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16 February 2021 | 4 min read

Top 6 Places To Visit In Uttarakhand

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Uttarakhand, popularly known as ‘Devbhoomi’ or ‘Land of Gods’ is full of beauty, natural mysteries, adventure, spirituality and more! In short, it has everything to be on your travel bucket list. Resting in the lap of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand allures travellers of all age group, across geographies, with its numerous tourist attractions that are perfect for visiting with family and friends. Northern India has become a favourite tourist destination as you can visit here any time of the year thanks to its huge variety of destinations and pleasant weather. We have rounded up some of the best destinations in Uttarakhand to help you plan your next trip. Hope it helps!

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1. Rishikesh

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The infectious divine vibe and rustic touch of Rishikesh make it one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. From spiritual souls to adventure enthusiasts to yoga lover, this place is simply a heaven for all. It is renowned as ‘Yoga Capital of The World’ and hosts International Yoga Festival every year since 1999.
Best time to visit: It welcomes tourists throughout the year; however, the ideal time to visit Rishikesh is from August to October.
Things to do:

  • Water sports adventures
  • Take a dip in the holy Ganga, best way to indulge in divinity
  • Trekking up in the hills
  • Camping

Must-visit spots:

  • Ram and Laxman Jhula for a breath-taking view of the Ganga river
  • The Beatles Ashram for best of the graffiti artwork
  • Rajaji National Park for an unforgettable jungle safari
  • Triveni Ghat for Ganga aarti
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

2. Jim Corbett National Park

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It is a wildlife sanctuary that’s home to around 600 species of birds, 400 types of trees and myriad exotic animals. The jungle safari in Jim Corbett National Park lets you spot tigers and other wild animals in their natural habitat. That’s why this national park is a perfect escape from the busy city life. Exquisitely engrossed by reverie belts, hills, grasslands and waterholes, Jim Corbett is pure bliss for nature buffs and wildlife fanatics.
Best time to visit: You can plan your trip depending on your interest. If you love bird watching, you should visit the national park in winters, and for those who enjoy spotting the animals, summer is the best time.
Things to do:

  • Elephant safari
  • Jeep safari
  • Canter Safari

Must-visit spots:

  • Garjiya Devi Temple
  • Jim Corbett National Museum
  • Scenic Corbett Waterfall

3. Dehradun

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Being a city of picturesque beauty and the capital of the Uttarakhand, Dehradun is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. Having a plethora of options to explore, Dehradun attracts tourists from around the world.
Best time to visit:
March to June is the best time to visit this stunning place to beat the summer heat with its pleasant weather.
Things to do:

  • Shop for woollens, handicrafts, and clothes at the Paltan Bazaar
  • Try out delicious Garhwali food
  • Paragliding
  • River rafting
  • Fishing

Must-visit spots:

  • Six-sided Ghanta Ghar
  • Nanaksar Gurdwara
  • Mindrolling Monastery
  • Lacchiwalla
  • Robber’s Cave
  • Malsi Deer Park
  • Tapkeshwar Mandir

4. Nainital

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Situated right in the lap of Naini Lake, Nainital is one of the best tourist place in Uttarakhand. It is surrounded by majestic mountains from every corner and exudes a grand view of Himalayas. The City of Lakes, Nainital gets its name from Naini Lake which is located at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas.
Best time to visit:
Here the weather is good throughout the year, however, people prefer coming to Nainital between March and June.
Things to do:

  • Shop for woollens, handicrafts, jewellery, and souvenir at Mall Road
  • Go for trekking
  • Romantic boat rides
  • Yachting
  • Savour Pahari cuisine or authentic Tibetan food
  • Cable car ride

Must-visit spots:

  • Naina Devi Temple
  • Snow Viewpoint
  • China Peak

5. Ranikhet

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Refresh your senses with the simple natural beauty of Ranikhet. It is a hill station that was developed by the Britishers around ancient temples. Now it’s a popular tourist place in Uttarakhand. Ranikhet is immensely popular for its views of the Nanda Devi Peak, trekking ranges, golf courses, orchards, and temples.
Best time to visit:
March to October and September to February
Things to do:

  • Go for a refreshing walk through the orchards
  • Seek divine blessings at temples
  • Trekking
  • Fishing
  • Paragliding

Must-visit spots:

  • Chaubatia Orchards
  • Majhkhali
  • Bhalu Dam
  • Haidakhan Babaji Temple
  • Golf Course
  • Dwarahat

6. Pithoragarh

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Pithoragarh is a small town that’s fondly referred to as the ‘Little Kashmir’. Dotted with tranquil temples, villages, fort, and dense forests, this place is a blessing in disguise for avid travels. This town is mostly bustling with tourists as it serves as the stopover for pilgrims on their way to Kailash Mansarover.
Best time to visit:
From April to November
Things to do:

  • Riverside camping
  • Shop at the local market
  • Meditate
  • Fishing

Must-visit spots:

  • Ashok Sanctuary
  • Didihat
  • Gangolihat
  • Kapileshwar Temple
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