Scenic locales coupled with some of the most important centers of pilgrimage in India, the beautiful province of Uttarakhand has a bit of everything to offer the tourists to her land. However, perhaps the most important contributor in popularizing tourism in Uttarakhand is the state's rich culture, which is a fine blend of exoticism as well as philosophy. Often considered to be the heartland of Hindu culture, the culture of Uttarakhand is truly one of the most important tourist attractions of Uttarakhand.
The main areas of determining the culture of the province of Uttarakhand are:
Known as Garhwali or Kumaoni, the people of Uttarakhand take pride in their origin, separating themselves with the rest of the people of India by the term "pahari", meaning the "people of the mountains". Almost 90% of the population of Uttarakhand is Hindus, with some of the major centers of Hinduism in India being located in the Uttarakhand.
The main language used in Uttarakhand is the language of Garhwali and is widely used in its colloquial form almost all around the state of Uttarakhand. However, for tourists planning a tour to Uttarakhand, this should present no cause of worry as Hindi is used extensively in almost all the parts of the state of Uttarakhand. Almost each part of the state has a special dialect of the language of Garhwali, a trait which can be best illuminated by the various songs and verses of the locals, one of the most charming things to watch out for while on a holiday in Uttarakhand.