10 Popular Tourist Destinations in the Hills of Uttarakhand

Updated on 23 Jan, 2015 at 7:52 pm


The land of Gods and Goddesses, Uttarakhand is a renowned tourist destination for Indians and foreigners alike. Famous for its snow capped peaks, diverse flora and fauna, gushing springs and ancient religious places, the state of Uttarakhand is a jewel in the crown of the country in terms of natural beauty. Willing to pack your bag for a consoling vacation? Go to any of these 10 tourist destinations.

10. Know the World Capital of Yoga – Rishikesh

Renowned as “The Adventure Capital of the World” or “The World Capital of Yoga”, the land of Rishikesh stands in its own league.

Rishikesh Ram Jhula

The place offers unbelievable opportunities to water sport and adventure enthusiasts in terms of camping, rafting and trekking.



9. Witness the ethereal beauty of the Queen of Hills – Mussoorie

Mussoorie is thronged by large number of newly-wed couples throughout the year.

The popular Mall Road and gushing water of Kemty Falls are highlights of this hill station.

8. Go back in time in Ranikhet

Situated at a distance of 63 km from Nainital, Ranikhet evokes a feeling of nostalgia and freshness every time you visit the place.

Ranikhet meaning Queens’ Field, was named after a British Queen and has been on the top of the must visit list of the nature lovers.

The magnificent apple orchards in the lush green valley situated in the mighty Himalayas offer a sense of rejoice to the tourists.

7. Haridwar is one of the seven holiest places of India

The abode of Lord Vishnu, Haridwar holds immense importance in the hearts of Hindus from all over the world. The Ganges flowing here is believed to offer salvation to the person who takes a dip in the river.

6. Ride a boat on the famous Naini lake of Nainital

One of the favorite tourist destinations in India, Nainital is the perfect place to be in case you’re searching for some reclusive and romantic honeymoon destinations.

The famous Naini Lake is another added attraction in the place on whose banks you can search for unparalleled calm and tranquilly away from the hustles and bustles of regular city life.

5. Take a stroll through the Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers attracts large number of nature lovers annually from the country and abroad. It features more than 1000 varieties of flowers, ferns and Himalayan herbs that are rich in medicinal value, too. The best time to visit the place is from mid July to mid-September.

4. Ski on the slopes of Auli

Located at an elevation of 2500 to 3050 meters above sea level, Auli is one of the most important ski destinations of India. (The First South Asian Winter Games were held here in 2011.) The place also boasts of the Asia’s longest – 4 km – cable car ride.


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3. Devprayag

The holy town of Devprayag have attractions like suspension bridges, Raghunath Temple, Chandrabadani Temple, Kyukanleshwar Temple, Dashrathshila Temple, and Nakshatra Vedshala.

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2. Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib

One of the prominent Gurudwaras for Sikhs, Gurudwara Hemkund Sahib is situated on the banks of River Hemkund.

As per the religious beliefs of Sikhs, the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh meditated over here for a period of three years and blessed the place with his divine presence. In addition, Hemkund Lake is also situated nearby, where devotees take dip to get rid of all the sins.

1. Hear the roar of a tiger in Corbett National Park

Situated in the district of Nainital at a distance of 60 km from the distrcit headquarters, Corbett National Park holds the record for World’s largest population of Tigers.


It holds the unique distinction of being India’s first National Park and consists of diverse varieties of flora and fauna that could entrap any nature lover forever.