Uttrakhand

The state lies in the lap of Himalayas is sprinkled with gorgeous expanses of water fed by glaciers that make for perfect gateways. Hindus think of it as Dev Bhoomi – the Land of Gods.  Ancient rock paintings, rock shelters, paleolithic stone tools (hundreds of thousands of years old), and megaliths provide evidence that the mountains of the region have been inhabited since prehistoric times.

About Uttrakhand

Uttarakhand is a place of myth and mountains. Twisting roads and high-altitude hiking trails lead to spectacular pilgrimage sites where tales from Hindu epics are set. Uttarakhand has many tourist spots due to its location in the Himalayas. There are many ancient temples, forest reserves, national parks, hill stations, and mountain peaks that draw large number of tourists.

Uttarakhand has a multiethnic population spread across two geocultural regions: the Garhwal, and the Kumaon. The native people of Uttarakhand are generally called Uttarakhandi and sometimes specifically either Garhwali or Kumaoni depending on their place of origin in either the Garhwal or Kumaon region. Districts of two divisions are:

  • Kumaon Divison: Almora, Bageshwar, Champawat, Nainital, Pithoragarh, Udham singh nagar
  • Garhwal Division: Dehradun, Haridwar, Tehri,Uttarkashi,Pauri, Rudraprayag

Uttarakhand's diverse ethnicities have created a rich literary tradition in languages including Hindi, Kumaoni, Garhwali, Jaunsari, and Bhoti. Many of its traditional tales originated in the form of lyrical ballads and chanted by itinerant singers and are now considered classics of Hindi literature. The dances of the region are connected to life and human existence and exhibit myriad human emotions. Langvir Nritya is a dance form for males that resembles gymnastic movements. 

Among the prominent local crafts is wood carving, which appears most frequently in the ornately decorated temples of Uttarakhand. Intricately carved designs of floral patterns, deities, and geometrical motifs also decorate the doors, windows, ceilings, and walls of village houses. Kumaoni art often is geometrical in nature, while Garhwali art is known for its closeness to nature. 

Uttarakhand is home to rare species of plants and animals, many of which are protected by sanctuaries and reserves. National parks in Uttarakhand include the Jim Corbett National Park (the oldest national park of India) at Ramnagar in Nainital District, and Valley of Flowers National Park and Nanda Devi National Park in Chamoli District, which together are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Uttarakhand offers limitless opportunities for tourism and adventure. There is something for everyone - Pilgrimage, Temples, Wildlife tours, Bird Watching, Rafting, Mountaineering, Skiiing, Trekking, Camping, Yoga and Meditation and much more. Our local knowledge will definitely get you the best travel itinerary to Uttarakhand.

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