Uttarakhand Tourism

The spiritual land of Uttarakhand is cited as one of the most beautiful and divine state of India. It’ famously knows as Dev Bhoomi and rightly so, as it perfectly fits the idea of a land fit for divine habitation. With its composed beauty and flawless locations, it seems like this this state was literally handpicked by the God himself. Snuggled in the lap of astonishing Himalayas, lies the mystic land of unsulliedd natural beauty and elevated spirituality. This land of gods is home to major pilgrimage sites, breath-taking view of snow covered peaks of Himalayas, a rich wildlife, fresh air and lush green forest, charming village along winding mountain roads and the rippling rivers carving through the hills, this magical state is bound to enthral everyone.

The two of the most sacred rivers for Hindus, Ganges and Yamuna, originates from this holy land only. Perhaps, making it one of the most significant pilgrimage state of India. In addition, the state of Uttarakhand also embodies the Char Dham – Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. This trip is a circuit of four most holy destinations also knows as the home of the Gods inside the four different directions in India making it the most pious locations of pilgrimage as believed in the Hindu mythology. Deities travel all across the country every year to travel to Char Dham to praise the Gods and pay homage.

Uttarakhand is also abode to the best hill stations in India. Mussoorie, Nainital, Dhanaulti, Lansdowne, Sattal, Almora, Kausani, Bhimtal and Ranikhet are ever welcoming hill stations in the state suited for every kind of trip be it a family trip or a honeymoon. Innumerable lounging parks depicts the constant efforts of Uttarakhand in order to safeguard its natural and unspoiled ecosystem; its culture and heritage ensures that it’s on top of everybody’s travel plan for reasons other than just the pilgrimage. Uttarakhand has been a preferred choice for travellers around the world, who travels to this mystical place almost every year to obtain the redemption for a life transforming experience. Also, all the thirst for your adventure desires can be quenched here; be it trekking to some of the most astonishing peaks, skiing through slopes and dazzling destinations or enjoying a cable-car ride in India and much more. Uttarakhand is surely bound to leave you with an awestruck experience.

History of Uttarakhand – the land of peaks and Valleys

Uttarakhand was formed from the hill district of Uttar Pradesh on 9th November 2000 and stated as the 27th state of Republic of India. this state derived it name from the ancient puranic term used for the central stretch of Himalayas as it is surrounded by the Himalayan range. It is well known for its valleys n snow-capped peaks during winters. Its history dates back and tell us that Vyasa had scripted Mahabharat in this region. Hinduism dominates this state, but Buddhism has also emerged in this region with the passage of time. Uttarakhand is surrounded by the borders of Tibet, Nepal, states of Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. This serene and calm state is also a home for many saints and Rishis who have renounced the worldly pleasures. Hindi is the sole official language of Uttarakhand and other languages spoken by the natives here includes Bhoti, Jad, Chaudangsi and a few more. There are 13 districts in Uttarakhand which are broadly classifies into two groups- Kumaon and Garhwal. It has a population from various ethnic group of the society. The most most scared rivers of Hindu religion originate from the glaciers of Uttarakhand, Yamuna at Yamunotri and Ganga at Gangotri.

Food of Uttarakhand

India is a land of varied culture and each state has its assorted variety of delicacies. The very famous saying “The laughter is brightest where food is amazing” goes very well in the case of the variety of cuisines available on the land of nature and valleys “Uttarakhand”. A lot of people don’t know this, but this place has a whole lot of mouth-watering cuisines that would make all your taste buds rolling. Whenever you would be taking the round of this beautiful and serene place, you would be often greeted by the aromas of the authentic food delicacies coming from the road side vendors. The Uttarakhand food is dominated by the Garhwali Cuisines. The food here is very simple yet traditional, nutritious and tasty. The availability of abundance of milk makes people of this beautiful state very fond of milk products.
Variety of cuisines in Uttarakhand.

Chapati (Roti) – It is the staple diet of the people in this state. There are many varieties in chapati such as wheat chapati, Madua chapati (buck wheat), Bajra chapti, stuffed Gahat (kulathi), stuffes Aloo paratha and Marchha paratha (made from chaulai grain).

Pulses /Dals – There are many hilly dals served here and all of them are very nutritional and delicious. Some of the most common dals are Toar (Pahari dal), Pahari Rajma, Chana, Phaanu, Cahinsoo (it is made from roasted grain of moond dal), Aloo Tamatar ka Jhol is a 15 minute easy and most commonly made dish in the households of the state.

Vegetables – The vegetables grown here are not only good to our taste buds but are also high on their nutritional values. The most famous of all are Aloo ke Gutke, Kafuli/Kapaa, Rus, Dabur, etc.

Sweet treats – One should never miss the chance to relish the mouthwatering sweets of Uttarakhand such as Baadi, Bal mithai, Singori, Til ke laddus, Jhanghore ki kheer, Aras, etc.

Popular restaurants

With the magnificent view of the valleys Uttarakhand is also a hub for the café with beautiful ambience and food. Dehradun is the city where one can find most of the unique and taste smacking eating joints.

Town Table, Dehradun – This place welcomes the travelers with their indoor and roof-top sittings. The roof-top arrangement of this restaurant provides a panoramic view of the beautiful city.

Restaurant pick – Palak Paneer with Butter Naan. It also offers a variety of Chinese, North Indian and Continental dishes.

Y Café and Restaurant – It a place with youthful vibes and have their walls covered with poetic, thoughtful quotations and bookshelves donning its walls. Travelers can enjoy the ambience and have a leisure time completely worthy of their travel. Their most popular dishes are Chicken Breast Burger and Lasanga.

Kalsang Restaurant – It is located on the very famous Mussoorie Mall Road. The Lemon Chicken Thupka dish has gained lot of popularity among the people visiting there. It also offers Chinese and Asian cuisines.

The Pyramid Café – It is a traveler-focused café in Rishikesh. It has been serving many international dishes with their flavor of uniqueness. This café offers out door sitting where one can enjoy the cool weather and delicious food. The Pyramid Café also provides it guests with the facility to stay in their Guest House and enjoy the thrill of adventure sports they carry.

Culture

Popular for their simple lifestyle, modesty and honesty, the people of Uttarakhand reflects a unbreakable bond with nature and god. The natural diversity and the constituent of the Himalaya’s unmatched beauty and purity add a new facet to the word ‘culture’.

The culture of Uttarakhand mainly constitutes of its traditional ethics, moral values, the simplicity of nature a rich mythology. It depicts a very clear cut pattern, with the components from each of the ethnic group and sub-groups that lives in this place. People are divided into regions andare better recognized as Kumaoni and Garhwali (Inhabitants of Kumao and Garhwli). Perhaps, it can be noted that Uttarakhand is the meeting point of different cultures of Kumaoni and Garhwli people. Uttarakhand is also abode to ethnic groups like Jaunsaries, Tharus, Rajis, Bhotias and Bokshas. The ethnic groups such as Jaunsaries and Bokshas are further classified into small groups endorse the diverse population and culture in Uttarakhand.

The people of Uttarakhand involves in ecstatic celebrations and performing of rituals around the year because of their deep-rooted connection with nature and the vibrant mythology. All the local tradtions are intently attached to nature and its bounty. No myth or legend is completed without mentioning seasons, nature and the Himalaya’s snow capped mountains. The people of Uttarakhand spare no opportunity in celebrating the exotic nature, social and religious diversity.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Delhi – Haridwar – Arrive at the sacred town of the holy river Ganga, which calls peoplefrom all over the world to have the pilgrimage of their life. Have lunch at the pre-booked hotel. After lunch, visit the famous and holy temples in Haridwar consisting of Pareshwar Mahadev Temple , Daksha Mahadev Temple and Mansa Devi Temple. Later, visit the Harki-Puri ghats, also knows an footsteps of god and Brahmakund. Then before the dusk, witness the Ganga Aarti ceremony of the holy river Ganges in the evening which is major attraction for the people on pilgrimage. Overnight at hotel in Haridwar.

Day 2 – Haridwar – Rishikesh – Leave for Rishikesh in early morning via personal transportation. Reach at the pre-booked resort where you’ll be served with the authentic breakfast to start your day. Tighten your belts, for you’re in for a enthralling adventure sports journey like white water river rafting, bungee jumping, jumping off the cliff and trekking. After this exhausting trail of adventure sports, head back to resort to relax for a while before leaving for the Valley city Dehradun. Reach Dehradun within one hour, head to the hotel and relax for the night.

Day 3 – Dehradun – Mussouri – Enjoy a delectable breakfast at the hotel before taking a stroll in the lush green forests of FRI, the first forest research institute in India, set up in Dehradun in 1991. Then visit the holy Tapkeshwar Temple, known to have one of the oldest Shivling in a cave with droplets of water dripping constantly over the Shivling. Later, visit deer park to witness the exotic wildlife. Now, relax yourself on the way to mussouri, known as The Queen of Hills. Reach the hotel, and sit alongside a bonfire while enjoying the tranquil landscapes and gazing at the stars on a clear night sky.

Day 4 – Mussouri – Delhi -Start the day by having the cliché but delicious breakfast and proceed for a sightseeing tour of Mussouri starting by visiting Kempty falls and swimming in the fresh cool water flowing from the majestic hill tops. Then you’ll be headed towards the Gun hill where you’ll get to witness the mesmerizing and ravishing beauty of the nature with some greatlandscapes, perfect for clicking pictures which you’ll cherish for your whole life. Before ending the trip, you’ll be dropped at the Mall road for a shopping spree. Now it’s time to be head back home after an unforgettable trip along with beautiful memories to adore throughout your life.

Fairs and festivals

In Utarakhand, every season is welcomed with a warm heart and several large scale festivals and events are organised throughout the state by the people of Uttarakhand. The spirit of thanking can be noticed in plenty in the people of Uttarakhand as it can be seen in the fairs and festivals which exhibit the open and indebted heart and the great efforts to conserve their surroundings. Festivals in Uttarakhand are as vibrant as the people in the state and are the fusion of different social and cultural factors. The people rejoice equally in every accomplishment, no matter how big or small, always thanking and paying gratitude to nature’s abundance and nurturing the bond of unconditional love amongst each other.

There are many festivals that are celebrated in Dev Bhoomi, with festival of Kandali being the most significant one. The Bhotiya tribe of Pitoragarh celebrates this festival which coincides with the blooming of the Kandali plant, which blooms once in every 12 years. Other major festivals celebrated in Uttarakhand can be listed below –

Basant Panchmi – It is a festival which celebrates the arrival of the spring season which brings a huge variety of flowers presenting a chaos of colours to environment.

Bhaitauli and Harela – This festival is celebrated by Kumauni on the first day of Shrawan, which marks the beginning of the monsoon season.Yet another festival celebrated to welcome yet another season. Such is the enthusiastic spirit of the people of Uttarakhand.

Ganga Dussehra – Ganga Dussehra is celebrated very ecstatically in this state. It starts on the tenth day of Jaishta (May-June) according to Hindu calender. Beginning on the Amavasya night (dark moon night), it continues till Tenth phase of the moon, also called as Dashmi tithi.

Makar Sanskranti – This special day is considered to be very auspicious as it marks the change of season. This festival is a festival of harvest. Number of rites and rituals are performed and the festival comes to demise with the hope that the birds will return back in the succeeding year.

Phool Dei – Phool Dei is celebrated in order to pray for the better growth of the crops, better harvest and well being and prosperity of the family. It is celebrated on the very first day Chaitra, which falls in Mid-March. On this auspicious occasion, most of the young girls visits to different houses of the village along with the plates full of white flour, curd, sweets and flowers. They give their good wishes to people and get blessings and moey in return.

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Reaching Uttarakhand is not a difficult task as it’s well connected with other cities via Air, rail and road.

By Air – The Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun and The Pantnagar Airport near Nainitaal are the two domestic airports in Uttarakhand. There are regular flights for Dehradun from major cities of India but The Pantnagar Airport gets limited flights.

By Rail – Both passenger and express trains run to this state from different parts of the country. Some important junctions of the state includes Rishikesh, Dehradun, Nainitaal, Haridwar, Kotdwar and Pauri and these junctions aid in convenient travelling to places in Uttarakhand.

By Road – The wide road network covers the entire state and is very efficiently linked with Delhi and other major state highways which are further linked to tourist destinations and significant places like Jim Corbett National Park, Haridwar and Rishikesh. Also, the efficient bus units provide excellent accesebility and operate on daily basis to various destinations of Uttarakhand.

Uttarakhand can be visited throughtout the year as it’s an year-round destination, depending upon where you decide to go. But still, summers are considered to be the best time to visit this state. The temperature varies from 20 degree celcius to 35 degree celcius during summer season.

Uttarakhand is home to many wandering travelers in search of nature’s beauty and thrilling adventures. It is a popular gateway for the family vacations.

This state is a home for travelers who want to indulge themselves in the scenic beauty and enjoy the adventure sports that waits for them. It is a perfect getaway from the monotonous city life.

The hilly roads can give a hard time to the travelers who have heart ailments or are prone to nausea while travelling by roads. The drive on these steep hilly slopes is not everyone’s cup of tea.