Haridwar is an ancient city and important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India’s Uttarakhand state, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills. The largest of several sacred ghats (bathing steps), Har Ki Pauri hosts a nightly Ganga Aarti (river-worshipping ceremony) in which tiny flickering lamps are floated off the steps. Worshipers fill the city during major festivals including the annual Kanwar Mela.
If you are looking for a vacation to experience the diverse spiritual essence of India then nothing is better than the visit to the Chardham- Yamnotri, Gangotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath.
Yamunotri is the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna in Hinduism. It is situated at an altitude of 3,293 metres in the Garhwal Himalayas and located approximately 30 kilometers North of Uttarkashi, the headquarters of the Uttarkashi district in the Garhwal Division of Uttarakhand, India.
Gangotri is a town and a Nagar Panchayat in Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is a Hindu pilgrim town on the banks of the river Bhagirathi and origin of River Ganges. It is on the Greater Himalayan Range, at a height of 3,100 metres.
Badrinath is a holy town and a nagar panchayat in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the four sites in India’s Char Dham pilgrimage and gets its name from the temple of Badrinath.
Kedarnath is a town in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and has gained importance because of Kedarnath Temple. It is a nagar panchayat in Rudraprayag district.
One of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand and a popular getaway for couples and families is Nainital. Located by the famous Naini Lake in the valley, surrounded by mountains on all sides where one can enjoy majestic vistas of nature here. Plus, there is plenty to explore with some interesting tourist places in Nanital. Also these are two of the places to visit in Uttarakhand in monsoon!
Chamoli is populary known as the ‘adobe of Gods’. Famous for its shrines, temples and connections with Hindu mythology and stories — Chamoli is also the town that sparked off the famous Chipko movement. The place is frequented by tourists for its villages and rich Garhwali traditions.
Another place you definitely must visit in Uttarakhand is the adventure capital–Rishikesh and pilgrim capital–Haridwar. Haridwar is a place where tourists get enchanted by rustic touch and spiritual energy of the place and its surroundings. Rishikesh is considered to be one of the best exotic places to visit in Uttarakhand.