Uttarakhand, a state in northern India crossed by the Himalayas, is known for its Hindu pilgrimage sites. Rishikesh, a major centre for yoga study, was made famous by the Beatles’ 1968 visit. The city hosts the evening Ganga Aarti, a spiritual gathering on the sacred Ganges River. The state’s forested Jim Corbett National Park shelters Bengal tigers and other native wildlife.
Things to Do In Uttarakhand
- Go for Auli Skiing Tour
- Opt For Mountain Biking in the Himalayas
- Try River Rafting
- Try Bunjee Jumping
- Try Paragliding
- Take on a trekking expedition
Top Places To Visit In Uttarakhand
The starting point for the famous Char Dham Yatra, Rishikesh is a well-known tourist destination for river rafting. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is known as the gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’.
Regarded as a holy place, Haridwar is a place where Hindu pilgrims arrive in thousands to take a dip into the River Ganges. It is the place where the Ganges slides down from the hills to the plains of North India.
Mussorie, a popular hill station, is situated in the Garhwal region. During the summer season, people from various parts of the world flock to this hill station for breathtaking experiences. Also referred to as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Mussorie is famous as a honeymoon destination.
Valley of Flowers: This is a once in a life time place to visit
Some other popular tourist attractions include-
- Jim Corbett National Park
Uttarakhand Tour Program
Places Covered: Delhi – Mussoorie (2nights) – Rishikesh (2nights) – Nainital(2nights) – Kaushani(2nights) – Corbett(2nights) – Delhi(1night)
No. of Days: 11nights/12days
Kempty Falls, Mussoorie
Day 1: Delhi – Mussoorie: Arrive in Delhi and straight away head off to Mussoorie, a drive of around 300km. This takes more than seven hours. On the way pass through Dehradun, capital of Uttarakhand. Check into hotel on arrival in Mussoorie. Have dinner and enjoy a relaxed walk on the Mall. Overnight in Mussoorie.
Day 2: Mussoorie: After breakfast embark on a sightseeing trip of Mussoorie. Visit Kempty Falls and look for yourself the gushing waters from a height. You can have a cable car ride here as well. Some souvenir shops are also there. Later, move to Company Gardens and enjoy the different varieties of flowers.
Visit Lal Tibba, the highest place of the area where first snowfall of Mussoorie region takes place during winter. Take a cable car and reach Gun Hill, the second highest peak of Mussoorie from where one can see Doon Valley clearly. Many Himalayan ranges like Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Pithwara and Gangotri are visible from the top of Gun Hill.
Take a leisurely walk on the Mall and enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the restaurants. Overnight in Mussoorie.
Day 3: Mussoorie – Rishikesh: Take your breakfast and check out from the hotel in Mussoorie. Head to Rishikesh, a drive of over 2.5 hours which passes through forests of Rajaji National Park. Check into a hotel on arrival in Rishikesh. After relaxing a bit go on to explore Rishikesh. Main attractions are Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula. Check out the different temples and explore the local markets. Enjoy evening Ganga Aarti at Swarg Ashram. Have dinner at one of the restaurants. Overnight in Rishikesh.
Day 4: Rishikesh: After breakfast go to enjoy white rafting, something tourists should surely enjoy when they come to Rishikesh. Later, drive to visit Nilkanth Mahadev temple, one of the most famous temples of this area. Enjoy leisurely walks in Rshikesh. Enjoy the beauty of Ganges. Enjoy the evening aarti at Swarg Ashram. Have dinner at one of the restaurants. Overnight in Rishikesh.
Day 5: Rishikesh – Nainital: Today is the time to make a move to Kumaon Hills. Check out after breakfast at the hotel in Rishikesh and head off to Nainital. This is a long drive of over eight hours. Check into a hotel on arrival in Nainital. After relaxing for some time go for a walk around Naini Lake. Have dinner at one of the restaurants. Overnight in Nainital.
Naini Lake, Nainital
Day 6: Nainital: After breakfast embark on a tour of Nainital and areas around it. Start the day with a visit to Naini Lake. Go for boating in the Naini Lake, scene of many Hindi films in the past. It is believed Lord Shiva performed his tandava. Close to Naini Lake is the temple of Naina Devi, supposed to be one of the shaktipithas. Go on to visit Nanital Zoo which is home to rare species like snow leopard, steppe eagle and Himalayan Black bear. Eco cave garden has, of late, become quite popular among children. Once can also opt to visit Governor’s House, which is open to public viewing.
Those interested in birds and nature can head off to Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary. Return, have dinner and retire to your room. Overnight in Nainital.
Day 7: Nainital – Almora – Kausani: After breakfast at the hotel in Nainital check out and start for Kaushani via Almora. Enjoy the scenic drive. Check into a hotel in Kaushani on arrival. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Day 8: Kausani: After breakfast start full day excursion of Kaushani. You should first visit Anashakti Ashram, a quiet and revered place where Mahatma Gandhi spent a few days and also compiled his commentary on Anashkti Yog. Next you should visit Pant Museum, the birth place of the noted Hindi poet Sumitranandan Pant.
Herd of wild elephants in Corbett
After lunch you should start with a visit to the tea garden. This tea garden is hardly 5km on the Bageshwar Road. A visit to Bageshwar and looking at the marvelous Baijnath group of temples is also a good option. There are some good trekking opportunities in Almora.
Have dinner and retire to your room. Overnight in Kaushani.
Day 9: Kausani – Corbett: After breakfast check out from the hotel, and embark on a drive to Corbett. Reach late in the afternoon. Check into a resort. Rest of the day at leisure. Know more about the Corbett National Park and different fauna species you can get on a drive to the forest. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Corbett: Get up pretty early in the morning and drive to the forest for a morning safari. If lucky you can see a wide variety of animals, including tigers, elephants and leopards. There are some good bird varieties as well. Return and have breakfast. Relax and enjoy swimming. You can visit nearby villages for a walk and interact with the locals. Return, have lunch and rest for some time. Set out for an afternoon safari afterwards.
Enjoy a relaxed in evening. Overnight in Corbett.
Day 11: Corbett – Delhi: If you wish you can go for an early morning safari to the forest. Have breakfast and check out from the resort. Drive to Delhi which is some seven hours journey. Check into a hotel in Delhi on arrival. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 12: Delhi – Onward destination: Have breakfast and check out from the hotel in Delhi. Head to the airport and catch flight to your own desired destination.