Top 10 Places to Visit in Uttarakhand

Published on: Jun 28, 2018 author: amitaswal 0

When summers are over the head, there's no better place to chill out other than you can go Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand, resting at the northern segment of India, is eminent for its magnificence throughout the country and even the world. Uttarakhand is a tourist place. You can found many types of tourist places in Uttarakhand. snow-covered mountains steal the hearts of almost every traveller each time they visit. With numerous untainted places to visit in Uttarakhand, it is considered as one of the state’s closest to mother nature.


Such places are hard to find in this swiftly urbanizing world which has already disturbed the balance of nature. Thus, Uttarakhand holds a special spot in the heart of every visitor. The place isn't renowned solely for its beauty, it is also considered the holiest place in India. Often termed as "Dev Bhoomi" (Land of Gods), the place is also the home of one of the "Char Dham" (four abodes) of India, The Badrinath.


To amplify the sacredness further, Uttarakhand holds its own four abodes known as "Chota Char Dham". Thousands of pilgrims visit these places every year to attain peace of mind. The place also flaunts various rivers’ confluence at different places (known as Prayags) to aggregate to India's holiest river, the Ganga.


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


1 Tungnath - Chopta


Tungnath is one of the most beautiful and prominent tourist places in Uttarakhand. Mainly due to the presence of the Tungnath temple, the highest Shiva temple in the whole world. It is the third of the Panch Kedar temples, all of which rest in the Garhwal Himalayan range. It is said that the heroes of Mahabharata, the Pandavas, built them.


Tungnath dwells in Chopta town, in the district Rudraprayag. Chopta is also famously known as the Switzerland of India.

You can only get to the temple by walking 4 km trek uphill. This place is packed with unbelievable scenic beauty. In the summers, the way to the temple is filled with light green grass meadows. Once you complete your trek and reach the temple, turn around to see one of the best views of your life. The thick flow of clouds being hindered by the snow-covered Himalayan mountains not far from you is an unforgettable view.


Ahead of Tungnath temple is Chandrashila peak. It makes you feel that you're standing on the top of the world with everything, including the clouds, below you. You can visit Tungnath at any time of the year due to its diversified elegance. In summers, you'll find fresh grass meadows and cool temperature, a clear view of the sky and Himalayan mountains with a stunning greyish-white view.


The winters are more attractive as the snow covers the meadows and it seems as if someone has put a white blanket on the place. For snow lovers and ski enthusiasts, this is a boon. Camping is another attraction of Tungnath. Deoria Tal is definitely a spot to visit after Tungnath and Chandrashila. The lake is a divine beauty which adds stars to the beauty of Tungnath.


2 Chamoli


Chamoli is the name of a town in the Chamoli district. It falls in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Located at an elevation of about 1300 meters, Chamoli has the river Alaknanda flowing at its foot. The town is the resting place for a majority of tourists since major tourist attractions like Tungnath, Auli, Hemkund Saheb, Valley of Flowers, Badrinath, etc. rest nearby it.


The district Chamoli is the second largest in Uttarakhand with an area of about 7600 km sq. It is considered as the district with the highest number of tourist places in Uttarakhand. The landscapes, rivers, valleys, forests, flora, and fauna are some major attractions here.Chamoli is also famous with the name ‘Abode of Gods’, meaning the residence of Gods.


It is also a part of the ‘Kedar Khand’. Apart from being populated with temples, this place is also renowned for the amazing trek spots. It is an integral part of Uttarakhand tourism. Chamoli is also home of the famous ‘Chipko Movement’ which dates back into Indian history. Various trekking trails such as Gopeshwar-Helang trek, Roopkund trek, and Kuaripass trek are some of its most eminent. The last Indian village, Mana, also falls in the district. Mana is filled with beauty and richness in culture.


Summer in Chamoli is moderate with the temperature of around 34 degree Celsius. From June to September, Chamoli receives moderate rainfall and the temperature drops below freezing point during winters. So, it is safe to say that Chamoli is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand.


3 Auli


This aesthetic beauty of Uttarakhand tourism is the most famous spot for skiing in the state. Auli is generally known for ski destinations outlined by the Himalayan range’s snow-capped mountains. The glittering mountains running around you while you’re skiing is a view of a lifetime. Coniferous vegetation is normally found here including a majority of Deodar and Oak trees. The euphoria of skiing at an elevation of 3050 meters above the sea level is surely a thrilling experience.


Auli dates back to the 8th century. It is the home to mountain ranges of Mana Parvat, Nanda Devi and Kamat Kamet. According to Hindu mythology, Auli was first invaded by Guru Shankaracharya who then built the temple of Joshimath there. Your resting arrangements will be taken care of by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited, a state government agency. The GMVN takes care of the resorts as well as entertainment of the tourists by organizing winter sports competitions, etc.


A 4 km cable car, chairlift and a ski lift are also facilitated by the Uttarakhand tourism agency. Due to so many mountains around, trekking has become popular in Auli. Auli to Badrinath and Auli-Kuari Pass trek are the most prominent trekking trails here. For pilgrims, there are many temples and other religious places here.


During summers, Auli looks like a beautiful green landscape. Grassy meadows and a lake surrounded by snow-covered mountains make it a balm to the eyes. The summers in Auli go as high as 23 degrees Celsius while the winters fall at an average of -2 degrees Celsius. It surely is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand.


4 Nanital

Nainital is a town captioned due to its chief attraction, the Nainital Lake. The lake is fringed by mountains from all sides and looks like a comma (,) when observed from the top view. Nainital is a prominent hill station in Uttarakhand especially due to its pleasant climate throughout the year.


Nainital falls in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand which is well-known for being a paradise for nature photography enthusiasts. These mesmerizing landscapes and the ease of access has made it the perfect destination for spending honeymoons. Luxurious hotels and resorts outlining the Nainital lake make the best venues for lodging yourself in the town, be it a honeymoon or a trip. The raw view of the Nainital Lake tinged with a little fog, just after you wake up is one that you’ll yearn for each day.


Apart from Nainital Lake, this Uttarakhand tourism spot is assorted with other lakes such as Bhimtal Lake, Sariyatal Lake, and Khurpatal Lake. Boating is the seduction of these lakes. Nainital is also labeled as ‘the city of lakes’. This is the best place to visit in Uttarakhand. Nainital has many other points of interest including the Naina Devi Hindu temple on its north shore and Uttarakhand’s highest peak, the Nanda Devi. In addition to these are:


  • Sher-ka-Danda Ridge
  • Guan Hills
  • Tiffin Top
  • Eco cave gardens
  • Nainital Zoo


Nainital is one of the best tourist places in Uttarakhand. It holds ample interesting destinations for every kind of traveller hence, must not be missed.


5 Chakrata


This one of a kind hill station in Uttarakhand is one of the best spots to interact with the untainted form of nature. Chakrata, being far away from Dehradun, is also away from its noise, pollution and the crowd for good. There isn't a place where you'll see so many natural freshwater outlets during the monsoon.

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The place is a cantonment area about 83 km from Dehradun and 73 km from Mussoorie. It has been an army area since the British era. This hill station is underrated because of its distance from the main city area and major inter-city routes. The significantly lower number of people travel to Chakrata for sight-seeing, adventures, etc. That is why it is the perfect place to go and enjoy with your family and friends.


Being away from the crowd during our trips is what we always crave and Chakrata grants our wish. It is not only one of the most beautiful hill stations in Uttarakhand but also the path to Chakrata is one of a kind.

The river Yamuna flows at the foot of Chakrata. A trek to the 10,000 ft Kharamba peak is a sublime experience. Panoramic vistas of beautifully crafted nature are a delight to the eyes.


Matheu is the most stunning place on the road to Chakrata from Dehradun. The spot is a ridge build as a road. On either side of the road, there's steep declination filled with clouds. This view will be an unforgettable experience for you, with a craving to go there again.


Tiger falls is another stunning spot in Chakrata which ought not to be missed in any case. It is about 20 km away from Chakrata l. With the elevation of 312 ft, Tiger falls is the highest uninterrupted waterfall in Chakrata. It is such a magnifique that even its photos on google will mesmerize you to visit as soon as possible.


In addition to it, some other mind-blowing tourist attractions are:


  • Budher
  • Kanasar
  • Chilmark
  • Deoban
  • Mundali meadows
  • Lakhamandal


6 Bhimtal


The town Bhimtal falls in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Akin to Nainital, it is known for its most important jewel – The Bhimtal Lake. Bhimtal Lake is one of the most beautifully crafted lakes in the world. The creator has put a whole lot of effort into designing such a state-of-the-art setting.With an elevation of 1370 meters above the sea level, the clean fresh water of the lake looks deep blue when viewed from above. The uncanniest thing about the lake is the island resting at the center of it.


Bhimtal is said to be way older than the famous city of Nainital. It is believed that before the war of Mahabharata, Bhima visited this place and built a temple during the banishment of Pandavas. This temple is now famous as the Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple. Some other points of interest are Gorkhakhal, Bhowali, and Kainchi.


Adventure enthusiasts are also embraced by Bhimtal with high dopamine sports like Rappelling, Mountain Climbing, etc. Angling is also facilitated here but not without the permission of DCFR. By going a little further of 4 km, you can have Paragliding, Kayaking and Dirt Biking experience too. Other recreational facilities include boating in the Bhimtal Lake and Zorbing for children as well as adults.


The river Gargi or Gola Nadi, originating from Garg Parvat, is also a tourist attraction. The temperatures in Bhimtal range from 29 degrees Celsius in summers to 4 degrees Celsius in winters. It is a jewel of Uttarakhand tourism which should be protected from the plague of pollution.


7 Binsar


Binsar is an underrated place in Uttarakhand tourism due to its smaller area. This place, though smaller in area, is packed with magnificent vistas no less than any other tourist destination. Binsar is the perfect example of the English idiom “Big things come in small packages”.


Just as you Google the name Binsar, you’ll find such magnificent images that your mind will push you to visit Binsar as your next holiday destination. Those portraits of snow-capped Himalayan mountains standing behind a series of green and dark mountains are too bewitching to be real.


Binsar is the highest hill-station in the Kumaon region with an altitude of about 2500 meters. It is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. The coniferous vegetation including Oak, Deodar, and Pine trees are dispersed over the slopes of the hills.

The Binsar wildlife sanctuary hosts various wildlife species including porcupine, leopard, black bear, etc.


Around 200 species of animals’ dwell in here. The Zero Point is also a famed attraction of this region. It gives you the panoramic view of the snow-packed mountains of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Trishul, and Shivling.


8 Mussoorie


Mussoorie is widely famous as ‘The Queen of Hills’ in the whole country. The hill station rests at an elevation of 2000 meters with its highest peak at about 2290 meters making it a seduction for the adventure enthusiasts. Mussoorie is at about 30 km from Dehradun city. The road from Dehradun to Mussoorie is highly appealing to the nature photographers and scenic beauty admirers. The sharp curves on the way are the building blocks of adventure for the travellers.


On reaching Mussoorie, the first thing to do is visit the famous ‘Mall Road’ which is an inclined road dotted with shops and eateries along its sides. The houses and architectures in Mussoorie give a vibe of the retro British colonial times. People especially pick this place as their honeymoon destination. This is generally because of the cool climate of this pce. The lavish hotels with a splendid view of the cloud covered valley make their decision unforgettable. Apart from it, Mussoorie’s trek trails are well-established ones.


  • Bhadraraj Temple trek (15 km.)
  • Yamuna Bridge trek – (20 km.)
  • Kempty Falls Trek – (8 km.)
  • George Everest Park – (3 Km.)
  • Benog Hill Trek – (3 km.)


Mussoorie is highly regarded in Uttarakhand tourism making it a significant source of revenue for the state. It’s still one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. Find more about Mussoorie:


9 Dharchula


Dharchula is a beautiful valley situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. It lies in the Kumaon region so is closer to the Himalayan range mountains. River Kali flows through the valley providing fresh water supply to the town. Dharchula is located at an elevation of 950 meters above sea level.


It lies along the path of the famous Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage. Pilgrims use it as a resting venue on their tour. Tourists and travellers visit this place to enjoy the natural beauty of a valley near the Himalayas. They’re also keen about the unique culture of the inhabitants, the Rung tribe. A large variety of dry fruits are also found here.


Some of the major attractions here are:


  • Narayan Ashram
  • Mansarovar Lake
  • Askot Sanctuary
  • Chirkila Dam
  • Jaulijibi
  • Om Parvat


Devotees from all across the nation come here to take a holy bath in The Mansarovar Lake. Dharchula is an important part of Uttarakhand tourism.


10 Dhanaulti


Dhanaulti is a hill-station at 2286 meters above sea level. It is well-known for its serene environment coupled with beautiful vistas. This offbeat destination is home for numerous trekking trials into the Himalayan mountains. This hill station is located at about 24 km from Mussoorie and 31 km from Chamba. The road to Dhanaulti from each side is both thrilling and enticing.


Dotted with dense Alpine, Rhododendron and Oak trees, the place experiences moderate snowfall during the winters. The climate ranges from 36 degrees Celsius in summer to -1 degree Celsius in winters. Dhanaulti has a lot to offer to thrill seekers such as activities like Flying Fox and Burma Bridge. Popular treks include Chandrabadni, Surkanda Devi and Kunjapuri making it one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Shubham Kumar

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