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Rishikesh UttranchalUttranchal in the northern part of India is blessed with rushing rivers, awesome snow-coated peaks, bewildering lakes, venerated temples and a bursting plethora of flora and fauna. Uttaranchal shares international borders with Nepal and China.

Uttaranchal climate varies with altitude. At an altitude of about 3,000 m (10,000 ft), temperatures rarely rise above 20°C (68°F) during summer, while subzero conditions prevail in winter. The state is also subjected to Indian monsoon. The rainy months hails from August to first week of September.

General Overview
Uttaranchal has an important position on Indian map. Located in northern part of India, Uttaranchal is encircled by Tibet & Nepal in the North, Madhya Pradesh in the South, Haryana, Delhi & Rajasthan in the West and Bihar in the East. Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nainital and Ranikhet are the valleys with immense natural beauty. Uttaranchal is known for its spectacular natural beauty, salubrious climate, places of pilgrimages, abundant wildlife, and beautiful countryside -all these unite to make Uttaranchal make it an enchanting destination of Uttaranchal. Uttaranchal is divided into two major regions - Kumaon and Garhwal.

The Kumaon region of Uttaranchal cover areas like Almora, Nainital, Udham Singh, Pithorgarh and Champawat and the Garhwal region covers areas like Chamoli, Dehradun, Hardiwar, Rudra Prayag and Uttarkashi.
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Uttaranchal lies on the south slope of the mighty Himalaya range, and the climate and vegetation vary greatly with elevation, from glaciers at the highest elevations to tropical forests at the lower elevations

Fact File
Area 55,845 sq km
Languages Hindi,Garhwali,Kumaoni
Religion Hinduism
Altitude 640 m above sea level
Population 8479562
Capital Dehradun
Best Timesh To Visit April to November
Tourist Attractions Gangotri, Yamnotri, Badrinath, Rishikesh, Jim Corbett National Park, Valley of Flowers

City Guides
Haridwar Haridwar - gateway to the four pilgrimages in the Uttrakhand region, is located on the foot hills of Shivaliks. It is on the banks of River Ganga. The Ganga leaves the mountains and enters the plains with Haridwar being the first major town on the plains.

Rishikesh - Just 24 Kms from Haridwar, Rishikesh is an important destination and iss considered to be the access point of three other pilgrim places of Badrinath - Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri; the four great places which combine to make Chardham . Rishikesh is surrounded by scenic beauty of the hills on three sides with Holy Ganga flowing through it.

Badrinath - The word Badrinath is derived from the Badri Van, where the lush green Badri trees grow heavily. One of the Char Dham pilgrim centers for the Hindus; millions of tourists throng Badrinath every year.

Almora - Almora is a scenic destination in the Kumaun region, East of Uttaranchal in India, with an overwhelming panoramic view of Himalayas. The hill stations welcomes tourists from all over the worldwide with its alluring grandeur of natural beauty.
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Nainitaal - This is one of the famous hill resort of Uttranchal. The city is popular for encompassing nine lake ( Nine taals) and hence it got its name. This dreamland town with its beauteous grandeur is one of the most popular tourist resorts of the country.

Things to do
Char Dham Yatra - Book your tour in Char Dham Yatra which covers the four major destination of Uttaranchal - Badrinath, Yamnotri, Gangotri and Rishikesh.
The yatra is perfect amalgam of adventure and spiritual enlightement.

Tiger in Corbett National ParkJim Corbett Park - You just cannot miss Jim Corbett on your Uttaranchal tour. Corbett National Park is one of the greatest National Parks in Asia with over 1300 sq kms of forests, hills and grasslands, fed by a frisky river. Its proximity to Delhi and prolific wildlife makes Corbett one of the must visit destinations in India.Among Ind's nature reserves, this is the best known because of Jim Corbett, the audicious hunter of the man eating tigers of Kumaon. The park was established in 1935 and was given Corbett's name after India became independent.

Auli Skiing - For those who love more adventure, Auli will give you an exciting offer. Ski at the Auli slopes with its panoramic views of the high Himalayan mountains including Nanda Devi, Mana and Kamet. Auli is an ideal place for those who love this sport.


By Air - Uttaranchal has just one hill station - Jolly Grant. This airport is connected to Delhi and other parts of India.

By Rail - There are three major rail heads in Uttaranchal - Dehradun, Haridwar, and Kathgodam are the major railway stations connected to almost all parts of the country with regular trains. Not many places in the state are connected by rail because of tough terrains. For those planning their vacations in the higher altitudes, trekking and road routes are the only options available.

By Road - The state is well connected with roads to other parts of northern India. National Highways such as 58, 73, 74, and 87 connect places in the state to other parts of the country.

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