Uttarakhand is popularly known as Devbhumi, or the Land of the Gods due to a large number of Hindu temples and pilgrimage centers found throughout the state.
Updated: October 10, 2018
Uttarakhand is popularly known as Devbhumi, or the Land of the Gods due to a large number of Hindu temples and pilgrimage centers found throughout the state. It is blessed with immense natural beauty and sublime spirituality. It borders Tibet to the north, the Sudurpashchim Pradesh of Nepal to the east, the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh to the south and Himachal Pradesh to the west and north-west as well as Haryana on its south-western corner. The state is divided into two divisions, Garhwal and Kumaon, with a total of 13 districts. The interim capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun.
The name of Uttarakhand is derived from the Sanskrit words uttara which mean north, and khand mean land. Together simply meaning Northern Land.
Formerly known as Uttaranchal, the place comprises of scintillating view of the Himalayas. With oaks, birches, silver firs and rhododendrons adorning the steep mountain slopes, Uttarakhand has simplistic and harmonic coexistence with nature.
As it is the originating spot of the Ganga and the Yamuna, two of the most sacred rivers for Hindus, it has many popular pilgrimage site. Every year thousands of tourists visit Uttarakhand to pay homage to the Char Dhams as it is the home to the Char Dhams that include Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath.
The calm, cooling air of Uttarakhand double your joy with many ancient temples, forest reserves, national parks, hill stations, and mountain peaks.
Mussoorie, Nainital, Dhanaulti, Lansdowne, Sattal, Almora, Kausani, Bhimtal, and Ranikhet are some of the famous hill stations of India in Uttarakhand that you must visit for relaxation.
The state has 12 National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries. Jim Corbett National Park, is the oldest national park and a major tourist attraction. The park has varied wildlife and Project Tiger run by the Government of India. Rajaji National Park is known for its elephants. In addition, the state has Valley of Flowers National Park and Nanda Devi National Park in Chamoli District, which together are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The place is full of hills and mountains and is suitable for trekking, climbing, skiing, camping, rock climbing, and paragliding. Roopkund is a trekking site. Whitewater rafting in Rishikesh is a recent development in adventure tourism in the region.