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Garhwal – A Glitter on the Map

by akshaylike 6 year, 6 months ago

If you want a combination of spirituality, adventure, and scenic beauty, then Garhwal is the place for you! Garhwal boasts of amazing adventure activities and is also pretty close to Kedarnath & Badrinath.

Garhwal, the gem of Uttaranchal is cozily located in the heart of Himalayas. It is surrounded by Himachal Pradesh on its North-Western and Western sides, Uttar Pradesh down south, Tibet to its north and Kumaon to its east. Garhwal is a consortium of seven districts namely, Chamoli, Dehradun, Haridwar, Rudraprayag, Pauri, Tehri and Uttarkashi. The holy shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri are situated here. It is also the starting place of the most venerated rivers, the Yamuna and the Ganga. One can easily travel to Himachal when in this region. 

Garhwal Attractions

The pearly snow clad mountains and the changing of their color from white to golden yellow when the morning sunshine pours over them. Ah! That’s splendorous treat to the eyes. Climbing snow clad terrains is altogether a different experience! Throwing snow on each other, skiing and building snowman are favorite activities of most of the tourists booking Garhwal holidays in Uttaranchal. River rafting and aero sports are other adventure games you can play in Garhwal. Apart from adventure sports, the valley of Garhwal bloom with natural beauty and is an exhibit of unique style of hill temple architecture and superb handicrafts. The incredible Indian factor of Garhwal lies in its Char Dham. The four pilgrimage destination namely Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri comprise the Char Dham. 

Planning Your Trip

Visiting all the Char Dham’s will take you about two days. Visit Kedarnath and Badrinath on the first day, the rivers Yamunotri and Gangotri on the second day. On the third day visit the Corbett national park and the Nanda National Bio-reserves, which are must see places. The variety of species found here is simply mind blowing. Hundreds of migratory birds come here, so don’t forget to take your camera when on tours in North India!

Reaching There

The climate during the summer season is pleasant and is probably the best time to visit Garhwal. That’s when you can enjoy the rich biological resource of the place the most. However, if you are traveling during winter season make sure you carry plenty of woolen clothes. Garhwali, English and Hindi are spoken in Garhwal. Reaching Garhwal is not that difficult. Jolly grant airport is the nearest airport and Kotwar is the nearest railway station. Cabs are available from airport and railway station till Garhwal. Garhwal is well connected by an array of roads. Moreover, Cabs and rickshaws are available within the city. This makes Garhwal an easy reach tourist spot especially for those planning to take up tour packages from Delhi!

Staying There & Shopping

Hotels in Garhwal are very economical, stay for a day in a budget hotel costs around Rs 600. It’s best to approach the tourism department of Uttaranchal for hotels or lodgings. All cuisines of food are available here. Shopping freaks won’t be let down! Garhwal has shops for all types of pockets! Some of the shopping centers are The Upper Bazaar, The Lower Bazaar and Dhara Road. These places are great for souvenir shopping. Garhwal will take about four days to explore. You can gaze at the sun lit mountains and give a try for adventure sports on the first day. 

All in all a trip to Garhwal for a couple would cost around 9000 INR. This fun packed trip is worth the expenditure! So what are you waiting for? Grab your woolen clothes and leather jackets and head to Garhwal!
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