Nestled in the arms of Himalaya, Uttarakhand is the land of extraordinary landscapes. Situated at the northern part of India, is massively overcrowded with pilgrims as it hosts a galore of Hindu pilgrimage sites and temples. Holy Ganga dispersing through this state is offered “Sandhya Aarti” a spectacular sight to behold.
Uttarakhand is often mentioned as “Devbhumi” which means “Land of the Gods”. Justifying its name, this state is spotted with many Hindu templates. Not just Hindus but people from all sorts of life come here in search of spirituality. Even the western rock group “Beatles” came to Rishikesh at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for a regenerative Transcendental Medication session.
Before 2000, Uttarakhand was not a separate entity in the political map of India. It was just a part of Uttar Pradesh. On 9th November 2000, Uttarakhand declared as the 27th state of India created from the northwest part of Uttar Pradesh, adjoining the Himalayan region.
Uttarakhand was formed during Vedic Age of Ancient India encompassing Kuru and Panchal kingdoms. Being the “Land of the Gods”, this place has been profusely mentioned in several mythological stories and books. From the year 1816, British occupied this area as a part of Treaty of Sugauli and took the burden to lay the foundation of modern Uttarakhand. Right from the British time, Uttarakhand became the popular travel destination particularly during the summer time.
This state includes two main ranges of the Himalaya – Garwal and Kumaon. Snow-capped mountain peaks are showcasing majesty of the Himalaya to the world. Sound of hilly rivers and springs fills the air while vast stretches of pines catches your sight.
Whatever is your purpose of visit – gaining spirituality or catching the beauty of the Himalaya, you will take something more with you when leaving this land, something that words fail to explain.