5 Places to Visit in Uttarakhand

5 Places to Visit in Uttarakhand
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Believed to be one of the best tourist places in India, Uttarakhand sees a massive influx of tourists every year. These tourists come to this state for different reasons - some seek adventure, some spirituality, while others are interested in the local culture and cuisine. One thing that is common amongst them all is that they seek pleasure and happiness, and happiness is what is guaranteed to all those who follow this list of Places to Visit in Uttarakhand!

BanBanjara provides splendid packages in Uttarakhand starting from trekking and adventure sports to cultural walks and spiritual tours! Here is a list encompassing the top places to visit in Uttarakhand this season!:

1 Rishikesh

Rishikesh is the land of the holy river Ganga, Yoga, and meditation. It is also the land of water sports (especially white water rafting) and valley sports like bungee jumping and flying fox! Tourists come here from all over the world seeking pleasure, enlightenment, or adventure! Explore the city’s history, culture, and of course, the famous sites to visit while in Rishikesh. Delve into the local culture as you wander through its streets and explore its niche corners! Some of the most popular tourist spots include the Trayambakeshwar Temple, the Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, the Beatles Ashram and a lot more!

Of course, a trip to Rishikesh is incomplete without indulging the adventurer within you with the many, many adventure activities that Rishikesh has to offer! Starting from the Flying Fox and the Bungee Jumping, experience the Giant Swing, Mountain Biking, Rappelling, Cliff Diving, camping, the famous white water rafting and a lot more in Rishikesh!

To reach Rishikesh, you can take a direct bus to Rishikesh from Kashmere Gate in Delhi. You can also drive to Rishikesh, as the scenic roads take only 6 hours to traverse! To reach the campsite, you can simply hire taxis/cabs or buses from Rishikesh, once you book detailed directions shall be provided to reach the location.

2 Auli

Auli is a popular Himalayan skiing destination in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It is located at an elevation of 8200 to 10,050 feet, 5 hours from the capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun. The snow dressed slopes of Auli Bugyal which were once paramilitary training ground have been adjudged as one of the best skiing grounds of the world. Hence, this hill station is flocked by tourists, especially in the winters.
Auli offers extensive skiing opportunities, ideal for both experts and beginners alike. You can also witness the summits of Nanda Devi, Donagiri, Kamet on a cable car and marvel at ethereal snow layered resort hill-town.

You can reach Auli by road from Delhi, located 380 km away, via Rishikesh and Joshimath. A cable car runs from Joshimath to Auli. The nearest airport to Auli is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, located at a distance of 180 km. And the Rishikesh Railway Station located at a distance of 193 km, which is the closest railway head.

3 Dehradun

Dehradun is a scenic hill-station and capital city of Uttarakhand. It is a one-stop tourist spot for romantic views, family-friendly picnic and tourist spots and also adrenaline-charged adventure sports!

Some popular places for sightseeing in Dehradun include the Robbers’ Cave, Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Zonal Museum, one of the most beautiful campuses in the world- Forest Research Institute, the famed Military Academy, shopaholics paradise such as Paltan Bazaar, Indira Market. Don’t forget to explore the and local cuisine and street food available at every corner of the city!

Dehradun is well connected to the rest of the country by all the major modes of transport, making your journey easy and comfortable. To reach Dehradun, the nearest railway station is the Dehradun junction, which is connected to most major cities in northern India, including New Delhi. The Jolly Grant Airport serves Dehradun, with regular flights coming in from places like Delhi & Mumbai. Regular bus services also prevail to and from Dehradun, through an excellent roadways network
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4 Mussoorie

Explore the Queen of Hills, Mussoorie, a charming hill-station located near Dehradun in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand! Due to its breathtaking views and the many things to do, Mussoorie has been popular since the time of colonial rule. Some of the best places to visit in Mussoorie include the roaring Kempty Falls located on the Dehradun-Mussoorie highway, the Jharipani Waterfalls, and the Gun Hill that can be reached by a cable car ropeway. Rafting along Dhauliganga and Alaknanda river is also a popular adventure activity much sought after in Mussoorie! British influenced buildings and churches and the famed shopping and eating streets in Mall Road make this experience memorable for everyone!

Due to its immense popularity, this hill-station is well-connected to all nearby important cities. Buses/taxis are frequently used to reach Mussoorie from Delhi and other northern cities. The nearest railway station and airport- Dehradun Railway station and Jolly Grant Airport, both in Dehradun are also easy modes to reach Mussoorie.

5 Nainital

Nainital is a quaint hill-station perched at the height of 1938 m in Uttarakhand. Also known as the Lake District of India, Nainital is surrounded by mountains on all sides and presents a breathtaking vista of the Himalayan valleys to all its visitors! Some of the tourist points of interest include the Naini Lake, the Naini Peak, the Tiffin Top, the Gurney House, Snow View, Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, Eco Cave Gardens and a lot more!

The best way to reach Nainital is either by bus or by rail. The road network connects Nainital to Delhi and all major cities of Uttarakhand. The nearest railway head is the Kathgodam Railway station, located only one hour away and connected to Delhi and other major northern cities. You can also take a flight to Pantnagar Airport, the nearest airport or the Jolly Grant Airport. However, these can get pretty unreliable due to the weather conditions.

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