10 Reasons Why Uttarakhand Must Be On Your Bucket List

by Sagar Chauhan


Posted on 7th July, 2015


Uttarakhand
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Uttarakhand is an amazingly diverse state, with some of India’s best trekking, yoga schools, holiday towns and wildlife-watching all tucked into one little corner of the country. It is also known as Devbhoomi, due to the numerous temples scattered all over the state. It has something to offer for every kind of visitor - be it adventure, pilgrimage or relaxation. Here are ten reasons why Uttarakhand must be on everyone's bucket list!

Robber's Cave

Robber's Cave (locally known as Guchhupani) is a river cave formation located approximately 8 km from Dehradun City. The cave is about 600 metres long, divided into two main parts. The cave has a highest fall of about 10 metres. In the central part there is a fort wall structure which is now broken. It consists of an extremely narrow gorge formed in a conglomerate limestone area on Doon Valley's Dehra plateau.

Guchhupani Dehradun
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Guchhupani Dehradun
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Mussoorie (Queen of the Hills)

At an average altitude of 1,880 metres (6,170 ft), Mussoorie, with its green hills and varied flora and fauna, is a fascinating hill resort. Commanding snow ranges to the north-east, and glittering views of the Doon Valley and Shiwalik ranges in the south, the town was once said to present a 'fairyland' atmosphere to tourists.

Mussourie Hills
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Mussourie Hills
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Nainital (City of lakes)

Nainital, located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, is one of the best resort towns in India. Magnificent views can be obtained of the vast plain to the south, or of the mass of tangled ridges lying north, bounded by the great snowy range which forms the central axis of the Himalayas.

Nainital Lake
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Nainital Hills
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Nainital Lake
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Tungnath

Tungnath is the highest Shiva temple in the world and is one of the five and the highest Panch Kedar temples located in Uttarakhand. The Tunganath (literal meaning: Lord of the peaks) mountains form the Mandakini and Alaknanda river valleys. Located at an altitude of 3,680 m (12,073 ft), and just below the peak of Chandrashila, Tungnath temple is the highest Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be 1000 years old and is the second in the pecking order of the Panch Kedars. It has a rich legend linked to the Pandavas, heroes of the Mahabharata epic.

Tungnath Temple
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Tungnath Temple
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Valley of Flowers

The Valley of Flowers National Park is the second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The credit for the discovery of the Valley of Flowers goes to the British mountaineers Franks S. Smythe and R.L. Holdsworth who incidentally reached this valley after a successful expedition of Mount Kamet in 1931.

Nestled in the west Himalayan region, Valley of Flowers covers a vast expanse of 87.50 sq kms with myriad alpine flowers. Valley of Flowers is situated in at an elevation of 3,658 mts above sea level. You will encounter numerous cascading waterfalls on the route to Valley of Flowers.

Valley of Flowers
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Valley of Flowers
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Yamunotri

The Valley of Flowers National Park is the second core zone of the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. The credit for the discovery of the Valley of Flowers goes to the British mountaineers Franks S. Smythe and R.L. Holdsworth who incidentally reached this valley after a successful expedition of Mount Kamet in 1931.

Yamunotri
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Yamunotri
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Rishikesh

Now lets take you to another town of Rishikesh, sometimes nicknamed "the world capital of Yoga". Located in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, it is known as The Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas. Rishikesh is also famous for ayurvedic treatments. Many ayurveda centres are run where ayurvedic classes are given by ayurvedic doctors. If you are looking for some adventures, Rishikesh is the place to be as it has world class Rafting and Bungee jumping facilities.

Yoga Rishikesh
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Rishikesh Shiva
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Ram Jhula
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Rafting
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Bungee Jumping
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Haridwar

Haridwar is regarded as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus, In Sanskrit, Haridwar stands for Dwara of Hari or Gateway to God, where 'Hari' means God and 'Dwar' means Gate. In ancient times, the city was referred to as Gangadwára, the place where the Ganges descends to the plains. Haridwar is a vegetarian city by law, as well as an alcohol-free city as alcohol is banned in Haridwar, sorry guys can't help it..! ;)

Haridwar
Haridwar
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Haridwar Baba
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FRI(Forest Research Institute)

Established as Imperial Forest Research Institute in 1906, Forest Research Institute(FRI), Dehradun is a premier institution under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE). Set in the sylvan surroundings of Doon Valley, the Forest Research Institute is a proud testimony to the foresight and vision of foresters and administrators of long ago.

FRI Dehradun
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FRI Dehradun
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IIT Roorkee

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (commonly known as IIT Roorkee or IITR), formerly the University of Roorkee (1948-2001) and the Thomason College of Civil Engineering (1853-1948) is one of the oldest educational institutes in India. The IIT Roorkee has a strong entrepreneurial culture, with many alumni who have moved on to found technological and social ventures in India and abroad, and have played an important role in the development of India.

IIT Roorkee
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There so much more but I'll have to stop here, the rest I'll leave to you as I do expect you to visit.
Uttarakhand...Simply Heaven!

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About the Author: Sagar Chauhan

Sagar Chauhan

I'm a Software Engineer by my profession but a wanderer by my spirit.I was born and brought up in the beautiful city Haridwar,India.I feel all the reasons for me to look forward to in my life ultimately boils down to one,Travel ! It motivates me more anything. I seek to explore places, cultures, sunrises, sunsets and most of all experiences.

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Uttarakhand, Mussoorie, Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Haridwar, Robber's Cave, Roorkee, Tungnath, Yamunotri