Place to visit in Uttrakhand
Uttarakhand can be defined as Pilgrimage Capital of India as it is full of spiritual places. Whether it Kedarnath, Tunganath, or Badrinath, this Indian state has many places to offer. The place that we are going to talk about here is Haridwar.
Rishikesh is 15km for Haridwar and located in Uttrakhand. It is widely famous for adventure sports, as it is opening the gates for all sorts of adventure sports activities, from rafting to paragliding, bunjeejumping, and ropeways. If you are an adventure lover then Rishikesh must be in your travel list.
The name Haridwar means “The Doorway To Lord Vishnu,” in Sanskrit. Many people travel to the holy city of Haridwar for religious pilgrimages. The distance between this city and Rishikesh, the world’s centre of yoga, is 28 kilometres. The name Gangadwara, which means “The doorway of the Ganga,” is given to this city by the holy river Ganga, which flows through Haridwar for 157 kilometres.
A little village called Shivpuri in Uttarakhand, 16 kilometres away from Rishikesh. Due to the abundance of Shiva temples, the area is known as Shivpuri, which means the house of Lord Shiva. On the banks of the Ganges River, in the small rural community of Shivpuri, which is also well-known for being a river rafting destination.
Joshimath is a gateway to for several places at a single place like Auli, Badrinath, Mana, Nanda Devi National Park etc. Joshimath, also known as Jyotirmath, is a city and a municipal board in Chamoli District in the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
Badrinath Dham is one of Chaar Dham Yatra. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The place is situated in Chamoli district with the bank of Alaknanda. The Badrinath place is situated just 3 km before the last village of India from Uttarakhand side i.e Mana.
Since ancient times, Kedarnath has been a major destination for pilgrims. The Pandava brothers mentioned in the Mahabharata are credited with building the temple. Kedarnath, however, is not mentioned in the Mahabharata. One of the earliest mentions to Kedarnath is found in the Skanda Purana, which describes Kedara (Kedarnath) as the spot where Lord Shiva discharged the Ganges River’s sacred waters from his matted hair.
Rudraprayag, where the Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers converge, is one of the Panch Prayag (five confluences) of the Alaknanda River. Rudraprayag is approximately 86 kilometres from the Hindu holy town of Kedarnath. Here lived the man-eating leopard of Rudraprayag that Jim Corbett hunted and wrote about.
Hemkund Sahab is a sacred place in Sikhism. It is to be said that The last guru of Sikhism, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, meditated on Hemkund Parvat in his past life. Hemkund Sahib is the worlds highest Gurudwara in the world. It is stated in bachittar natak- “hemkunt parbat hai jahan, sapat sring sobhit hai tahan.” Which means, the site was the named Hemkunt is sitauted near, Seven snow caped peaks.
Valley of Flowers
Valley of flowers is shining in the UNESCO World heritage sites, situated near Hemkund Sahib. From Ghangharia village, two treks are open, one way goes up to Hemkund Sahib, and other way goes down to Valley of Flowers. The Valley of Flowers, as its name suggests, is a place where the beauty of nature is at its peak, providing a spectacular experience.
Auli is situated at 11 km from Joshimath. It is one of those places which encounters heavy snowfalls in Uttarakhand. It is famous for its winter sports activities like Skiing, Ice skating, Ropeways, etc. The snowfall is usually starts in November and continues till feb.
Tungnath temple is dedicated to Shiva, and it is one of the highest Shiva Temple across the world. The Tungnath is included in One out of 5(Panch) Kedars located in Rudraprayag district.
The Chopta Chandrashila Deoriatal offers a glimpse of the springtime hues of the Himalaya. This climb is a favourite among mountain enthusiasts of all stripes. In the summer, it is abundant with flowers, especially pink and scarlet Rhododendrons, and in the winter, it is misty with room to play in the snow that is falling.
Gangotri Glacier is the origin point of our Holy River Ganga. Gaumukh is one of the main headstreams of the Ganga River and the endpoint or lip of the Gangotri Glacier. It is also the source of the Bhagirathi River. The literal meaning of the word “Gomukh/Gaumukh” is “Mouth of a Cow”.
Along with Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath, Yamunotri is one of the Char Dham, the four most important Hindu pilgrimages in the Himalayas. Every year, thousands of devotees flock to the tiny mountain village with the Yamunotri Temple at its heart as it serves as the starting point of the Char Dham Yatra pilgrimage, which travels from Yamunotri to Gangotri and then to Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Masoori is another famous hill station and 35km from the capital of Uttrakhand that is Dehradun. This place is in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayan Range.
It is popularly known as the Summer Capital of Jammu & Kashmir. It is situated in the Kashmir Valley among the Dal and Anchar lakes and the Jhelum River, an Indus tributary. The natural surroundings, gardens, waterfronts, and houseboats of the city are well-known.
Dal Lake is situated in middle of Srinagar City. And one of the most common attraction among travelers. I haven’t seen such beautiful boat and it was looking more mesmerizing when the rays of sun kissing the quite water. Dal lake was completely frozen like a glass.