About Uttarakhand Tourism:
As an Indian state, Uttarakhand might be small but it packs a punch of exquisite landscapes, stunning scenery, and a varying terrain that attracts flocks of leisure tourists as well as the more avid hikers and adventure-seekers. Its array of offerings justify its many nicknames, that range from the title of “Devabhoomi” for its many temples and holy pilgrimage sites to the Weekend Getaway Destination for residents of Delhi and other neighbouring states.
Uttarakhand offers a choice of experiences and destinations – ranging from picturesque as well as happening hill stations, and Hindu pilgrimage sites to national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. You also have the option of exploring off-the-beaten path scenic spots that offer a quick getaway, far from roving eyes.
An itinerary of an Uttarakhand holiday package can include visits to places such as Haridwar and Rishikesh, two of the topmost pilgrimage sites of Uttarakhand or a wildlife experience that allows you to lie in wait for the elusive majestic tiger at the Jim Corbett National Park. A gentler foray into wilderness would be a jeep safari at the Rajaji National Park.
Alternatively, set out to the higher reaches of the hills where picturesque vistas, scenic waterfalls and a happening crowd transform your holiday from a relaxing getaway to one of the most memorable times of your life. We are, of course, speaking about Nainital and Mussoorie, two happening hill stations that have grown from remote hill spots with charming vistas to towns with their own high-end entertainment, gaming centres and fine dining options, not to mention great shopping arcades and nightlife.
If relaxation is the topmost agenda of your holiday in Uttarakhand, then make your base in off-the-beaten-path scenic spots such as Lansdowne and Ranikhet. Alternatively, spicen up your life with a customized Uttarakhand Holiday Package that mixes in a bit of everything. To know more, visit our Uttarakhand Holiday Packages page or contact Jetways India holiday planners at +91-011-44112230/33/36.
Capital of Uttarakhand
Dehradun (Judiciary is based in Nainital)
History of Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand was, until the new millennium, a part of Uttar Pradesh and it was only in November 2000 did it become the twenty seventh state of the Republic of India. However, its history as home to some of the top holiday destinations in India goes much much further back – to the British Raj, who viewed the scenic vistas and cool weather as the perfect spots for a reprieve from the heat of the Indian plains. With the arrival of the British, more trees were cleared off the hills of Uttarakhand for the making of wooden palatial houses and log cabins. Once the British departed, Indians took up their stead as tourists and holidaymakers. Today, Uttarakhand is home to some of the top hill stations in India, with more and more off-the-beaten-path secret spots being discovered and introduced as new holiday destinations.
People of Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand comprises two kingdoms – Garhwal and Kumaon, which once traditional rivals have forged a strong bond to form the foundation of the new state – Uttarakhand. Collectively, the people of Uttarakhand are known as Uttarakhandi, but generally speaking, they are referred to as Garhwalis and Kumaonis.
Visitors to Uttarakhand will find most locales speaking Garhwali, Kumaoni, Hindi and in the cities (especially tourist cities), a smattering of English. Maps and road marks are marked in English as well as Hindi.
For the most part, holidaymakers in Uttarakhand will find the local natives, pleasant and a hospitable lot. The holy pilgrimage sites of Rishikesh and Haridwar are thronged by devotees from all parts of India as well as many westerners, who spend months here enjoying the spiritual fervour, learning meditation and yoga, as well as rejuvenating in the simplicity of a yogi’s life.
As Uttarakhand is a mix of hills and plains, its weather varies with the altitude. In the summers (April – June), the plains are hot in summers, while the higher reaches are relatively cooler, which makes many locales head up the hills even if for a short while. The monsoons (July – August) have in the recent past, been very heavy, leading to frequent flooding that have washed away towns and temples, besides causing landslides.
The winters are the best times to visit, especially, if you want to experience snow, with Uttarakhand hill stations such as Mussoorie, Ranikhet and Almora receiving their fair share of snowfall. Wooden houses, fire places and central heating in more sophisticated hotels, ensure that you are warm and toasty.
Fairs & Festivals:
Many seasoned travellers plan their holidays in Uttarakhand to coincide with the local fairs and festivals. This enables them to get a more comprehensive experience of the destination, besides enriching their days with numerous memorable moments.
The diversity of experiences in Uttarakhand is reflected in its fairs & festivals as well. As the land of the Devbhoomi and the home of simple hill folk, this small state comes alive with a fusion of colours, sounds and songs with each festival.
Amongst the religious festivals, the most famous festival or fair is the Kumbh Mela, a magnificent event that is held over a period of 45 – 55 days in Haridwar, one of the most holy places of Uttarakhand. Held once in three years, in 4 different locations, Haridwar being one, the Maha Kumbh Mela is an event that attracts millions of people on any given day of the festival.
The reason behind this is the religious belief that having a bath in the holy waters of the Ganges during the Snan Days (bathing days) during the Kumbh Mela and the Ardh Kumbh Mela can absolve you of all sins and ensure your Moksha or Nirvana. Haridwar is one of the places where Kumbh Mela and Ardh Kumbh Mela, both, are held.
Another popular festival is Holi, with Kumaonis celebrating it with folk music and colours. In addition to these, the state of Uttarakhand offers several village fairs, each local to a particular region or village, where the locals get together for trading, entertainment and fun, while conveying their thanks to Gods and offering their prayers with elaborate pujas.
Experience all these and more with a wonderful Uttarakhand holiday package from Jetways India. Call our holiday planners at at +91-011-44112230/33/36. Alternatively, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org