Uttarakhand Tourism

About Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand, the 27th state of India, was formed on 9 November 2000 after years of agitation. Initially named Uttaranchal, it was renamed Uttarakhand in January 2007 to honor local sentiments. The state, known as Devbhoomi, is divided into Garhwal and Kumaon regions, encompassing 13 districts. It has two capitals: Dehradun (winter) and Gairsain (summer). The High Court, currently located in Nainital, is planned to move to Haldwani in the future.

History OF Devbhoomi (U.K)

History Of Devboomi
History Of Devboomi

In ancient scriptures, Uttarakhand is known as Kedarkhand, Manashkhand, and Himavant. The Pandavas visited Uttarakhand, where the Mahabharata and Ramayana were composed. Adi Shankaracharya established the Badrinath temple, considered the fourth Hindu monastery. Before 1790, Kumaon was ruled by the Chand dynasty and Garhwal by the Parmar and Panwar dynasties. In 1790-91, the Gorkhas took over both regions. In 1815, the British took control, leading to significant administrative and social changes, including road construction, new schools, and agricultural practices. Post-independence, these regions formed Uttarakhand in 2000, developing rapidly with national parks bolstering tourism and preserving biodiversity.

Geography of Uttarakhand

Geography Of Uttarakhand
Geography Of Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand, located in the north-central part of India, covers an area of 53,484 km² and had a population of 8,479,562 as per the 2001 census. It is bordered by Tibet to the northeast, Himachal Pradesh to the northwest, Uttar Pradesh to the southwest, and Nepal to the southeast. The state lies between 28°43’N to 31°27’N latitude and 77°34’E to 81°02’E longitude. Of its total area, 43,035 km² is mountainous, 7,448 km² is plain, and 34,651 km² is forest-covered.

Culture Of Uttarakhand

     If we talk about the cultural of Uttarakhand this state makes itself very different from the other states Because Uttarakhand is known for its beautiful Garhwali and Kumaoni culture. Diverse conventions, religious fairs, celebrations ,people moves, music are what clearly separate them.

Cultural Of Uttarakhand

1.Garhwali Cultural: Garhwali is the main language spoken here which also has many dialects including Jaunsari, Marchi, Jadhi and Sailani. People of many ethnic groups and castes in Garhwal.

Cultural Of Uttarakhand
Cultural Of Uttarakhand
Cultural Of Uttarakhand

2.Kumaoni Cultural: The People of Kumaon speak 13 dialects including Kumeya, Gangola, Soryali, Sirali, Askoti, Danpuriya, Johari, Chaugarkhyali, Majh Kumeya, Khasparjiya, Pachai and Rauchoubhaisi. This group of languages is known as the group of central hill languages.

Cultural Of Uttarakhand
Cultural Of Uttarakhand
Cultural Of Uttarakhand

Most Popular Festivals

1.Kumaoni Holi: Kumaoni Holi is celebrated in three forms, Baithaki Holi, Khadi Holi and Mahila  Holi.

Most Popular Festival

2.Harela Festival: Harela Festival is an important festival of Uttarakhand which marks the beginning of the rainy season or monsoon. People of Kumaon community celebrate this festival during the month of Shravan i.e. July& August.

Most Popular Festival

3.Jageshwar Fair: Jageshwar Fair is held at the temple of Lord Shiva in Jageshwar on the Fifteenth day of the month of Baisakh.

Most Popular Festival

4. Kumbh Mela is one of the most significant and popular festivals in Uttarakhand. Held every four years, this three-month-long festival rotates between Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nashik, occurring at each location once every 12 years.

Most Popular Festival

Folk Dance

Folk Dance
Folk Dance
Folk Dance
Folk Dance
  • Basanti: Basanti is composed to Welcome the spring season.
  • Mangal: Mangal is sung during marriage ceremonies.
  • Jagars: Jagars are used during the worship of ghosts.

Folk Songs

Folk Song
Folk Song
Folk Song
  • Basanti: Basanti is composed to Welcome the spring season.
  • Mangal: Mangal is sung during marriage ceremonies.
  • Jagars: Jagars are used during the worship of ghosts.

Costumes Of Uttarakhand

Costumes Of Uttarakhand
Costumes Of Uttarakhand
Costumes Of Uttarakhand

The traditional costumes of Uttarakhand reflect its rich cultural heritage, bearing similarities to those of Himachal Pradesh. Women historically wore ghagra and angadi or churidar pajama and kurta, though these have mostly been replaced by petticoats, blouses, and sarees. Woolen garments are prevalent in winter. For special occasions like weddings, the Sanil Ghaghra is still favored. Women accessorize with an array of jewelry, including neckbands, nose rings, earrings, sheeshphool for the head, and gold or silver bangles, anklets, and toe rings. Married women often wear a chareu around their neck, and the Pichhora is traditionally worn during significant events.

Char Dham Of Uttarakhand

1. Kedarnath

Kedarnath

Kedarnath, nestled in the Himalayas, is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Part of the Char Dham, it stands near the Mandakini River and offers breathtaking mountain views. Accessible by a challenging trek, it attracts pilgrims seeking spiritual solace, blending devotion with nature’s splendor.

2. Badrinath

Badrinath

Badrinath, Uttarakhand, India, is a revered Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Nestled in the Himalayas at 3,300 meters, it is part of the Char Dham pilgrimage. The temple, set beside the Alaknanda River, attracts devotees for its spiritual significance and stunning mountain scenery.

3.Gangotri

Gangotri

Gangotri, situated in Uttarakhand, India, is a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site dedicated to Goddess Ganga. Located at 3,100 meters in the Himalayas, it marks the origin of the Ganges River. The temple, set along the Bhagirathi River, draws devotees seeking blessings and the river’s holy waters.

4.Yamunotri

Yamunotri

Yamunotri, located in Uttarakhand, India, is a revered Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. Positioned at an altitude of 3,293 meters in the Garhwal Himalayas, it marks the source of the Yamuna River. The temple attracts pilgrims who undertake a scenic trek to seek blessings and bathe in its thermal springs.

Hidden Gems of Uttarakhand

Chaukori
Chaukori

Chaukori, a serene hill station, offers panoramic Himalayan views, lush tea gardens, ancient temples, and unspoiled natural beauty, ideal for tranquility.

Munsiyari
Munsiyari

Munsiyari, a picturesque town, boasts stunning Himalayan views, trekking routes, rich biodiversity, and serves as a gateway to the Johar Valley.

Chopta
Chopta

Chopta, known as the “Mini Switzerland of India,” features lush meadows, snow-capped peaks, and is the base for Tungnath trek.

Binsar
Binsar

Binsar, a tranquil hill station, offers panoramic Himalayan views, rich wildlife in Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, and ancient temples for exploration.

Top Thrilling Adventures & Trekking to Experience in Uttarakhand

Most Popular Hill Stations In Uttarakhand

Mussoorie
Mussoorie
Rishikesh
Rishikesh
Nainital
Nainital
Lansdowne
Lansdowne
The best time to visit Uttarakhand is from March to June and from September to November. During these periods, the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing, trekking, and other outdoor activities. The spring and summer months (March to June) offer lush greenery and blooming flowers, making it perfect for nature enthusiasts. The autumn months (September to November) provide clear skies and comfortable temperatures, ideal for exploring the picturesque landscapes and spiritual destinations without the crowds of the peak tourist season.
Prashant Gusain
Traveller & Guide
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