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Uttarakhand Tourism | How to Plan a Trip to Uttarakhand

Rightly termed "Devabhoomi" or the "abode of the Gods", a tour to Uttarakhand reveals the exotic secrets of nature, while enriching the visitors to the land with a culture that is one of the richest in the world.


  • Valley Of Flowers in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand At a Glance
  • Capital City:Dehradun
  • Average Climate:12°C - 22°C
  • Best Time to Visit:All Year Round
  • Major Airports:Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun
  • Ideal Durations:2 to 15 Days

Uttarakhand Tourism | Uttarakhand Travel Guide

Located in the lap of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand is called "Devabhoomi," meaning "Land of the Gods." It is one of the most gifted tourist destinations in India that was carved out from northern Uttar Pradesh. Uttarakhand became the 27th state of India on 9th November 2000. Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand. It is one of the most beautiful retreats in the sub mountain regions of India, known for its spectacular surroundings. The town sprawls in the Doon Valley, on the watershed of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers.

Translated to 'a part of the North', Uttarakhand is replete with the mesmeric splendor of the North. Its pine-scented slopes, floral valleys, beauteous environs, fresh air, and snow transform it into a destination for every season. Uttarakhand is loaded with plenty of beauty with diversity. Whatever your purpose - family holiday, honeymoon, adventure, or backpacking, Uttarakhand has everything you are looking for! Check out this Uttarakhand travel guide to plan your next vacation to get the best of everything. 

Uttarakhand Travel Guide: Learn everything to know about Uttarakhand Tourism

Why should you visit Uttarakhand?

Uttarakhand is a beautiful state and can be visited for various purposes - religious, spiritual, adventure, or recreation. You can visit the famous sacred Hindu temples such as Panch Kedar, Dhari Devi, Tungnath Temple, or opt for the famous Chardham. Visit its UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Valley of Flowers, to witness the stunning flower species. 

Pleasant weather, snow, adventure activities, scenic beauty, rolling valleys, and meandering rivers make Uttarakhand one of the most popular destinations in India. The state is home to an astounding confluence of five sacred rivers called Panch Prayag. This provides a scenic view when Alaknanda meets Bhagirathi and becomes Ganga.

This excellent Uttarakhand tourism guide is designed to help you plan your trip to Uttarakhand and explore it like a local. 

Hill Stations

 Activities

Pilgrimage

Wildlife

Waterfalls 

Lakes

Festivals

Shopping

Food

  • Mussoorie
  • Auli
  • Nainital
  • Ranikhet
  • Mukteshwar
  • Kausani
  • Lansdown
  • Almora
  • Trekking
  • Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Camping
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paragliding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Badrinath
  • Kedarnath
  • Gangotri
  • Yamunotri
  • Tungnath Temple
  • Rudranath Temple
  • Hemkund Sahib
  • Kempty Falls
  • Mossy Falls
  • Tiger Falls
  • Vasudhara Falls
  • Bhatta Falls
  • Naini Lake
  • Bhimtal
  • Nakuchukia Tal
  • Nanak Sagar
  • Sat Tal
  • Hemkund Lake
  • Tehri Lakes
  • Nanda Devi Mela
  • International Yoga Festival
  • Kumbh Mela
  • Uttarayani Mela
  • Ringaal Handicraft
  • Rambaans handicraft
  • Copperware
  • Wooden Crafts
  • Waxwork
  • Angora and Pashmina,
  • Spices and Pick
  • Aaloo Ke Gutke
  • Kafuli/Kapaa
  • Phaanu
  • Baadi, Rus/Thhatwani
  • Jhangore Ki Kheer

Where is Uttarakhand located?

Uttarakhand is located in the northern part of India. The state borders the Tibet Autonomous Region of China in the north, Uttar Pradesh to the south, the Sudurpaschim Pradesh of Nepal in the east, and Himachal Pradesh in the west and north-west.

How to Reach Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is well connected to the major states of India. You can easily reach Uttarakhand via flights, trains, and roads.

  • By Flight: Uttarakhand has three airports, Jolly Grant Airport or Dehradun Airport, Pantnagar Airport, and Naini Saini Airport. The majority of domestic flights around the country land at Jolly Grant Airport. The airport is located about 30 km away from the city center and can be easily accessed via local transport.
  • By Train: More than 40 railway stations in Uttarakhand are well-connected to several major cities in India, such as Lucknow, Delhi, Kolkata, and Punjab. Haridwar Junction, Rudrapur, Tanakpur, Pantnagar, Kathgodam, Dehradun, Roorkee, and Lal Kuan are important railway stations in Uttarakhand.
  • By Road: The state is well connected via national highways such as NH 108, NH 109, NH 119, NH 121, NH 123, and NH 72A. These highways unite Uttarakhand with other major states of India. UTC (Uttarakhand Transport Corporation) bus service plies within Uttarakhand and adjoining states of Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir.

How to get around Uttarakhand

You can use private cars, shared cabs, state buses, trains, etc., to travel to places in Uttarakhand. Towns like Nainital, Kathgodam, Kotdwar, and Haridwar have railway stations. You can travel via buses or taxi/car to higher altitude places. Buses connect all the major towns and pass through several remote villages. You can also hire or bring your vehicle to quickly get around Uttarakhand.

Best Time to Visit Uttarakhand

March to April and September to October are the best time to visit Uttarakhand. The favorable climate of Uttarakhand attracts tourists throughout the year and helps to enjoy several popular activities and sightseeing.

  • Summer (March to June): Summer is considered the peak season that is enjoyed by adventure lovers as summer opens the gate for amazing, thrilling activities. Bhitauli, a famous festival of Uttarakhand, is celebrated during this time. The famous Char Dham yatra also begins in this season.
  • Monsoon (July to September): Uttarakhand turns lush green in monsoon and is considered the best budget-friendly tour season for those who want to adore the beauty of Uttarakhand. Harela festival marks the beginning of the monsoon. During this festival, the people of Uttarakhand also celebrate the wedding of Lord Shiva to Parvati.
  • Winters (October to February): Winter is the peak season in Uttarakhand. The pleasant weather of the state attracts honeymooners and young couples. Winter is a great season for families to enjoy a peaceful vacation. Winter has a misty atmosphere, chill winds, and beautiful landscapes. Uttarayani Fair is celebrated where masses take a dip in River Saruya. To know more about best tim to travel to Uttarakhand Click here!

Places to Visit in Uttarakhand

The abundant flora and fauna, beautiful hill stations, great wildlife sanctuaries, majestic peaks, tranquil lakes, holy rivers, and embracing culture are great attributes you experience in Uttarakhand. There are a lot of places to visit in Uttarakhand that include hill stations like Nainital, Bhimtal, Ranikhet, Mussoorie, Almora, Dhanaulti, Munsiyari, Lansdowne, Kausani, and Lohaghat.

Things to do in Uttarakhand

Misty Himalayan peaks with unbeatable charm fascinate travelers from near and far. Uttarakhand offers limitless opportunities for exploration and adventure. 

Pilgrimage tours, wildlife exploration, adventure activities, Yoga, and Meditation - there is something for everyone. From its beautiful villages to adventure trekking trails, there are a lot of attractions in Uttarakhand for a captivating experience.

If you are looking for a peaceful vacation in India with ultimate adventure activities, nothing beats Uttarakhand. Along with its scenic surroundings, it is home to one of the major Hindu pilgrimage sites popularly known as Chardham. Adventure sports in Uttarakhand include treks, camps, nature, wildlife, shopping, eating, religious sites, and road trips.

Where to Stay in Uttarakhand

There are various best and unique places to stay in Uttarakhand. From silent valleys to bustling cities, you can find various hotels, resorts, ashrams, camps, guest houses, homestays, and tourist bungalows.

What to Eat in Uttarakhand

Uttrakhand treats you with different flavors and aromas from luxury restaurants to roadside vendors. The food habits change according to the seasons. So, if you visit in winter you will find Mathir and Til Laddus or Madua Rotis, and in summers Dubkas with Chholia Rotis. Savor the Garhwali and Kumaoni food on your Uttarakhand trip.

Festivals and Fairs in Uttarakhand

The Fairs and Festivals in Uttarakhand add color to the people's lives. Some of the famous festivals are Butter Festival (Aug), Kumbh Mela (Jan to Apr), Kanwar Yatra (Jul), Nanda Devi Raj Jaat (Sept), Uttarayani Mela (Jan), Baithaki Holi (Dec/Jan), and Syalde Bikhauti Mela (Apr/May).

Is it safe to visit Uttarakhand?

Yes, it is completely safe for tourists to visit Uttarakhand. However, know about the places you wish to visit to avoid scams. Avoid people asking for donations in the name of religion. Before booking the hotels, read reviews about that hotel for a better holiday experience.

How to save money on a Uttarakhand trip?

  • Travel through local bus and train.
  • Stay at budget places and eat in small restaurants.
  • Avoid unnecessary shopping.
  • Explore places on foot. It allows you to explore and save money at the same time. 

Traveling Tips for Uttarakhand 

  • Be prepared for low signal areas meaning No GPS, no social media, and no online banking.
  • There is not much development in some regions, so try to pay your bills through cash. Always be kind to people in Uttarakhand.
  • They are ready to help you with directions and other stuff.
  • Weather is unpredictable. So, always carry warm clothes with you.
  • Avoid going out at night. Most areas do not have road lights, and you can get attacked by animals.
  • Don’t accept anything, especially food from strangers, even if it is packed. It may be laced with drugs.
  • If any important document gets stolen or lost, immediately inform local police stations. Your documents can be misused.
  • Don’t wear revealing clothing, especially at pilgrimage sites.
  • In smaller villages, people only speak local languages. Learn local phrases.
  • Go with a registered tour guide, if needed. Local guides can charge you extra with inauthentic information.




Faqs about Uttarakhand Tourism

Q: Why is Uttarakhand famous for tourism?

Uttarakhand is one of the most diverse states in India. It offers a perfect melange between flora and fauna housing some of the rare species. Uttarakhand boasts a variety of places where tourists love to spend some time. Here are some of the prominent reasons that would make Uttarakhand famous for tourism.

The most important reason that counts for the popularity of Uttarakhand tourism is the presence of char Dham and other important temples.

  • Rishikesh- The yoga capital of the world is located in Uttarakhand. This city offers a rejuvenating trip to the visitors with the help of ashrams giving meditation and yoga classes. People can also enjoy the Ayurvedic treatment for relaxation.
  • Haridwar- This is one of the most visited places in India by the pilgrims. Temple hopping and offering prayer to the lord is something that delights the visitors. Not to forget the grand Ganga Aarti that happens every day.
  • Uttarakhand is blessed with places like Almora, Binsar, Jageshwar that have pristine natural beauty and delightful attractions.
  • Malsi Deer Park, Rajaji National Park, Corbett Tiger Reserve; are a few of the important wildlife reserves in the state. Wildlife enthusiasts enjoy multiple trips to such places.
  • Be it the water or adventure activities, Uttarakhand has it all. From white water rafting to high-level trekking trails, adventure enthusiasts get it all.
  • Needless to say that Uttarakhand has some of the best and most visited hill stations, some of which are still offbeat.
Q: What are the famous cities in Uttarakhand?

All the cities, towns, hamlets, hill stations of Uttarakhand are splendid and unique in their ways. Here are some amazing places you can plan on visiting next in the land of gods:

  • Best hill stations- Nainital, Mussoorie, Ranikhet, Mukteshwar, Mussoorie, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, and Auli
  • Best places for adventure lovers- Rishikesh, Nainital, Auli, Chopta, Lansdowne, Pangot, and Harsil
  • Best places for Nature Lovers- Valley of Flowers, Dehradun, Munsiyari, Chakrata, Patal Bhavaneshwar, Pangot, Almora, and Kanatal
  • Best pilgrim places- KarnaPrayag, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri, Gangotri, and Nainital
Q: What are the Uttarakhand tourism guidelines?

Some of the important guidelines for visitors wanting to visit Uttarakhand are given below:

  • Tourists must have an RT-PCR or they should be vaccinated with double dozes. And the doses should have been a minimum of 15 days ago.
  • The inbound visitors should register themselves before entering the state. They can register on the smart city web portal of Dehradun.
  • The people of Uttarakhand traveling intracity would not have to show any kind of report.
  • People who wish to go for a trek will have to follow the stringent rules that the government or the officials ask them.
  • Visitors wanting to go for their Char Dham Yatra should check the latest guidelines here!
Q: What is the famous food of Uttarakhand?

Like any other state of India, Uttarakhand is also a great place for food lovers. It has a different taste and style of making the same dish you get in many other places. Here are some of the famous food items of the state.

  • Non Vegetarian dishes- Garhwali Bhuna Mutton, Pahadi Chicken
  • Vegetarian dishes- Sisunaak Saag, Chudkaani, Dubke, Baadi, Aaloo ke Gutke, Phaanu, Aloo ka Jhol, Chainsoo
  • Sides and starters- kheerein ka Raita, Kumaoni Raita, Bhang ki chutney, Thechua
  • Sweet dishes- Singori, Gulgula, Arsa, Jhangore ki Kheer
Q: Which are famous hill stations in Uttarakhand?

The famous hill station in Uttarakhand are:

  • Nainital
  • Mussoorie
  • Bhimtal
  • Naukuchiatal
  • Auli
  • Mukteshwar
  • Lansdowne