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Uttarakhand

If India is called the land of spiritualism, Uttarakhand is one big contributor towards it. Home to the holy Ganga and the 4 most sacred Hindu pilgrimage sites, it is commonly referred to as 'dev bhoomi' (the land of gods). Sages and saints since time immemorial have housed under the shelter of the mountains here. The world flocks here to master asanas and to seek out big answers and the ashrams gladly offer them room to rest. The forests here are home to the largest concentration of tigers in India. Over the mountains and engulfing the plains, the forests covers about 25 percent of the state.
The mighty Himalayan ranges provide great opportunity for high altitude trekking and mountaineering. Find glaciers from which rivers are born, find valleys overgrown with wild flowers, find lakes that reflect the sky and find temples as old as humanity itself. While you are at it, you'll also find a little bit of yourself, here in Uttarakhand.

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Things to do

Rafting-Shivpuri to Rishikesh - Welcome to the most sought-after adventure activity in Rishikesh. A slick, fast and crazy adrenaline-pumping adventure - rafting the mighty Ganga is a super fun!

Yoga session at Kunjapuri Temple -Drive to the highest point in Rishikesh, the Kunjapuri temple, for a yoga session in the clouds. Get lasting shots of the town with the first rays of the sun at 6 a.m.

Birding and downhill trek to Pangot - On a clear day, breathtaking views of distant mighty mountains greet you when you reach with lovely vistas of Nainital town, amidst the shade of tall trees you see fleeting glimpses of colourful birds.

Rock climbing and Rappelling-natural wall -The climb on natural rock is fairly tough and requires a lot more resilience than a normal wall at an activity centre. With an experienced instructor to guide you through every step, making safety is the top priority, rock climbing at Bara Panther is compelling and exhilarating.

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Best time to visit October to March

The best time to visit is from October to March. The rain recedes by September and the mountains are a lovely shade of green. The flora comes alive and you can catch a glimpse of the snow-clad mountains as the haze disappears.The chilly winter arrives by late November and stays on until the end of February. It does get pretty cold and it snows at higher elevations. The skies remain clear and you can get a good view of the snow-clad peaks.Clear skies stay on through March till the haze sets in by mid-April.

You need to be lucky to get a view of the peaks during this time. But this is the best time to witness some wildlife action, especially the tiger.The rains arrive by mid-June and it’s officially monsoon time. Everywhere you see, you'll come across the brightest shade of green. Frequent landslides are the only dampener till the monsoons end.

How to reach

Air

  • Jolly Grant Airport (DED) is the only airport situated 30 kilometre away from Dehradun. There are many flights from Air India, Jet Airways, Spicejet and Indigo connect Dehradun to Delhi. You will find many connecting flights from different cities in India. Including Mumbai, Lucknow, Srinagar, and Jammu. You have to take cab from Dehradun to reach airport or vice versa.

Rail

  • Dehradun Railway station (DDN) is the major railway station. Dehradun Railway station is last station of Northern railway network so it act as a major terminus in Uttarakhand. Dehradun Railway station is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kolkata, Gorakhpur, Amritsar, and many more. You will find frequent trains from Delhi to Dehradun.

Road

  • Speak of roads, Dehradun has a well-established road network. You can take bus from any major destination in Uttarakhand heading towards Dehradun. While traveling through bus or cab you will come across many beautiful valleys, small waterfalls, and astonishing natures' beauty. Dehradun is connected to National Highway 72 which makes it more easily accessible.

Blogs

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    Uttarakhand - Of Yogis, Hills and Spirituality

    Uttarakhand. Dev Bhoomi. The Land of Gods. This little corner of the enigma that is India exudes an enticing sense of spirituality and placidity from its every crevice. A spectacularly idyllic terr...

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