Uttarakhand is a state right out of a fairytale. Its stunning snow-capped peaks, meandering rivers and diverse wildlife are a treat for nature lovers, while its countless religious sites make it a must-visit spirituality destination.
It also offers some of the most thrilling adventure activities in the country- skiing, white water rafting, trekking, ziplining, paragliding, camping- every sport offered in this state is top-notch. One of the most requested hill station tour packages in North India, Uttarakhand Honeymoons are hugely popular with couples.
As the state has such a wide variety of experiences to offer, Uttarakhand Tour Itineraries must be personalised with what the traveller has in mind. Contact Flying Squirrel Holidays for a custom made Uttarakhand Tour Package.
A visit to Uttarakhand affords a spectrum of takeaways. Read on!
Uttarakhand is the home of the majestic Himalayas, and its hill stations are extremely popular travel destinations. Nainital is a favourite for honeymoons, while Ranikhet and Lansdowne are known for their quaintness; Mussourie is popular world over for its lush greenery and stunning views of the Himalayas, while Auli is the go-to for thrill-seekers.
Nainital is probably the most famous of Uttarakhand’s many hill stations. With the gorgeous Naini Lake at its heart and surrounded by peaks on three sides, the town is fondly called the ‘Lake District of India’.
Due to its altitude, the town has a favourably cool climate throughout the year. Boating on the Naini Lake is a calming experience in itself and the boat moving along the turquoise waters affords stunning views of the shore and the surrounding seven hills.
Tiffin Top is the sunrise point of the hill station and reaching the viewpoint is a nice trek. The best trek, however, is the one to the Cheena Peak. The highest point in the area, the climb is filled with rhododendrons, deodar and cypress trees while the view of the town from the top is unmatched. Take a ride on the Nainital Ropeway for a birds’ eye view of the hill station.
Mussourie is known as ‘the Queen of Hills’, and the views of the surrounding mid-range Himalayas and the Doon valley are mesmerising. Trek up to the top of the Kempty Falls, or take a cable car ride for the most stunning sight of the hill station, or walk along the Mall Road to do some good shopping.
There are plenty of treks, including the Nag Tibba Summit and the Har Ki Doon Treks, and ziplining, skywalk, ice skating (only in the winters) and white water rafting are really popular too! Coupled with Dehradun, Mussourie is a favourite destination for honeymoons.
Auli is known for its winter sports, offering the best skiing and snowboarding in India. The hill station’s proximity to Badrinath attracts a lot of travellers every year while the unrivalled views of Nanda Devi and Nanga Parvat, and the clean, fresh air and bountiful apple orchards make Auli unforgettable.
The cable car ride in Auli is one of the longest in Asia, and one must definitely experience it! Ranikhet is the best way to get away from routine city life. A quaint, offbeat hill station, the golf course here is one of the best in the country and is open to visitors.
Bhalu Dam is the go-to place in the state for angling, and the laid back nature walks around the town are relaxing. Ranikhet also has a lot of trekking routes, and the one between Chaubatia Orchards to the Bhalu Dam is the most popular.
Uttarakhand has countless other hill stations, and all of them leave an indelible mark on visitors. Surrounded by the great Himalayan peaks and with multiple rivers flowing through it, the state offers some of the best hill station experiences in India- ranging from a leisurely recuperative getaway to an action-packed thrilling vacation.
The state of Uttarakhand is also called ‘Devbhumi’, meaning the ‘land of the Gods’, because of the many important pilgrim spots located here.
The state is filled with temples of Hinduism, and it is said that every area here has some religious or mythological significance. Drawing millions of pilgrims from the world over annually, the culture that can be seen in the holy places of Uttarakhand is interesting for everyone.
Haridwar is one of the Seven Holy Places in Hinduism, and countless believers visit Haridwar to bathe in the River Ganga in an attempt to cleanse their sins. Literally meaning ‘ the Gate to Lord Vishnu’, there are many famous temples here, including the Bharat Mata Temple and the Mansa Devi Temple.
The iconic Ganga Aarti is held every evening, with lamps lighting up the shores of the holy river, and it is a moving sight. Close to Haridwar, Rishikesh is the birthplace of yoga. With its many yoga ashrams, Rishikesh is less crowded than Haridwar, and it is more spiritual than religious. There white water rafting in Rishikesh is popular too.
Char Dham is one of the most arduous yet accessible pilgrimages in northern India. It is a collection of four destinations- Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Each of these destinations is a place of worship for a specific deity. Yamunotri is dedicated to the River Goddess Yamuna, and worshippers take a dip in the holy water to ward off untimely death.
Gangotri, overlooking the river Bhagirathi, is devoted to Goddess Ganga. With scenic, snow-clad hills and lovely gorges in its vicinity, it is easy to lose oneself in the spirituality here. Kedarnath is the third of the holy Char Dham Yatra.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the town is located overlooking the scenic Garhwal Himalayas and the river Mandakini, Kedarnath is one of the holiest places in Hinduism. Badrinath, the final of the four holy places, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is situated near the Alaknanda River.
Uttarakhand is also a revered pilgrim spot for other religions. Ashtapad, in Badrinath, is a holy place for Jains, and innumerable followers visit the temple dedicated to the first Tirthankara- Lord Rishabh. The Buddha Temple in Dehradun is an extravagant and stunning art-filled stupa dedicated to Lord Buddha, while Pilan Kaliyar Sharif is a highly venerated mosque, frequented by both Muslims and Hindus.
The setting of Uttarakhand is extremely profound and humbling, making it natural for it to be ideal for spiritual pursuits. The abounding beauty of nature here makes it easy to connect with one’s spirit, and most religions have shrines in the state.
With rolling hills, majestic mountains, gushing rivers and scenic glaciers, Uttarakhand’s topography makes it ideal for exhilarating sports. Thrill-seekers have always loved the state, and additions to the range of activities offered are making adventure tourism to Uttarakhand grow even more.
With some of the best and most challenging Himalayan peaks, trekking in Uttarakhand is unrivalled. Kedartal Trek is a moderately different trek in the Garhwal Himalayas and the views from the trail are stunning. The lake itself is a glacial one and the snow-capped peaks surrounding it are rich in wildlife like Blue Sheep, Goral and the Himalayan Black Bear.
For more seasoned trekkers, Auden’s Col Trek is a challenging delight. The toughest trail in the state, it commences from Gangotri and passes through beautiful pine and cane forests, narrow cliffs and glaciers. The Har Ki Dun is one of the easiest treks in Uttarakhand.
The explorers cross the Tons River valley that is surrounded by highlands. The trail is a particular delight for bird watching. The flora of the area is rare and beautiful too!
One of the finest ski destinations in India, the Auli peak has a stunning snow line with gentle slopes. The white peaks have the perfect amount of snow, making the peak ideal for beginners and advanced skiers. The cable car ride here is well-loved too, to get a bird’s eye view of the gorgeous area.
The state of Uttarakhand is marked by many meandering, gurgling rivers and white water rafting is hugely popular here. Rishikesh may be the birthplace of yoga and spirituality, but it is also a thrilling place to enjoy this wild sport. Shivpuri is another well-loved rafting destination located near Rishikesh. Devprayag and Byasi are other premier rafting destinations.
Rishikesh also offers one of India’s best bungee jumping experiences, with world-class instructors guiding your fall. The town even has the state’s finest zip line.
Arguably the most well-loved hill stations in the country, Dehradun and Mussourie are a favourite of honeymooners. Dehradun is the picturesque capital of Uttarakhand, while Mussourie is the Queen of Hills. Dehradun has a lot of things to enjoy, particularly the scenic nature walks, humbling monasteries and vibrant temples, and exhilarating sports like paragliding. Mussourie is great for trekking, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and rafting. The Mall Road in Mussourie is a vibrant market!
Haridwar and Rishikesh are incredibly pious religious destinations, filled with shrines of many religions. Hosting millions of believers every year, the confluence of cultures here is indescribable. The adventure sports offered at Rishikesh are also the best in the country. No visit to Uttarakhand is complete without enjoying and absorbing the varied charms of the towns.
One of the premier places in India to enjoy snow sports, Auli must be included in all Uttarakhand Tour Packages. The ski options are great for both beginner and advanced skiers, and the cable car ride over the snow-capped sides offers breathtaking views.
A group of seven freshwater lakes (Sat Tal meaning Seven Lakes), Sat Tal has extremely stunning vistas. Though it is frequented by tourists, it has still managed to retain its natural, untouched beauty. However, the biodiversity of the area is what makes Sattal so enchanting. A shelter to a range of migratory birds, including Barbets, Himalayan Kingfishers, babblers, Himalayan Griffon and dollar birds, the area is also a delight for butterfly watchers- species like peacocks, panzy and red lacewings thrive here.
Pay respects to the many deities, or alternatively soak in the culture at the pilgrim points.
Undertake a trek and enjoy the climb.
Challenge your limits with the thrilling activities offered
Take a break at the quaint, beautiful hill stations
Take a few days off connecting with your spiritual self at Rishikesh
Explore the rare flora and fauna of the state
Shop for local artefacts at the hill stations
Uttarakhand’s beautiful flora is perhaps best seen in the gorgeous Valley of Flowers. Treks are conducted through this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trail runs along the Pushpawati River, among lush forests. Rare Himalayan flowers bloom in this Indian National Park and the alpine forest is enchanting. The trek involves crossing many bridges, glaciers and waterfalls.
The mouth of the River Ganga is a well-loved tourist attraction in Uttarakhand. Situated 19 Kilometers from Gangotri, Gomukh is a popular trekking trail ending in the overwhelming views of the glacier. Frequented by both pilgrims and trekkers, the destination is surrounded by the majestic Gangotri Group of mountains.
Tiffin Top is a picnic spot in Nainital, offering breathtaking views of the town and the surrounding Kumaon region. Sort of like a viewpoint of the captivating town, Tiffin Top is famous among nature lovers and photographers. Tourists like trekking up to the Top or take ponies from Mall Road.
One of India’s most famous national parks, Jim Corbett National Park is best known to be home to the majestic Tigers. Sambar, Chinkara, Spotted Deer and Barking Deer are commonly found deer species among the lush greenery of the park, and the water bodies are home to crocodiles.
Right outside Dehradun, Robbers Cave is a popular tourist attraction, especially loved for picnics. Named so by the British who assumed that it was a hiding spot for robbers, it is a great place to spend a day in leisure with family. There are waterfalls and cold springs inside the cave, making it very intriguing. A strange phenomenon of the caves is the streams of water that seem to disappear and reappear out of nowhere.
Flying Squirrel Holidays specialises in building your dream Uttarakhand Tour Package as per your requirements. whether you are looking to extend your Uttarakhand Tour Package from Haridwar, or planning a romantic Uttarakhand Honeymoon, Uttarakhand Tour itineraries are best customised.
The following are sample Uttarakhand Tour Packages:
The Best of Uttarakhand: 6 Nights 7 Days
Uttarakhand Honeymoon: 5 Nights 6 Days
Thrilling Uttarakhand: 4 Nights 5 Days
The Best of Uttarakhand[Please note that this is a sample itinerary. We specialise in personalising your Uttarakhand tour for you]
DAY 1Arrive at Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun and start on a scenic drive to Nainital. Reach the town by the evening and spend time relaxing at its vibrant Mall Road.
DAY 2After breakfast, start on a tour of the lakes around Nainital. We explore Bhimtal and Sattal, and return to the hotel for dinner.
DAY 3Early morning on day 3, start for Corbett National Park. Enjoy wildlife safari at Indias premier park and watch out for rare flora and fauna. Overnight stay in Corbett.
DAY 4Day 4 is for further exploring the attractions around the park. Take a jeep safari in the early morning to see the animals in their habitat. After lunch, visit the Garija Temple along the Kosi River. Retire early this night.
DAY 5After breakfast, start on the beautiful drive between Corbett and Mussoorie. After dinner, relax at the resort.
DAY 6After breakfast, we leave to see the stunning Kempty Falls. A little walk away from the falls is the Mussourie Lake, from where one can see mesmerising views of the Doon Valley. Take a pedalled boat on the serene lake, and spend a quality day at leisure. After a stroll down the Mall Road, retreat to the resort for dinner.
Day 7After breakfast, transfer to Delhi Airport to board your flight back home.
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Which is the most beautiful place in Uttarakhand?
Uttarakhand is famous for naturally beautiful places, such as Mussoorie, Auli, and Nainital.
Does Uttarakhand have snow?
Yes, it snows at a lot of places during winters in Uttarakhand. The top destinations to enjoy snow are Auli, Dhanaulti, and Chakrata.
Which destinations are best to visit in Uttarakhand for a honeymoon trip?
Nainital, Mussoorie, Kausani, Ramgarh, and Bhimtal are some of the most romantic destinations in Uttarakhand to go on a honeymoon.
Some of the best experiences of the Great Himalayas can be enjoyed from the hill stations of Uttarakhand. Some parts of the state are crowded by pilgrims paying respects to the many spiritual and religious spots, while others are offbeat and afford serenity and time alone with the enthralling nature of the state. While here, make sure to try some of the world-class thrilling sports, and shop for local artefacts at the Mall Roads of the hill stations. Even a 3 day trip to Uttarakhand will always stay with you!
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