Holidays in Uttaranchal
The state of Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand is blessed with magnificent snow clad mountains of the mighty Himalayas, frozen glaciers which have given rise to the main rivers of North India and are sites of pilgrimage for Hindus all over the world. With numerous picturesque hill stations, holy places and summer retreats, holidays in Uttaranchal are much in demand amongst Indians across the country and even from abroad.
If you are looking at holidays in Uttaranchal which would cover most of the scenic hill stations, then you need quite a few days in hand to cover the numerous hill resorts which are located in this state. At the foothills of the Himalayas lies the well developed hill station of Mussoorie which is a favorite amongst people of Delhi due to the close proximity of this hill station to the city. Equally popular are other places such as Nainital, the most popular destination of the Kumaon region in Uttaranchal, Kasauni with its vivid beauty of the Himalayas in the Kumaon region, the historic towns of Almora, Srinagar and so forth.
Uttaranchal is known as the main seat of pilgrimage for the Hindus. The main holy places most visited by the Hindus include Rishikesh, Hardwar, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. These are usually covered in the Char Dham tours attended mostly by Hindu tourists, seeking salvation in the places of worship of their main Gods and the origin of the holy rivers of North India.
The pilgrimage tours usually start with a visit to Haridwar and Rishikesh, which are known as the gateway to the four pilgrimage sites. Here the Ganges river becomes calmer and broader and people take holy dips in the numerous ghats in these two cities to purify their mind, body and soul. Kedar is the place where, according to legend, the Panch Pandavas worshipped lord Shiva to purge their sins of having killed their cousin brothers in war. Gangotri is the place of origin of the holy river Ganges and people come here to pay their tribute to the Goddess Ganga at the Gangotri temple. Yamunotri, lying in the opposite direction to Gangotri, pays tribute to the origin of the second holy river called Yamuna. Badrinath is considered to the prime place of pilgrimage amongst all these places. Here Lord Badri or Lord Shiva is the main God of the region who, as per legend, meditated on earth at this site and absorbed the ferocious power of Goddess Ganga and made possible her journey on earth to save humanity.
Besides these, tourism in Uttaranchal also promotes other types of holidays. Fro those who love adventure, the Char Dham tours become trekking tours through the mountainous countryside. Then again, there are ample spots which are famous for mountaineering activities. National parks such as Jim Corbet, Nanda Devi are famous for their rich reserve of wild animals. Thus, holidays in Uttaranchal can be varied and interesting in many ways.