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Mountains and Magic: 50 Hill Stations in Uttarakhand for Picture Perfect Vacation

Mountains and Magic: 50 Hill Stations in Uttarakhand for Picture Perfect Vacation
Last Updated: May 9, 2019 /

Bordered by Tibet in the north, Nepal in the east, Himachal Pradesh in the west and the Gangetic plains in the south, Uttarakhand, the land of spirituality seems to be a jewel on the crown of Indian Territory. Being the originating point of significant Indian rivers, Uttarakhand is the abode of some of the best hill stations in north India. While the winter season can offer you the best views of snow packed mountain ranges, the same ranges can be the comfort zones in the scorching summer. From thrilling mountain climbing to relaxing leisure walk, each single activity is delightful and worthy to time spending.

To familiarise you with the highly trodden as well as the unexplored tourist places in Uttarakhand, I have prepared a list of must-see hill stations in the region. This list can work as a miniature form of Uttarakhand Travel Guide.

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Popular Hill Destinations of Uttarakhand

Mussoorie: The Rightfully Dubbed Queen of Hills

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Mostly known as the ‘queen of the hills’, Mussoorie is the pride of Uttarakhand Tourism industry and a significant source of revenue for the state. Breathtaking scenic beauty of Mussoorie compels the travelers to accept the truth that nature has painted the canvas of this astounding tourist spot with sheer concentration. Nestled amidst the undulating Himalayan ranges, this region seems like a nest of peace. The average altitude of Mussoorie is 1,880 m whereas the highest peak is more than 2,290m high making it a paradise for the thrill seekers. March to June and September to November is the best time to visit this splendid spot.

Tourist Attractions in Mussoorie

  • Cable Car and Sky Bridge
  • Paragliding
  • River Rafting
  • Trekking and Mountaineering
  • Wine Making Workshops That You Can Participate In
  • Night Safari and Night Camping in Mussoorie Wildlife (Bird) Sanctuary

Trekking Trails in and around Mussoorie

  • Bhadraj Temple Trek – (15 Kms)
  • Benog Hill Trek – (3 Kms)
  • George Everest Park – (3 Kms)
  • Kempty Falls Trek – (8 Kms)
  • Yamuna Bridge Trek – (20 Kms)

Nainital: The Epitome of Beauty in Kumaon Region

nainital

Being one of the most popular hill stations in Uttarakhand, Nainital is the perfect retreat for the tourists of all taste. From lovely honeymoon couples to passionate youths, everyone has unique things to explore here. Lavish hotels are set in the densely wooded hills around the Naini Lake. The lush green hillsides offer mesmerizing views of the snow white Himalayan ranges. Nanda Devi temple on the northern bank of the lake is a historical sightseeing spot. Sher-Ka-Danda Ridge, Guano Hills, Tiffin Top, and Eco Cave Gardens are some of the popular places in Nainital. Nainital Zoo has a few rare species of animals like snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and steppe eagle. Enjoying boat ride on the pristinely set environment of Naini Lake is incredibly blissful.

Tourist Attractions in Nainital

  • Boating in Naini Lake
  • Trekking to Naini Peak
  • Hike To From The Tiffin Top
  • Trek or Take a Ropeway to Snow Viewpoint
  • Nainital Zoo
  • Visit the Raj Bhawan/Governor’s House
  • Gurney House which was Former Home of Jim Corbett
  • Cave Garden
  • Botanical Garden

Pangot: A Picture Perfect Place For Bird Watching

pangot

If you are over with Nainital tour and yet have some spare time, head for Pangot, which is located 15 km away from Nainital. Birdseeing is the prominent activity in this region. More than 150 species of birds are observed here. Most of the birds come down to the lower region of Himalaya to check the chilling winter effect. There are special birding lodge in Pangot from where you can witness the cheerful activities of birds more closely. Pangot is a paradise for the wildlife photographers.

Tourist Attractions in Pangot

  • Bird Watching
  • Nature Walks
  • Kilbury
  • Trekking Trails

Abbott Mount: A Destination For a Quaint Hill Vacation

Abbott-Mount

Abbott Mount is located 2100 m above sea level and one of the must-visit getaways in Uttarakhand. Nestled in Champawat District of Kali Kumaon Region, the astounding scenic beauty of this region is perched with deodar and pine forest and captivating views of the Himalaya. An artistically rich church is found amidst the dense forest. It is an ideal place for trekking, birding and photography. The town also has its fair share of haunted stories, with one house being the centre of a popular local legend. It is said that there lived a scientist who conducted weird experiments on the local people, whose spirits haunt the house.

Tourist Attractions in Abbott Mount

  • Mayawati Ashram
  • Abbott Mount Church
  • Pancheshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Champawat and Lohaghat (around Abbott Mount)

Almora: Showcasing The Grandeur of Nanda Devi and Unexploited Nature

almora

Almora is well acclaimed for its picturesque landscape and rich cultural heritage. It is located on a horse shoe shaped ridge of Kasaya hill at an elevation of 1638 m above sea level. Mostly known for its sightseeing place, Almora has many unique temples like Golu Devta and Nanda Devi Temples. Other significant temples are Katarmal, Jageshwar and Kasar Devi. Katarmal is an 800 year old Sun temple. Enjoying the sunset or sunrise at Bright End Corner is a must to do activity in Almora.

Popular Points of Interest in Almora

  • Nanda Devi Temple
  • Katarmal Sun Temple
  • Kalimath Temple
  • Jageshwar Temple
  • Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and Zero Point (around Almora)

Auli: Skiing Capital of Uttarakhand and a Trekking Paradise

auli

If you enjoy skiing, Auli is the best destination for you in Uttarakhand. For enthusiastic winter sports lovers, it houses some of the best slopes covered with Deodar and Oak forest reducing the velocity of chilling wind. Witnessing the panoramic view of the Himalaya from Gondola can be an unforgettable experience. Best time to visit is January to March when nature decors the land with dusty snow. If you love to go for trekking, Auli to Badrinath and Auli-Kuari Pass trek are some of the best places for adventure trekking in Uttarakhand.

Tourism Attractions in Auli

  • Skiing (Winter)
  • Cable Car Ride to Auli from Joshimath
  • Trekking (Gurson Bugyal being the Most Popular Trek)

Bhimtal: A Place to Relax and Rejuvenate amidst Nature

bhimtal

Mostly known for its beguiling lake, Bhimtal can be one of the best locations to spend your summer Holiday in Uttarakhand. Located at an elevation of 1371 m above sea level, this sprawling hill station enjoys a pleasant weather throughout the year. The magnificent hills hovering with lush greenery border the entire lake area. Bhimtal Lake has a strategically located restaurant at its centre, from where one can enjoy the scenic beauty of the entire lake.

Tourist Attractions in Bhimtal

  • Bhimeshwar Temple
  • Lake
  • Boating on Bhimtal
  • Angling (You need to take special permission from DCFR)
  • Rappelling/Rock Climbing

Bhowali: A Destination for a Walk Amidst the Unperturbed Nature

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If you want to explore some of the less trodden mountain peaks in Uttarakhand, Bhowali is the destination for you. Situated in Nainital district, this unique tourist spot is located at an altitude of 1,076m above sea level. Enjoy nature walks, buy fresh fruits, and enjoy the views from the restaurants.

Tourist Attractions around Bhowali

  • Shyamkhet Tea Gardens
  • Ghorakhal Temple
  • Kainchi Dham
  • Ramgarh
  • Sattal
  • Nainital

Binsar: A Place of Tranquility of Surreal Forests, Temples and Mountains

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Located at an elevation of 7600 ft above sea level, Binsar is known to be the highest hill station in the entire Kumaon region. It is one of the most beautiful places in Uttarakhand, and located amidst the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Witnessing the panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks from Zero point is the main attraction of this region. From nature lovers to adventure freaks, this region can satisfy all. The mesmerizing Himalayan oak and rhododendron woods are ideal for trekking. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary houses more than 200 species of birds and other wildlife including leopard, black bear, pine marten porcupine etc.

Tourist Attractions in Binsar

  • Baneshwar Temple
  • Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Trekking and Hiking Trails
  • Binsar Zero Point

Chakrata: A Haven for a Complete Mountain Experience

Chakrata

Another famous hill station in Uttarakhand, Chakrata attracts attention of the tourists for its unique natural setting. Situated by the side of Yamuna and Tons River, this beautiful hill station is amongst one of the best locations to repose. The undulating terrains of the majestic hill, deep forests, and healthy climate make it a perfect destination for a soothing summer outing. Trekking to Kharamba Peak is a wonderful experience. The northern slants of Chakrata are famous for both skiing and trekking.

Tourist Attractions in Chakrata

  • Camping
  • Trekking and Hiking Trails
  • Tiger Falls
  • Chilmiri Neck
  • Yamuna Adventure Park
  • Deoban for Bird Watching
  • Budher Caves

Chamba: A Serene Destination to Fill You Up with Good Memories

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If you want to explore a hill station in fresh environs and stunning scenic beauty, Chamba can be an excellent option for you. The picturesque scenic beauty of the region with its unspoiled nature offers an outstanding feel to the tourists. The tiny hill station, decorated with pine trees and Deodar forest offering an impressive view of Himalaya. The pleasant weather of summer makes it a popular retreat for most of the people residing in cities. Monsoon is romantic here and winter season is chilling. Sometimes the temperature goes beyond freezing point and one can witness snowfall as well. According to the legends, Chamba was earlier a part of the Gorkha Kingdom but it was Kings of Garhwal who later ruled this place. As the region is located near to Mussoorie and Rishikesh, one can enjoy camping, trekking and climbing.

Tourist Attractions in Chamba

  • Langtang Range View
  • Gabar Singh Memorial
  • Sri Bageshwar Mahadev Temple

Champawat: A Place for a Spiritual Voyage

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One of the most famous sightseeing spots in Uttarakhand, Champawat is known for its rich cultural heritage. There are a number of historical locations in this place which include astounding architectural establishments. Extensive variety of flora and fauna make it a magical city to explore to the fullest. Religious spots like Baleshwar Temple and Nagnath Temple display the excellent architectural beauty of the place.

Tourist Attractions in Champawat

  • Banasur Ka Kila
  • Baleshwar Temple
  • Nagnath Temple
  • Chaumu Temple
  • Barahi Temple
  • Advaita Ashrama
  • Kirateshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Ek Hathiya Ka Naula (around Champawat)

Chaukori: An Awesome Destination to Rejuvenate Amidst the Freshness of Tea Gardens

Chaukori

If you are in need of a break from your hectic lifestyle, Chaukori has multiple options. It is located in the high hill of Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand at a height of 2010m above sea level. Chaukori is famous for its tea garden. The virgin beauty of Chaukori is unaffected by pollution and crowd the undulating terrains are perched with emerald green tea gardens overlooking the benign summits of Chaukhamba, Nanda Devi, Panchauli or Nanda Kaut. Due to the unpolluted environ both the views of sunset and sunrise is unique in Chaukori. The forest is rich in pine, oak, and rhododendron trees and interspersed with cornfields and orchards. Detached from all sorts of artificiality, this natural setting is the best location to compel tourists to plan a special holiday trip to Uttarakhand.

Must Visit in Chaukori

  • Arjuneshawar Shiva Temple
  • Kalinag
  • Bashukinag
  • Feninag
  • Pinglenag
  • Mostamanu Temple
  • Harinag Temple
  • Ghunsera Devi Temple
  • Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Chineshwar Waterfall

Chopta: A Trekker’s Paradise Amidst the Dreamlike Landscape

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Encompassing some of the wonderful tourist attractions in Uttarakhand, Chopta is known to be the Switzerland of India. Mostly visited for adventurous activities, Chopta has pleasant weather and breathtaking ambiance to please cosmopolitan city dwellers. Among the adventurous activities, exploring the Chopta Tungnath Trek is the most amusing. This easy gradient track can be explored in one day. The journey starts from Chopta and ends at Tungnath summit (Chandrashila). This steady inclined trek passes through a striking forest of rhododendron. For having a glimpse of superb views of Chopta, September to November is the best time. Witnessing the snow covered mountain tracks while passing through the twist path is remarkable. The region is perched with numerous alpine meadow slopes which are great locations for skiing. You can also take part in camping on Chopta.

Tourist Attractions in Chopta

  • Chopta Tungnath Trek
  • Kalimath
  • Deoria Tal
  • Ukhimath
  • Omkar Ratneshwar Mahadev
  • Kanchula Korak Deer Musk Sanctuary

Dhanaulti: A Lovely Weekend Escape from Dehradun

Dhanaulti

Situated at an elevation of 2286 m above sea level, Dhanaulti is an attractive tourist spot in Mussoorie. Enclosed with dense oak, alpine and rhododendron forests, this exotic location can be the best retreat to the city dwellers. Slightly apart from the crowd of Mussoorie, Dhanaulti fascinates tourists throughout the year. From weekend travelers to family vacationers and corporate groups, everyone has something unique to enjoy in this diverse land. For thrill seekers, there are scopes to enjoy soft adventure activities like Flying Fox and Burma Bridge. There are wonderful walking tracks and nice corners and sitting spaces to spend leisure. Barehipani fall (400m) and Joranda fall (150m) in Dhanaulti exude wonderful natural ambiance. There are different varieties of swings for kids. So, if you are with your family, your kids will also like this place.

Tourist Attractions in Dhanaulti

  • Surkanda Devi Temple
  • Dashavatar Temple
  • Deogarh Fort
  • Eco Park
  • Dhanaulti Adventure Park

Dharchula: A Place for an Offbeat Mountain Experience

Dharchula

Located on the border of Pithoragarh district, Dharchula is a lower hilly region in Uttarakhand. Slightly detached from all major cities, this location is one of the unexplored getaway destinations in Uttarakhand. This small hill station stands on the bank of River Kali and houses important spots to explore. This is an excellent option for those who seriously need a break to relax. Flourishing forest is perched with trees like Pine, Oak, Apple and Deodar. An extensive variety of dry fruit plants are also found here.

Tourist Attractions in Dharchula

  • Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary
  • Panoramic View of Om Parvat and Adi Kailash
  • Jauljibi
  • Narayan Ashram
  • Chirkila Dam

Didihat: A Beautiful Destination Offering a Perfect Blend of History and Nature

Didihat

One among the major tourist destinations in Uttarakhand, Didihat is located 64 km away from Dharchula. The diversity of flora and fauna in this region is imposing. The entire region is enclosed with deep green ridge. Witnessing the Panchachuli Peaks from any corner of the vicinity is breathtaking. Being the ancient kingdom of Katyur Dynasty, Askot is a popular tourist spot in this area. The remains of many historical forts are also found here.

Tourist Attractions in Didihat

  • Malika Arjun Temple
  • Ashram of Swami Narayan

Dwarahat: A Place Full of Solace and Dotted with 55 Temples

Dwarahat

Situated in a beautiful natural set up, Dwarahat is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. Mostly popular among the regular tourists as a significant sightseeing location, Dwarahat has a group of 55 temples which were mostly built by the Katyuri Kings. Pawan Maharaj Ashram or Durga Temple is located at high altitude and one has to climb 500 steps to reach atop the hill. The view of the Himalayan peaks and the surrounding vicinity of Almora, Ranikhet and Kasauni are amazing. A couple of fairs are also organized in Dwarahat.

Tourist Attractions in Dwarahat

  • Dunagiri Temple
  • Lakhanpur Temple
  • Badrinath Temple
  • Mahavatar Babaji Cave
  • Syalde Bikhoti Mela
  • Vishuwat Sankranti Day

Gwaldam: The Gateway to The Famed Roopkund Trek

Gwaldam

There are many interesting spots to explore while you are spending your holidays in Uttarakhand. Gwaldam is one such less trodden landscape in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is located at an elevation of 1700 m above sea level. Nestled in wooded vicinity with undisturbed tranquil ambiance, this beautiful natural setting invites tourists of all ages to spend their holidays in Uttarakhand. A 3 km short track runs up to Talwari which is set in a breath-taking environ. The side way of the trek is rich in multi-hued flowers, varieties of birds, and endless springs. Trekking to the majestic Roopkund Lake will be the most wonderful memory of Gwaldam.

Tourist Attractions in Gwaldam

  • View of Himalayan Peaks Nanda Devi (7817 Mt), Trishul (7120 Mt) and Nanda Ghunti
  • Badhan Garhi Temple
  • Hiking Trails
  • Macchi Tal
  • Buddhist Khamba Temple
  • Gwalnaag

Harsil: A Hidden Jewel of Uttarakhand

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If you are a peace loving soul and the boisterous city life has snatched away your sleep, take a break and head for Harsil, one of the hidden jewels of Uttarakhand. Murmuring water of river Bhagirathi, chirping of birds and dense deodar forest transform the land into a heaven-like getaway from the unexciting honks of metros. The region is located at an elevation of 2620 m above sea level and occupies a picturesque landscape. During summer it has a pleasant weather and the winter is as usual chilling. If you are dying to see a lot of snow, January to March is the ideal time for that. Trekking from Harsil to Chitkul via Lamkhaga Pass adds to thrill. Other than witnessing the snow packed Himalayan peaks closely, you can see the apple orchards flourishing with fresh apples.

Tourist Attractions around Harsil

  • Gangotri
  • Mukhwas Village
  • Gangnani

Jeolikot: A Place for a Memorable Family Vacation in The Mountains

The-Cottage-Homestay,-Jeolikot

This summer, plan for a never had before family trip to Jeolikot and feel the charm of exploring the boundless nature to the fullest. From calm and serene environment for relaxation to enthusiastic adventurous activities, Jeolikot has wonderful options for all ages. Famous tourist spots like Mukteshwar, Naini Lake, Corbett National Park, and Ramgarh are close to this place. Enjoy the ambiance of orchards flourishing in seasonal fruits. The village of Jeolikot is paradise for nature enthusiasts. The adventure lovers can enjoy bird watching or nature walks. Try to explore the colonial history and heritage of one of the small villages of this region.

Tourist Attractions in Jeolikot

  • Scenic Landscape
  • Bird Watching
  • Butterfly Watching

Kanatal: A Secret of The Himalayan Mountains

Kanatal

A drive of 6-7 hours from Delhi will take you to Kanatal, a quaint place tucked away in the dense forests of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Around 33 km from Mussoorie, this wonderful getaway is located 8500 ft above sea level. Like other hill stations of the state, this place is also blessed with Goddess Nature in its full bloom. But what separates it from other known names is its untouched beauty and intact rustic appeal. Kanatal and its less-explored passages attract tourists for rejuvenation, for self-exploration and for praising the Creator. Another major attraction of Kanatal is its proximity with Chamba, and Dehradun as well as its adventurous zeal.

Tourist Attractions in Kanatal

  • Wired Valley Crossing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rappelling
  • Kodia Forest Jungle Safari
  • Hiking and Trekking Trails

Kausani: An Ideal Whisper of Kumaon Hills

Kausani

A paradise of tranquility, a hub of unbound freshness; Kausani is nestled amidst magnetic Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand. Extensive undulating terrains are perched with emerald green tea gardens and induce you to stroll by the garden side. Absolutely detached from the noisy environment of city life, it is a perfect retreat for the worshippers of nature. Newly married couples can stroll on its breathtaking nature walking trails and can make their trip to Kausani more romantic. Some of the important trek routes from Kausani are Base Kausani trek, Adi Kailash trek, and Bageshwar- Sunderdhunga trek. Most of the routes pass through oak and pine forest and the smell of ripen fruits will fascinate you. One can also indulge in rock-climbing or stroll through the edge of Gomti and Kosi to spend the leisure in solitude. There are couple of beautiful ashrams and waterfalls at Kausani among which the major names are Anashakti Ashram, Lakshmi Ashram, Rudradhari Fall etc.

Tourist Attractions in Kausani

  • Kausani Tea Estate
  • Rudradhari Falls & Caves
  • Lakshmi Ashram
  • Anasakti Ashram (a.k.a Gandhi Ashram)

Famous Treks around Kausani

  • Rudradhari
  • Kafni Glacier
  • Baijnath Temple
  • Pinnath
  • Pindari
  • Sunderdhunga Glacier

Khirsu: A Place to Have a Conversation with Nature

Khirsu

Another important weekend getaway in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, Khirsu is one of the most peaceful tourist places in Uttarakhand. This small hill station at an elevation of 1700m fascinates travelers and offers some of the best views of central Himalaya and its snow clad peaks. If you love communing with nature, this is the right place for you. During winter, the mountain peaks get covered with the powdery white snow. The tranquil forest is thick in Oak, Deodar forests. Sweet smell of ripen apples is delightful.

Tourist Attractions in and around Khirsu

  • Ghandiyal Devta
  • Pauri
  • Devalgarh
  • Dhari Devi
  • Ulkha Garhi

Lansdowne: A Destination That is a Reminiscent of Colonial Era

Lansdowne

Lansdowne is a perfect getaway to spend your holiday. An ideal destination to spend the relaxing moments without doing any activities is easily approachable from metro cities like Delhi. Located at an altitude of 1700m above sea level, this small hill station offers the best views of snow-laden peaks of Mt. Kedarnath and Chaukhamba. The hills are perched with green forests of Pine, Deodar, and Rhododendron and amplify the scenic beauty. Unpopulated environments, fresh cold breezes, colour of sunset & sunrise and bird paradise are the uniqueness of this tiny hill station.

Tourist Attractions in Lansdowne

  • Snow Viewpoint
  • Tiffin Top
  • Trekking and Hiking Routes
  • Kalagarh Tiger Reserve
  • Darwan Singh Museum
  • Santoshi Maa Temple
  • Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Bhulla Lake
  • St John’s Church
  • Boating
  • Nature Walks

Lohaghat: A Retreat away from The Madness of City Life

Lohaghat

Located in the Champawat district, Lohaghat is a 1745m high hill station in Uttarakhand. Well acclaimed for its pleasant environment this little quaint destination is important from mythological as well as historical point of view. This small town is situated by the river Lohawati and a retreat from the mad rush of city life. Salubrious weather, abundant nature trails, and deep green landscapes rejuvenate the flagging spirit. Try to visit the mystical Mayawati Ashram popular among the follower of Advaitins.

Tourist Attraction in and around Lohaghat

  • Devidhura Temple
  • Abbott Mount
  • Pancheshwar
  • Shyamal Tal
  • Gurudwara Sahib
  • Forti Village
  • Banasur Fort
  • Galchaura
  • River Rafting

Mukteshwar: A Destination to Seek Spirituality and Rejuvenation

Mukteshwar

Located at an elevation of 2286 meters (7500 feet) above the Kumaon Hills, Mukteshwar is the nearest getaway from Delhi and Nainital. Though this hilly region is well known for the temple of lord Mahadeva, the scenic beauty is the central attraction. Witnessing the breathtaking natural ambiance of Himalaya from the temple premise is unforgettable. Chauli-ki-Jali is known for its overhanging cliffs where sporty individuals can enjoy rock climbing and rappelling. Have a glimpse of the excellent view of the valleys below. Trek by the woods in early morning and feel the freshness of air which is totally absent in a city life. Ramgarh has a few amazing orchards whereas Sital is known for its gushing waterfalls.

Tourist Attractions in Mukteshwar

  • Trekking Trails
  • Paragliding
  • Rock Climbing and Rappelling
  • Shiva Temple
  • Rajarani Temple
  • Brahmeswara Temple

Munsiyari: A Place to Get Lost in The Music of Nature

Munsiyari

For those young and enthusiastic individuals who love to feel the thrill of adventure, Munsiyari has multiple options. Located in Pithoragarh district at an altitude of 2298m above sea level this less polluted holiday destination houses a number of high altitude trekking routes. From beginners to experts, all can quench their thirst of trekking. Observe the mesmerizing view of the snow-capped peaks of Himalaya while trekking. If you are in a long trip and want to explore more, do not forget to look for the multiple varieties of wildlife which is enriched by the rare species like Himalayan griffon, Himalayan bear, wagtail, raven, falcon, monal and many more. March to May and October to November is considered to be the best period to visit this mini Kashmir of Uttarakhand.

Tourist Attractions in and around Munsiyari

  • Birthi Fall
  • Nanda Devi Temple
  • Maheshwari Kund
  • Thamri Kund
  • Madkot Village
  • Khuliya Top

Treks around Munsiyari

  • Namik Glacier Trek
  • The Panchachuli Peak

Naukuchiatal: A Perfect Escape for The Ones Seeking Solace

Naukuchiatal

If solitude is your bosom friend, Naukuchiatal is the perfect tourist spot for you. Known for its one km long nine-cornered lake, this wonderful tourist spot is situated at an altitude of 1220 m above sea level. Unpolluted, clamor-free environ is echoed with the chirping of birds. Enjoy paddling by the lake side which is a great experience. If you want to explore some other destinations, Mukteshwar and Sat Tal are not very far.

Tourist Attractions in and around Naukuchiatal

  • Sattal
  • Bhimtal
  • Jungligaon
  • Boating
  • Hanuman Temple

Patal Bhuvaneshwar: A Mysterious and Mystical Place to Learn about Spirituality

Patal-Bhuvaneshwar

The Himalayan foothills are popular pilgrimage destinations since eternity. Most of the caves are either explored for adventure or religious belief. Patal Bhuvaneshwar is one such mystical and spiritual place which is located 1350m above sea level. It is a limestone cave and the entrance to the cave goes through a long and narrow tunnel. Devotees believe that 33 crore deities are residents of the cave. Worshipping here is regarded as equivalent to Char Dham Yatra. Though the central deity of the temple is Shiva, but numbers of other deities are also seen here. Other wonders found in this cave are hair of Lord Shiva, Airavat of Indra, Tongue of Kaal Bhairava and some more. This mysterious cave has four entrances and the entire cave is around 160m long and 90 feet deep.

Tourist Attractions in and around Patal Bhuvaneshwar

  • Berinag
  • Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple/Cave
  • Haat Kalika Temple

Pauri: For a Picture-perfect Short Trip in Mountains

Naukuchiatal

The salubrious weather and astounding scenic beauty of Pauri is enough to make your short holiday trip to Uttarakhand surprisingly memorable. The picturesque landscape is perched with skyscraping mountain peaks covered with pristine white snow. Witnessing sunrise atop the mountain peaks is an unforgettable experience. Kedarnath, Bandarpunch, Gangotri Group, Neelkanth, and Nandadevi are some of the significant mountain peaks that one can witness from Pauri.

Tourist Attractions in Pauri

Famous for the panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath, Gangotri, Neelkanth and Nanda Devi, the town also offers numerous natural spots to enjoy a quaint vacation. Another major attraction is the Chaukhamba Viewpoint which offers the serene view of Gangotri Glacier and Ganga River. Other tourist attractions here are Kandoliya Temple, Danda Nagraja Temple and river rafting in Ganga River. There are numerous trekking trails that you can explore.

Pithoragarh: The Gate of Manasarovar and Kailash

Pithoragarh

Set amidst breathtaking natural scenario and holy spots, Pithoragarh is a significant hill station in Uttarakhand. Located at a height of 1,650m above sea level, this small village is a historical place too. Mansarovar and Kailash pilgrimage start from this region. Nepal and Tibet are the neighbouring countries close to Pithoragarh. Pouring waterfalls, white glaciers, tranquil lakes, and gushing rivers gulp down the tiredness and boredom of the travelers. Walk around all unique elements of Pithoragarh starting from sightseeing to nature exploring and let your inner soul rejuvenate.

Tourist Attractions in Pithoragarh

A blend of spirituality and natural paradise, the town is perfect for weekend getaway. There are numerous trekking trails for those who seek adventure amidst nature. Thal Kedar is one of the most famous pilgrimage spots to visit in Pithoragarh. Pithoragarh Fort is also a popular spot in the village. Other tourist attractions include Nakuleshwar Temple, Arjuneswar Temple, Dhwaj Temple and Kapileswar Temple.

Treks around Pithoragarh

  • Kafni Glacier Trek
  • Chandak
  • Mansarovar Yatra
  • Kailash Yatra

Ramgarh: A Place Adorned with Orchards

Ramgarh

If you are one among those individuals who love to interact with bare nature in solitude, Ramgarh in Kumaon district of Uttarakhand must be your next holiday destination. Detached from the rush of city life, the environment of this region is calm and serene. Have a glimpse of the gigantic Himalaya from the sprawling fruit orchards of apricots, apples, peach and pears. Go for paddling across the orchards and enjoy the fresh ripen smell of the varieties of fruits.

Tourist Attractions in Ramgarh

A popular tourist destination known for its apple, fruit plucking is a must-do thing in Ramgarh. The town also offers numerous short trekking and hiking trails. Other popular tourist attractions around Ramgarh are Nathuakhan, Mukteshwar, Naukuchiatal and Nainital.

Ranikhet: A Destination to Relish Unspoilt Natural Beauty

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One of the significant hill stations in north India, Ranikhet is a must see tourist spot for the adventure loving youths. Apart from bewitching topography, the region attracts many tourists for the amazing trekking trails. The artistic canvas of this region is perched with varieties of rare trees and multihued nameless flower gardens. Paragliding camps are organized by different tour organizer groups. The campsite is around 12 km ahead of the main town of Ranikhet and located by the oak forest. There is airy safari tents to smaller trekking tents in this area to add to your comfort. You can also choose to spend a leisure night in old style stone houses of the village.

Tourist Attractions in Ranikhet

Nestled in the hills of Himalayas, Ranikhet offers many pilgrimage spots, including Jhula Devi Temple, Binsar Mahadev Temple, Katarmal(Sun Temple). Chaubatia Orchards are also a major hit amongst the travellers visiting here. Other attractions around Ranikhet include Majkhali, Bhalu Dam, Kalika, Manila, Mankameshwar Temple, Ram Mandir and Haidakhan Babaji Temple.

Sattal: The Cluster of Seven Lakes

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If you love birding and if photography is your passion, spend your next weekend in this camera-friendly destination of Sattal. As the name suggests, Sat-Tal means a cluster of seven lakes. Water of these lakes is crystal clear and unpolluted. The region is located 1370m above sea level. To escape from the intolerable cold of the extreme peaks of the Himalaya, varieties of migratory birds come down to this region. The weather is pleasant during summer. In monsoon, the greenery of this region flourishes impressively.

Tourist Attractions in Sattal

Sattal Lake, also known as Seven Lakes, is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the town. Bhimtal and Nainital are also close to Sattal. Subhash Dhara is another must-visit spot near Sattal. Other popular tourist attractions include Kayaking, Trekking and Butterfly watching.

New Tehri: Home to The Tallest Dam in India

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The only planned city of Uttarakhand, New Tehri is a renovated form of Old Tehri Town. Mainly visited by the dwellers of plains in summer for its pleasant weather, this modern town is spread over an altitude of 1,550-1,950 m above sea level. Tehri Dam is known to be the tallest Dam in India. The panoramic views of Chamba are spectacular.

Tourist Attractions in New Tehri

Tehri Dam, which is one of the tallest dams in India is a popular attraction in New Tehri. Tehri Dam also attract a lot of adrenaline junkies because of its trekking trails and white water rafting on Bhagirathi River. Other tourist attractions around New Tehri include the popular towns of Chamba and Dhanaulti. Devprayag, which is the holy spot where sacred rivers Bhagirathi and Alaknanda meet, can be accessed from New Tehri.

Rudrapur: A Small Getaway Destination in Uttarakhand

Way to Lake Paradise, Rudrapur

Mainly known for its Atariya Temple, Rudrapur is a small getaway destination in Uttarakhand. It is located on the Rudrapur-Haldwani route. Every year during Navratri, a 10 days long fair is held in this region. People from across the state join in this fair to seek blessings from Goddess Atariya.

Tourist Attractions in Rudrapur

The 10 days Navratri Festival is the biggest attraction of Rudrapur. There are numerous quaint hill stations around Rudrapur that can be visited, including Nainital, Bhimtal and Nanakmatta. Other popular tourist attractions around Rudrapur include Atariya Temple, Bhimashankar Temple, Chaiti Devi Temple and Giri Sarovar.

Chamoli: A Place to Experience The Divinity of Kedar Khand

Mandal Village Chamoli

Located at an elevation of 995m above sea level, Chamoli is a great place for pilgrimage as well as adventure activities. It is a part of the ‘Kedar Khand’ and situated in the Central Himalaya. While the winter is chilling here, the summer is rather moderate and pleasing. For adventure lovers, there are trekking trails in Chamoli. Roopkund Trek, Kuari Pass Trek, Gopeshwar-Helang Trek are noteworthy. One can enjoy rock climbing and skiing as well.

Tourist Attraction in Chamoli

A popular pilgrimage destination, temples like Gopinath Temple and Kalpeshwar Temple are the major attractions in and around Chamoli. Nandprayag, which is the confluence of two sacred rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini, is also easily accessible from Chamoli. Chamoli also offers numerous popular treks like Valley of Flowers, Auli, Gopeshwar-Helang Trek and Brahmatal Trek. River rafting is also available near Chamoli.

Joshimath: The Gates of Impeccable Divinity

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A famous centre for pilgrimage and the starting point of most of the adventurous activities, Joshimath is an 1890m high hill station in Uttarakhand. It is the gateway to Hemkund and Badrinath Temple. Vishnuprayag, the confluence of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga is located at the foothill of this mountainous region. Joshimath is the base of Kuari Pass Treks, Valley of Flowers and Auli Ski Resort. A number of tour organizers arrange trekking, skiing, white water rafting, and mountain climbing packages on demand.

Tourist Attractions in Joshimath

A picture-perfect blend of religious and natural paradise, Joshimath offers numerous tourist spots. Popular tourist attractions in and around Joshimath are Ghangaria, Nanda Devi National Park, Tapovan, Narsingh Temple, Kalpavriksha and Govindghat. Vishnuprayag, which is a confluence of two sacred rivers Dhauliganga and Alakananda, is also close to Joshimath. Joshimath is also starting point of treks like Bagini Glacier Trek and Kankul Pass Trek.

Jageshwar: The Town with 124 Temples

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The historical temples of Jageshwar are the central attractions of this unique tourist destination in Uttarakhand. This religious town is situated at an elevation of 1,870m above sea level and more than 124 temples are found here. The temples are nestled amidst the deodar forest with a stream flowing at its backdrop. The temples depict ancient Indian sculpture and date back to the Gupta dynasty. Mrityunjay Temple is the oldest temple in Jageshwar while Dandeshwar Temple is the largest. More than 25 inscriptions of different ages are found in the temple premise. While the summer is pleasant in this area, monsoon may bring heavy rainfall and winter season is chill.

Tourist Attractions in Jageshwar

A pilgrimage destination, Jageshwar is popular for its 124 temples. Some of the major attractions in Jageshwar are Dandeshwar Temple, Jageshwar Mahadev Temple, Jhankar Saim Mahadev Temple, Vridh Jageshwar Temple and Lakulisha Temple.

Gangolihat: A Place for Seeking the Blessings of The Almighty

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If you are planning for a religious tour to Uttarakhand, the divine land of Gangolihat has some of the best spots for you. It is a small hill town in Pithoragarh and famous for its Shaktee Pithas of Hat kalika or Goddess Kali. There are a number of ancient temples and underground caves to explore in this place.

Tourist Attractions in Gangolihat

Temples like Haat Kalika Mandir, Chamunda Mandir, Vaishnavi Mandir, and Ambika Dewaal are very significant from a religious point of view. The Vaishnavi Mandir is situated atop the Shail Parvat and the panoramic view of the Himalaya mesmerizes the devotees and travelers alike. Exploring the underground caves like ‘Shaileshwar Gufa’, ‘Patal Bhuvaneshwar’, ‘Mukteshwar’, and ‘Pataleshwar Gufa’ is truly interesting.

Uttarkashi: An Ultimate Destination for a Memorable Religious Family Trip

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If you are planning for a religious family trip to Uttarakhand, Uttarkashi is the perfect place in terms of piousness as well as sightseeing options. Close to the main town of mystical plains of Kashi City, this busy town houses a number of shrines and temples. The vicinity is located at an elevation of 1165 m above sea level and the holy river Bhagirathi flows by this town. The forest of this region is rich in fir, pine and deodar trees along with number of medicinal herbs and shrubs. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering is located in this region to train you in mountaineering.

Tourist Attractions in Uttarkashi

A popular pilgrimage destination in Uttarakhand, Uttarkashi has got numerous famous temples, including Vishwanath Temple, Kuteti Devi Temple and Shakti Temple. Trekking from Uttarkashi to Dodital and Dayara Bugyal are very popular among the adventure lovers. Other popular spots in and around Uttarkashi are Har Ki Doon trek, Dodital Lake and Nachiketa Lake.

Gopeshwar: The Jewel of Pilgrimage Tourism in Uttarakhand

Gopeshwar Temple Gop Gujarat

Those who want to go for a holy trip to Uttarakhand and want to visit the popular pilgrimage destinations, Gopeshwar is a fine option It is located at an altitude of 1300 m above sea level and houses some of the ancient temples of unidentified age. The entire region is surrounded by the four well known Hindu temples, i.e., Tungnath, Badrinath, Anasuya Devi and Rudranath. Tungnath is the highest temple among the Panch Kedars of Lord Shiva. Badrinath is the temple of Lord Vishnu which has a great importance from religious point of view.

Tourist Attractions in Gopeshwar

Gopeshwar is pilgrimage destination surrounded by four famous Hindu temples Tungnath, Badrinath, Rudranath and Anasuya Devi, which are some of the must visit spots around Gopeshwar. Other attractions include Vaitarani Kund, Gopinath Temple, Chandika Devi Temple, and Satopanth Lake. There are also numerous trekking options available around Gopeshwar including Vasuki Tal, Chorabari Tal and Roopkund Trek.

Kartik Swami Temple: A One of its Kind Adventure and Spiritual Destination

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More than just a simple religious destination, this wonderful temple is mostly visited for its surrounding location and majestic trek from the base of the hill. It is located at an elevation of 3050 m above sea level in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. The idol of Lord Kartikeya is formed automatically out of a marble rock. The trek to the main temple starts from dense forest and ends atop a ridge surrounded by splendid landscape.

Tourist Attractions in Kartik Swami Temple

The base camp of Kartik Swami Temple, Kanakchauri village is a major tourist attraction in the region. The destination also offers numerous trekking and hiking trails. The view of the Himalayan peaks, including Neelkanth, Chaukhamba Peak and Dronagiri, is one of the major hits amongst tourists and pilgrims visiting here.

Badrinath: Home to One of The Four Sacred Char Dham Temples

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Located on the bank of the holy Alaknanda River, and in the lap of the gigantic Himalaya, Badrinath is one of the most prominent Hindu pilgrimages in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Situated at an average elevation of 3,100 m above sea level, this spiritual getaway has great mythological importance. One of the ‘Char Dhams’ and ‘Panch Badris’, this tranquil holy place encompasses a breath-taking natural ambiance and surprisingly calm and serene environment. The central deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu, and he is seated in a meditating pose. The entire temple premise is set with other small temples and idols of different other deities. Tapt Kund, a natural thermal spring flows by the Alakananda River and is believed to have some medicinal properties.

Tourist Attractions in Badrinath

The town is famous for its Badrinath Temple complex, which is one of the Char Dhams and a must-visit for every Hindu devotee. Charan Paduka, which is believed to be Vishnu’s footprints is another major pilgrimage spots in Badrinath. Other must see spots are Neelkanth, Vasudhara Falls, Tapt Kund, Bheem Pul, Narad Kund, Panch Prayag and Mata Murti Temple.

Gangotri: The Origin Point of The Holy River Ganga

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More than just an ordinary worshiping spot, Gangotri is a geologically important place in Uttarakhand. The main town area is located on the bank of river Bhagirathi at an elevation of 3140 m above sea level. But, the most important location is Gaumukh in Gangotri Glacier which is located around 19 km away from Gangotri Town. This is the starting point of river Ganges, the holiest river mentioned in Hindu scriptures. Gangotri is one of the ‘Char Dhams’ and has great religious importance. The submerged lingam of Lord Shiva is seen in the mid river and adds to the surprising elements of this region.

Tourist Attractions in Gangotri

Gaumukh, which is the starting point of sacred Ganga River, is the biggest attraction of Gangotri. Gangotri Temple is one of the most sacred Hindu temples in India and a must visit for every Hindu devotee. Other tourist spots in Gangotri are Kedar Tal, Hasil, Dodi Tal, Dayara Bugyal, Dharali and Tapovan. Gangotri also offers numerous trekking trails including the famous Kedartal Patangini Pass Trek, Gaumukh-Tapovan trek and Auden’s Col trek.

Yamunotri: The Abode of Goddess Yamuna

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One of the Char Dhams of Hindu belief, Yamunotri is the abode of Goddess Yamuna and the starting point of the same (Yamuna River). It is located at an elevation of 3292 m above sea level and houses a number of unique sights to be explored. The sacred thermal spring at Janki Chatti is located around 7 km away from the major attractions of Yamunotri. The actual starting point of River Yamuna is a bit far from the main temple at a height of around 4,421 meters (14,505 ft). The scenic beauty of this divine land is enhanced by the dense pine and deodar forest and nameless streams rolling down by the rocky hills. Surya Kunda contain naturally boiling water whereas, Gauri Kund has lukewarm water for bathing. The temple of deity Yamuna opens on the day of Akshay Tritiya in April and closes after the Yam Dwitiya in October. The best season to enjoy the beauty of this place is May to October.

Tourist Attractions in Yamunotri

Yamunotri Temple is the biggest attraction in the region. A popular religious destination in Uttarakhand, there are numerous other pilgrimage spots like Hanuman Chatti, Surya Kund, Janki Chatti, Saptarishi Kund, Divya Shila and Badkot. Yamunotri also offers several trekking and hiking trails, deep in the Himalayan mountains.

Valley of Flowers: An Adventure Destination Adorned with The Best of Himalayan Beauty

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For the nature worshippers of the neighbouring regions to Uttarakhand, the Valley of Flowers National Park is a paradise. This famous World Heritage Site is located at an elevation of 3658 m above sea level and covers an area of 87.50 sq km of Myriad Alpine flowers. This boundless land of multihued flowers is perched with many nameless species of flowers including some of the significant species like Brahmakamal, Cobra Lily, Blue Poppy and a lot more. Other than nature lovers, this can be a paradise for Botanists. Trekking is the ideal way to explore this myriad flower bed. This 3 days trek passes through the precarious cuts on the mountain sides and edges the serpentine source of river Ganga. The trek starts from Govindghat and ends at Ghangaria.

Tourist Attractions in Valley of Flowers

A natural paradise, Valley of Flowers is also a popular trekking trail. Valley of Flowers National Park and Nanda Devi National Park are two of the most popular spots in and around here. Other tourist attractions include Hemkund Sahib, Ghangaria, Gaurikund and Bedni Bugyal. Badrinath Temple can also be accessed from here.

Hemkund Sahib: One of The Most Popular Sikh Pilgrimage Destinations

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Only 2.1 miles from the mesmerising Valley of Flowers (VOF), Hemkund Sahib is the highest Gurdwara of the Sikh community. It is located at an elevation of around 4329 m above sea level. This holy place is situated in the bank of a pristine lake which is watered by the melting Himalayan snow. The shrine is surrounded by seven peaks – known as the Sapt Spring. It is believed that the tenth Guru of the community, Guru Gobind Singh Ji meditated on the hills of Hemkund and thus the abode is dedicated to this great soul. The shrine is built in star shape and the vicinity is fascinating. One can complete trekking to Valley of Flowers and can reach at Hemkund for relaxation.

Tourist Attractions in Hemkund Sahib

A popular Sikh pilgrimage destination, Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara is the biggest tourist attractions in Hemkund Sahib. Other popular places around Hemkund Sahib are Pandukeshwar, Gobindham, Lakshman Temple, Nanda Devi National Park and Valley of Flowers National Park.

Khurpatal: Next Door Lake Village Neighbour of Nainital

Khurpatal Lake Nainital

A hidden gem in Uttarakhand and located at a height of 1600m above the sea level, Khurpatal is an offbeat destination closer to Nainital than any tourist could have imagined. Just 11 kms away from tourist hub of Nainital, this tiny hamlet in Uttarakhand has abundant cedar and pine trees for you to get lost in its enchanting beauty. Khurpatal also exhibits a variety of fishes in its mesmerizing emerald lake that you must witness when you visit.

Tourist Attractions in Khurpatal

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Uttarakhand is a land of pristine beauty and there is no other state which has got so many tourist attractions. Almost every other village offers a unique and distinct hill experience.

So, if you seek mountains as your next vacation destination, head out to one of these hill stations in Uttarakhand. Pack your bags and travel and don’t forget to share your experience with us.

First Published on: 11 Apr, 2014
Sudip Dey

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From the tranquil land of Silchar, Assam, Sudip is a nature enthusiast. An avid wildlife lover and a history buff, Sudip likes to explore and capture the best through his lens. He aims at working towards the conservation of biosphere and desires to promote the rich heritage of India. As a traveller, Sudip has extensively explored North-East India. When he is not travelling, Sudip likes to read novels and write travel and lifestyle blogs.

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