|Tourism of Uttaranchal | Uttaranchal Tourism|
The region is traditionally referred to as Uttarakhand in Hindu scriptures and old literature, a term which derives from Sanskrit uttara meaning north, and khand meaning country or part of a country. It has an area of 20,682 sq mi (53,566 km²).
In January 2007, the name of the state was officially changed from Uttaranchal, its interim name, to Uttarakhand. The provisional capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun which is also a rail-head and the largest city in the region. The small hamlet of Gairsain has been mooted as the future capital owing to its geographic centrality but controversies and lack of resources have led Dehradun to remain provisional capital. The High Court of the state is in Nainital.
Recent developments in the region include initiatives by the state government to capitalise on handloom and handicrafts, the burgeoning tourist trade as well as tax incentives to lure high-tech industry to the state. The state also has big-dam projects, controversial and often criticised in India, such as the very large Tehri dam on the Bhagirathi-Bhilangana rivers, conceived in 1953 and about to reach completion. Uttarakhand is also well known as the birthplace of the Chipko environmental movement, and a myriad other social movements including the mass agitation in the 1990s that led to its formation.
Uttarakhand lies on the southern slope of the Himalaya range, and the climate and vegetation vary greatly with elevation, from glaciers at the highest elevations to subtropical forests at the lower elevations. The highest elevations are covered by ice and bare rock. Below them, between 3,000 and 5,000 metres (9,800 and 16,000 ft) are montane grasslands and shrublands:
Below 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) elevation lie the Himalayan subtropical pine forests. The Upper Gangetic Plains moist deciduous forests and the drier Terai-Duar savanna and grasslands cover the lowlands along the Uttar Pradesh border. This belt is locally known as Bhabhar. These lowland forests have mostly been cleared for agriculture, but a few pockets remain.
Indian National Parks in Uttarakhand include the Jim Corbett National Park (the oldest national park of India) at Ramnagar in Nainital District, Valley of Flowers National Park and Nanda Devi National Park in Chamoli District, which together are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rajaji National Park in Haridwar District, and Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Gangotri National Park in Uttarkashi District.
Districts of Uttarakhand:
There are 13 districts in Uttarakhand which are grouped into two divisions. Kumaon division and Garhwal division:
The Kumaon division includes six districts.
Udham Singh Nagar
The Garhwal division includes seven districts.
Pauri Garhwal (commonly known as Garhwal)
Important cities in Uttranchal:
Kashipur Udham Singh Nagar
Rudrapur Udham Singh Nagar
Kotdwara Pauri Garhwal
Srinagar Pauri Garhwal
Khatima Udham Singh Nagar
Devprayag Pauri Garhwal
Wildlife Reserves and National Parks:
The Assan barrage is a wetland in the Uttarakhand-Himachal Pradesh border region in Doon Valley, (Dehradun District), northern India, situated at the confluence of the Yamuna Canal and the Assan River and about 11 kilometers from Dak Pathar, and 28 km. southwest of Dehradun.
Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary:
Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary is located 54 km from Pithoragarh near Askot in Uttarakhand state of India, nestles at a height of 5412 ft (1650 m). This sanctuary has been set up primarily with the object of conserving the musk deer (Moschus moschiferus) and its habitat. Intensive efforts have been initiated to conserve this rare species. Other mammals found in this sanctuary include the leopard, jungle cat, civet cat, barking deer, serow, goral and brown bear. Many species of high altitude birds are also found in this sanctuary.
Jim Corbett National Park:
Jim Corbett National Park is India's oldest national park, and located near Nainital in the state of Uttaranchal. The park is known for its varied wildlife, and as the site for the launching of Project Tiger. The Corbett National Park and the adjoining Sonanadi Sanctuary form the Corbett Tiger Reserve.
The park was first established on August 8, 1936 as Hailey National Park under the United Provinces National Parks Act of India (after Sir Malcolm Hailey, the then Governor of the United Provinces.) In 1952, five years after India attained independence, the park was renamed Ramganga National Park, after the Ramganga river that flows through most of its length. In 1957, it was again renamed, Corbett National Park, in honour of Jim Corbett, a legendary hunter-turned-conservationist, best known for hunting man-eating tigers and leopards in the Kumaon and lower Garhwal in the 1920s, and for later chronicling his adventures in many books, like The Maneaters of Kumaon and The Maneating Leopard of Rudraprayag, that were bestsellers around the world.
The wildlife found in the Corbett National Park include the tiger, elephant, chital, sambar, nilgai, gharial, King Cobra, muntjac, wild boar, hedgehog, common musk shrew, flying fox, Indian Pangolin, and nearly 600 species of birds. The park receives thousands of visitors every year. A variety of facilities are available to house tourists within and outside the park.
Govind Wildlife Sanctury:
The Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttararanchal, was established on 1st March, 1955. It spreads over an area of 957.969 sq. kms. and the altitude varies from 1300 mts. to 6323 mts. The average annual precipitation varies from 1000 to 1500 mm., most of which occurs as monsoon rains (July to Sept.). The entire area of the sanctuary is subjected to light to heavy snowfall. The sanctuary forms the upper catchment of the Tons river, which is the most important tributory of River Yamuna in its upper reaches. Thus the area has a significant value as a major watershed for River Yamuna, which is a very important river for the Indo Gangetic plains. The area is home for a lot of endangered animals and its large area along with the contiguous forests of the neighbouring forest divisions helps in maintaining genetic diversity. The area is very rich in medicinal plants, many of which form the basis for certain life saving drugs. The scenic beauty of the area is unmatched. The Snow Leopard inhabits the inner Himalayas above the altitude of 3500 mts. With the onslaught on the habitat by man its number has dwindled considerably making it a highly endangered species. In the Eighth Plan, the Govt. of India
launched the Snow Leopard Project for the long term conservation of this elusive cat. An expert team indentified sites throughout the Himalayas to implement this project and Govind Wildlife Sanctuary was indentified as one of such sites. To further improve the protection of this rare animal, the upper reaches (the Snow Leopard habitat) of the sanctuary were intentionally notified as a National Park, which covers an area of 472.08 sq. kms.
Nanda Devi National Park:
The park encompasses the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, a glacial basin surrounded by a ring of peaks between 6,000 metres (19,700 ft) and 7,500 m (24,600 ft) high, and drained by the Rishi Ganga through the Rishi Ganga Gorge, a steep, almost impassable defile. Together with the nearby Valley of Flowers National Park to the northwest, it is a designated World Heritage Site.
Both parks are encompassed in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve (223,674 ha) which is further surrounded by a buffer zone (5,148.57 km²).
The entire park lies at an elevation of more than 3,500 m (11,500 ft) above mean sea level.
Rajaji National Park:
Rajaji Park, which has several gates, is accessible from Dehradun, Kotdwar and Haridwar: the Ramgarh Gate and Mohand Gate are within 25 km of Dehradun; the Motichur, Ranipur and Chilla Gates are about 9 km from Haridwar; Kunao Gate is 6 km from Rishikesh; and Laldhang gate is 25 km from Kotdwar. Saharanpur, which is conveniently linked by train to other parts of India, is another attractive point to reach the Mohand area of the Park, in nearly an hour by road.
Rajaji National Park is an Indian national park that encompasses the Shivaliks, near the foothills of the Himalayas. It is spread over 820 km², and three districts of Uttarakhand: Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal. In 1983, three wildlife sanctuaries in the area namely, Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries were merged into one Rajaji National Park has been named after C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji), a prominent leader of the Freedom Struggle, the second and last Governor-General of independent India and one of the first recipients of India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna (in 1954).
Valley of Flowers National Park:
Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya. The park stretches over an expanse of 87.50 km².
The Valley of Flowers is an outstandingly beautiful high-altitude Himalayan valley that has been acknowledged as such by renowned mountaineers and botanists in literature for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer. Its ‘gentle’ landscape, breathtakingly beautiful meadows of alpine flowers and ease of access complement the rugged, mountain wilderness for which the inner basin of Nanda Devi National Park is renowned.
Valley of flower is splashed with colour as it bloomed with hundreds different beautiful flowers, taking on various shades of colours as time progressed. Valley was declared a national park in 1982, and now it is a World Heritage Site. The locals, of course, always knew of the existence of the valley, and believed that it was inhabited by fairies.
While trekking towards valley of flowers, one can experience the beauty of shining peaks fully covered with snow. One can also see the beautiful view of surrounding greenery and various running streams with crystal clear water.
The valley is home to many celebrated flowers like the Brahmakamal, the Blue Poppy and the Cobra Lily. It is a much sought after haunt for flower-lovers, botanists and of course trekkers, for whom a sufficient excuse to embark on a mission to reach a place, is that it exists.
Trekking Routes of Uttarakhand :
- Devaria Tal Tungnath Chandershila Trek
- Gangotri Bhoj Kharak Kedar Tal Trek
- Gaumukh Nandanvan Tapovan Trek
- Lahajunng Badni Roopkund Trek
- Uttarkashi Kalyani DidiTal Trek
- Valley Of Flower Hemkund Trek
- Kedarnath and Vasuki Tal Trek
- Dodi Tal and Daebatop Trek
- Khatling Glacier Trek
- Pindari Glacier Trek
- Har Ki Dun Trek
- Milam Glacier Trek
- Pawali Kantha Trek
- Kafni Glacier Trek
- Nandi Kund Trek
- Mayali Pass Trek
- Kagbhusandi Tal Trek
- Sahastra Tal Trek
- Masar Tal Trek
- Painya Tal Trek
Hill Stations in Uttarakhand / Uttaranchal:
Mussoorie with its green hills and varied Flora and Fauna, is a fascinating hill resort. Commanding a wonderful view of extensive Himalaya snow ranges to the northeast, and glittering views of the Doon Valley, Roorki, Saharabpur and Haridwar to the south, the town presents a fairy land atmosphere to the tourists. Its history back to 1827 when Captain Young, an adventures military officer, explore the present site and laid the foundation of this holiday resort which now has few rivals. Mussoorie is famous for its scenic beauty and hectic social life. It provides all kind of amusement and every facility for domestic and foreign tourist. Mussoorie is conveniently connected by road to Delhi and by other major Cities and is also a "Gateway" to Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines.
The snow - laden mountains of Khirsu tempt the tourist in winters, while the panoramic view of Central Himalayas attracts tourists in summers, when one can get a clear view of 300 named and unnamed peaks. Located 19 kms. away from Pauri at an altitude of 1700 mts. Khirsu is a peaceful spot free from pollution. The tranquility of the adjoining thick Oak and Deodar forests and apple orchards, is only broken by chirping birds. The ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta in the vicinity is well worth a visit.
The Nainital tourist district is the pride of the Kumaon region in Uttaranchal. While there are many other places equally beautiful, Nainital is certainly the most popular tourist destination in Kumaon. It's a pleasant hill station. For tourists looking for hustle and bustle the best time to go is the summer months when a lot of traffic ascends from Delhi and the plains.
Situated at an elevation of 1814 mts. above sea - level on the northern slopes of Kandoliya hills, Pauri is headquarter of the district Pauri Garhwal and Garhwal Division.
Pauri provides a panoramic view of the snow clad Himalayan peak of Bandar Poonch, Swarga Rohini, Jonli, Gangotri Group, Jogin Group Thalaiya - Sagar, Kedarnath, Kharcha Kund, Sumeru, Satopanth, Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Ghauriparvat, Hathiparvat, Nanda Devi and Trisul.
Srinagar abounds in ancient temples and Kamleshwar is the most prominent among them. It is said that Lord Rama had worshipped Lord Shiva here with a thousand lotus flowers. One flower fell short and Rama compensated this loss by offering one of his eyes. That is the reason why he is also known as 'Kamal Nayan', meaning lotus eyed. Every year on the occasion of 'Vaikunth Chaturdashi', women come here to worship Lord Shiva whole night with lighted lamps.
The ancient town of Almora, before it's establishment was under the possession of Katyuri king Baichaldeo. He donated major part of this land to a Gujrati Brahmin Sri Chand Tiwari. Later on when Chand kingdom was founded in Baramandal, the town of Almora was founded at this centrally located place in 1560 by Kalyan Chand.
Adi Guru Sankaracharya, who came all the way from Kerala in the 8th century A.D., performed penance under a tree and after attaining enlightenment, established a Math, (religious center), known as 'Jyotirmath.
The name Joshimath is derived from it. Temples of Narsingh Dev and Nav Durga is located here. Of special scenic interest are orchards of apple, apricots, lemons and maltas spread all over. Badrinath is just 44 km. from here. Joshimath is also Gatway of Badrinath.
At the hill resort of Kausani the mountains rise so dramatically as if to reach the heavens. In fact not just Kausani the entire Kumaon Hills have been known for their idyllic beauty with the huge mountains silhouetted against the sky. Kausani was originally called Valna. Kausani offers the magic of the deep pine forests and the majestic mountains.
Located in the foothills of Shivalik range, Haridwar is reputed as the gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttaranchal region. Visit this sacred place that will purify your body, mind and the soul. Spend some time on the ghats in Haridwar that acquire a unique charm in the evening with countless diyas floating in the waters of Ganges. Down the ages Haridwar has also become a major learning center for science, arts and culture.
Rishikesh is one of the most popular pilgrim centres and gateway to the Himalayan Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The Yoga Centres of Rishikesh have enhanced the significance of the place. From this point on, the great Ganges leaves behind her mountain home and enters the vast plains of Northern India.
Auli is nestled in the lap of snow-capped peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas, in the Chamoli district of Uttaranchal india, and near the world-famous religious shrine of Badrinath. At an altitude of 2,500 to 3,050 meters above sea level, Auli’s well-dressed slopes are flanked by coniferous and oak forests, which offer a panoramic view of Mountains If you are out for adventure, fun and frolic this winter, find yourself in Auli, in the vicinity of the mountain peaks Nanda Devi and Mana Parbat.
Feel the rush of air on your face, blaze a defiant trail as you go skiing on the well-dressed snow slopes. Or pelt each other with snow-balls on a blanket of snow. And if you’re a lover of natural splendour let your eyes feast on the breathtaking view of snow-capped peaks all around you. A16 km from Joshimath and accessible by a good motorable road, is the ideal ski resort of Auli with its slopes comparable to the best in the world. The resort is run by GMVN, which, apart from providing accommodation also provides all facilities for skiing. The season extends from January to March during which time skiing festivals and the National Championships are held. he Auli slopes, descending from 3049 meters to 2915 meters are flanked by stately conifers and oaks, which cut wind velocity to the minimum. Adding to the thrill of skiing is a 180 degree view of Himalayan peaks,which include Nanda Devi (7817 meters), Kamet (7756 meters), Mana Parvat (7273 meters) and Dunagiri (7066 meters), seemingly only a snowballs throw away.
Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya, Dehradun is the Capital of Uttaranchal. It is one of the most beautiful resort in the submountain tracks of India, known for its scenic surroundings. The name Dehradun is a collection of two word "dera" meaning Camp and " dun" meaning valley Said to be one of the oldest citites in India, it is believed that lord Rama and his brother did penance here for killing Ravana, the demon king. During the 17th and 18th centuries Dehradun changed hands several times: Guru Ram Rai retreated here from Punjab, the Mughal Governor Najib-ud- Daula occupied it from 1757-1770 and the Gorkhas overran it on their westward expansion before ceding it to the British in 1815. Under the British, Dehradun became an elite town with many a fine institution like Forest Research Institute, Doon and Welham Schools, Many more, like the ONGC and Wadia Institute of Himalayan Studies, were added in time. Dehradun has now become an important tourist destination
Badrinath and Kedarnath:
The temples of Shiva and Vishnu at Kedarnath and Badrinath have been the destination of pilgrims for centuries. The route to the two sources begins at Rishikesh and passes ancient temples and Valleys along the way. Badrinath is one of the four Dhams; a devout Hindu has to visit in his lifetime to attain salvation. One of Hinduism's holiest sites, it was founded by Sri Shankaracharya, in the ninth century. The temple, also known as Badri Narayan, is dedicated to Vishnu, who is said to have done penance in the mythical Brindavan that once covered the mountains of Uttarakhand.
Kedarnath is the most important Hindu shrine in Himalayas, and among the major Shiva temples, of the country. Located at the source of the river Mandakini, Kedarnath is one of the twelve Jyothirlingas, of Lord Shiva, and one of the Panch Kedars.
Mythology identifies the deity at Kedarnath temple, with the rump of a bull, a form assumed by Lord Shiva, when eluding the Pandavas, who had come for repentance for killing their kith and kin, in the great battle of Kurukshetra. It is believed that the Pandavas constructed the temple of Kedarnath.
In the hinterlands of the Himalayas is Gangotri where, it is believed, Ganga, the stream of life, touched earth for the first time. According to the Hindu religious scriptures, the goddess manifested herself in the form of a river to absolve the sins of King Bhagirathi's sons, following his penance of several centuries. The Goddess Ganga is worshipped by the devout as a deity. The Gangotri temple was built in the early 18th century by a Gorkha commander, Amar Singh Thapa and later rebuilt by the Maharaja of Jaipur.
Yamunotri, the source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, located on a flank of the Bandarpunch peak. The trek along the riverbank is quite magnificent, dominated by a wide panorama of mountains.
Haridwar, on the right bank of River Ganga at the feet of Shivalik ranges, an ancient pilgrim city is one of the holiest places for Hindus. Haridwar is at the point where the river Ganga spreads over the northern plain. It lies at the base of the Shivalik Hills where the Ganga passes through its last gorge and begins a 2000 km journey across the plains. One of the four venues for the Kumbh Mela, a festival held once in twelve years, it is among the seven sacred cities of India. A holy dip at Har-Ki-Pauri is a must for every devotee.
Rishikesh is one of the most popular pilgrim centres and gateway to the Himalayan shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, & Yamunotri. The Yoga centres of Rishikesh have enhanced the significance of the place. Legend has it that the sage Raibhya Rishi did severe penance and, as a reward, God appeared to him in the form of Rishikesh. Rishikesh also represents the site where Lord Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu. The place is known as the Tapo Bhumi or the place for meditation of the Gods.
In the 1960s, the place came into limelight as the place where the pop group Beatles met their guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Dotted with lakes, Nainital has earned the epithet of 'Lake District' of India. Nainital’s unending expense of scenic beauty is nothing short of a romance with awe-inspiring and pristine Mother Nature.
How to reach at Ranikhet:
A large network of road and rail connects Ranikhet to all parts of India. It is an eight hours drive from Delhi via Moradabad and Haldwani. A convenient daily overnight air-conditioned train - " Ranikhet Express" connects Delhi to the railhead Kathgodam. Besides innumerous bus services, both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned, are available from Scindia House, New Delhi and Anand Vihar Bus Terminal, Delhi.
Air:Nearest Airport is Pantnagar, 112 Kms, but flights are not operational at present
Rail:Nearest Railway heads are Kathgodam - 80 Km. & Ramnagar 96 Km.
Road:Ranikhet is well connected by roads to important centers in the reigion. Some of the major distances are : Almora (49 km.),Delhi (386 km.), Nainital (59 km.), Kathgodam (80 km)
A quaint little hill station conceived by the British tucked away in the Kumaon (uttaranchal India) Himalayas. An old army cantonment from British time. Charmingly unspoilt natural beauty…. Screen and quiet. This is Ranikhet.
Discovered by Lord Mayo in 1869 and developed as a cantonment for the Imperial Soldiers, Ranikhet is perched at an altitude of 1829 meters. Even today it boasts as the home of the Kumaon regiment. Here, time stands still.
General Information of Ranikhet:
Area:21.76 sq. km.
Population:18174 (1991 census)
Altitude:1829 mtrs. Above sea level.
Season:April to June, September to October
Clothing:Summer - Light Woolens ; Winter - Woolens
Language:Hindi, Kumaoni and English
Perched admist "Dev Bhumi" a visit to the numerous ancient temples built from the 6th to 12th century sets the tone of love, peace, contentment and happiness
Ranikhet is the apex of a triangle which includes Nainital and Almora, driving along gentle slopes and pine covered hillsides, leading to picnic spots in shady glens or to sheer cliffs with breath taking views of the snow covered Himalayas, offering various moods and colours, from the misty morning sun to pink, gold and cobalt blue in all their majestic glory. The unparalled view from Bazaar, one Kilometer long, is absolutely nostalgic. Here, natural beauty is intermingled with a flavor of history…
Excursion of Ranikhet:
The more adventurous can descend on a whole lot of day excursions:
Binsar Mahadev 14 kms
Dwarahat 35 kms
Sitlakhet 30 kms
Almora 45 kms
Binsar 60 kms
Kausani 75 kms
Jim Corbett Park 90 kms
10kms. away and popularly known as orchard country, commands a picturesque view of the Himalayas.
3kms. from Chaubatia, known for its artificial lake and picnic spots.
Upat and Kalika :
5kms. from Ranikhet, on the main road to Almora is one of the best 9-hole golf courses in the area and is surrounded by lush pine forests. The Kali temple and a forest nursery nearby are worth visiting. It could be an ideal location for film shooting.
13kms. from, Ranikhet, on the way to Almora, Majkhali offers a close view of the snowy heights.
Chaukhutia is famous for its natural beauty and fishing centre. It is about 54kms enroute to Badrinath.
Manila ( meaning enchanting ) is 87kms. from Ranikhet & 75kms. from Ramnagar. Manila is the seat of Manila Devi - the family Goddess of the Katyuri clan. The forest and the Himalayan view from this hill is enchanting.
6000ft., above sea level, 16kms. from Chaukhutia, Jaurasi is famous for its panoramic view.
22kms. from Ranikhet on the Nanital route, it is famous for fishing.
Pilgrimage of Uttaranchal / Uttarakhand:
Char Dham Yatra:
Uttarakhand enrich by four most holy pilgrimages of India – Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath, collectively referred as to as the Char Dham.
Badri - Kedar Yatra
Panch Badri Yatra
Pancha Kedar Yatra
Pancha Prayag Yatra
Adi Kailash Yatra
Patal Bhuvneshar Yatra
Jageshwar & Binsar
Adventure Activity in Uttaranchal / Uttarakhand:
River Rafting in Garhwal and Kumoan:
Half Day Float trip from Brahmpuri to Muni Ki Reti (11 Kms) Best For Children between 5 to 10 years , Families with children & elderly people Inclusive of Transport to Starting point, Tea/ Soft drinks, Rafting with professional river guide and world class equipment.
Drive(20 Minutes) to Brahmpuri. Arrive and walk down to the river. After preparation and safety briefing enboat to raft down till Muni ki Reti. We hit Initiation, Double Trouble , Hilton and terminator rapids. One can try body surfing & cliff jump on this section. In the later part we float past Suspension bridges, ashrams and temples. Certainly the best angle to see Rishikesh the town of Gods ,Ghats & the Ganges. Trip terminates upon arrival at Muni Ki Reti.
We are a team of 25 young professionals including experienced trekking and river guides, cooks and other camp staff, our own Guest House at Tapovan, Rishikesh, River/ beach camp at Brahmpuri, Nature camp at Shivpuri, with “A” Class trekking and rafting equipment, and fleet of brand new vehicles etc.We have adventure specialization in india
Skiing in Garhwal:
The hills of Uttaranchal india have all the ingredients for adventure packed with excitement and thrills - an unexplored valley, towering peaks, flowing rivers, snow-capped mountains, a splendid combination of flora & fauna and vast tracts of virgin snow. The region also rovides immense opportunities for adventure sports like skiing, water sports and Aero sports which make Garhwal an ideal venue for adventure seekers. amongst the glaciers. For the avid skier, cross-country runs of 10-20 kms. are now available, with the added advantage of fresh powder snow, away from criss-crossing streams of skiers that over. The large slopes of Garhwal covered with seasonal snow became an ideal place for skiing in the winter months. With their wide open spaces above the snowline, Garhwal offer yet another exciting possibility - ski touringtake the slopes of the European Alps. Because of their height and spread, Garhwal, like other sectors of the Himalayas, are in position to offer the thrills of exploratory long distance skiing round the year.
Auli 16 kms. from Joshimath is an ideal winter resort run by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). A 3 kms. long slope ranging from a height of 2519 mts. to 3049 mts. is a major attraction. The Auli resort run by GMVN has snow beaters which beat the snow to keep the slopes fit for skiing at all times. A 500 mts.long ski-lift carries skiiers back to the slope
Trekking in Garhwal:
Trekking in Kumoan:
Jeep Safari in Kumoan:
Biking in Garhwal:
Biking in Kumoan:
Camping in Garhwal:
Camping in Kumoan:
Hotels in Uttaranchal / Uttarakhand
- Monal Resort, Rudraprayag
- Balrampur House, Nainital
- Hotel Madhuban, Dehradun
- Ananda in the Himalayas
- Chevron Mount Vila
- Camp Forktail Creek
- Kasmanda Palace, Mussoorie
- Chardham Camp
- Chevron Rosemount
- Club Mahindra Resort
- Hotel Midtown, Haridwar
- Hotel Neelkanth, Haridwar
- Hotel Pramila, Haridwar
- Hotel Shiva, Haridwar
- Hotel Suryodaya, Haridwar
- Janhvi Dale, Haridwar
- Camp Forktail Creek, Corbett
- Claridges Corbett Hideaway, Corbett
- Corbett Ramganga Resort, Corbett
- Corbett Riverside Resort, Corbett
- Infinity Resort, Corbett
- Quality Inn Corbett Jungle Resort, Corbett
- Solluna Resort, Corbett
- Tiger Camp, Corbett
- Hotel Narayan Palace, Badrinath
- Shervani Hill Top Inn, Nainital
- Manu Maharani Resort , Nainital
- The Naini Retreat Nainital
- Vikram Vintage Inn , Nainital
- Hotel Arif Castles, Nainital
- Pine Crest Nainital
- Grand Hotel Nainital
- Dynasty Resort Nainital
- Hotel Everest Nainital
- Hotel Classic The Mall
- Swiss Hotel Nainital
- Mountain Trail Nainital
- The Ramgarh Bungalows Nainital
- Elphinestone Hotel
- Hotel Capri Nainital
- Hotel Channi Raja Nainital
- Hotel City Heart Nainital
- Hotel Earlcourt Nainital
- Hotel Evelyn Nainital
- Hotel Metropole Nainital
- Hotel New Pavilion, Nainital
- Hotel Pratap Regency, Nainital
- Hotel Silverton Nainital
- India Hotel, Nainital
- James Cooks Cabins, Nainital
- Lakeside Inn Nainital
- Manu Maharani Lodge, Nainital
- Palace Resort Nainital
- Welcome Resort Nainital
- Chevron Fairhavens, Nainital
- The Ramgarh Bungalows, Nainital
- Claridges Naini Retreat, Nainital
- Classic - The Mall, Nainital
- Hotel Arif Castles, Nainital
- Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, Nainital
- Manu Maharani Lake Resort, Nainital
- Solluna Resort, Nainital
- Glasshouse on The Ganges, Garhwal
- Ananda in The Himalayas, Rishikesh
- Hotel Ganga Kinare, Rishikesh
- Hotel Ganga View, Rishikesh
- Hotel Natraj, Rishikesh
- Cost Plus Resort, Ranikhet
- Hotel Chevron Rosemount, Ranikhet
- West View Hotel, Ranikhet
- Hotel Green Castle, Mussoorie
- Hotel Honeymoon Inn, Mussoorie
- Hotel Jaypee Residency Manor, Mussoorie
- Hotel Ashok Continental, Mussoorie
- Hotel Claridges Nabha, Mussoorie
- Hotel Park, Mussoorie
- Hotel Shipra, Mussoorie
- Hotel Shiva Continental, Mussoorie
- Savoy Hotel, Mussoorie
- Sterling Holiday Resort, Mussoorie
- Hotel Kasmanda Palace, Mussoorie
Tourist Information of Uttaranchal / Uttarakhand:
Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam(KMVN)
Tourist Office -Almora
Tourist Office- Almora
Tourist Office -Cmampawat
Oak Park, Nainital.
Tourist Bureau Pithoragarh
Udham Singh Nagar
Tourist Office USN
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN)
Tourist Office- Dehradun
Tourist Office - Hardwar
Tourist Bureau - Laltarao Bridge, Hardwar,
Tourist Information Center - Railway Station, Hardwar,
Regional Tourist office Pauri
Regional Tourist office Pauri