Top 10 places to visit in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is a place famous for its temples, it is popularly known as the ‘Land of the Lords’. Tens and millions of devotees and pilgrims from around the country visit this holy state to seek blessings. With an elevation of 7,816 metres, Nanda Devi is said to be the second-highest mountain peak in India. The diversified nature of this place is what attracts plenty of tourists from all around. From mouth-watering cuisine to dance and music or even the fairs and festivals. One can have the experience of a lifetime by visiting this place. So what are you waiting for? Here are the top 10 places you must pay a visit to.

1. Rishikesh

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This city is located towards the northern parts of the state, in the foothills of the Himalayas, beside the river Ganges. The river in this town is considered to be holy among the locals. Rishikesh is also said to be the ‘Yoga capital of the world’ due to its institutions for learning yoga and meditation. Needless to say, this is an amazing place to spend some serene time, away from the bustling city. If you are someone who enjoys adventure, this town offers activities like trekking, kayaking, rafting and so on. Tourists can visit other places in the town like Lakshman Jhula, the holy Triveni Ghat and Parmarth Niketan Ashram.


2. Jim Corbett National Park

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It is said to be the oldest national park in India. It is also one of the famous attractions in the city. If you are someone who loves nature and wildlife and wish to explore more, this is a perfect place. From the beautiful grasslands to various types of animals, this place has it all. One can also opt for the safari if you wish to explore more.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: November – February

3. Haridwar

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Haridwar is said to be one of the seven holiest places to Hindus, It is one of the most important Hindu pilgrimages in Northern parts of India.  A town filled with holy temples, plenty of pilgrims from in and around the state visit Haridwar. However, the best time to visit this place is during the Kanwar Mela, which is an annual pilgrimage of devotees of Lord Shiva. This is a must-visit place.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: February – March

4. Nainital

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With an elevation of 2000 metres, Nainital is one of the most beautiful cities in the state. From beautiful resorts to shopping bazaars, this city attracts plenty of tourists. However, the cable cart which runs at a height of 2,270m is a popular attraction and it is a view that you will love to witness. One can also enjoy boating, rafting facilities and witness the native wildlife.


5. Mussoorie

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Mussoorie is said to be to one of the most beautiful honeymoon destinations. With an elevation of more than 2,275 metres, this place offers one of the most beautiful sights you will ever witness. Mussoorie is popularly known as the ‘Queen of Hills’. One can explore places like Gunhill road, Mussoorie lake, Lal Tibba Scenic Point and many such fascinating places.


6. Dehradun

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Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand. This city is another popular place. Known for its busy shopping bazaars and tourist attractions, Dehradun is much more than your average city. One can also visit places like Robber’s Cave, Tapkeshwar Temple, Malsi Deer Park and Rajaji National Park, which draw the attention of many tourists.


7. Badrinath

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Badrinath is considered to be a holy town. This place is visited by plenty of pilgrims every year. Just like any other town in the city, Badrinath offers a beautiful view of the snow top mountains. However, the most famous attraction in this city is the Badrinath Temple, which is centuries old.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: May – June and September – October

8. Kedarnath

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The name of this city, when derived in English is known as ‘The Lord of the field’. Since history, Kedarnath has been a popular pilgrimage centre. The foundation and the architectural work of the Kedarnath temple are said to be one of the best. Plenty of pilgrims visit this temple every year to take blessings.

9. Gangotri

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By now we know Uttarakhand is filled with pilgrimage centres. Gangotri is one among them. This town is one among the four sites of the Chota Char Dam, which is visited by pilgrims every year. The most famous attraction in the city is the Gangotri Temple.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: April – June and September – October

10. Kausani

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Kausani is a hill station in the state of Uttarakhand. This place is popularly known as the ‘Switzerland of India’. This hill station offers a splendid view of other peaks like Nanda Devi and Trisul. Kausani is one of the most beautiful places in the state.


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