Must see places in Uttarakhand

When it comes to one most common question “where to go for a holiday”, suddenly we’re black and totally puzzled as to where to go. Holiday is a vital part of human life as everyone needs a place to escape from this busy monotonous life. From time to time we all take a few days off from work or school or college and visit some place new to bring back home numerous memories with friends and family.

Uttarakhand is a popular place in India when it comes to a vacation as its stunning scenery, majestic hills ending at the streaming refreshing lakes, what more can we ask for when we’re already getting more than imaginable. It might be hard for some people to accept this fact that some places still have managed to retain their exquisiteness even in this polluted difficult world. Uttarakhand is one of those places and a great one.

Although comparing between places situated in Uttarakhand would be discrimination but if we had to choose a few, let’s check out what places are a must to travel and come back with a pure refreshed mind and soul.


Nainital is very well-known hill station popularly known as the “lake district of India” which is clearly visible why whenever visited this place. Nainital offers a variety of places to see such as: Naini Lake, Sattal, Naini Peak, Naina Devi Temple, snow view, Tiffin top, Pt. G.B. High altitude Zoo, Gorakhal and much more is waiting. Gorgeous view, greenery to die for, clear view above and refreshing deep water below is what a dreamer dreams for and you can absolutely enjoy it and embrace it here.

There is our very own Jim Corbett National Park- the oldest National Park of India which is 2 hours and 44 minutes away from Nainital is something you must not miss.

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Best way to reach:

By train: nearest railway station at Kathgodam an hour away from Nainital



Rishikesh is a perfect escape root for people looking for novelty and freshness. It is town located in the northern region of Uttarakhand and comes under Dehradun district. Rishikesh is a little place of its own, proving through its existence that some things cannot be describes through words but can be felt only. People visit rishikesh for different reasons like our very well liked river rafting, bungee jumping, climbing, camping, and various holy places and temples to visit. Feeling adventurous or particularly religious? Fulfill the need of trying new things or attain salvation? Or both? Choice is all yours but the place cannot be compared to any other. Some places to visit are; Lakshman Jhula, Rajaji National park, Neelkanth Mahadev mandir, ram jhula, triveni ghat etc.

Best time to visit: February-march and august to October.

Best way to reach:

By train: nearest railway station is about 40 minutes to rishikesh.

Valley of flowers National Park

Simply “magical” is the word for this place. Enchanting beautiful 300 varieties of alpine flowers can magnetize your eyes, soul and mind. Marvelous stream of colors offering a view of a lifetime! This place is situated in Uttarakhand bordered by Nepal and Tibet.

Best time to visit: Mid-July to Mid-August when the flowers are full blossomed by the early monsoons.

Best way to reach:

By air: nearest airport is Dehradun, 293 kms away.

By train: nearest railway station, 276 kms. Away

Char Dham         

Char Dham depicts ancient Hindu Cultures and traditions religiously flowing on these places. Char Dham consists of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. To reach places isn’t easy as Gangotri and Yamunotri are possible through vehicles but Kedarnath and Badrinath need trekking. Kedarnath has the longest trek.

Best time to visit: Char Dham is open for a limited time period , May-June is the best time to visit.

Note: July-September can be a dangerous time to visit as because of monsoon the route become slippery.

Best way to reach:

  • Badrinath and Gangotri can be reached by road from Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kotdwar or Dehradun.
  • Yamunotri- trek starts from Janki Chatti, 225 kms. from Rishikesh.
  • Kedarnath- trek starts from Gaurikund, 207 kms from Rishikesh.
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Last modified: June 3, 2014