Summers are counted as favorable to plan a trip to Uttarakhand. The temperature in summer season varies from 20 degree Celsius to 35 degree Celsius. Many tourists now visit the state during winter to enjoy snowfall. Auli is a major winter attraction thanks to its smooth ski-slopes.
Mussoorie known as the queen of the hills, its greenery and varied fauna and flora make it a colourful and picturesque hill station. Rishikesh is another tourist attraction and famous centre of pilgrimage, popularly known as the Yoga Capital of the World. Not to miss -Haridwar, a sacred city known as the Gateway to the Gods and is considered one of the seven holiest places according to Hindus. The city also stands as a gateway to four other important pilgrimage destinations: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.
Nainital is a hill station situated in the picturesque Kumaon region surrounded by the lake Naini. Seven mountains or the Sapta Shring surround the city. Nainital is also the starting point for lake tours of the scenic locales of Sattal, Naukuchiatal and Bhimtal, as also the charming hill station of Ranikhet. The famous Jim Corbett National Park spreads across Nainital, Pauri Garhwal and Bijnor district of Uttarakhand.
Other interesting hillstations that tourists can explore and which are known for their mesmerising views of the snow-capped Himalayas are places like Kausani, Binsar, Dhanaulti, Auli, Almora, Chopta, Lansdowne, and Uttarkashi.
In winters Auli is a go-to destination for skiing and it also has one of the longest and highest ropeways of India - second only to Gulmarg.
Nainital Nainital is a scenic hill station that is located in the foothills of Kumaon hills at a height of 2084 meters above sea level. Named after Goddess Naini, the glittering Naini Lake enhances the beauty of the town. You can hop on the colourful boats, glide across the lake and enjoy the local scenery. If you like trekking, head over to the Naina Peak, which is standing at a staggering height of 2615 meters. You can experience an amazing journey to the summit amidst pine and deodar trees. If you want to witness some religious marvels, you must not miss the Naina Devi temple, Hanuman Garhi, Shitala Devi Temple and Ashram of Lila Sah Bapu which are some of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. Do not forget to visit Boat House Club, Café Chica and Sakley’s for some sumptuous meals and British delicacies. Kasauni Kasauni is a popular hill station that has many interesting places nearby. There is a famous temple in Bageshwar that is 38 km away from Kasauni. You can head over to Someshwar to witness the amazing Rudradhari Waterfalls and Shiva Temple. The waterfall can also be seen if you go on a trek to the Adi Kailash Region of Kausani. Also, trekking trails of Base Kausani Trek and Bageshwar-Sunderghuna Trek pass through Kasauni. If you are a newbie trekker, it is best to go with a professional guide. You can check out Uttarakhand tourist packages focused on trekking. Besides, there are several places to explore, such as Jain Ki Dhai, Gopal Kot Pinnat, Maha Avatar Baba Cave, Koshi Mool, Bura Pinnat, Gannat and Bhatkot. Corbett Be prepared for an experience of a lifetime as you enter one of the most famous nature parks of the world, Jim Corbett National Park. The iconic nature park consists of more than 400 species of plants and trees. You will be able to encounter animals like great one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephants, and crocodiles. The trained guides will take you on an enthralling jungle safari on an open-top jeep. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the magnificent royal Bengal tiger roaming gracefully around its kingdom. You can explore the exciting place while sitting on the back of an elephant too. These trips are available from Dhikala, Jhirna, Bijrani and Gairal. Mussoorie The quaint, small hill station is just a short drive away from Dehradun. Mussoorie is the perfect tourist place in Uttarakhand if you long for some peace of mind and a break from city life. If you are visiting the place during the summer, make sure you go to Kempty Falls. Taking a dip in the crystal clear waters will surely rejuvenate your senses. In case you want to avoid tourist crowd, head over to the idyllic town of Dhanaulti, which is located at a distance of 32 km from the hill station. For shopaholics, the iconic Mall Road and Kulri Bazaar are nothing short of a paradise! Shop for cute souvenirs, clothes, handicrafts and funky footwear here. Rishikesh Rishikesh is called the yoga capital of India and is located along the banks of the holy Ganga. If you visit the place in March, you can participate in the International Yoga Festival, which is attended by yoga enthusiasts from across the world. You can embark on a spiritual journey by visiting the Shatrughna temple situated near Rishikesh railway station. You can then visit Shri Bharat Mandir to appreciate some amazing architecture. To calm your senses with some yoga, you must visit Parmarth Niketan and Sivananda Ashram. Here, you will be able to learn more about yoga, right posture, diet and meditation. If you are looking to take a piece of Rishikesh back home, head over to the iconic Lakshman Jhula market in Tapovan. Make sure to buy some historical antiques, Ayurvedic medicines, accessories and jewellery. Haridwar With priests chanting mantras along with thousands of devotees hoping to connect with the almighty, prepare yourself to be awestruck by the spirituality of Haridwar. Head over to the Har ki Paudi to witness the iconic Ganga aarti. Another interesting place nearby is Daksha Maha Dev Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. But, if you just want a clear view of the holy Ganges, take a stroll along its banks and visit Vishnu Ghat. For those looking to satisfy their taste buds, visit Hoshiayar Puri for some delicious puri sabzi, kachoris and kheer. After you are done, go to Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar to chill by the Ganges while indulging in some bird watching. Kumbh Mela: It is one of the biggest religious festivals in the world and the best place to go to in Uttarakhand. Pilgrims from all over the country visit the festival every year. The location of the festival is rotated amongst the cities of Haridwar, Allahabad, Nasik and Ujjain. As per Hindu mythology, pilgrims who visit the festival are blessed for longer life. As the festival is always hosted near the Ganges, be sure to take a dip in the holy waters. The place is filled with vibrant people, such as Naga sadhus, gurus and acharyas who conduct storytelling sessions about tales from Indian scripture. You can also witness many colourful street performances and cultural events during the festival. Kedarnath Kedarnath is one of the must visit places in Uttarakhand which has gorgeous lakes, temples, lofty mountains and steep valleys. You can begin exploring the place by visiting Kedarnath Temple nestled in the Garhwal range. You will see the huge Nandi bull guarding the temple outside. Enter the temple to encounter the huge Shiva Lingam made out of a rock. Just behind the temple, you will find the sacred Shankaracharya Samadi, where Shree Adi Shankaracharya attained liberation. Then go to Bhairavnath Temple, after trekking 1 km uphill to experience a breathtaking 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains. If you haven’t trekked enough, be prepared for a visual extravaganza as you hike towards the Gandhi Sarovar. Auli Auli is a small snow-laden town of Uttarakhand that is called the skiing capital of the country. Surrounded by Kamet, Mana Parvat and Nana Devi mountain ranges, the place will offer you mesmerising views of the Mother Nature. The place is frequented by travellers throughout the year for trekking, skiing and camping. Also, there are many popular tourist attractions, such as Narsingh Mandir, Gurso Bugyal, Chenab Lake, Kwani Bugyal, Kuari Pass Trek and Trishul Peak. Dehradun Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand. The picturesque city has an old-world charm that reminds you of the British rule. You will find a host of interesting activities and places here. You can start with a visit to Robber’s Cave, where you will trek for 1 km and reach a breathtaking natural spot. Then go ahead and take a dip in the Sahastradhara spring, known for its medicinal properties that might cure your ailments. If you are an adrenaline junkie, head over to the National Adventure Sports Academy and paraglide your way towards Mussoorie. But if you are just looking for a spot to relax, visit the Tapovan temple, which is tucked along the banks of the holy Ganga. Sit, relax and meditate while enjoying the cool breeze near the river. Also, check out Tapkeshwar Temple and Mindrolling Monastery. Apart from visiting the places mentioned above, you can indulge in many interesting activities here. So, zero in on Uttarakhand for your next vacation. And, get ready for a trip that you will remember for the rest of your life! Travel to discover the vibrancy and greatness of this incredible state with our India Tour Packages