Best time to visit: March to April and September to October
Activities to explore: Trekking, Hiking, Camping Meditation, Yoga, Mountaineering, Cliff/Bungee Jumping, Safari, Rafting, Cable Car Ride, Religious Fests, Boating, Paragliding, Biking, and more…
Uttarakhand is a dream destination to many in India and abroad. It is one of the most pious, beautiful, natural, and visited tourist destinations of India. Uttarakhand is also known as the ‘Land of Gods’ due to its various Hindu religious, spiritual, and mythological beliefs. Millions of people from across the world visit Uttarakhand to pay homage.
The beauty of Uttarakhand lays on the holy mountains, rivers, lakes, terrains, temples, and its people. The localites have a polite way of approaching their tourists. There are various locations in Uttarakhand that one feels blessed to have visited. Not everyone is fortunate enough to explore Uttarakhand; if you have planned your travel or planning your visit there, consider yourself blessed.
Top tourist and spiritual places to explore in Uttarakhand:
The reason I am mentioning about Kedarnath at first is because it takes very few lucky souls to visit this pious land of lord Shiva. Those who have visited Kedarnath feel like they found the purpose of their life. Kedarnath is the land of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Many spiritual and religious beliefs are attached to this place. If you do a detailed homework online, you would know its importance and significance.
Hardiwar is known for many reasons; do not miss to attend its breath-taking Ganga Aarti that happens early morning and evening every day. The place that is a must and mandate to visit is Har-Ki-Pairi Ghat. It is believed that Lord Vishnu dropped divine nectar leaving his footprints behind.
Nature and adventure lovers make their dream come true by a visit to Nainital. Two places that you would love to visit are the Naina Devi Temple and Naini Lake. You can explore various adventure activities and water sports in this gorgeous location.
Mussoorie is based on the most beautiful locations of Himalayas. The magnetizing sceneries and captivating nature won’t let you go easily. Do visit the Happy Valley when you are there. Some research on this destination online will convince you more for a vacation.
Badrinath Temple is another location to plan a religious visit. The huge Badrinath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The main reason it is visited by vast number of Hindus is because it completes one of the Char Dham Yatras.
Holidays are all about exploring, relaxing and eating. You have to explore some of the best local food and eateries or else the trip won’t be justified. Let me help you with few popular dishes of Uttarakhand;
Meant for diet conscious people, Kafuli is a delight! It is served with hot steamed rice and is extremely nutritious. Kafuli is prepared with spinach and fenugreek leaves.
Phaanu is one of the most delicious delicacies in the Garhwal region. This is a kind of a soup that is again served with hot rice. It’s a boon to have it during winters. You may find the preparation method and recipe online.
Kandalee Ka Saad as the name depicts is a leafy vegetable prepared from a veggie known as; ‘Bicchu Ghas’. The authentic taste will leave you licking your fingers too.
The aroma and mouth-watering taste of Bhang Ki Chutney will blow your mind. Prepared from Hemp Seeds, the chutney is worth the try!
Kumaoni Raita is made of curd, cucumber, and turmeric. The taste is simply heavenly. Read more about it online and you would be tempted soon enough to try it.
There are oodles of other special recipes in Uttarakhand that you would get to know from the local restaurants.
What to wear in Uttarakhand?
If you are planning to travel in winters, you need to carry sweat shirts, thermal wear, woollen socks, and windproof jackets. Remember, it rains anytime so be prepared with waterproof and snowproof clothing.
Unique nature species:
The wildlife in Uttarakhand makes you an adventurer even if you are not. Some of the major and unique nature species to explore in Uttarakhand are; Langur, Ghoral, Wild Dog, Porcupine, Python, Indian Elephant, Sloth Bear, Jungle Car, Rhesus Monkey, and large numbers of beautiful migrated birds.
Hope you are all set to plan your travel to Uttarakhand now and we wish you a memorable journey!