Uttarakhand is a beautiful and scenic state and also known as Dev Bhoomi. The state is divided between the Garhwal and Kumaon hills. The capital city of the state is Dehradun. Uttarakhand is on the list of every traveler. With views of the great snow-covered mountains, lush greenery, vibrant culture, gushing waterfalls, rivers, spirituality, and temples all around, the place holds a special place in every traveler’s heart. One can enjoy so many amazing activities in Uttarakhand but few of them are a must to do.
10 things to do in Uttarakhand that will give you an unforgettable experience:
As you all know apart from known as the rest and relaxing holiday destination from the hustle-bustle of the cities, Uttarakhand is also famous for a trekking adventure. Trekking in the Garhwal Himalayas always gives you amazing surprises. The captivating views of mountains, beautiful streams, waterfalls, lush greenery, and peace.
Here are some popular trekking destinations:
- Kuari Pass Trek
- Har ki Dun
- Nag Tibba’
- Chopta- Chandrashila Trek
- Valley of Flowers
- Roopkund Trek
- Kedarnath Vasuki trek
- Kedarkantha Trek
- Bedni- Bugyal Trek
- Pindari Glacier
- Nanda Devi Sanctuary
- Milam Glacier & Nanda Devi East BC Trek
- Kedartal Trek
- Gomukh Tapovan
- Auden Col Trek
- Dodital Bhamsaru Khal Trek
Uttarakhand is also famous for white water rafting. Rafting is the real famous adventure sport in Uttarakhand. Rishikesh is a perfect spot to experience rafting in the holy Ganga. The adventure will take you through the rocky mountains, forests, and splashing water of Ganga. There are a lot of destinations for rafting like Indus, Kullu-Manali, Yamuna river, Tons River, Kameng River, Lohit River, Spiti river, Zanskar river, Barapole (Coorg), River Bhagirathi, Alaknanda river, Teesta, and Brahmaputra river.
With lofty mountains, serene beauty, splashing rivers, gushing waterfalls, and peaceful surroundings all around. Camping is another beautiful activity which you can experience in Uttarakhand. Pitching your camp in between the lush greenery with the majestic views of the snow-capped mountains. Spend your days away from the hustle-bustle of cities and breathe some fresh air and feel peace all around. Some of the popular places for camping are- Rishikesh, Kanatal, Dhanaulti, Tons Valley, Chopta, Dayara Bugyal, Kedarkantha, etc. Summer and winter are best to do camping in the mountains with spectacular views of nature.
- Valley of Flowers
A beautiful valley which is nestled in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The valley of flowers is perched at an elevation of 3,858m and is covered with a huge and unique variety of Flora (wildflowers). It is also a beautiful trekking destination where a lot of tourists visit every year from all over the world. You will also spot some birds and insects species too. The valley of flowers comes under the UNESCO world heritage site.
Rishikesh is the Yoga capital of the world. A lot of people from all across the world visit Rishikesh to learn yoga and for spiritual studies. Uttarakhand is known as Dev Bhoomi where you will see a lot of gurus and saints. Parmath Niketan is a famous yoga center located on the banks of Ganga. One can experience or learn yoga & meditation. A lot of ashrams are there like Sanskriti Yogpeeth, Swami Dayanand Ashram, Osho Ganga ashram, Sivananda ashram and a few more.
- Rajaji National Park
Uttarakhand is also blessed with rich variety of flora & fauna. Rajaji National Park is a wildlife sanctuary nestled in the Shivalik Ranges in the area of 820.42 sq km. Here, you can see dense forests of sal, alpine, mixed, scrubland, and grassy forest. The park has a huge species of birds, mammals, and animals. Elephants are easily spotted while taking a safari ride of the sanctuary. Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary is a paradise for animal and nature lovers.
- Kempty Falls
Another beautiful and hidden gem of Uttarakhand, Kempty falls is a popular tourist attraction nestled at 4500m located in the Dehradun- Mussorie Highway. The place is a popular picnic spot and the best time to visit is in the summer months to beat the heat. Kempty falls give panoramic views of the waterfalls from the mountains. The place is good for swimming, bathing, and sightseeing. From the last few years, the place gains popularity.
- Evening Aarti at Haridwar.
If you visit the holy state, do not miss the glamourous aarti on the banks of the sacred river, Ganga. The positive aura will take your soul to another world. The view of the river with the floating lamps is mesmerizing and something you can’t forget for all your life. Har ki Pauri is the famous Ghat where you can enjoy the beautiful evening aarti. It is a must activity to do in Uttarakhand. You will feel a connection with the divine and your soul will be filled with peace.
- Bungee Jumping
A must adventure to do when in Uttarakhand. Bungee Jumping is nothing but jumping from a cliff with a rope tied on your foot. Flying in the air and touching the ground is something that is adventurous and thrilling. Mohanchatti is the famous spot for bungee jumping where you see the amazing views of the lofty mountains and the river Ganga. You will meet there a lot of instructors who will teach you techniques and guide you for this adventure. You can also try your hand on other things like Kayaking, paintball, body- surfing, volleyball, white water rafting, trekking, camping, etc.
A beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand, Kasauli is perched at an elevation of 1,890m in the Bageshwar district and also a renowned holiday destination. You can enjoy the spectacular views of the Himalayan peaks like Trishul, Nanda, and Panchchuli. With the scenic landscapes, Kasauni is famous for tea estate which is nothing but tea plantations or gardens. The tea estate is at an elevation of 1800m and you will see rich and different varieties of tea.
Must do all these things whenever you visit Uttarakhand with your family or friends. The scenic state has a lot to offer and always surprise you with amazing places. Plan your next trip to Uttarakhand and experience the serene beauty and tranquil surroundings.