Uttarakhand is a hilly state located along the northernmost line of India. Sprawling mountains of Himalayas adorn it with the charming beauty that makes it one of the most special attractions for tourists across the globe. At the same time, the multitude of spiritual and religious hotspots situated along the state turn it into a heaven for the ones yearning for inner peace. No doubt, it is well known as Devbhoomi (the land of gods) among the Indian masses for centuries.
Interestingly, there exist a number of destinations within the state of Uttarakhand that at one hand are famous among the tourists for the natural beauty of hills and pleasant weather they offer, and on the other are cherished by pilgrims for thousands of years thanks to the exquisite temples, ashrams and other holy sites they are surrounded with. Let’s have a look upon a few of them.
One of the most famous holy sites in Uttarakhand, Badrinath is located at an altitude of around 3100 meters between two mountain ranges known as Nar and Naryana. While the natural beauty of Nilkantha Peak covering this small town will make you go crazy as a tourist, the holy Badrinath Temple is what pulls a large number of pilgrims from across the globe every year towards itself. Charanpaduka is a yet another holy site located nearby, while the hot springs of Badrinath add to its tourist attractions.
Like Badrinath, Kedarnath too is a highly revered holy site for Hindus, and is located in the Gahrwal Himalayan Ranges. In addition to the well known Kedarnath temple, Chorabari Tal, Vasuki Tal and Shankaracharya Samadhi are all located among spectacular and serene environs, with commendable spiritual value as well.
One of the most famous tourists destinations in Uttarakhand among the foreign visitors, Rishikesh amazingly combines spirituality, adventure and beauty of the hills all into one. Located near the confluence of River Ganges and River Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh is famous for hosting a large number of Ashrams and as a spot for various adventurous activities such as trekking, rafting and camping. No doubt, the small town is rightfully known as the Yoga Capital of the world. Adjacent tourist destinations comprise of Triveni Ghat, Laxman Jhula, Swarg Ashram, Ram Jhula, Kriya Yoga Ashram, Gita Bhavan, The Beatles Ashram, Neelkantha Mahadev Temple and Parmarth Niketan.
Termed to be the ‘Door to the God’, Haridwar is one of the oldest pilgrim center located in the country, and has references made to it in various ancient holy texts. Famous for a large number of temples and ashrams, Haridwar attracts pilgrims from various parts of the world who arrive over here to offer their prayers and also discharge the ashes of their near ones in the river Ganges. The well known Kumbh Mela is organized at the city after every twelve years, and the nearby attractions for tourists are Har Ki Pauri, Chandi Devi Temple, Shanti Gunj, Maya Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple, Vaishno Devi Temple and Pavan Dham.
Located in the eastern Kumaon region of Uttarkhand, the city of Almora is famous for its picturesque and scenic beauty, and also the holy destinations located around it. Surrounded by the spellbinding hills of Himalayas from every side, Almora is also well known for its handicrafts and food. While the important tourists attractions around the city include Bright End Corner and Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Gobind Vallab Pant Museum, a host of holy sites are also located within and nearby, some of which are Kasar Devi Temple, Katarmal Sun Temple, Nanda Devi Temple and the most famous Jageshwar Dham that hosts one of the twelve supreme holy Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva.