Uttarakhand – A Slice of North India


North India with its lofty Himalayas, forests and numerous rivers that flow offers a variety of experiences for the avid traveler. In Uttarakhand, there are many places where one can go, especially those with a sense of adventure or just looking for a relaxed time.

Trekking:

Trekking in the Himalayas is by far the most popular activity for those who love adventure. The splendor of the lofty ranges and the simplicity of life of the people living there have drawn trekkers towards mountains. Whether you are just starting off or are an experienced trekker, Uttarakhand has much to offer. You can choose from treks to the Valley of Flowers and Har Ki Dun, to lakes like Roopkund and Hemkund Sahib and to Milam and Pindari glaciers. Season: June to October.

 

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White River Rafting:

To go down fast swirling rivers like Ganga, Alaknanda and Mandakini, wetting your body with icy cold water while taking in the beauty of the majestic mountains around is something that needs to be experienced. Rishikesh, Shivpuri, Rudrapyayag and Devprayag are amongst the most popular rafting destinations in Uttarakhand.  Season: October to April.

 

 

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Skiing:

Uttarakhand with its lofty snow-capped peak offers ski enthusiasts a variety of skiing experiences. Auli, Mundali, DayaraBugyal and Munsiyari are the popular ski destinations. But the more developing ski slopes can be found at places like Kush, Kedar Kantha, Bedni Buygal and Chiplakot. Season: End December to March.

Mountain biking:

Mountain biking is another popular sport which requires lot of stamina and endurance, Riding bicycles over rough terrain calls for bike handling skills and total focus. Ramnagar, Ranikhet, Nainital, Kosi River Mukteshwar and Mussorie are some excellent biking routes. Season: May to October.

 

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Camping:

Camping is another way of enjoying the peace and serene atmosphere of the hills. The Uttarakhand Himalayas offer a fantastic range of camping experiences where you can unwind from hectic everyday life on the banks of the Ganga near Rishikesh or in the forests of Dhanaulti and Chopta.

 

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Yoga:

Uttarakhand has a deep connection with the ancient practices of yoga and meditation and is home to various schools found in Rishikesh and Haridwar. The serenity of the hills offers an atmosphere to those who are looking for a spiritual experience and experience the curative and preventive powers of Yoga.

 

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Wilderness:

Head to Jim Corbett National Park if you are looking for a tryst with the wild. From exhilarating jungle safaris to fun camping nights to relaxed evenings, this small town is everything you need for a small, weekend break. Do check out the jungle safari in the morning for a rejuvenating experience!

 

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So plan your vacation and take in a slice of North India in Uttarkhand!!