Boasting of enchanting view of the Himalayas, and cultural ethos that speak of simplistic living amidst nature and harmony – Uttarakhand is a land of sublime natural beauty and serene spirituality.
This land has every blessing of nature and Gods, the soaring Himalayan peaks, the steamy lowland jungles, the sacred rivers, revered temples and renowned ashrams. The state is an enticingly diverse region, with some of India’s best trekking, yoga schools, holiday towns and wildlife-watching all tucked into one little corner of the country.
Hindus think of Uttarakhand as Dev Bhoomi – the Land of Gods – and the dramatic terrain is covered with holy mountains, lakes and rivers. Twisting roads and high-altitude hiking trails lead to spectacular pilgrimage sites where tales from the Hindu epics are set. And something of these ancient stories seems to have been absorbed by the land, which exudes a subtle sense of actually being sacred – even to ultra-orthodox agnostics.
Many travellers flock here for this vibe, finding it a powerful place to pursue a spiritual practice, their favorite stay spots are Haridwar, Rishikesh and the Chaar-Dhaams(Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri). Others come to enjoy the thrill in the adventures of the region. Mountains, river and trekking trails sets perfect stage for outdoor adventures. Valley of Flowers, Roopkund Lake, Uttarkashi are some of the best treks in the state. River rafting in Ganga is the most popular adventure sport in Uttarakhand, particularly linked to Rishikesh.
The primary food of Uttarakhand includes vegetables, though non-veg food is also served and savored by many. The primary characteristics of the Uttarakhand cuisine is that milk and milk based products is sparingly used here. Coarse grain with high fibre content is very common in Uttarakhand cuisines.
It is a thrilling experience to find out little shops with beautiful local handicrafts and proudly displaying them in your living room as a pleasant memory of the trip to Uttarakhand.