Uttarakhand is a state in North Indian region of Himalayas. The state is popular as Devbhumi(land of Gods) for the presence of numerous Hindu pilgrimage sites in the state.As a result religious forms a major portion of the tourists in the state. Uttarakhand is home to the first national park in India. There are 12 National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries covering 13.8 percent of the total area of the state. Nanda Devi Biosphere reserve and Valley of Flowers National Park are UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers since late 60's when Beatles rocked up Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram. Known as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ because of the large number of ashrams teaching meditation and yoga.The northern part of the main town is the hotspot for all the action where the Ganga forested hills form a conducive environment for all the meditation.The evening aarti also draws a lot of crowd.
Established by the British in 1823 ,the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ spends much of the year swathed in clouds.Mussorie became hugely popular during the British Raj and its effects can be seen till today in the architecture of its churches, libraries, hotels and summer place.
Located the point where Ganga emerges from the Himalayas , Haridwar is an important city in the religious architecture of the country.The large number of people gathering on the bathing ghats on the holy ganga river give the place a chaotic feel.There are a number of Hindu temples, ashrams and dharamsalas (pilgrims’ rest houses) in the city.The city also serves as the entry point to the nearby Rajaji National Park.
Nainital is a famous hill station in northern India, it is situated on the banks of the Naini Lake. Nicknamed the Lake District, Nainital is a town whose life takes place on the Naini lake. Nainital is also the city that hosts the only zoological garden in the state of Uttarakhand