Travel Guide Uttarakhand

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Uttarakhand, until 2007 known as Uttaranchal, is a stunningly beautiful state in the Himalayan North of India. It is broken up into a western part, named “Garhwal”, and an eastern part named “Kumaon”.

GovernmentIndian State
CurrencyIndian rupee (INR)
Area53,484 km2
Population10,116,752(2011 est.)
LanguageOfficial:Hindi, Sanskrit
Regionally Spoken:Garhwali, Kumaoni, Jaunsari
ReligionHinduism 85%, Islam 11.9%, Sikhism 2.9%, Other 0.6%
Electricity230V/50Hz, Indian (Old British)/European plugs
Time ZoneUTC +5:30
  • Dehradun – the capital, nicknamed the “Oxford of India”, known for boarding schools. Important government agencies like the Indian Military Academy, Survey of India and ONGC are headquartered here. Forest Research Institute, Rajaji National Park & lots of other beautiful picnic places and many government/ educational Institutions can also be found.
  • Almora – a hill station, cultural town.
  • Chamba – near Mussoorie, provides a great view of Chamba Valley and the Bhagirathi River (the Ganga). It’s a paradise for nature lovers, as it’s surrounded by Alpine forests. Its proximity to Dehradun, Rishikesh and Tehri Dam is a great benefit as traveling to Chamba is easier than to other towns.
  • Haridwar – a holy city on the Ganges and one of the sites of Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest festival
  • Mukteshwar, hill station famous for orchards
  • Mussoorie – hill station, also known as ‘The Queen of Hills’. It provides panoramic views of both the Himalayas and Doon Valley.
  • Nainital – a popular hill station in the Himalayas; excellent connectivity and bird’s-eye view from hills all around; easy access to the Lake District.
  • Pithoragarh, hill station, en route KailashMansarovar
  • Rishikesh – the Yoga capital of the world, the biggest agglomeration of ashrams, meditation centers and temples

Travel Guide Uttarakhand



Uttarakhand is a great place for trekking. At the lower levels, there are forests and wildlife. At the upper reaches, you go past the tree line to snow-clad mountains. There are many trip designs that can be conceived of, but there are perhaps around 20 trips that are the most popular. See also: Leave-no-trace camping and Wilderness backpacking

  • Roopkund/The Mystery Lake – Bedni Bugyal, Chamoli District – one of the most popular treks. Roopkund, also known as Mystery Lake, is a clear water Himalayan lake. Roopkund starts from Debal. This beautiful lake is surrounded by majestic Himalayan peaks covered with snow and glaciers.
  • Panwali Bugyal Trek, Tehri District – it leads to Triguninarayan, a place where the eternal flame of Shiva’s and Sati’s (Parvati’s previous incarnation) marriage is still kindling.
  • Gangotri Glacier Trek – Tapovan (meditation ground of Gods), Gaumukh (source of Ganga) and Shivling Mountain
  • Satopanth Swargarohini Trek – near Badrinath, one of the most pristine treks. Satopanth Tal is a lake at an altitude of 4600m.
  • Pindari glacier trip
  • Chandrashila TrekChopta – Chandrashila commands the most beautiful view of the Himalayas in the whole region, especially Chaukhamba and Nanda Devi. There’s one of the Panch Kedars – Tungnath’s temple – the highest temple of Shiva
  • Madmaheshwar Trek, near Ukhimath, Rudraprayag – one of the most beautiful treks leading to a Panch Kedar, it’s at the base of Chaukhamba Peak (7300 m/23,950 ft).
  • Kuari Pass Trek – near Auli, quite popular with foreign tourists
  • Khatling Glacier, near Gangotri
  • Valley of Flowers Trek, Valley of Flowers is a fairy-land situated high in the Himalayas of the Uttarakhand, at an altitude of 3,600 meters above the sea-level, protected by snowy mountains. Near Badrinath – the most beautiful valley
  • Har ki doon url=”” – very scenic trek, near to Swargrohini peak, from where Pandavas went to the heaven.
  • Trekking and Jungle safari inside Nanda Devi Sanctuary
  • Sunder dhunga trek
  • Thailisan – Binsar Trek in Pauri, an uplifting trek, providing a panoramic view of Himalayas
  • Milam glacier trek
  • Kafni glacier trek
  • Kalindni Pass Trek – Gangotri to Badrinath – a lifetime dream for many an adventurer.
  • Deoriatal Trek – Deoriatal Trek is one of the famous trekking destinations in Uttarakhand. One can drive up to the Sari village near Ukhimath, from where it is a short 4 km walk to the lake. Trekking can be done for the entire year in Deoriatal.
  • Nag Tibba Trek (Nag Tibba Trek), ☎ +917902130130 (). There are many destinations for trekking in Uttarakhand but Nag Tibba is a special one. Nag Tibba is a relatively easy trek near Mussoorie with a maximum altitude of 9910 ft. This trek lies in the Garhwal region of the mighty Himalayas. It is considered as a weekend getaway trek as it is short and best suited for people with limited time.  edit
  • Deoriatal Trek (Deoriatal Trek), ☎ +909760923032,Best setting for a winter trek with some amazing views of the mountain peaks and pine and maple trees in the surroundings and hiking on snow covered trails  edit

Reputable tourism Provoders Near Deoriatal are Forest eco Resort , Chopta Meadows Heritage Camps , Pebble hills

Uttarakhand is also a great place to learn yoga of all forms of (as it also encompasses Rishikesh, the world capital of yoga).

There are many yoga schools in Rishikesh that offer yoga teacher training certification as a part of a 200-hour program. These programs typically last a month and include room and board, food, and days filled with instruction on the various aspects of yoga.

Reputable schools in the Rishikesh area include Vinyasa Yoga School , Ved Niketan Ashram Gyan Gang Yogpeeth

Travel Guide Uttarakhand




Kumaoni food is very simple but very nutritious completely suits the hard environment of the Himalayas. Pulses like gehet are fashioned into different preparations like ras-bhaat, chains, faanda and thatwaani. All are unique preparations from the same pulse. Jholi or curry seasoned with curd.

  • Bal Mithai is a brown chocolate-like fudge, made with roasted khoya, coated with white sugar balls.
  • Dubka is a simple dish made from various lentils. These are grounded and a curry like dish is prepared from the grounded lentils and made with a few local spices available in the Kumaon hills like jamboo and jakhiya. Its usually made in an iron wok and eaten with rice.
  • Chains is a preparation of whole urad which are first roasted then ground and then seasoned into a soup.
  • Kaap is a dish prepared with spinach leaves crushed into a paste and cooked with other condiments.
  • Jhoi is a curry seasoned with curd and curry leaves.
  • Bhatt ki Churkani is a soup like preparation of bhatt pulses eaten with rice.
  • Saag is a fried dish of green vegetables. It can be made from any of the various green vegetables like palak (spinach), lai, methi and so on.
  • Aaloo gutuk and Pinalu Gutuk are fried potatoes or pinalu seasoned with spices.

Food available includes Garhwali, Indian, Chinese, Tibetan

In the tourists centers such as Badrinath, Gujarati, Marwari, other regional cuisines are available for the religious pilgrims that descend on the holy sites every summer

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