKheeraRaita is an amazing cure for the same, however if one is not keen on consuming curd they are other option in the form of ginger lemon tea and a classic fresh lime soda.
Kareel- a very commonly made local dish that is made in almost every household, Bhatwani- a high protein dish made with black bhatt (a variety of soybean) and is usually served with hot steamed rice and Banjunkurkur which gets its name from the sound made by the spices during its preparation.
A well-known welfare organization for the army widows is not only responsible for sale of the various goods held in the store but also for producing the various goods that are held in the store.
Paltan Bazaar is very popular when it comes to evening strolls and it the place to be when you are unsure of what to buy. From cheap clothing to branded trekking gear this street has it all.
Sarv Handicraft Emporium- this little store does not only store a great collection of handicrafts but also houses striking designs when it comes to clothes and all at reasonable prices.