8 Reasons Why You Should Explore Uttarakhand This Summer

Uttarakhand attracts tourists because of its serene beauty and pristine locations. Uttarakhand has rightly been handpicked by the Gods where they have bestowed all their blessings in form of greenery, peace, rivers, mountains, plains, herbs and much more. Surprisingly, however, not many of us visit that place and the key reason is that the breathtaking beauty of Uttarakhand is still a well-kept secret, and it needs to be explored, loved and appreciated. So this summer escape the scorching summer heat and find some respite in the tranquil beauty of Uttarakhand along with your friends and family. Here are 8 reasons why Uttarakhand should be your getaway destination this summer:

  1. Jim Corbett National Park, meet some tigers and cage them in your camera.
  2. Visit buildings having Victorian Architecture and capture the beauty of those buildings in your heart and camera.
  3. Visit Highest Shiva Temple and get blessings of lord Shiva.
  4. Get some splash, and have the opportunity for River Rafting
  5. Enjoy Mountaineering & Rock Climbing, Camping in the green surroundings with friends.
  6. Attend the Divine Ganga Aarti which attracts million of visitors on the banks of river Ganga.
  7. Visit Kedarnath & Badrinath, enroute enjoys the panoramic views of green mountains, plains, from the mountain tops
  8. Beat the heat of summers with Snow & Skiing in Uttarakhand

To make your journey easy we have handpicked destinations which you would love to visit this summer in Uttarakhand. Our list goes as follows:

Kasardevi

Kasardevi is surreal. So felt the many luminaries of the famous 1960’s that came here including greats such as Bob Dylan and Allan Ginsberg. Seekers of spiritual secrets have been visiting Kasardevi for more than over a century now. Some giants of the names include Swami Vivekanand, W. Y. Evans-Wentz, Lama Anagarika Govinda, John Blofeld and Alfred Sorenson. And there is an immense history attached to the place. Even the Chinese traveler Huen Tsang has mentioned Kasardevi in his travelogues.

There are several places of interest in and around Kasardevi where a miscellany of activities will keep you pleasantly engrossed. Over a period of time this tiny picturesque settlement has become a favored destination for travelers, writers, musicians, thinkers and travel-enthusiasts from all over the world.

Corbett Tiger Reserve

Nestled between the Himalayan foothills in the north and the ancient Shivaliks in the south, Corbett Tiger Reserve extends over 1300 square kilometers of scrub, grassland, sal forests, rivers and a lake, varying between 400-1210 meters above sea level. Established in 1936, and once nobility’s favored hunting ground, the sanctuary protects over 50 mammals, including the Royal Bengal tiger, the Asiatic elephant and the shy sloth bear, along with nearly 600 hundred domestic and transitory birds, and remarkably rare reptiles. Through the year, the riverbed and the surrounding forests host herds of grazing deer, root-digging wild boar, noisy jackals and the occasional tiger or leopard. During their seasonal migration, elephant herds trumpet their arrival and are sighted often on jungle walks.

Sonapani

A perfect place for those who want an exclusive appointment with mother nature, away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. The area offers a relaxed atmosphere year-round and orchards laden with Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Chestnuts, Alpine Flora, Ferns, Hanging Moss, and species of variety of birds and wild flowers during the season!

Sonapani commands a breathtaking view of Garhwal, Kumaon & Nepal snow ranges which include BANDAR POONCH, CHAUKHAMBA, NEEL KANTH, TRISHUL, NANDA DEVI, PANCHACHULI, Mt. API, NAMPA to name a few. Magnificent rhododendron and oak forest surrounds the property, Leela Orchards offers a relaxed atmosphere, and during the fruit season you will witness, orchards laden with apples, peaches, pears, chestnuts and plums.

Chopta

Camping in Chopta is a wonderful way to explore this delightful region which has untouched, unique, and scenic beauty all around. This region is a part of Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary known for its one of the richest biodiversity in the world. Discover natural lake, closest Grater Himalayan view, alpine meadows, evergreen forest, world’s highest Siva temple, adventure activities and much more. Tranquility of this place make it different because its 300 mts upwards from motor road and you will be relaxed and uninterrupted from hustle and bustle of tourists flocking this region.

Naukuchiatal

Naukuchiatal – Uttarakhand’s most beautiful and famous nine-cornered lake. Naukuchiatal is situated at a height of 1350 meters in the central Himalayas and is around 300 km from Delhi. It is 25 km from Nainital, one of the most visited hill station of Uttarakhand. Being secluded, Naukuchiatal offers you a serene destination for offbeat vacation away from running city life. If you are looking for a home stay for an offbeat trip to Naukuchiatal, this family cottage named Déjà vu is unbeatable. This private cottage, which is well maintained, comes with two rooms, a spacious hall, dining, an open kitchen and a grand terrace. It is perfect destination to sit back, relax, and calm your body and soul in the lap of Himalayas.

Kalthar

Kalthar is likely to appeal to you if you are looking to connect with yourself or with Nature…….or if you would like to slow down and ponder a while………..or perhaps bond with your family, your near and dear ones. Surrounded by forest greens and the Holy Ganga flowing below, this place gives you an opportunity to be with yourself; read a book; listen to music; meditate; loosen the body with a bit of yoga. For those looking for a more active experience, you can ejoy white water rafting; a trek in the surrounding hills; or then an evening spent viewing the famous ‘Ganga aarti’ at Rishikesh.

Chakrata

Chakrata with its pristine beauty is a paradise for nature lovers. There are picturesque meadows (Budher, Kanasar, Devban and mundali at Chakrata) surrounded by one of the best rated deodar forests of Asia, high water falls (Tiger falls, Kimona falls and Indroli falls at chakrata), ancient limestone caves (Sahiya, Budher and Gorcha at Chakrata), and high table lands (chirmiri, Daanadhar at chakrata) all within a 30 kms radius from Chakrata.

Bhimtal

Enjoy boating or bird-watching in and around the Sattal and Bhimtal lakes. Explore the serene surroundings of the bungalow that are an invitation for a long walk or quiet contemplation and meditation. Or else, simply relax with family and friends and let us pamper you with now legendary Itmenaan hospitality and an array of culinary delights.

Landsdowne

Enjoy the majestic and refreshing sight of sun rise, basking in sun, pleasure of being in the lap of nature, therapeutic long relaxing walks through undulating narrow walkways in pristine Garhwal hills. Love wildlife….off you go for a drive to Corbett Tiger Reserve (appx. 35 km). Enjoy your break at your own pace…Rejuvenate yourself.

Surrounded by thick oak and pine forests, Lansdowne has amazing scenic beauty and surroundings. The salubrious weather and pristine environment of Lansdowne leaves an eternal effect on the visitors. The climate is very pleasant in summers and cold in winters, making it a perennial tourist destination.

Dhanchuli

Dhanachuli is an enchanting little village located a few miles from Mukteshwar, a popular hill station in Uttarakhand. Blessed with pleasant weather, breathtaking views of the Himalayas, lush forests, enticing apple orchards and charming people, Dhanachuli is perhaps one of the most beautiful weekend getaways from Delhi.

For every birder out there, the sound of birds is nature’s symphony. And at Te Aroha, you can listen to this music round the year. With its rich diversity of flora and fauna, and a terrain which varies from the beautiful Oak and Rhododendron to Pine forests, Dhanachuli is a perfect destination for avid birders, or the enthusiastic naturalist seeking to enjoy the region’s rich bird life.

Kanatal

Untamed and undefined is this lesser known new destination, a little hamlet called Kanatal near Mussoorie and Dhanaulti in Uttarakhand.

It is a quaint little hamlet nestled in the lower Himalayan ranges of the Shivalik Hills in Northern India: untamed, unpredictable and undefined. It is a simple place but leaves enduring effects. Inseminated with majestic pine and deodar forests, rich fruit bearing orchards and organic terraced farming, the mysticism of nature’s perfections unravel here right through the year. Be it in or the chance discovery of summer fruit and pine trees; of the of undulating meadows of wildflowers in spring and the monsoons; and ultimately towards the year end, when winter and snow engulf everything and every form, Kanatal reaffirms, reconnects and revalidates the simple ways of life, and one’s tryst with nature.

Auli

Near the pine forest, listen to the chirping birds and the murmuring wind. Treat your eyes to the great Himalayan range. In this tranquil environment, you’ll only get nature “at its best”.This property is ideally situated (2400m above sea level) between Joshimath and the Auli Ski resort. It houses 5 cottages, 1 restaurant and a lovely flower and wild herb garden.

In winter, it is the ideal place for skiing. Located only a mere hour away from the famous Valley of Flowers (World Heritage Site) and highly religious Hemkund and Badrinath temple.

Ramgarh

Surrounded by the tranquility and hushed serenity of the mountains, it is an ideal place to ‘do nothing’, or if you are feeling energetic, explore the nearby areas of Nainital, Bhimtal and the beautiful Temple of Bells.

Ramgarh is also an ideal destination for adventure freaks and nature enthusiasts. This small hill station provides a number of fun activities that you can indulge in, which is absolutely impossible to experience in the big cities. Right from going for picnic to satisfying your need for adventure with rock climbing and camping, the options provided are endless. In the following lines, we have provided detailed information about the things to do and see in Ramgarh, Uttarakhand.

Nathuakhan

Nathuakhan is surrounded by lush green fields, plum and peach trees and a panoramic view of mountains. The pristine beauty of the region and the pleasant weather at all times, gives the place a very distinctive character which soothes your mind and calms you beyond words.

You can go in for numerous adventure treks or just do nothing, relax and spend time with family and friends. Enjoy reading from a variety of books or play board games and spend fun time together.

 

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