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Last Updated: 22 Sep 2020
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The government of Uttarakhand has taken major steps of sanitizations to ensure the safety of travelers to Rishikesh. Thrillophilia recommends additional precautions such as social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hand regularly for your safety.

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Legendary valley of flowers in Uttarakhand ready for the arrival of tourists Updated: 05 Sep 2020

After a two-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Valley of Flowers trek has been re-opened in the month of August for tourists from other states. Inter-state travellers are required to upload their COVID-19 negative certificate 72 hours prior to visiting on the Uttarakhand official web portal.

If you are planning a getaway into the Himalayas, there are some exceptionally scenic hill stations in Uttarakhand you can visit with your family, friends or even solo. From remote villages offering the untouched beauty of nature to quaint towns that are still holding the remnants of the glorious past, the list of great holiday destinations, this Himalayan state claims is too long. Whether you are planning to treat yourself and your spouse with a memorable wedding present in the hills or you want some time off with your family, you will find options in Uttarakhand that suit your requirements and budget.

Sailing on the exquisite lakes Nainital, skiing on the snowy slopes of Auli, rafting through the rapids of Ganges in Rishikesh, and plunging into the divinity at Kedarnath –
Uttarakhand hill stations are a perfect mix of varied experiences. High altitude lakes, gurgling rivers, densely forested hills, and snow-covered terrains – the state features all sorts of natural spectacles. So, whether your idea of fun is to experience thrill or you prefer to enjoy the music of nature, the state is dotted with blessings of all kinds.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand:

01

Nainital

Nainital

Named after a pretty lake that is the focal point of this city, Nainital is one of the most visited hill stations in Uttarakhand. Owing to the romantic aura, Nainital is a popular choice among honeymooners in India. Apart from that, the hill station has a variety of tourist attractions which also makes it an ideal destination with cool climate among vacationers.

In addition to a number of exquisite lakes that surround Nainital, the Mall Road located by the Naini Lake is the place you will love spending time at while you are here.

Best Time To Visit:
March to June and September to December

Things To Do:
Boating, Sightseeing, Shopping, Nature Walk, Photography

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Kathgodam Railway Station

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02

Mussoorie

Mussoorie

A hill station in Uttarakhand which is easy to reach and can ably amuse all kinds of travellers, Mussoorie is an excellent holiday destination. Located at a short distance of 33 km from the state capital, Dehradun, Mussoorie serves as a popular retreat for the residents of cities like Delhi and Chandigarh. Mall Road and Kempty Falls are the major attractions here.

Honeymooners, adventurers, sightseers; they all come to Mussoorie and fall in love with its revitalising vibes. So, if you are looking for the best Uttarakhand hill stations, Mussoorie can no way miss the list.

Best Time To Visit: March to June and September to November

Things To Do: Sightseeing, Photography, Zip Lining, Rock Climbing, Rappelling.

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station

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03

Dehradun

Dehradun

The capital city of Uttarakhand state, Dehradun is a pretty holiday destination. Spending a couple of days exploring the city of Dehradun will be an enjoyable experience for your entire family. There is an extensive range of tourist attractions in Dehradun which are a treat for any nature lover.

The lush green geography of the city is dotted with some delightful sites like Forest Research Institute and Tapkeshwar Temple. Besides, the pretty hill station Mussoorie sits at a distance of 33 km from Dehradun.

Best Time To Visit:
September to December

Things To Do:
Sightseeing, Photography, Paragliding, Shopping, Family Picnic.

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station:
Dehradun Railway Station

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04

Kanatal

Kanatal

One of those places in Uttarakhand that deserve to be on the top of your bucket list, Kanatal is an easy weekend getaway from Delhi and Dehradun. Since most tourists visit the neighbouring city of Mussoorie, the untouched beauty and pure tranquillity of Kanatal is worth experiencing.

Whether you are planning to visit Uttarakhand with your friends or family, Kanatal deserves 2 days of your time. Kodia Jungle, an abode of exotic wildlife species, is one of the major tourist attractions in Kanatal. The best way to explore the region is by trekking.

Best Time To Visit:
March to June

Things To Do:
Sightseeing, Camping, Trekking, Temple Visit, Photography, Zip Swing.

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station:
Rishikesh Railway Station

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05

Chamba

Chamba

A place that is renowned all over the country for its charming landscapes, Chamba is a little piece of heaven in Uttarakhand. Teeming with a soothing silence and offering spellbinding vistas of lush green hills against the backdrop of the towering Himalayas, Chamba is a hill station you can visit with your family and friends.

The town houses some significant Hindu temples. In addition to that, the sites like Tehri Dam Reservoir, Surkanda Devi Temple and Gabar Singh Memorial come together to create a fun-filled sightseeing experience for vacationers in Chamba.

Best Time To Visit: March to June

Things To Do: Temple Visit, Trekking, Camping, Photography.

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station

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06

Lansdowne

Lansdowne

Lansdowne is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi and the closeby cities, it is a small town nestled in the lower Himalayas. Owing to its dense, green geography and untainted atmosphere, Lansdowne impresses every traveller regardless to their age and interests.

While you are here, you can enjoy nature walks and photograph, the exquisite landscapes and exotic birds that are not hard to find in Lansdowne. Military Museum and Bhulla tal are some of the most noticeable sites the town boasts of.

Best Time To Visit: April to June

Things To Do: Camping, Birdwatching, Sightseeing, Photography, Boating.

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: Kotdwar Railway Station

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07

Almora

Almora

Almora is one of the most popular hill stations in Uttarakhand, visited by people from different nooks and corners of the country. This cantonment town is located at an elevation of 1642 metres above the sea level. In addition to some spectacular views of the major Himalayan peaks, the town also has numerous Hindu temples and specimens of pre-British era heritage to keep sightseers hooked.

The cosy hill station of Almora features a number of resorts with world-class amenities that promise a comfortable stay experience.

Best Time To Visit:
March to June

Things To Do:
Trekking, Sightseeing, Temple Visit, Photography, Picnic.

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station

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08

Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti

Located a little ahead of the famous hill station, Mussoorie, Dhanaulti is one of the best offbeat Uttarakhand hill stations. This tiny hill station is free of the tourist bustle, so you can expect an exclusive holiday experience with no nuisance to deal with. Since you will not find much in terms of tourist attractions in Dhanaulti, visit it to spend an unobtrusive vacation and to experience the best of nature.

A stroll in the Eco Park and a camping experience are the most recommended activities you should undertake to experience another level of calm.

Best Time To Visit:
September to December

Things To Do:
Trekking, Camping, Photography, Temple Visit, Paragliding.

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station:
Dehradun Railway Station

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09

Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers

If you are a trekking enthusiast, Valley of Flowers is the place you cannot afford to miss out on while exploring Uttarakhand. Located in North Chamoli, this national park is a World UNESCO Heritage Site that opens from June to October.

Whether you are interested in photography or just taking in the scenery, the green landscapes decked with vibrant flower beds here will take your breath away. Visit this picturesque part of the Himalayas for the most enchanting views you will have ever seen.

Best Time To Visit: July and August

Things To Do: Trekking, Photography, Sightseeing, Picnic.

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh Railway Station

10

Chopta

Chopta

Chopta is one of those hill stations in Uttarakhand that are equally sought after by vacationers, adventurers, and devotees. While a prominent Hindu temple, Tungnath makes Chopta a popular pilgrimage, the breathtaking scenery that surrounds this quaint village makes it an excellent choice for nature lovers and trekkers. Treks to Deoria Tal and Tungnath Temple are the reason Chopta is loved by backpackers.

You can enjoy views of some of the tallest Himalayan peaks from Tungnath. So, visit this magnificent site for the sake of trekking a couple of places that will give you memories you will cherish forever.

Best Time To Visit:
April to November

Things To Do:
Trekking, Temple Visit, Photography, Sightseeing

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station:
Haridwar Railway Station

11

Uttarkashi

Uttarkashi

A district in Uttarakhand where nature and religion join hands to create a truly magical experience for its visitors. Considered as one of the holiest cities for Hindus, Uttarkashi is the ‘Kashi of North’. This delightful tourist destination is situated by the banks of the river Bhagirathi in the Garhwal division of the state.

Apart from some major Hindu shrines like Vishwanath Temple, the region also has a lot of thrilling options for adventurers in store. A few popular trekking trails are available in Uttarkashi. Besides, the place is also quite popular for housing a mountaineering institute.  

Best Time To Visit: May to October

Things To Do: Trekking, Temple Visit, Sightseeing, Photography, Camping

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh Railway Station

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12

Ranikhet

Ranikhet

For those who prefer to avoid crowded hill stations, Ranikhet is an ideal choice. Ranikhet is a nature lover’s delight, blessed with charming landscape teeming with green foliage. The most important factor that makes Ranikhet one of the most recommended hill stations in Uttarakhand is the calmness that fills its atmosphere and the air as fresh as it can be.

And the incredible panoramic views of the Himalayas are a bonus. Some noteworthy Hindu temples are situated here including Jhula Devi Temple.

Best Time To Visit:
September to November

Things To Do:
Golfing, Nature Walk, Sightseeing, Temple Visit, Shopping, Trekking.

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Kathgodam Railway Station

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13

Kedarnath

Kedarnath

A quaint town located in the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand, Kedarnath is a holy city for Hindus. Though blessed with exceptionally beautiful landscapes, Kedarnath is mainly popular for the Kedarnath Temple it houses. This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the four dhams. Nestled at a high altitude of 3584 metres above the sea level amidst the snow laden Himalayas, Kedarnath features a magical silence that will heal you spiritually.

Budget hotels and luxury suites are available for a comfortable accommodation. Visit Kedarnath with your family to undertake a dual experience of nature and mysticism.

Best Time To Visit: April to June

Things To Do: Pilgrimage, Trekking, Photography, Sightseeing

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: Haridwar Railway Station

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14

Chakrata

Chakrata

Due to its proximity to the capital city, Dehradun, Chakrata serves as a famous weekend getaway. Boasting an elevation of 2118 metres, this cantonment town in Uttarakhand is blessed with a spectacular scenery that will mesmerize anybody who visits this place. If you are interested in skiing, you can visit Chakrata during winters to enjoy a thrilling experience.

During summers, adventurers visit Chakrata for trekking and enjoying the natural beauty of this heavenly town, tucked away from the urban hustle. Since it is just separated from Dehradun by 88 km, reaching here will not be a trouble.

Best Time To Visit: March to June

Things To Do: Camping, River Rafting, Bird watching, Photography.

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station

15

Yamunotri

Yamunotri

If you are done exploring the commercialized and popular hill stations in Uttarakhand, it is time for you to visit the hidden gems of the state like Yamunotri. Tucked away in the lap of Garhwal Himalayas, Yamunotri can be visited for its scenic beauty, relaxing atmosphere and revered shrines of Hinduism. The major attraction in Yamunotri that invites throngs of people to the town is Yamunotri Temple, a renowned Hindu temple dedicated to the river goddess Yamunotri.

Since the town boasts an elevation of 3293 metres, snowfall is a common sight during winters. Apart from trekking to this temple, you can also visit the thermal springs at Janki Chatti and let your body relax.

Best Time To Visit:
May to June and September to November

Things To Do: Temple Visit, Trekking, Camping, Photography, Picnic.

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station

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16

Auli

Auli

If you are interested in adventure sports, particularly skiing, Auli is the best bet you have in Uttarakhand. This ski resort town located at an elevation of 2505 metres is a perfect winter holiday destination as it becomes extremely charming with white sheets of snow during this time of the year. However, the place looks equally scenic during summer season as well.

The snow-clad slopes of Auli are perfect for skiing, and attract huge number of skiers from different parts of the world. The cable car ride here is another major attraction for tourists.

Best Time To Visit:
December to March

Things To Do:
Skiing, Trekking, Pilgrimage, Cable Car Ride, Photography

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station:
Haridwar Railway Station

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17

Tehri

Tehri

Located close to the prominent hill stations in Uttarakhand like Chamba and Mussoorie, Tehri is a small city frequented by tourists in great numbers during all seasons. The city is majorly famous for housing one of the world’s largest hydroelectric projects from the waters of Bhagirathi and Bhilanganga rivers.

The sight of the blue waters of the rivers will retain your faith in the artistry of nature, and will inspire the shutterbug inside you to capture some magical frames. Apart from the very famous Tehri Lake, a floating restaurant here is a unique attraction you must visit while you are in Tehri.   

Best Time To Visit: March to June and September to December

Things To Do: Zip Lining, Rock Climbing, Sightseeing, Trekking

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station

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18

Abbott Mount

Abbott Mount

Whether you want to soothe your eyes with the hypnotizing beauty of the Himalayas or you want to treasure the rich landscapes with your camera, Abbott Mount is a spectacular one among Uttarakhand hill stations. This tiny hamlet boasting an altitude of 7,000 feet is tranquil in its character, and what makes it a perfect Himalayan getaway is the scenery it is blessed with.

Explorers like to visit this place to enjoy nature walks, photography, and bird watching in addition to breathing in the fresh air.

Best Time To Visit:
February to June

Things To Do: Nature Walk, Photography, Bird Watching, Fishing.

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Tanakpur Railway Station

19

Binsar

Binsar

Binsar is not only a great getaway choice but also a historically significant place located in the state of Uttarakhand. This scenic hill station located at an altitude of 2412 metres once served as the summer capital of Chand Kingdom. The proximity of Binsar to Nainital is also a major factor responsible to its popularity as some travelers prefer the former over the bustling city of the latter.

If you wish to enjoy solace of refreshing walks into the dense woods or embrace some moments of solitude, Binsar is among the top Uttarakhand hill stations.

Best Time To Visit:
March to June

Things To Do: Trekking, Forest Walk, Photography, Wildlife Sighting

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station

20

Munsiyari

Munsiyari

A known name among backpackers and explorers, Munsiyari is an offbeat tourist destination in Uttarakhand, blessed with some of the prettiest landscapes in the state. This hidden gem in the Kumaon region is located at an altitude of 2200 metres, bordering Tibet. The place receives heavy snowfall during winters, making it appear all the more enchanting.

However, due to the biting cold temperatures, most people prefer to visit Munsiyari during summers. This town features some extremely scenic trekking trails. Apart from a few Hindu temples, Khaliya Top is a must visit place in Munsiyari you cannot afford to miss.

Best Time To Visit:
March to June and September to October

Things To Do:
Trekking, Temple Visit, Photography, Bird Watching

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Kathgodam Railway Station

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21

Ramgarh

Ramgarh

Definitely one of the most underrated hill stations in Uttarakhand, Ramgarh is a quaint hill town located at an elevation of 1789 metres. The place is fondly called ‘Fruit Bowl of Kumaon’ for producing some excellent quality fruits. Since there is not much here in terms of tourist attractions, more people prefer to visit Ramgarh for a serene staycation experience.

While you are staying here, you can enjoy gazing at the beautiful stretch of the Himalayas and take strolls amidst the dense forests. For capturing the most magnetic views of the snow-clad Himalayas, trek to Devi Temple and look around.  

Best Time To Visit:
April to June

Things To Do:
Pilgrimage, Sightseeing, Nature Walk, Picnic.

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Kathgodam Railway Station

22

Bageshwar

Bageshwar

Trekking routes that guide you through dense forests, camping sites with unbelievable views and the divine presence of Saryu River – Bageshwar is the hill destination you have been dreaming to see. Located on the confluence point of Saryu and Gomati rivers, Bageshwar is the recipe for an awe-inspiring vacation.

The peaceful atmosphere and refreshing atmosphere of this town qualifies it for an excellent place for a staycation experience. On the other hand, scenic trekking trails are the reason why Bageshwar is also quite popular among backpackers and trekkers.

Best Time To Visit:
October to May

Things To Do:
Sightseeing, Temple Visit, Nature Walk, Photography, Camping

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Kathgodam Railway Station

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23

Bhimtal

Bhimtal

The fame enjoyed by Nainital is owed to some scenic lakes located close to it, and Bhimtal is one of them. Surrounding this pretty lake is the small town of Bhimtal, serving as a perfect getaway from the urban chaos and noise. Located at a distance of 22 km from Nainital, Bhimtal is an offbeat destination if you are planning to spend some peaceful days with your family or better half.

The experience of spending an evening boating on the calm waters of the vast lake here will become a lifelong memory for you.

Best Time To Visit: March to June

Things To Do: Photography, Boating, Picnic, Nature Walk

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station

24

Kausani

Kausani

Finding its name among the most ideal hill stations in Uttarakhand for those looking for a peaceful holiday, Kausani is indeed tranquil and gorgeous. This hill station sitting at an altitude of 1890 metres is also loved by landscape photographers, for the 300-km wide panoramic view of the Himalayas is a sight to behold.

Go for nature walk, tour the tea estate, or admire the natural glory this place is blessed with; you will enjoy every single moment in Kausani.

Best Time To Visit:
September to November

Things To Do:
Tea Estate Tour, Sightseeing, Nature Walk, Photography, Trekking, Temple Visit.

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Kathgodam Railway Station

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Naukuchia Tal

Naukuchia Tal

A quaint hill town that is often included in the itinerary for Nainital, Naukuchia Tal is another excellent choice for a laid back vacation in Uttarakhand. The word Naukuchia Tal literally translates to ‘the lake with nine corners’. The town is set around a vast lake with emerald waters which is also the most important tourist attraction here.

The scenic beauty of the lake surrounded by hills decked with lush greenery fascinates vacationers and photographers to come experience the matchless aura of this place.

Best Time To Visit: March to June and September to December

Things To Do: Boat Riding, Photography, Sightseeing, Nature Walk.

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station

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Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar

This is one of the most recommended hill stations in Uttarakhand you must visit with your family. Located an altitude of 2171 metres, at a distance of 51 km from Nainital, Mukteshwar is famous among tourists as well as devotees as the hill station houses a highly revered Hindu temple, Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple.

The views of the hills in the vicinity and the grand Himalayas one can witness from here are a treat you will not forget. Mukteshwar has some excellent holiday resorts where you can spend the most memorable time of your life.

Best Time To Visit: March to June

Things To Do: Temple Visit, Sightseeing, Nature Walk, Family Picnic, Camping.

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station

27

Badrinath

Badrinath

Believed to be one of the holiest cities for the followers of Hinduism, Badrinath is located in the Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. The city is named after the famous Badrinath Temple which is one of the four dhams that are of utmost religious significance to Hindus.

Besides, the scenic beauty of this city located at an elevation of 3,300 metres is extremely captivating, and makes it an ideal choice for vacationers where they can also experience divinity along with tranquillity.

Best Time To Visit: May and June

Things To Do: Temple Visit, Yoga, Picnic, Photography, Dip in Hot Water Spring

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh Railway Station

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Champawat

Champawat

This must be one the most underrated hill stations in Uttarakhand you must visit during your next vacation. Once served as the capital of the dynasty of Chand Rulers, Champawat is a town located in Champawat District of Uttarakhand. Apart from splendid vistas of pristine nature to mesmerize your senses, the own is steeped in the colours of history, and has numerous sites that will definitely amuse history lovers on their visit.

Champawat is also an important Hindu pilgrimage with a few highly celebrated temples. Kanteshwar Mahadev Temple and Baleshwar Temple are some of the famous ones.

Best Time To Visit:
November to February

Things To Do:
Paragliding, Fishing, Camping, Sightseeing, Photography.

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Tanakpur Railway Station

29

Chaukori

Chaukori

The idyllic location of this beautiful hill town in Uttarakhand makes Chaukori one of the best choices for a rejuvenating holiday experience in the hills. Surrounded by dense forests of oaks, pines, and rhododendrons, in the shadow of towering Himalayan Peaks, Chaukori promises to give you and your family some memorable moments to relish.

While you are here, you can take a good look at the grandeur of Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Nandakot, and Panchachuli. The tourist attractions in Chaukori also include some prominent Hindu temples and tea gardens.

Best Time To Visit: March to June

Things To Do:
Photography, Trekking, Sightseeing, Tea Garden Tour, Temple Visit.

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station

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Bhowali

Bhowali

Another scenic hill station in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand which is frequented by tourists as well as devotees during all seasons. Located at an elevation of 1654 metres, Bhowali features a very pleasant climate during summer months, serving as an excellent escape to vacationers from the heat of the plains.

The town is also famous for producing some fine quality fruits like apples, strawberries, etc. Besides, you can also visit the tea gardens while you are in Bhowali. Kainchi Dham and Golu Devta Temple are the places responsible for making Bhowali a place of religious significance.

Best Time To Visit: February to April

Things To Do: Nature Walk, Photography, Temple Visit, Boat Riding.

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station

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Gangotri

Gangotri

Hindu pilgrimages dot the state of Uttarakhand, and Gangotri is another holy place for Hindus in the state. Gangotri is the place where the holy river Ganga originates. There is a temple named Gangotri Temple in the town which pulls in herds of devotees here. The town is located at an elevation of 3415 metres, so you can expect to come across some magnificent views of some of the most prominent Himalayan peaks.

Apart from a collection of religiously significant sites, Gangotri also features some great trekking trails for thrill seekers.

Best Time To Visit: April to June

Things To Do: River Rafting, Trekking, Camping, Photography.

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: Dehradun Railway Station

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Khirsu

Khirsu

If you are looking for a holiday destination where you can enjoy some marvellous Himalayan vistas in peace, Khirsu is one of the best options in Uttarakhand. Solo travellers and backpackers can find homestay accommodations for the most authentic experience. Khirsu also features some luxury accommodations for those seeking a comfortable retreat.

Make sure to bring your camera along when you visit Khirsu because this pretty hill station serves as a window to the Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Mount Trishul, Nanda Kot and Panchachuli.

Best Time To Visit: April to June

Things To Do: Trekking, Nature Walk, Camping, Photography

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: Kotdwar Railway Station

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Pauri

Pauri

Nestled amidst the Himalayas at an altitude of 1814 metres, Pauri is a town in Uttarakhand which also serves as a refreshing getaway to tourists. Featuring natural exquisiteness of the Garhwal region, Pauri is a highly recommended destination if you are traveling to Uttarakhand with family.

The cool climate of the town makes it an ideal escape for the residents of hot plains. Apart from some famous Hindu temples like Jwalpa Devi Temple, Pauri Town has a number of picturesque holiday spots at short distances.  

Best Time To Visit: March to June and September to November

Things To Do: Sightseeing, Nature Walk, Temple Visit.

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station: Kotdwar Railway Station

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Madhyamaheshwar

Madhyamaheshwar

A significant hill station in Uttarakhand that is quite renowned among the followers of Hinduism as well as trekkers. Velvety green meadows, dense Himalayan forests, and snow-clad mountains – Madhyamaheshwar is a replica of paradise situated at a height of 3490 metres. The town also boasts a rich history as it finds its mention ancient vedas of Hinduism, making it a pilgrimage.

If you are interested in sightseeing and temple visit, Madhyamaheshwar Temple is the major site in the town. Besides, adventure junkies should definitely visit Madhyamaheshwar for trekking and photography. The temple can only be visited on foot.

Best Time To Visit:
May to October

Things To Do:
Trekking, Pilgrimage, Photography, Camping

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station:
Rishikesh Railway Station

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Dwarahat

Dwarahat

Located in the Almora District of Uttarakhand, Dwarahat is a rustic town, ideal for a refreshing holiday experience. Few of the popular hill stations are close to Dwarahat, so this town is also rapidly gaining popularity among tourists. Major tourist sites here include Hindu temples like Dunagiri Temple.

So, the natural aura of this place is the reason why you should stay here with your family and spend some quality time with them. Dwarahat is also an ideal place for photography and nature walks.

Best Time To Visit:
March to June

Things To Do:
 Temple Visit, Nature Walks, Photography, Sightseeing

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Ramnagar Railway Station

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Gwaldam

Gwaldam

If you are looking for perfect frames for your landscape photography collection, this village will not disappoint you. Adorned with the Himalayan vegetation in several shades of green, Gwaldam is a perfect holiday destination with soothing atmosphere. This hill station near Kausani is barely known to outsiders which is all the more reason why you should stay here awhile to experience the most undiluted joy of nature and serenity.

Since it is a tiny, sleepy village, only expect natural marvels in the form of incredible views everywhere you look.

Best Time To Visit:
September to November

Things To Do:
Rock Climbing, Tea Garden Tour, Nature Walk, Trekking, Photography.

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Kathgodam Railway Station

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Harsil

Harsil

If you are planning to explore the unexplored in Uttarakhand, you should start with Harsil. A visit to this rustic village is the key to happiness and rejuvenation. Harsil is located on the banks of river Bhagirathi, so the soothing sound of the gurgling river and the eye-pleasing vistas will set your mood right. Since not too many tourists are aware of this secret gem, you can spend some uninterrupted time here, basking in the lap of nature.

If you are travelling with friends or solo, opt for a homestay accommodation to undertake an authentic experience. The village is located at a distance of 73 km from Uttarkashi, and is well connected by road.

Best Time To Visit:
April to June and September to November

Things To Do:
River Rafting, Trekking, Camping, Photography, Paragliding

Nearest Airport:
Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun

Nearest Railway Station:
Rishikesh Railway Station

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Dharchula

Dharchula

If the scenic beauty of the Himalayas and an endless rendezvous with nature is all you seek on your next vacation, Dharchula is our recommendation for you. Located alongside an ancient trade route in the District of Pithoragarh, Dharchula is a fascinating hill town you must visit once in your lifetime.

Askot Sanctuary where you can come across some exotic fauna and avifauna species and Jauljibi, where the confluence of Gori River and Kali River takes place are the sites of interest in Dharchula. Like all the other places in the state, Dharchula also houses some important Hindu temples.

Best Time To Visit:
May, June, September, October

Things To Do:
Fishing, Trekking, Paragliding, River rafting, Photography.

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station:
Tanakpur Railway Station

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Sattal

Sattal

Sattal which translates to ‘Seven Lakes’ in English exhibits one of the finest creations of nature in Uttarakhand. This cluster of lakes surrounded by thick forests is a sight to behold, and amasses tourists in great numbers all around the year. The soft noise created by the rustling of leaves and chirping of birds and the spectacle created by this group of lakes will be etched in your memory lane.

Whether you are interested in landscape photography or you just want to spend some quality time in the company of nature, Sattal is a perfect place that will make your vacation unforgettable.

Best Time To Visit: October to June

Things To Do: Boat Riding, Temple Visit, Photography, Picnic.

Nearest Airport:
Pantnagar Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway Station

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12 July 2018
Excellent
This was my maiden trek and I am glad I chose Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb. I carried home tonnes of great memories from the trip that I will cherish for my life. Serene Nature, Splendid weather, a great company of cousins, new friends we made and the team who lead the trek made a perfect mixture to cherish. While the chirpy young kept the team charged, the conviction of the others was inspirational to the rest. I am also glad that Thrillophillia conducts this trip which I came to know after reading thrillophilia reviews. The field team lead by Yogi and Sandeep was awesome. At some point or other everyone in the group were amazed with their knowledge, patience, perseverance, untiring efforts to make the trip a memorable and comfortable one for the entire team. Their daily briefing was quite interesting. Valley of flowers amazed us with the nuances it offered every minute. The continuous rain, the chill of the breeze, narrow steep path, rolling stones, changing landscape every minute, moving clouds around you, crossing the river over narrow bridges…. The list goes on and on Hemkund Saheb is another marvel. This place left most of the team members ecstatic. What a bliss. The only place I have seen made many people cry with joy. A place that one must visit atleast once in their lifetime. The trek(mule ride), the hospitality at the Gurudwara were breathtaking. It was a testimony to what faith can bring out of people. We could see people of all age groups from 3 to 70+ trek all the way from Govindghat to Hemkund Saheb, carrying children and luggage on shoulders and sometime on mules. Wow… We were exposed to a new world of Ghangaria which come alive in March and sleeps over from October. A town that has everything active only for 4 months.
13 November 2018
Excellent
To tell the truth, we started this trek with many doubts and inhibitions. Especially since we had 2 children aged 7 & 8 who had done only single day treks till date. Our trek leader Makkhan Singh gave us a complete overview of what we could expect but nothing prepared us for the unadulterated natural beauty that was all around us from the start to the finish of the trek. From Deodar trees in the lower ranges to tall pine forests on taller peaks. The autumn colours were visible in full glory. Many moments bring a smile back to our faces like speaking to the villagers we met on the way, finding a couple of langoors spying on us, having black tea with herbs that instantly refreshed us and many more such memories. Camping was a whole new experience for all of us. It taught us the discipline of timing and the regard for others comfort. The cooks who accompanied us were very thoughtful about our children and tried their best to serve food that kids would enjoy. Needless to say, the snow was the best part of the trek. We made a snowman with the help of trek guide Ashish. He was wonderful with our kids. He played with them, but was also very careful about their safety. I wish to wholeheartedly thank each and every one in the team who helped organize this trek so perfectly. We didn't feel a single moment of confusion or uncertainty over any of the arrangements made. This experience has definitely made us wish to do more such treks in the future.
13 April 2019
Excellent
The stay at kund was a very pleasant one. It had wonderfull golden views of Kedardome. Sound of mountain river just below the campsite was like a soothing lullaby. The fully blooming rhododendron gave the perfect reddish look of the season FALL. Now as we come to the part of the trek to deorital, the day started with a double puncture of one of our car which was to take us to SARI. But to our joy it provided us the perfect excuse to start our trek right from kund. The opportunity gave us time to photograph the kedar dome from a height and on the way we also came by a hilly waterfall which gave us plenty to take home some mesmerizing photographs. By the time our car was ready to take us to Sari. On reaching Sari we started our climb to Deorital Lake . On the way we filled up our water bottles from a mountain spring and wow the most refreshing drink i had in my life off cousre accompanied by chewing of rhododendron petals. On reaching deorital we were greeted with patches of snow and a mesmerizing view of snow clad-en peaks of Chaukhamba. We could even capture the reflection of the cliffs in the clear water of the lake. After having a packed lunch we descended down to sari by taking a visit to hilly temple. On the way back we went to Ukhimath, the winter home of BABA Kedarnath. The secondays climb was from Chopta. There was snow right from Chopta. We claded our shoes with the mandatory spikes and started our climb throw the snow laden valley and mountain sides of chopta taking occassional breaks. The temple of Tungnath was almost under snow. After taking a break at tungnath we further ascended to Chandrasila peak making new path through the fresh snows. And like we were on the top of the world with 360 degree view of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba. The weather had by then started getting little naughty with patches of black clouds hovering around. After taking a quick packed lunch we started our descend, which was packed with thrills and surprises courtesy our guide Monu Rana. We went back to our childhood days by sliding and rolling through the snows like 3 year old toddlers and just yelling in excitement. On reaching chopta we boarded our cars to be back to kund. A heavy downpour welcomed us to Kund and let us have a unique experience of heavy mountain lashes. Next day we were back to Haridwar after having a tastefull lunch at Jayalgarh. A wow experience of lifetime in my sixth trek.
05 July 2019
Excellent
Hi All, I took Har Ki Dun trek, booked via Thirllophila. The operator made all the arrangements. Though I was travelling Solo, I was surrounded with company of good locals and other fellow trekkers, all heading towards Har Ki Dun. It was 07 days trek & was a awesomely memorable journey. I really enjoyed whole trek and company of Rishab & Nitin bhai (Guides). They really took good care of me and my fellow trekkers. I meet many people and few became good friends of mine with whom I'm still communicate. Guys, I recommend every new trekkers, solo or group to go for it. This trek is easy to moderate with mesmerizing views with really tasty foods along the trek camping. Though, I visited at end of June but rain was at beginning and bothered us very little. Those snow covered mountain tops and chilled water river streams are beautiful. Along the way, is wooden bridges, water steams, cold clouds, lush green dense forests and few Maggie shops by local peoples to take rest and spend some time with nature. Thanks again to Thrillophilia!
02 February 2019
Excellent
19th to 23rd January 2019 can’t forget, can’t explain the experience in my life !! The Brahmatal trek is unforgettable in this lifetime!! Yes, we faced some mighty powers of mountains and skies , when we were at Brahmatal camp at 12000feet severe snow storm was hit !! Yea we wanted live snowfall we were praying for it since we booked for the trek but the holy nature gave us so much snowfall that’s enough for one lifetime!! It was almost 4 to 5 feet snow outside our camps !!! we experienced temp of around -15 to -20 degree !! we took shelters in chacha ki dhukhan (small shop with wooden roof covered with tarpol)! The best part was our guides when all others trekking companies like India hike, trek the Himalayas team went down in snow storm our team stayed back up until the 36hours storm was gone and descended with a view that can be remembered every day in this lifetime !! Thinking about the hike up the mountain, right before the peak, the pain is unbearable. The trek has been long and the journey has been uphill against snow filled rocky terrain. Just before you reach the top, you feel as if you’ll never be able to take another step, yet you do. You forget ahead and just as the desire to give up becomes strongest, you reach the top. The light, the view is incredible, and you can finally see clearly what you’ve been fighting for. Suddenly, the next part of your journey is clear. It's beautiful, and its all laid out in the sight ahead and below. You are renewed, you know now where you are going. Today, if you are in a season where you are heading uphill and all you see is the mountainous terrain ahead, I hope to inspire you to keep going. Take small steps, but don't stop and don't dare go backwards. When it feels like you can't move, take a deep breath, and cry out for strength to just take the very next step. You will reach the top of your mountain and your joy will be great!! You are moving forward and your destiny awaits! After this trek, my confidence has boosted for sure !! I would like to thank my trek guides from bottom of my heart Raju bhayia, Praveen bhai who took very good care of us overnights and days in that severe snow storm and motivating on each and every step which was very difficult on the way back !! Again I Repeat this experience “Cannot be explained and cannot forget” in this lifetime!! Guys from experience I recommend you to carry all the trekking gears without fail or u gonna suffer REAL bad in those mighty mountains especially must if u are doing in peak winter ... (don't forget to see the forecast ) imp gears are Minus temp waterproof outer jacket, down jacket .thermal inners, lots of t-shirts at least 4, thermal pants, trek pants 2 , track pants , walking poles , WATERPROOF SHOES ( very imp ), 4 pairs of thermal socks , GATERS u can't walk without it in snow, in safer side carry one meter of tarpol that can be used in heavy snow as gaters (telling with experience) , woollen caps, glove inners, waterproof gloves .. Be mentally prepared for the worst !!!u will really enjoy it and ur confidence will be much more then what you were !! MUST DO TREK!
It was an amazing experience. The camp site is beautiful with luxurious tents and amazing food. The raft experience was beautiful, the instructors were really helpful and fun. ??
05 October 2020
Rahul Chaudhary Luxury Camping in Rishikesh
Excellent
Had a Very Good Experience
14 February 2020
Excellent
Must try this property to stay in Dehradun as the view from the resort is amazing. Also Fun valley water park is a must visit with family. We have enjoyed a lot at the place.
03 December 2019
Excellent
We booked this resort from Thrillophilia as they provide the best online deals with activities included in the package and it was a really fun experience, the food, the staff and their services, stay included in the package were amazing and everyone was friendly. We did everything we could in our 2 days stay.
03 December 2019
Excellent
I have visited the resort with my family. We all were happy the services and stay provided by the staff members. Also the cable ride in Auli is awesome the view was breathtaking. Must try this resort for stay.

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