Uttarakhand - the 27th state of the Indian Union, is one of the most beautiful and enchanting region of northern India. Uttarakhand is also called Dev Bhoomi- the land of Gods. The most holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and scores of other rivers originate in Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand - The home of the Himalayas and truly a paradise on earth, attracts each and everyone from everywhere. Unparalleled Natural Beauty ,Breathtaking Himalayan View, fresh air, pure water, beautiful snow peaks, ultimate wild life, the small villages, the simpler people and a tougher lifestyle is what distinguishes Uttarakhand from the rest of the world.
It is mainly divided into two regions. Western region named "Garhwal" Eastern part named "Kumaon". Each region has its own distinct culture and language. Uttarakhand comprises of 13 districts (7 in Garhwal region and 6 in Kumaon).
Districts of Uttarakhand, District Headquarters and District Area
Name of District
Area (sq km)
3689 sq km
1696 sq km
7520 sq km
2004 sq km
3088 sq km
2360 sq km
3422 sq km
5230 sq km
7169 sq km
2439 sq km
3796 sq km
Udham Singh Nagar
3055 sq km
8016 sq km
53483 sq km
LANGUAGES The local languages are Kumaoni and Garhwali, but everyone also speaks Hindi. English is well-understood and spoken in some parts.
HOW TO REACH By Air - Jolly Grant near Dehradun is the only airport. There are regular flights to Delhi by Indian Airlines.
By Rail -Dehradun, Haridwar, and Kathgodam are the major railway stations connected to almost all parts of the country with regular trains.
By Road - Almost all the important places in the state are connected by all-weather metalled roads. Many places in the higher altitudes may still remain off for a period in the year due to landslides and snowfall.
Pretty much all kinds of food are available here.
In the tourists centers such as Badrinath, Gujarati, Marwari, and other regional cuisines are available.
FAIRS OF UTTARAKHAND
FESTIVALS OF UTTARAKHAND
TEMPLES & SHRINES
Jauljibi and Thal Fairs
Kunjapuri, Surkanda Devi
Mansa Devi, Chandi Devi
The Nandadevi Fair
Harela and Bhitauli
Olgia or Ghee Sankranti
The Somnath (Masi) Fair
The Devidhura Fair
The Jageshwar Fair
The Purnagiri Fair
The Haatkalika Fair
Nanda Devi Rajjat
Uttarakhand Folk Dances Bhotiya Dance: It is performed by Bhotias and are connected with death ceremonies. Barada Nati Barada Nati Dance: It is performed during religious festivals or any other social occasion. It is performed by men and women wearing colorful costumes.
Pandava Dance: Performed during Dussehra and Deepawali, by narrating the story of Mahabharata accompanied by dance and music. Langvir Dance This is a acrobatic dance performed by men.
Travel Tips : Travel tips are being provided to assist you while you are in Uttarakhand. These tips will be useful and helpful to you for your Uttarakhand Visit.
Himalayas are an eco-sensitive zone..
You can contribute by keeping carbon footprints as low as possible.
Avoid using and discarding of polythenes/ plastics/ other such hazardous material.
Follow and maintain the Law & Order.
Do not drive or allow, under the influence of alcohol.
Follow Speed limits and traffic rules.
If your driver is driving dangerously, Report to us immediately.
When to Visit Uttarakhand is a year-round destination, depending upon where you decide to go. Many of the region’s most popular attractions lie within the cool hills of the terai, and visiting them even at the height of summer isn’t a problem- it never gets too hot. Summer would be the best time to visit Uttarakhand as temperatures are pleasant and the air bracing especially in the hills. Winter is significantly colder than in many other parts of India, and there can be heavy snowfall in some places. Fine, if you’re keen on skiing or making snowmen, or simply love sub-zero temperatures, but not otherwise.
The monsoons come down hard in Uttarakhand and it rains incessantly during July and August amking it damp and very wet. In the hills there maybe landslides so it may be best to avoid the monsoon months. Post the monsoons the weather is again very good, so you may time your visit from September to November too.
The International Yoga Week is held annually at Rishikesh in February and is very well attended, so if you are a yoga enthusiast, be there!
WHAT TO WEAR When you are visiting Uttarakhand, make sure that you are carrying the right kind of clothing and footwear. Clothing would depend upon the season during which you are visiting the state. Summers: It is advisable to carry loose cotton clothing for the summers. But, if you are going to the hill stations like Mussoorie, Nainital, Auli, etc. then don't forget to carry woolen clothes even during the summers as it can get pretty cold in the hills.
Winters: It gets extremely cold during the winters and almost all the hilly areas experience heavy snowfall. So, take some heavy woolen clothes with you. In case you are not carrying special or winter clothing, it is readily available for purchase at most of the towns.
The change of water may cause an upset stomach. Make sure to keep portable fresh drinking water with you all the time.
Hydrate yourself .
Make it a habit to wear a cap or a scarf and apply sunscreen while roaming around during the summers in certain parts of Uttarakhand.
Always maintain a first aid kit with all the necessary medicines, adhesive bandages, thermometer, water-purification tablets, antibiotics, antiseptic creams, mosquito repellents and other first-aid essentials. In case of any medical emergencies, dial 108, and report the same. It is one of the most trusted services operated by the Govt. of Uttarakhand.
Plan your Itinerary, but be flexible.
Make a Packing list, as per time of visit.
Prepare your Finances: You can book tour by advance payment, but you need to carry cash or ATM cards because many places don’t accept Credit Cards or Cheques.
As always when travelling, safety should be your primary concern. Never go anywhere with somebody you don’t trust, or allow anybody to take care of your personal belongings.