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    Area
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  • 55,845 sq. km
  • Population
  • :
  • 7 million
  • Capital
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  • Dehradun (Interim)
  • Languages
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  • Garhwali, Kumaoni & Hindi
  • Best Time to Visit
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  • September to October & mid April to mid June

Introduction:

Uttaranchal 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.

Char-dhams, the four most sacred and revered Hindu temples: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are nestled in the Mighty Mountains.

Baijnath A picturesque state, with a breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayas, Uttaranchal promises its tourists a visit full of fun and unforgettable moments.

Places of Interest in Uttaranchal
Badrinath, Chamoli, Chardham, Chilla Wildlife, Corbett Wildlife, Dehradun, Gangotri, Haridwar, Joshimath, Mukteshwar, Mussoorie, Nainital, Rajaji Wildlife, Yamunotri, Garhwal Region Uttaranchal

Uttaranchal 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.

Char-dhams, the four most sacred and revered Hindu temples: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are nestled in the Mighty Mountains.

A picturesque state, with a breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayas, Uttaranchal promises its tourists a visit full of fun and unforgettasble moments.

Kumaon Region Uttaranchal

Extending from the northern end of the Ganga plains right up to Tibet, Kumaon's endless panorama of scenic wonders is nothing short of romance with pristine and soul-lifting nature itself. Kumaon consists of districts of Nainital, Udham Singh Nagar, Almora and Pithoragarh.

Ritha Sahib The land of Jim Corbett's legendary exploits, it lies due east of Garhwal from which it is separated by the eastern and southern flanks of Nanda Devi sanctuary leading down along the valley of the Ramganga.

The nearest airport for Kumaon is Pantnagar, 71 kms, from Nainital, 118 kms, from Ranikhet and 127 kms from Almora.

The newly developed Naini Saini Airport at Pithoragarh shall also start, connecting Kumaon in near future with other parts of the country through commercial flights.

The last railhead for Kumaon is Kathgodam on the main metre gauge line from Lucknow. From Kathgodam. regular bus services are provided by UP Roadways and the Kumaon Motor Owners Union, to Nainital (55 kms). Alrnora (90 kms) and Ranikhet (84 kms) etc.

The beautiful scenery and the colourful life of Kurnaon, wrapped in the scenic wonders of many lesser known hill stations like Bageshwar, Binsar, Chaukori. Champavat, Kausani, Mukteshwar. Munsyari, Ranikhet, Sitlakhet besides many other popular hill stations are waiting to be discovered.

Pilgrimage in Uttaranchal

BAIJNATH:

It is an important pilgrimage and historic centre. A group of ancient temples dating back to the 12th and 13th century line the banks. Line the banks of the Gomti river.

RITHA SAHIB :

(62 KMS.)

An important religious centre of the Sikhs.

PUNYAGIRI:

(20 KMS)

Jageshwar Temple One of the most important religious centres around Pithoragarh, the Punyagiri temple, dedicated to Maa Punyagiri is atop a rocky pinnacle.

JAGESHWAR:
Home to a cluster of 164 temples which bear eloquent testimony to the arcitectural excellence achieved during the period of the Chand Rajas, jageshwar is at a distance of 34 kms from Almora.

BAGESHWAR:
Often equated with Varanasi is divinity, situated at the confluence of the Gomti and Saryu rivers where the valley spreads into a wide expanse, it is a picturesque 36 km drive down from Kausani.

Pilgrim Places in Garhwal GANGOTRI:

The sacred shrine situated at an altitude of 3,200 mts ,the source of the river bhagirathi , surrounded by the montain peaks of shivling & satopanth, accessible by motorable road , is one of the most pious pilgrimages.

YAMUNOTRI:

in the shadow of the 6,315 mts. high bandarpunch mountain, lies the source of the river yamuna, last roadhead is hanumanchatti from where one has to trek 13 kms. to the shrine.

BADRinATH:

Abode of lard vishune nestled in the lap of nar-narayan parvat , with the towering neelkanth peak in the background. The source of the river alaknanda, it is one of the most revered hindu shrines of India and lies on a motorable road.

KEDARNATH:

A scenic spot situated against the backdrop of the majestic kedarnath range at an altitude of 3,581 mts. the kedarnath shrine, a 14 km. Trek from gaurikund, is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of lord shiva.

HEMKUND SAHIB:

Hemkund Sahib Associated with guru govind singh , the tenth guru of the sikhsA it is situated at an altitude of 4,320 mts. Aabove sea level on the bank of lake Hemkund.

JOSHIMATH:
Situated on the slopes above the confluence of alknanda and dhauliganga rivers is the winter home of the lord of badrinath , jushimath has many important temples incloding the temple of ugra narsimha devoted to the half-lion half-man incarnation of lord vishnu.

Art Heritage of Uttaranchal

Himalaya is a Sanskrit word meaning abode of snow. It is the tallest mountain range, whose spiny ridges spread out halfway across the world's largest continent; The formidable range with at least eighty peaks above 20,000 feet, the snow covered silvery summits spread out beyond the horizon, gigantic glaciers, high plateaux, the magnificent roaring dark gorges, are an awe inspiring spectacle that transcends description.

But this great abode of snow is more than ice, snow and rock. Since antiquity it has been home of a great diversity of people, who have developed many magnificent cultures. With passage of time all these become one with the great wonderland, Hill woman bedecked with Jewellery that is India.

Like many other, the culture of Garhwal and Kumaon have their rich and definite contributions to the ocean of great Indian Culture.

The traditions folk art of the region was preserved in its original form, since Garhwal and Kumaon were inaccessible in the past, due to the high mountain ranges and rugged topography.







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