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    Uttaranchal Tour

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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:

    1) Haridwar

    Haridwar

    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.

    2) Rishikesh

    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.

    [Enjoy rafting in the picturesque landscape in Alaknanda]

    3) Dehradun

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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.

    [Trek through crevasses and tricky stretches of Kalindikhal]

    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.

    [Experience trekking in circular route of Nag Tibba]

    4) Mussoorie

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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.

    [Unravel the trekking expedition in the region around Gangotri]

    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.

    5) Ranikhet

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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.

    [Wanna experience the mesmerizing trekking adventure in Bagini Glacier]

    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.

    6) Kumaon

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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.

    [Trek in the mesmerizing beauty of Panchachuli base camp]

    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.

    7) Chamba

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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%.

    8) Auli

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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.

    9) Kedarnath

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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.

    [Enthrall yourself in the Kedar Kantha trekking and skiing adventure]

    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.

    10) Badrinath

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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:

    11) Trekking

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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.

    [For more details check out Guide to Trekking in Uttaranchal]

    Also, check thrilling Brahmatal trek tour to get more thrilling experience in Uttarakhand.

    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.

    [Marvel at views of majestic snow-capped peaks in Dayara Bugyal adventure]

    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.

    [Experience the enthralling skiing adventure in Auli]

    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

    Guide to Valley of Flowers Trek

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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!

    Conclusion

    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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Attractions

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Corbett National Park

Expanded over an area of 308 sq km, Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936 and is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Situated at the base of the magnificent Himalayas, it is the first Tiger Reserve in the country and stands to be one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. Though visitors are allowed to certain parts of the reserve, the park makes for a fun and exciting wildlife tour.

The national park is the perfect place for those wildlife species that seek refuge in its wonderfully green thickets. As the first national park to introduce and execute the ‘Project tiger’ campaign, Corbett national Park has been repeatedly termed as one of the best national parks in the country! So get your cameras and binoculars ready to go wildlife exploring soon!

Distance from Delhi: 254km

Best time to visit: November to June

Attractions: Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephant, Wild Buffaloes, Leopards, Crocodiles and Gharials

Activities: Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Wildlife Tours and nature photography

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Lal Tibba

In the local language, Lal Tibba means the Red Hill. This is said to be the oldest and the most populated place in Mussoorie. The place is known for its scenic beauty courtesy the pleasant sunrise and sunset that leave the visitors spell bound. Do carry woolens irrespective of the month of the visit.

Location: It is situated in the Landour area and lies at an altitude of 8000 metre above the sea level.

Highlights: Lal Tibba is even famous as the Depot Hill because of the presence of a depot here. Besides this there is camp of the Indian Military services, All India Radio and Doordarshan. Hills of the Lal Tibba are also popular amongst the shoppers as there are a number of markets in the nearby areas.


Best Time: The best and the most ideal time to visit Lal Tibba is the summer months of March and June. Avoid travel during the monsoon months as there maybe leeches here.
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Haridwar

Known as one of the most ancient and sacred cities in India, Haridwar is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga River and is one of the few places near Delhi to visit at any time during the year, and if you are an ardent devotee, then there are specific times during the year that you can visit this place.

Revered by Hindus all over the country, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities of India and widely known as home to the Panch Tirth (five pilgrimage destinations) and three Siddha Peetha (a place where desires get fulfilled). A pious and holy place, Haridwar is a haven for photographers who can capture the deep beauty of the place and raw Indian culture.

Distance from Delhi: 208km

Best time to visit: February to March and August to October

Attractions: Har Ki Pauri, Holy Ganges, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temple

Activities: Rafting, Temple Visits, Cable Car Ride, Boat Rides and Ghat Visits 

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Valley of Flowers Trek

Amongst all the exhilarating trekking 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
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Rishikesh

Visit the adventure capital of India, the marvelous and thrilling city of Rishikesh on your next vacation with your friends and family!  The 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and is blessed with the gorgeous, thundering river of Ganga, the popular trek friendly rugged terrains, challenging peaks, strenuous rapids and dense forests! If you are an ardent traveler, then Rishikesh makes for one of the most ideal weekend getaways near Delhi.

Being one of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscape and serves as a gateway to other important religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The adventurer paradise is a happening hub of many ancient temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat amongst others! Grab your cameras and adventure gear and head to Rishikesh for an adventure packed holiday!

Distance from Delhi: 228km

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Attractions: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Cave

Activities: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Trekking 

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Nainital

If lush green plains and misty clouds allure you to nestle in a hammock and read a good book, far away from the city life then you need to head to Nainital, a stellar getaway place near Delhi for trekkers and nature lovers alike! Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India.

 It has also been termed as a pious place for Hindus and is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes.  Adventurers engage in trekking activities and hike to the top of the beautiful hills just to witness the beautiful view and the wispy sky.

Distance from Delhi: 278km

Best time to visit: March to June and October to February.

Attractions: Nainital Lake, Governor's House, Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Peak and Snow View Point

Activities: Lake Visits, Village and Wildlife tours, Cable Car Rides, Rock Climbing and Trekking

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Chopta-Tungnath Trek

Chopta Tungnath trek is a relatively unexplored trekking destination, which is known for its mesmerizing scenic beauty. The trek towards Tungnath, the 3 from Tungnath takes you to Chandrashila, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 meters above sea level.

Chopta is blessed with rich flora and fauna as it is located in the midst of dense forests, with a beautiful floor of rhododendrons, interspersed by deodar and pine trees. During the first one and half kilometers, you will pass through a sea of brightly coloured rhododendrons and silver oak forests. Following this the vista opens to green alpine meadows which take you to the Tungnath temple.

According to folklore, the arms of Lord Shiva are believed to have emerged here. On trekking a kilometer further ahead, you will reach the Chandrashila peak from where you get spectacular views of the snow capped peaks of the Himalayas glistening in the sun rays. The grassy meadows of the region make it an ideal spot for camping too.

Chopta is well-connected by roadways connecting Guptakashi and Gopeshwar. The weather is lovely and the views are simply breathtaking.

Best season: May to June and August to September

Duration: 3 Days

Altitude: 3680 m

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Mussoorie

Known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and was discovered by Captain Young in the 18th century. It serves as a perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Delhi summers and is located at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. Mussoorie has its emerald hills enveloped in thick, rich greenery and attracts tourists from all over the country!  You can explore the quaint marketplaces in Mussoorie and sightsee some of the popular landmarks in the area such as Landour Bazaar, Lal Tibba, Chaar Dukkan, Gun Hill, the Mussoorie Library and the Savoy Hotel.

Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in the country. Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie offers the most enchanting panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley.

Distance from Delhi: 270km

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Attractions: Gun Hill, Waterfalls, Lakes, Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Tibetan Buddhist temple,  Sir George Everest's House and Nag Devta Temple

Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits

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Nag Tibba

One of the most well-known treks near Delhi, the Nag Tibba peak stands in the Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. This trek over the weekend is witnessing growing footfalls, and offers splendid views of the Bandarpoonch, Swargarohini, Gangotri and Kedarnath mountain peaks en route.

What makes this an ideal first trek are the relatively easy routes etched along the mountain. Thick Deodar forests blanket the hill, and the best seasons to visit are between February and June, and September to December. The Nag Tibba trek route is circular in nature, and the differing starting and ending points ensure that there is no overlap at any point. The lush meadows hide patches behind them that act as serene camping sites.

Distance from Delhi: 347.4 Kilometers approximately

Nearest Railhead:
Dehradun Railway Station

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Har Ki Doon

A pristine hanging valley in the Garhwal range, Har Ki Doon is one of the simplest trekking places near Delhi—making it an ideal foray into Himalayan trekking for amateurs. Fulfilling scenes of nature’s majesty carry you through rampant alpine vegetation, glaciers and breath-taking views. For the hill folk, time has remained elusive and one gets to notice their lives from close quarters. The best season to visit is during the months from April to November, and is one of the closest places for trekking in Delhi.

Distance from Delhi: 299 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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Kedarkantha Trek

Close to another marvel of nature, Har Ki Doon, lies the Kedarkantha trek passing through windy trails of the Garhwal Himalayas. A classic winter trek unravelling untouched mountain-villages on its path, it’s the perfect trek to prepare for the other more arduous Himalayan treks. 

Abound with flora and fauna, the Kedarkantha treks passes around the rim of Govind National Park and is open throughout the year. This place for trekking near Delhi is flanked by the Swargarohini peak and a hanging valley, complete with views that’ll blow your mind away.

Distance from Delhi: 428.2 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Dehradun Railway Station

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Chandrashila Trek

With the enthralling Kedarnath range to the north, the Chandrashila Peak offers splendid panoramic vistas. Literally meaning the ‘Moon Rock’, Chandrashila is incidentally the highest peak in the area. A low altitude trek that’s full of cavernous gorges and vivid imagery, the season for trekking is round the year. With gradients suiting beginners, Chandrashila trek allows eyeful glimpses of Garhwal Himalayas and the trek passes through an ancient Shiva temple atop Tungnath.

Distance from Delhi: 455 Kilometres approximately

Nearest Railhead: Rishikesh Railway Station

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Kanavashram

Popular as the birthplace of Bharat and Siddh Peeth of sage Kanva, Kanavashram is cradled on the banks of river Malini and is surrounded by dense forests and hills. Apart from this, this 5500 years old ashram also holds a significance for being the gateway to Puri. 

If you wish to reside in the premises of this ashram and practice meditation, you can avail the accommodation facilities provided at this place. The impeccable views of Sahastradhara Falls from here further adds to its charm.

Distance: 53.8km, Lansdowne 

Timings: Open for 24 hours.

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Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple

This famous temple in Lansdowne is dedicated to Lord Shiva and sees a huge crowd of devotees throughout the year. The name of this temple is derived from Kalash Rishi. Kaleshwar Mahadev is an important pilgrimage centre which is maintained by the Indian Army. 

The prayers in this temple are conducted by a Major. It is the most ancient temple in the town which is said to be around 500 years old. The holy temple is also known to be the meditation site for many sages.

Distance: 1.0km, Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Timing: 7:00 AM-11:00 AM and 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

Entry fee: No entry charges.

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Bhim Pakora

Situated in Dhura, around 2 Km away from Gandhi Chowk, this site is popular as it has many mythological tales linked to it. It is said that during the period of exile, Pandavas took a halt at this place and cooked food. It is also a popular tale that Bhim placed a rock above another in a way that it can never topple. 

Now tourists can move this rock by merely one finger but it can never fall down. If you have always been keen about Indian mythology, Bhim Pakora is one of the major places to visit in Lansdowne.

Distance: 41.km Lansdowne

Timings: Any time of the day

Entry Fee: No entry charges.


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St Johns Church

Situated at the Mall Road, this church is reckoned among the key places to visit in Lansdowne since 1936. Though the church remained abandoned for years, it was finally handed over to the GOI in the year 1951. Apart from its lush green surroundings, it also flaunts alluring interiors which have captivated the hearts of numerous travellers. 

St. Johns church is a roman catholic church that shares close proximity with the tourist spots situated on the Main Road of Lansdowne.

Distance:14.9km Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Timings:
8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Entry Fee:
No entry fee.


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