Major cities for tourism in Uttarakhand
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The marvelous beauty of the state of Uttarakhand is scattered over all of the cities. You can go anywhere in these cities and be fascinated by the beauty of it. The mountains, the splendid valleys, scintillating river waters everything together will leave you spellbound. If you are visiting Uttarakhand, below are some cities and hill stations that you can visit to enjoy your trip:
Mussoorie is a hill station in the Dehradun District and a major tourist spot. This hill station lies in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range.
Mussorie is most commonly known as The Queen of the Hills. Mussoorie is situated at an altitude of 2,005 meters. This hill station is perfect to spend time with your beloved and your family. Some of the places to visit in and near Mussorie are: Van Chetna Kendra, Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, Mall Road, Lal Tibba, Dhanaulti, Camel’s Back Road, Nahata Estate, Gun Hill, Kempty Falls, Lake Mist, Municipal Garden, Mussoorie Lake, Bhatta Falls, Jharipani Fall, Mossy Fall, Sir George Everest’s House, Happy Valley, Nag Devta Temple, Jwalaji Temple, Cloud End
Lal Tibba Scenic Point
Lal Tibba is also known as Red Hill and is one of the famous tourist spots in the hill station Mussorie. This point provides the most beautiful sunrise, sunset, views of mountain ranges, and the greenery. If you look through the telescope you can see the peaks of Badrinath, Kedarnath, and Banderpaunch. This hill point is one of the highest points of Mussoorie.
Kempty Falls, the beauty of Mussorie is a waterfall located around 13km from Mussorie in Ram Gaon in the Tehri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand. It was developed in 1835, by British officer John Makinen. The waterfalls from the height of 4500ft and splitting into five cascades, it then falls another 40ft. Famous for its milky streams this place is perfect for a picnic.
This is the second-highest hill point in the Mussorie. The place provides a beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges namely Shikhara, Bunderpanch, Pithwara, Gangotri, and many more. It is situated at an altitude of 2024m and gives you all the amazing views you can take.
This winter capital of Uttarakhand is laced with the scenic beauty of mountains, hills and waterfalls. Dehradun is a part of the Garhwal region. Located in the Doon Valley, it is the major getaway for people from states nearby. Dehradun is also known as ‘Abode of Drona’ and it stands at an elevation of 700m above sea level. This place has major tourist attractions and provides lots of fun activities. Some of the places to visit in Dehradun: Sahastradhara, Robbers Cave, Mindrolling Monastery, Lacchiwalla, Har ki Dun, Tapovan Temple, Paltan Bazar, Fun Valley, Malai Deer Park, Tiger View Jungle Camp, Zonal Museum, Tapkeshwar Temple, Bali Pass, Forest Research Institute, Chetwoode Hall, Rupin Pasa Trek, Rajaji National Park, Clock Tower, Rafting In Tiuni, Kalsi, Mal Devta and Shikhar Falls.
This cave is also known as Gucchupani and is located in the town of Landour. It is a river cave which is about 600m long and is divided into two parts. This natural cave is one of the most popular tourist sites in Uttrakhand. Some believe that the robbers used to hide their valuables in this place hence the name Robbers Cave. The mysterious appearance of the river in a few places makes this place the most attractive place for tourists. You can spend your quality time with your family and friends here.
The Buddha Temple is located at Clement Town. This is a major point of attraction for international tourists and also followers of Buddhism. Tibetan temple in Dehradun is known for its complicated architecture. The temple depicts the life story of Buddha through the murals and paintings. The temple is of five floors and the fourth floor provides a beautiful view of the city and is open on Sundays.
Rishikesh is another city in the state of Uttarakhand harboring beauty. Home of different temples and Ghats, devotees gather here in large numbers throughout the year. Also, the place is perfect to spend your time doing adventurous activities. Rishikesh provides many points where you can indulge in fun related activities.
Some of the places you can visit in Rishikesh are Laxman Jhula, Beatles Ashram, Paramarth Ashram, Gita Bhawan, Ram Jhula, Rishikesh River Rafting, Laxman Temple, Tehra Manzil Mandir, Shree Bharat Mandir, Rishikund Prachin Mandir, Red Chilli Adventure, Raghunath temple, Aananda Temples, Tryamabakeshwar Temple, Shatrughan Temple, Baba Kali Kamli Van Prasth Ashram, Garhwal Adventure, Rishikesh Valley, Himalayan Yoga Retreat, Bhootnath Temple, Patna Falls, Garud Chatti Waterfall and many more.
Laxman Jhula is a suspension bridge over the River Ganga that connects two villages of Rishikesh; Tapovan on the west bank of the river, to Jonk on the east bank of the river. The bridge offers a beautiful view of the River and the villages on both sides. It is also believed that Lord Laxmana crossed River Ganges on jute rope where the bridge is now built hence the name Laxman Jhula. Tourists from across the world come here to witness the beauty of this bridge over the river.
The famous international band ‘The Beatles’ is the reason behind the name of this Ashram. It was Chaurasi Kutia before The Beatles visited this place. It was during the 1970s when the Beatles along with other celebrities visited here to learn yoga and other meditation technique. In 2003, the place was opened to public visitation and since then it has become the most famous tourist spot for Beatles Fan.
This ashram had meditation caves made of stones which are known as stone huts. These can still be seen at the place along with the wall paintings done during the visit of The Beatles. The ashram is surrounded by lush greenery and mountains which makes it a beautiful site to visit.
Parmarth Niketan Ashram
The ashram is located in the city of Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. The ashram constitutes 1000 ashrams for the numerous numbers of pilgrims that come here to spend some time in peace and among the beauty of nature. Some of the daily activities here include Hatha yoga, yoga Nidra, Vinyasa, morning prayers, Satsang, lecture, kirtan, and ayurvedic treatment. You can also be a part of Ganga Arti that happens here every evening.
Nainital is located at the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand. The city is also a very famous tourists spot and sees tourists throughout the year. The main attraction of Nainital is Naini lake which is surrounded by seven peaks and gives the most spellbound view of the surroundings.
Some of the perfect getaway places here in the city are: Nainital Yacht Club, Nainital lake, Jama Masjid, Naina Devi Temple, St John Wilderness Church, Tiffin Top, Snow View, Cave Garden, GB Pant High Altitude Zoo, Naini Peak, Naina Peak, Kilbury Road, Thandi Sadak, Khudpa Taal, Ropeway Road, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram Kainchi Dham, Lover’s Point, Sattal, Mango Lake View Point, Eco Cave Garden Kmvn, Raj Bhawan, Methodist Church, Camel’s Back, Woodland Waterfalls, Garur Tal, Himalayan Botanical Garden and lot more.
Nainital Lake or Naini lake is something that soothes your eyes every time you visit there. It is located in Nainital, Kumaon District.
Nainital lake is divided into two parts; northern part is called Mallital and southern part is called Tallital. This lake is surrounded by so many other serenic attractions that call tourists from all over the places. This crescent shaped lake has Naina Peak on North West, Tiffin Top on Southwest side and Snow View peaks on the north.
Snow View Point
The Snow Viewpoint is situated just 2km away from Nainital City Centre. The place offers a captivating view of snow-covered Nanda Devi Peak, Trishul Peak, and the Nanda Kot Peak. This place is what tourists would never want to miss. On one side of this place, you can have a spectacular view of Nainital town and Nainital Lake.
A huge binocular is installed at the top of the point where one can watch the snow closely in the mountains.
Haridwar is an ancient city and home of numerous numbers of temples in the state Uttarakhand. The city is known for organizing Kumbh Mela, a religious fair that falls once in 12 years and attracts devotees and tourists from all across the world.
Some of the places to visit while in Haridwar are Har Ki Pauri, Ropeway to Chandi Devi, Chandi Devi Temple, origins of Ganga River, Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri, Shiv Murti, Mansa Devi Temple, Clock Tower, Chandi Devi Temple, Kankhal, Makarvahini Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Piran Kaliyar, Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar, Dudhadhari Barfani Temple, Bhimgoda Tank, Sureshvari Devi Temple, Bharat Mata Mandir, Pawan Dham, Sapta Rishi Ashram and Sapta Sarovar, Parad Shivling and many more.
Shri Mata Mansa Devi Mandir
Located at the top of Bilwa Parvat on Shivalik Hills, this Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Mansa Devi. This temple is considered of great importance among devotees. It is believed that the Goddess fulfills all the wishes of people who come here. The devotees make a wish and tie a thread to the tree located in the temple and after the completion, they visit here again to untie the thread. To reach the temple, you have to either trek or use ropeway service. The temple is one of the three Siddhipeeth in Haridwar, other being Maya Devi and Chandi Devi.
Har ki Pauri Ghat
The most famous ghat on the bank of River Ganga in Haridwar is Har ki Pauri Ghat. The name Har ki Pauri can be translated into “Steps of Lord Shiva”. It is believed that Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva had visited Bramhakund in Har ki Pauri. This place calls for devotees and tourists from all across the world during the most famous Kumbha Mela. Every evening Ganga Arti is performed at the ghat where diyas are set on the water. People sing praises and arti, the whole environment is dipped into the positive vibes. Many other festivities also take place in this ghat.
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