Kotdwar

Kotdwar, Uttarakhand – Situated at a height of 395m above the sea level, Kotdwar is the gateway to Garhwal

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Kotdwara (Kotdwar)  is located at the foothills of the Shivaliks. The place is situated at a height of 395m above sea level and literally means gateway to Garhwal. The city has excellent rail network and is connected to almost all major towns in India like Lucknow, Delhi and Howrah. The place also has an excellent road network. Kotdwar forms the centre of the sight seeing locations to places some of the outstanding locations like Sidhbali Temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Koteshwar Mahadev, a Lord Shiva temple and also many other reverent spots.

Places to see in Kotdwar: Kotdwar offers a no. of sight seeing locations. These include:

Sidhbali Temple

The residing deity of Sidhbali Temple is Lord Hanuman. Siddhbali temple holds enormous religious importance amongst the people of Uttarakhand and especially with the people living in Pauri Garhwal district. Siddhbali temple is situated on the edge of the mountain 2 km from Kotdwara.

Durga Devi Temple

Durga Devi temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. Durga Devi temple is situated 15 kms from Kotdwara and a small seasonal stream is flowing from below the temple. The water level is very low in the river and you can spend some time there as the place is calm and quaint.

Kanvashram

Kanvashram is an ancient ashram of Karnav Rishi situated 12 km from Kotdwar on the banks of Malini River. Shakuntala lost the ring given by King Dushyant at this place. This scene was written in the famous Abhijnana Shakuntalam by Kalidasa. Shakuntala was the daughter of Karnva Rishi.

Koteshwar Mahadev

Situated at an elevation of 1428 m, this temple has a great following among childless couples. The temple houses a Shivling and is surrounded by the Himalayan ranges in the east, Haridwar in the west and Siddha Pith Medanpuri Devi temple in the south. Legends has it that a village woman inadvertently hit a Shivling while digging, divine voices were then heard, directing the people to construct a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Accordingly, the Koteshwar Mahadev temple was erected. It is believed that childless couples who chant the Mahamrityunjaya mantra (verse) during the whole month of Shravana with full faith and devotion are blessed by the Lord and their wishes are granted. It is also believed that during the Navratras the Goddess roves around, besitted upon her steed, the lion. Kotdwar is aso known as the entrance towards Himalayas of Uttarakhand.

Nearby attractions around Kotdwar: From Kotdwar you can organize planned itinerary to places like:

Lansdowne

Lansdowne is unlike other hill stations as it is well connected with motorable roads but remote in its own way. Lansdowne is one of the quietest hill stations of India and is popular since Britishers came to India. It is situated at an altitude of 1700mts above sea level surrounded with thick oak and blue pine forests. Lansdowne is located 40kms from Kotdwara. Lansdowne is a Cantonment area and therefore there are limited hotels at this place. Do make prior bookings in the hotels before visiting Lansdowne.

Tarkeshwar Mahadev

This place is named for the temple Tarkeshwar Mahadev dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is an ideal place for those who wish to seek solace in the lap of nature. This place is surrounded by thick forests of deodar and pine affording scenic vistas of Nature. Tarkeshwar temple is 70 km from Kotdwara.

Pauri

Pauri is situated at an elevation of 1814mts above sea level 101 km from Kotdwar. Pauri Garhwal is located on the northwest slopes of Kandoliya Hills in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Diverse in topography and filled with places of tourist’s interest, most locations in Pauri offers the invigorating view of the majestic snow-capped peaks of Himalayan range.

Things to do in Kotdwar: Sightseeing is the best thing you can do here. This apart you can also buy some handicrafts items from local markets.

Best time to visit Kotdwar: Winters i.e from October to February is the best time to visit Kotdwar.

How to go ?

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Kotdwara situated at a distance of 110kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Kotdwar is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Kotdwar.

By Rail

Kotdwara is well connected by railway networks with major cities of India. Kotdwar is well connected with railway network as this place is the gateway to the hills of the Garhwal region. There are regular trains running to Kotdwar from major destinations of north India.

By Road

Kotdwara is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Kotdwar are easily available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Kotdwar are available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Kotdwara is connected with National highway 119.

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Where to stay ?

There are some accommodation facilities in Kotdwar.

Tourist Rest House (GMVN): +91-01382-225630
Hotel Green House: +91- 099977 05206

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Guptkashi

Guptkashi, Uttarakhand – Only 47km from Kedarnath, this place holds equal religious importance as the holy town of Benaras

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Guptkashi is situated 47kms before the holiest shrine of Lord Shiva, Kedarnath. It is located on the route to Kedarnath in the northern Himalayan belt on the west side of the Mandakini river valley at an elevation of 1,319mts above sea level. Guptkashi is a religiously important town of Uttarakhand as it houses ancient temples like Vishwanath temple and Ardhnareshwar temple. The prime attraction of Guptkashi is the Manikarnik Kund. It is the meeting point of the two streams of the Ganga and Yamuna meet. Gaurikund, the town from where trek to Kedarnath commences is situated 34kms ahead of Guptkashi. The name of Guptkashi has a legendary significance related to the Pandavas of Mahabharatha. According to the legend, the Pandavas after the Kurukshetra war wanted to meet Lord Shiva for seeking his blessing and wash away their sins. But Lord Shiva avoided to meet them, for though they fought for the right cause, they were the destroyer of their whole dynasty. He took the form of a bull and met them in this spot and when recognized by the Pandavas he hid his face. Guptkashi has a great importance quite like that of Kashi.

Places to see in Guptkashi: This religious town has a few sightseeing spot with religious significance. These include:

Vishwanath Temple

The main temple of Guptkashi is dedicated to Lord Shiva as Vishwanath – “Lord of the Universe”. It is built by regional stones and is situated in an enclosed courtyard. The small temple to its left is Ardhanarishvara.

Manikarnik Kund

It is a place where two streams of the Ganga and Yamuna meet. It is situated in the premises of Vishwanath Temple.

Nearby attractions around Guptkashi: There are also many spots to visit around Gupkashi. These include:

Chattrakund

Chattrakund is a small lake of sweet crystal clear water near Auli, Joshimath. Located at an elevation around 3300 mts above sea level, Chattrakund is surrounded by lush green forest. Chattrakund lake is situated at a distance of 4 km from Auli and 3 km from Gurso Bugyal.

Trijuginarayan

It is the holy place where Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. Trijuginarayan is situated 45kms from Guptkashi. The immortal flame is still burning around which the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were solemnised.

Chopta

Chopta is popularly known as Mini Switzerland of Uttaranchal. The number of tourists visiting Chopta has increased in recent years and the region has become popular vacation spot for adventure lovers and explorers. Tungnath is the highest temple of Lord Shiva situated only 3.5kms away from Chopta which should be covered on foot or by pony. Chopta is situated 36kms from Guptkashi. The region showers tourists with natural beauteousness during winters.

Ukhimath

Ukhimath is an important destination of Rudraprayag district as this place is the home of Lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar during winters. Ukhimath is mainly inhabited by the Rawal’s who are the head priests (pundits) of Kedarnath. Ukhimath is situated 12kms from Guptkashi. Snow capped peaks of the majestic Himalayan range can be easily seen from Ukhimath.

Gaurikund

Gaurikund is the commencement point of the trek of 14kms to the sacred shrine of Kedarnath. The place is named after Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva and a temple Gauri is also situated here. It is believed that Lord Shiva accepted to marry Parvati at this place and married her in Trijuginarayan. The place offers vivid greenery with Vasuki Ganga flowing from below. Gaurikund is situated 34kms from Guptkashi. The place also has natural thermal springs.

Things to do at Guptkashi: Trekking, hiking, sight seeing are the activities you can enjoy in Guptkashi. Named as Guptkashi or “Hidden Benaras”, this place is an abode of Lord Shiva. This pristine spot with its mesmerizing natural beauty seems to be the resting place of not only Lord Shiva but of all Gods and Godesses. Feel the spiritual ecstasy in this holy retreat. If doing nothing just sit on the green velvety grass and gaze upon the unparallel natural beauty of nature.

Best time to visit Guptkashi: The best season to visit Guptakashi is the winters and the onset of summers. The favourable months to visit the place are between October to March.

How to go ?

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Guptkashi situated at a distance of 190kms. Jolly Grant Airport is a domestic airport well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Guptkashi is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Guptkashi.

By Train

The nearest railway station to Gaurikund is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 168kms before Guptkashi on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Guptkashi is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh. Taxis and buses are easily available from Rishikesh to Guptkashi.

By Road

Guptkashi is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Rishikesh and Srinagar are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Guptkashi are easily available from all major destinations of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Pauri, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Srinagar, Chamoli etc. Guptkashi lies on National Highway 109 which connects Rudraprayag with Kedarnath.

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Where to stay ?

Guptkashi offers a number of hotels and lodges, comfortable for night stay. Some options are:

Mrityunjaya Palace: +91-01364 267 488
Kedar Camp Resorts: +91-9012817897 Website: www.kedarcampresorts.com
Hotel Shubham: 01364-267229, 267233

 Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Rudraprayag

Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand – One of the holy ‘Panch Prayags’ in Garhwal, named after Rudra, an incarnation of Lord Shiva

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Rudraprayag is renowned for being one of the famous five sacred prayags (Panch Prayag) of Garhwal and is located at a distance of 35 km from Deo Prayag at an elevation of 2,936 feet. Rudraprayag is named after the Rudra (an aspect of Lord Shiva). The site forms the gateway to both Kedarnath and Badrinath. Rudraprayag is located at the confluence of River Aloknanada and Mandakini. The roaring sounds of these two meandering rivers really give a thrilling effect upon the hearts of the visitors. The spectacular location is a feast for the eyes. While in Rudraprayag, forget all your tensions and anxieties and rest your soul amidst the lap of nature.

Places to see at Rudra Prayag: The sightseeing spots of Rudraprayag include mainly temple. These include:

Rudranath Temple

Rudraprayag is named after Lord Shiva and temple of lord Rudranath is situated at the confluence of Alaknanda and Mandakini. According to mythology Narada Muni worshiped god Shiva here to learn music from him. The god then taught him music in his form of Rudra (Lord of Music). There used to be a rock called Narad Shila where Narada is said to have sat in meditation.

Koteshwar Mahadev Temple

Situated 3kms from Rudrprayag on the banks of Alaknanda River, Koteshwar is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. According to myths and legends Lord Shiva meditated at this place before going to Kedarnath. Large numbers of devotees visit this shrine during the months of August and September because it is believed that Lord Shiva meditated here during these months.

Dhari Devi Mandir

This sacred temple is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River. The deity of Dhari Devi temple is Goddess Kali and this holy shrine holds great importance amongst Hindus. Dhari Devi is situated 16km ahead of Srinagar on the way to Rudraprayag. One must trek down 1km from Dhari Village on road to reach the temple. It takes half n hour to reach Dhari Devi from Srinagar.

Kartik Swami

The Kartik Swami temple is dedicated to lord Kartikeya – son of Lord Shiva. It can be reached by a 3 km trek from Kanak Chauri village, which is located on the Rudraprayag-Pokhri route, 38 km from Rudraprayag. You can have a magnificent views of the snow-clad Himalayan range from the Kartik Swami temple.

Basukedar

Basukedar (reputedly where Shiva lived before coming to Kedarnath). It’s a Shiva temple constructed by Pandava. Architecture and idols seems to be at least 1000 yrs old. A good place for meditation and dhyan yoga. This is around 35 km from Agustmuni. around 1.30 hr by drive. This is actually an old track to visit Kedarnath. It is said that Lord Shiva stayed a night in Basukedar while he was travelling to Mount Kailash ( Kedarnath) this is the reason this place is called Basukedar

Nearby attractions around Rudraprayag: The location is adorned with a no. of break out spots too. These include:

Gaurikund

Gaurikund is the commencement point of the trek of 14kms to the sacred shrine of Kedarnath. The place is named after Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva and a temple Gauri is also situated here. It is believed that Lord Shiva accepted to marry Parvati at this place and married her in Trijuginarayan. The place offers vivid greenery with Vasuki Ganga flowing from below. Gaurikund is situated 66kms from Rudraprayag. The place also has natural thermal springs.

Trijuginarayan

It is the holy place where Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. Trijuginarayan is situated 12kms from Sonprayag. The immortal flame is still burning around which the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were solemnised.

Khirsu

Khirsu is situated 56kms from Pauri at an altitude of 1700mts above sea level. Khirsu is situated in a tranquil place with numerous oak trees, deodar trees and apple orchards around. Located in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state, Khirsu affords captivating views of the imposing Himalayan range.

Ukhimath

Ukhimath is an important destination of Rudraprayag district as this place is the home of Lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar during winters. Ukhimath is mainly inhabited by the Rawal’s who are the head priests (pundits) of Kedarnath. Okhimath is situated 37kms from Rudraprayag. Snow capped peaks of the majestic Himalayan range can be easily seen from here.

Chandra Puri

The village is situated at an altitude of 650mts above the sea level, on the bank of Mandakini River. The place is ideal for watching breathtakingly beautiful sunset on the bank of Mandakini river. It is only 24km from Rudraprayag.

Syalsaur

2km ahead of Chandra Puri, lies another beautiful location named Syalsaur. Syalsaur is a small, sleepy, picturesque village with the meandering Mandakini flowing through it and majestic Himalayas at the backdrop.

Things to do in Rudraprayag: The natural beauty of the spot will mesmerize you. Enjoy nature walks in this serene hamlet and explore the immensely beautiful nature with clear blue sky and lush green forests creating a marvelous contrast.

Best time to visit Rudraprayag: The best time to visit Rudraprayag is from March to October escaping monsoon months to escape heavy rain that damages road as it did this year.

How to go ?

By Air

The closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport that is located in the city of Dehradun. The airport is located around 159 km from the town. Flights from Delhi are available to the airport regularly and this makes it ideal for those travelers who are arriving from abroad.

By Train

The closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport that is located in the city of Dehradun. The airport is located around 159 km from the town. Flights from Delhi are available to the airport regularly and this makes it ideal for those travelers who are arriving from abroad.

By Road

Rudra Prayag is connected to many places such as Haridwar, Rishikesh, Tehri and Dehradun by road.

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Where to stay ?

There are both budget and luxurious hotels in Rudraprayag. Some options are:

Rudraprayag Tourist Rest House (GMVN): +91-01364-233347
Hotel Jwalpa Palace: +9109868939348  Website: www.hoteljwalpapalace.com
Shangrila Resort: +91-01364-233152  Website: www.shangrilla-resort.com
Hotel Balbir Palace: +91- 1364- 233038  Website: www.hotelbalbirpalace.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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dehradun

Dehradun, Uttarakhand – Resting at the foothills of Himalayas, on the Doon valley, this capital city offers a remarkable charm with its eternal beauty

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Dehradun is the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand. Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya, at a height of 960 m. above the sea level, Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India. Also known as the ‘Abode of Drona’, Dehradun has always been an important center for Garhwal rulers and was captured by the British.  It is a favoured tourist destination attracting tourists, pilgrims and enthusiasts from various walks of life to its serene environs. The name Dehradun is a collection of two words “dera” meaning camp and ” dun” meaning valley. Dehra Dun is different from the most other districts in the state by the existence of very large forests comprising predominantly sal. Dehradun is located in the Doon Valley on the foothills of the Himalayas between the two of India’s mightiest rivers the Ganges on the east and the Yamuna on the west. The city is dotted with the picturesque landscape and has a pleasant climate.

Places to see in Dehradun: Dehradun offers with ample scenic locations ideal for the sight seeing. These include:

Lachhiwala

Lachiwala is situated in the suburbs of the city of Dehradun where fresh water comes from a stream. At Lachiwala the stream enters into different pools which are spread over 700mts of area. The water level is from 4ft height to 7ft in different pools.

Malsi Deer Park

It is a zoological park at the base of the Shivalik Range in Dehradun. Malsi Deer Park is well maintained and it is home of two horned deer, Tiger, Neelgai, Peacock and many other animals. It is an ideal spot for picnicking.

Assan Barrage

The wetland at Assan Barrage, is situated near the confluence of two perennial rivers Asan and Yamuna near Dehradun. The lake attracts a large number of waterfowl, both waders and divers. This is an ideal place for bird lovers, Ornithologists and Naturalists alike, who can travel easily up to the Assan barrage, and see thousands of birds who have travelled miles to be there.

Robber’s Cave

It is the most popular tourist place of Dehradun. Also known as Guchhipani, Robber’s Cave is an ideal destination to spend the holiday in an immaculate atmosphere. It is bounded by imposing hills showcasing an amazing scenario of nature’s beauty. An easy trek of 1km will lead you to the refreshing stream of Robber’s Cave.

Sahastradhara

The name ‘Sahastradhara’ means the site of ‘thousand springs’. Situated near Rajpur Village, approximately 16 km from the major township of Dehradun, it is a very popular picnic spot. The place becomes more attractive during rainy season, when there is abundance of water in the springs. The water of sulphur spring is assumed to have some medicinal properties that can help cure skin ailments.

Tiger Falls

One of highest waterfall in Uttarakhand, Tiger Falls is located at 5 km from Chakrata. Tiger Falls has an elevation of 312 ft and an uncrowed place.

Fun Valley

It is a newly developed amusement park for the people of Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh. Fun Valley is located at 28 km from Dehradun and equi-distance form Haridwar Rishikesh.

Jwalaji Temple

This place is also known as Benog Hill. There is Jawalaji Temple here with Durga Devi as its deity. Benog hill is set at an altitude of 2104mts above sea level and is 9 km west of Mussoorie. It is situated on the top of the Benog Hill and looks like the crown of the hill. Surrounded by thick forest Benog Hill affords marvelous views of Yamuna Valley and Doon Valley.

Santala Devi Temple

The temple of Santala Devi is located approximately 16 km away from Dehradun, in Santur Garh. It is most crowded on Saturdays, as it is regarded to be the day of Goddess Santala Devi and Her brother.

Bhadraj Temple

There is a temple dedicated to the brother of Lord Krishna, Lord Balbhadra. Enchanting view of the Doon Valley and Chakrata ranges are captivating from this place. Bhadraj Temple is situated 15km from Dehradun.

Tapkeshwar Temple

Tapkeshwar temple is an ancient temple of Lord Shiva, situated approximately 8 km from Dehradun, on the banks of a stream, in Garhi Cant. This place holds a lot of reverence amongst the devotees of Lord Shiva.

Ram Rai Darbar

Built by Guru Har Rai’s son, it attracts many Sikh pilgrims from the nearby state of Punjab. Admission is free and non-Sikhs are welcome.

Sai Darbar Temple

This place of worship holds a high spiritual value, and is thus visited by tourists across the country.

Laxman Sidh Temple

A cremation site of holy saint, Laxman Sidh temple is located at Haridwar road at 12 km from Dehradun.

Daat Kali Temple

A religious significant temple in Dehradun, Daat Kali temple is located at 14 km from Dehradun on Shahranpur road.

The Char Siddhs

Comprises of a group of four temples around Dehradun : Lakshman Siddh (along the Dehradun-Rishikesh road 12 km from Dehradun), Kalu Siddh (near Baniyawala), Manak Siddh (near Shimla Bypass Road) and Madu Siddh (near Premnagar). Small temples are scenic. It is commonly believed that visitng all four Siddhs in a single day will fulfill a devotee’s wishes.

Nearby attractions around Dehradun: While in Dehradun, you can make excursions to places like:

New Tehri

New Tehri is the only planned hill town of Uttarakhand state which was made during the construction of the Tehri dam. Every month thousands of tourists visit Tehri to see the stagnant water of the massive Tehri Dam. The Dam is situated amidst high mountains many of which are submerged under water. New Tehri is very well connected with motorable roads. Tehri is situated 104kms from Dehradun. There are many good hotels in New Tehri.

Chamba

Chamba is one of the best excursion of Dehradun as the place offers panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan range and the sacred view of the Bhagirathi River. Chamba is situated 85kms from Dehradun at an altitude of 1676mts above sea level. Chamba is unlike Mussoorie as the place provides peace and tranquility. The place is quite and serene with pine and deodar trees everywhere.

Kanatal

Kanatal is situated 68kms from Dehradun on Mussoorie-Chamba Road in the Tehri District of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Kanatal is a picturesque lake with pristine water which was forgotten and the lake almost died. Kanatal is now emerging as a popular tourist destination. The lake stands at an elevation of 8500mts above sea level amidst forest and lush fruit orchards. The peacefulness of this place is impregnable, the reflection of the enchanting surroundings blesses the place with illusionary elements of life and the sound of the wind is the only thing that could be listened without making an effort.

Chakrata

Chakrata is perched at an elevation of 2270mts above sea level in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state. Chakrata is a cantonment area situated between Yamuna and Tons river amidst coniferous, rhododendron and oak trees. Chakrata is a place blessed with natural beauty and panoramic views as to the east of it lies the famous Mussoorie and on the west lies Kinnaur. Chakrata is an ideal spot for nature lovers, bird watchers, adventure lovers and wild lifers as the place is more than capable of satisfying their needs. Chakrata is situated 95kms from Dehradun.

Neelkanth Mahadev

Thousands of devotees visit Neelkanth Mahadev every month throughout the year. It is situated on the summit of the mountain across the sacred Ganga River. According to mythology this is the place where Lord Shiva drank the venom produced during ‘Sagar Manthan’ which turned his throat blue and was thus the place was named as Neelkanth. Neelkanth and Mahadev are names of Lord Shiva. It is situated 66kms from Dehradun city.

Things to do in Dehradun: Enjoy sight seeing in Dehradun. Apart from this you can also enjoy boat ride in Asan Barrage. This is one of the best place to enjoy boating. Nestled at the foot hills of the Himalayas, the Shivaliks and with the lush green of Rajaji National Park and the forest for its boundaries, Dehradun also offers a no. of trekking trails for the nature lovers. The shopaholics will also enjoy shopping in Dehradun. Woolen garments are quite cheap here. Besides you can also buy the local items like cloths and fashion jewellery from the markets in the Mall Road. Garhi Cantt is also a famous market here.

Best time to visit Dehradun: The mesmerizing location, Dehradun, can be visited throughout the year.

How to go ?

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is a domestic airport located about 20 km away from city center. Taxi cabs are available from airport to city. The airport operates daily flights to Delhi. Nearest International airport is Delhi, which is about 235 km away and is well connected to all cities in India and abroad.

By Train

Dehradun is a major railway station which is connected to all cities in the country. The major cities like Delhi (Mussoorie Exp), Kolkata (Doon Exp), Varanasi (Ghy Rajdhani), Mumbai (Dehradun Exp) and Indore (Ddn Indb Exp) are connected by express trains and super fast trains.

By Road

All nearby cities are connected to Dehradun by State owned Uttarakhand transport buses. It also connects Kashmere Gate in New Delhi with Dehradun. There are overnight deluxe A/C bus services of Uttarakhand Tourism from New Delhi to Dehradun. Buses can also be hired from Shimla and Chandigarh.

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Where to stay ?

Dehradun has a wide array of accommodation options. Some of these are:

Hotel Drona (GMVN): +910135-2652794, 2654371
Hotel Great Value: +91-0135- 3292020  Website: www.greatvaluehotel.com
Hotel Pacific: +91-0135-2712355  Website: www.pacifichoteldehradun.in
Hotel Prince Honey: +91-094120 28849

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Yamunotri

Yamunotri, Uttarakhand – The first stop of the Char Dham yatra, this sacred spot is the origin of River Yamuna

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The source of River Yamuna, and the base of Godess Yamuna, Yamunotri is also one of the four sites of Char Dham pilgrimage. It is located at a height of 3293m above sea level. It is surrounded by mountains on all sides and lies in close proximity of the Indo-China border. This is the first stopover of the Char Dham yatra. The temple of Yamunotri is the western most shrine of the entire Garhwal region resting atop of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The origin of this sacred river is a frozen lake of ice and glacier (Champasar Glacier) located on the Kalind Mountain at a height of 4,421 m above sea level, about 1 km further up, is extremely difficult for the access of the pilgrims and therefore they offer puja at the temple itself. Yamuna, like the Ganges, is also elevated to the status of a divine mother for the Hindus and is responsible for growth and development of the Indian civilization. Yamunotri is at a distance of 236 km from Rishikesh, 21 km from Sanya Chatti 278 km from Dehradun, and 176 km from Chamba. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. Large numbers of devotees visit this shrine during the months of May to October. Located close to the temple are the hot water springs. The devotees tie rice and potatoes in a muslin cloth and dip it in the hot water. The cooked food is carried back as prasadam. The devotees also pay respect to Divya Shila, a rock pillar just before entering the Yamunotri temple. The temple was originally built by Maharani Guleria of Jaipur in the 19th century. This temple was again renovated and said to have been built by Maharaja Pratap Shah.

Places to see in Yamunotri: Some of the prime attractions of Yamunotri include:

Yamunotri Temple

Yamunotri is one of the Char Dham and it is also first place to visit in the Char Dham Circuit. Thousands of devotees visit the sacred shrine of Yamunotri temple every month from May to October. Yamunotri Temple was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. The temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya and closes on the second day after Diwali festival. The temple holds immense importance amongst the Hindus. Yamunotri is the source of the Yamuna River which is one of the major rivers of India.

Janki Chatti

It is the midpoint of the trek to Yamunotri which is accessible by jeeps. Janki Chatti is situated 7kms before Yamunotri and this place is popular for thermal springs.

Surya Kund

There are many natural thermal springs in Yamunotri of which Surya Kund is renowned. The water of Surya Kund has a surprising temperature of 1900F. Pilgrims tie potatoes and rice to cook it by immersing it under water of Surya Kund. After cooking it is served as ‘prasad’.

Divya Shilla

Divya Shilla is a rock pillar which is worshipped before entering the divine Yamunotri temple.

Nearby attractions around Yamunotri: Located near to Yamunotri are some outstanding locations. These include:

Hanuman Chatti

It is the commencement point of the trek to two popular destinations Yamunotri and Dodi Tal. Yamunotri is situated 13km from Hanuman Chatti which has to be covered by foot or on ponies. Jeeps are also available upto Janki Chatti which is 6km from Hanuman Chatti. Hanuman Chatti is the confluence of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna River. You can purchase food items and raincoats from Hanuman Chatti.

Barkot

Barkot is situated at an elevation of 1,220mts above sea level in Uttarkashi district. Barkot is one of the important destinations of Uttarkashi district with good accommodation facilities available. Barkot has an ancient temple and it is situated 49km from Yamunotri.

Dodi Tal

According to mythology Lord Ganesha was born in this place. This mysterious lake is situated at an elevation of 3,307mts above sea level surrounded by dense forests of deodar, oak and rhododendrons. The pristine water of this lake is the home of endangered Himalayan Golden Trouts and many other fishes. The depth of this lake is still unknown. A visitor encounters splendor of nature en route Dodi Tal.

Uttarkashi

It is perched at an elevation of 1,352mts above sea level at a distance of 78kms from Hanuman Chatti. Uttarkashi is a picturesque spot well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. It is situated on the banks of the holy Bhagirathi River. Uttarkashi houses one of the reputed mountaineering institutes of India i.e. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering.

Things to do in Yamunotri: Sight seeing is the best thing you can do in Yamunotri. Apart from this Yamunotri is also an ideal base for trekking.

Best time to visit Yamunotri: The ideal time to visit Yamunotri is during May to June and September to November.

How to go ?

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Yamunotri situated at a distance of 210kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Hanuman Chatti is directly not connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Hanuman Chatti.

By Rail

The nearest railway stations to Yamunotri are Rishikesh and Dehradun. Dehradun railway station is situated 175kms from Yamunotri and Rishikesh railway station is situated 200kms before Yamunotri on NH58. Rishikesh and Dehradun are well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India. Trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Hanuman Chatti is well connected by motorable roads with Rishikesh and Dehradun. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi and Barkot and many other destinations to Hanuman Chatti.

By Road

Yamunotri is directly not connected with motorable roads and the trek commences from Hanuman Chatti. Hanuman Chatti is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Buses to Rishikesh are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Hanuman Chatti are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Dehradun, Tehri, Uttarkashi, Barkot etc.

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Where to stay ?

Yamunotri has very few accommodation options. GMVN runs a tourist rest house in Yamunotri. For booking details please contact:

Tourist Rest House (GMVN): www.gmvnl.com
You may stay at Janki Chatti, only 1.4km via trekking path.
Hotel Atithi Niwas: +91 9412140031, 9760170011, 8126691153  Website:www.hotelatithiniwas.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Kakragad

Kakragad, Garhwal – A paradise for the ardent bird lovers

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Around 4 ½ hrs from Haridwar by road, Kakragad is an ideal escape for the avid bird lovers. The “Magpie Birding Camp” located here and run by Mr.Yeshpal Negi is the perfect place for halting. Here you can catch a glimpse of the countless species of birds. The bird species are so varied that it is difficult to even remember their names. Some of the species available here are, Paradise flycatcher, Emarald Dove, Laughing Thrash, Forktail etc. Mr. Negi is a happy host here greeting you with cordially and providing all sorts of assistance to those who ask for it. This  birding camp provides excellent accommodation facilities with decent dinning too.

Things to do at Kakragad: The bird lovers will have a wonderful time here watching numerous birds. This apart the location also offers some trekking trails for the adventurous ones.

Best time to visit Kakragad: The best time to visit Kakragad is either during the months of April, May or during September, October.

How to go ?

Kakragad is only a 4 ½ hrs drive from Haridwar. Start early in the morning so that you can reach the spot by afternoon.

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Where to stay ?

You can stay at the Yashpal Negi’s tent providing decent accommodation and dinning facilities. For booking and other detailed information please contact:  09412909399.

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Kedarnath

Kedarnath, Uttarakhand – This holy Hindu town is the residing place of Lord Shiva, famous for Kedarnath Temple

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A holy Hindu town located in Uttarakhand, Kedarnath is one of the Char Dhams located in the Himalayas. It is resting at an elevation of 3584m above sea level near the head of Mandakini River. This pristine site is a very renowned religious spot for all Hindu pilgrims. The Kedarnath temple enshrining the highly revered Kedareshwar (the name with which Lord Shiva resides here), attracts thousands of devotees from all over the world. The Kedarnath temple lies amidst the incredible snow-covered Himalayan ranges. Due to the extreme weather conditions the temple here remains open from the end of April to the beginning of November. This is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. In Kedarnath alone there are about more than 200 shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the temple was built by the Pandavas of Mahabharatha and was later revived by Adi Shankaracharya. Legend has it that Pandavas performed a strong penance here to please Lord Shiva in Kedarnath. After having won the war against the Kauravas, the Pandavas felt guilty and wanted to seek blessings from Lord Shiva for redemption who was hiding from them. It is here in Kedarnath where Lord Shiva took refuge in the form of a bull. The bull hided his face into the ground, and his hump remained behind on the surface. The other four parts of Lord Shiva fell at Tungnath, Rudranath, Madhmaheshwar and Kapleshwar. Kedarnath along with these four are also described as Panch Kedar. The inner walls of the temple are sculpted with various deities. The scenes depict various mythological stories. To reach Kedarnath you have to trek 14km through a paved road from Gaurikund.  You can also take horse or ponies to climb up the steep path. Gaurikund is connected by road from Haridwar, Dehradun, Rishikesh and some other regions of Uttarakhand.

Places to see at Kedarnath: This residing place of Lord Mahadev is dotted with some sacred sight seeing locations. These include:

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath is one of the holiest Hindu pilgrims of India with Lord Shiva as its residing deity. This holy site is situated perched at an elevation of 3,584mts above sea level in the foot of imposing snow bound Himalayan peaks. Mythology says that Pandavas wanted to wash their sins they committed during the great war of Mahabharata by killing their own brothers, so they wished to meet Lord Shiva. Shiva was angry with them and he didn’t want to bless them with his presence so Lord Shiva converted himself into a big bull and dug himself under the ground. The places where the body parts were founded were named as kedars. The hump of the bull was found here. The temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya in the early 8th century. The temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of India and the main temple of Panch Kedar.

Chorabari Tal

Chorabari Tal is a beautiful lake situated 3kms ahead of Kedarnath in the mouth of Chorabari Bamak Glacier. Chorabari Tal is a pristine lake which shows the reflections of the gigantic Himalayan peaks. Chorabari Tal is also known as Gandhi sarovar. The trek is easy but be careful while crossing the waterfall in between.

Gaurikund

Gaurikund is the commencement point of the trek of 14kms to the sacred shrine of Kedarnath. The place is named after Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva and a temple Gauri is also situated here. It is believed that Lord Shiva accepted to marry Parvati at this place and married her in Trijuginarayan. The place offers vivid greenery with Vasuki Ganga flowing from below. Gaurikund is situated 66kms from Rudraprayag. The place also has natural thermal springs.

Vasuki Tal

Vasuki Tal can be reached by a 7km moderate trek from Kedarnath. The lake is located at an altitude of 4,150mts above sea level surrounded by Himalayan peaks casting their shadows on the crystal clear water of Vasuki Tal.

Shankaracharya Samadhi

Adi Shankaracharya was a great scholar and a saint who established four sacred dhams in India and after that he went to his Samadhi at an early age of 32.

Nearby attractions around Kedarnath: If you are in Kedarnath, there are some must visit location near to it. These include:

Trijuginarayan Temple

It is the holy place where Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati. Trijuginarayan is situated 12kms from Sonprayag. The immortal flame is still burning around which the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were solemnised.

Chopta

Chopta is popularly known as Mini Switzerland or the Switzerland of Uttaranchal. The number of tourists visiting Chopta has increased in recent years and the region has become popular vacation spot for adventure lovers and explorers. Tungnath is the highest temple of Lord Shiva situated only 3.5kms away from Chopta which should be covered on foot or by pony. Chopta is situated 70kms from Gaurikund. The region showers tourists with natural beauteousness during winters.

Ukhimath

Ukhimath is an important destination of Rudraprayag district as this place is the home of Lord Kedarnath and Madhyamaheshwar during winters. Ukhimath is mainly inhabited by the Rawal’s who are the head priests (pundits) of Kedarnath. Ukhimath is situated 42kms from Kedarnath. Snow capped peaks of the majestic Himalayan range can be easily seen from here.

Rudraprayag

The confluence of Alaknanda River and Mandakini River is known as Rudraprayag. The distance from Kedarnath to Rudraprayag is 80kms. Rudraprayag is the only confluence situated on Alaknanda River which is also considered as state district. Rudra is one of the 108names of Lord Shiva. The road to Kedarnath Dham and Badrinath Dham diverts from this point.

Kalimath

Kalimath is a Shaktipeeth having a temple of Goddess Kali. Famous Kali mata temple in Kalimath is visited by devotees all round the year and located near Ukhimath.

Things to do in Kedarnath: After visiting the holy Kedarnath temple, don’t forget to visit the Shankaracharya samadhi (his final resting place) behind the temple. Also take an easy walk to the Bhairav temple nearby.

Best time to visit Kedarnath: Summer i.e from April-May to October, is the ideal time to visit Kedarnath. Try to avoid the monsoon season as the site is prone to heavy rainfall and flood.

How to go ?

By Air

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is about 239 km from Kedarnath. Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is a domestic airport located at about 20 km away from city center of Dehradun. Taxi cabs are available from Dehradun airport to Kedarnath.

By Train

Nearest railhead at Rishikesh, 189 km away from Kedarnath. One has to travel 207 km by road and the rest 14 km by foot to reach Kedarnath.

By Road

Kedarnath is well connected through road. The National Highway from Delhi to Mana (538 km) is accessible throughout the year. Kedarnath can be accessed by foot from GauriKund. Gaurikund is connected by state buses to Rishikesh, Dehradun, Kotdwara, Haridwar and other hill stations of Kumaon and Garhwal Hills.

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Where to stay ?

After the tremendous flood of 2013, most of the hotels and lodges the destroyed. The few accommodation information available to us include:

Kedarnath Tourist Bungalow (GMVN) : +91-01364-263228
Chardham Camps: +91-1334 -261026,266026 Website: www.chardhamcamps.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Badrinath

Badrinath, Uttarakhand – The abode of almighty Lord Vishnu, located at 3,133 mts on the Himalayan mountain range, is a sacred place for the Hindus

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Situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Badrinath is a sacred town of the Hindus. This is the most important spot of the whole Char Dham yatra.  Badrinath was established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 9th century. The town is located at an altitudeof 3,133mts above sea level on the left bank of Alakananda River. This holy town lies between Nar and Naryana mountain ranges, with the Nilkantha peak shadowing the town. According to the Bhagavata Purana, “There in Badrikashram the supreme being (Vishnu), in his incarnation as the sages Nara and Narayana, had been undergoing great penance since time immemorial for the welfare of all living entities.” The Badrinath area was known as Badari or Badarikaashram in Hindu scriptures. The name Badrinath was derived from Badari meaning ‘berries’ and Nath meaning ‘Lord of’. The mountains around Badrinath are also mentioned in the Mahabharata. The Pandavas are said to have ended their life by ascending the slopes of a peak in western Garhwal called Swargarohini – literally meaning the ‘Ascent to Heaven’. According to the local legends the Pandavas passed through Badrinath and the town of Mana, 4 km north of Badrinath, on their way to Svarga (heaven). There is also a cave in Mana where Vyasa, according to legend, wrote the Mahabharata.

Places to see in Badrinath: The major attraction of Badrinath is the famous Badrinath temple. However there are also other sight seeing locations holding great religious significance. These include:

Badrinath Temple

Badrinath is the most sacred Dham of India. It is located at an elevation of 3,133mts above sea level in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state. This Dham was established by Adi Shankaracharya in the 9th century. The deity of Badrinath temple is Lord Vishnu. The temple is situated on the right bank of the holy Alaknanda River. The colorful ‘Singh-Dwara’ at the entrance is very artistic creation. Every year millions of tourists and devotees visit this sacred place from May to October month. The temple remains closed during winter months as the region is prone to heavy snowfall.

Tapt Kund

Tapt Kund is a natural thermal spring where the devotees take a holy dip as it is very important to take a bath before visiting a temple. It is also believed that the kund has medicinal values and can cure allergies of the people. All the devotees take holy dip in the natural hot water together with unknown people. The people may be unknown to each other but their purpose of visit is same, i.e. to worship in the sacred Badrinath Dham.

Brahma Kapal

Brahma Kapal is a place where Hindus performs propitiating rites for their deceased ancestors. Brahma Kapal is a flat platform on the bank of river Alaknanda. You can see several pundits sitting with ‘pooja samagri’.

Neelkanth

Situated above the Badrinath Temple, Neelkanth peak is named after Lord Shiva. The cliff of the peak is the first place where the sun castes its crimson rays. Neelkanth is a Pyramidal-shaped snowy peak and if you carefully observe its cliff then you can see as if Lord Shiva is sitting looking at the sky. Neelkanth peak is situated at an elevation of 6,560mts above sea level. Numerous Brahmakal can be seen at the foot of Neelkanth Peak and the trekking route of 6km can be achieved easily.

Mata Murti Temple

Situated 3kms from Badrinath, Mata Murti Temple is dedicated to the mother of Lord Narayan. According to mythology Mata Murti prayed Lord Vishnu to take his next avatar by coming out from her womb. Lord Vishnu then happily agreed and came into world as twins, Nar and Narayan to kill a monster. Every year a fair is held in the month of August at Mata Murti Temple.

Charanpaduka

Situated 3km above Badrinath Temple lies a beautiful meadow carpeted with wild flowers in the summers. A boulder bearing the footprints of Lord Vishnu is located here known as Charanpaduka. It is said that when Lord Vishnu descended from Vaikunth he stepped on this boulder. The area is a steep climb from the town and is full of caves & boulders. This path leads you to the foot of Neelkanth peak where you can find several Brahmakamals.

Narad Kund

Located near Tapt Kund, this kund is believed to be the recovery source of the Badarinath idol. The hot water springs comes out from beneath the Garur Shila and falls into a tank. Darshan of Badarinath is always preceded by a holy dip in this kund. Apart from that there are many other hot water springs. Devotees take a dip in them for their religious and medicinal value.

Mana 

Mana is very close to Tibet border and it is one of the last villages of India. Most of the tourists who visit Badrinath also come to see the end of the road at Mana. Mana is inhabited by Indo-Mongolian tribes often called as bhotias. Mana is situated 3kms from Badrinath.

Bheem Pul

Bheem Pul is an enthralling and adventurous place with mythological importance. This is the place where Bheem threw a big massif rock to make a path joining two mountains so that Draupadi could walk easily on it. Saraswati River is coming from between the mountain with immense force to merge with the water of Alanknanda River.

Vyas Cave

Vyas Gufa or Vyas Cave is the place from where Ved Vyas dictated entire Mahabharata to God Ganesha so that he could write. Ved Vyas also meditated in this cave

Ganesha Cave

Ganesha Cave is the natural cave where he wrote Mahabharata as dictated by Ved Vyas from Vyas Gufa.

Sheshnetre

On the opposite bank of the river Alaknanda, in the lap of Nar Parvat, there are two small seasonal lakes. Between these lakes is a boulder having an impression of the legendary snake, Sheshnag. The formation of eye on the boulder is natural.

Panch Dharas & Panch Shilas

The Panch Dharas (five streams) which are famous in Badaripuri are Prahlad, Kurma, Bhrigu, Urvashi & Indira dhara. The most striking of these is the Indira dhara, about 1.5 km north of the town Badaripuri. Around the Tapt Kund there are five blocks of mythological importance called Narad, Narsimh, Barah, Garur & Markandeya Shilas (stone).

Nearby attractions around Badrinath: The pristine town of Badrinath is also dotted with some nearby attractions. These include:

Vasudhara Falls

It can be reached by a short and easy trek of 4km from Mana Village. Vasudhara falls is 400 feet high and it is set at an elevation of 12,000feet above sea level. It is believed that the scattered drops of the waterfall don’t falls on the sinners. If you see the waterfall from distance it will look like as if milk is falling from the mountain.

Satopanth

Satopanth Lake holds immaculate and pristine water and it it believed that Bheema was denied to enter heaven from this very point. Satopanth is the place which leads the path to Swargarohini peak from where Yudhishthir and the dog were sent to heaven according to the Mahabharata. The trek to Satopanth is moderate and there are no villages and rest houses, people generally sleep in caves and tents here. The route to Satopanth Sarovar blesses the individuals with nature’s beauteousness.

Pandukeshwar

This place is believed to have been established by King Pandu, father of Pandavas. It is situated at 4 kms from Govind Ghat, 219 kms from Kedarnath and 24 kms from Badarinath. There are two temples – one for Lord Yoga Badari Narayan and the other for Lord Vasudev. During winter, Lord Vasudev temple functions as the abode for Lord Badari Narayan and all the daily rituals connected with worship are performed here. Both the temples are centuries old.

Joshimath

Joshimath is one of the four ‘math‘ created by Adi Shankaracharya. Joshimath is the home of Shri Badrinath during winters. Joshimath is connected with Auli by highest cable car of Asia. Joshimath is situated at an elevation of 1,890mts above sea level. Do visit Kalpavriksha and Narsingh temple while a visit to Joshimath. It is situated 46kms from Badrinath.

Auli 

Auli is the most popular skiing and paragliding spot of Uttarakhand situated at an elevation of 3050mts above sea level. Auli affords astounding and celestial views of the enchanting snow laden Himalayan range. Asia’s highest and longest cable car is situated in Auli connecting it with Joshimath. Auli is also connected with motorable roads, situated 60kms from Badrinath.

Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers National Park is nestled in the west Himalayas covering an area of 87.50sqkms. The trek of 16km to Valley of Flowers commences from Govindghat. The valley is entirely covered with blooming flowers from June to October and with the sheets of snow during winters. The valley of flowers was declared as the national park in the year 1982 and it is now a world heritage site. The virgin beauty of this valley lures the botanists, nature lovers and adventure lovers as well.

Hemkund Sahib

The tenth Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Govind Singhji mediated at Hemkund Sahib for years. The word Hemkund literally suggests ‘Lake of snow’ and the immaculate water of this lake is as cold as snow. Hemkund Saheb is located at an elevation of 4,329mts above sea level amidst several snow capped peaks, which are collectively called Hemkund Parvat. A star shaped gurudwara near the lake is visited by thousands of devotees every month. A temple dedicated to Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama is also located here. One must complete a trek of 19km starting from from Govindghat via Ghangaria to reach Hemkund Sahib.

Adi Badari

The main Temple is of the lord Narayan that is distinguished by a raised platform in the pyramidal form. Here a black stone idol of lord Vishnu is enshrined. Local tradition attributes the building of the temples to Adi Guru Shankaracharya. It is situated at a distance of 17 Kms from Karnaprayag and is easily approachable by motorable road.

Things to do in Badrinath: This pristine location offers abundant activities for the tourists. After paying homage to the supreme Lord Badrinath, you can enjoy sight seeing to some nearby locations. The shopping lovers can buy local products available in the markets which includes handicrafts items, wooden toys and also many other unique products. If doing nothing just open the window of your guest house and stare on the spectacular snowy mountain range. This abode of Lord Vishnu (Badrinath) gives a completely different feeling as you keep your first step upon this divine step.

Best time to visit Badrinath: The peak visiting season is from May to November. However due to heavy monsoon the visitors may face difficulty to reach the temple during monsoon (late June to Aug).

How to go ?

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Badrinath. It is a domestic airport 326 km away from Badrinath. Nearest International airport is New Delhi (491 km), which is well connected to all major cities in India and most of the major foreign cities too.

By Train

Rishikesh (nearly 283 km), Haridwar (nearly 305 km) and Kotdwar (nearly 330 km) are the nearest railway stations. These railway stations are well connected to other cities in India.

By Road

There are many public and private buses from New Delhi, Rishikesh and Haridwar. Special tourist daily buses are also available from these places to Badrinath.

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Where to stay ?

The location provides an array of accommodation facilities. Some options are:

Devlok Tourist Bungalow (GMVN): +9101381-222212
Sarovar Portico: 093103 33317
Sree Sree Balananda Tirthashram: +91-01381-222254
Hotel Dwarikesh: www.hoteldwarikesh.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Uttarkashi

Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand – 145km from Rishikesh, this holy town is famous for the Vishwanath temple and adorned with glittering scenic beauty

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Uttar Kashi meaning north Kashi is a holy town of Uttarakhand that is set on the banks of river Bhagirathi. It perches at an altitude of 1158 metres. Located at a distance of 145 kms from Rishikesh the place is an important stopover for the pilgrims of Gangotri. It is considered to have similar religious importance as Kashi. The famous Vishwanath temple here is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In front of the temple is unique Mahadev-ka-Vishal Trishul or Shiva’s Great Trident, made of eight major metals. It is believed Lord Shiva killed Vakasur with this trident. Other important temples are dedicated to Lord Parashuram, Lord Ekadash Rudra and Goddess Kali. With stunning natural beauty and scenic vistas, Uttarkashi is a very popular tourist spot. The site also forms a centre for adventure sports.

Places to see in Uttarkashi: The sight seeing spot of Uttarkashi include:

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM) is rated as one of the mountaineering institute in Asia. NIM was established at Uttarkashi on 14th Nov 1965 to honor the great desire of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, an ardent mountain lover. The aim of the Institute is to introduce and initiate young men, women and school children to the mountains and nature through its various Mountaineering and Adventure courses.

Viswanath Temple

The Viswanath Temple is the most important and ancient holy shrine in Uttarkashi. It is unrivalled in importance. Shiva, the presiding deity of this temple, is worshipped all day here. Every evening, visitors are greeted by the sound of bells, and the chanting of mantras by pundits at the puja.Within the courtyard of the Vishwanath temple, and to the front of it, is the Shakti Temple, dedicated to the goddess of strength.

Dodi Tal

According to mythology Lord Ganesha was born in this place. This mysterious lake is situated at an elevation of 3,307mts above sea level surrounded by dense forests of deodar, oak and rhododendrons. The pristine water of this lake is the home of endangered Himalayan Golden Trouts and many other fishes. The depth of this lake is still unknown. The 18km trek to Dodi Tal commences from Agoda. A visitor encounters splendor of nature en route Dodi Tal.

Maneri

Maneri is situated 13kms from Uttarkashi on the Gangotri route. A dam across Bhagirathi River is the major attraction of the village. The consequential lake adds exquisiteness to Maneri.

Dayara Bugyal

In regional language Bugyal means ‘high altitude meadow’. Dyara Bugyal is situated at an elevation of 3,048mts affording splendid view of the Himalayas. A picturesque small lake is also situated at Dyara Bugyal. The road to Dayara Bugyal branches off near Bhatwari and the vehicles can go up to Barsu village, from where an easy trek of 8kms commences.

Nearby attractions around Uttarkashi: Uttarkashi is also dotted with some nearby locations. These include:

Gangotri 

Gangotri is the highest temple of Goddess Ganga and one of the four dhams of Uttarakhand state. Gangotri is situated at an altitude of 3,048mts above sea level at a distance of 93kms from Uttarkashi. Gangotri offers scenic splendors of rugged terrains, gushing water of Bhagirathi River and snow clad peaks. The place holds great importance amongst Hindus. Gangotri remains opened from May and get closed on the day of Diwali festival.

Gaumukh Glacier:

Gaumukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi River which is also known as Ganga River before the confluence of Devprayag. Gaumukh Glacier is situated 18kms from Gangotri. Gaumukh is the second largest glacier of India, first one is Siachen. Gaumukh is 30kms long and approximately 3 to 4km wide. It is source of the Bhagirathi River which is one of the most important tributary of the sacred Ganga River.

Kedartal

Kedar Tal can be reached after a difficult trek of 14kms which starts from Gangotri. Kedar Tal holds crystal clear icy cold water with reflection of snow capped Himalayan peaks. The maximum elevation that you will encounter enroute Kedar Tal is shocking 4,912mts above sea level. The lake is perched at an elevation of 4,225mts above sea level with the majestic Thalaysagar Peak providing captivating scenery.

Gangnani

Situated 46kms after Uttarkashi, Gangnani is popular for its natural thermal springs. People take a dip in this natural hot water spring before heading towards Gangotri.

Harsil

It is one of the hidden jewels of Uttarakhand offering ample scope for nature and adventure lovers. Harsil is situated on the banks of Bhagirathi River at an elevation of 2,620mts above sea level. The distance from Uttarkashi to Harsil is 72kms. You can plan a short and easy trek to Sattal from Harsil.

New Tehri

New Tehri is the only planned town of Uttarakhand state which was made during the construction of the Tehri dam. Every month thousands of tourists visit Tehri to see the stagnant water of the massive Tehri Dam. The Dam is situated amidst high mountains many of which are submerged under water. New Tehri is very well connected with motorable roads. Tehri is situated 74kms from Uttarkashi. There are many good hotels in New Tehri.

Barkot

Barkot is situated at an elevation of 1,220mts above sea level in Uttarkashi district. Barkot is one of the important destinations of Uttarkashi district with good accommodation facilities available. Barkot has an ancient temple and it is situated 49km from Yamunotri. The distance from Uttarkashi to Barkot is 68kms.

Chamba

Chamba is one of the best excursion of Dehradun as the place offers panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan range and the sacred view of the Bhagirathi River. Chamba is situated 85kms from Uttarkashi at an altitude of 1,676mts above sea level. Chamba is unlike Mussoorie as the place provides peace and tranquility. The place is quite and serene with pine and deodar trees everywhere.

Things to do in Uttarkashi: Uttarkashi is the paradise of the adventure enthusiasts. Here you can enjoy water sports like rafting in the frivolous River Bhagirathi. Trekking upto Dodhi tal( 18kms from Uttarkashi) is also quite adventurous. This apart if you are not interested in adventures, then make a visit to the nearby sightseeing locations.

Best time to visit Uttarkashi: February to May will be the best time to visit.

How to go ?

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Uttarkashi situated at a distance of 160kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Delhi is the nearest international airport, connected to all cities in India and major cities abroad.  Uttarkashi is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Uttarkashi.

By Train

Trains to Uttarkashi can be taken till the railway station at Rishikesh/Haridwar. The railway station at Haridwar is well connected to all nearby locations and other prominent locations in the country like Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Dehradun, and Howrah.

By Road

Uttarkashi is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Uttarkashi is situated on NH108 which connects Gangotri. Buses to Rishikesh are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. Buses and Taxis to Uttarkashi are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Dehradun, Tehri, Barkot, Chamba etc.

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Where to stay ?

Tourist Lodge (GMVN) Uttarkashi: +91-01374-222271, 222222
Monal Tourist Home: +91-1374-222270  Website: www.monaluttarkashi.com
Hotel Shivananda: +91-01374 223 674
Geetanjali Resort: +91-098370 80427

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Gangotri

Gangotri, Uttarakhand – The most important of the ‘Char Dham Yatra’, this divine location is famous for the Gangotri temple

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The scenic town of Gangotri is located at an altitude of 3,048mts above sea level in the Uttarkashi district. With the holy Bhagirathi River flowing across Gangotri is one of the Char Dham of Uttarakhand. The highest and the most important temple of Goddess Ganga is located in this sacred location. The small town derives its name from the Gangotri temple. The present temple of Gangotri was built by Amar Singh Thapa, Gorkha General in the early 18th century. The scenic vistas of rugged terrains, gushing water of Bhagirathi River and snow covered peaks are really captivating. It is a highly esteemed pilgrimage of the Hindus. Gangotri remains opened from May and get closed on the day of Diwali festival. The temple remains closed during winters due to heavy snowfall.

Places to see at Gangotri: The centre-most attraction of Gangotri is the Gangotri temple. This apart there are also other tourist attractions in Gangotri. These include:

Gangotri Temple

Gangotri is the highest temple of Goddess Ganga and one of the four dhams of Uttarakhand state. Gangotri is situated at an altitude of 3,048mts above sea level. Gangotri offers scenic splendors of rugged terrains, gushing water of Bhagirathi River and snow clad peaks. The place holds great importance amongst Hindus. Gangotri remains opened from May and get closed on the day of Diwali festival.

Tapovan

You can proceed to Tapovan and Nandanvan after reaching Gaumukh Glacier. Astounding views of Shivling and other major peaks of the Garhwal Himalayas are distinctly visible from Tapovan.

Bhairon Ghati

Near the confluence of Jat Ganga and Bhagirathi River lies a scenic Bhairon Ghati. It is located 10kms from Gangotri. The temple of Bhairav Nath is surrounded by dense forest. Bhairon Temple can be reached after traveling by road from Lanka to Bhaironghati andby crossing the Jahanvi River on foot.

Submerged Shivling

A natural rock Shivling submerged under water is an attractive tourist spot of Gangotri. It can be easily seen when winters are on their way because the water level decreases during this period. According to myths and legends this was the place where Lord Shiva was sitting when he received Ganga in his matted locks.

Nearby attractions around Gangotri: While in Gangotri, you can also make excursions to places like:

Kedartal

Kedar Tal can be reached after a difficult trek of 14kms which starts from Gangotri. Kedar Tal holds crystal clear icy cold water with reflection of snow capped Himalayan peaks. The maximum elevation that you will encounter enroute Kedar Tal is shocking 4,912mts above sea level. The lake is perched at an elevation of 4,225mts above sea level with the majestic Thalaysagar Peak providing captivating scenery.

Gangnani

Situated 47kms before Gangotri, Gangnani is popular for its natural thermal springs. People take a dip in this natural hot water spring before heading towards Gangotri.

Harsil

It is one of the hidden jewels of Uttarakhand offering ample scope for nature and adventure lovers. Harsil is situated on the banks of Bhagirathi River at an elevation of 2,620mts above sea level. The distance from Gangotri to Harsil is 21kms. You can plan a short and easy trek to Sattal from Harsil.

Gaumukh Glacier

Gaumukh glacier is the source of Bhagirathi River which is also known as Ganga River before the confluence of Devprayag. Gaumukh Glacier is situated 18kms from Gangotri. ‘Gau‘ means Cow and ‘Mukh‘ means face hence the combined meaning of Gaumukh is cow’s face. If you carefully observe the glacier it will resemble as a cow’s face. Gaumukh is the second largest glacier of India, first one is Siachen.

Gaumukh is 30kms in length and approximately 3 to 4km in width. It is a source of the Bhagirathi River which is one of the most important tributary of the sacred Ganga River. One can reach Gaumukh by a trek of 18km. The trek to Gaumukh glacier is easy but it goes through a rocky surface. The trek goes through Bhojbasa offering splendors of nature throughout.

Submerged Shivling: There is a natural rock Shivling in Gangotri submerged under water which can be easily seen when winters are on their way as the water level decreases during that time. According to myths and legends this was the place where Lord Shiva sitting when he received Ganga in his matted locks.

There is a Tourist Bungalow at Bhojbasa, 14kms from Gangotri where lodging and other facilities are available. Gaumukh glacier is situated at an elevation of 3,892mts above sea level. You can encounter several majestic Himalayan peaks like Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, Bhagirathi III etc., while trekking owards Gaumukh.

In recent times, the retreat of the glacier has quickened significantly. Major steps have been taken by the government of Uttarakhand towards this severe problem. Now only 100 persons can trek to Gaumukh each day.

Things to do in Gangotri: The trek lovers can organize trekking upto Tapovan via Gaumukh. Pay homage to Mata Ganga in the Gangotri temple. Go for an itinerary to the nearby locations in and around. Apart from this if you are just doing nothing take a stroll around this beautiful town.

Best time to visit Gangotri: The best time to visit the holy city of Gangotri is from April to June and September to November.

How to go ?

By Air

Nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is a domestic airport located at about 260 km away from city center. Taxi cabs are available from airport to Gangotri city. The airport operates daily flights to Delhi. Nearest International airport is Delhi, which is about 452 km away.

By Train

Rishikesh is the nearest railway station, which is about 250 km away. The station is well connected to many major cities in India. The cabs are available from Rishikesh to Gangotri.

By Road

Gangotri is well connected by state owned bus services. Many buses are available from Gangotri to Uttarakashi (97 km), Yamunotri (232 km), Mussoorie (250 km) and Tehri (167 km).

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Where to stay ?

You will find plenty of accommodation facilities in Gangotri. Some options are:

Tourist Rest House (GMVN): +91-013772-22221
Shivlinga Tourist Complex: +91-01374-223518, 222418, 222118  Website: www.shivlingauttarkashi.com
Motel Bhagirathi: +91-01377-2222233

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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chopta

Chopta, Uttarakhand – This eternally beautiful hill station is the “Mini Switzerland” of India

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Chopta, popularly known as the ‘mini Switzerland’, is an eternally beautiful hill station with phenomenal natural beauty. It is located at an altitude of 2600mts above the sea level. The place is shrouded with dense forests and has diverse varieties of flora and fauna comprising mainly Rhododendron and deodar trees. This picturesque location provides an extremely beautiful view of the snow-capped Himalayas. It is a haven for the nature lovers, ideal for relaxing away from the hustles and bustles of city life.

Places to see at Chopta: The exotic site is dotted with few sightseeing spots. These include:

Tungnath Temple

Tungnath is the highest temple of Lord Shiva perched at an elevation of 3,680mts above sea level. The sanctity of the region of Tungath is considered unsurpassed. Tungnath is one of Panch Kedar and Shiva’s arm is worshipped here. The trek to highest temple of Lord Shiva commences from Chopta. You can reach Tungnath by a 4km easy but steep trek.

Chandrashila

Chandrashila can be reached after a little more than 1km trek from Tungnath. From Chandrashila you can enjoy 360 degree panoromic views of the gigantic Himalayas. Chandrashila is the highest point of the mountain on which Tungnath Temple and Chopta are located. Chandrashila is situated at an astonishing altitude of 4090mts above sea level.

Nearby attractions around Chopta: There are also a number of places to visit in Chopta. These include:

Madhmaheshwar 

It is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, where almighty is worshipped in the form of navel – shaped lingum. It is situated at an elevation of 3,289mts above sea level. The temple architecture belongs to the north – Indian style. The natural scenery of  Madhyamaheshwar is invigorating, with deep gorges and Himalayan valleys. Budha Madhyamaheshwar is situated 1.5 km above Madhmaheshwar temple.

Deoria Tal

It is situated at an elevation of 2,438 mts. above sea level. Deoria Tal can be reached by an easy 2km trek from Sari village located on Guptkashi-Gopeshwar road. This lake has captivating surroundings with forest all round it. The reflections of Chaukhamba peak in the crystal clear water of Deoria Tal creats a magical world.

Kalimath

Kalimath is one of the sidha peeths of the region and it holds immense importance. This sacred temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The temple is visited by devotees in large number and especially in ‘navratras’.

Gaurikund

Gaurikund is the commencement point of the trek of 14kms to the sacred shrine of Kedarnath. The place is named after Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva and a temple Gauri is also situated here. It is believed that Lord Shiva accepted to marry Parvati at this place and married her in Trijuginarayan. The place offers vivid greenery with Vasuki Ganga flowing from below. Gaurikund is situated 50kms from Chopta. The place also has natural thermal springs.

Gopeshwar

The view of Chamoli from Gopeshwar is very picturesque. The town of Gopehswar is the administrative headquarters of the Chamoli district. There are sevaral ancient temples in Gopeshwar with great religious importance. The main attractions are the ancient temple of Lord Shiva, Vaitarni Kund and the splendid views of the Himalayas. Trek to Rudranath commences from Saggar which is situated 5kms ahead from Gopeshwar on Guptkashi-Gopeshwar road.

Things to do in Chopta: Enjoy the picturesque beauty of Chopta at Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary or Korak Musk Dee Sanctuary. Pay homage at Tungnath or Ukhimath. The alluring beauty of Chopta is best explored on foot. It is an ideal location for trek lovers. Follow some beautiful trek routes to explore the natural beauty of this tiny hill station in Garhwal region. Shoppers can pick up local handicrafts that are excellent souvenirs.

Best time to visit Chopta: The best time to visit Chopta is during the summer season, from March to May.

How to go ?

By Air

The region of Chopta lies 226 kilometres away from the city of Dehradun, which houses a major airport called the Jolly Grant Airport. This airport is well connected to the capital city of Delhi, and flights can be taken to this airport in order to reach Chopta from there. Flights from Delhi to Dehradun will be available,frequently.

By Train

Dehradun is the nearest rail head and is well connected from the rest of the country. From here tourists can either hire a taxi or take a bus to reach the valley.

By Road

Buses can be taken to the Chopta valley from Dehradun, Rishikesh, Hardiwar and other nearby locations. Buses from Dehradun to Chopta valley, and air conditioned and non air conditioned buses will be available.

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Where to stay ?

Chopta does not offer a wide range of accommodation facilities. Few options are:

Mayadeep Resort: +91-9412029486, 9927853631
Hotel Narayana n Invitation: +91-8958047108, 9410935649 Website: ww.hotelnarayana.in

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Rishikesh

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand – A serene pilgrimage town, 24km from Haridwar, where Holy Ganges River descends from the Himalayas to the plain

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Rishikesh is a small scenic town situated in the panoramic location where Holy Ganges River descends from the Himalayas to the plain. Rishikesh is also spelled Hrishikesh, Rushikesh or Hrushikesh. The site rests at the base of the Himalayas of the Garhwal region. It is the gateway to the upper Garhwal region and the starting point for the Char Dham pilgrimage (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath). Rishikesh is an ideal location for not only the pilgrims but also for the adventure enthusiasts and meditation and yoga lovers.The town is also called the “Place of Sagas” and is 24 kms upstream from Haridwar. It is surrounded by magnificent hills on all the three sides. This esteemed location forms one of the holy cities in India. Rishikesh is a vegetarian town declared by law and a non-alcoholic town too. Rishikesh is the other name of Lord Vishnu. The meaning of the word is ‘Lord of the Senses’.

Places to see in Rishikesh: From Rishikesh you can go for sight seeing to places like:

Triveni Ghat:

The Triveni Ghat is a bathing Ghat where people take a dip in the holy water in the sacred Ganga River to wash the sins. It is believed that the three streams of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati are flowing together underground at this point. Pinda Shradha is also performed at Triveni Ghat.

Bharat Mandir 

This is the oldest temple of Rishikesh, located near the Jhanda Chowk. Rishi Rabhya did his penance at this holy spot and the place is devoted to Lord Vishnu. A spectacular sacred Shree Yanthra is placed at the inner canopy of the temple. Bharat Mandir celebrates colourful spring festival called ‘Basant Panchami’.

Rishikund

Rishikund literally means the sage’s pond. It is believed that the waters of the Yamuna drenched this pond on the request of Kubz saint. Shani mandir is also situated at Rishikund.

Laxman Jhula

Lakshman Jhula is the prime attraction of Rishikesh. This is 450 ft long hanging bridge on the river Ganga which was built in 1939. According to myths and legends Laksman, brother of Lord Rama crossed GangaRiver on a jute rope from this point. The 13 storied temple is located near Lakshman Jhula where the idols of several Gods and Goddesses are kept. The bridge gives a magnificent view of the Ganges, greeting you with the cool breeze from the river.

Ram Jhula

Ram Jhoola forms the connection between the Swargashram and Shivananda Ashram. There are a no. of ashrams located near Ram Jhoola. It is bigger than Laxman Jhula and is more beautiful.

Geeta Bhawan

Geeta Bhawan is one of the oldest temple complexes across the Laxman Jhula situated on the banks of sacred Ganges in Rishikesh. Gita Bhavan is dedicated as a Museum for puranic and mythological awareness for the common public. Building consists of a very large complex comprising discourse halls and over 1000 rooms available free of charge for the stay of devotees. For the convenience of the devotees, simple vegetarian food, kitchen and grocery items and Indian sweets are available at very moderate price.

Neelkanth Mahadev

The Neelkanth Mahadev temple is situated on the peak of the mountain beside the sacred Ganga River. According to myth this is the place where Lord Shiva drank the venom produced during ‘Sagar Manthan’ which turned his throat blue and was thus the place was named as Neelkanth. Neelkanth and Mahadev are names of Lord Shiva.

Tera Manzil Temple 

This is a famous temple in Rishikesh. It is also named as Trimbakeshwar Temple and this holy temple has 13 storeys with several idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in each storey.The temple is visible from Haridwar-Badrinath Highway.

Lakshman Temple

This is believed to be the place where Lakshman performed Tapa. As per the popular myth, Lord Rama along with his brother Lakshman made a swing bridge near this temple on their way to Himalayas. The main attraction in this temple is the Rishi Kund, where Lord Ram and Lakshman bathed in order to get rid of their sins of killing the demon Ravana.

Kunjapuri Devi Temple

Just 15 km away from Rishikesh, this temple is dedicated to one of the thirteen most important goddesses of Shivalik range. The temple is well-known among the travellers as it gives a beautiful view of the sunrise and the sunset from the greater Himalayan peaks.

Swargashram

This is one of the oldest ashrams in Rishikesh, and is founded Swami Vishudhanand was also known as the ‘Kali Kamli Wala’ (One with The Black Blanket). Today the Kali Kamliwala Kshetra is a mammoth organization embracing many activities.

Nearby attractions around Rishikesh: Rishikesh is also embellished by some nearby locations too. These include:

Phulchhatti

Only 10km from Lakshmanjhula Phulchhatti, is a secluded spot. A bend in the river offers a good spot for swimming, midst huge boulders that dominate the landscape.

Kaudiyala Rafters Camp 

Just 38 kms away, on the road to Badrinath shrine, in the midst of thickly wooded slopes at 480 metres, the Kaudiyala Rafters Camp has been promoted by GMVN for white-water rafting. Kaudiyala also offers some rock climbing sites.

Things to do in Rishikesh: Rishikesh offers a host of exciting and thrilling activities. Enjoy an adrenaline rush by river rafting down the Ganges. White water rafting is mainly something for which people come here for. Many camps dot the banks of the Ganga each offering you rafting as part of their package. In the evenings sit by a bonfire at your camp and watch the river gush by.This apart you can also enjoy rock climbing or bungee jumping from a height. In Rishikesh you can also enjoy practicing your yoga and meditation skills. Find peace and quiet in the tranquil surrounding of the many ashrams in Rishikesh.

Best time to visit Rishikesh:The best time to visit Rishikesh is between May and November

How to go ?

By Air

Nearest airport is Jollygrant which is 18 km away from Rishikesh and is situated in Dehradun. Jollygrant airport, Dehradun is connected to Delhi airport.

By Rail

Rishikesh railway station is linked to all cities in India.

By Road

Rishikesh is well connected to many cities in the region by buses. Private and public buses offer services from Rishikesh to Pauri (117 km), Haridwar, Dehradun and Kotdwar.

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Where to stay ?

Rishikesh offers a good variety of hotels suited to budget. Some options are:

Bharat Bhoomi (GMVN): +91-0135-2433002
HotelVasundharaPalace: 91+ 135 + 2442345 Website: www.hotelvasundharapalace.com
Hotel Ganga Kinare: +91 9015544000 Website: www.gangakinare.com
Hotel The Amaris: 1800-180-4162 (Toll Free) Website: www.theamaris.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Mussoorie

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand – A picturesque charming hill resort, located at 2000 mts above the sea level

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The “Queen of Hill stations” and one of the summer resorts of the British, Mussoorie is a treasure trove of the nature lovers. This picturesque hillstation is only 35 kms from Dehradun. This hill station rests at a height of 2000mts above sea level. Mussoorie derives its name from the plants of Mussoorie or shrub mansoor which are available in large quantities in this region. Mussoorie has a very old history dating back to 1825. In that year, a shooting lodge was constructed jointly by Captain Young, an adventurous British military officer and Mr Shore the Superintendent of Revenues at Dehradun. Mussoorie with its diverse flora and fauna, captivating snowy ranges in the north east majestic Shivalik ranges and glittering Doon valley, is said to have ‘a fairyland’ atmosphere. This charming hill resort is the hub of the tourists both domestic and international. Apart from being a tourist hot spot, Mussoorie is also an important center of education and business. Mussoorie also offers distant views of the holy and mighty river Ganga from one end of the ridge, and of the famous river Jamuna from the other; a stretch of around 19 kilometers all.

Places to see in Mussoorie: Mussoorie offers some marvellous sight seeing spots that will make your trip truly special and enjoying. These include:

Company Garden

A best picnic location in Mussoorie, Company Garden is a well maintained municipal garden located at 3 km from The Mall. A mini lake, small flower garden and an amusement park is there in Company Garden.

Jharipani Fall

It is situated at 8.5 km from Mussoorie. Jharipani is well accessible by motorable roads from where the trek of 1.5 km commences to Jharipani fall. The view of Jharipani Fall is awe-inspiring.

Nag Devta Temple

It is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, situated on Cart Mackenjee road. It is about 6km from Mussoorie on way to Dehradun. The temple is well accessible with motorable roads. This place affords enchanting views of Mussoorie and Doon valley.

Jwalaji Temple

Jwalaji Temple is also known as Benog Hill. It is situated 9kms west of Mussoorie at an elevation of 2,104mts above sea level. It is situated on the top of the Benog Hill and looks like a crowned hill. It is surrounded by thick forest having an old idol of Goddess Durga offers a marvelous view of YamunaValley.

Sri Chamunda Peeth Temple

This temple was setup in 1998 in the premises of Kashi Devasthanam, is an ideal venue for yoga, meditation rituals and religious practices. It incorporates the Shiva and Shakti temples as these mighty and majestic Himalayas are said to be the abode of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Kempty Falls

Kempty Falls are one of the most beautiful water falls in not only Uttarakhand, rather the whole of India. Enveloped by high mountain cliffs and situated at an altitude of about 4500 feet above the sea level, the falls present an awe-inspiring view as the water falls down from a high altitude and then splits into five streams. The water falling down from KemptyFalls appears to be doing a somersault before it hits the ground.

Bhatta  Falls

Bhatta Falls is a recently developed picnic spot near Mussoorie. Located at about 7 km from main Mussoorie city, Bhatta Falls is still untouched by commercialization and has natural stream of water flowing down the hills.

Gun Hill

Gun Hill is situated 400mts above The Mall and it is the second highest peak of Mussoorie. Gun Hill is set at an elevation of 2122mts and it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan ranges and Doon valley. Before independence a Gun mounted on this top used to be fired at mid-day for people to adjust their watches. Presently Gun Hill houses the water reservoir of Mussoorie. It can be reached by the Ropeway ride whose distance is 400mts or by the bridle path which forks-off from Kutchery which takes around 20min.

Mossy Fall

The fall is encircled by a dense forest and is seven klick from Mussoorie.

Camel’s Back Road

This road begins from the Rink at Kulri Bazar and terminates at Library Bazar stretching 4km. The place offers a picturesque view of the sunset and a life like resemblance of a sitting camel. One can also enjoy long walks and horse riding here. British graveyard having ancient graves on the way provides new dimension to the walk. Evening at Camel’s road is a memorable experience as it offers a ravishing sunset view in the Himalayas as sun paints the mountains in brilliant hues.

Lal Tibba

Lal Tibba is located in Landour area which is the oldest inhabited place in Mussoorie. Lal Tibba exemplifies highest point in mussoorie. There’s a 20m tall tower situated at the edge of the cliff. The tower has an old telescope. You can take a close look at tempting Himalayan range from it and it will cost you around 20 rupees.

The Mall Road

The Mall Road is one of the most crowded places of Mussoorie. The structure of the road takes you back to the colonial period of Britishers. There are numerous restaurants, hotels and shops on this road. The Methodist church is situated on the Mall and is around 100 years old.

Lake Mist

Lake Mist is located 5 km before Kempty falls and 10 kms from Mussoorie. Lake Mist is a newly developed scenic spot with good accommodation and restaurant facilities available. You can also enjoy boating on this lake.

Childer’s Lodge

Also known as “Nahata Estate” is a huge property of more than 300 acres (1.2 km2), owned by the Harakh Chand Nahata family, is also the highest peak of Mussoorie near Lal Tibba, it is situated at 5 km from the Tourist Office and one can go on horse back or on foot. The view of snow-clad mountains is exhilarating.

Jwalaji Temple

This famous Hindu temple is located at a distance of 9 km from Mussoorie. Dedicated to Goddess ‘Durga’, this temple is situated atop the Benog Hill, at a height of 2100 m. Enveloped by thick forests from all sides; the temple poses a striking picture. Moreover, one can have breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks, Doon Valley and the Yamuna valley from this site.

Nearby locations around Mussoorie: You can also organize tours to some prominent locations around Mussoorie. These include:

Bhadraj Temple

It is situated at a distance of 15kms from Mussoorie and is an ideal place for trekking. Bhadraj Temple is located on the extreme western region of Mussoorie and thus offers a splendid view of the DoonValley, Chakrata ranges and the Jaunsar Bawar area of Garhwal Himalayas. The temple is dedicated to Lord Bal Bhadra, brother of Lord Krishna, and is situated atop a hill. Bhadraj temple organizes a fair in the third week of August (Shravan Sankranti) every year. Undoubtedly it is an important event for the locals and they look forward to it, this occasion attracts a lot of visitors as well.

Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti is 25 kms from Mussoorie on the road to Tehri. Surrounded by fragrant pine and deodar forests, this secluded resort is the ideal retreat from the hustle-bustle of Mussoorie. Fro here watching the breath taking sun rise and sunset is an experience that you will cherish forever.

Things to do in Mussoorie: Apart from sight seeing, trekking and leisurely walks through the lush green forests are some of the things you can enjoy in Mussoorie. Head for Yamuna bridge, to enjoy fishing.

Best time to visit Mussoorie: The best time to visit Mussoorie is between the summer months of March and June. The months between September and November are also pleasant with slightly cool evening.

How to go ?

By Air

Nearest airport is Jollygrant which is 60 km away from Mussoorie and is situated in Dehradun. Jollygrant airport, Dehradun is connected to Delhi airport. Delhi is well connected to all major cities in India and many cities abroad. Taxi services are available from airport to Mussoorie

By Train

Mussoorie has no railway station of its own. So one can get down at Dehradun railway station, nearly 60 km away and from there take bus or taxi to reach Mussoorie. Taxi services are available from railhead to Mussoorie. Dehradun railway station is well connected to major cities like Delhi (Mussoorie Exp), Kolkata (Doon Exp), Varanasi (Ghy Rajdhani), Mumbai (Dehradun Exp) and Indore (Ddn Indb Exp) by express trains and super fast trains.

By Road

Mussoorie is well connected with excellent bus services of state public bus services Uttaranchal State Transport Corporation. From Dehradoon and from other major cities in India private bus services are available to Mussoorie.

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Where to stay ?

Hotel Garhwal Terrace (GMVN): +91-0135-2632682, 2632683
Country Inn & Suites : +91 135-263-5601 Website: www.countryinns.com
Hotel Vishnu Palace: +91-0135 – 2632932, 2631732 Website: www.hotelvishnupalace.com
Jaypee Hotels and Resorts: 1800-11-9900 (valid only in India)  Website: www.jaypeehotels.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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Haridwar

Haridwar, Uttarakhand – This is a famous pilgrimage for Hindus, a haven for the nature lovers

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A haven for the nature lovers, Haridwar presents the true image of  Indian culture and civilization. Haridwar means ‘Gateway to Gods’. The devotees of Lord Shiva(Har) and followers of Lord Vishnu(Hari) pronounce this place Hardwar and Haridwar respectively. It marks the entrance to the Dev Bhoomi and Char Dham (Four main centres of pilgrimage in Uttarakhand) viz. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The pilgrims from all parts of India come to this pristine place and take a bath in the holy waters of River Ganga. It is the entry point of River Ganga from the mountains to the plain areas. The emerald forests and crystal clear water of river Ganges with mountains at the backdrop makes this sacred spot enormously beautiful.

Places to see in Haridwar: With extravagant natural beauty, this scenic location is gifted with some exclusive sight seeing spots. These include:

Har ki Pauri

Also called Brahmakund, this site is believed to be the place where divine nectar fell from the pitcher. This forms the chief attractions of Haridwar. This is the site for the famous Kumbh Mela which is celebrated in 12 years. Large number of devotees comes especially to Haridwar to take a holy dip in the Ganga River. At twilight, when evening aarti is performed the reflection of the golden diyas that keep floating on the river offers an enchanting view of the ghat to the visitors. This sacred Ghat was built by King Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhatrihari, who is said to have meditated on the banks of Ganga in Haridwar.

Chandi Devi Temple

Situated on the top of the Neel Parvat, Chandi Temple was built in 1929 by Suchat Singh, the King of Kashmir. The temple can be reached after a 3km trek from Chandi Ghat. The main statue of Chandi Devi Temple is said to be established by the Adi Shankaracharya in 8th century. Cable car has also been introduced upto Chandi Devi Temple.

Maya Devi Temple

According to the myth, it is here that the heart and navel of Goddess Sati fell when Lord Shiva was taking her corpse. Maya Devi Temple is regarded as one of the Siddhapeeth’s. This ancient temple is dedicated to Goddess Maya Devi, the Adhisthatri deity of Haridwar.

Mansa Devi Temple

The Mansa Devi temple rests on the top of the Bilwa Parwat and it is dedicated to Goddess Mansa Devi. The temple can be reached either by a ropeway that carries pilgrims to the temple or on foot. A statue of the Goddess here has three mouths and five arms, while the other one has eight arms. The temple affords bird’s eye view of Haridwar.

Sapta Rishi Ashram and Sapt Sarovar

This is believed the place of meditation  of the seven sages. Kashyapa, Vashisht, Atri, Vishwamitra, Jamadagi, Bharadwaja and Gautam were the seven rishis. Ganga split herself into seven streams to avoid any disturbance to their meditation.

Daksha Mahadev Temple

This ancient Daksha Mahadev Temple (Daksheswara Mahadev Temple) is located in the south Kankhal, a sacred town just 3km from Haridwar and has Lord Shiva as its residing deity. According to mythology, this temple is supposed to have been the site of a yagna conducted by Daksha.

Bhimgoda Tank

It is said that this tank was constructed by Bhima, one of the Pandava brother of the famous epic Mahabharata, while they were going to Himalayas through Haridwar.

Bharat Mata Mandir

5 km north of the center. Dedicated to Mother India, this is half temple, half nation building exercise, with seven floors stacked with deities, saints, and secular heroes of all Indian faiths.

Ma Anandamayee Ashram

Located at Kankhal, the samadhi of Shree Shree Ma Anandamayee (Anandamayi) is situated here and this is also the Head Office of the revered organisation.

Parad Shivling

Situated in Harihar Ashram, Kankhal. Parad Shivling (Mercury Shivling) weighing about 150 kg and Rudraksha tree are the main attractions here.

Ramanand Ashram 

Situated in shravan nath nagar of the town near railway station, this is the main ashram of Ramanand Sampraday in Haridwar. Mahant Bhagwan Das is the chief of this ashram.

Shantikunj

Shantikunj is the headquarter of famous spiritual and social organisation All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) established by Pt Shriram Sharma Acharya. It is located at a distance of 6 Kilometers from Haridwar railway station towards Rishikesh/Dehradun on NH58. At the bank of the holy Ganges and between the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas, its also a place of attraction for tourists as well as seekers of spiritual guidance.

Patanjali Yogpeeth (Trust)

Patanajli yogpeeth is situated on Haridwar – Delhi Highway. This is a yoga institution and research center of Swami Ramdev. Thousands of people come here for yoga and other purpose here. This is one of the best place in Haridwar to see

Sati Kund

Another well-known mythological heritage worth a visit is situated in the Kankhal. Legend has it that Sati immolated herself in this kund.

Rajaji National Park

The Park spans over an area of 820sqkms on the edge of the Doon Valley and is dotted with immense natural beauty. It is situated around 10kms from Haridwar. Rajaji National Park was established in 1996 and has over 23 species of mammals and 315 avifauna species. It is a safe haven for panther, bear, chital, elephant, tiger, sambar, wild boar, barking deer, python, monitor lizard etc. Elephant Safari is also available at Chilla and Dholkand.

Neelkanth Mahadev Temple

Thousands of devotees visit Neelkanth Mahadev every month throughout the year. It is situated on the summit of the mountain across the sacred Ganga River. According to mythology this is the place where Lord Shiva drank the venom produced during ‘Sagar Manthan’ which turned his throat blue and was thus the place was named as Neelkanth. Neelkanth and Mahadev are names of Lord Shiva. It is situated 66kms from Dehradun city.

Haridwar has several other beautifully made Ashrams and temples holding significance, such as Shanti Kunj, Jairam Ashram, Bhuma Niketan, Bharat Mata Mandir, Vaishnav Devi Temple, Radha Krishan temple, Shravan Nath Math, Pawan Dham, Doodhadari temple, Bilkeshwar Mahadev temple, Shahi Gurudwara, Parmarth Ashram, Prem Nagar Ashram, Ma Anand Mai Ashram etc. All of these places are worth seeing.

Nearby attractions around Haridwar: You can also make excursions to places like:

Piran Kailer

23 km from Haridwar towards its southern part on the outskirts of Roorkee town, Piran Kalier is a place that every tourist in Haridwar must visit. It is actually the ‘dargah’ of Hazrat Makhdum Allauddin Ali Ahamed ‘Sabir’. This place is famous for its sacred aura and mystical powers. It is visited with due regard by Hindus and Muslims alike. During the Rabeeull month of the Islamic calendar, Urs, a colorful festival, is celebrated here from the first day of sighting the moon to the sixteenth day.

Deoprayag 

Having a distance of 95 km approximately, from Haridwar, Deoprayag is the confluence point of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers, with a chain of vast tributaries, and forming Ganges. It is only from Deoprayag that the sacred river starts being called Ganga. At a height of 2700 feet above sea level, it is a sacred pilgrimage centre and is considered the second most divine confluence centre in India, next only to Prayag. One of the famous temples here is the Raghunath Temple, which is considered as one of the 108 most important temples in India.

Kanva Rishi Ashram

One of the popular excursions from Haridwar, the Kanva Rishi Ashram, is located at a distance of approximately 42 km. It is built on the banks of river Malini, on the way to Kotdwar. The path to this ashram is along a dense forest, providing an exciting experience for the adventure-lovers. This is a serene place, in the lap of nature, away from the hush-bush of cities.

Things to do in Haridwar: Do take a dip in the pure waters of river Ganga at Har Ki Pauri Ghat. Enjoy the tasty street food in Haridwar. This divine city is populated with temples worth a visit to pay homage. Be a part of the evening arti at Har ki Pauri. Shop the knick-knacks here including religious beads, prayer items, clothing, bangles, etc. You can be a part of the famous Kumbha Mela held once in 3 years, for a whole month from January to February.

Best time to visit Haridwar: Haridwar can be visited throughout the year. However the best time to visit Haridwar depends on your purpose to visit the place. A number of popular festivals like Ram Navami, Buddha Purnima and Karthika Purnima are held mostly in the months of March, April, May and November. The sacred Kumbha mela attracting thousands of devotees from all of India are held in every 3 years.

How to go ?

By Air

Nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, which is a domestic airport located at about just 20 km away from city center. Taxi cabs are available from airport to Haridwar city. The airport operates daily flights to Delhi. Nearest International airport is Delhi, which is about 200 km away. Delhi airport is well connected to most of the domestic airports and foreign airports.

By Train

Haridwar railway station is a major station well connected to all major cities in India. Tourists can take trains from Delhi (Dehradun Shatabdi), Kolkata (Doon Exp), Mumbai (Dehradun Exp) and Chennai (Ddn Mas Exp), Bhopal (Hw Ltt Ac Sf) along with various other cities in the country.

By Bus

Haridwar is well connected by tourist bus services and state owned bus services. All cities in and around Haridwar are connected by state buses. Many deluxe buses are available at a regular interval from Delhi to Haridwar. Buses are also available from Jaipur (Rs 300), Jodhpur (Rs 500), Dehradun (Rs 250), Shimla (Rs 1,000) and many other cities located close to it.

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Where to stay ?

Haridwar is a very popular tourist destination dotted with numerous hotels and resorts. Some options are:

Rahi Motel (GMVN): +91-0133-4226430, 4228686
Alpana Hotel: +91-0133-4226430, 4228686, 4224567 Website: www.alpanahotels.com
The Haveli Hari Ganga: +91-011- 4652 0000  Website: www.havelihariganga.com
Hotel Mansarover International:+91-01334-226501 , 266014 Website: www.hotelmansaroverinternational.com

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.

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