Uttarakhand ‘Dev Bhoomi’ snuggled in the lap of Himalayas is a bounty of interesting holiday destinations in India. The places to visit in Uttarakhand range from hill stations, honeymoon spots, pilgrimage sites, breathtaking beauty, adventurous experiences and serene ashrams. A holiday trip to the mountain state is a perfect mélange of relaxation, spiritualism, and adventure.

You can find people of all age groups engaged in something or the other here. Whatever allures you to this place, be it the faith in god or the natural mysteries or an adventurous thrill, you can’t miss to spend your vacations at these top destinations of Uttarakhand.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand

Rishikesh – the adventure and Yoga capital

Laxman Jhula , Rishikesh

Rishikesh at the foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of River Ganga has some interesting pleasures for holidays in Uttarakhand. Go for exhilarating river rafting in Rishikesh, stay at beach camps, practice Yoga Asanas at ashrams with a perfect backdrop of mighty Himalayas or go exploring the mountains. This ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, holds International Yoga Festival and will never cease to amuse you with surprises at every turn.

What not to miss?

  • Ram and Laxman Jhula – Experience the thrill of swaying over the swiftly flowing Ganga.
  • The Beatles Ashram – Witness the best of the graffiti artwork.
  • Swarg Ashram – Meditation ground of famous Rishis.
  • Rajaji National Park – An expedition is incomplete without a jungle safari at this park.
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Temple – Pay homage to Lord Shiva at this famous sacred place.
  • Triveni Ghat for Ganga Aarti
  • Water sports adventures
  • Trekking up in the hills

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Haridwar – Blessed by Ganga

Ganga Aarti , Haridwar

Wash away all your sins by taking a holy dip in the sacred Ganges River, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities for Hindus. Although the city remains vivacious throughout the year but the footfall is maximum during the Kumbh Mela, and the month of Saavan. Pilgrims from far and wide visit the Temples in Haridwar. Har ki Pauri, the river ghat is also one of the best places to visit in the town. It is the site of the mesmerizing Ganga aarti in Haridwar. Every evening, there is a worship ritual for the River Goddess. A million of tiny flickering lamps are floated in the river with sounds of bells and devotees and priests singing praises with full devotion.

What not to miss?

  • Ganga Aarti
  • Delicious food at famous Chotiwala
  • Ropeway ride to Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi
  • Boat Ride
  • Visit various temples with unique features of their own

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Dehradun – the capital city of the Uttarakhand

Mindrolling Monastery


Dehradun grabs much of the attention due its picturesque location. The capital of Uttarakhand is a city of myriad pleasures. Snuggled in the Doon Valley, betwen the rivers Ganga and Yamuna, it’s a city of unmatched picturesque beauty. It’s the gateway to the scenic hills of Uttarakhand. The town has a number of monuments from the colonial days of the British Raj. Having plethora of options to explore, it also serves as the picnic spot for many. It is well connected with other destinations and thus is a halting point for a short yet sweet getaway. Explore holiday packages for  Dehradun

What not to miss?

  • Visit 6-sided Ghanta Ghar
  • Shopping at the Paltan Bazaar
  • Bow down at Nanaksar Gurdwara
  • Get the feel of Buddhism at Mindrolling Monastery
  • Take a dip at Sahastradhara to eliminate any skin disease
  • Spend time with family at Lacchiwalla
  • Paragliding
  • River rafting
  • Angling

 Nainital – gets its identity from mesmerizing Naini Lake

Lake in Nainital

The City of Lakes, Nainital in Uttarakhand is one of the most popular places to visit in Uttarakhand. The city gets its name from Naini Lake, an awe-inspiring lake at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas present an exotic view. Nainital is a natural majesty. Snow covered mountains in backdrop, scenic beauty, lovely lakes and lush flora, grabs your attention instantly. Preferred by honeymooners and families alike, this serene hill station offers the best snowfall experience. ideal for honeymoon couples, families as well as nature lovers, it’s one of best hill stations in India.

What not to miss?

  • Romantic boat rides
  • Visit to Naina Devi Temple
  • Ride in the cable car
  • Yachting
  • Savor Pahari cuisine or authentic Tibetan food
  • Angling
  • Enjoy snowfall at Snow View
  • Visit China Peak
  • Go to Tippin Top
  • Shopping at the local markets

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Almora – commercial headquarter of Kumaon


A magnificently beautiful offbeat place in Uttarakhand is Almora. Offering a soothing respite from the scorching heat, it is amongst the best summer destinations in India. Boasting of the architecture of colonial era, this commercial center is worth exploring. Nestled in the shape of a horse saddle, this hillock is dotted with Fir and Pine Trees.

What not to miss?

  • Pay homage at the Kasar Devi and Nanda Devi Temple
  • Shopping at 200-year-old Lala Bazaar
  • Buy Angora clothes
  • Witness the splendid views of sunrise and sunset at Bright End Corner
  • Visit Deer Park

Auli – best skiing destination

Skiing in Auli

Auli can be titled as the ‘skiing capital of India’. Beguiling snowfall lovers and adventure enthusiasts equally, it is the best place to learn skiing.  This white wonderland is ideal destination for a romantic honeymoon that lasts forever. It can also be visited for the never ending fun and frolic with the family. Bounded by tall oak and coniferous forests, this Bugyal draws a scenic picture of the nearby mountain ranges.

What not to miss?

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Mountaineering
  • Ride Asia’s longest cable car that starts from Joshimath to Auli and vice-versa
  • Visit Trishul Peak
  • Unravel the secrets of Vansh Narayan Kalpeshwar
  • Visit world’s highest manmade lake

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Lansdowne – known for historical and architectural legacy

Bhulla Lake, Lansdowne

Ideal for spending summer vacations, Lansdowne was founded by Viceroy of India and also named after him. Bestrewed with pine forests, it is a tranquil and pollution-free destination. Being the Cantonment Area of Garhwal Rifles, this hill station is very clean and well-maintained. Pristine Himalayan beauty, snow cladded peaks and fresh air are some of the compelling factors to visit this place.

What not to miss?

  • Bhulla Lake – enjoy boating at this untouched and serene Lake
  • Set out for an exciting Jungle Safari
  • Bhim Pakora – Get astonished to see the perfect balance of two huge stones placed on each other
  • Darwan Singh Regimental Museum – Visiting this Museum is a matter of pride
  • Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple – Siddha Peeth of Lord Shiva

Mussoorie – trip to Uttarakhand is never complete without visiting here

Kempty Falls , Mussoorie

Mussoorie is the hotspot for people travelling to Uttarakhand. This ‘Queen of hills’ is the ultimate choice for the honeymooners. The exotic views of Shiwalik ranges and Doon Valley are visual treat to the eyes. A perfect confluence of natural splendor, stunning waterfalls and impressive colonial architecture, this hill station will never fail to amuse you.

What not to miss?

  • Lal Tibba – Get panoramic views of mountain trails
  • Lake Mist – One of the many nature’s bliss
  • Kempty Falls ­– Dare to feel the chilly water straight from the snow covered mountains fall on your head
  • Cloud’s End – End point of Mussoorie
  • Gun Hill – Delight in a cable car ropeway ride to this place
  • Paragliding
  • Nag Tibba Trek – Famous for trekking
  • Soham Heritage & Art Center – Get a glimpse of Himalayan culture
  • K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum – Take a pic with the political leaders and celebs from all around the world

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Jim Corbett National Park – natural habitat of Royal Bengal Tigers

Jeep Safari in Corbett National Park

Noted for its Bengal Tigers, Jim Corbett National Park has rich flora and fauna. Spot the leopards, wild elephants and tigers wandering in the Dhikala Zone. Bountiful of nature and an escape from the hustle bustle of the metropolis, this wildlife sanctuary is a bliss for nature buffs and wildlife aficionados. Exquisitely engrossed by reverie belts, emerald hills, grasslands and waterholes, Corbett makes an ultimate kingdom of animals.

What not to miss?

  • Garjiya Devi Temple – Worship the Garjiya Devi at this Shakti Peeth
  • Jim Corbett National Museum
  • Corbett Falls – a small yet scenic waterfall
  • Elephant Safari
  • Jeep Safari
  • Canter Safari

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 Binsar – perfect fusion of mythology and nature


The spectacular view of the Nanda Kot, Nanda Devi, Chaukhambha and Kedarnath will make you fall in love with this Binsar. It is a superb and serene getaway from the honking buzz of the city. Offering the best homestays, it is the ultimate place to get the complete insights about the ‘Dev Bhoomi’. Zero Point steals the lime light for providing enthralling views of the Himalayan peaks.

What not to miss?

  • Sightseeing – Go for a nature walk and experience the one of a kind sightseeing
  • Photography – ‘Shoot’ anything and everything you like
  • Lazing around – Holidays are all about relaxing
  • Trekking – get engaged into trekking
  • Safaris to the Binsar wildlife sanctuary – This jungle ride will give you some of the best of the views of your life

 Ranikhet – Behold the breathtaking views of the Himalayas


You are welcome in the snowy world of Ranikhet. Watch the backpackers wandering around the town, families having fun in the snow, newly wedded couples enjoying a romantic getaway. Being the Kumaon Regiment Centre, it has an unspoiled natural beauty. Lined with trekking trails, ancient temples and mountain peaks, this hill station can be visited in summer as well.

What not to miss?

  • Indulge in long walks visiting local tourist attractions
  • Partake in some popular tourism activities like adventure sports
  • Visit Jhula Devi Temples which consists of numerous bells
  • Trekking
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • White water rafting
  • Rappelling

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 Munsiyari – paradise for bike riders


Munsiyari is the place to be for seclusion seekers and bikers. Being one of the offbeat destinations of India, this hill town offers supreme peace. Being the very own Kashmir of Uttarakhand, it pleases its tourists with revitalizing environment, numerous tremendous attractions and a silent whisper of wind. Fringed with Pine, Rhododendron and Deodar forests, this calm destination is apt for couples who don’t want any disturbance in their privacy.

What not to miss?

  • Trekking
  • Beautiful sunset from viewpoint at Panchchuli Peak.
  • A hot water natural spring in Madkot
  • Bird watching
  • Skiing at Khalia Top
  • Kalamuni Temple – A kali temple dedicated to goddess Naga God
  • Tribal Heritage Museum – a perfect showcase of the culture, history, lifestyle and traditions of Bhotia people

Regardless of your interests or idea of amusement, these famous destinations of Uttarakhand offer most otherworldly experiences in India.

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