Endowed with glorious glaciers, awe - inspiring snow - covered mountains, massive peaks, valleys bedecked with flowers skiing slopes and thick forests, this Abode of Gods also includes many shrines and places of pilgrimage worth a visit. CharDham, the four most sacred and revered Hindu temples: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are nestled in the mighty Mountains. Uttarakhand promises its tourists a visit full of fun and memorable moments.
CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Corbett National Park was set up in 1935 as India’s first National Park and the first sanctuary to come under Project Tiger. The park got its name after Jim Corbett, the renowned wild life enthusiast, naturalist and author of many books on the Kumaon region. Corbett supports a variety of vegetation making it the ideal habitat for the tiger and its prey. Apart from tigers one can find leopards, sloth bears, jackals, crocodiles, Indian python, cobra and numerous species of birds. An elephant ride through the forest is a great way to experience the wildlife.
Set amidst the thick forests of pine and deciduous trees, Nainital resembles a silvery disc held in cupped hands. A summer retreat of the British with elegant villas nestling on wooded slopes, the quaint little town is now a popular hill resort. Visit the Naini Peak considered the highest peak; Dorothy’s Seat or Tiffin Top from where you can see the town on one side and on the other end is a cliff, overlooking a deep gorge. Naini Lake offers boating facilities. A visit to Snow View by rope way is a must to get the most spectacular view of the snow-capped peaks.
Ranikhet is idyllic in its charm, and draws holiday makers the year round, offering its tourist a panoramic view of the mighty Himalayan peaks. Legend has it that Rani Padmini, queen of Raja Sudhardev, loved this place so much that she made it her abode. One can explore the wonderful sights that include a 9 – hole golf course at Upat, a Government Fruit Garden and Research Station at Chaubatia and the fascinating temples in Dwarahat.
Mussoorie, with its verdant hills and varied flora and fauna is one of the most popular hill resorts in North India. Stately snow ranges to the northeast and glistening sights of the Doon Valley and Shiwalik ranges in the south, the town presents a fairyland atmosphere to the tourists. Mussoorie is famous for its scenic beauty and provides all kinds of amusement to tourists. You can enjoy various sites in and around Mussoorie such as the Gun Hill Point, Camels Back Road, Bhatta Falls and the famous Kempty Falls.
Folklore prevailing in Haridwar is that Prince Bhagirath performed penance here to salvage the souls of his ancestors who had perished due to Sage Kapila’s curse. The penance was answered and the River Ganga trickled forth from Lord Shiva’s locks and its bountiful water revived the sons of King Sagara. In the tradition of Bhagirath, devout Hindus stand in the sacred waters here, praying for the salvation of their ancestors. King Vikramaditya constructed this sacred Ghat in memory of his brother Bhatrihari who it is believed had come to Haridwar to meditate on the banks of the Ganga. This ghat later came to be known as Har-Ki-Pauri.