55,848 sq. km
No. of District
Summer - Max: 45; Min: 21.9 Winter -
Max: 31.7; Min: 4.2
Uttaranchal Hill Stations and Char
Best Time to Go
April to July
blessed with magnificent glaciers , majestic
snow-clad mountains, gigantic and ecstatic peaks, valley of flowers, skiing
slopes and dense forests, this Abode of Gods includes many shrines and places of
pilgrimage. The Great Himalayan Range forms the backbone of the Garhwal and
Kumaon regions of Uttaranchal. In Eestern Garhwal, it includes the Swargarohini
range with Swargarohini I (6,252m) at the head of the Tons River, and the
Bandarpunch range, including Bandarpunch (6,316m) forming the main divide
between the headwaters of the Yamuna and the Bhagirathi Rivers.
Tourist Places in Uttaranchal
This old centre of the Raj is situated in the broad Doon Valley between
the Siwaliks and the front range of the Himalaya. The hill station
Mussoorie can be seen, 34km away, on the high ranges above the valley.
Dehradun the capital city of
Uttarachal is a complete blend of city and hill culture. It is set in
the foot hills of Himalayas at the centre of the 120 kms long Doon
Valley. The name Dehradun is literally made up of two words where Dera
means Camp and Dun stands for Valley.
The beautiful town is
referred as the gateway to Mussoorie and Garhwal interior. Dehra Dun is
at the centre if a forest area and the Forest Research Institute is
here. The town is a major academic and research center and the base for
the Indian Military Academy and the survey of India. It is perhaps one
of the oldest cities in India and was occupied in turns by the Sikhs,
Mughals and Gurkhas before coming under the reigns of the British. Elite
educational and other institutions were established during the British
location, at the point where the Ganges emerges from the Himalaya to
begin its slow progress across the plains, makes it a particularly Holy
Place. There are many ashrams here but you may find Rishikesh (24 km to
the North) more pleasant, especially if you wish to study meditation.
Haridwar means Gateway to the Gods, but it seems like any other noisy
town. Haridwar is believed to be one of the seven holiest places
according to Hindu mythology. According to the ancient scriptures
Haridwar is also called Mayapuri, Gangadwarand, Mokshadwar as the God are
believed to have left their footprints in Haridwar so that every Human
being can follow the path of salvation. Hardier has always been a major
Shaktipeeth for the devotees because the holiest of all rivers; the
great Ganga; flows through this.
Things to See
Haridwar is a very old town, mentioned by the Chinese scholar/traveler
Xuan Zhang in the 8th centuary AD, but its many temples were constructed
comparatively recently, and are of little historical interest, although
they do have many idols and illustrated scenes from the Hindi
Har-Ki-Pauri: Har-Ki-Pauri – the sacred Ghat was constructed by King
Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. It is believed that
Bhartihari eventually came to Haridwar to meditate by the banks of the
holy Ganga. When he died, his brother constructed the Ghat in his name
which later came to be known as Har-Ki-Pauri. This sacred bathing ghat
is also known as Brahmakund. The reflection of golden hues of floral
diyas in the river Ganga is the most enchanting sight in the twilight
during the Ganga Arti Ceremony. It is the most important ghat on the
river Ganga, where a holy dip is a must for every devotee.
Rajaji National Park
beautiful Park, covering 820 sq km in the forested foothills east of
Haridwar, is best known for its wild elephants, numbering around 150 in
all. Unfortunately, their future is in question since human
competition for land has served their traditional migration route, which
once stretched from here to the area which is now par of Corbett Tiger
Reserve, 170 km to the east (see the Corbett Tiger Reserve Section,
later in this chapter). Plans for a migration corridor would involve
moving several villages and have become bogged down in the usual
bureaucracy. Spread over an
area of 820.42 sq Kms., Rajaji is a magni- ficient ecosystem nestled in
the Shivalik ranges and the beginning of the vast Indo – Gangetic
plains, thus representing vegetationof several distinct zones and forest
types like Sal forests, Reverine forests, Board –leaved mixed forests,
Scrubland and grassy. It posses as many as 23 species of mammals and 315
birds species.The abundance of nature’s bounties heaped in and around
this park, are bound to attract a large number of wildlife
conservationists, nature lovers and eco-friends to visit this most
breathtaking wilderness area.
Rajaji National Park is
distinct for its pristine scenic beauty and rich bio- diversity. A
paradise for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts, the wildlife of the
park is blessed with elephants, tigers, leopards, deer and ghorals as
its best known life forms Three sancturies in the Western U.P.,
Shivaliks- Rajaji, Motichur and Chilla were amalgamated into a large
protected area and named Rajaji National Park in the year 1983 after the
famous freedom fighter Late Sri C. Rajgopalachari; Popularly known as "Rajaji".
This area is the North Western Limit of Asian elephants.
"about Adventure in Uttaranchal"
"Uttarakhand Himalaya Uttaranchal"
Tour Packages & Travel
Hotels in Uttaranchal
to Main Index