Top 20 Places To Visit In Uttarakhand

Whenever you think of a breathtakingly beautiful destination residing in the panoramic mountains, ready to mesmerize you for a lifetime, not many locations offer the dynamic splendour and beauty as the state of Uttarakhand in India. Shrouded in the northern part within the Himalayas, with the best of weathers and the dreamiest of tourist destinations, the beautiful state unravels myriad beauty and gorgeous landscapes. Its geographic location on the map puts the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh to its south and Himachal Pradesh to the west and north-west as well as Haryana on its south-western corner. The state is perched on the northernmost corner like a royal eagle and offers an interesting array of adventure activities along with being a holy site since here are several places to visit in Uttarakhand.

The state has been called Devbhumi  (literally translating to Land of Gods) because of the Hindu temples that are present here. Bringing together certain northwestern districts of UP and the Himalayas, Uttarakhand became the 27th state of the Republic of India, in the year 2000. It is widely known for the nature encompassed in the Himalaya, the Bhabri and the Terai.  It borders Tibet to the north and the Mahakali zone to the east. The state is divided into two divisions, Garhwal and Kumaon, with a total of 13 districts. Dehradun, the largest city of the state, which is a railhead, is the capital of this state.

Uttarakhand has the most beautiful places which leave the tourists full with options to the brim. From trekking to camping to enjoying food and taking in the mountain air, everything is a package in itself. To make this easier, let us look at some of the most prominent destinations in this place that are definitely worth a visit!

Here are some of these magnificent places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Let us begin with some of the hill stations in this state which are one of the best.


The capital and centre of Uttarakhand tourism, Dehradun, is located on the foothills of the Himalayas. The geographical situation of this city comprises of the most scenic of view with the Himalayan ranges in view. The River Ganges and River Yamuna decorate the two sides of the city. Dehradun also has a lot of ancient constructions that add to the architectural aesthetics of the city.

Things to do:

Stop by the National Parks, Lakes, Kempty Falls, Benog Hill & Jwalaji Temple. Monastery, Resorts and Forest research institute at Dehradun.

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Mussoorie, popularly called as ‘queen of the hills’ is one of the most popular destinations for holidaymakers on a large scale. This is actually a place widely visited and accepted as a pristine haven by many. It adds greatly to the tourism industry and is very significant for the state economically. If you head towards this wonderful location, you will realize the kind of effort that nature put into forming this gorgeous location by its beauty. This region seems like a harbinger of a quite life. It is encompassed within the undulating mountain ranges of the mighty Himalayas. The average Elevation of Mussoorie Will Be 1,880 M. Whereas the maximum summit is greater than 2,290m large. This makes it heavenly for the seekers of adventure.


March to June and September to November is the best time to visit this splendid spot since the weather is at its best. The winters can get unforgivably cold.

Things to do:

There are some really enticing trekking trails to venture upon her, some of them being as follows:

  • Bhadraraj Temple trek (15 kms.)–
  • Kempty Falls Trek – (8 kms.)
  • Benog Hill Trek – (3 kms.)
  • Yamuna Bridge trek – (20 kms.)
  • George Everest Park – (3 Kms.)

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Here is another really popular destination that  is extremely widely loved by all kinds of tourists alike. Nainital is the best escape for the vacationers of flavor. There are unique things to explore and enjoy for everyone here. On the periphery of the agnificent Naini Lake sits a foliage-covered, Greenland, a dense forest on the borders of which are located some really lavish hotels. The Devi temple at the northern bank of This lake Is a historic holiday place. Popularly called the ‘Lake District of India’, at 1938 meters above sea level, this place is full of the best wonders. With hills on either side, Nainital is the place you want to be to get a rendezvous with character. The lush green hillsides offer you panoramic views of this snow-white Himalayan ranges.

Things to do:

Visit major tourist attractions like Nanda Sher-Ka-Danda Ridge, Guano Hills, Tiffin Top, and Eco Cave Gardens. These are some of the best in here. The Nainital Zoo is another place worthy of visiting since it houses quite a few rare species of animals like the snow leopard, Himalayan black bear and steppe eagle. The naini lake, pristine and mesmerizing, is  gem to be certainly visited. You can enjoy a boat ride here.


The weather is usually cool all year round but it can get freezing cold in the mountains.


As mentioned, Uttarakhand is a state that is known for its sacred places of pilgrimage. One such place that offers a tranquil sanctum of spirituality is Rishikesh. It is an arrayed pattern that offers both peace and adventure. The confluence of River Ganga and River Chandrabhaga design its location; this is a destination of tranquillity because of the holy places of worship and is a source of piety for all the religious souls. It offers lovely visuals of the hills and there are a variety of popular tourist adventurous activities such as trekking, rafting and camping which captivate nature lovers.

Things to do:

Various adventure activities like rafting. Place of pilgrimage. Rajaji National park.

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The weather is really comfortable in Rishikesh all round the year.


This, being one of the Char Dhams, is probably one of the most popular tourist places to visit in Uttarakhand especially visited by religious people. Kedarnath, a small town located in Garhwal Himalayan Ranges, is a must-visit holy place for all devout followers of Hinduism. It houses the most famed Kedarnath temple. Kedarnath is situated amidst majestic mountains.

Things to do:

The first thing is to visit the Kedarnath Temple. There are also other tourist attractions like Chorabari Tal, Vasuki Tal, Gauri Kund, Triyuginarayan Temple.


The weather ranges from warm-ish to cold and the snow and icy slopes of this location can be tricky for travellers all the year round.


Almora is the nature lover’s paradise. Located on the eastern section of Uttarakhand, this is one of the best places to see. This region offers the best views of the Himalyas. It is known for handicrafts, varying cuisine and wildlife. Almora has a gorgeous traditional culture.

Things to do:

This place is abundant with beautiful spots to visit such as the Kasar Devi Temple, Katarmal Sun Temple,  Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum, Martola, Kalimut, Zero Point, Chitai Golu Devta Temple. Almora is home to the Binsar wildlife sanctuary.


The weather is cool and ranges between cool to extreme cold.


Another lovely Uttarakhand tourist place, This one falls slightly below in the list though. Pangot is located a few 15 km away from Nainital.

Things to do:

Birdwatching is a popular thing to do in this region since several different species of birds are observed here. A lot of birds come down here to the lower regions because of extreme weather higher up. There are special birding lodges in Pangot from where you can witness certain activities. Pangot is a bliss for the nature shutterbugs. Snow View Point and Kilbury are the best places in Pangot for clicking pictures of green landscapes.


Known popularly as the ‘abode of Gods’, Chamoli is famous for its shrines and temple. Several narrations can be related from Hindu mythology. This is the town that was the birthplace of the widely known Chipko movement. The townhas rich culture nd traditions. Chamoli is an ideal holidaying spot. It Is a perfect mix of pilgrimage, adventure and natural calmness. The closest Airport Jolly Grant is in a distance of 222 kilometers. The nearest railhead is Rishikesh in a distance of 202 kilometers. It’s well connected by road from each of the Significant cities such as Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, Srinagar,and Pauri.

Things to do:

Trekking! Lots of opportunity for photography, skiing, and cable car rides.


Varies all the year round.



Binsar is ensconced by a wildlife sanctuary. At an elevation of some 2,400 m, it is a destination gifting the tourist with wonderful views of the Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Kedarnath and Chaukhambha. Like many other people, even Binsar includes a mythical link since the God Golu devta fought with the king of Binsar.

How to reach:

The Closest airport has been Pant Nagar airport in a distance of 143 kilometers from Binsar. Kathgodam is the closest railroad station (110 kilometers) and well connected to significant cities. If travelling private vehicle, the city Fees INR 50 as entrance charge.

Things to do:

Sightseeing, photography, lazing around, trekking.

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The snow mountains of Uttrakhand


The weather is best in the summer months and October & November.


One of the most ancient townships in our country, Ancient Haridwar called as the “Gateway to God” is one of the seven holiest places in India. Falling at the base of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, it is particularly popular with Hindu pilgrims who come to take a dip in the holy waters of the River Ganga and cleanse. The Ganga Aarti held at dusk holds a special appeal for tourists and locals. It is at a duration of about 4.5 hours drive northeast of Delhi.


The weather is almost always pleasant here.


Auli lies on the way to Badrinath and has a 3 Km long slope, gondola, chair lift, and poma ski lift. It is Uttarakhand’s very own skiing destination! If you are into hiking, the Kuari Pass trailhead is in Auli. This trek, that extends through Nanda Devi National Park, is among the nation’s finest and most readily accessible.

Things to do:

There are lots of options for hiking. This can be done along with skiing.


For skiing, weather types are great from the last week of Jan to the first week of March. But there is a great level of dependence on good snowfall which can vary.


Literally heaven-on-earth landscape that mesmerizes and freezes you, Munsiyari is magical and fantastic. An idyllic place ensconced within perching ranges in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, Munsiyari is lovely for mountaineers and trekkers. Bask in the colourful horizons and witness the best of sunsets through the peaks here.

Things to do:

The hiking and trekking options are great attractions. The challenging Milam Glacier Trek has its base here in this town along with the comparatively softer short duration trek to Khalia Top. The Tribal Heritage Museum, full of artefacts in Munsiyari’s exchange with Tibet On the early salt course, can be worth visiting. Milam Inn, albeit fundamental, Is the ideal spot to keep at Munsiyari and awards you with all the very scenic of Views of the surrounding mountains.


Amazing weather though it can border on the extremities sometimes.


The small and secluded hill town of Chakrata is home to one of india’s best waterfalls and boasts great mountainous views. It is a place really idealistic for those looking for peace and relaxation in nature’s harmony. Birds chirping around in the hills, beautiful sunset views in the quaint backgrounds and the cutest of houses— Chakrata is an introvert’s dream destination.


All through the year is amazing and can be visited anytime.

How to reach:

The nearest railway is located in capital “Dehradun”, which is just 2 hours from the Chakrata.

Things to do:

Visit the Tiger waterfall and Budher Caves. Relax and rest in the abundant peace.


Established in 1938, Jim Corbett national park was earlier called Haley’s national park. The one major feature for popular tourist attraction in this area is the park’s Royal Bengal Tigers. The reserved area houses some 600 species of bird and an equal number of animals and around 488 different types of plants and trees. There are different types of safaris.

How to reach:

Ramnagar is the closest railway station while still Pant Nagar supplies air connectivity. It’s nicely connected by highway and there are regular bus services in Ramnagar to Delhi.


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Unexplored amazing wildlife of Snow capped Mountains

Things to do:

You can go on Elephant rides, elephant safaris, Jeep safaris, photography and other adventures. Look out for tigers in the core area.


Another one of Uttarakhand’s peace hbs where you can relax to eternity. There are quite a lot of places that can interest you in Pithoragarh. It is amid the rare off-the-wall tourist places to visit in Uttarakhand.

How to reach:

Pithoragarh can be reached through Nainital. Regular buses are available from Delhi.

Things to do:

Visit the Monastery, other temples in the area and try out the local eateries.


The weather is variant. The entire year is good enough for visiting except the rainy season when it can get slushy.


One of the most beautiful places to visit in Uttarakhand is the Valley of Flowers. Literally the most beautiful, picturesque, dynamic, mesmerizing sights ever is offered by this valley which stalls you when you set eyes on it. It is a relish-worthy treat to the eyes especially for people who are fascinated by the beauty of nature; specially the valley near Hemkund Sahib. Aside from that, it’s a fantastic location for hiking. Hemkund Sahib is a sacred place for the Sikh community.


Best time to visit is from July to September when the weather is at its most comfortable.

How to reach:

Jolly Grant airport (located in Dehradun), is the nearest airport to Valley of Flowers at a distance of 149KM. The nearest railway station is located in Rishikesh, you can take a Bus from there to reach Joshimath.

Things to do:

Visit the valley of flowers, trek, go to the Hemkund shrine.


Rajaji National Park is an Indian national park and tiger reserve that encompasses the Shivaliks, near the foothills of the Himalayas. Spread over the three districts of Uttarakhand namely Haridwar, Dehradun and Pauri Garhwal, the park stretches as wide as 820 km. Back in 1983, three wildlife sanctuaries in the region specifically, Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries were united in to a single. This park is wonderful and known popularly for its wildlife and other features.

Things to do:

Go on jeep safaris and relish the tranquilty of the core area of the national park.


The monsoons can get a bit egregious otherwise it is divine here.


Kausani is the ideal place for you if you are looking for a nice nature getaway to detox.. Kausani  is located at a elevation of 1890 meters. The place is famous because it offers some of the most spectacular views of the Himalayas; 350 kms of ranges at a stretch.

Things to do:

Visit places like Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Lakshmi Ashram, Anasakti Ashram, Sumitranandan Pant Gallery, Baijnath Temple, Kausani Tea Estate. Nature trails, sunset views, serenity.

How to reach:

Kathgodam railway station (KGM) is the nearest railway station about 4 hr 23 min (141.3 km) away from Kausani. A pre paid cab can be availed from here to the city.


The weather alternates between warm and cold but is mostly pleasantly cool.


Here is yet another hill station that refreshes your soul in and out and through. In an altitude of 1829 meters, the ‘Queen’s land – Ranikhet, is actually among the most scenic areas around. The amazing bright foliage greenery and the breathtaking landscape make this place a dream destination.

Things to do:

Some places to visit are Jhula Devi Temple, Chaubatia Orchard , Upat and Kalika, Mankameshwar Temple, Haidakhan Babaji Temple, Shitlakhet. It is famous for its nature trails which you can go on.


Oh the heavens behold this destination with the bluest of water in its lakes, Bhimtal is heaven reincarnated. This bewitching lake is what Bhimtal is popular for. It can serve as one of the best locations to spend your summer holidays in Uttarakhand. 1371 m above sea level, the location of this wondrous hill station is magnificent and you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Himalayas. The lake’s periphery is decorated with lush green foliage and canopy-like trees. Bhimtal Lake has a strategically located restaurant at its centre, from where we can observe the entire lake from the centre.

Things to do:

Boating on the calm waters is relaxing.  If take special permission from DCFR, you can do angling here.  The adventurous soul can engage in rappelling or rock climbing in Bhimtal. Bhowali, Kainchi, Gorkhakhal, Bhimeshwar temple are worth visiting tourist spots near Bhimtal.


This splendid place enjoys the most splendid of weathers in its areas though it can get really cold in winters especially.

Literally a bountiful place, Uttarakhand is teeming with the best of beautiful locations probably the best in the whole of India, that are definitely worth a visit.  Presenting you with the ost enchanting view of the Himalayas, and cultural ethos that speak of simplistic living amidst nature and harmony – Uttarakhand is a territory of the most tranquil and wondrous beauty and serene, peaceful spirituality. Plus on top of this is the opportunity to have a myriad volley of experiences ranging from wild nature trails to the pilgrimages where one can focus on looking in towards the self.


Uttarakhand is a total wonderful package for anyone who has the guts to scale the challenges of the Himalayas, adventurous enough to glide on snow and to evoke a sense of spirituality to speak to the inner self. With some magnificent places to visit in Uttarakhand, this place is an absolute dream destination for one and all!


Do Visit for Trekking Lovers :

Snow covered Bali Pass Trek 

Mesmerising beauty of Har Ki Dhun Trek

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