Uttaranchal, located to the north of the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, has several places worthy of tourist attraction in its large expanse of territory. From the glaciers in the mountains to heritage cities like Allahabad in the plains, this state offers diverse places for travel and sightseeing.
Needless to say, the hill stations, the glaciers, the pilgrimage sites in the Himalayas as well as the national parks attract more tourists than any other place in Uttaranchal. The number of hill stations which have been developed in this state for tourism are numerous and each has its own unique features to explore and visit.
The most numerous are the hill stations in Uttaranchal. Mussoorie leads the way as the Queen of the hills, being one of the most popular hill stations amongst tourists in the North. Located at a height of 2000 m above sea level, Uttaranchal tourism Mussoorie is most developed. From luxurious resorts to holiday packages as well as adventure tours, one is spoilt for choice at this awesome holiday destination.
Other popular hill station destinations in this state include Mukteshwar, Pithoragarh, Lansdowne, Ranikhet amongst others. Lansdowne is a particularly rich natural hill resort to visit with thick oak and pine forests and devoid of the commercial activities of other popular hill stations. Ranikhet, located at an altitude of 1829 m above sea level, is a favored destination for many. With lush greenery and flower filled valleys, this town is well connected to Almora, another hilly destination as well as Nainital. It is the headquarters of the Kumaon regiment. Kausani, Almora, Nainital are other famous hill stations in this state.
There are several world famous glaciers in the northern Uttarkashi district of this state. Since most of the major rivers of North India originate from this state, their origins may be found in the glaciers of the northern most part of the state. Uttaranchal tourism development corporation is responsible for having made these glaciers favored tourist destinations. Due to motorable roads and paths carved out even on the high ranges of the mountains, it is possible for tourists to trekk or drive up to the glacier points and witness the source of great rivers such as the Ganges. Gangotri glacier is the origin of this great river and it is located at a height of nearly 7000 m above sea level. Several other glaciers such as Bunder Punch Glacier, Khatling Glacier, Doonagiri Glacier are amongst the several glaciers located in the northern Himalayas in this state.
Then again, wildlife national reserves are other places of tourist attraction in this state. The wildlife at Garhwal, Jim Corbett National Park are promoted by Uttaranchal tourism for people to witness the dense forests in these areas and the wild life of various species here.
Uttaranchal tourism development corporation also helps to promote various adventurous activities and sports such as white water rafting, trekking, camping, skiing, paragliding amongst others in the state.
Thus, Uttaranchal tourism and Uttaranchal tourism development corporation have lot of travel and tourist worthy places to offer and promote in the state of Uttaranchal.