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Uttarakhand is a place with great diversity of the region where snow-clad mountains, green hills, fertile valleys, flowing rivers and thriving lakes add to the natural beauty.

Uttarakhand is also known as the Abode of the gods, there are several highly venerated pilgrimage places. The tourists must visit Kedarnath, Badrinath, Hemkund Sahib, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Jageshwar, Bageshwar, Rishikesh and Haridwar for their religious importance on Uttarakhand Travel. Each hilltop or bent is known to have a temple, big or small, which are considered very sacred by the locals.

Its a region with several natural lakes, which are the center of attraction of the town and good for sporting activities. The popular hill stations of Uttarakhand are Almora, Bhimtal, Munsiyari, Mussorie, Nainital, Pithoragarh, Ranikhet, Chopta, Valley of Flowers, Joshimath and Lansdowne. For unlimited serenity and tranquility in pleasant pollution free environs, hill station on Uttarakhand Travel are ideal for vacations.

Uttarakhand is also ideal for several adventure sports activities because of its geographical attributes. The tourist here takes the maximum pleasure out of adventure sports like trekking, ice-skiing, white water rafting, sailing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, yachting, water-skiing and parasailing. To climb the big mountain stretch or to pass the dense jungles of the hills is in itself very exciting. The huge water-filled rivers and deep lakes are perfect for water sports


Haridwar Mussoorie Rishikesh
Dehradun Ranikhet Chopta
Nainital Auli Valley of Flower




The sacred Himalayan town of Haridwar represents a living lesson on Hinduism. Located at the foot of the Shivalik Hills, the town attracts hordes of tourists and devotees from all corners of the world. Haridwar also holds significance because it stands as the gateway to the chardham, which includes Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinathji and Kedarnathji. Haridwar finds its mention in the ancient Hindu epics and scriptures as 'Mayapuri', Mokshadwar' and 'Gangadwar'. Geographically, it is at Haridwar where the sacred Ganga enters the northern Indian plains.

During the Kumbh Mela (held at the interval of every 12 years), the population of the town swells up to millions. The next Kumbh Mela and the Ardh Kumbh Mela (held at every 6 years) are scheduled to be held in Haridwar in 2022. Today, Haridwar is seen as a mystic centre for the rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul.

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Har Ki Pauri :
Also known as Har ki Pairi, it is the centre of attraction in the pilgrimage town of Haridwar. Devotees gather here to take a holy dip in the Ganges and to offer prayers. The celebration Ganga Aarti is a sight to behold here for tourists. The aarti ceremony takes place here every evening at 7 pm. As the river Ganga is worshipped, hundreds of diyas are set afloat along the river. According to Hindu mythology, Har ki Pairi is the place where a drop of the nectar fell from the moiling oceans, when the world came into existence.

Chandi Devi :
The temple stands in dedication to Goddess Chandi. One of the most ancient in the country, the temple can be reached either by a ropeway ride or by undertaking a steep climb, that takes up around 45 minutes. The rituals at the temple begin as early as 4 am in the morning. Visitors are required to strictly follow the dress code before entering the premises of the Chandi Devi temple.

Daksha Mahadev Temple :
The temple is situated towards the south of the Kankhal town. Built by Queen Dhankaur in AD 1810, the Daksha Mahadev Temple is the site where Daksha performed a yagna (a Hindu ritual to invoke gods and seek their blessings). In the Hindu mythology, Daksha Prajapati is the father of Sati, the spouse of Lord Shiva. The temple is just a few minutes drive from the railway station.

Sapt Rishi :
The ashram is both ancient and much popular. The words Sapt Rishi is a combination of sapt (seven) and rishi (sage). According to the Hindu traditions, it is the place where the sacred Ganga split herself in seven streams to prevent any disturbance to the seven sages (Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagi, Bharadwaja and Gautam) who were deeply absorbed in meditation. A 5 km drive from Har ki Pauri takes you to the Sapt Rishi Ashram.

Maya Devi :
Dedicated to goddess Maya Devi, the temple is a major attraction for all visitors to Haridwar. The temple is counted as one of the shaktipithas in India. According to the Hindu mythology, it is the place where the heart and navel of goddess Sati fell down, while Lord Shiva was carrying her burnt body. Numerous festivals are held at the Maya Devi temple in keeping with the customs and traditions.

Parad Shivling :
The mythological site is located in the historical town of Kankhal, at 6 km from the town of Haridwar. The Parad Shivling remains enshrined inside the premises of the Harihar Ashram in Kankhal. Weighing 150 kg, the shivling is major pilgrimage site for Shaivites. Devotees worship the shivling to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.

Mansa Devi :
One of the most visited temples in Haridwar, Mansa Devi Mandir occupies a place on top of the Shivalik hills. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi, believed to fulfill the wishes of those who visit here. It is a tradition with the devotees to tie sacred threads around the tree that stands within the premises of the Mansa Devi temple. From the temple, one can have heart stirring views of the Haridwar town. Along with Chandi Devi temple and the Maya Devi temple, it completes the Siddhapeeth Triangle.

Bhimgoda Tank :
The tank is held in high regard by the whole Hindu community. As per the Hindu mythology, the Bhimgoda Tank was created when Bhim, a legendary character of the Hindu epic Mahabharata, hit his knee against the ground while the Pandava brothers were heading towards the Himalayas. The tank occupies a position at a distance of 300 m from Har ki Pauri in Haridwar.



Mussoorie is located in the Garhwal hills. Due to its immense natural beauty, Mussoorie is known as the queen of hill stations. In 1820 Captain Young from the British army was influenced by the beauty of this place and made this place his residence. This marked the foundation of a hill station called Mussoorie. The name, Mussoorie, is derived from plants of ‘Mussoorie’, which were found in abundance here. After its discovery, this hill station gradually developed as a center of education, business, tourism and beauty. Mussoorie is located at a height of 2,500 meters in the green Himalayan range. Due to its location and beauty Mussoorie is considered as the best hill station in the northern region. The modern bungalows, malls and well-laid gardens, which are located on the small hills around the area, are enough to attract any tourist. Mussoorie is an excellent respite for tourists and people who want relief from the hot sultry conditions of the plains. Nature has gifted Mussoorie everything, which makes a place beautiful. With the onset of summers tourists start coming here. As heat increases in the plains number of tourist inflow also increases proportionately. Mussoorie is very close to Delhi, its overnight journey and one can return in one day. So, some people come here to spend their weekends.

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Tiban Temple :
This temple is located in happy valley area of Mussoorie. Both Company gardens and Tibetan temple can be seen in one day. They are located one kilometer from Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administrative Academy. The Tibetan temple is evidence to rich Tibetan cultural heritage. This temple is sure to attract attention of tourists.

Lake Mist :
This place is seven kilometers on way to Kempty. Lake mist offers a perfect resting-place for tired and weary tourists. One has to pay Rs. 25 to enter Lake mist. There are good accommodation facilities here.

Mussoorie Lake :
This Lake is located some seven kilometers on the highway to Dehradun. The gateway of this lake appears to be welcoming tourists from Dehradun. The entry charge to this lake is Rs. 15. One can enjoy boating at this lake. One also gets a very good view of the Dun Valley from this lake. The villages surrounding Mussoorie can also be seen from here.

Lal Tibba :
This place is highest point in Mussoorie. Lal Tibba is located in Landour area, which is the oldest inhabited place in Mussoorie. Gunhill is second highest point in Mussoorie. From Gunhill Mussoorie appears to be changing colours every other minute. Each moment a different scene appears before your eyes. There are many shops on the hilltop so one can have a small little picnic here.

Municipal Gardens :
The municipal or the Company gardens was previously (before independence) was also known as Botanical gardens of Mussoorie. Famous geologist Dr. H. Fackner laid these gardens in the last century. Kempty Falls Kempty Falls are located 13 kms from Mussoorie. John Mekinan developed this place as a tourist destination after 1835.



Whether you are wishing to chant your way to peace and solitude, or looking to align your chakras or visit the country's holiest shrines, all signpost point toward Uttarakhand picturesque small town Rishikesh. Situated at an altitude of around 1,360 ft, above sea level, Rishikesh represents the site where Lord Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu.

Set on the banks of Holy Ganges river, Rishikesh is home to a number of temples and ashrams which attract large number of pilgrims every year. A Gateway to the Himalayas in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttarakhand Rishikesh abounds in natural grandeur. The spectacle of the river Ganges gushing through the foothills of Himalayas, surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills from three sides and the verdant forest all-around, provide a wonderful sight to Rishikesh.

Known for its strong currents and fierce behaviour upstream, the Holy Ganges river becomes surprisingly slow and gracious at Rishikesh. Next, the Ganga leaves the mountains and joins the plains for her further journey. Every day the ghats of Ganges abound with sadhus as well as pilgrims and the 'Aarti' on the banks of the river is not to be missed event on your tour to Rishikesh. In the evening, the floating diyas (earthen lamps) provide a superb view to the ghats. Besides, the hymns and distance sound of bell chimes create a symphony of sorts during the Aarti.

On the whole, Rishikesh is not only an attraction for pilgrims, but it also welcomes tourists and adventure seekers from India and world as well. So, if you want to observe and experience the charm of Rishikesh on your own, then don't wait, just opt a suitable package, pack your bag and head straight towards this enchanting place.

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Lakshman Jhula :
Built in 1939, this suspended iron bridge (450 ft) is a major attraction for the tourists visiting Rishikesh. Legend goes that Ganges has descended to the earth at this place. It is believed that Lakshman, the younger brother of Lord Rama crossed the river Ganges using a hanging bridge made of jute. At Lakshman Jhula, you will see the Radha-Krishna Temple and at the entrance of the bridge, Lakshman Temple, the only one in India. On the opposite side of this temple, you can see a 11.3 metre high monolithic Shiva statue.

Ram Jhula :
A new hanging bridge, Ram Jhula is constructed between Shivananda Ashram and Sawargashram. Ram Jhula has been constructed to avail cross the Ganga at Shivananda for returning to Rishikesh.

Sivananda Ashram :
Established in 1932 by the great Indian Sage Swami Shivananda, Sivananda Ashram is located on the banks of the holy river Ganges at the foothills of the Himalayan ranges. Swami Sivananda established this ashram with a sacred idea of promoting spiritualism and of providing the spiritual practice for devotees.

Swargashram :
Situated 2 kms south of Lakshman Jhula, Swargashram is an abode of hermits and saints. You can see a number of Hindu temples here. Apart from temples, Swargashram has several good eating joints and shops, where you can shop and satisfy your palates.

Gita Bhawan :
Located close to the Lakshman Jhula, Gita Bhawan is a newly constructed building. Gita Bhawan displays mythological stories through fantastic paintings and magnificent statues.

Bharat Mandir :
Bharat Mandir, an ancient temple founded by Adiguru Shankaracharya during the 12th century, is an imposing shrine located in the heart of the city Rishikesh. The main deity installed here is of Lord Vishnu, the idol is being carved out from a single piece of Saligram. A spectacular sacred Shree Yanthra is placed at the inner canopy of the temple. The details of this ancient temple are recorded in the very old record of Kearkhand.

Present temple is the renovated one reconstructed on the ruins of the original temple destroyed by Tamur. Recent excavations brought out many old statues, ancient pots and coins from this site.

Nilkanth Mahadev :
One of the most important temples of Rishikesh, Nilkanth Mahadev is situated above Swaragashram, atop a 1,675 m high hill. You have to take a trek of around 12 kms through the tranquil forest to reach Nilkanth Mahadeo. Reach the temple and get a commanding panoramic views of the surroundings. Legends has it that in the ancient times when the ocean was being churned for 'Amrit' (Drink for immortality), first venom oozed out. Lord Shiva drank that venom at this particular place, which is now known as Nilkanth Mahadev.

Many charitable and spiritual activities are comducted under the auspices of the Ashram; they include Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy, Sivananda Eye Hospital and Sivananda Ayurvedic Pharmacy. Yoga classes are conducted daily for the public in the Ashram.

Triveni Ghat :
Triveni Ghat, a confluence of three holy important Rivers the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswathy, is a most revered sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh and is situated on the banks of Ganges River. It is of belief that those who take a dip in Triveni Ghat will have salvation, a relief from all sins carried out; the water here has the power to purify them.

Devotees make many offerings at Triveni ghat, in the early morning at sunrise they offer milk to the river and happily feed the fish in the Ghat. An impressive view of lamps floated in the river as part of aarti ceremony is pleasing to eyes after the sunset. 



Dehradun, also known as the 'Abode of Drona' is the capital of newly created state of Uttarakhand or Uttarakhand. Set amidst the Great Indian Himalayan ranges, the charming city of Dehradun attracts thousands of tourists from Indian and abroad as well. Situated in north-west corner of the state, Dehradun is bounded on the north and north-west by Uttarkashi district, on the east by Tehri Garhwal and Pauri-Garhwal districts and in the south by Saharnpur district (Uttar Pradesh).

One of the oldest cities of India, Dehradun had been mentioned in Ashoka's inscriptions that dates back to 250 BC, which you can even today find outside the city. Dehradun remained an important centre for Garhwal rulers later the British captured the area and developed it as a hill station. Apart from a hill resort, Dehradun is also the headquarters of several National Institutes and Organizations such as ONGC, Forest Research Institute, Survey of India etc. Dehradun is home to some of India's noted educational and training institutes like Indian Military Academy, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA), Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) etc.

Whether you are an adventure seeker, a common traveller or looking for a spiritual vacation, Dehradun offers everything according to your choice. So, visit the beautiful hill station of Dehradun this vacation to surrender yourself completely to mother nature and enjoy a holiday of lifetime.

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Tapowan :
Tapowan is located 5 kms away from the city bus stand on the Dehradun - Rajpur Road. Set amidst the beautiful natural surroundings, this place has an interesting legend linked to Guru Dronacharya.

Tapkeshawar Shiv Temple :
Situated in the Garhi Cantt. area, Tapkeshawar Temple is an ancient place of worship. Just 5.5. kms away from city bus stand, the temple is easily accessible by road. Large number of people visit the temple during the occasion of Shivratri to participate in the fair and pay their obeisance to the presiding deity.

Chandrabani :
A famous temple, Chadrabani Temple (Gautam Kund) is situated at a distance of 7 kms from Dehradun on the Dehradun - Delhi road. Legend has it that this place was inhabited by Maharishi Gautam, his wife and daughter who are even today worshipped by the people. Every year thousands of devotees visit this temple to take a holy dip in the Kund.

Forest Research Institute :
One of the biggest forest based training institute in India, Forest Research Institute is located 7 kms away from Clock Tower on the Dehradun-Chakrata road. Established in the year 1906, the Forest Research Institute is one of the oldest institute of its kind and highly acclaimed all over the world. Situated in a lush green estate of over 450 hactres, the Forest Research Institute houses a Botanical Museum for the tourists.

Indian Military Academy :
Indian Military Academy is situated at a distance of 8 kms from the city centre on Dehradun-Chakrata Road. A premier training institute for Army Officer, the Indian Military Academy is functional from 1st October 1932. Main tourist attractions include War Memorial, Museum, Library. Shooting Demonstration Room, 18 holes Golf Course and Arms and ammunition.

Tibetan Temple (Buddha Temple) :
Just adjacent to the Sai Darbar Temple is the Tibetan Temple. Dedicated to Lord Buddha this temple is also visited by tourists and locals in large number.

Laxman Siddh :
Laxman Siddh is a popular temple which lies 12 kms away from Dehradun. According to a legend a sage underwent penance over the temple site. Large number of people visit this temple, especially on Sundays.

Santala Devi Temple :
A popular tourist destination, Santala Devi Temple is situated at a distance of 15 kms from Dehradun. You can take a bus till Jaitunwala, then take a jeep drive to Punjabiwala, from where you have to take a trek of 2 kms to reach the temple. Santala Devi Temple is a place of religious and cultural significance and it draws people from far and near.

Sai Darbar Temple :
Sai Darbar Temple is located 8 kms away from the town along the Clock Tower on Rajpur Road. Due to high cultural and spiritual importance, Sai Darbar attracts large number of tourists from India and the world as well.

Robber's Cave (Guchhupani) :
Located 8 kms away from the bus terminal, the Robber's Cave is a perfect picnic spot. To visit this place you have to take local bus up to Anarwala village, from where a trek of one kilometre will take you to this spot.

Malsi Deer Park :
Just 10 kms away from Dehradun, Malsi Deer Park is a beautifully developed mini-zoological park. Set at the foothills of the Shivalik range, Malsi Deer Park also has a children's park flanked by splendid natural surroundings.

Sahastradhara :
A major tourist attraction, Sahastradhara is located 11 kms away from Dehradun. Sahastradhara is an ideal picnic spot and it is thronged by people in large number. The waterfall at Sahastradhara is 9 mts high, the river Baldi and caves provide it a spectacular view. The Sulphur spring is another attraction here, people believe that the water of the spring possess medicinal properties and cure skin infections.





A QUEEN'S FIELD The ancient Aryans had designated the region of the Central Himalayas as the Celestial Land - the Dev Bhumi; the coloring of the foliage has to be believed. March and April is flower time in the foothills, while June and July bring the wild flowers to the upper regions, where the dwarf rhododendron bushes resplendent with pink and mauve blooms the region in all their glory. The flowering plants amaze and confuse, when; different branches of the same plant yield flowers of different colours and varying fragrance. European tourists, over the centuries have, enthused ecstatically over its valley, meadows, cliffs, hills, snow-capped mountains, serpentine rivers and crystal clear rivulets here and there displaying the rainbow. The hill station, idyllic in its charm, Ranikhet with its majestic pine trees, is 59.5 kilometers from Nainital.

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Nanda Devi Fair :
Nanda Devi Mela is a fair of great religious and cultural significance. It is held at Nanda Devi Temple in September to commemorate the memory of goddesses, Nanda and Sunanda. Upat and Kalika With one of the best 9-hole golf links in the country; Upat is a boon to the enthusiast. With the added attraction of private orchards, it is 5.6 km away. Just one kilometer from Upat is Kalika with its famous temple to the Goddess Kali. It also has good forest nursery. A beautiful snowcapped mountain peak is available on the other side of the golf link at Upat. Chaubatia as the name implies, these are four, fruit gardens, with a Government Fruit Research Centre, complete with a fruit sales depot and cafeteria. It is 10 kilometers from Ranikhet.

Bhalu Dam Main Source of the town's water supply comes from the Bhalu Dam, 3.2 kilometers from Chaubatia. It is famous for its fishing. Majhkhali on the Ranikhet - Almora road, 13 km, is a spot of entrancing, celestial beauty. Here is an awe-inspiring view of the majesty of the Sonya peaks. The U.P. Government Agriculture Farm is situated here.

Co-operative Drug Factory :
Three kilometers down the road to Ramnagar, is unique venture. Here are manufactured, on co-operative basis, Ayuvedic drugs from local herbs. The factory deals with the drugs from the research stage down to production.

Sat Tal :
Sat Tal Picturesque spot where nature reigns supreme in all her beauty, Sat Tal, or Seven Lakes is 21 kilometers from Nainital. Here are seven small but exquisite lakes; including Panna, Nal-Damayanti, Sita, Government and the Sukha Tal Lakes in the midst of thick tall, pine oak trees. Here, too, is a tiny wild life sanctuary Ashram run by Dr.Stanley Jones of America. The Nal-Damyanti Lake is loaded with a variety of fish. Bhim Tal Named after one of the Pandava brothers, this, the largest lake in the district, is 1701 meters by 454 meters making it 265 meters longer than Naini Lake. Situated at a level of 1371.6 meters it is 22 kilometers from Nainital. Known for its robust majesty, Bhim Tal has an exquisite gem in the middle of the lake - an is let situated within the range of temple bells, which have been chiming for the last 300 years in the 17th century edifice, beneath the shadow of the towering mountain as it rushes precipitously down to the emerald green of the lake. The island, situated close to the northeast side, is only 91.4 meters from the shore.

Naukuchia Tal (1218 meters) :
A haven for the fishing enthusiasts, this fine lake, with nine corners, is four kilometers to the northeast of Bhim Tal. Tarakhet Beloved of Gandhi On the same road, 8 kilometers away, is the spot; Mahatma Gandhi fell in love with and stayed for a length of time during the days of the Independence struggle. Here, he came for peace of mind, which he always found. Now a developing town ships, the house Gandhi stayed in, GandhiKuti, and Prem Vidhyalaya are the chief attractions.

There is a good Rest House, built in beautiful surroundings. Khairna and Bhikiasen they are situated on forest road, 22 km and 53 kilometers from Ranikhet respectively - famous for fishing. Mainla only 13 kilometers from Bhikiasen and 66 km from Ranikhet, out of which 13 km are negotiated by a bridle Path; lead to beautiful Mainla, in the midst of the mighty mountains.

Bhowali (1706 meters) :
Eleven kilometers to the east of Nainital, Bhowali is an ideal spot for those in search of fragrant pines, for a day's outing, weekend, or even the whole summer. Enclosed by a pine forest, the crisp, salubrious air makes it an ideal spot for the finest T.B.Sanatorium in the state. It also has a Rest House and Tourist Bungalow, besides a few ordinary hotels. Hanuman Garhi and Observatory an ecstatic spot reputed for its glorious sunset, the Hanuman Temple, has turned lately into a pilgrim centre as well. Near the temple are U.P. Government Astronomical Observatory and the Satellite Tracking Centre well worth a visit.



Chopta is a picturesque hamlet which is still unexplored by travelers. Chopta is the commencement point of the trek to Tungnath 3rd Kedar. Another 1.5 km trek from Tungnath leads to Chandrashila (4000mts above sea level) which offers a splendid view of snow clad Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba stretched widely

Chopta itself offers splendid views of the imposing Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi and Chaukhamba. It is located at an elevation of 2680mts above sea level. Chopta is rich in varied flora and fauna. Chopta is situated amidst thick forest of pine, deodar and rhododendrons.

Chopta is easily accessible as it is located on the road connecting Gopeshwar with Guptkashi. Wake up with cool salubrious breeze and chirping of birds in Chopta. The morning view from Chopta is invigorating when the crimson rays of sun kisses the snow laden Himalayas. Carry light woolens in summers and heavy woolens in winters while planning a visit to Chopta.

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Tungnath Temple :
Tungnath is the highest temple of Lord Shiva perched at an elevation of 3,680mts above sea level. The sanctity of the region of Tungath is considered unsurpassed. Tungnath is one of Panch Kedar and Shiva's arm is worshipped here. The trek to highest temple of Lord Shiva commences from Chopta. You can reach Tungnath by a 4km easy but steep trek.

Chandrashila :
Chandrashila can be reached after a little more than 1km trek from Tungnath. From Chandrashila you can enjoy 360 degree panoromic views of the gigantic Himalayas. Chandrashila is the highest point of the mountain on which Tungnath Temple and Chopta are located. Chandrashila is situated at an astonishing altitude of 4090mts above sea level.



Once the home of noted conservationist Jim Corbett, Nainital is now popular as the 'Lake City of India'. Situated at an altitude of around 1938 metres, Nainital is the largest and one of the most popular hill resorts of Kumaon region. A glittering jewel in the Himalayan necklace, Nainital has grown around a 'tal' (mountain-lake), blessed with pristine natural beauty and an enchanting landscape.

Nainital has a varied topography and it is flanked by seven sky scrapping peaks namely - Naina Peak (2,611 m), Alma Peak (2,432 m), Sher-ka-Danda (2,405 m), Laria Kanta Peak (2,485 m), Ayarpatta or Dorothy Seat (2,292 m), Handi Bundi (2,179 m) and Deopatta or Camel's Back (2,422 m).

Discovered in 1841 by a Britisher, Lord Barron, Nainital is always bustling with tourists who flock the city from far and wide. Today, the life of Nainital revolves around the Naini Lake, which mirrors the sun playing hide and seek with the clouds and mountains.

In truth, the beauty of Nainital can't be described in words, better you visit this town on your own. Moreover, When you reach this picturesque town, the unending expanse of scenic beauty with awe-inspiring and pristine mother nature, will surely mesmerize you.

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Naini Lake :
Considered as the nucleus of Nainital's picturesque beauty, Naini Lake is a host in itself and attracts large number of tourists every year. The northern end of the lake is called as Mallital while the southern end is called Tallital. Both ends of the lake have well-managed shopping centres, with beautiful laid stores, luxury shops and marts.

During the day time, the reflection of magnificent hills dotted with small beautiful cottages and villas, captivate every one. However, at night the lake looks more beautiful when the myriad of bulbs from the hill sides and hanging near the lake's edge, stab their magical light into the calm waters of the lake.

Besides its charming beauty, the lake offers plenty of leisure activities for holiday makers. You can enjoy yachting, boating or paddling the boat etc. across the lake by paying a reasonable fare. Boating rates ranges between Rs. 30 to Rs. 50, Paddling boats are available on hourly basis from Rs. 50 to Rs. 90. You can also hire a small yacht at Rs. 60 from the Nainital Boat Club.

Snow View :
Situated at a height of 7,450 ft, above the sea level, Snow View is the most popular peak of Nainital. A thrill for kids and adults alike, the Snow View is best reach by an aerial ropeway. From the Snow View you get spectacular views of the glittering snows of Himalayas around.

Apart from ropeway, you can also ride up to Snow View and back on horses or ponies which can be hired at the north end of the Mall. The round trip on ponies or horses, costs you around Rs. 50 - Rs. 75. Ropeway fare for round trip is Rs.60, but you have to return within an hour, one-way charge is Rs. 40 for adults and Rs.35 for children.

The Flatts :
Located at the northern side of the Naini Lake, the Flatts is a popular place, known for variety of leisure activities. Evenings are heavily crowded here, as people of the town flock this spot for passing a good time. Here, you will see the statue of Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant, a mosque, Naina Devi Temple, a Gurduwara and also a picturesque fountain. In addition, there is a band stand, a Chat Market and the Bhotia Market. In Bhotia market, you can buy a range of fancy item sold by vendors.

Capitol cinema, Rink Theatre used for roller skating are other attractions at Flatts. For recreation the Flatts has New Club, Boat House Club, Masonic Hall, where you can enjoy a variety of leisure activities. The Flatts also has a playground where interesting games and cultural activities are organized during festivals.

Mall Road :
Running on one side of Naini Lake, the Mall Road has now been renamed as Govind Ballabh Pant Marg. Mall Road is the main link joining the two ends of Naini Lake, Mallital and Tallital. This road is lined by a number of hotels, restaurants, shops, banks, travel agencies and other business concerns. Every year in the months of May and June, Mall road is closed for vehicles in the evening time to facilitate Mall strolling which is a major attraction for tourists visiting Nainital.

Governor's House (Raj Bhawan) :
Built originally by British Government as residence of Governor of North West Province, it is now the official residence of Governor of Uttarakhand. The Governor's House consists of lovely garden, swimming pool and golf links. Other attractions in the complex are Jhandidhar Modi Heights and Munshi heights. Constructed in the line of Buckingham Palace, the Governor's House is double storied and has 113 rooms. For visiting the Governor's House you have to take prior permission.

Nainital Zoo :
Nainital Zoo is located around one km away from the main bus terminal. Situated at an altitude of 2,100 m, the sprawling open area is home to wild animals like Himalayan Black Bear, Siberian Tiger, Leopard, Monkeys, Wolf, Palm Civet Cat, Silver Pheasants, Sambar, Barking Deer, Ghoral, Hill Fox and Rose-ringed Parakeet.

Caves Garden :
A latest addition in the tourist attractions of Nainital, the Caves Garden is situated at Sukha Tal, just one km away from Mallital, close to Kumaon University Campus.

Hanuman Garhi :
A religious centre, Hanuman Garhi is around 3.5 kms away from the Nainital bus stand. Set an an altitude of 1951 mts, Hanuman Garhi is known for the Hanumargarh temple, dedicated to Lord Hanuman besides Lord Rama and Shiva. In addition, this place is also famous for its wonderful sun set view, in fact, here the setting sun will fill your mind to the brim.

Naina Peak or China Peak :
The highest peak of Nainital, Naina Peak is situated at a height of 2,611 metres, at a distance of about 6 kms from the town. Naina Peak commands a splendid view of bright snow-laden Himalayas from Api and Nari peaks of Nepal in the east to Bandar Punch in west. Besides, it also provides a birds eye view of the town and a beautiful panorama surrounding the lake city. You can hire ponies or horses from Snow View or Mallital to reach this peak.



Auli is a popular tourist place that lies in the famous Himalayan belt. The snow capped slopes here makes it a favorite hunt for winter sports enthusiasts. Located amidst some lofty mountain peaks everything is in blue and white. The crystal clear sheet of snow reflects the whole of the sky giving it an additional tinge of icy ambience. The slopes are fantastic and ideal for skiing. It is truly a game for all skiers. That is how most of the adventure aspirants reach the place. With facilities all geared up the place is one resort that gives a real chill.

Skiing in Auli :
The three kms long slope at Auli is one of the best skiing spots in the whole of the country. Located at an altitude of about 3000 metres the place is devoid of loathing human construction. What lays there is just the sheet of snow and sparsely distributed deodar trees. No wonder you find a lot of skiers in their nerve racking jumps. The Skiing Centre at Auli was set up in the year 1984. Though late but the place finally received patronage from the state agency and things have been happening since then. Today, the place is considered as the third best skiing spot in the country.

At Auli skiing is more fun than a serious sports exercise. The facilities available makes your time and trip a very entertaining one. The ropeway from Joshimath, chair lifts, skiing lifts, snow beaters, skiing gear hiring agencies, huts and restaurants make it all incredible, a great experience at Auli. The skiing season starts from the month of January and continues till March, during which a number of events take place. The skiing competitions and festivals generate a good rush of sports activists, tourists, adventure lovers who participate with all the zeal. National Championships organized by Winter Sports Federation of India is one major skiing event conducted at Auli.

Snow Boarding in Auli :
In addition to Snow-Skiing, Auli is also famous all over the world for Snow Boarding, which attracts large number of tourists every year. With its varied altitude ranging between 2500-3050 metres, above sea level, Auli offers exciting snow boarding opportunities both for beginners and experienced adventure seekers.

Snow Boaring in Auli provides you a good chance to explore the spectacular areas of the Garhwal Himalayas. Besides, you also get a chance to conquer the popular mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet and Dronagiri. Every year between the months of January and March, the Auli slopes usually remain covered with thick carpet of snow, which is the ideal time for enjoying this sport. Both Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam and private operators give snowboarding equipments on hire.

Training Courses for Amateurs and Beginners :
Every year small camps are conducted by the Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam, the state corporation that looks after the skiing centre, to train the beginners and amateurs. The training is covered in two modules - seven days and fourteen days. The institution provides the necessary equipment. The participants are, however, advised to bring their own couture.


 Valley of Flowers

Whether it's the literature by the mountaineers and botanists or the Hindu mythology, the Valley of Flowers has its own unique place. It is a strikingly expressive high altitude Himalayan valley. As a popular national park in India, it is known for its variety of flora and fauna and is internationally recognised for the diverse alpine flora. The Valley of Flowers wonderfully represents the West Himalayan bio-geographic zone. Since it was declared a national park in 1982, the Indian government has been taking vatious measures to preserve the pristine beauty of the valley. Gauri Parbat, at 6,719 m above sea level, has the eminence of being the highest point in the national park.

To reach the Valley of Flowers, visitors first need to get to Joshimath, the closest major town from the valley. You can easily reach Joshimath either from Haridwar or Dehradun. Hire a vehicle from Joshimath to get to Gobindghat. From here, the Valley of Flowers is a 17 km trek. Get your lodging arrangements done at Ghangharia itself. Apart from being home to a diverse flora, the national park is also home to animal species like Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear, blue sheep etc




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