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UTTARAKHAND

Uttarakhand, till recently, a part of UP or Uttar Pradesh, is a state in northern India, crossed by the Himalayas, known for its Hindu pilgrimage sites. The state is popularly known as Devbhumi (‘land of the Gods’) due to the presence of numerous Hindu pilgrimage sites. It is said that Lord Brahma, while creating the world, reserved this place for his fellow deities. Back in the sixties, Rishikesh, a major center for yoga study, was brought into the limelight by a visit from the Beatles.

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Besides pilgrimage sites, the state offers hill resorts, glaciers, wildlife and adventure tourism. Dehra Dun, the state capital, lies sprawled in the foothills. The magnificent Corbett National Park is one of the best known sanctuaries of India. Uttarakhand is a veritable paradise for nature lovers (Ranikhet, Pithoragarh, Pauri, Munsyari) and adventure sports enthusiasts – mountaineering (Bhagirathi, Chowkhamba, Nanda Devi, Kamet, Pindari, Sahastrataal, Milam, Kafni, Khatling, Gaumukh); paragliding (Pithoragarh, Jolly Grant, Pauri; also water sports (rafting, boating, angling). Exotic flora and fauna also make it an ideal location for ecotourism.

Some of the major attractions include Badrinath (abode of Lord Vishnu), Kedarnath (abode of Lord Shiva), Gangotri (source of the Ganga or Ganges), Jamunotri (source of the Jamuna), Paanch Prayag (confluence of five sacred rivers) and Paanch Kedar (five temples dedicated to Lord Shiva),

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Places of interest: temples (Badrinath, Mansa Devi, Chandi Devi, Maya Devi, Daksheshwara Mahadev, Naini Devi, Yamunotri, Dhari Devi); hill resorts (Mussoorie, Chamba, Almora, Mukteshwar, Lansdowne); National Parks (Corbett, Nanda Devi, Rajaji, Malsi, Govind Asan Barrage, Chilla); glaciers (Bandar Poonch, Gangotri, Khatling, Doonagiri, Dokrani, Milam, PIndari, Sunderdhunga,

Other points of interest: Valley of Flowers, Hai ki Pauri, Hemkund, Ram Jhula, Naini Peak, Triveni Ghat, Nilkantha, Bhatta Falls, Lakshman Jhula, Kempty Falls, Bhimtal lake, Robbers’ Cave, Gurney House, Ghorakhal, Kankhal, Sattal, Snow View.

State Capital: Dehra Dun

REACHING THERE:

Airport (Jolly Grant): 24 km

Railhead: well connected

Roads: well connected

Official Website : uttarakhandtourism.gov.in

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