Exploring Uttarakhand - Simply Heaven
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 Beatle's 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.
The lush green forests of this region are home to an astounding multiplicity of flora and fauna, some of which fall into the category of endangered species. The wildlife bursts with hundreds and thousands of species, making an exploratory trip to Uttarakhand even more exciting, in the light of the fact that many species are yet to be discovered.World-renowned mountains and wildlife institutes, national parks and forest reserves in this region pursue scientific research putting in enormous efforts to preserve and protect the land's bounty, encouraging people to participate in this noblest of causes.A description of the charismatic beauty of Uttarakhand would be incomplete without the mention of people who inhabit this blessed country - simple, willing to help and hardworking people of the state are as diversified as the elements of nature. Several indigenous tribal groups peacefully co-exist with others, simultaneously keeping their distinct cultures alive. Apart from being a unique tourism destination, Uttarakhand is a goldmine for anthropologists, historians, ornithologists, linguists, geologists .you name the discipline and the state has something on offer.
Uttarakhand or Uttaranchal was carved out of 13 districts of Uttar Pardesh in 9th of Nov2000. It became the 27th state of the Indian Union and Dehradun was made the state capital. The initial name Uttarakhand was renamed to Uttaranchal and finally again changed to Uttarakhand in 2006.Uttarakhand is home to the holiest rivers the Ganga and Yamuna and the mightiest of the mountains the Himalayas. The Char Dham, Haridwar and Rishikesh are considered as the holiest place in the world. It is surrounded by huge mountains and around 70% of the state land is situated in the hilly region.This exceptionally beautiful state is believed to be created by gods for themselves as their second home hence it is also called as the Abode of Gods.
Best Time To Visit Uttarakhand : -Uttarakhand is one of the top-tourist and holiest pilgrimage destinations in India that allures a lot of travelers and devotees from all parts of India and across the globe. The snow-capped peaks, exotic hill stations and green jungles form the major highlight of the place. Though, you can plan a trip to Uttarakhand all the year long, but the best time to visit Uttarakhand is during summers and winters.Summers are counted favorable to plan a trip to Uttarakhand. The temperature in summer season varies from 20 degree Celsius to 35 degree Celsius. Tourist can explore the places like Nainital, Auli, Almora, Rishikesh, Ranikhet, Kausani, Dhanaulti, Mussoorie, Lansdowne, and Uttarkashi. The melange of awe-inspiring beauty and pleasant weather makes every visitor feel good.
Local Cuisine of Uttarakhand : - Taste the magic of Uttarakhand recipes. The traditional cuisine of Uttarakhand is highly nutritious, simple to prepare and at the same time appealing to the palate.Snuggled in the foot hills of the majestic Himalayas, Kumaon and Garhwal are two distinct constituent regions. Both have their own distinctive traditions, festivals and culture. The people are brave, hard working and honest. And their Cuisine is high on taste and nutrition. The food habits of the people change according to the changing seasons. So, if in winters Mathir and Til Laddus or Madua Rotis are preferred, in summers, Dubkas with Chholia Rotis are savoured.To actually enjoy a tranquil, cool and enchanting trip to Garhwal and Kumaon, visitors should also savor the exquisite Cuisine, so typical of these regions.
Places to Stay in Uttarakhand !
Here are my select set of hotels with great views of the snow peaks. Visit the links and read detailed reviews to know about all aspects of the hotel including service and amenities before you decide on one. Remember, only a great view isn't just enough to make a hotel a great one.