Things to Do in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand's misty Himalayan peaks and its unbeatable charm lure all travellers from near and far. From its charming villages to adventure trekking trails, Uttarakhand treasures some spellbinding destinations and experiences to completely soothe your five senses. A complete holiday destination state that presents visitors with soaring peaks to climb; thrilling rivers to enjoy watersports in; sacred temples to pray for your sins and exotic hotels to unwind, Uttarakhand is undoubtedly a treasure trove where the more you dig deeper, the more jewels you find. Primarily chosen by Hindu and Sikh devotees for performing the pilgrimage, Uttarakhand is a must visit for an out-of-this-world spiritual experience. Indeed, it is a place where the River Ganga washes your sins, and Lord Shiva and Badri Vishal listen to your plea while being seated on their high thrones in Badrinath and Kedarnath. Seek here, the might of River Yamuna at Yamunotri Dham and the scintillating Ganges at Gangotri and Devprayag. Become the part of the world’s largest human gathering at the Kumbha Mela in Haridwar and as a Hindu devotee, don’t forget to seek blessings at the mysterious Patal Bhuvaneshwar; the ancient Jageshwar Temple Complex and Kartik Swami Temple, where you can also relish the spectacular views of the snow-clad Himalayas. Seeking an experience next to spirituality? Well, Uttarakhand offers an excellent opportunity to meditate and perform Yoga by the scintillating River Ganga in Rishikesh, which is also the Yoga Capital of India. Apart from this, the state delivers adventure activities to tourists who come here to experience some thrill in their lives.
The captivating places like Auli, Dayara Bugyal, Mundali, Pithoragarh, Panwali, and Chamoli are famous for best ski resorts. Moreover, Uttarakhand is dotted with some of the most adventurous and dauntless routes for trekking and rock climbing including Chopta Chandrashila, Panch Kedar Trek, and Pindari Glacier. Trekking is also accompanied by another adventure activity of camping, where one has the chance to enjoy the star-studded nights and the surroundings of the lofty mountains. Whitewater river rafting is also a major adventure sport which is performed in ferocious rivers like Ganga, Tons, and Bhagirathi. There are also opportunities for adventure aficionados to relish mountain biking, paragliding, bungee jumping, and mountaineering at large in Uttarakhand. Along with the adventure on hills, the state also offers some wildlife tours. Jim Corbett, Nanda Devi, Valley of Flowers and Gangotri are some national parks in Uttarakhand that offer an opportunity to sight the rich flora and fauna the state conserves. Whereas, Kedarnath, Askot, and Binsar are the wildlife sanctuaries here that are also worth visiting. The aroma of the state is not limited to these, shopping and trying the local food are also the must-do things in Uttarakhand along with the rural tours to observe the culture and tradition. Tibetan Market (Nainital), Library bazar (Mussoorie), Landour bazar (Dehradun), and Moti bazar (Haridwar) are few famous markets to visit and to shop angora fabric, candles, and wooden art. Kafuli, Bhang ki chutney, Phannu, Kandalee ka saag, Aaloo Gutuk and Singori are some must-try delicacies in Uttarakhand.