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UTTARANCHAL                           General Information of Uttranchal

Uttaranchal, the land of hill stations of India, abounds in places of sanctity; age-old pilgrim centers where the devout Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and Christians alike converge every year to pay obeisance to their gods, braving vagaries of weather and other human travails. Uttaranchal, the 27th State was formed on 9 November 2000. Uttaranchal may only have 17 per cent of Uttar Pradesh in geographical area but it is the golden goose in terms of tourism and forest product. Holy shrines like Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath, and resorts like Nainital and Mussorie attracts 83 million tourists in a year. Haridwar and its Kumbha Melas earn Rs. 1, 500 crore revenue annually from tourism. Six of the seven national parks of former UP are now under Uttarakhand. Annual earnings from the forest products are Rs. 135 crore. The rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Sharada generate resources for hydroelectric power to the tune of 1000 MW. The region is blessed with magnificent glaciers, majestic rivers, gigantic Himalayan peaks, skiing resorts and dense forests. Nature has endowed this region with so much beauty and spiritual bliss that the land is also known as Dev Bhoomi (Land of Gods). In this abode of the gods it is only fitting, therefore, that we begin our pilgrimage in the highest  regions, the Himalayas, closest to the celestial beings.

Deeply revered Hindu destinations like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath are located here. World renowned for their breathtaking beauty as well as religious importance, they make Uttaranchal a water hole for the religiously inclined, quenching their spiritual thirst with its numerous sacred sites. Hemkund Sahib, an important Sikh pilgrimage center is also located in Uttaranchal and is thronged with the faithful throughout the year. On the other hand hill stations like Dehradun, Musoorie, Pithoragarh, Ranikhet and Lansdowne are full of people escaping the terrible heat of the plains.

Being a part of Western Himalayas, the state’s topography is ideally suited for all kinds of adventure sport activities. It offers a wide range of adventure sports one can choose from. River rafting, mountaineering, fishing, mountain biking, trekking, mountain safaris, skiing and paragliding are some to name just a few. Auli is now the best high-altitude adventure sports destination in India and Rishikesh is famous for the opportunities it offers for river rafters

It comprises 13 districts with Dehradun as the capital city. Uttaranchal is one of the most beautiful, well-preserved and enchanting states located on the northern part of India.The Important places to Visit in uttaranchal are  Dehradun, Musoorie, Nainital, Garhwal, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Almora and Kausani etc.

It has within its borders the char-dhams (the four most sacred and revered Hindu temples): Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. This is the land where Vedas and Shastras were composed and the great Indian epic - Mahabharata was written. The region has always been the source of inspiration for nature lovers and seekers of peace and spirituality. The locals are friendly, warm, with rich culture and traditions. 

Capital Dehradun.
Language Garhwali, English, Hindi, Urdu.
Temperature Winter 5° C - 18° C; Summer 10° C - 30° C
Tourist Season May to October 
Airports Dehradun
Mode of Transport Air, Rail and Road.
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