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Whether you absorb the magnificent sights of Har-ki-Pauri Ghat on the banks of the holy Ganges or take a pious dip into the river, expect activities that are rustic, unique and elegant in their own way. With the Uttaranchal tour packages, discover ancient cities that are immersed into spirituality, devotion and alluring beauty.
Enjoy trekking expeditions, bungee jumping, rafting, paragliding and jungle safaris within these tours, make it for a memorable experience. The combination of pilgrimage cities, authentic cuisine, wildlife sanctuaries and outdoor sports avenues makes this region a multi-faceted one for travellers looking for a combinatorial experience.
Places to see in Uttaranchal:
Better known as the place where the Ganges flows, Haridwar is one of the holiest cities in India. As per Hindu mythology, this region is amongst a handful of other places where the elixir of immortality slipped from the jar being carried by the heavenly bird ‘Garuda’, and some of it fell here. Held every 12 years, the Kumbha Mela is a testimony to this belief.
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Thousands of pilgrims take part in ritualistic bathing on the ghats of the Ganges River. Har Ki Pauri is the place in Haridwar where the holy elixir fell, and on this ghat you witness devotees engaged in spiritual activities.
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is better known as the place where Lord Rama performed penance for vanquishing the demon king Ravana. Being a place where the Ganges flows into the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas, this city is known for its ancient temples. Some of them are namely Bharat Mandir, Shatrugan shrine and Laxman temple.
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Yoga enthusiasts from around the world visit this city considering it as the yoga capital of the world. There are numerous yoga centres here that espouse authentic yoga. Rishikesh is also a popular destination for white water rafting and several other adventure activities.
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The capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is famous for its brilliant landscape and mild climate. Nestled between the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, a visit to this city is one of the primary things to do in Uttaranchal. It is also a part of a chain of tourist locations such as Mussoorie and Nainital.
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Well-known for its natural resources and world-famous educational institutions, it is also home to many government organizations such as Defence Electronics Application Laboratory, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing and Defence Research and Development Organisation. Some of the places to visit in Dehradun are the Tapkeshwar shrine, Malsi Deer Park and nearby hill stations such as Chakrata and Sahastradhara.
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Known as one of the ideal honeymoon destinations, Mussoorie is also called the Queen of Hills. Lush rolling hills and an abundance of flora and fauna are the characteristics of this place. On a Uttaranchal tour package, you can easily witness the magnificent views of the Shivalik Mountains from Mussoorie.
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The Doon Valley in Mussoorie is an active tourist destination given its scenic beauty. In Mussoorie, you get infinite joy in simple pleasures. Go for ropeway, take a horseback ride through the Came’s Back Rock, visit the Jharipani Falls or go trekking up to the Childer’s Lodge, you will have ample of options to make your Uttaranchal trip, a memorable one.
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Located in the Almora district, Ranikhet is a popular hill station. Translated as ‘Queen’s Meadow’, it was under the rule of Nepalese and Kumaon people in the eighteenth century and is now a part of India. The best season to visit this hill station is between March and October and a visit to this place is amongst the top things to do in Uttaranchal.
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The flora and fauna of this place is represented by pine, oak and deodar vegetation. In these jungles you can find leopards, mountain goats, barking deer and red foxes. Some of the places to visit are the Army Museum, Jhula Devi shrine, Rama Mandir and Chaubatia Gardens.
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This is a mountainous administrative region of Uttarakhand and is known to be the home of the Kumaon Regiment, a regiment of the Indian Army. The culture of this region is a combination of indigenous culture of the locals residing here from thousands of years and the culture of immigrants.
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Consequently, there is a lot of myth, legend and folklore attached to every aspect of this place. Some of the places to visit in Kumaon includes the Nanda Devi Temple, Naini Lake, Jim Corbett National Park, Panchachuli Glacier, Sattal Lake and Mayawati Ashram.
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Located between Mussoorie and Rishkesh, Chamba presents a wilderness that is resplendent with nature’s finest representations. Out of all the things to do in Uttaranchal, a visit to this picturesque getaway is a great way to enjoy the pleasant weather, scenic views and the vastness of the nature.
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Situated in the laps of the Himalayas, this is also a quaint hamlet featuring a set of villages. You can visit the villages to understand the lifestyle and culture of the people. All around you can see an omnipresent representation of pine and deodar trees. An interesting fact about this place is that it is the most literate region in Uttaranchal with a literacy rate of 76%.
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Also known locally as Bugyal, Auli is a perfect skiing destination. Surrounded by coniferous and oak trees during all the seasons, you get amazing views of the majestic Himalayas from this hill station. The slopes of Auli provide novice and experienced skiers, ideal time for skiing and enjoy the snow.
It is also in this hill station, where you can travel in a 4km long cable car; Asia’s longest cable car, and enjoy bird’s eye view of the landscapes and forests. Apart from skiing, trekking on the Auli, Gorson and Tali route is a popular activity in Uttaranchal. You can also visit a training centre of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police in this town.
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Better known to be the place of location of the Kedarnath temple, this region is flanked by snow-capped mountains, and is a stunning place to visit within the Uttaranchal tour packages. Apart from the Kedarnath temple, some of the places you can visit here are the Bhairava Temple and Gandhi Sarovar, which is a glacier lake.
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Near to Kedarnath, lies a steep mountain called Bhairav Jhamp. Many pilgrims have jumped from this cliff and killed themselves to attain salvation in this temple town. You can also visit the Chorabari Tal, which is a beautiful lake displaying the reflections of the Himalayan mountains.
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Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, this city was given a holy pilgrimage region status by Saint Adi Shankara in the 9th century. Badrinath Temple is the famous tourist destination here and the best time to visit this temple is between May and October.
Devotees visiting the city take a holy dip at Tapt Kund which is a thermal water spring. It is believed to possess medicinal qualities and enhances ones therapeutic benefits. Just above the Badrinath Temple, is a cliff called Neelkath, from where the first rays of the Sun enter the city.
Things to do in Uttaranchal:
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Uttaranchal is often the first destination that comes to mind for trekking enthusiasts. There are numerous trekking routes here to appease the adventure cravings of all types of trekkers. The Ghat-Kauri trek is for beginners; also, most of the Uttaranchal tour packages include trekking. The Karan Paryag to Haridwar trek is for experienced trekkers.
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If you are looking for month long treks, then take the Haridwar to Gangotri route that could take you close to 22 days to complete. On a trekking expedition, you experience the amazing biodiversity of this land. All around, you are encompassed by hills, valleys and forests.
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12) Skiing in Auli
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Auli has numerous slopes ranging from heights of 2500 to 3000 metres for skiing enthusiasts to have a whale of a time. Located 16km from Joshimath, Auli is surrounded by a generous presence of conifer and oak trees. From here you get panoramic views of surrounding regions.
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See mountains such as the Mana Parwat, Beethartoli, Hathi Parbat and Nar Parbat. Once these slopes were the training grounds for the military and now they are also open to tourists. Austrian and French skiers have compared these slopes to be amongst the best in the world.
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13) Rafting in Rishikesh
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Rishikesh is a pilgrimage region but also a place of fun and frolic given that the Ganges flowing through this city, present perfect rushes for white water rafting. You can enroll into anyone of the numerous rafting camps in Rishikesh to experience an exhilarating round of rafting when on Uttaranchal tour packages.
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The best time to visit for this activity is between September and April. A thrilling way to beat the challenges posed by bouncy waters, challenging the enthralling rapids in Rishikesh will satiate all your yearnings for fun and adventure.
14) Bungee Jump in Rishikesh
Bungee jumping is held overlooking the Huel River, which is a tributary of the Ganges. You are harnessed with appropriate safety ropes to a cantilever platform. Cords are harnessed to your ankle and as you prepare to jump you can see the rocky outfits of the river in the background. Feel the adrenaline rush as fall freely.
This plunging experience will make you scream in excitement. Conducted by professional sports management companies, the minimum age requirement for these jumps is 12 years.
15) Camping in Shivpuri
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Shivpuri is a beautiful location and amongst the top places to visit in Rishikesh. Situated along the banks of the Ganges River, there are numerous camping destinations here. On any of the Uttarakhand tour packages, you can choose your favourite spot and set up a camp to spend an overnight outdoors.
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It is a unique and exciting experience staying beside one of the ancient and revered rivers in the world. You can combine a rafting sojourn with camping activities. The combinatorial experience gives you a wholesome time in Uttaranchal.
16) Corbett National Park Safari
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This is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in the country established in the early part of the 19th century. It was setup to protect the Royal Bengal Tiger species. Being an ecotourism destination, this place has an ecosystem that resembles the Himalayas.
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On a safari through this park you can witness more than 400 species of plants and 500 species of migratory birds. You can also see predators such as leopards, Bengal tigers, Himalayan black bears, pangolins and leopard cats. Although not allowed inside, you can go trekking outside the park with a forest guide.
17) Visit to Valley of Flowers National Park
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Located in the finest crests of the Western Himalayas, this valley is a meadow of flowers. Featuring endemic alpine flowers and also rare species such as snow leopards and musk deer, this region is located next to the Nanda Devi National Park. Being a high-altitude valley, the Valley of Flowers National Park has numerous trekking routes.
On these treks you can see the reverberating sub-alpine vegetation and a plethora of terrains such as river beds, valley bottoms, eroded meadows, scrubby vegetation and stable slopes. There are also stone deserts and caves in the vicinity to explore as part of things to do in Uttaranchal. A visit to the natural habitats of animals on a jungle safari allows you to witness rare species of animals in their natural habitats.
18) Attend Yoga Classes in Rishikesh
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Rishikesh is a place of spirituality and representing this fact are a variety of ashrams. Some of the conduct yoga classes for yoga beginners and experts alike. There is yoga programmes conducted by private instructors as well. These are places to learn yoga in its truest form while enjoying the different Uttarakhand tour packages.
Parmath Niketan is a well-known yoga centre located on the banks of the Ganges River. There are several others such as Sivanadanda Ashram, Omkarananda Ganga Sadan, Sanskriti Yogpeeth, Swami Dayananda Ashram and Osho Ganga Dham Ashram. Rishikesh ashrams and yoga centres are amongst the best places to learn ashtanga and residential hatha yoga.
19) Paragliding in Pithoragarh
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Pithoragarh is a stunning place located between Nepal and Tibet. Paragliding is conducted in the Soar Valley of Pithoragarh. On a paragliding expedition you are flanked by high-rise mountains and hills. The experience is dramatic and surreal. Considered to be the adventure capital of the state, there are also six passes leading people to Tibet.
Pithoragarh’s natural beauty and wildlife riches never ceases to impress the visitors. On a paragliding sojourn with an expert instructor or guide, you get an aerial view of Pithoragarh’s thick forests that house a unique ecosystem.
20) Ropeway in Auli
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It is in Auli, that one can enjoy the exhilarating ride of the longest cable car in Asia. With the Uttaranchal tour package, you can enjoy a cable car that covers a distance of 4km. Known as the Gondola, this cable car transports you over astonishing scenic quotients.
You get a bird’s eye view of the surroundings, including the skiing slopes of Auli. Starting from Joshimath, this jolly rides lasts for around 20 minutes and ends in Auli.
21) Evening Aarti along the Ghats of Haridwar
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Haridwar’s famous attraction has been the evening Aarti ceremony at the renowned Har ki Pauri ghat. On an evening aarti, thousands of devotees light earthen lamps and float them on the river. The outlook of the river gets transformed into a bed of floating lamps ornamented with flowers and incense sticks.
During the sunset, priests recite verses from holy Hindu manuscripts and the devotees sing hymns in praise of the Gods and Goddesses. It is indeed one of the must do activities in any of the Uttarakhand tour packages.
22) Boat Ride in Naini Lake
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Naini or Nainital Lake is a crescent shaped water body and is surrounded by a rich ecosystem. There are a handful of rare species of birds and animals in the vicinity of the lake. On any of the Uttaranchal tour packages, take this boat ride and witness amazing biodiversity on the fringes of the lake - a truly paradisiacal place presenting eye capturing visuals and a surreal experience!
Be it the alpine valleys of Pithoragarh or the meadows of the Flower Valley Forest, everything about Uttaranchal are steeped in natural splendour. There are enough avenues for recreation, spirituality and adventure. To name a few, you can go rafting, village touring, forest trekking, leopard spotting, bungee jumping, paragliding and several water activities. With so many activities on the anvil, a tour of this region is something that you must do at least once in your life.
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