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About Uttarakhand

Draped in green and guarded by a wall of Himalayas, it isn’t a surprise to know that Uttarakhand is fondly referred to as the ‘Land of Gods’. The diverse and bountiful state that is now a popular tourist destination was brought to fame by the Beatles’ 1968 visit. People around the country have travelled far and wide for the much feted Ganga Aarti – a spiritual gathering around the sacred Ganges River. 

The state’s lush Jim Corbett National Park also attracts thousands of visitors on a daily basis for a glimpse of the regal Bengal Tiger and other native wildlife thriving within its thick verdure. Uttarakhand takes you on a mythical, almost magical kind of a journey that promises you spectrums of travel you’ve never experienced before. There is inherent beauty etched within Uttarakhand’s sprawling landscapes, meandering rivers and the magnanimous Himalayas. Every season here exhibits an artistic play of colors, as though Uttarakhand is God’s own canvas.

A visit to these lovely valleys is enough to spark romance in those looking for love or a sense of spirituality in those vying to come closer to the divine. However, don’t dismiss Uttarakhand as merely another spiritual destination as the Land of Gods will surprise you with an array of energetic activities during your visit. Be it rock climbing, river rafting, trekking or mountain biking – there’s nothing an adventurous soul will miss amidst the mountainous terrains of Uttarakhand. 

A mystery of myth and mountains, your visit to Uttarakhand will leave you fulfilled. Experience a rush like never before with every bout of fresh Himalayan air. Live within what the Hindus refer to as the ‘Dev Bhoomi’ and traverse across the lap of diverse greenery that is in store during your stay here. Uttarakhand is sure to have you smile over a bouquet of memories a couple of years down the line.

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Attractions

Valley Of Flowers
Amongst all the exhilarating treks in Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand, the trek to the Valley of Flowers is known to be the most enchanting and mesmeric. Discovered in 1931 by Frank Smith, a vivid botanist, explorer and mountaineer, the locals still believes the valley to be the abode of the angels and fairies.

The mystical and heavenly appearance, mesmeric beauty and the splendid outlook of the valley make it such.
Originating from Ghangria; on the foothills of the Western Himalayas, this fascinating trek comprises of rugged terrains, narrow passages, enticing views of the nearby peaks and steep climbs.

 Ascending the strenuous terrains, it takes around a few hours to reach the main valley and upon reaching the flat land, one should spend enough time exploring and witnessing the wonders of the nature.

Best season:
 Mid July to Mid August

Duration:
 6 Days

Altitude:
 3,600 m
Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park is both a national park as well as a tiger reserve which ranks high amongst the Places to see in Haridwar. The park was created by the amalgamation of 3 sanctuaries- Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla. The park is located in the Shivalik range of Himalayas and spreads over 820kms. 


The park is famous for its 600 elephants, 250 leopards, and 11 tigers along with other animals, who have been kept in the natural forest environment. It has now become the second tiger reserve of Uttarakhand after Corbet.

Location -Ansari Road, Mohand Range, Dehradun

Timing- 6 am to 9 am &  3 pm to 6 pm. Visitors booking a full day safari can wait at the rest house inside the forest.

Best Time to Visit - Park remains open from 15th November to 15th June. Park is closed during the monsoon season.      

Entry Fee - Rs. 150 per head for 3 hours visit. Gypse rate for 3 hrs safari trip is Rs. 2100 and vehicle entry is Rs.250 per vehicle with Indians and Rs. 500 per vehicle with foreigners. The guide cost is Rs. 600 for general guide and Rs.1000-1500 for experience in wildlife.

History of Rajaji National Park



The Rajaji National Park initially started as three separate national parks in Uttarakhand. The pre-existing natural abundance of the area, along with its thriving community of wildlife, flora and fauna and its idyllic weather served as the perfect premise for the establishment of these national parks.

In 1964, a stretch of the Dehradun Forest spanning 90 square kilometres was declared as the Motichur wildlife sanctuary. The Rajaji Wildlife sanctuary had existed since 1948 and the Chilla sanctuary since 1977 in Shivalik and Lansdowne respectively.

In 1983, these three parks were combined to form the Rajaji National Park as it stands today, which covers an area of over 820 square kilometres. In April 2015, Rajaji National Park received the status of a tiger reserve, making it the second reserve for tigers in Uttarakhand.

It remains one of the most picturesque and well-maintained national parks in the country. The government decided to name the park after one of the most renowned freedom fighters of the country- C. Rajagopalachari, who was known as Rajaji.

After playing a pivotal role in fighting for India’s independence, he was also the last Governor-General of post-independence India. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna for his services to the nation.
Nanda Devi Peak

A majestic peak nestled in the quaint hill station of Auli, Nanda Devi is renowned as the Goddess of Himalayas. Counted among the many popular UNESCO sites, it is the second tallest peak in India flaunting the surreal backdrops of Garhwal. It stands at an altitude of 7817 meters above the sea level and lures the visitors with its awe-inspiring views.

The peak is surrounded by Nanda Devi National Park where one can bask in nature’s glory and catch the bewitching sight of exotic flora and fauna. Nanda Devi mountain range has two peaks including Western and Eastern peaks. While the eastern peak is named after Goddess Nanda, the western peak is popularly known as Sunanda Peak.

Apart from its natural splendour, the place has also gained massive popularity for its religious significance. Nandadevi is hailed as the Goddess of Uttarakhand and abode of Lord Shiva, which is why it is frequented by a large number of devotees.

This Himalayan beauty is equally popular among adventure enthusiasts and travel buffs for its enthralling trekking routes and serene villages which provide the much-needed relaxation after a hectic day of sightseeing. The 55 Km trek to Nanda Devi flags off from the beautiful town of Lata, takes you through Dharansi Pass, Debrugheta, and Hitoli, and ends at Joshimath.

During the trek, you will get an opportunity to interact with the natives of Himalayas and learn about their lifestyle and culture. You will also get to see the confluence of sacred rivers Nandaprayag, Rudraprayag, and Devprayag.

Chopta
This stunning hill station is considered to be amongst the best mountainside getaways and one of the most beautiful places to visit in Uttarakhand. Located in the Garhwal region, it is often referred to as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’ for its scenic beauty.

This largely unexplored destination is the perfect destination for not only nature lovers but also for those who love adventures that come with trekking, rock climbing, camping, and spotting rare Himalayan wildlife. It is one of the few places to offer views of 41 best-known Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, etc. The forested beauty of the place is further accentuated by emerald-green meadows and the mysticism that comes with 1000-year-old worship places and legends.

Highlight of the place: The 1000-year-old Tungnath Temple, one of the highest Shiva Temples in the world including other ancient temples like Kalimath, Ukhimath, and Omkar Ratneshwar Mahadev. Explore treks like Chandrashila, Devaria Tal, Rohini Bugyal, etc. Kanchula Korak Musk Deer Sanctuary for spotting the elusive musk deer, Himalayan Griffon, snow leopards, Himalayan pit viper, etc.

Best time to visit: Summer (March-June) is the best time to visit Chopta to escape the heat of the plains. Travellers who love wintersports must-visit during winters (November-March) when the place is shrouded in thick snow. The monsoon season (July-August) brings landslides, and its best to check with the locals before travelling.
Gaumukh Tapovan Trek

Being a source of the Bhagirathi River, the River Gaumukh is considered as the true source of the River Ganga. A trek of 18 kms from Gangotri takes you to Gaumukh, the surreal and peaceful area that provides the panoramic views of Bhagirathi peaks.

Tapovan 4300 meters is situated beyond Gaumukh and consists of the magnificent meadows situated at the foot of mount Shivling. The trekking trail is usually gentle, but gets perilously steep at places. The trek is a combined experience of trekking, bouldering, rock climbing and glacier traversing.

On reaching Tapovan, you get to see the mesmerising view of the beautiful snow capped peaks swathed in sunlight. Another attraction of this trekking trail is the sight of Akash Ganga, the actual river Ganga that flows from the Jata of Lord Shiva according to popular belief, bathing the Shiva Linga. The surrounding beauty and tranquility of Tapovan will mesmerize, ease and calm your mind.

Best season: May - October
Duration: 11 Days
Altitude: 4450 m

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Nainital
Famously known as the ‘Lake District of India’, Nainital is a scenic treat where you can have some of the best sightseeing spots. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains from all the sides and some famous places to visit there are Naini lake, Nainital Zoo, Himalayan view point and Thandi Sadak.

Jim Corbett National Park
This park was established in 1938 in order to protect tigers and is now one of the most famous ecotourism destinations in India. This park is a home to over 600 wildlife species and a beautiful forest. The dense woods will leave you awestruck as you enter them, looking for spotting some wild animal.

Chamoli
This place is famous for temples, shrines and the legends it has according to mythological stories. This is the place where the famous Çhipko movement took a start. If you are interested in knowing more about Gharwali tradition and village culture, this place is a must visit.

Chardham Yatra
The Chardham Yatra is an ultimate pilgrimage trip for Hindus. It includes Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamnotri, all of which are located in Uttarakhand. Thousands of tourists visit this pilgrimage every year and if you are in Uttarakhand, you should definitely not miss this holy trip. Even if you are not religious and seek for some adventure activities, you can go and trek to these places.

Rishikesh and Haridwar
Both these places are famous pilgrimage destinations as the holy river Ganga leaves the Himalayan foothills from this point. People worship the river on the Ghats, and the devotion they have is worth experiencing, especially the luminous evening aarti. Rishikesh, also being an adventure hub, is a famous river rafting destination as well as for other water sports.

Valley of Flowers
A true paradise on earth, this place will leave you mesmerized. It is a valley which is fully covered with bloomed flowers in the Spring season and you will feel like you are dancing on a cloud of colorful and vibrant flowers. This visit is a truly enchanting experience for the tourists.

Mussoorie
This is a super popular destination is you want to just relax and enjoy a calm time, being away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can have cable car rides while witnessing the view of the mountains, have a walk on Camel’s Back Road, visit Kempty Falls and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

Auli
If you are interested in adventure activities, especially skiing, Auli is an ultimate destination for you. There is a 3 km long slope designed for skiing where you can have you adventure dreams completed. If you are a trekker, you can visit the Kuari pass, going through the Nanda Devi National park.

What you will like there?

Natural Beauty
Nestling in the laps of snow-clad mountains, destinations in Uttarakhand have a unique charm because of their natural beauty. The gushing waters of River Ganga, snow covered mountains, chilly weather and warmth of the welcoming locals will totally make your trip worthwhile.

Peace and tranquility
It you are looking for peace, relaxation and rejuvenation, this place will make you experience it. Any destination in Uttarakhand will give you a sheer experience of peace of mind and unwinding yourself to be treated by nature.

Tourist friendly atmosphere
As maximum income of the state depends on tourism, there are a lot of facilities for tourists like efficient public transport, booking offices, restaurants, internet and calling facilities and city to city transport and no tourist will face any inconvenience when in Uttarakhand.

Adventurous trek routes
The trek routes of Uttarakhand are some of the most scenic ones in the world. Indian as well as international tourists flock here every year in order to fulfill their adventure fetish. There are routes of different difficulty levels and you will surely remember the treks in Uttarakhand for the rest of your lives.

Cleanliness
The main problem with tourist destinations is that they are very unclean. But Uttarakhand still manages to retain its natural beauty, with minimum amount of garbage and litter around you, especially at some scenic spots. This is something you will really admire about this place.

When is the best time to visit Uttarakhand?

The beauty of Uttarakhand can be experienced in almost any weather. Summer may seem ideal for nature enthusiasts, but each season here dons its own charm.

July to September:

Uttarakhand experiences rainfall between July to September, but don’t let that dampen your holidays. The monsoon is a refreshing season in the mountain, and one can enjoy the natural beauty to its fullest. The temperature during these months ranges from 20 degrees to 38 degrees depending on the rainfall.

October to February:

Cold and pleasant, winters in Uttarakhand are perfect if you want to experience the place in all its glory. The temperature can range anywhere between 3 degrees to 15 degree Celsius. Although some places may temporarily shut down on account of heavy snowfall, there are still a lot of places such as Corbett, Haridwar, Nainital and the Valley of Flowers that you can visit during the winter season.

March to June:

Considered as the ideal season to plan your trip to Uttarakhand, the temperature during summer is not too harsh and ranges from 20 degrees to 35 degrees. Tourists can explore the state and its awe-inspiring beauty throughout these months. However, be prepared to expect a flock of visitors as the gorgeous Uttarakhand is a favorite of many-a-travellers who want to try the ultimate sport: river rafting.

How to reach Uttarakhand?

Easily accessible by one too many modes of transport, getting to Uttarakhand is not troublesome at all. Here are a few ways you can get there with ease:

By Air:

Uttarakhand is connected to two domestic airports namely – Jolly Grant Airport (Dehradun) and Pantnagar Airport near Nainital. There are regular flights from Dehradun to Delhi and other major cities of India, but if you’re traveling via Pantnagar, there are a limited number of flights available. Be sure to keep a track of them before planning your trip to Uttarakhand.

By Rail:

Rail routes are a convenient mode of transport throughout the country. Uttarakhand too is connected via some important junctions namely: Haridwar, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Nainital, Kotdwar, Kathgodam, Pauri and Udham Singh Nagar. You can board a train from any of these stations to arrive at any metro city in India.

By Road:

The wide-spanning road network in Uttarakhand is well-connected with Delhi as well as other major state highways. There are bus services throughout the state that can transport you to some major roadways and highways throughout Uttarakhand.

Which are the major tourist attractions in Uttarakhand?

Famous for its scenic views and several pilgrimage sites, Uttarakhand has plenty of places to be at during your vacation here. Whether you’re keen on visiting sites with divine importance, or are a thrill-seeker looking out for an adventure, here are a few spots you simply shouldn’t miss:

  • Dehradun – For its landscapes and hilly views
  • Nainital – For its placid lakes and serenity
  • Mussoorie – to check out the majestic Kempty falls
  • Rishikesh – to experience spirituality and daunting adventure sports
  • Haridwar – For its vibrant temples and ghats

What are the important things to keep in mind while going paragliding?

-It is at all times advised to carry comfortable clothes, properly packed shoes and sunscreen if you are going for paragliding. Wearing a layerable clothing is also important to save yourself from sudden winds.
-Always check climatic conditions before opting for the activity to make sure that the activity does not get cancelled at the end point. 
-Check for age, weight and health condition rules before opting for the activity.
-If you are doing this for the first time, avoid greater heights and start from small ranges. 
-Do not forget to attach a gopro to capture this once in a lifetime experience. 

What type of clothes should we wear while going paragliding?

The type of clothes you should be wearing while going paragliding include:
-Layerable clothing like jackets and compact t-shirts.
-Clothes with proper coverage to save your skin from fast winds.
-Windproof jackets and bottoms.
-Perfect sized shoes and woolen socks.
It is at all times advisable to not wear any kind of dangling cloth or jewellery as it might irritate you during the flight.

How much does paragliding cost in Bhimtal?

The price of paragliding in Bhimtal ranges from INR 2000 to INR 3000 per person, depending on the height that one chooses. The options of heights include 4560 ft as well as 6000 ft above.

What is the best time for paragliding in Rishikesh?

The months between September and June are considered to be the best time to enjoy paragliding in Rishikesh. Around this time, the weather conditions are comparatively good and you can save yourself from sudden rains and hailstorms.

Is there any age limit for paragliding in Uttarakhand?

Different paragliding places in Uttarakhand have different age limits. While at most of the places, you will have to be aged between 14 to 65 years, some places like Rishikesh and Bhimtal further require anyone below the age of 18 to be accompanied by a responsible adult. 

What are the things to do in Uttarakhand?

Planning your vacation at Uttarakhand is not as difficult as it seems. You can set aside some time for tranquility and partake in abundant mysterious adventures that the Land of Gods has to offer. Whatever you interest lies in; you can handpick your destinations and plan your trip. Here are a few popular activities to try once you’re in Uttarakhand:

  • Ski down a snow-clad peak in Auli during the winters.
  • Embark on an exhilarating river rafting in the Ganges in Rishikesh.
  • Bungee jump overlooking a rocky river in Rishikesh.
  • Camp out surrounded by gurgling streams and snow-capped peaks in Tons valley.
  • Go tiger spotting in Jim Corbett National Park
  • Visit the valley of flowers in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand.

What is the local food of Uttarakhand?

As rich as Uttarakhand is in its cultural heritage and traditions, the state has a humble cuisine that goes hand in hand with nutrition and taste. Due to the abundance of milk available here, you will find a lot dairy products being served in Uttarakhand. A traditional meal in Uttarakhand comprises of Chapati and seasonal vegetables, fruits, rice and dessert. Don’t forget to try the delectable Jhangora Ki Kheer which is a famous sweet dish of the region. You can try most of these dishes in local restaurants.

What is the best public transport to commute around Uttarakhand?

To get around the expansive state, the best possible way is to get into a state transport bus. Economical and time saving, these buses are well connected to small villages as well as cities in Uttarakhand. Apart from this, you may even hire a cab or SUV as per your requirements, the fares may vary from season to season.

What is the local language in Uttarakhand and which are the most commonly used greetings?

The people of Uttarakhand speak many languages. You may find people conversing in Hindi and English as well, but most of the languages in this state are variations of the Hindi dialect. Apart from this, people converse in Garhwali and Kumaoni. Here are a few common Hindi greetings to keep in mind:

  • Namaste – Hello
  • Shukriya – Thank you
  • Su Prabhat/ Shubh Ratri – Good morning/ Good Night
  • Yeh jagah kitni door hain? – How far is the place?
  • Iske liye kitna? – What is the price for this?

Which are the best shopping places in Uttarakhand and what are they famous for?

Uttarakhand is well-known for an assortment of knick-knacks, accessories and delightful street side markets. A walk down the streets is sure to keep your eyes glued for antiques, trinkets, gems, handicrafts and traditional paintings of Uttarakhand.

  • Dehradun Tibetan markets – for woolens and quality fabrics, carpets and trendy outfits
  • Haridwar street shopping – for Rudraksh pendants, beaded jewelry, temple requirements and precious stones
  • Nainital markets – for homemade candles, vibrant lac bangles, freshly picked apples, cherries, mulberries and strawberries

Which are the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in Uttarakhand?

The flourishing wildlife in Uttarakhand is home to several wildlife sanctuaries. The state is bestowed with munificent bio-diversity and rich expanse of greenery. Look out for rare and endangered species such as the Musk deer, Ghorals, Snow Leopards, Monals and various species of butterflies that call this magnanimous valley their home. Here are a couple of wildlife sanctuaries that you must-visit on your trip:

  • Jim Corbett National Park
  • Nanda Devi National Park
  • Valley of Flowers National Park
  • Gangotri National Park
  • Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

Where can I do water sports activities in Uttarakhand?

Uttarakhand draws most of its crowd for its daunting watersports and adventure activities. Its abundant flora and fauna also makes Uttarakhand a land of waterfalls and rivers. So, buckle up for some of these exciting watersports around the state:

  • White water rafting, Rishikesh – Set sail on the rocky river with landscaping views to accompany your journey.
  • Canoeing and Kayaking – This popular paddle sport activity can be experienced in Rishikesh, Dakpathar and Ramganga in Corbett National Park.
  • Parasailing – Glide over the water and look out at the panoramic views of the lake in Nainital

Which are the famous treks in Uttarakhand?

Exploring the natural wonders of Uttarakhand is only worthwhile when done on foot. These are few paths less travelled for you to trek on during your trip:

Which are the famous Hill stations in Uttarakhand?

Since it is situated atop a mountain, you have plenty of scope to explore one too many quaint hill stations within Uttarakhand. Check out a selected few that make it to our list:

  • Mussoorie – Referred to as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Mussoorie is the pride of Uttarakhand thanks to its scenic beauty and the fact that it is nestled within the clouds.
  • Nainital – Already drawing a flock of tourists from various places in India, Nainital is the perfect retreat for honeymooners as well as zealous millennials.
  • Auli – With its snow-clad slopes and rich, deodar forests; Auli is now a favorite amongst the winter sports enthusiasts.
  • Bhimtal – You may have heard about the beguiling lake at Bhimtal that makes for a perfect location to spend your summer holidays in Uttarakhand.
  • Lohaghat – Blessed with pleasant weather all year round, Lohaghat is perfect for those looking for a piece of history along with a breathtaking view.

Which places are good for a bike trip In Uttarakhand?

Adrenaline junkies can freak out on the rush of spiraling up the roads in Uttarakhand. Here are a few places to be at:

  • Rishikesh
  • Kumaon range
  • Pangot hills
  • Mussoorie
  • Dhanaulti

What are some best places to experience Himalayas in Uttarakhand?

Although you might be blessed with an awe-inspiring view of the Himalayas from almost everywhere, you can experience the beauty of these peaks right in the lap of greenery. Here are a few places to visit:

  • Dayara Bugyal – A high altitude meadow located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. A trek to this site comes with a beautiful sight of the snow peaked Himalayas.
  • Ranikhet – Located on an altitude of 1800 meters, this is the ideal destination in Uttarakhand to take in some glorious, Himalayan views.
  • Almora – Almora is a stunning destination blessed gifted with gorgeous Himalayan views and sprawling plains.

What are famous destinations for rafting in Uttarakhand?

Here are a few famous destinations in Uttarakhand for river rafting:

  • Ganga: The 36-kilometer long stretch is the most well-known section of the Ganges in Rishikesh.
  • Yamuna: A rough, 20-kilometer stretch between Nainbaugh and Juddo is a thrilling spot to enjoy rafting.
  • Tons: Another 30-kilometer long stretch, drop in for river rafting here if you’re somewhere between Mori and Tuni.

Which are the famous skiing destinations in Uttarakhand?

The winter season is glorious in Uttarakhand, and you can have plenty of snow-clad slopes to yourself for skiing. Don’t miss out on these destinations on your trip if you’re fond of the sport:

  • Nanda Devi
  • Auli
  • Kedarkantha

Which are the famous Temples in Uttarakhand?

Every year, Uttarakhand attracts thousands of dedicated devotees who wish to complete their pilgrimage with a glimpse of the almighty. There are numerous temples scattered across the holy Land of Gods, but these are a few that you should cross off your list in case you’re planning to shortlist some:

  • Badrinath temple
  • Chandi Devi temple
  • Kedarnath Mandir
  • Rudranath
  • Kalpeshwar temple

Which are the UNESCO world heritage sites in Uttarakhand?

The Valley of Flowers located alongside the world famous Nanda Devi National Park is included in the prestigious UNESCO world heritage site for its spectacular views and a lush spread of flowers. The reason for its seclusion is due to a treacherous trek that takes you to it. The site is only accessible in the summers at a nominal fee. You can witness the flowers in a glorious bloom after spring.

Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Uttarakhand

Before you set out exploring the land of myth and mystery, keep a few of these tips at hand:

  • Make sure you exchange your money with authorized money exchangers.
  • It is advisable to stay indoors after it gets dark, since Uttarakhand is located around thriving wildlife.
  • While shopping, be careful to not be allured by fanciful items sold at an outrageous price.
  • Before you check into a hotel, keep a tab on the kind of facilities it promises to provide. Make sure you have purified drinking water along with hot water supply during your stay.

What is Kedarkantha trek distance?

The Kedarkantha trek distance is around 20 km long and is one of the popular trekking trails in India. Indulge in the mind-boggling Himalayan beauty, alpine thickets, scintillating sunsets and an enchanting journey on your way up to the Kedarkantha peak. Nestled in Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, the Kedarkantha trek distance stretches for 20 km.

Trail:

The adventurous trek begins from a small village known as Sankri, which is in the Uttarkashi district. Next, the trekking trail passes through snow-laden mountainous roads, towering pine trees, mesmerizing sunsets and picturesque Garhwal Himalayan beauty.  On the 2nd day of the climb, the trekkers will also come across a lake called Juda Ka Talab, at an altitude of 2838m.

How much time does it take to cover the trek?

It takes a total of 4-6 days (96 hours-144-hours) to cover the trek from Sankri Village- Kedarkantha Peak- Sankri Village.

Level Of Difficulty:

The Kedarkantha trek distance is around 20 km long and is an easy trek. Every year, both amateur and seasoned trekkers undertake the Kedarkantha trek for its unparalleled natural beauty.

Age Limit:

In order to participate in the Kedarkantha trek, one has to be above five years and under 65 years.

Best Time:

The ideal time to undertake Kedarkantha trek is between December- April when the entire trail remains covered with snow and transforms into a winter Elysium. The region experiences snowfall from mid-December, and usually, it lasts till the 3rd week of April.

Essential Things To Carry:

- Government ID Cards ( Voter ID Card / Aadhar Card/ Passport)
- Sneakers/ Snow Boots
- Raincoat & Umbrella
- Windcheater
- Thermals
- Socks
- Gloves
- Caps
- Mufflers
- Waterproof Bag
- Cold Cream & Sunscreen
- Toiletries
- Torch
- Medicines (If Any)
- Camera

Is it safe to participate in the Kedarkantha trek?

Yes, it is safe to participate in Kedarkantha trek. All along, you will be accompanied by qualified and experienced guides for taking care of your needs and ensuring your safety.

Which are the best historical places in Uttarakhand?

1. Pithoragarh Fort: Built in 1798 during the Chand period by the Gorkha kings, this hilltop fort has magnificent architecture and offers stunning views of the Kali Kumaon ranges.

2. Abbott Mount Church: Built in 1942 during the British-era in Lohaghat, the beautiful architecture of this church is a must-see. The church, one of the most charming places to see in Uttarakhand, opens only a couple of times during the year for tourists.

3. Ek Hathiya ka Naula: Located in Champawat, it is believed that a one-armed stone carver carved this massive historic structure in a single night.

4. Banasur ka Qila: This ancient fort was built in the memory of the thousand-armed son of King Bali who was killed by Lord Krishna. Located near Lohaghat, it offers views of the Lohaghat River and Himalayan peaks.

5. Clock Tower: Located in Dehradun, this massive landmark was built in 1948 to mark Indian independence from the British. There is a gold plaque on the top that has names of the famous freedom fighters from the region.

Which are the religious places in Uttarakhand?

1. Katarmal Sun Temple: Built in the 9th-century by a Katyuri king in Almora, is famous for its stone architecture and has 45 shrines dedicated to Shiva, Parvati, and Lakshmi.

2. Bagnath Temple: Translating to ‘Tiger God’, this Lord Shiva temple was built in the 1450s during the rule of the Chand empire. The temple is adorned with hundreds of brass bells and hosts the annual grand Uttarayani fair in January.

3. Gangotri Temple: This abode dedicated to River Ganges is located in Uttarkashi and is one of the holiest worship sites in India and one of the most serene places to visit in Uttarakhand. Nestled amidst Himalayan peaks and the Bhagirathi river, it is a part of the ‘Char Dham Yatra’.

4. Kedarnath Temple: Located near the Mandakini River, this magnificent 7th-century temple and the snow-capped peaks in the background draw lakhs of people each year.

Which are the unexplored places in Uttarakhand?

1. Peora: Located in Nainital, this obscure little village is one of Uttarakhand’s hidden gems and one of the most unique places to go in Uttarakhand. The place has miles of pine forests, meadows, apple orchards, and valleys perfect for enjoying quiet treks.

2. Khirsu: This untouched place is perfect for those who want a serene mountainside escape. Don’t miss seeing the charming village houses and the ancient Devi temple and trying local food.

3. Abbott Mount: This charming colonial-era hill station, offering stunning views of the Himalayas, is famous for its flora and fauna, a Victorian church, oak forests, and a haunted house!

4. Manila: Surrounded by dense forests, this quaint village is one of the most offbeat destinations in Uttarakhand. This abode of Manila Devi is one of the few places in the region to offer uninterrupted views of the massive Trishul, Nanda Devi, and Panchachuli peaks.

Is there snowfall in Uttarakhand?

Yes, several places in Uttarakhand receive heavy snowfall in the winter months of November-February. These places are Auli, Chopta, Chakrata, harsil, Khirsu, Landour, Tungnath, etc.

What is the best time to visit Uttarakhand?

The best months to visit Uttarakhand are March-June and September-October. This is when the weather is pleasant and cool throughout the day perfect for enjoying adventure sports and scenic beauty.

For those who want to experience snowfall and enjoy winter sports like skiing, paragliding, snow trekking, etc. can visit places like Auli, Rishikesh, Joshimath, etc. in the months of November-February.

Uttarakhand Reviews

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Shambhavy Singh
Reviewed: 23 Jun 2023
5.0/5
Wonderful experience! But faced few issues. The entire schedule was well planned and next day timings were informed prior day for perfect on time schedule. The best part was: 1. All stay location were absolutely good. Yamunotri stay had beautiful view and river bank, we enjoyed in the yamuna river ... Read More
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Pritam Kr Das
Reviewed: 09 Dec 2023
5.0/5
The whole trip was amazing. All the team guide staffs are very good and well behavior. Accommodations are good. Thank you Thrillophillia and i am looking another trip with Thrillophilia soon.
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VARUN BANIWAL
Reviewed: 30 Nov 2023
4.0/5
Trip was well planned, trek leaders were very friendly and helpful.
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Sanjay Gosain
Reviewed: 11 Aug 2023
5.0/5
Thrillophilia rocks. Awesome trip, well planned by kavita. Every inclusion delivered. Even exclusions like badrnath and mansa village. Liking forward to kedarkantha treck. Thanks Kavita and Adarsh.
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Vipin Yadav
Reviewed: 01 Jan 2024
5.0/5
Experience with thrillophilia is very Great. Food was very good and staff of travelmite is also good
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Rajaram Meena
Reviewed: 03 Dec 2023
4.0/5
It was a good experience 
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