Places to visit in Uttarakhand

Located amidst the mighty Himalayas, Uttarakhand is one of the prettiest places a person can visit in India. The state has the perfect setting for a lovely vacation where you can forget everything about the outer world and live in the lap of nature. Being a hilly region, activities such as trekking, camping, paragliding, and the likes are very famous here. In fact, Rishikesh, a small town in Uttarakhand, provides the best river rafting experience in India. You can spend your day here sitting on the banks of River Ganga and enjoy the enchanting view of the sun setting in the mountains. 

Apart from being an extremely beautiful place, Uttarakhand is also a well:known pilgrimage site for the Hindus. People from every corner of the country come to Uttarakhand in order to visit places like Haridwar, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, etc. You can also learn a lot about the local culture of Uttarakhand by observing the fashion sense, the fooding habits and religious habits of the residents. No one can get bored here as there numerous things to do in Uttarakhand.

Rishikesh is one of the major attractions in Uttarakhand. The city was previously known for being the base area for Himalayan Trekking. Rishikesh is home to India’s highest bungee jumping spot. Due to the presence of activities such as bungee jumping, canyon swing and river rafting, the popularity of Rishikesh has grown immensely. Thousands of tourists swarm the place every year.

 

Attractions: Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Parmarth Niketan Temple, Triveni Ghat

Things to do: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Canyon Swing, Cliff Jumping, Camping, Mountain Biking, Trekking, Flying Fox, Rock Climbing and Rappelling, Kayaking.

Approximate Cost: Prices here vary according to seasons and crowds. Bargaining is very much required.

Jim Corbett National Park is a wildlife sanctuary built in Uttarakhand in order to make a safe place for the habitation of wild animals. The weather conditions in Uttarakhand are perfect for the many rare species of plants and animals found here. The Jim Corbett National Park is one such place where you can find a number of varieties of species of animals which are pretty rare to find. This national park is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

 

Location: Ramnagar, Nainital District, Uttarakhand 244715

Things to do: Jungle Safari, Elephant Ride, River Rafting, Visiting Corbett Museum, Visiting Corbett Waterfall

Approximate Cost: 4500 for Jeep Safari (6 persons); Prices of adventure sport activities vary according to season and time.

Haridwar is probably the most religious and precious pilgrimage site for all the Hindus in India. The Mansa Devi Temple is the most renowned temple in the city. Haridwar is known for two things, the Har ki Paudi and the Kumbh Mela. Every day at approximately 7 pm, the Ganga Aarti is held in Haridwar which is attended by a large number of devotees. The Kumbh Mela is the iconic pilgrimage festival which is held in Haridwar in every 12th year.

 

Attractions: Ram Jhula, Mansa Devi Temple, Har ki Pauri, Mahadev Statue, Chandi Devi Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple

Things to do: Bathing in the sacred ghat of River Ganga. Experience the Ganga Aarti, Visiting the temples in Haridwar

Approximate Cost: NA

Nainital is located amidst the mountains and the rivers flowing from the Himalayas. It is an exceptionally beautiful hill station and has a lot to offer to its tourists. Winter is the best time to visit Nainital when everything is covered with snow. The picturesque view of nature you get here is unparalleled. Horse Trekking is something which is not available in many places in India except Nainital. It is often considered as one of the most popular tourist destination in Northern India.

 

Attractions: Nainital Lake, Tiffin Top, Snow View Point, Mukteshwar Temple, High Altitude Zoo, Kainchi Dham

Things to do: Cliff Rappelling, Artificial Wall Climbing, Bungee Jumping, Boating, Camping

Mussoorie is the most romantic hill station in Uttarakhand. In a state which is filled with temples and pilgrimage sites, Mussoorie provides a breather to all the tourists who want to visit a city in Uttarakhand without visiting any temples. Mussoorie has a romantic aura about it which makes it an ideal honeymoon destination. The city has some bewitching spots which enhance the beauty of Mussoorie, thereby increasing the tourism.

 

Attractions: Kempty Falls, K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum, Soham Heritage and Art Centre, Company Garden, Gun Hill

Things to do: Paragliding, Boating, Rock Climbing, Zip Swing, Valley Crossing, Trekking

Approximate Cost: Prices here vary according to seasons and crowds. Bargaining is very much required.

Kedarnath is one of the Chaar Dhaams of the Hindu pilgrimage sites. The Chaar Dhaam is considered to be the holiest places on earth, hence Kedarnath is always filled with thousands of pilgrims. The Kedarnath Temple has stood tall against the test of time and was one of the few monuments who did not succumb to the natural calamity which occurred at Uttarakhand in 2013. Kedarnath is an extremely popular town which offers an outstanding view of the snow:capped mountains and rivers.

 

Attractions: Kedarnath Temple, Chota Chaar Dhaam, Mayali Pass, Gauri Kund, Bhairav Nath Temple, Shankaracharya Samadhi

Things to do: Visiting Temples, Trekking, Relaxing at Vasuki Tai, Watching the Sun set.

Approximate Cost: NA

Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand and is generally the first city people visit in their Uttarakhand expedition. The city has the perfect balance of everything, it is neither too crowded nor too empty, and it is close to nature, yet has the qualities of an urban city. Dehradun has a number of valleys and streams which make the perfect scenery for you to take a picture. It also has quite a few temples in it, enabling pilgrims to get a glimpse of what is in store for them in the state.

 

Attractions: Clock Tower, Chetwoode Hall, Tapovan, Robber’s Cave, Tapkeshwar Temple, Mindrolling Monastery

Things to do: Visit Temples. Check out the beatific natural valleys and streams.

Approximate Cost: NA

Kausani is a small hamlet of a hill station in the state of Uttarakhand. It is a hidden gem in Bageshwar district sought by travellers who like to go offbeat.

 

Attractions: Anashakti Ashram, Rudradhari Waterfalls, Kausani Tea Estate, Baijnath Temple, Someshwar temple etc. 

Activities: Mountain biking, rock climbing, nature walk, rapelling etc.

Food: Yogi Restaurant, Garden Restaurant, Valley Restaurant etc.

Auli is a very small town in Uttarakhand. It is snow:laden throughout the year as it is located at an altitude of approximately 2,700 metres. You are bound to be mesmerized by the enchanting beauty of the place. Auli is home to few mountain ranges such as Mana Parvat, Nana Devi and Kamet. It is known as the skiing capital of India and it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the snow:laden mountains and surroundings. Auli is so beautiful that calling it ‘Heaven on Earth’ will not even be an overstatement.

 

Attractions: Gurso Bugyal, Kwani Bugyal, Chenab Lake, Trishul Peak, Kuari Pass Trek, Narsingh Mandir

Things to do: Skiing, Sledding, Trekking and Camping

Approximate Cost: NA

Rajaji National Park is located in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. It is an amalgamation of wildlife sanctuary and a Jungle. Owing to the weather conditions, Rajaji National Park boasts one of the finest flora and fauna in the country. The national park has also been very active in the program of tiger preservation. Rajaji National Park is the ideal place to visit if you are fascinated by wilderness.

 

Location: Dehradun, Mohand Range, 5/1 Ansari Road, Uttarakhand 248001

Timings: Rajaji National Park is open every day from 7 am to 10 am and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Approximate Cost: Rs. 300:Rs. 800

The Kumbh Mela is the biggest religious festival on the planet. Hindus from all over the country look forward to this festival where pilgrims from every corner of India gather at a particular place and worship their god. The Kumbh Mela has been taking place from time immemorial and is the world’s largest congregation of pilgrims. It takes place every third year and the location of the festival is rotated among four cities, Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain, turn by turn. The festival returns to the same city in every 12 years, but in Haridwar, the festival takes place in every six years. According to Hindu mythology, the Kumbh Mela is organized to provide a long and happy life to all the pilgrims who visit the festival. This festival is so huge that over 120 million pilgrims had attended the festival on its last occurrence, which lasted for about two months.

 

Date: It takes place on every 6th year in Uttarakhand and the exact date is calculated according to the Sun’s, Moon’s and Jupiter’s combination

Location: Haridwar

The International Yoga Festival is a 7 day event which takes place every year in Uttarakhand. The main purpose of the festival is to propagate the importance of yoga. Uttarakhand is a very peaceful place and has the perfect setting for yoga, it is located in the Himalayas. All these points add up to provide the best yoga experience to the people in the land where yoga originated. Yoga is very important for everybody as it provides stability, balance, mental peace and increases your concentration.

 

Date: It takes place every year from 1st to 7th March

Location: Rishikesh

The Ganga Dussehra is a pretty big Hindu festival which is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in Uttarakhand. In Ganga Dussehra, the Hindus celebrate the descent of the holy river, Ganga, on the earth. On this auspicious day, pilgrims visit the cities which are situated on the banks of River Ganga and do aarti there. They also take a dip in the river in the hope that it would clear off all the past sins they have committed. The festival is held in multiple cities and is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm, especially in Haridwar.

 

Date: It takes place every year during the summers. The exact date is set according to the Hindu calendar.

Location: All cities located on the banks of River Ganga

Diwali is probably the biggest festival in India. It is the festival of light and joy where all the Indians come together to celebrate the festival. According to the Hindu mythology, Lord Ram had set foot in Ayodhya for the first time on this day, after completing his exile. It was a very happy moment for everybody, hence to celebrate this joyous moment, people light diyas on this day. This festival is such that it makes every person in India forget about their sadness, grieves, sorrows and problems. People spread love and happiness on Diwali, thereby making it the biggest and most celebrated festival in India.

 

Date: It takes place every year on a New Moon Day in the month of October or November

Basant Panchami is a pretty famous festival of India in which people worship Goddess Saraswati. Goddess Saraswati is the god of music and learning and her favourite colour is yellow, so everyone tried to wear yellow on this day. Basant Panchami is one the favourite festivals of kid because they get to have delicious foods and desserts on this day. A fair is held every year in Rishikesh, on the day of the festival, within the Bharat Temple’s premises and an idol of Lord Bharat is carried throughout the town.

 

Date: It takes place every year either in the latter half of January or the beginning half of February, depending on the Hindu calendar.

Dandeli is a fascinating and adventurous city situated on the Western Ghats in Uttarakhand popular for its lush dense deciduous forests, deep valleys, wildlife sanctuaries, bird watching, water sports, river side fishing, trekking on hilly terrains, mountain biking, night camps and scenic beauty. It is a mélange of astounding nature and exhilarating adventure that allures vacationers, making it a top tourist destination.

The best season to visit Dandeli is between October to May when the climate is pleasant for the water and other activities and also to spot the animals. Monsoons is best avoided due to heavy rainfalls making it unsuitable to enjoy the spots.

Location

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Some of the prime attractions are:

1.Kavala Caves - The exotic limestone Kavala caves is visited by tourists and especially by devotees of Lord Shiva to see an incredible creation of shivlinga formed by the volcanic activities. The cave is adorned with stalactites and stalagmites and to visit the inner sanctum one has to descend down 375 steps and carry a torch as the cave is pitch dark.

Timings: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Daily.

2.Shiroli Peak – The highest peak in the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, it offers a glorious view of the Western ghat’s Sahyadri range, picturesque sunset and is a good route for trekking as well. An ideal spot for nature and adventure seekers.

3.River Kali – River Kali offers a myriad of water activities, attracting majority of the adventure enthusiasts to Dandeli. Mercurial in nature, it caters to the excitement for both amateurs and professionals. White water rafting in Kali river is an enthralling experience of rafting through grade 2, 3 and 4 rapids over a 9 kilometer run under the supervision of an expert. Besides rafting, kayaking and canoeing are other activities that one can indulge in. Coracle boat riding, a saucer-shaped ‘boat’ made of bamboo and tanned buffalo hide is a beguiling experience to watch crocodiles in the water, and hornbills hovering in the sky. Moonlight boating is another activity for nature lovers to ride at night with night vision binoculars to see the nocturnal animals in the surrounding jungle which is home to deers and boars amongst others.

4.Kayaking - Kayaking activities are conducted in the Supa reservoir, which is a man-made reservoir that spreads over a huge area surrounded by teak plantations. There are small islets in between where one can camp in absolute privacy since the entire area is uninhabited.

5.Canyoning-  Canyoning is a variant form of rappelling conducted in the Sathkonda Canyon near Dandeli. A challenging activity, it is the current rage and an adrenaline pumping experience of rappelling down steep rocks under the gushing waterfall (safety harness attached) using a combination of jumping, abseiling and natural water slides.

6.Rappelling -  Climb the steepest rocky cliffs of Sahyadri mountains and careen down suspended on a rope. A thrilling activity conducted under the supervision of an expert, it is a must.

7.Wildlife Sanctuary – In an area of 834.16 sq km, it is second largest wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka and was declared as one in 1956. Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary offers a plethora of excitement for nature lovers and adventurers:

8.Flora - The entire forest area is covered with thick vegetation punctuated with bamboo and teak plants.

9.Fauna- Visitors are likely to spot tigers, leopards, sloth bears, Malabar giant squirrels, barking deers, elephants, bisons, black panthers, Indian pangolin, Indian jackal, etc.

10.Birds – A haven for bird watchers, it is a thrill to see pied hornbills, bar winged flycatcher shrikes, crested serpent eagle, pompadour green pigeons, kingfisher, woodpecker, cuckoo, blue headed ground thrush, yellow browed bulbuls and many more.

11.Jungle Safari and Trekking – Explore the vast sanctuary in an open jeep safari, trekking on foot or mountain biking and feel the rush of spotting the wildlife amidst the lush green forest.

12.Camping – Indulge in overnight and outdoor camping for a different experience. Sync with nature as you camp at the banks of river Kali under the stars and with a spectacular view of the resident birds hovering in the sky.

 

Highlights

  • Dandeli is an ideal destination for engaging in myriad of water sports such as white water rafting, kayaking, canoeing, coracle boat riding etc.
  • Bathe in the river Kali’s rapid’s that provide an effect of a natural Jacuzzi bath.
  • The Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers as it’s a residence for diverse range of bird species especially the Malabar Pied Hornbill.
  • It offers an exciting opportunity to sync in with nature by camping amidst the luxurious verdant forests and wildlife.
  • The Syntheri Rocks close to the Ulavi temple is a must visit site to witness a massive structure of imposing rocks made of granite. A sheer breathtaking sight to behold.
  • The Shivaji fort 22km away from Dandeli warrants a visit. Built by Chhatrapati Shivaji, it boasts of ingenious warring techniques and strategies implemented by the warriors to win wars and protect the fort.
  • Skyes point – 23 km from Dandeli, is famous for the spellbinding views of river Kali and lush green topography during the mesmerizing sunset.

 

 

Recommended For

An ideal retreat for an exciting adventure packed holiday amidst lush evergreen nature.

 

How to get to Dandeli

Flight: The nearest airport is Belgaum Airport, Karnataka about a distance of 90 km. A cab can be hired from there directly to Dandeli.

Train: The closest station is Alnaver railway station at a distance of 35 km. A cab can be hired from there directly to Dandeli

Road: Dandeli is well connected to major cities of India and several private and state buses ply to to the city. Private car and taxi can also be hired.

 

Interesting Facts About Dandeli.

A local legend states that the city is named after Dandelappa, a local deity, a servant of the Mirashi landlords, who lost his life because of his loyalty. An alternative legend states that a king named Dandakanayaka passed through the forests and named them after himself, and the city is believed to stand on the place where Dandakaranya stood when he named the area.

 

A World Heritage Site, Valley of Flowers National Park is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. At a colossal expanse of 87 sq. km., it is a majestic valley endowed with endemic alpine flowers and fauna set amidst the transitional zone of the splendid zanskar ranges and the eastern and western Himalayas.

Until 1931, this blooming meadow’s presence was unknown to the world until three British mountaineers discovered it. Frank S. Smythe, Eric Shipton and R.L. Holdsworth had lost their way while returning from a successful excursion to Mt. Kamet and stumbled upon this exotic valley carpeted with blooming flowers. Spellbound by the beauty of the place, they dubbed it as the ‘Valley of Flowers’. Frank S. Smythe also authored a book on the valley with the same title.

 

Location

Uttarakhand, 246443

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In 1982, the valley was declared as a national park by the government and in 1982, it became a primary zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve while in 2004, it became a part of UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Situated at an altitude of 3,658 meters above sea level, Valley of flowers is a vibrant colourful paradise with a myriad of flowers thriving in this pristine verdant meadow embraced by the resplendent snow crest mountains, sublime glaciers, mesmerizing waterfalls, sparkling streams and fluffy clouds above. An alluring landscape, it is a major attraction for nature enthusiasts, trekkers, botanists and photographers.

During the winter season the park gets obscured by the heavy blanket of snow and hence is shut during the time. On the advent of the monsoon season - July to September the entire valley blossoms with a riot of flowers in every colour imaginable and giving the park a magical appearance. More than 650 species of flowers are found here including, orchids, blue poppy, lilies, Geranium, marigold, Himalayan rose daisies, river anemone, primulas etc. A varied species of plants growing in the value are believed to have medicinal properties. The area is also residence to a diverse range of exotic and endangered fauna such as grey langur, brown bear, Himalayan weasel, Asiatic black deer, red fox, blue sheep, flying squirrel etc

The 17km trek to the Valley of Flowers starts from a hamlet, Govindghat. From Govindghat, the steep trek surrounded by captivating views of the waterfalls, lush forest and the Himalayas reaches Ghangharia which is around 14km from Govindghat. From here, a permit needs to be taken from the forest department to enter Valley of Flowers which is 3 kms away. The permit stays valid for 3 days and visitors are allowed only during daytime as no accommodation services is available inside the valley. One can also hire a porter, mule or helicopter to reach Ghangaria. The trek route is also common for the pilgrims to reach the Sikh temple at Hemkund. 

Perched at an altitude of 4,329 meters above sea level in the Himalayan ranges, Sri Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, literally meaning ‘lake of snow’ is a sacred temple in the Himalayas revered by the Sikhs. A tranquil, scenic holy place, it attracts thousands of pilgrims – Sikhs and Hindus from all over the world in spite of the harsh climate and steep trek to reach it. It is open only for a few months and remains closed during the winter season as it experiences heavy snowfall. The Hemkund Lake is a serene crystal clear lake reflecting the imposing mountains and enchanting glaciers making it a sight to behold. 

The Valley of flowers is open from June to October and the best months to visit are between July to August when the flowers are in full bloom. 

 

Highlights

  1. It is an enchanting vista bedecked with myriad of flowers endemic to the region.
  2. Many endangered and rare animals are found near the valley.
  3. An adventurous trek speckled with an enthralling view of the Himalayas and transcendent glaciers.
  4. The Nanda Devi Park close to the Valley of Flowers is a beautiful spot to visit. This gorgeous sanctuary is home to diverse, endangered wildlife and rare plants. It is also apt for trekking.
  5. The Hemkund Sahib enroute to the Valley of Flowers is a beautiful gurudwara which attracts thousands of devotees annually. The tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Sahib meditated here. The temple is encircled by seven snow clad mountains.

 

Recommended For

An experience of a lifetime to witness a valley decked with massive species of flowers in different hues and shades of colour.

 

How to get to Valley of Flowers

Flight: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. A cab can be hired from there directly to Valley of Flowers

Train: The closest station is Rishikesh station at a distance of 272 km. You can either hire a taxi or take a bus to the Valley of Flowers

Road: The closest bus stand is at Govindghat and from there the trek begins to the Valley of Flowers. You can also hire a porter, mule or helicopter.

 

Interesting Facts About Valley of Flowers

  1. The Valley of Flowers is a World Heritage Site and is in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
  2. The Valley of Flowers was originally called Bhyundar Valley.
  3. It was accidentally discovered and named by three British mountaineers while on the way back from their expedition at Mt. Kamet.
  4. It is home to exclusive alpine endemic flowers, flora and fauna.
  5. In 1939, a botanist with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Joan Margaret Legge slipped and lost her life at the valley while collecting flowers on unsteady slopes. Her sister erected a memorial in her name at the spot.
  6. Professor Chandra Prakash Kala, a botanist with Wildlife Institute of India, has authored two books on the valley; The Valley of Flowers - Myth and Reality" and "Ecology and Conservation of the Valley of Flowers National Park, Garhwal Himalaya.
  7. It is believed that Lord Hanuman had brought Sanjivani from The Valley of Flowers for the ailing Lord Laxman to cure him.The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks are the main source of The Hemkund lake at the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara. 

Bungee Jumping is one of the most sought:after adventure activity on earth. The reason being that you gain the experience of a free fall in this activity. In bungee jumping you have to jump off a platform from a particular height and your legs will be tied to an elastic rope. That rope will you back up once you are about to reach the ground. The free fall which one does is the best part of the activity. There are hardly any places in India where you can try out bungee jumping and Uttarakhand boasts of providing the highest bungee fall in India, approximately 83 metres.

 

Place where you can do Bungee Jumping in Uttarakhand: Rishikesh

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 2500.

For: Individuals, Couple & Groups

Difficulty level: Low to Moderate

Paragliding is an enthralling activity which provides an immense amount adrenaline rush to the people trying it out. In paragliding, you will be tied to parachute, glider, and will have to jump off at a height. You will fly in the air and will also be able to change your directions with the help of the glider. You feel as if you are a bird while trying this activity out. The amazing panoramic view of the surrounding you get while you are in the air is unparalleled.

 

Places where you can Paragliding in Uttarakhand: Rishikesh, Mussoorie, Pratap Nagar, Dayara Bugyal, Garhwal, Nainital

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 5000

For: Couples and Individuals

Difficulty level: Moderate to High

Uttarakhand is the land of the Himalayas, hence it is natural that mountainous activity such as trekking would be a common feature in the state. People from all over the country come to the state in order to scale the many hills of the Himalayas. You get to explore nature in its true sense while trekking and exploring the wilderness on foot is a different experience altogether.

 

Places where you can do Trekking in Uttarakhand: Roopkund, Valley of Flowers, Devariyatal, Kedartal, Har Ki Doon, Chopta

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 4000.

For: Individuals and Groups

Difficulty level: High

Flying Fox is similar to zip lining. In zip lining, you have to cover the distance from one end of the rope to the other using your own hands and strength whereas in flying fox you will be tied to a motor which will carry you from one end of the rope to the other. The speed is not much in zip lining as you have to create your pace but in flying fox, you move at a top speed of 140 km/hr. One, quite literally, zips through from one end to the other.

 

Place where you can do Flying Fox in Uttarakhand: Rishikesh

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 3000

For: Couples, Individuals

Difficulty level: Moderate

Who does not love swings! Everybody in their childhood used to play on swings and have very fond memories of childhood related to it. The giant swing, just like any other swing, is a ride where you push yourself forward and swing in the air. The only difference being, you will be swinging between the mountains with the help of a rope and will jump from a height higher than 80 metres. It is like meditation for the adventure junkies. The adrenalin rush is really amazing!

 

Place where you can do Giant Swing in Uttarakhand: Rishikesh

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 2500

For: Couples and Individuals

Difficulty level: Low

River Rafting is the most famous water sports activity in India and is loved by thrill seekers who come here frequently each year. Uttarakhand is the hub for adventure activities and water sports activities. It is the best place to try out river rafting because of the depth and rapids of the rivers present in the state.

 

Places where you can do River Rafting in Uttarakhand: Rishikesh, Nainbagh, Juddo, Tanakpur, Balwakot, Mori, Tuni

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 500

For: Family and Groups

Difficulty level: Moderate to High

Skiing is not that a famous activity in India because of the scarcity of snow in the country, but there are places Uttarakhand where you can expect snow throughout the year. Balancing yourself and keeping your speed check are few of the main things which a person has to constantly keep in mind while carrying out this activity.

 

Places where you can do Skiing in Uttarakhand: Auli, Jyotirmath, Kush Kalyani, Mundali, Dayara Bugyal, Munsiyari

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 3000 

For: Family, senior citizens, groups

Difficulty level: Moderate

Jet Skiing is an extremely exhilarating adventure sport. In Uttarakhand, due to the lack of beaches, jet skiing is carried out on lakes. Riding a jet ski is very easy and you feel as if you are riding a bike on water. People go with a group of friends and carry out this activity in order to amplify their fun.

 

Place where you can do Jet Skiing in Uttarakhand: Tehri Lake

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 500

For: Couples and groups

Difficulty level: High

Kayaking and canoeing are the same activities just the type of the boat used is a bit different in them. In kayaking, you are given a narrow boat; the kayak, which you have to row against the rapids of the river. The kayaking course in Uttarakhand is probably the best in India. The River Ganga is the most famous kayaking water body in Uttarakhand.

 

Place where you can do Kayaking in Uttarakhand: Rishikesh, New Tehri, Tapovan, Nainital, Mori

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 2000

For: Family and groups

Difficulty level: Easy

Snowboarding is not just a recreational activity, it is a sport which is included in the Olympics. Due to the rarity of snow in India, snowboarding is not available at all places. Only a handful of locations have the conditions that will allow you to enjoy the thrill of snowboarding. It is an extremely dangerous sport because you always need to be in full control of yourself and the board otherwise a huge mishap might occur.

 

Places where you can do Snowboarding in Uttarakhand: Auli, Kush Kalyani, Mundali, Munsiyari, Dayara Bugyal

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 4000 or 62.09 USD

For: Groups and Individuals

Difficulty level: High

Tips: Accidents are very common in snowboarding, hence it is advised to people to get proper training before trying the activity out.

Uttarakhand is a state which has been blessed by umpteen number of rocks and mountains. These rocks and mountains have enabled people to carry out different kinds of activities here. Rock climbing and rappelling are two of the most famous and exciting activities you can do in Uttarakhand. These activities take a toll on your body and test your physical strength.

 

Places where you can do Rock Climbing and Rappelling in Uttarakhand: Byasi, Uttarkashi, Rishikesh, Ramgarh

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 400

For: Individuals and groups

Difficulty level: High

Tips: Proper training should be taken before attempting this adventure sport.

Horse riding is one of those activities which everyone fantasises about in their childhood. In Uttarakhand, you get to re:live your childhood fantasy by riding on a horse. Riding a horse is not a very difficult task, people learn it in a couple of days. Generally a trained professional also go on horse rides with you to make sure that you do not get injured.

 

Places where you can do Horse Riding in Uttarakhand: Mussoorie, Haridwar, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Joshimath, Auli

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 150

For: Family and groups

Difficulty level: Easy

National parks and wildlife sanctuaries are a common sight in Uttarakhand due to the presence of the wildlife in abundance. The weather conditions in the state are also ideal for them to thrive. Tourists from all over the country come to Uttarakhand to get a sight of the wilderness here and the wildlife safari makes sure that they do not go back home disappointed. You get to observe the animals from a very close proximity to wildlife safaris.

 

Places where you can go for Wildlife Safari in Uttarakhand: Rajaji National Park, Jim Corbett National Park, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Gangotri National Park

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 300

For: Family and Couples

Difficulty level: Easy

Mandua Chapatti is a roti made out of Mandua Flour or Buckwheat flour. It is highly nutritious and is very delicious. This chapatti is made in every house of Uttarakhand and the best way to taste it is with garlic chutney. There are many places in Uttarakhand where you taste this chapatti but to get the actual flavour of this chapatti, you should visit a house in Uttarakhand and have lunch there.

 

Places where you can have Mandua Chapatti in Uttarakhand: Panchvati Inn, Hotel Manik Palace, Ayurpak.

Kafuli is the ideal dish for people who are diet conscious as it is tasty as well as nutritious at the same time. The main ingredients of the dish are fenugreek leaves and spinach. Even the doctors recommend this dish as it is very beneficial for your health. Kafuli is prepared in an iron pot and tastes the best when it is complemented by steaming rice.

 

Places where you can have Kafuli in Uttarakhand: streets of Uttarakhand

Garhwal ka Fannah is a heavenly staple dish which is renowned in Mussoorie. This dish as pleasing to your eyes as it is to your stomach. Garhwal ka Fannah is so delicious that it is a must for every restaurant in Mussoorie to have it on their menu. There are few dishes by which you are never satisfied, they leave you wanting for more. Garhwal ka Fannah is that dish which leaves you wanting for more.

 

Places where you can have Garhwal ka Fannah in Uttarakhand: Piccolo Restaurant, Kalsang, Café De Tavern, Café by the way

Kandalee ka Saag is a very popular dish in Uttarakhand, especially amongst the tourist who visit the state. It is a very healthy dish which is prepared like any other Indian dish. The main ingredients of Kandalee ka Saag are paneer and a leafy vegetable known as ‘bicchu ghas’. Quite a few restaurants serve this dish and it tastes the best when you have it with paratha.

 

Places where you can have Kandalee ka Saag in Uttarakhand: Chaar Dukaan, Kalsang, Nanak Restaurant, Embassy Restaurant

Raita is a common Indian dish which is made at every corner of the country, but the Kumaoni Raita is a tad different from the rest of the raitas. The Kumaoni Raita is made by using curd, cucumber, turmeric, spices and chilly. It is a dish which compliments every cuisine which is served in Uttarakhand and is a local favourite of the people residing in Uttarakhand.

 

Places where you can have Kumaoni Raita in Uttarakhand: Sakley’s Restaurant, Kalsang, Rajkamal Restaurant

Uttarakhand is a land of mountains which makes it an ideal place to carry out activities such as camping. Camping in Uttarakhand is a different experience altogether. Staying in tents beside a river, amidst the mountains is the most enriching experience one could ask for. Just gazing at the starlit sky at night and being enchanted by its dazzle is one of the few things people go through when they camp in Uttarakhand. You feel closer to nature after going on an expedition such as camping.

 

Location: Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Kanatal, Sattal, Deoria Tal, Chaukori, Chopta

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 500

Walk in the Woods in the kind of restaurant people go to when they want to get to know a person. It is a very pleasant place where you can spend your night peacefully and enjoy your meal. Walk in the Woods is also a very good restaurant for a family planning to go to dinner. There are not many places in Uttarakhand which are as classy and interesting as Walk in the Woods.

 

Location: Mandakini Vihar, Sahastradhara Road, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248001

Timings: Walk in the Woods Restaurant is open every day from 10 am to 11 pm

There are numerous water bodies in Uttarakhand as a result of which many water activities are possible here, but the activity which stands out in Uttarakhand is boating. Boating is a normal activity which is done everywhere in the world yet boating is more fun in Uttarakhand when you do this activity at night. The whole aura of the activity is magical when done at night. The beautiful experience of boating with the stars shining on you is something which cannot be experienced in words.

 

Location: Nainital, Sattal, Bhimtal

Approximate Cost: The approximate cost for a person is INR 130

The Great Indian Pub is one of the few places in Dehradun where you can actually enjoy yourself and have an amazing night. In terms of bars and lounges, Dehradun is not a very good city to be in but it has few outstanding restaurants and bars like The Great Indian Pub. It is a fun place where two people can have a conversation over a drink and enjoy the ambience of the place.

 

Location: Jakhan, 138/345 Rajpur Road, Roof Top, Doon Zone, Dehradun Uttarakhand 248001

Timings: The Great Indian Pub is open from 12 pm to 11:30 pm on weekends and from 12 pm to 11 pm on weekdays

Pacific Mall is the biggest mall in Uttarakhand. It houses some of the finest brands available in India and is the one stop solution to everybody’s shopping problems in Dehradun. The Pacific Mall also has a multiplex, PVR Cinemas, for all the movie enthusiasts in Dehradun. The food court in the mall serves delicious dishes which leaves every person wanting for more.

 

Location: Rajpur Road, Jakhan, Dehradun, Uttarakhand 248006

Timings: The Pacific Mall is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bargaining: Not really

Haridwar is a pilgrimage site and seldom do people living there indulge in activities which are not related to religion. The Pentagon Mall is a place where the residents of Haridwar go to enjoy themselves and fulfil their shopping desires. The collection of the stores in the mall is splendid and you would want to buy everything. The Pentagon Mall also has a multiplex which serves as the source of entertainment for the people of Haridwar.

 

Location: Integrated Industrial Estate, Sidcul, Ranipur, Haridwar, Pentagon Mall, Plot No. 1, Uttarakhand 24903

Timings: The Pentagon Mall is open every day from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Bargaining: Not really

The Pahari Store is one of the best places to shop in Nainital. Nainital is a very pretty town and the Pahari Store is one place where every tourist visiting the town goes in order to buy a souvenir. The Pahari Store reflects all the culture and traditions which Nainital stands for. You can buy handicrafts items and locally made products in the Pahari Store.

 

Location: Nainital, 1st Floor, Capitol Cinema Building, Uttarakhand 263001

Timings: The Pahari Store is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bargaining: Yes

Pashmina shawls are renowned all over the world. Pashmina is a material of the highest quality, you can pass a metre of the material through a ring without damaging it. The Northern India is known to produce pashmina of good quality and the Shiv and Gauri Pashmina World sells top:notch pashmina products. The Shiv and Gauri Pashmina World is the most famous shop in Rishikesh and every tourist visiting the city does visit the stop during their stay in the town.

 

Location: Neelkanth Road, Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249302

Timings: The Shiv and Gauri Pashmina World is open every day from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Bargaining: Yes

Tibetan Market is a flea market which is held in Nainital every day. It is the ideal place to shop for a tourist as they can get products which describe the local culture. The products sold in the Tibetan Market serve as a souvenir to the tourists and it reminds them of their vacation in Uttarakhand. You can get products at very low prices here provided you know how to bargain.

 

Location: Nainital, Nanda Devi Path, Uttarakhand 263002

Timings: The Tibetan Market is open every day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Bargaining: Absolutely!

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