The pious land of Uttarakhand receives bounteous tourists every year because of its easy reach by nearby state dwellers. Another major reason that accounts for the huge tourist influx in the state is the Chota Char Dhams that the state feels proud to hold. While the devotees believe that the Gods reside up here in the mountains, I as a travel lover can strongly assert that if nature is God, then Gods truely reside here.
Without spinning off further, I would list the prominent tourist places in the state that provide it the Godly ATTRIBUTES-
Rishikesh is ever famous among tourists and Bollywood filmmakers alike as the valley hosts two historic bridges- Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula. The bridges are used for everyday commotion across the river Ganga. But apart from the mundane services the bridges provide, they are the most popular tourist destinations in Rishikesh. It also provides the facility of river rafting, the popularity of which has been every increasing. While Laxman Jhula snatched the limelight from its twin bridge for quite some time, Ram Jhula became popular because of the tremendous beauty in its vicinity. One can enjoy the beauty of a river beach near Ram Jhula.
It has become an adventure capital recently. One can enjoy river rafting, bungee jumping, flying fox, camping , trekking and other adventure activities here.
Do not forget to take a walk along the River Ganga at Marine Drive here.
They are no points for guessing that Haridwar is an important pilgrimage site where the River Ganga exits the Himalayas. It is considered sacred to take a dip in the holy waters of the River Ganga. The River Ganga enters the Gangetic Plain for the first time at Haridwar. It is additionally a passage to the Chota Char Dham Yatra to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamnotri.
When in Haridwar, do take a holy dip in the waters, be a part of the Ganga Aarti, hop around temples, shop around and do not forget to absorb the blissful vibes around.
The Doon Valley is the capital of Uttarakhand. It is located at the foothills of Himalaya. The place provides a gateway to the surrounding valleys and the Garhwal Mountains. The most exciting thing about Dehradun is that you can enjoy twin life- a metropolitan life as well as a peaceful hill life. It is so because the valley has easy access to the hills around. Within 10 kms, you can get respite from the city’s increasing temperatures.
Some places to see in Dehradun are-
Tapkeshwara Mandir, FRI (Forest Research Institute), IMA (Indian Military Academy), Sahastradhara, the Zoo, Robber’s Cave, Mindrolling Monastery, Sai Temple, Clock Tower etc.
Within just 30kms from the capital city of Dehradun, Mussourie enjoys tremendous popularity in the country. Because of its close proximity, the Dehradun residents do not leave the chance of visiting Mussourie every now and then, away from the hustle and bustle of their mundane lives. Since Mussourie is so close to the valley, it enjoys tremendous tourist influx from neighboring states as well. The commute to Mussourie is both easy and safe which makes it one of the most desirable hill stations.
One can visit Mall Road, Company Bagh, Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, Jwala Devi Temple, Bhatta Falls, Mussourie Lake, Wax Museum and Dhanoulti in Mussourie. One can trek and enjoy paragliding and other adventure sports at Mussourie.
Located at an altitude of 8200 feet, Auli is famously called the Mini Switzerland of India. Auli hosts Hiking and Skiing Festival every year which receives participants from abroad. It is surrounded by the Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat mountains. It posses panoramic view of the lofty Himalayan Ranges. A 4 km long cable car links Auli to the town of Joshimath. North of Auli is the colorful Badrinath Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and the Valley of Flowers National Park.
Auli Lake is the highest manmade lake in the World. The artificial lake is one of the best places to visit in Auli because of its tremendous beauty.
Connecting the hill stations of Joshimath and Auli, Auli Ropeway is one of the tops draws when it comes to the top places to visit in Auli. Joshimath, a small town 40kms down of Badrinath is the gateway to many Himalayan Expeditions including the ropeway to Auli and the road to Badrinath.
One can see the majestic hills of Nanda Devi from Auli as well as Badrinath.
That brings an end to this article. I am hoping to add more places to the list of majestic places in Uttarakhand. So stay tuned.