Uttarakhand lies among the top tourist destinations in India due to its vast cultural heritage and rich flora and fauna. It lies in the northern part of India. Regionally, Uttarakhand is divided into Garhwal and Kumaon. Nanda devi mountain range acts as a Nature’s divider of Garhwal and Kumaon. Garhwal and Kumaon region of Uttarakhand might differ culturally from each other but both are equally accountable for giving the tourists the best sightseeing places in Uttarakhand.
Top tourist places in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand are in districts Dehradun, Haridwar, Tehri Garhwal,Pauri Garhwal, Uttarkashi, Chamoli and Rudraprayag while those of Kumaon region are in the states Almora, Bageshwar, Champawat, Nainital, Pithoragarh and Udham Singh Nagar.
Uttarakhand has snow covered mountains and mesmerising scenic views which are inviting enough to land it among top tourist destinations of India. Whether one is planning for Adventure tourism or Pilgrimage tourism, Uttarakhand offers a complete package for its tourists in a single plate. Extremely popular for the Chardham Yatra, Uttarakhand is a name on everyone’s tongue when they are looking for religious and spiritual activities. The Chardhams – namely,Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri – are the top tourist places in Uttarakhand. Badrinath (or Badrinarayan or Badrinath Dham) is the holy temple of God Vishnu in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Kedarnath (or Kedarnath Dham) is the temple dedicated to God Shiva in the in Rudraprayag. Gangotri is a town in Uttarkashi, on the bank of river Bhagirathi and the origin of holy river Ganga. Yamunotri Dham is also in Uttarkashi District of Uttarakhand, dedicated to Goddess Yamuna and also the origin of the holy river Yamuna. Other sacred and holy tourist places in Uttarakhand are Rishikesh, Haridwar, Shri Hemkund Sahib, Lokpal, Nanakmatta, Meetha Reetha Sahib and Piran kaliyar, which are visited by devotees in lakhs of number throughout the year. From adventure prospective, Uttarakhand has a lot more to offer than any other state. The top tourist places in Uttarakhand for adventure activities are – Bhagirathi, Chowkhamba, Pindari, Sahastrataal, Milam, Kafni, Khatling and Gomukh for mountaineering. While for trekking and skiing one can choose from – Auli , Dayara bugyal , Munsiyari and Mundali.