When you travel to Uttaranchal, you will love to visit popular tourist spots and enjoy the local culture. Amongst other Things to do in Uttaranchal, you can surely explore some of the best things to do in Uttaranchal to make your trip a fulfilling one. On a trip to Uttaranchal things to do can include exploring Uttaranchal attractions and visiting the places of interest.
Appu Ghar in Nainital along with the ropeway to the snow point is a dream destination for the kids. The little ones can also enjoy Snow Adventure Zone in Mussoorie and Fun and Food Water Park in Dehradun. The elephant rides near Rajaji National Park and boat rides in Naini Lake in Nainital are equally fun. The Jawahar Aquarium in Mussoorie is another place of interest for the kids. Nearly all destinations in Uttarakhand have places loved by kids; you can seek local help in locating such spots that fall within your itinerary.
The best place that features the wildlife of the region apart from the national park itself is the Jim Corbett Museum in Kaladhungi. Along with the natural items of relevance the museum also highlights the life of its founder Jim Corbett. You can also visit the IMA museum while in the city. There is a Survey of India Museum in Dehradun that has a collection of instruments used for mapping the country in 19th century as well as S.P Nautiyal Museum within the Wadia Institute of Geology. A special permission is need for a visit Survey of India museum as it is not open to public. Butterfly museum in Bhimtal and Jageshwar Archaeological museum in Jageshwar are two more relevant spots.
The Company Bagh or Company Park in Mussoorie has an amusement park and flower garden visited by a number of tourists flocking to Dehradun. Valley of Flower National Park in Chamoli near Joshimath is popular for its diverse flora and meadows of alpine flowers. The park is also known for rare species such as Asiatic Black Bear, Red Fox, Snow Leopard, Musk Deer, Brown Bear, Blue Sheep and Monal Himalayan Pheasant etc. Swami Vivekanand Park in Haridwar, Botanical Garden of Dehradun, and Gangotri National Park are other places that can be of interest.
Uttarakhand is known to have 12 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries that cover major part of the state land. Jim Corbett National Park is the most popular for being home to most exotic wildlife species in India such as Indian Tiger, Rhinoceros etc. Rajaji National Park is popular for elephants. Nanda Devi National Park and Govind National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary in Chamoli are spots widely visited as well.
The Naini Lake in Nainital surrounded by hills is a beautiful spot for late evening strolls. Rishikesh with its white water rafting spots is an adventurous as well spiritual centre point.
The Great Stupa and Mind Rolling Monastery in Clement town, Dehradun together mark the wide spread presence of Tibetan community. The Great Stupa at 60 metres is the world’s highest Stupa and with that there is a 35 metre high state of Buddha, rooms full of mural and relics from Tibetan art. Adibadri is a group of 16 ancient temples from the Gupta period located 230 kilometres from Dehradun. Along with the religious and historical value, it is bestowed with picturesque surroundings. Haridwar is an entire city that highlights the culture and beliefs of people of Uttarakhand, which one can explore.
Brahma Kund on the bank of holy River Ganga and its surrounding ashrams is a place testifying for the inadvertent faith of people in its religion. It holds a monumental value not only for Haridwar but for entire Uttarakhand. The official residence of the governor of Uttarakhand, Raj Bhawan is another prominent building 4 kilometres from Tallital. It is known for being styled like Buckingham palace and housing a golf course, its grounds are open to public visit. Among the natural landmarks, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath valleys are very famous. Lakshman Jhula with its view of Rishikesh is the thumbnail picture of Uttarakhand.
Naturopathy spas and resorts are also popular in the region. Uttarakhand has also the best Yoga schools in India such as Parmarth Niketen, Sivananda Ashram, Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, Shree Mahesh Heritage Meditation School, Yoga Niketen, Himalayan Yog Ashram, Phool Chatti etc.
Imperial Square in Mussoorie, overlooking Gandhi Chowk, is known for everything decor to service to food. The menu has many continental dishes with an equally long list of pizzas, sandwiches, etc. it also has a lounge Hukkah bar at offering. Other popular joints in Mussoorie and Dehradun are China King & Ginger ‘N’ Garlic, Chetan Puriwallah near Hanuman Chowk in Dehradun, Lovely Omelette Centre at The Mall, Mussoorie, Kasmanda Palace Restaurant serving South Indian, Continental, Chinese and Kumar Vegetarian & South Indian Restaurant. Sakleys Restaurant, Embassy, Cafe De Mall, Cyberia Restaurant and German Bakery are popular in Nainital.
In Rishikesh, Pyramid cafe run by a family serves mouth watering Indian food and some Tibetan and Western dishes including pancakes. Oasis restaurant caters a range of dishes from Mexican, Thai, Israeli and Tibetan cuisine. Other popular ones are Little Budha Cafe, Devraj Coffee Corner across the river near Shri Tryamkeshwar and two joints both by the name Chotiwala catering South Indian and ice creams.
Uttarakhand cuisine is a mix of Garhwali, Kumauni and other North Indian cuisine. Chainsoo is gravy dish made of gram, Kafuli (a green leaf vegetable), Jholi, Phaanu, Roat are the popular dishes of the region. You should not miss the deserts like Kesar Halwa, Sei, Gulgula, Jhangora Ki Kheer and Arsa.
Nanda Devi Fair is a five-day fair with an organized parade of the image of the goddess. The fair is host to number of Dance, Musical and Cultural performances. It is attended by number of tourists and pilgrims. Aartis (Daily prayers) in Haridwar surrounded by glittering light and holy chants of Sadhus (saints) is a sight in itself.
Escape Lounge & Disco, Head over Heels and Polo Bar in Dehradun are known for their international foot tapping numbers and decent environment. You can seek help of a reliable local guide for respective night places in other cities.
Some prominent night places in various cities are the Nainital Club and Snow view bar in Nainital, Sheesha’s lounge &cafe, Polo Bar, Vibezz the lounge and Bristal Bar in Dehradun. You can navigate around for clubs and discos that fall within your itinerary.
Sister’s Bazaar in Mussoorie is also quite popular for woollen items, handmade ponchos and wooden artefacts. Paltan Bazaar in Dehradun is full of cheap clothing and souvenirs to camping and trekking gear. For freshly prepared fruits, Jams, and woodcraft you should take a look at the Bara Bazaar in Nainital. For trinkets and religious souvenirs the streets of Haridwar are best.
The Mall’ is a prominent shopping place in Mussoorie known for its British Architecture and an ideal place to by metal ware, fabrics, wooden and cane products etc. Ashtey Hall Shopping Complex on Rajpura Road in Dehradun is an interesting place to buy wood craft items and bamboo artefacts made by local artisans.
Landour Bazaar and Char Dukaan in Mussoorie have shops selling ceramic crockery, woollens and antiques. Bhotia market near Naini Lake in Nainital is a cluster of shops selling copied footwear, clothes and Tibetan artefacts.