UTTARAKHAND: The unobserved side of heaven

A place of myth and mountains, the dramatic terrain of Uttarakhand is covered with holy peaks, lakes and rivers. Morning views from any place in this state are invigorating where the crimson rays of the sun kiss the snow-laden Himalayas. Twisting roads and high-altitude hiking trails that lead to spectacular pilgrimage sites where tales from Hindu epics are set, Uttarakhand offers limitless opportunities for tourism and adventure. From pilgrimage, temples, wildlife tours, bird watching, rafting, mountaineering, skiing, trekking, camping to Yoga and meditation, there is something for everyone in the “The Land of Gods”

VALLEY OF FLOWERS AND HEMKUND SAHIB – Blend of Beauty and Charity

One of the most beautiful places to visit in Uttarakhand is the Valley of Flowers for the perfect blend of nature and spiritual worship, for your vacation. Valley of Flowers is one trek where many people begin their journey of trekking in the Himalayas. And why not? It is one of those rare natural botanical gardens in India. Flowers bloom everywhere in a riot of colours. On one side of the flower-decked valley tall cliffs climb to the sky. The other side is guarded by snow-clad mountains while the serene river glides through the middle of the valley. Additionally, Hemkund Sahib is a holy place for the Sikh community. Don’t discount the exhilarating climb to Hemkund Sahib – an alpine lake at 14,300 ft. That such a large clear water lake can be present at this altitude is hard to fathom! Of course, the langar (meal) at the Gurudwara is to die for!

CHOPTA – A Pristine Camping Destination

Chopta is one of those hill stations, which will tempt you for life. With a blend of adventure and tranquillity, it suits almost everyone’s taste. Chopta is one of the least-explored hamlets in the Himalaya. At an elevation of 2,680 m, it serves as a base point to famous treks to Tungnath and Chandrashilla. It also offers some amazing 360-degree panorama of the majestic mountains with the Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhambha peaks stealing the show. Chopta is a picturesque hamlet which is still unexplored by travellers and also famous as the ‘Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand’. This hushed abode is enclosed by the dwindling pines, deodars, rhododendrons and other conifers that can be found in this region making Chopta rich in flora and fauna. Wake up with cool salubrious breeze and chirping of birds in Chopta which is a far cry from the blaring horns of the cities.

KANATAL – A Thrill of the Mountains

Kanatal is a serene and picturesque suburb of Mussoorie, snuggled on the Chamba-Mussoorie road. Though not so popular, Kanatal is picture-perfect and boasts of the heavenly scenery, luxuriant vegetation and bountiful adventure activities. At an elevation of 8,500 feet, the village offers mesmerising views of the Shivalik mountain range and lush green and brown pine forests. Among the most fun Uttarakhand destinations, Kanatal makes for a perfect weekend getaway. If you are looking for a holiday with solemn peace but are disturbed with a bit of fun and thrill at times, take a trip to Kanatal – away from the urban hassles. Besides stunning natural beauty, there are a number of interesting things to do in Kanatal that include some thrilling water activities and camping for adventure lovers, families and friends. The mighty Tehri Dam is a ‘must-visit’ spot in this zone.

 

AULI – A Haven for Winter Sports

From snow-covered peaks to wooden huts, Auli is not less than a perfect European village in Asia. It is situated at an astonishing height of 2505 meter, which offers a magnificent view of the crescent and panoramic views of the great Himalaya. Auli is adjacent to the religious shrine of Badrinath where the breathtaking view of snow-capped peaks surrounding Auli, gives an astounding view of the place. Visit this destination in Uttarakhand which is highly recommended to the mountain and adventure lovers. Being popular as the ski destination of India, Auli is the emerging winter destination and hill station of Uttarakhand. Popularly known for its snowy slopes, Auli has everything that an ideal tourist dreams of. The mountain sports activities can be enriching to the spirit of an adventure sports lover. If there is a picturesque setting that is perfect, then this must be it.

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