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10 Best places to visit in Uttarakhand-Land of the Gods

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Uttarakhand is a Hindu pilgrimage site located at the foothills of Himalayas. It enriches all visitors with its display of heritage and culture which is the richest in the world. Uttarakhand has everything in its store which a traveler expects while traveling. It is an ideal location for a romantic, family, honeymoon, group as well as solo trip. If you love adventure then this state offers you bungee jumping, rafting, giant swing in the air, E-bike tour, hot air balloon experience, camping and many more. If you love wildlife then this state is also a home of many forests and sanctuaries that offer Jeep safaris and Elephant safaris through these forests. For foodies, this place has a lot of variety of delicious food. Literally Uttarakhand is ideal for every type of tourist. Here is the list of 10 best places to visit in Uttarakhand where you can find it all.


 Places to visit in Uttarakhand

(1) Nainital

Nainital is one of the foremost beautiful hill stations of Uttarakhand. It is located in the Kumaon, Uttarakhand. Nainital is considered as one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. It is the guts of the Uttarakhand and also referred to as the Lake District of India. The word Nainital is derived from Naini Lake. The word Nainital is the combination of the two words Naini + Tal. ”Naini” means “the eye” and “Tal” means “the Lake”.

Boating in Naini Lake.

Best places to visit in Nainital

  • Naini Lake
  • Tiffin Top
  • Naina Devi Temple
  • Snow View Point
  • Eco Cave Gardens
  • Nainital Zoo (GB Pant High Altitude Zoo)
  • Kainchi Dham
  • Mukteshwar Temple
  • Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary

Best time to visit Nainital

The weather is very pleasant throughout the year except during winter months. Nainital is a perfect place to visit during the summer season. The best time to visit Nainital is from March to June.

Travel Tips

There is no direct Bus, Train, or Flight. If you want to go by train then you can get a train from Haldwani to Haridwar.

The nearest railway station to Nainital from Delhi is Kathgodam. Kathgodam is close to Nainital. You can easily get public transport and book a taxi also.

Delhi to Nainital distance 302 Km

Rishikesh to Nainital distance 250 Km

Accommodation can be found in the budget starts from Rs. 500 onwards (varies) within the area of 30 km around Nainital.

Things to do in Nainital

Boats on the bank of Naini Lake Nainital.

Boating, water sports, photography, sightseeing, shopping from the Tibetan market, ropeway, rock climbing, etc.


(2) Rishikesh

Temple in front of Lakshman jhula at rishikesh.

Rishikesh is another heaven on earth. It is 250 km away from Nainital. It is located at the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India, it is known as the “Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas” and “Yoga capital of the world”. Rishikesh is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in India. A number of people from India and from foreign countries like to visit Rishikesh. The beauty of the Rishikesh directly connects the soul of human beings and animals as well as with nature. Due to large numbers of travel places, Rishikesh is in the list of top 10 places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Best places to visit in Rishikesh

  • The Beetles Ashram
  • Ram Jhula
  • Laxman Jhula
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
  • Shivpuri
  • Triveni Ghat
  • Neergarh Waterfall
  • Sivananda Ashram
  • Kunjapuri Devi Temple
  • Vashishta Gufa(cave)
  • Patna Waterfalls

Best time to visit Rishikesh

You can go Rishikesh any time of the year when you free but the best time to visit Rishikesh is from August to October. In July, due to the ‘Savan’ festival, it is very crowded.

Travel Tips

Dehradun is the nearest airport. Rishikesh Railway station is hardly 3-4 km far away from  Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. Railway trains connect both Rishikesh and Haridwar. The bus stand is also near to the railway station. So, you can prefer to walk to reach Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula. In this way, you can enjoy the view of markets coming in the way of Ram Jhula and Laxman Jhula.

Delhi to Rishikesh distance (225 km)

Mussoorie to Rishikesh distance (77 km)

Things to do in Rishikesh

River rafting in Rishikesh makes it best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

River rafting, camping, and bonfire, mountain biking, giant swing, beach volleyball, trekking, Ayurvedic massage, etc. These makes Rishikesh worth visiting and adding it in the list of top 10 places to visit in Uttarakhand.


(3) Haridwar

It is another Hindu pilgrimage site in Uttarakhand state. Haridwar, which means the gateway to the land of Lord Vishnu, is spread on the banks of the Ganga River. Most of its temples are dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Shiva.

Large number of devotees at Haridwar.

A large number of pilgrimages gather here every year at the beginning of the Hindu solar year in April. Haridwar also hosts Kumbh Mela (Hindu religious festival), held after every 12 years. People from all across India visit Haridwar to take a holy dip into the holy river Ganga. It attracts tourists due to its amazing mountains, rivers and ancient temples. Foreigners always attracted to Haridwar because here they can closely experience Hindu rituals, culture, and ancient civilization. In the evening, the bank of the river looks even more beautiful as thousands of lamps and flowers float on the water of the river Ganga. So Haridwar is also considered as one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Best places to visit in Haridwar

  • Har Ki Pauri
  • Vishnu Ghat
  • Gau Ghat
  • Shanti Kunj
  • Mansa Devi Temple
  • Chandi Devi Temple
  • Gauri Shankar Mahadev Temple
  • Pawan Dham
Devotess at Haridwar.

Best time to visit Haridwar

Haridwar can visit throughout the year but the best time to visit is February-March and August-October. In July there is a festival called Savan where thousands of people gather here. Major roads are blocked and the hotels are crowded. It is better to avoid traveling to Haridwar during that time.

Travel tips

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest one. Haridwar is well-connected to many cities across India, through many highways. National Highway 58, passes through Haridwar connects it to Delhi, Muzzafarnagar, Roorkee, Ghaziabad, Meerut, and Badrinath. So You can choose buses between A/C, non-A/C, deluxe, ordinary, semi-deluxe and many such options. Haridwar is connected to major cities and tourist destinations in India, through railway terminals such as Delhi, Shimla, Mussoorie, Nainital, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Ahmedabad, etc. From these cities train for Haridwar can be taken very easily.

Delhi to Haridwar distance (230 km)

Rishikesh to Haridwar distance (25 km)

Things to do in Haridwar:

Meditation, holy dip, Haridwar walk, shopping, biking & cycling, Hinduism lecture by Guru, etc.

(4) Badrinath

Temple in Badrinath Uttarakhand.

It is a holy town and is one of the most visited pilgrim centers in the Indian subcontinent. Badrinath Temple is the part of Char Dham (four pilgrimage centers). This Dham is dedicated to Lord Vishnu while Kedarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Badrinath is popularly known as Badrinath Dham and one of the must-visit places in Uttarakhand. It is situated at the foothills of Garhwal and the right bank of the holy Alaknanda River. Lakhs of tourists come every year to this sacred Badrinath town to seek blessings of Shri Badrinath Ji(Lord Vishnu). Fresh mountain air and the verdant greens on the way attracts the hearts of tourists.

Best places to visit in Badrinath

  • Badrinath Temple
  • TaptKund
  • Charanpaduka
  • Neelkanth Peak
  • Vasudhara Falls
  • Bheem Pul
  • Valley of Flowers
  • Narad Kund
  • Saraswati River

Best time to visit Badrinath

The period between May to June and September to October are the best times to visit this region as during this time the weather remains pleasant. July and August, the monsoon cause road blockages, landslides, and similar things. So avoid being there during that time.

Travel Tips

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport and taxis are available here to Badrinath. If you want to go by train then you can get a train from Delhi to Rishikesh as it is the nearest railway station to Badrinath. Major cities of north India and even within Uttarakhand are well connected to Badrinath by road. There are frequent and regular buses from Delhi, ISBT Kashmiri gate to Haridwar.

Delhi to Badrinath distance (525 km)

Rishikesh to Badrinath distance (297 km)

Haridwar to Badrinath distance (324 km)

Things to do in Badrinath

Badrinath is the best places to visit in Uttarkhand for all travel lovers.

Holy dip in Tapt Kund, Trekking, explore Ganesh Gufa (cave), picnic at banks of Saraswati river, enjoy Vasundhara waterfall and Bheem Pul (bridge).

(5) Kedarnath

Devotees in front on kedarnath Temple uttarakhand.

Kedarnath is the holiest pilgrim center for the Hindus, which is located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. The present temple was built by Adi Shankaracharya. There is a large statue of Nandi bull as a guard outside the temple door. Kedar meaning powerful is another name of Lord Shiva the protector and the destroyer. So Kedarnath temple is dedicated to lord shiva. Kedarnath is situated at an altitude of approx 3580 meters above sea level and near the head of the Mandakini river. It is a strong belief that if you pray here with a pure heart you are forgiven from all the sins. Later, they will go to heaven after their death.

Lakhs of tourists come every year to this sacred Kedarnath town to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. The sight of the temple and the peak is very attractive. The beautiful views around the temple look like quite a peace on heaven causes a beautiful place to do meditation. This is the reason that in 2018, it is expected to break all previous records and cross 30 million tourist arrivals from all over the world. So Kedarnath is one the best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Best places to visit in Kedarnath

  • Kedarnath Temple
  • Gaurikund
  • Chorabari Tal
  • Adi Shankaracharya Samadhi
  • Triyuginarayan Temple
  • Vasuki Tal
  • Mayali Pass
  • Madmaheshwar Temple
  • Bhairav Nath Temple

Best time to visit Kedarnath

Kedarnath yatra begins in May and ends in the month of October and July to September is the best time to visit Kedarnath. However, it is better to check for the weather conditions before planning the trip. In the winter season, the climate will be freezing cold. None of the roads are visible in this season. Hence, the Kedarnath temple is closed for the rest of the months of the year.

Travel Tips

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport. Taxis are available here to Gaurikund. Gaurikund is the place from where the road to Kedarnath ends and approx 14 km easy trek begins. Helicopter services are also available here. If you want to go by train then you can get a train from Delhi to Rishikesh as it is the nearest railway station to Kedarnath. Gaurikund is well connected to all nearby cities such as Rishikesh, Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Srinagar, Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Tehri, etc, by cabs and buses too.

Delhi to Kedarnath distance(457 km)

Rishikesh to Kedarnath distance(105 km)

Haridwar to Kedarnath distance(123 km)

Things to do in Kedarnath

Shopping from Tilwada Bazaar, visit Deoriya Tal, relax at Vasuki Tal, visit sunset point, trek to Chorabari Tal, trek to Kedarnath peak, etc.

(6) Dehradun

Dehradun is one the best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand is located in the Doon valley at the Himalayan foothills. It is situated in the Garhwal region at an altitude of 447m. Dehradun is derived from two words-‘Dera’ means a temporary settlement and ‘Doon’ means a valley that lies between the middle Himalayas and Shivalik. Dehradun is very famous due to its weather which is pleasant to the hearts of tourists. Its mild climate and picturesque landscapes also stole the hearts of many. The rainfall in Dehradun is more during winter than that of summer. It is popular for its Basmati rice and bakery products. People of different ethnic groups are living in harmony with each other. It is a favorite place to settle after retirement as many elderly couples have found their heaven here.

All types of food like North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, Thai, Italian are easily available here. Dehradun hosts cultural fairs like Jhanda Fair, Tapkeshwar Fair, Bissu Fair, Laxmansidh Fair, Mahasu Devta Fair which are worth to be seen. All types of tourist destinations can be seen here like nature, sanctuary, sports, museums, and institutions. Dehradun also offers many picnic spots which can be enjoyed with family and kids.

Best places to visit in Dehradun

  • Robber’s Cave
  • Sahastradhara
  • Lacchiwalla
  • Malsi Deer Park
  • Tapkeshwar Temple
  • Forest Research Institute
  • Fun Valley Water Park
  • Rajaji National Park
  • Dak pathar
  • Malsi deer park

Best time to visit Dehradun

In summer, March to June is the best time to visit Dehradun as the weather here during this time is very pleasant. Maximum tourists flock to Dehradun during this time. It is the best time to enjoy sightseeing and adventure activities. But if you love snowfall then the ideal time to visit Dehradun is November to March. Winter season offers landscapes covered with snow and chilly air. The temperature during this time reaches to 3-degree celsius.

Travel Tips

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 31 km from Dehradun. Taxi can be hired from there. It is well connected with railways to the major cities of India. Dehradun railway station is 1-2 km away from the main city which is well connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Allahabad, Lucknow, Kolkata and many more. Dehradun has excellent road connectivity with other major cities and towns of North India. There are state-run and private buses that offer a regular service. Even a cab can be hired from Delhi also. The city offers accommodation of all kinds. There are boutique hotels for budget travelers. Accommodation in the form of resorts, guesthouses and lodges are also available.

Delhi to Dehradun distance(237 km)

Rishikesh to Dehradun distance(42 km)

Kedarnath to Dehradun distance(105 km)

Things to do in Dehradun

Camping, paragliding, picnics, seek blessings from beautiful temples, spiritual tour to the monastery, shopping at Tibetan Market, Paltan Bazaar and Mall road, fun at amusement parks, trekking, etc. These all make Dehradun must-visit places in Uttarakhand.

(7) Mussoorie

Mussorie is the best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Mussoorie is also the must-visit places in Uttarakhand just 35 km away from Dehradun. This place is also known as “Queen of hills”. The natural beauty of Mussoorie makes it a very popular place for honeymooners. Some great resorts are available to spend a peaceful and romantic time. It is at an altitude of 2005 m with generally cool and partly cloudy weather. Mussoorie receives snowfall in the months of December, January and February. The modern buildings, malls and well-laid gardens located on the small hills around are enough to attract any tourist. Not just tourists but this beautiful location have also won the hearts of many filmmakers. Restaurants, Cafes, and street food stalls serve a variety of food items. From Chinese to Indian food, and even European cuisine, you will find plenty of great food being served all over Mussoorie.

Best places to visit in Mussoorie

  • Kempty Falls
  • Happy Valley
  • Lal Tibba
  • Mussoorie Lake
  • Camel’s Back Road
  • Gun Hill
  • Christ Church

Best time to visit in Mussoorie

The best time to visit in Mussoorie is from April to June. As the weather during this period is very pleasant. However, Mussoorie is a beautiful place throughout the year but the monsoon season is not good to be there. The rainy season is not safe to visit because there is a danger of landslides. But if you wish to enjoy snowfall than December to February is suitable for you as Mussoorie receives plenty of snowfall in these months.

Travel Tips

Jolly Grant Airport is 60 Kilometers from Mussoorie. One can easily hire cabs from here which will take 2 hours of journey to Mussoorie. The nearest railway station is Dehradun located 35 kilometers from Mussoorie. This railway station is well connected with the major cities in India. Regular buses and cabs are also available here for Mussoorie.

Delhi to Mussoorie distance is 289 kilometers.

Rishikesh to Mussoorie distance is 83 kilometers.

Dehradun to Mussoorie distance is 35 kilometers.

Things to do in Mussoorie

The exhilarating activities like trekking, hiking, rock climbing, paragliding, rafting, roller skating, shopping, fishing, wildlife safari, and boating will make your visit to Mussoorie memorable.

(8) Almora

Almora is a must visit p;laces in Uttarakhand.

Almora is famous for the culture and traditions of Uttarakhand. This city has a divine natural aura which is enough to attract everyone. Nature walks and walking tours are quite popular in nearby villages in Almora. The natural beauty and attractive weather of Almora attract tourists. Beautiful pine, fir and rhododendron trees add to the beauty of Almora. Tourists can enjoy sports like trekking, mountain biking, river rafting, mountain hiking, etc.

Best places to visit in Almora

  • Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum
  • Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kasar Devi Temple
  • Katarmal Sun Temple
  • Zero Point
  • Martola

Best time to visit in Almora

Summer and Spring are the best times to see the Almora. The weather is pleasant in the months of April to June and September to November. Sightseeing and outdoor activities can be a lot of fun in the month of September and October.

Travel Tips

Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 115 km from Almora. Taxi can be hired from there. Almora is well connected with railways to the major cities of India. Kathgodam railway station is the nearest railway station at a distance approx 85 km to Almora. Kathgodam is well connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Allahabad, Lucknow, Kolkata and many more. Almora has excellent road connectivity with other major cities and towns of North India. Buses to kathgodam and Almora can be taken from ISBT delhi.

Delhi to Almora distance is 395 kilometers

Rishikesh to Almora distance is 315 kilometers

Things to do in Almora

Almora also offers adventure activities like trekking, mountain hiking, jungle walks, birds watching, nature walks and many cultural festivals to be a part of that. This experience will surely amaze you.

(9) Uttarkashi

Uttarkashi is considered as the best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Uttarkashi means “Kashi of the North” which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This town is situated on the banks of the river Bhagirathi. This is another very important tourist location in Uttarakhand. This place is also known as ‘Devbhumi’ which means ‘Land of the gods’. Uttarkashi is located at an altitude of 1165m above sea level. There are number of temples and shrines which are dedicated to many Hindu gods and goddesses. There are also many small and big rivers in Uttarkashi. The Yamuna and Ganges are the biggest and holiest among them. Due to its religious heritage pilgrims from all around the country flock to this place. Foreigners are attracted to Uttarkashi due to its pleasant atmosphere and stunning natural beauty.

Best places to visit in Uttarkashi

  • Vishwanath Temple
  • Har Ki Doon
  • Harsil
  • Gangotri
  • Yamunotri

Best time to visit Uttarkashi

March to November is the best time to visit Uttarkashi because many festivals occur in this period. At this time, Uttarkashi is not too cold. Weather is pleasant in these months.

Travel Tips

Forgoing to Uttarkashi by flight you can go to Dehradun. Dehradun is the nearest airport from Uttarkashi nearly 144 kilometers away. If you want to go by train then you can go to Rishikesh first which is 143 kilometers away from Uttarkashi. After this, you can get a cab easily from Rishikesh to Uttarkashi. But according to us if you want a relaxed and enjoyable ride then go by taxi Because Uttarkashi is not well connected with rail and the airport. So you can opt for a taxi. If you want to go by bus then you can take a bus from Delhi ISBT directly to Uttarkashi.

Delhi to Uttarkashi distance is 400 kilometers

Rishikesh to Uttarkashi distance is 170 kilometers

Things to do in Uttarkashi

Uttarkashi offers you adventure activities like trekking, mountaineering, photography of snowy peaks, wander Amid apple and walnut plantation, skiing, etc to make your visit memorable.

(10) Lansdowne

Aerial view of Lansdowne.

It is a hill station in Uttarakhand but is well connected with motorable roads. Lansdowne is a quiet and unspoiled hill station in India. It is located at an altitude of 1700m above the sea level in Pauri Garhwal district. It is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand to spend holidays for giving the brain and body relax and escape from daily routine. Tall oak and blue pine trees promise to rejuvenate your body and soul. This place is heaven for those who like to go for long walks and treks right in the lap of mother nature. The panoramic views of snow-covered peaks add to its natural beauty. Its pleasant and pristine environment leaves an immortal impact on the tourists.

Best places to visit in Lansdowne

  • St.Mary’s Church
  • Bhim Pakora
  • Darwan Singh Sangrahalaya
  • Tarkeshwar Mahadev

Best time to visit Lansdowne

The months from March to June and September are considered the best time to visit Lansdowne. The temperature during summer is quite pleasant. But winter months can be severe cold with snowfall throughout the day which leads to many troubles.

Travel tips

Lansdowne is easily reachable by air from all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Jaipur. Jolly Grant Airport is nearest to it. Taxis are also available for Lansdowne. There are two trains from Delhi, Mussoorie Express and Garhwal Express which goes to Kotdwara from where Lansdowne is 41 km. Taxis and bus services are available from there. Except for all these direct buses and taxis are available from Mumbai, Jaipur, and Kolkata.

Delhi to Lansdowne distance is 256 kilometers

Rishikesh to Lansdowne distance is 125 kilometers

Things to do in Lansdowne

One can do camping, boat ride, snow viewpoint trek, hiking, nature walk, birdwatching, religious tours and shopping here.

Frequently Asked Questions about Places to visit in Uttarakhand

Ques: What is Uttarakhand famous for?

Ans: Uttarakhand is famous for its natural environment of the Himalayas. It is often referred to as “DevBhumi” litterally known as Land of the Gods.

Ques: What are the best places to visit in uttarakhand?

Ans: Nainital, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Mussorie, Haridwar, Kedarnath, Badrinath, Almora, Uttarkashi and Lansdowne are some best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Ques: What is the language of Uttarakhand?

Ans: Hindi

Except these ten places, there are many more places to visit in Uttarakhand which are worth visiting. Conclusively it can be stated that Uttarakhand is a very beautiful location and if you come to visit here you will not feel satisfied until to explore it completely. I hope you like this information. Keep us inspiring with your valuable comments.

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  1. Thanks a lot @trip2divine for making our uttrakhand ,our loving uttrakhand as a versatile body in the eyes of those people who had never visited the devbhoomi uttrakhand
    Thanks a lot for your contribution on making uttrakhand a popular state
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