20 Best Places to Visit in Uttarakhand in December - 2021
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The best places to visit in Uttarakhand in December include Rishikesh, Badrinath, Haridwar, Dehradun, Mussorie, Nainital, Auli, Almora and many more. 

Due to the charm of winter, the places to visit in Uttarakhand in December become a lot more mesmerizing and alluring for tourists. The quaint attractions along with enchanting views of the Himalayas will definitely fill you with joy during this month.

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From the ski town of Auli to the frozen springs and waterfalls and snow-covered meadows, you can savour the best of Indian winter in all its glory.The holy places to visit in December in Uttarakhand like Badrinath and Haridwar are some of the religious hubs visited by tourists worldwide.

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Other than the devotional aspect, there are various treks like the Chandrashila Trek and Har Ki Dun Trek that will be perfect for the trekkers to traverse some of the least explored areas of Garhwal Himalayas. Uttarakhand also has some enchanting wonderlands like Dehradun, Nainital, and Mussoorie that are perfect for a family trip or even a honeymoon.

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Latest Information on Travelling to UTTARAKHAND?

Entry is open from all domestic destinations.
However, tourist are required to carry a negative RT-PCR report which must not be older than 72 hours.

  • Masks are mandatory while out in public places
  • All social distance norms to be followed when out in public
  • Uttarakhand to continue the corona curfew till 9th of June, however grocery and stationary shops and to remain open.
  • All markets, malls, parks, places of worship, except those in containment zones, are closed.
  • Installation of Arogya Setu app is mandatory for travel. 
  • Thermal screening to be conducted for all passengers at airports and railway stations. However, tourist are required to carry a negative RT-PCR report which must not be older than 72 hours.
  • Symptomatic travellers will have to stay in institutional quarantine for 7 days and get tested.
Flights

Flights are functional to Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun from all the major airports like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur etc. This airport is well-connected to all other destinations in Uttarakhand through railways and roads. 

Trains

Special trains like the Jan Shatabdi Express is functional to and from different cities in Uttarakhand.

Local Transport

Local transport including buses and taxis is functional across the state.

The government of Uttarakhand has taken major steps of sanitizations to ensure the safety of travelers to Rishikesh. Thrillophilia recommends additional precautions such as social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hand regularly for your safety.

Uttarakhand Lockdown extended till 15th of June Updated: 12 Jun 2021

Uttarakhand Government has extended the covid lockdown till 15th of June due to the rising COVID-19 positive cases

Complete lockdown extended till 9th of June Updated: 04 Jun 2021

Uttarakhand to continue the corona curfew till 9th of June, however grocery and stationary shops and to remain open.

Place of worship in Uttarakhand closed. Updated: 04 May 2021

All religious places and place of worship in Uttarakhand have been closed , keeping in mind the rise of COVID positive cases.

COVID negative certificate mandatory to enter Uttarakhand Updated: 04 May 2021

Tourist are required to carry a negative RT-PCR report which must not be older than 72 hours.

Yogi Nagri Railway Station is now the newest and closest railway station to Rishikesh Updated: 12 Feb 2021

Earlier the closest railway station was Haridwar but now the Yog Nagri railway station is operational with a few special trains.

Screening To Be Done Compulsorily On State Borders Updated: 22 Sep 2020

All travellers entering Uttarakhand will have to undergo a screening process compulsorily- be it at airports, railway stations or road borders

Travellers To Register On The Smart City Portal to Enter State Borders Updated: 22 Sep 2020

All travellers visiting Uttarakhand from other states need to register on the Smart City Web portal and upload the required documents to gain entry in the state borders.

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Auli

Auli is a hill station located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state in India. It has rightly derived its name Auli - meaning meadows, from the characteristics of its topography. The hill station is located on slopes and has far stretching meadows that look stunning to the eyes. Auli is fondly referred to as a place where nature comes alive in all its glory and splendour. It is rich in natural resources and offers a stunning landscape of the surrounding hills.

The hill station has a plethora of wildflowers and trees like deodars, oaks, coniferous and pine forests. The slopes here that are as high as 9000 feet above sea level offer stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks; like that of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Dunagiri and Mana Parvat. 
There are a number of attractions here at the hill station. The most famous one amongst tourists is the ropeway.

It is the highest and the longest one not just in India but the whole of Asia and it offers magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks. Auli’s artificial lake is another attraction which is one of the world’s highest man-made lakes. Similarly, Chattrakund and Chenab lake are also two other lakes worth visiting in Auli. 
Auli is also known as the skiing capital of India which explains how well the activity can truly be enjoyed here.

The winter months offer this thrilling experience and invite enthusiasts from across the globe. Other activities in Auli include trekking to nearby hills like Guarso and Kwani Bugyal. There is also a great scope for camping in and around Auli.  
The cherry on top is the weather in Auli. The hill station being located on a slope is high in altitude but is also surrounded by dense vegetation of deodars and oaks. This controls the pace of the wind blowing here and thus, giving Auli a pleasant environment.

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With mesmerizing summit views of Kedar, Chaukhamba, and the Himalayas, the Chandrashila trek, at an altitude of 12,083 ft. is one of the most suitable treks for beginners. A visit to the holy Tugnath temple, famous for being the highest Shiva temple in the world offers you a vantage point in the trek.

The journey to the trek takes you through Rishikesh, Sari, and Chopta, and the way is surrounded by vivacious patches of pine, oaks, and rhododendron. When here you can also indulge in bird-watching activities and lakeside picnics. Do not miss watching, the golden-breasted eagles that are a mesmerizing sight from the summit.

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Rishikesh

Rishikesh is a tehsil located in Uttarakhand’s Tehri Garhwal region right on the banks of the holiest of Indian rivers, the Ganges. This ancient city has several mythological and religious legends associated with Lord Vishnu, Lord Bharat, and various prominent sages and is said to have been established in the 9th-century AD by Adi Shankaracharya.

The scenic beauty of Rishikesh is due to its location at the foothills of the lofty Garhwal Himalayas is accentuated by the mighty Ganges cutting right through the city. The picturesque city looks suspended between the stunning riverside promenades, acres of forests, lush mountains, and clear blue skies lending it a surreal appearance.

The city is synonymous with its grand temples, rituals, architectural marvels and yoga ashrams. Every temple here, be it the Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Raghunath Temple, or the 13-storey Trimbakeshwar Temple, has its own beautiful legend that attracts people from all over the world. The twin Ram & Lakshman Jhulas are outstanding architectural feats in themselves. These suspension bridges span for over 750 ft. over the Ganges. There are numerous ashrams here that lead people into the spiritual world of ancient forms of yoga, meditation, and vipasana to cleanse their soul and de-stress.

Rishikesh has its share of offbeat and adventure activities too. If you are not enjoying the adrenaline rush of white water rafting available up to grade 6, you can spend time enjoying amazing experiences like cliff jumping, kayaking, body surfing, etc. There are picturesque waterfalls here like Patna fall and Neer Garhi fall, etc. that are perfect to escape into the raw wilderness of nature. If you are the spiritual kind, you can’t miss attending the jaw-dropping spectacle of the Maha Aarti.

The summer months (March-June) here are extremely hot & humid with temperatures reaching up to 36°C. Winter months (October-February) are cold and sunny with temperatures dipping to a low of 6°C, making them the best months to visit. Monsoon months (June-September) see a lot of rains accompanied by humidity.

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Nestled cozily on the hinges of the Gharwal Himalayas, Har ki dun trek is one of the most popular treks among a lot of trekkers and nature enthusiasts. This exhilarating trek is also known as a hanging valley because of its cradle-shaped mountains.

It is also known as the winter-wonderland as in winter the trails are totally covered with snow and the sun throw its rays within the clouds. The Har ki Dun trekking is embraced with soothing sights of deodar trees that will definitely enchant your soul with the pine smell.


Har Ki Doon Trek Quick facts:

Duration: 7D/6N

Maximum altitude: 11,675 ft

Har Ki Dun Trek Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Har Ki Dun Trek Distance: 47 KM

Temperature: 10℃ to 15℃ during the day and 2℃ to -5℃ during the night

Best Time to do Har ki Dun Trek: April to Mid-June and October to Mid-November

ATM: Purola has the last ATM before your trek begins

Start/End Point of the trek: Sankri Village

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Haridwar

The ancient city of Haridwar in Uttarakhand has been a major Hindu pilgrimage site for centuries. Located where the sacred River Ganga emerges from the base of the Himalayas, it’s considered one of the 7 Sapta Puri. The Kumbh Mela, which is held every 12 years, is also celebrated here. The sacred city of Haridwar offers a colourful and fascinating blend of culture and offers the best tourist places in Haridwar. Being one of the seven holiest cities in India, Haridwar often bustles with devotees. It propitious location near the holy River Ganga has made it gain more popularity.

With the passage of time, it has become more than just a religious city, where people thronged to perform immersion of the ashes or took a dip in the water to wash away their sins. It has in fact evolved into Yoga, cultural and spiritual centre and has also become a prime hub for learning Sanskrit language The modern day, Haridwar is the reflection of the culture of India and thus offer much to its visitors. Here is the list of best 12 places that one must see in this holy city.

While religion plays an important role in Haridwar – many visitors are pilgrims and devotees – there’s more to this holy city. The cuisine is excellent and food lovers eager to try authentic Indian fare will find their palates satiated many times over. Travelers in search of yoga ashrams and centers hoping to improve their physical and mental health won’t be left wanting either. If you’re eager to experience the tourist places in Haridwar, read on to know the best time to visit, how to get here and where to stay.

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About the Pindari Glacier Trek:


Zero Point of Pindari Glacier is situated at a breathtaking altitude of 12370 ft above sea level, 5km ahead of Phurkia. The Pindari Glacier, in the Bageshwar district, falls in the Kumaon Himalayas. The glacier flows to the south for a short distance of about 9 KM and gives rise to the Pindari River which meets river Alakananda at Karnaprayag in the Garhwal district.


The views from the pass of the Dhakri Khal are particularly impressive and include the many snow-capped peaks that form the southern rim of the Nanda Devi Sanctuary. Stunning and calm lakes with crystal clear waters, snow-clad mountain peaks, charming wooden bridges, everything just adds to a mystic and exhilarating experience when you are on this trek!


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• Duration: 8N/9D

• Pindari Glacier Trek Height: 12370 ft.

• Trek difficulty: Moderate

• Pindari Glacier Trek distance: 48 Kms

• Temperature: 18°C to -2°C

• Best Time To Travel: April, May, June, Mid August to November

• ATM: You will find ATM in Kathgodam

• Start Point/End Point: Kathgodam

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Badrinath

Amongst the four holy “Dhams” of Hindus, Badrinath is famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Situated along the banks of the Alakananda River in Uttarakhand, Badrinath has a very peaceful and idyllic vibe throughout the city. From great tasting vegetarian food to long trails covered with snow, Badrinath is a place you must definitely visit for an experience of a lifetime. 

Located at an elevation of almost 10,170 feet above sea level, the breathtaking city of Badrinath lies between the Nar and Narayan mountain range in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This popular pilgrim destination attracts thousands of tourists every year.

While some of these are pilgrims, others are simply tourists who wish to explore the city. It is also one of the most scenic places in the state, surrounded by several gushing rivers and snow-capped mountains on all sides.

Other than the famous Badrinath Temple, the city has many places which one should definitely visit whilst on a holiday here. One such place is the Tapt Kund. It is a natural thermal spring, wherein the water has medicinal properties.

You can also visit Neelkanth, a place which is covered with snow all year round. The Nanda Devi National Park is also located here in Badrinath, where you can catch a glimpse of several rare and exotic flora and fauna. You can also visit Mana, located at the Indo-China Border, and enjoy a cup of tea at the last shop here. 

Some of the activities which travellers can enjoy in Badrinath are skiing, trekking, and camping among others. You can also trek to the base of the Nilkantha Peak, which is said to receive the first rays of the sun every day at dawn and offers a splendid backdrop to Badrinath Temple.

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Dehradun

When one speaks about a family vacation, the first few things that strike one’s mind are green trees, blue skies, chilly weather, great food and a place where you can forget all your woes and calm down. This holiday destination is among those that fall under the category of delivering this experience to its visitors.

Lying at the foothills of the Himalayas, Dehradun which is the capital of Uttarakhand is known for its beautiful climate and the lovely landscapes it encompasses. One of the most astonishing facts about this place however, is that it is also one of the most important education hubs in the whole of India. How a place so small and petite be able to give a tough competition to other financial sectors of India is truly unimaginable.

Dehradun lies in Doon Valley which is located on a varying height of approximately 410m. The region is especially known for its climate. While one will experience a pleasant cool weather in Dehradun, the city is often times referred to as the ‘Rainy city of India’ due to the continuous rainfalls especially during monsoons.

Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand. In the recent years – there was a sense of construction boom that took place wherein endless residential property emerged in the city. Modern buildings have gradually been constructed making up for the good portions of Dehradun.


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Mussoorie

We do not need to describe Mussoorie because great author Ruskin Bond has already done that in his immortal novels and short stories. He used this amazing town and the tourist places in Mussorie as the backdrop of his stories and the natural beauty of this town has created many landmarks in the field of “nature’s romanticism.”
If you are in love with nature’s romanticism and follow literature for that then the enchanting beauty of Mussoorie is your wonderland waiting for you. Sir Sachin Tendulkar, the demigod of the cricketing world loves this place as his regular hideout in a great climate and pleasant city.

Located at the height of almost 1900 meters from the sea levels this landscape of nature has become a paradise for the tourists with a passage of time. This advantage point of nature has a history dating back to
19th century when the officers of ruling East India Company developed it as a holiday paradise in the hills. Located at the distance of 40 Kilometers from the state capital of Indian state of Uttranchal, Dehradun, Mussoorie also won this moniker of being the “queen of the hill stations.” More than 15 attractions full of nature, religion and culture are at your disposal when you are planning a stay in Mussoorie Resorts. This hill station also serves as a gateway to the glaciers of Yamunotri and Gangotri and we can consider it as an ideal place to spend summer vacations.

The year of 1991 brought this town into the spotlight because of certain cultural events and movements of political celebrities. We can term this phase as the beginning of the modern history of "Mussoorie the tourism Destination." Now this hill station has become a modern town where nature and modern day amenities are developing a new eco-system of fun, frolic, and entertainment for all age groups and honeymoon couples in particular. With
passage of time, Mussoorie has also become an educational hub because of the presence of some premium educational institutes and convent schools. The presence of these tourist places in Mussoorie also added a youthful spirit in the ambiance of this hill station.

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Nainital

Nainital, the hill resort town in the district of the same name, derives its name from the emerald, glassy, eye-shaped lake (tal) which the town is built around. The British Sugar trader, P. Baron, founded the town in the year 1841 and thank God that he did! There could not be a better getaway spot from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The moment you enter Nainital district, you step into a new, parallel world. With the best tourist places to visit in Nainital, the transition to scenic splendour of the likes of the place is a treat to the senses, a characteristic balming bliss of an experience that one can only understand through live experience.

No wonder then that the Kumaon Himalayas are regarded as “devbhoomi” ( land of the Gods), a divine manifestation of the most intricate natural laws, working for millennia, to carve out the perfect cradle in the arms of the lofty peaks, who remain standing as sentinels, offering solace and inspiring awe in humanity. Nainital’s appeal comes across as no less than a dreamscape. The British elites had used the location as a retreat during the harsh summers of the Indian mainland once upon a time, and the tradition remains alive for native Indians, as well as our foreign guests to this day.

With the changing climatic patterns ushering in harsher summers, Nainital as an easily accessible and highly affordable getaway vacation spot appears as no less than a prayer answered. With the best tourist places to visit in Nainital, the Naina Devi temple, St John in Wilderness, Hanuman Garhi for the pious ones, Mall road market,Tibetan market for the spendthrift ones, Naini Lake, Nainital Zoo, Jim Corbett National Park, Snow Viewpoint for the nature and adventure lovers, Nainital has a very inclusive agenda in terms of provisions - there is something for everyone.

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Joshimath

Uttarakhand is abounding with beautiful places and one among them is Joshimath, the sacred town of Uttarakhand. Nuzzled with lots of warmth in the Chamoli district the town has its own heavenly aura.  Also known as Jyotirmath, Joshimath is those places where one of the Mutts was established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th century. It is also the winter seat of Lord Badri Whose idol is traversed from Badrinath temple to Vasudev temple here.

In the sacred town of Joshimath, you will be able to visit umpteen temples like Narsimha and Gauri Shankar. You can also witness the magnanimity of the sacred Kalpvriksha which is said to be more than 1200 years old.Joshimath is also a famous destination for mountain climbing trips, treks and many other thrilling activities for those who love to explore the unexplored. If you want to explore religion, spirituality and thrill all in one place, then visiting here is a good decision.

One of the prime attractions here is a temple dedicated to the mighty Narsimha who is considered as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
The government has also introduced the winter Char Dham Yatra in order to turn Joshimath into a major winter travel destination. Apart from being a religious hub, it is also a popular hill station elevated at a height of 1890 meters above sea level. Vishnuprayag where the two powerful rivers of Alaknanda and Dhauliganga meet overlooks the beauty of the town of Joshimath.

The famous gateway to trekking also has a valley of flowers located very close to it. The place holds immense religious importance and so is the activity area of thrill-seekers. There are many places in Joshimath which you can enjoy. The most popular ones are Ghangria, the Nanda Devi National park, Tapovan and all the temples located in the vibrant town.

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Corbett

Located in the district of Nainital, Corbett National Park is a perfect place for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. Named after the renowned British-Indian hunter and tracker-turned-conservationist, the tourist places in Corbett National Park have a mystical status when it comes to wildlife holidays in India. This oldest national park in India is home to abundant flora and fauna and promises to offer quintessential experiences through its safari. The popularity of Corbett national Park is due to the presence of Royal Bengal Tiger in abundance and the captivating landscape for the delight of nature lovers.

Not only wildlife, the park has a good population of bird species and is quite known for fishing and angling as well. Also, with so many wildlife resorts, it’s loved by luxury travellers. Situated on the foothills of Himalayas, this ‘Paradise of Tigers’ is the key to escape from the vivid city lights and constant traffic roar. A Jim Corbett tour will take you on an adventure through lush green hills, reverie belts, water holes and 521 sq km of abounding animal and plant kingdom.

For better administration and tourist flow, Jim Corbett has been divided into six tourism zones, that attract thousands of foreign and Indian visitors every year. When we speak about the tourist places in Corbett, Dhikala zone is the largest and is highly recommended for wildlife enthusiasts as it is home for many animals, primarily tigers. Bijrani zone is also very popular among tourists and is easily accessible from Ramnagar, so is Jhirna. Durga Devi, another prominent zone is known for bird watching. Even though Sitabani zone doesn’t fall under the Corbett Tiger Reserve area, it’s an ideal place to be visited and is adored by nature lovers due to its serene ambience.

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Almora

If you want a perfect refuge from your hectic busy life, head towards Almora. A picturesque hill station in the lap of nature with lush greenery in the divinely beautiful state of Uttarakhand, yes, it is Almora. Situated in the Kumaon region of the Himalayas, Almora takes pride in its natural beauty. Also known as the Town of Temples, a famous Hindu Temple is situated in the heart of the town, called Nanda Devi.

The beautiful places that you should pay a visit in Almora are temples like Nanda Devi temple, Patal Devi temple, Maa Dunaguri temple, etc., and few other astounding sites. You can hire a taxi for sight-seeing.

Almora has a lot of hotels and resorts where you can stay comfortably. A few of them are Hotel Bhagwati Palace, Khim’s Guest House, Binsar Resort, Khali Estate, etc. If you are a foodie and wondering what and where to eat, there are some really great restaurants offering finger licking foods and some suggestions for you are Lali’s Inn and Restaurant, Kasar Rainbow Restaurant, Essence of Nature, Dolma Restaurant, etc. You should definitely try singauri, ginger tea and choklate in Almora.

If you love shopping, you should definitely visit the street side markets in Almora. The Chowk Bazaar sells some premier quality angora wool garments. Copperwares are also sold there. Another market where you will get a lot of good things to take home is the Lal Bagh Market.

The nearby tourist destinations that you can visit from Almora are Kathgodam, Nainital, Chaukori, Binsar, Kausani, Ranikhet, Saltakhet, Bageshwar, etc.


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Tehri

Thalaiya Sagar, Jonli, and the Himalayan peaks to the foothills near Rishikesh. It is the place where Ganga arrives in its original form at Devprayag, and River Alaknanda and River Bhagirathi also merge over here. Tehri is considered to be one of the holy districts of Uttarakhand where the pilgrims flock in huge numbers to seek solace and spiritual bliss.

It has some of the most scenic forests where you can witness a wide range of flora and fauna at its primal best. The calm and tranquil environment of this place offers the perfect digital detox to the tourists. Its hilly terrain and cascading rivers seem to be a slice of paradise on Earth.

The top tourist attractions that lure travellers over here are the Tehri Dam that is Asia’s largest and highest dam. Chamba is another popular destination over here that offers a scenic view of the Himalayas, and it also provides a breathtaking view of the Bhagirathi river. Devprayag is a sacred spot over here that is meant to be the holy confluence of two sacred rivers, namely Bhagirathi and Alaknanda.

You can try tons of enthralling activities over here like trekking and rock climbing to raise your adrenaline level. River rafting is another popular activity here that the tourists can genuinely enjoy at Tehri lake. You can also try boating over here to immerse into the scenic vistas of this beautiful city.

Tehri experiences tropical weather all year round, and the average annual temperature over here is around 15.3 degrees Celcius. Summer(March to May) is the peak season to visit Tehri as the weather remains quite pleasant during this time of the year. During winter, the temperature ranges from -10 to 10 degrees Celsius.

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Lansdowne

Thick oak forests, mesmerizing hills, and spellbinding views, there are numerous places to visit in Lansdowne which will take you a step closer to nature. A quaint hill station which is perched at an elevation of 1700 meters, Lansdowne brings to you a potpourri of attractions and memorable experiences. From trekking the treacherous trails of Lover’s Lane and exploring the vibrant streets of Lansdowne Main Market to visiting the holy shrines of Jwalpa Devi and Durga Devi Temple, there are multitude of ways by which you can quench your wanderlust in this snow-clogged beauty.

A town situated in the Pauri district of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is well-known for its pine timberlands and rich history of Garhwal rifles. Apart from this, it has also enjoyed an undisputed attention of nature buffs for its exotic wildlife. Its close proximity to the Jim Corbett National Park makes it an ideal site for bird watching and nature walks. Here you can also get to see some of the beautiful wild creatures including tiger,sambhar, barking deer,hog deer, and porcupines. Hence, if you are planning a trip to Uttarakhand, don’t forget to pay a visit to these key tourist places in Lansdowne.

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Kedarnath

Kedarnath etymologically translates to ‘Lord of the Field.’ It is a dainty town in Uttarakhand and is an ancient pilgrimage site. It is popular for the Kedarnath Temple, and according to mythology, it was built by the Pandava brothers from the Mahabharata.

The temperature in Kedarnath varies from -2 to 28 degrees Celsius. The best time to visit this hill station is either from May – June or September – October. If you are a pilgrim going to the site of Kedarnath Temple, then avoid visiting the temple during winters (November – March). Due to the decrease in temperature and heavy snowfall, the temple stays shut during this period. Since monsoons (July – August) come with the hindrance of landslides, visits to Kedarnath are avoided during this time as well.

If you are visiting the Kedarnath temple, then you must visit the Bhairavnath Temple, located at a distance of 500 meters from there. The temple enshrines an incarnation of Lord Shiva, Lord Bhairav. Perched atop a hill, it offers a magnificent view of the Himalayan ranges with mesmerizing beauty. Apart from the Kedarnath Temple, there are several other tourist attractions in Kedarnath. One such attraction is Vasuki Tal, a lake built at an altitude of 4135 meters. It requires a moderate to difficult trekking experience and is a haven for trekkers.

You must have heard of the Adwaita philosophy propounded by Sri Shankaracharya. Kedarnath has another historical shrine known as the Shankaracharya Samadhi. It is said that Sri Shankaracharya attained Nirvana at the age of 32 at this place. Sonprayag here is known to be the place where Lord Shiva got married to Goddess Parvati. It is also the confluence of the rivers Mandakini and Basuki. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and frosty trees, Sonprayag is a cultural-historical site of attraction. Do keep in mind that Kedarnath is mostly cold throughout the year, so pack warm clothes.

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Garhwal

Garhwal holds major prominence in Uttaranchal and its amazing districts are some of the most stunning places for traveling purposes. The iconic spots in Garhwal- Pauri, Chamoli, Haridwar, and Tehri are known for their irresistible surroundings and plush beauty.

Snow-capped mountains blended with the luscious green shrubs illustrate the glorious essence of this place in the most eloquent way possible. The hospitality of the Garhwali people would harmonize your soul. The modesty and charm of the people are quite renowned in all parts of the country.

Garhwal is also a paradise for all the trekking enthusiasts who prefer the most alluring places for vacations. Nag Tibba in Tehri Garhwal is one place that offers majestic views and convenient trekking paths for an experience to cherish. Covered with the soothing essence of Deodar trees, this place certainly seems to be a gateway for paradise!

Har Ki Doon is another scenic beauty that would make you feel like you are in heaven. The stunning snow-covered mountains here make it amongst the most picturesque locations in India. It is ideal for some enthralling snow activities. Trekking at such a pristine place should be in the bucket list of every traveler.

Another location called Chaukhamba viewpoint is one such place you would not want to miss out on your trip to Garhwal. The stunning panoramic view would certainly grace your soul and fill you with unforgettable memories.

Pauri Garhwal and Tehri Garhwal are some of the most exotic places in India, which hold many rejuvenating activities like River rafting, Trekking, and fishing as well. Thrilling fun of the river rafting would certainly pump adrenaline rush throughout your body.

Challenge your physical limits by conquering the luscious peaks of Garhwal, go for a hike with your peers for the best moment of your life. For a chilled out day near the shores of Nayar River, fishing would be an ideal way to sum the most incredible trip of your life.

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Gaumukh

Gaumukh located in Uttarkashi is one of the most rewarding and popular treks for trekking enthusiasts. These treks showcase the beauty of Garhwal Himalaya and few other remarkable peaks like Shivling, Bhagirathi and Bhrigupanth.

Gaumukh is the pout or terminus of the pristine Gangotri Glacier and is also the source of the Bhagirathi river. This snow-capped spot is located at a height of around 13,200 ft and is also known to be a haven for the pilgrims as it is the source of Ganga. The place where Gangotri Glacier ends resembles the cow’s mouth and therefore is popularly known as Gaumukh.

Gaumukh also holds huge religious prominence for pilgrimage purposes. Witness the nature at it’s imperious best, with the humongous Gangotri glacier flourishing it’s glorious form, this site would leave a mark on your hearts forever!

Extremely daunting treks of Chirbasa and Gila pahar would certainly send chills through your spine! Narrow paths and scary terrains, if there is one place in India that is considered paradise for trekking enthusiasts, it would be Gaumukh.

Gaumukh, is a 19 km trek that possesses some of the toughest courses throughout the journey. The phenomenal experience of trekking for 3 consecutive days would lead you to the reward of your determination and courage. Only very few people can cross the obstacle-filled gauntlet to witness the majestic “ Gaumukh snout”.

But it is also crucial to ensure that you do not risk your life and are equipped with enough courage to complete this arduous task. Otherwise, you can relish the beauty of this stunning place from far if trekking is not your cup of tea.

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Bhimtal

If you wish to escape the digital jungle, then Bhimtal should be your topmost choice. Bhimtal is an offbeat replica of Nainital and is an idyllic destination to have a peaceful vacation. It is located at a distance of around 23 kilometres from Nainital, and the tranquil aura of this place makes it the most sought after destination in India. The Himalayan ranges border the northernmost area of this town, and Almora and Pauri Garhwal neighbour it.

Bhimtal is one of  the most popular
attractions in Uttrakhand that has gained immense popularity among nature lovers as well as the tourists alike. Dense forests of pine, oaks, and shrubs bound this scenic hill station and make it look like a Gateway of heaven on Earth. From picturesque dams to expansive water bodies and eco-friendly conservatories, it is dotted with the alluring vistas of nature.

There are many popular tourist attractions in Bhimtal that make it a must-visit destination for every tourist. Bhimeshwar Temple is revered for being one of the holiest sites over here that offers homage to Lord Bhima. Bhimtal lake is another popular destination over here that enthrals the visitors with its picturesque beauty and offers memorable rides.

Bhimtal offers tons of enthralling activities to visitors for a fun-filled vacation. From paddle boating to scenic walk and bird watching, you can enjoy some of the most mind-blowing activities over here. You can also try trekking and camping over here for an adrenaline-pumping experience. You can also have a glimpse of the tales of the bygone era by visiting Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya over here that is a repository of rare wooden antiques.

Bhimtal experiences temperate and warm climate all year round, and it experiences an average annual temperature of around 15.7 degrees Celsius. During summer, it undergoes a mixture of cold and warm breezes, and during winters, the weather becomes relatively more freezing but not frigid. Monsoon(July-August) makes the entire area covered in lush greenery with constant showers.

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Ranikhet

Ranikhet is one of the most popular attractions in Uttarakhand that is blessed with some of the best scenic vistas and natural beauty. This tiny little paradise is the perfect getaway for someone who needs some detoxification for their mind. Located in the district of Almora in Uttarakhand, this destination offers everything to soothe a city dweller’s nerves.

This quaint hill station offers a breathtaking view of the mighty Himalayas and has an incredibly peaceful environment. It is home to some of the most beautiful gardens interspersed with apple orchards, apricots, and pine trees. It also has dense forests and cascading waterfalls that allure the visitors with their neverending beauty.

Chaubatia Gardens is one of the most popular destinations over here where you can have a leisure time with your friends and family. If you’re looking for the perfect spiritual retreat, then Haidakhan Temple, Dunagiri Temple, Upat Kalika Temple, and Jhula Devi temple should be a must-visit in your bucket list. Bhalu Dam is another popular spot over here where you can witness nature in the most unadulterated form.

If you’re looking for a fun-filled experience, then you can try multiple activities over here. You can try fishing, paragliding, and trekking for the perfect adrenaline rush. You can also play golf over here at the Upat Golf course, which offers all the facilities for a memorable golfing experience. Camping is also the favourite activity of the tourists over here who wish to spend some time in the open sky gazing at the wilderness of nature.

Ranikhet experiences tropical weather all year-round, and you can visit this place at any time of the year. The best season to visit Ranikhet is between either March to June or September to November when the weather remains neither too hot nor too cold. It experiences an average temperature of around 19.8 degrees Celsius.

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Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti is a sleepy, little town that sits on the Chamba-Mussoorie road, at a staggering height of 2,250 metres above sea level. Dhanaulti’s elevation  means that you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayas from almost any point and the weather remains pleasantly cool at almost all times. The landscape of the place is defined by virgin forests with towering trees of deodars, oaks and rhododendrons. A short walk away from the town centre is sure to lead you to quaint meadows, dense jungles and gurgling streams.

Albeit small, Dhanaulti has a strong cultural presence and you will be able to spot locals wearing traditional clothings and headgear. Here, you can enjoy traditional garhwali food and buy local hand-made goods and souvenirs. The place is also dotted with several temples and forts that date back to different eras in history and are a great way of finding more about the Dhanaulti and its place in the pages of history. Dhanaulti is dotted with several resorts and camping sites which offer a plethora of accommodation options. When here, you can enjoy the mesmerizing views of the forest from the window of a luxury resort or choose to sleep under the stars in a tent.

There are several places that offer adventure activities that take you skywalking through the peaks, trekking in the forests, climbing mountain faces and sledding down slopes! You can also try your hand at ziplining, biking or rappelling!  If you are not much of an adventure enthusiast, you can spend your time in Dhanaulti enjoying spa treatments, playing golf, reading books while lazing on a hammock or taking leisurely strolls through jungle roads. Dhanaulti also has potato farms that stretch for miles where you can go horse riding!  Apart from these, the apple orchards at Dhanaulti grow a variety of apples and you can spend an entire day walking through these orchards, apple-picking and enjoying delicious apple-based recipes.

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Chakrata

Surrounded by the sun-kissed Himalayas, the beautiful hill station of Chakrata is one of the most popular attractions in Uttrakhand. This town was earlier known as Jaunsar Banwar and was developed by the Britishers as a summer retreat.

It is dotted with fantastic flora and fauna, and you can spot here rarest species such as wild fowls and panthers. This scenic hill station offers spellbinding views to the visitors and is away from any touristy chaos. It is replete with some of the cascading waterfalls and mountain passes that grab the attention of the visitors with their ruthless beauty.

This mystical hill station is home to some of the most popular attractions that lure the globetrotters to visit this destination. Tiger Falls is the most popular attraction over here that is surrounded by deodar vegetation and serene hills. Deoban is a haven for the bird watchers, and you can spot here diverse species of colourful birds.

Chilmiri Neck is another popular destination here that is known to offer you an enthralling view of the sunset. 
Chatkara is a famed destination for trekking, rock climbing,  camping, river crossing, rappelling, and Swimming. You can even meet and interact with the locals by opting for a walking or cycling tour.

Chatkara experiences a temperate and relatively pleasant climate throughout the year. It experiences rainfall of around 1734 mm per year. During winters, the temperature drops down to -2 degrees Celsius, and it even receives heavy rain during this season. During summer, the average temperature ranges around 28 degrees Celsius.

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This was my maiden trek and I am glad I chose Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Saheb. I carried home tonnes of great memories from the trip that I will cherish for my life. Serene Nature, Splendid weather, a great company of cousins, new friends we made and the team who lead the trek made a perfect mixture to cherish. While the chirpy young kept the team charged, the conviction of the others was inspirational to the rest. I am also glad that Thrillophillia conducts this trip which I came to know after reading thrillophilia reviews. The field team lead by Yogi and Sandeep was awesome. At some point or other everyone in the group were amazed with their knowledge, patience, perseverance, untiring efforts to make the trip a memorable and comfortable one for the entire team. Their daily briefing was quite interesting. Valley of flowers amazed us with the nuances it offered every minute. The continuous rain, the chill of the breeze, narrow steep path, rolling stones, changing landscape every minute, moving clouds around you, crossing the river over narrow bridges…. The list goes on and on Hemkund Saheb is another marvel. This place left most of the team members ecstatic. What a bliss. The only place I have seen made many people cry with joy. A place that one must visit atleast once in their lifetime. The trek(mule ride), the hospitality at the Gurudwara were breathtaking. It was a testimony to what faith can bring out of people. We could see people of all age groups from 3 to 70+ trek all the way from Govindghat to Hemkund Saheb, carrying children and luggage on shoulders and sometime on mules. Wow… We were exposed to a new world of Ghangaria which come alive in March and sleeps over from October. A town that has everything active only for 4 months.
To tell the truth, we started this trek with many doubts and inhibitions. Especially since we had 2 children aged 7 & 8 who had done only single day treks till date. Our trek leader Makkhan Singh gave us a complete overview of what we could expect but nothing prepared us for the unadulterated natural beauty that was all around us from the start to the finish of the trek. From Deodar trees in the lower ranges to tall pine forests on taller peaks. The autumn colours were visible in full glory. Many moments bring a smile back to our faces like speaking to the villagers we met on the way, finding a couple of langoors spying on us, having black tea with herbs that instantly refreshed us and many more such memories. Camping was a whole new experience for all of us. It taught us the discipline of timing and the regard for others comfort. The cooks who accompanied us were very thoughtful about our children and tried their best to serve food that kids would enjoy. Needless to say, the snow was the best part of the trek. We made a snowman with the help of trek guide Ashish. He was wonderful with our kids. He played with them, but was also very careful about their safety. I wish to wholeheartedly thank each and every one in the team who helped organize this trek so perfectly. We didn't feel a single moment of confusion or uncertainty over any of the arrangements made. This experience has definitely made us wish to do more such treks in the future.
The stay at kund was a very pleasant one. It had wonderfull golden views of Kedardome. Sound of mountain river just below the campsite was like a soothing lullaby. The fully blooming rhododendron gave the perfect reddish look of the season FALL. Now as we come to the part of the trek to deorital, the day started with a double puncture of one of our car which was to take us to SARI. But to our joy it provided us the perfect excuse to start our trek right from kund. The opportunity gave us time to photograph the kedar dome from a height and on the way we also came by a hilly waterfall which gave us plenty to take home some mesmerizing photographs. By the time our car was ready to take us to Sari. On reaching Sari we started our climb to Deorital Lake . On the way we filled up our water bottles from a mountain spring and wow the most refreshing drink i had in my life off cousre accompanied by chewing of rhododendron petals. On reaching deorital we were greeted with patches of snow and a mesmerizing view of snow clad-en peaks of Chaukhamba. We could even capture the reflection of the cliffs in the clear water of the lake. After having a packed lunch we descended down to sari by taking a visit to hilly temple. On the way back we went to Ukhimath, the winter home of BABA Kedarnath. The secondays climb was from Chopta. There was snow right from Chopta. We claded our shoes with the mandatory spikes and started our climb throw the snow laden valley and mountain sides of chopta taking occassional breaks. The temple of Tungnath was almost under snow. After taking a break at tungnath we further ascended to Chandrasila peak making new path through the fresh snows. And like we were on the top of the world with 360 degree view of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba. The weather had by then started getting little naughty with patches of black clouds hovering around. After taking a quick packed lunch we started our descend, which was packed with thrills and surprises courtesy our guide Monu Rana. We went back to our childhood days by sliding and rolling through the snows like 3 year old toddlers and just yelling in excitement. On reaching chopta we boarded our cars to be back to kund. A heavy downpour welcomed us to Kund and let us have a unique experience of heavy mountain lashes. Next day we were back to Haridwar after having a tastefull lunch at Jayalgarh. A wow experience of lifetime in my sixth trek.