Uttarakhand is regarded as one of the prettiest Northern States in India by being cradled in the laps of the majestic Himalayas. Some of the most beautiful hill stations in India are in Uttarakhand and you can rest your eyes through views of some beautiful landscapes. It was previously known as Uttaranchal and due to the presence of numerous temples and religious sites, it is termed as ‘Devabhumi’ which means the Land of the Gods. It became the State of India in the year 2000 when it was separated from Uttar Pradesh and made into the 27th State of the country.
Language and Culture:
The majority of the population in Uttarakhand speaks Hindi which is the most popularly used language in all of India. The celebrations of festivals such as Harela, Basant Panchami, Dusshera, Kumaon Holi, etc. bring out the best of cultural details of the State.
Popular Attractions in the State:
Uttarakhand offers you some of the finest views of the Himalayan snow-capped mountain peaks and you can relish the peace of the villages and valleys. The green meadows and forests in the backdrop of the clear blue skies make this State absolute heaven. While you are in Uttarakhand, do not miss out on the famous Valley of Flowers which is now designated as a World Heritage Site. Another such World Heritage Site is the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and even that is a popular attraction among the tourists. The forest lovers should visit the famous Jim Corbett Tiger National Park and the Asan Wetland Conservation Reserve.
The spiritual tourist might find solace in places like Rishikesh and Lakshman Jhula Bridge which also provide for breathtaking views of nature. The temples in Kedarnath and Badrinath are famously known pilgrimages for the people of India. The Kumbh Mela is a famous event in Haridwar and it takes place once in 12 years. While you pick out some souvenirs from this State, do not miss out on items such as the local wine, jams and pickle, woolen clothing, Rimbaans and Ringaal Handicrafts, and many such other indigenous items.
The foodies should not miss out on local delicacies such as Aaloo ke Gutke, Phaanu, Kafuli, Chainsoo, etc. Tourists in Uttarakhand also enjoy several adventure sports such as paragliding and trekking through the rugged terrains. They can also the famous cable car ride which is the longest in India.
The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun serves the State by air and the roadways are well connected for effective bus services. Some of the major railway stations in Uttarakhand are the Dehradun Railway Station, Haldwani station, Lalkua Railway Station, and the Kathgodam Railway Station. You can also get cabs and sharing taxis for intra-State transport.
Best Time to Visit:
The weather of Uttarakhand is one of the best things about the State and you can visit all through the year and experience amazing weather conditions. However, the best time to visit is during March and April and then from September and October. The summer months are popular among tourists due to some adventure activities such as Paragliding and Trekking.