Words often fall short when it comes to describing the sheer beauty of the rather young Indian state of Uttarakhand. With its mountains, rivers, valleys, and greenery, one cannot but appreciate that the region is called ‘Devbhumi’ which translates to ‘the land of the Gods’. You can choose to visit Uttarakhand in both the summer and winter seasons; depending on the respective season, your eyes may be treated to lush greenery and mesmerizing colours in the valleys, or white snow and chilling cold.
Best Places to Visit in Uttarakhand for a Memorable Experience
- Dehradun – The ‘Capital’ City
If you are wondering why the word capital up there has been put within quotes, it is because this place is certainly a capital when it comes to scenic beauty. Located amidst the Doon Valley with the river Ganges on one side and the Yamuna on the other, you should not miss this place when you travel to Uttarakhand. Some of the most interesting things to do in Dehradun are visits to the Robber’s Cave, Tiger Falls, and Sahasradhara.
- Jim Corbett National Park – A Thrilling Adventure
Here is a place usually included in Uttarakhand Tour Packages from Kolkata, and rightfully so! There is no better place to become one with the wilderness at its most untamed than at the famed Corbett National Park, named after the famed wildlife conservationist, Jim Corbett. It is the oldest national park in the country and home to a high density of the majestic Bengal tigers, so there is fairly good chance that you might see one and at least one will definitely see you.
- Kausani – Say Hello to the Himalayas
Kausani is basically a village atop a hill station, with a claim to worthy fame being in that it offers a breathtaking panoramic 300-kilometer view of a numerous Himalayan peaks like the Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Trishul, Kedarnath, Badrinath, and others. Mahatma Gandhi had dubbed Kausani as the ‘Switzerland of India’ because of the similar landscape.
- Mussoorie – As Good as it Gets
Mussoorie is one of the highest hill stations in Uttarakhand, and as such offers chilling temperatures with an average high of only 18°C and low of 10°C. There are plenty of interesting things to do like taking a trip to the top of Lal Tibba, and a ropeway ride from Jhula Garh to the second highest point in Mussoorie known as Gun Hill, as well as going to the beautiful Kempty Falls.
- Nainital – Who can Forget
Yet another visual marvel, Nainital is a hill station in Uttarakhand which you will regret if you don’t visit. Located in a valley surrounded by mountains and consisting of a lake shaped like a mango, Nainital offers an experience that very few can even claim to match.
As you can see, Uttarakhand, carved out of Uttar Pradesh in 2000, is not a place you should consider for a hurricane tour, and need to devote the time it deserves, and you can do it by selecting one of the many inclusive Uttarakhand tour packages, offered by many agencies in Kolkata.