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11 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand

Earned the status of ‘State’ in the year 2000, Uttarakhand, which was earlier a part of Uttar Pradesh, is famous for its scenic beauty and pilgrim centers. If you are associated with religious beliefs, you may be keen to visit the place for its divinity and if you are a nature lover, you will find divinity in the rich expanse of endless natural beauty here. Wherever your faith is placed, be it in god or in the powers of nature to inspire you into living a life of fulfillment, Uttarakhand is the perfect destination. Here are the top 10 places to visit in Uttarakhand.

1. Dehradun

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Photo by Paul Hamilton, CC BY-SA 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air

Jolly Grant airport is the nearest one to Dehradun, lying about 30 kms (1 hr 10 min) away from the city. Major flights like Indigo, Jet Airways, Air India etc have regular flights here from all major cities. Pre paid taxis can be availed from here to the city.

  • Rail

Dehradun railway station (DDN) is the nearest junction located at a short distance from the main city. Regular trains from all parts of India have a stoppage here.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses  from all parts of the state, nearby cities and even from Delhi (Kashmera Gate). The Dehradun bus station is about 5-6 km away from the main city and a cab or taxi should be hailed from the same. NH44, NH334, NH307 are the national highways passing through the city.

Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, is situated at Himalayan foothills. The geographical location of Dehradun is picturesque with Himalayan ranges in view and River Ganges and River Yamuna on either side of the city. Natural beauty apart, the place is famous for the splendid architectural display by some of the ancient constructions. Some of the leading attractions of Dehradun include:

  • Sahastradhara
  • Tiger Falls.
  • Robber’s Cave
  • Mindrolling Monastery
  • Tapkeshwar Temple
  • Forest Research Institute
  • Tapovan
  • Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology
  • Lachhiwala
  • Malsi Deer Park

2. Nainital

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Photo by Aman Arora, CC BY-ND 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air

Pantnagar Airport, the nearest airport about 2 hours away has daily flights from IGI, Delhi via Air India Regional. But these flights are cancelled on a regular basis due to bad weather. The next nearest airport is either Indira Gandhi Airport, Delhi or Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun as they both are almost six hours away by road and are connected to all major cities.

  • Rail

Kathgodam railway station (KGM) is the nearest railway station about 53 min (23.7 km) away from Nainital. A pre paid cab can be availed from here to the city.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses from all parts of Uttrakhand and nearby cities. It is connected via NH9 to Delhi almost 7 hours away.

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses here from all parts of the state and nearby cities. It is connected via NH44, NH334 and NH7.

Famously referred to as the ‘Lake District of India’, Nainital, at 1938 meters above sea level, is a scenic delight that would be irresistible to any tourist. It is located around the famous Naini Lake in a valley. With mountains on all sides, Nainital is where you need to be for a rendezvous with nature. Some of the most important tourist attractions in Nainital include:

  • Naini Lake
  • Naina Peak
  • Tiffin Top
  • St. John in the Wilderness.
  • Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo.
  • Gurney House
  • Snow View
  • Land’s End
  • Kilbury Bird Sanctuary.
  • Eco Cave Gardens.

3. Mussoorie

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Photo by krishanu_seal, CC BY 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air
  • Jolly Grant airport is the nearest one to Mussoorie, lying about 2 hr (60 km) away from the city. Major flights like Indigo, Jet Airways, Air India etc have regular flights here from all major cities. Pre paid taxis can be availed from here to the city.
  • Rail
  • Dehradun railway station (DDN) is the nearest junction located at a distance of about 34 km (1 hr 17 min). Cabs can be availed from here to the city.
  • Road
  • Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses here from all parts of the state and nearby cities. It is connected via NH44, NH 334 and NH7.

Located at an altitude of 6000 feet, Mussoorie, the ‘Queen of Hills’, is beauty personified. With snow-covered Himalayan peaks on view, the land abundant in natural beauty has an excellent climate too. The winters are chilling and the summers are pleasant. The beauty of the place mesmerized Captain Young of the British army who made this place his residence in the year 1820. Mussoorie has seen countless footprints ever since the discovery, the list of excited tourists to enjoy the immense beauty of the place is growing. Here are the popular tourist attractions in Mussoorie.

4. Rishikesh

rishikesh
Photo by Asis K. Chatterjee, CC BY-SA 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air

Jolly Grant airport is the nearest one to Rishikesh, lying about 32 min (20.7 km) away from the city. Major flights like Indigo, Jet Airways, Air India etc have regular flights here from all major cities. Pre paid taxis can be availed from here to the city.

  • Rail

Rishikesh railway station (RKSH) is the nearest junction located at a short distance from the main city. The connectivity here is not that good and the best option would be to take a train to Haridwar Junction railway station (HW) which has good connectivity from every city in Northern India. A taxi can be availed from here to Rishikesh 43 min (19 km) away.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses to here from all parts of the state. Buses run from Delhi, Haridwar and Dehradun on a daily basis. NH34 is the major national highway passing from here.

Rishikesh is a blend of tranquility and adventure. Its location at the confluence of River Ganges and River Chandrabhaga and views of spectacular hills and various adventurous activities such as trekking, rafting and camping captivate nature lovers; the tranquility of the place with the importance attached to it as a pilgrim center touches the soul of pilgrims. Rishikesh is called as the Yoga Capital of the world. Some of the most important tourist destinations in Rishikesh include:

5. Haridwar

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Photo by Paul, CC BY-ND 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air

Jolly Grant airport is the nearest one to Haridwar, lying about 1 hr 4 min (37.9 km) away from the city. Major flights like Indigo, Jet Airways, Air India etc have regular flights here from all major cities. Pre paid taxis can be availed from here to the city.

  • Rail

Haridwar Junction railway station (HW) is the nearest railway station which has good connectivity from every city in Northern India. A taxi can be availed from here to any part of the city.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses to here from all parts of the state. Being a pilgrimage town, buses run from Delhi, Dehradun and other nearby cities on a daily basis. NH34 and NH7 are the major national highways passing from here.

Haridwar is also called as the ‘Gateway to the Lord’ thanks to a great number of temples and ashrams located here. The city is considered holy and hence pilgrims from various parts of the world travel to the place to offer their prayers. It is also famous for the Kumbh Mela, a festival, which is held once in twelve years. Given below are some of the leading attractions in Haridwar:

  • Har Ki Pauri
  • Chandi Devi Temple
  • Maya Devi Temple
  • Mansa Devi Temple
  • Daksha Mahadev Temple
  • Vishnu Ghat
  • Shanti Gunj
  • Pavan Dham
  • Vaishno Devi Temple
  • Bharat Mata Mandir

6. Kedarnath

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Photo by Wikimedia Commons

How to Reach:

  • Air

Jolly Grant airport is the nearest one to Kedarnath, lying about 250 km (7 hr 40 min) away from the city. Major flights like Indigo, Jet Airways, Air India etc have regular flights here from all major cities. Pre paid taxis can be availed from here to Gaurikund (the nearest town to Kedarnath accessible from road).

  • Rail

Haridwar Junction railway station (HW) is the nearest railway station which has good connectivity from every city in Northern India. A taxi can be availed from here to Gaurikund (the nearest town to Kedarnath accessible from road).

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses to here from all parts of the state. Regular buses run from Haridwar, Delhi and Dehradun to Gaurikund and NH 107 and NH7 are the highways passing through the same.

Kedarnath, a small town located in Gahrwal Himalayan Ranges, is considered one of the holiest pilgrimages for those who follow Hinduism. It houses the famous Kedarnath temple. Kedarnath is located amidst majestic mountains. Here are some of the places to visit in Kedarnath:

  • Kedarnath Temple
  • Chorabari Tal
  • Vasuki Tal
  •  Gauri Kund
  •  Triyuginarayan Temple.

7. Badrinath

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Photo by Sumeet Basak, CC BA 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air

Jolly Grant airport is the nearest one to Badrinath, lying about 8 h 52 min (310 km) away from the city. Major flights like Indigo, Jet Airways, Air India etc have regular flights here from all major cities. Pre paid taxis can be availed from here to Badrinath.

  • Rail

Haridwar Junction railway station (HW) is the nearest railway station which has good connectivity from every city in Northern India. A taxi can be availed from here to Badrinath 9 hr 14 min (316.3 km).

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses to here from all parts of the state. Regular buses run from Haridwar, Rishikesh, Delhi and Dehradun to Badrinath with NH 534 and NH7 are the highways passing through the same.

Badrinath is yet another popular pilgrim center in Uttarakhand. This town is located between Nar and Naryana, the mountain ranges. Located at an altitude of 3133 meters and shadowed by Nilkantha Peak, you are sure to grope for words to describe its immense beauty. Badrinath Temple is the main attraction here. Here are some of the places to visit in Badrinath:

  • Badrinath Temple
  • Hot Springs
  • Neelkanth Peak
  • Charanpaduka
  • Valley of Flowers

8. Almora

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Photo by rajkumar1220, CC BY 2.0
  • Air

Pantnagar Airport, the nearest airport about 3 hr 34 min (116 km) has flights from Delhi via Air India Regional. But flights are cancelled on a regular basis due to bad weather. The next nearest airport is either Indira Gandhi Airport, Delhi or Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun as both are about 9 hours away from Almora via road.

  • Rail

Kathgodam railway station (KGM) is the nearest railway station about 2 hr 57 min (89.4 km) away from Almora. A pre paid cab can be availed from here to the city.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses from all parts of Uttrakhand and nearby cities. It is connected via NH 109.

Almora is heaven to nature lovers. The picturesque district is located on the eastern side of Uttarakhand. The views of Himalayas are spellbinding. It is also famous for handicrafts, cuisine and wildlife. It has a rich cultural heritage. Given below are some of the tourist attractions in Almora.

  • Kasar Devi Temple
  • Katarmal Sun Temple
  • Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum
  • Martola
  • Kalimut
  • Zero Point
  • Chitai Golu Devta Temple
  • Gobind Vallabh Pant Museum
  • Bright End Corner

9. Kausani

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Photo by Abhijit Kar Gupta, CC BY 2.0
  • Air

Pantnagar Airport, the nearest airport about 5 hr 2 min (167.9 km) has flights from Delhi via Air India Regional. But flights are cancelled on a regular basis due to bad weather. The next nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun about 9 hours away from Kausani via road.

  • Rail

Kathgodam railway station (KGM) is the nearest railway station about 4 hr 23 min (141.3 km) away from Kausani. A pre paid cab can be availed from here to the city.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses to here from all parts of the state and its nearby cities. It is connected via NH 7 and NH9 are the national highways passing from here.

Kausani is the land you need to be if you are keen to enjoy the generosity of Mother Nature. This hill station is located at a height of 1890 meters. The place is famous for the view of 350 km stretch of the majestic Himalayas it offers. Here are some of the top attractions in Kausani:

  • Rudradhari Falls and Caves
  • Lakshmi Ashram
  • Anasakti Ashram
  • Sumitranandan Pant Gallery
  • Baijnath Temple
  • Kausani Tea Estate

10. Pithoragarh

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Photo by rajkumar1220, CC BY 2.0

How to Reach:

  • Air

Pantnagar Airport, the nearest airport about 2 hours away has daily flights from IGI, Delhi via Air India Regional. But these flights are cancelled on a regular basis due to bad weather. The next nearest airport is Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi about 11 hr 34 min (469.3 km) via by road and is connected to all major cities.

  • Rail

Tanakpur railway station (TPU) is the nearest railway station about 4 hr 23 min (147.3 km) away from Pithoragarh. Nainital Express and Tanakpur Pilibhit MG Passenger are the two major trains connecting it to Uttarakhand and parts of UP.  A pre paid cab can be availed from here to the city.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses from all parts of Uttrakhand and nearby cities. It is connected via NH9.

A visit to Pithoragarh might make you wonder if every inch of the land is blessed with natural beauty. The stunning beauty of the land defies description. This district is located in the easternmost part of Uttarakhand. It offers scope for trekking as well. The place is an important halt for those who undertake Kailash Manasarovar Yatra. Do not miss the following attractions while you are here.

  • Chandak
  • Askot Sanctuary
  • Ralam Glacier
  • Jhulaghat
  • Pithoragarh Fort
  • Thal Kedar
  • Gangolihat
  • Dhwaj Temple

11. Ranikhet

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Photo by Parth Joshi, CC BY 2.0
  • Air

Pantnagar Airport, the nearest airport about 3 hr 13 min (109.0 km) has flights from Delhi via Air India Regional. But flights are cancelled on a regular basis due to bad weather. The next nearest airport is either Indira Gandhi Airport, Delhi or Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun as they both are almost eight hours away by road and are connected to all major cities.

  • Rail

Kathgodam railway station (KGM) is the nearest railway station about 2 h 37 min (82.4 km) away from Ranikhet. A pre paid cab can be availed from here to the city.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses to here from all parts of the state and its nearby cities. It is connected via NH 109, NH 734 and NH 309 are the national highways passing from here.

Ranikhet is yet another hill station that elevates your spirits to a different plane. At an altitude of 1829 meters, the ‘Queen’s land’, as Ranikhet is referred to, is the perfect place to visit to view Himalayas at its best. The amazing richness of greenery and the scenic landscape make this place a dream destination. Here are some places you would not want to miss on your tour to Ranikhet.

  • Jhula Devi Temple
  • Chaubatia Orchard
  • Upat and Kalika
  • Mankameshwar Temple
  • Haidakhan Babaji Temple
  • Shitlakhet
  • Dwarahat Temples

There are a lot more tourist places in UttarakhandLansdowne, Mukteshwar, Naukuchiatal, Pauri, Munsiyari, Auli, Lohaghat and Landour are a few other popular tourist destinations. The limitless beauty of the land and its cultural and religious association make it one of the most frequented travel destinations. Feel free to give details on more destinations that I have missed mentioning.

22 comments

  1. Good article for nature lovers!!

  2. Hello,
    Nice blog with detailed information. It would have helpful, if you would have provided how to travel these places,for those who are travelling first time. We are planning to travel in Feb for 11-12 days. Can you please guide the best & nearest places,which we can visit ..Thank you in advance!

  3. Dr Raghvendra Singh Yadav

    uttarakhand is the lovely place of world

  4. Really its very nice article. I have a plan to travel in July for these places. Your article very much helpful for me.

  5. Thanks for this great post. I am planning a trip to India in the fall and finding a beautiful place with good views of the Himalaya is at the top of my list. I will check out the destinations you suggest.

  6. good blog information for who loved nature

  7. That’s a great list, although I think UK is even more beautiful during monsoon. I’m a huge fan of Himalayas. I’m in love with the majestic mountains and keep travelling to the hills every now and then.

  8. If you guys are planning trip to UK, give us a chance to be of assistance. We will try to set-up best travel arrangements so that you get to visit all the places and enjoy all tourist destinations.

    Thanks,
    Pankaj

  9. One important place is missing in list , thats Auli near Badrinath and Joshimath. Must visit place for all snow and mountain lovers .

  10. Hi,
    Do visit TRINETRA ORCHADS, motia pathar near mukhteshwar.. its an awesome place..

  11. Royal Uttarakhand Tour

    Hi,

    Please suggested some great place to visit in Uttarakhand, but you miss 3 important places which I think most beautiful.
    1- Chopta (Tungnath) Rudraprag District which called heven of Uttarakhand
    2- Auli
    3- Vally of follows.

    I hope most of the people want to read more information about these place.

  12. Gajendra chaudhaRY

    I also what to go uk its awesome and this blog is very helpful to plan a trip. Thanks for the blog.

  13. Thanks for such a great information – 🙂

    I believe entire uttarakhand is so beautiful, I love to visit uttarakhand again and again.

    There are some places that you need to mention like Mukteshwar, Almora, Chamboli

  14. Thanks for all of this. Really Uttarakhand A Wonderful Place for tourism as well as spirituality.

  15. The place is literally the best place to spend some time with nature. The hill stations and religious places should definitely be visited. You have made an amazing list and I really appreciate your work.

  16. Hi,

    You need to add Bhageshwar district in this list as bhageshwar district is one of the most adventure place in uttrakhand. we can enjoy paragliding as well in this district and it is situated on 2500 meter approx from the land and at the time of sunset the view of Himalayas is very pleasant.

  17. very intresting placepithoragarh,bageswer.

  18. Hi,
    I want to travel to Dehradun, Mussorrie, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Vaishno Devi, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Pitoragarh, Ranikhet etc. Can you help me plan the package?

  19. Nice blog with detailed information. It would have helpful, if you would have provided how to travel these places for those who are traveling first time. We are planning to travel in march for 11-12 days. Can you please guide the best & nearest places which we can visit? Thank you in advance!

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