Uttarakhand :Major Cities and Tourist Places

 Mussoorie and Environs: The colonial ―Queen of the Hills‖ is still on of the best hill stations in the state. During colonial time it was the favoured holiday location for the rulers. Around 12 – 14 km from Mussoorie on NH 123 towards Barkot is located Kempty Falls which is a 40-foot perennial waterfall on the downside of the road cascading into a number of pools at the valley floor.

 Dhanaulti and Environs: Located 24 km from Mussoorie Dhanaulti is an attractive and sleepy mountain village. Its main claim to fame is the attractive forested surroundings dominated by Himalayan Deodar Cedars.

 Haridwar: Haridwar Town is located around 200 km north east of Delhi and 54 km south of Dehradun and is probably the most important gateway to Uttarakhand by rail and road. Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttarakhand.

 Rishikesh / Muni Ki Reti: Rishikesh i located 25 km north of Haridwar at the confluence of the Ganges and Chandrabhaga Rivers and at the foot hills of the Middle Himalayan Region. It is famous for adventure sports like water rafting, bungee jumping and nature and rejuvenation centres.

 Rajaji National Park: The National Park is an 830 square km pristine and beautiful natural forest environment located south of Dehradun

 Nainital and the Lake District: Nainital is the ―centre‖ and focal point of the Kumaon Lake District, combining around 15 lakes of various sizes in an area of approximately 600 sqkm surrounding Nainital mainly east and south of the city.

 Corbett National Park East: is one of India‘s most unique nature and wild life reserves with an area of 1288 square km Mukteshwar: Mukteswar is a quaint village getaway at 2290 m

altitude views east towards the Ramgarh Valley and its many fruit orchards

 Ramgarh: Almost 1800 m altitude in the Gagar Mountain Ranges a picturesque quiet place dominated by some of the highest altitude apple orchards in the state.

 Lansdowne: is a famous Cantonment Town and the original home of the Gharwal Rifles, a legendary military force.

 Gangotri: the Town and Temples, Bhojbasa ―Tourist Centre‖, Gaumukh and the source of the Ganges, the Gangotri Glacier and Tapovan

 Dayara Bugyal: and the Barsu – Raithal village cluster. An upcoming ski and soft adventure and village tourism destination.

 Tehri Lake: the 50 – 60 km long reservoir created by stemming up the waters of Bhagirathi River, the surrounding rural village clusters in the hills and the dam at the south- eastern end of the lake. New Tehri Town is a modern hill township located over Tehri Lake on a mountain ridge at 1600 m altitude.

 Binsar Wild Life Sanctuary: This is a unique high altitude protected forest environment with an outstanding view to greater Himalayas

 Almora: This is a historic town with many tourism resources, a thriving service centre and District Capital with many permanently residing foreigners.

 Ranikhet: This is a famous hill station amid lush highlands and dense forests. Founded as a major Cantonment in the late 1860‘s.

 Kedarnath Town: Its imposing Temple which is one of the twelve most sacred places dedicated to Shiva is attractively set in a small Valley surrounded by the Mandakini and Saraswati Rivers.

 Badrinath Town: Its 8th century Temple are remotely situated on the brink of the Alaknanda River and is the end point of NH 58 from south. The last rural settlement before the Tibetan border is 3 km north of the town.

 The Valley of Flowers National Park: This is a unique and pristine natural environment 10 km in length and 2 km wide located from 3658 to 3962 m altitude with an extraordinary flora and fauna.

 Nanda Devi National Park: This is a unique and spectacular mountain range with some of India‘s highest peaks and is a

UNESCO World Heritage site with limited access for visitors. Nanda Devi is a sacred Peak surrounded by a ―protective‖ ring of 12 high Mountains and numerous temples.

 Devaprayag Town: It is located at the holiest of the 5 confluences of the Alaknanda River and is beautifully set at the confluence between Bhagirathi, Alaknanda and Upper Ganges

 The Yamunotri Char Dham: This is the origin of the Holy Yamuna River lying next to the Indo-chinese border.

 Auli : Auli is renowned for the fascinating ski resorts and stunning natural vistas. At an average height of 2800 meters it is famous for winter sports.

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