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The state of Uttarakhand is located in the northern region of India. The state is referred to as the state of Gods, as there are many temples present. The state is home to some of the most revered and respected Hindu pilgrimage destinations of the country. Dehradun is the capital city of the state and the languages spoken are Hindi. The state covers an area of 53,566 sq. kilometers.

Uttarakhand was separated from the state of Uttar Pradesh on the 9th November 2000. The state is home to the Tehri dam project, which has been in the thick of controversy. It is the Birthplace of the Chipko movement. There are 17 districts in the state and are divided under the Garhwal and the Kumaon division. Some of the important destinations in the state are Haridwar, Dehradun, Roorkee, Haldwani, Rishikesh, Nainital, Almora, Kashipur and Ramnagar.

Why Visit the State?

Religious tourism, Leisure and adventure are the major contributors to Uttarakhand’s tourism. The Corbett national Park and Tiger Reserve are the most prominent destinations in the state. The hill stations in Mussoorie, Nainital, Bhimtal, Kausani, Ranikhet and Almora are highly frequented tourist destinations of the state. The Nanda Devi National Park and the Valley of Flowers are listed under the UNESCO Heritage sites.

Uttarakhand is home to many Hindu shrines; they are visited by scores of pilgrims throughout the world. The Yamunotri and the Gangotri are the tributaries of Yamuna and the Ganges and floe through the famous Kedarnath and Badrinath; it, altogether forms one of the Char Dham. The state has many shrines which find a mention in the ancient Hindu scriptures. The Hemkund located in the Himalayas is a place of religious importance for the Sikhs. The Mindroling monastery is a popular Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.

Uttarakhand is a major destination for adventure lovers in India. Hiking, rock climbing and mountaineering are some of the popular activities here. Adventure tourism, rural tourism and agri-tourism are gaining momentum in the state.

Explore the Culture of Uttarakhand

Many ethnic groups reside in the hills of Uttarakhand having distinct traditions and culture. A majority of the population is rural and stays in villages. The houses, temples and field in Uttarakhand can take you back in time to a different era. The prominent ethnic groups in the state are the Jaunsaries, the Bhotias, the Bokshas, the Rajis and the Tharus. The lower lands of the state live the Sikh migrants, the Van Gujars who are a nomadic Muslim tribe.

The language widely spoken in the state is generally Hindi and a separate group of languages akin to Hindi, called the Pahari. The Pahari language has numerous dialects spoken in various regions of the state; some of the dialects are Jaunsari, Sailani and the Jadhi.

The cuisine in Uttarakhand is akin to that eaten in the northern India. Some popular dishes are chainsoo, ras, kafuli, jholi and chapattis.

Facts for Tourists

The state is an amazing place if you are looking to relax and enjoy the serenity and divinity of it. It is also a major hub for adventure lovers. Women should not wear revealing clothes during their visit to temple and other religious places.




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