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Uttarakhand Geography and Districts
Uttarakhand is an Indian state and located in Northern India. It borders with three states of Indian Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. Uttarakhand is also bounded on the north by Tibet, on the east by Nepal, on the south. As per Ancient scriptures of Hinduism Vedas or Purans Uttarakhand was divided into two parts Kedar Khand and Manas Khand (Currently which are Garhwal and Kumaon region).
Its capital is Dehradun which is well connected by Rail, Air and road network with different parts of India. Closest airport to Dehradun is Jolly Grant Airport.
Uttarakhand has two administrative divisions or regions Garghwal and Kumaon. Garghwal comprises districts of Chamoli, Haridwar, Pauri Garhwal, Dehradun, Rudraprayag, Tehri Garhwal, and Uttarkashi. Kumaon includes the districts of Almora, Bageshwar, Champawat, Nainital, Pithoragarh, and Udham Singh Nagar
Majority of people in Uttarakhand work in Agricultural, Defense and Hospitality. Some of famous people from Uttarakhand are Aditya nath Yogi, Anushka Sharma, Sumitra nandan pant, Prasoon Joshi, Varun Badola.
Tourist Places in Uttarakhand
Some of famous Uttarakhand Tourist Places are Kanatal, Mussorie, Kanatal, Dhanaulti, Rishikesh, Auli, Chopta, Jim Corbett National Park, Nainital, Kausani, Binsar, Chaukori, Munsiyari.
A 6 nights 7 days Uttarakhand package itinerary can offer offer you experience of wildlife safari , view of snow clad Himalayas and picturesque landscapes of nature, rafting at meandering fresh water river, perhaps this is reason why around the year Uttarakhand attracts millions of tourist.
All these tourist places in Uttarakhand are very well connected by Road. Tourist places which are close to Delhi has become major weekend destinations, some of these most frequented places are Jim Corbett National Park, Mussoorie, Kanatal, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Nainital.
While other destinations are little far from Delhi or needs a travel plan of more than 02 nights. These places can be considered as most beautiful places of Uttarakhand Auli, Chopta, Kausani, Munsiyari, Binsar . If you wish to come across to unexplored places in Uttarakhand
Things to do in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand offers unmatched opportunities to unwind by its myriad of travel experiences.
Rishikesh and Haridwar are important pilgrimage sites for billions of Hindus. Every year thousands of spiritual seekers are coming to Rishikesh to experience its magical power of Yoga. Continuous flow of spirituality seekers to Rishikesh has tuned Rishikesh in Yoga capital of World. More than yoga Rishikesh is famous for its river rafting package and camping. These Rafting Packages in Ganga river have option of moderate to intense rafting stretches. Other exhilarating adventure sports at Rishikesh are Bungee Jumping and Flying fox over river Ganga.
Every year Ski festival at Auli attracts Ski lovers from all over India. Auli boast one of longest rope way in Asia. January mid to February end are considered as best time to enjoy spectacular view from rope way journey and sking on slopes.
Since British era Nainital, Mussoorie, Ranikhet, Almora are known as best hill station of Uttarakhand. Over the years these tourist places have come up with good variety of resorts and hotels. Some of these resorts are focused on family travelers while others are focused on conference and Mice. Now a days a self-driver tour has become new trend in India.
Corbett Tiger Reserve attracts wildlife lovers from across world. Guest have option to stay inside national park as well outside national park. Dhikala is one of most famous jungle lodge at Corbett National Park.
Uttarakhand forest has rich bio diversity. Its lakes, fresh water rivers and forest are home to more than 600 species of birds which is more than 50% species found in India. Over the years bird watching has become a popular activity among the tourists. Pangot, Jim Corbett National Park and Chopta are noted Bird Watching spots in Uttarakhand. From around the globe Naturalist and Photographers visit Uttarakhand to capture these beautiful rare birds of India. The Indian Voyage has an expert team of travel consultant who can deliver an Uttarakhand package with required customization.
Best Time to Visit Uttarakhand
October to June is time when there is hardly any rain, This period is best suited to visit Uttarakhand although Valley of Flower is one exception which is recommended to visit between mid July to mid August when flower blooms in this valley.
At Uttarakhand mostly tourist places are in altitudes from 315 meter (Haridwar) to 3000 meters (Auli) so every month have different weather conditions at different places although all hill stations and Rishikesh have peak season in summers while all safari gates of Jim Corbett remain open for tourist from 15th October to 15th June.
How to Reach Uttarakhand
Major tourist places of Uttarakhand are connected by all three modes Air, Rail and Road.
Jolly Grant is one of Two major airport of Uttarakhand which is well connected from big cities of India. Its near Dehradun recommended to travelers who are planning to visit nearest tourist places like Mussoorie, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kanaltal.
Pantnagar Airport (Near Haldwani) is situated in the Pantnagar in Kumaon Region and this Airport is close to Jim Corbett National Park and Nainital.
The Indian Voyage can suggest you best way to plan your Uttarakhand package from Kolkata or Mumbai or Ahmedabad
Haridwar, Dehradun is well connected with Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Kolkata, Delhi , Jaipur
For Nainital nearest railway station is Kathgodam which is well connected by Jaipur, Delhi
For Corbett National Park nearest railway station is Ramnagar which is well connected by Delhi
Unlike major tourist places of Uttarakhand, interiors parts of Uttarakhand are well connected by Road network. Well maintained National Highway are most sought after by travelers especially now introduction of self-drive cars this has becoming a trend.
How to customize your trips
Decide on How many nights you are planning to spend on vacation
Check and list tourist places in Uttarakhand and choose your destination of interest like if your want jeep safari activity Corbett is must visit place
Some destination need advance planning like at Corbett jeep safari booking starts 75 days in advance so book well in advance to avoid last moment disappointment
In case you need pet or wheel chair kindly check with hotel or resort for same
Before booking your package understand well cancellation policy of that package
At some places resort cannot access by coach or cab like at Mussoorie and Nainital during peak season cab cannot go at Mall road so choose your hotel accordingly
Keep a watch on weather forecast and accordingly carry clothes for same
If you are on medication always carry required medicine and personnel care items
If you wear glasses always carry a spare pair of spectacles