The Abode of Gods.
Mysterious, beautiful, colourful and exotic, such is the land of Uttaranchal. It is one of the best tourist destinations of India. It is the 27th state of India and is popularly known as the “Lands of Gods”, as the state abounds in pilgrimage centres. The enchanting land is blessed with several tourist attractions, which plays an important role in the economy of the state. From snow-capped mountain peaks to scenic beauty, hill stations, beautiful valleys, pilgrimage centres and fascinating wildlife, the wonderful Uttaranchal has so much to offer to its tourists.
Covering an area of 51,125 sq km of which 93% is mountainous and 64 % is covered by forest, Uttaranchal is a state located in the northern part of India. Uttaranchal is a part of the Western Himalayan range starting from the Shivalik foothills to Greater Himalayas.
The charming land of Uttaranchal boasts of several tourist attractions such as wildlife sanctuaries, trekking routes, glaciers, passes, meadows. The famous wildlife sanctuaries of the state are Jim Corbett National Park, Rajaji National Park, Nanda Devi National Park and Govind National Park. Haridwar, Rishikesh,Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinath, Bhimgoda Kund, Kedarnath, Chakrata hill resort, Dehradun, Almora, Ranikhet, Mussoorie hill station, Garhwal and Kumaon are some of the most happening tourist destinations of Uttaranchal.
Flora And Fauna
Uttaranchal is rich in flora and fauna. Most of the region of the state is covered with forest consisting of a wide variety of vegetation. The alpine and tropical rainforests dominate the land of Uttaranchal. The flame of the forest, jacaranda, yellow laburnum, pines, oak are some of the trees found in the forests. Well known fruit trees found in the state are plums and peaches, whereas the floral species include geraniums, asters, lilies, roses, anemones, marigold, primula, gerberas, dahlias, hydrangeas, gladiolas etc. The state also has a wide variety of medicinal plants and herbs. Several wildlife species including the endangered ones are inhabitants of the wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks of Uttaranchal. Some of the wildlife destinations of the state are Jim Corbett National Park, Rajaji National Park, Nanda Devi National Park, Rajaji National Park, Valley Of Flowers National Park, Gangotri National Park and Govind National Park. Uttaranchal is home to around 230 varieties of birds, which makes it a bird's paradise. Some of the birds sighted here are babblers, tits, bulbuls, warblers, minivets, woodpeckers, pigeons , myna, the colourful barbets, the sunbird, the red billed magpie, the jungle myna, the long tailed minivet and Himalayan bulbul. A wide range of beautiful and colourful butterflies are also spotted in Uttaranchal.
Having their own distinctive quality, the Wildlife Resorts of Uttranchal are the perfect destinations for exploring the wildlife of the state. Fitted with modern facilities, some of the well known wildlife resorts of Uttaranchal are Corbett Jungle Lodge,Tiger Camp, Corbett Hideaway, Corbett Ramganga Resort, Corbet Riverside Resort, Infinity Resort, Solluna Resort and Corbett Riverview Retreat.
Safaris In Uttaranchal
The safaris in Uttranchal are full of adventure and thrill. Travellers can enjoy and explore the wonderful state of Utaranchal by embarking on various safaris. Uttaranchal has several hilly regions, jungles and wildlife sanctuaries, which beckon the travellers. You can go on an elephant safari or Jeep safari when it comes to exploring the wildlife sanctuaries - the choice is yours. Jeep safaris are more comfortable and convenient when one needs to cover long distances. Elephant safaris on the other hand are mainly for fun. Jeep safaris are also organised to explore the villages and hilly regions. Some of the hilly areas of Uttaranchal can be best explored by horse safari.
Being a culturally rich state, Uttaranchal offers a wide variety of handicrafts available in its numerous markets. Wood craft is the most famous arts of the state, and is also very popular among tourists. One can find several types of wood crafts in the bustling markets. The local artisans are skilled in carving out wonderful items out of wood, bamboo and cane. Good quality rice and tea are the other specialities of Uttaranchal. One can also buy beautiful and colourful woollens like sweaters, cardigans and shawls from the markets. Beautiful paintings and ornaments are other shopping items.
Uttaranchal is divided into two main regions: hilly terrain and plain region. In the plains, the summers are hot and winters can be very cold. Winters in hilly terrain sees heavy snowfall. The temperature in winters can go below 5°C, the monsoon is characterized by heavy rainfall, and the summers are hot with temperature going over 40°C.
Best Time To Visit Uttaranchal
The best time to visit Uttaranchal is from April to July.
How To Reach
By Air: The Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun connects the state with various cities and states of India. Another airport is at Pantnagar.
By Rail: The state of Uttaranchal is well connected to various other states of India through railways. The important railway stations of Uttaranchal are, Haridwar and Kathgodam.
By Road: Uttaranchal is well connected to most regions of India by a good network of roads. Dehradun, the capital city of Uttaranchal is well connected to many places of North India by regular bus service.
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