Famous and Historical Places of Interest in Uttarakhand, the Land of Gods
Rishikesh is famous for its ancient temples, ashrams and yoga centers. The Char Dham pilgrimage starts from here and is an ideal place for those who are interested in yoga, medicine and other aspects of Hinduism. International Yoga Week is organized in Rishikesh in the month of February, which is celebrated all over the world. Rishikesh is situated at an altitude of about 1360 feet above sea level. Every year a large number of pilgrims come to Rishikesh to meditate.
The serene atmosphere of Rishikesh and the flowing river Ganges give peace to the mind. It is said that Lord Shiva drank poison at this place during the churning of the ocean. Due to drinking the poison, his throat turned blue and that is why this place in Rishikesh is known as Neelkanth. Laxman Jhula, Vashishta Cave and Neelkanth Mahadev Temple are the major tourist places in Rishikesh.
Kedarnath is a famous temple located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state of India. It is world famous for its ancient Shiva temple, pilgrimage site, Himalayan ranges. The Swayambhu Shivling situated here is very ancient. It is a religious place, which is a symbol of the faith of Hindus. Kedarnath has snow-capped peaks and innumerable ranges. It is believed that this temple was built by the grandson of Pandavas, Maharaja Janmejaya. A very beautiful temple is built in Kedarnath, which is a temple built by Pandavas on the basis of mythology.
Here Lord Vishnu’s incarnation Nar and Narayan Rishi used to do penance and pleased with their penance, Lord Shiva appeared and according to his prayer, granted him the boon to reside forever in the form of Jyotirlinga, since then Lord Shiva’s Jyotirlinga in the form of Kedarnath Mountain Raj Himalaya Kedar resides at a horn site. Kedarnath is a famous temple located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand state of India. It is world famous for its ancient Shiva temple, pilgrimage site, Himalayan ranges. The Swayambhu Shivling situated here is very ancient. It is a religious place, which is a symbol of the faith of Hindus.
Kedarnath has snow-capped peaks and innumerable ranges. It is believed that this temple was built by the grandson of Pandavas, Maharaja Janmejaya. A very beautiful temple is built in Kedarnath, which is a temple built by Pandavas on the basis of mythology. Here Lord Vishnu’s incarnation Nar and Narayan Rishi used to do penance and pleased with their penance, Lord Shiva appeared and according to his prayer, granted him the boon to reside forever in the form of Jyotirlinga, since then Lord Shiva’s Jyotirlinga in the form of Kedarnath Mountain Raj Himalaya K resides at a horned place called Kedar.
Gangotri is one of the pilgrimage centers of Uttarkashi, where centuries ago King Bhagirath had done penance to please Goddess Ganga and wished Goddess Ganga to descend to earth. Fearing that the earth would burst due to water falling from a great height, King Bhagirath had pleased Lord Shiva and then Lord Shiva absorbed the goddess Ganga in his hair. That is why this river Ganges is also known as Bhagirathi river.
The best time to visit Gangotri is from April to November. Traveling should not be done during monsoon days. The doors remain open from the day of Akshaya Tritiya to the day of Diwali. Devotees can reach Gangotri very easily by rail, air and road.
Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. It was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park near Ramnagar town of Nainital district. The park was renamed as Corbett National Park in 1957 in memory of the great naturalist, the late Jim Corbett, the eminent conservationist, who was instrumental in its establishment. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Jim Corbett National Park is spread over an area of about 521 square kilometres.
Deer, Lion, Elephant, Nilgai, Bear, Tiger, Pig, Chital, Sambar, Panda, Kakad, Ghural and Cheetah etc. ‘Wild animals’ are seen in large numbers in Jim Corbett National Park. About 50 species of animals are found in this park and about 580 species of birds are found and different types of plants are also found.
Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand as well as a beautiful tourist destination. Hidden behind hilly peaks, this beautiful city is famous for its beautiful valleys and historical heritage. Where people from all over the country and abroad come to visit to enjoy the beautiful nature.
Dehradun with its unique natural places like; Attracts tourists due to caves, temples and waterfalls etc. People like Fun Velly Park for the zoo and picnic here and the calm environment. The sloping hills of Dehradun are also very famous for cycling.
The city of Nainital, surrounded by hills is natural and full of beauty, which also has many types of lakes. Among them ‘Naini Lake’ is the most prominent lake. Nainital attracts a lot of tourists due to its natural beauty, snow-capped hills and serene lakes. There is also accommodation in Nainital. There are also two rest houses of Nainital Club, Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam for tourists and there are many hotels in the city, which are available at reasonable prices.
There are many places to visit in Nainital like; Naini Lake, Sadiyatal Waterfall, Hanumangarhi, Kilbari, Khurpatal, Shyamkhet Tea Garden, Kakdighat, Cave Garden, Naina Devi Temple and G B Pant High Altitude Zoo etc.
Valley of Flowers National Par
There is a wonderful world of flowers in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, which is situated between the Himalayan mountain range and Zanskar. Seeing this place, it seems as if someone has laid a rug of flowers and its special thing is that this valley changes its color every two weeks. Sometimes yellow flowers and sometimes red flowers bloom.
More than 500 species of flowers are found in this valley, which attracts tourists. It is famous as the Valley of Flowers.
Badrinath or Badrinarayan Temple is situated on the banks of river Alaknanda in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state of India. This place is one of the famous Char Dham. Where both Nar and Narayan meet. This Dham is one of the oldest pilgrimages in the Himalayas.
According to religious texts, in Badrinath itself, Lord Vishnu used to give darshan to the deities and humans in Satyug and here from Dwapar Yuga, devotees started having Vigraha darshan of Lord Vishnu. Badrinath Temple is situated on the banks of river Alaknanda. There is a pool near this temple, whose water is always hot.
Visiting this hill station is the first choice of travelers instead of visiting Mussoorie. This mountain tourist destination falls in the Himalayan range in the middle of the Himalayan ranges. There are many places to visit here Mall Road, Bhatta Falls, Kempty Falls, George Everest House, Lal Tibba. Mussoorie is also known as “Queen of the Hills”.
Mussoorie is one of those places that people visit again and again. Mussoorie is also the gateway to Gangotri. Mussoorie offers travelers a cool and pleasant climate. The height of Mussoorie is about 7000 feet above sea level. Mussoorie is famous for the high mountains, temples, waterfalls, lakes and natural beauty.
Yamunotri is situated at a very high altitude in the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarkashi. It is one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites in Uttarakhand. It is situated at an altitude of 3293 meters above sea level on the Bandar Poonch mountain. The road to Yamunotri passes through dense forests and through uneven roads. Yamunotri has beautiful temples and Jankichatti holy spring. Yamuna first came in the form of water on Mount Kalind, hence it is also called Kalindi.
Saptarishi Kund, Sapt Sarovar are situated on top of Kalind mountain. Yamunotri was the abode of Asit Muni. Yamunotri has two water tanks, one is Surya-kunda of hot water and the other is Gauri Kund of cold water.
Ranikhet is a small village located in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. Ranikhet is a very beautiful and natural tourist place surrounded by Himalayan mountains, deodar and oak trees. Its height above sea level is about 1824 meters. It is also a small hill station. Ranikhet is also a very favorite city for filmmakers.
Hidden in the zenith of the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand, this city is the center of amazing beauty of the beautiful valleys, skyscraper mountains, tall pine and deodar trees, narrow paths, dense forest, zig-zag streams and rural surroundings away from pollution. Many ancient temples, green and serene natural environment enthralls the tourists visiting here.
Haridwar is a popular place among the holy places of India. This ancient city is situated on the banks of river Ganges. Every year lakhs of devotees come here to take a dip in the holy river Ganges.
Har ki Pauri is a holy place situated on the banks of river Ganges in Haridwar. From here people take Ganga water. The famous Kumbh Mela is organized in Haridwar once in twelve years, in which devotees from all over India come. Apart from Haridwar in India, Kumbh Mela is also organized in Ujjain, Nashik and Prayagraj.