Uttaranchal is bestowed with great many tourist attractions. The state is dominated with the presence of mighty peaks and hills of the Himalayas. The state is primarily divided into two zones - Garhwal and Kumaon. There are thirteen districts in all; seven in the Garhwal zone and six in the Kumaon zone. The two zones see a multitude of sky reaching peaks that form parts of the Greater Himalayas. These mountains are also the source of the great rivers of India - the Ganga and the Yamuna. Some of the high peaks in the region include Bandarpunch (6,316 m), Yogeshwar (6,678 m), Sri Kailash (6,932 m), Kedarnath (6,490 m), Bhirigupanth (6,772 m), Chaukhamba (7,068 m), Kamet (7,756 m), Mana Peak (7,272 m), Abl Gamin (7,355 m), Mukut (7,242 m). These snow clad peaks give rise to a number of lakes that flow down and join the tributaries. The slopes at certain places are also ideal for winter sports. One such destination is Auli.
It is one big name in the north Indian tourism industry. The state is blessed with towering peaks, lakes and streams, rolling forests, pilgrimage centers and all of it welcomes a great party. As an adventure sports destination and a major pilgrimage centre of Hindus, Uttaranchal generates good revenue from tourism enterprises. The pleasant climate also makes it a popular vacation spending resort and an escape from the scorching north Indian sun.
Uttarakhand - Pilgrimage
Uttaranchal India is one of the major pilgrimage centers and much revered place for the Hindus. Both Garhwal and Kumaon zone feature a number of important sites. However, the four sites at Garhwal - Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath, are primary places of visit; two other being Hemkund Sahib and Joshimath. In Kumaon zone the sacred places include Baijhnath, Bageshwar, Jageshwar, Punyagiri and Ritha Sahib.
Uttarakhand - Adventure
The low lying southern tracts of the Himalayas and the towering northern peaks puts Uttaranchal on the adventure destinations map in the Indian sub continent. As if this were not enough, the rushing waters and gentle slopes open a hundred doors for various outdoor sports activities. White water rafting, Skiing, Paragliding and trekking are some of the popular events conducted in the state. There are multiple destinations, each with a scope and thrill of its own.
Uttarakhand - Wildlife
The lower Himalayan tracts in Uttaranchal see lush vegetation and forest growth. The foothills of Uttaranchal support great many species of wild animals. The dense out growing forests provide a perfect cover for the wild species, most importantly to the tigers. The lush vegetation also supports a number of game species for the tiger. The swamps and water holes further make up the habitat for a number of amphibious species. Corbett National Park, one of the famous wildlife reserves also fall in the region. Other important wildlife sanctuaries are Valley of Flowers, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Rajaji National Park and Nanda Devi National Park.
Uttarakhand - Resorts
From the foothills of the Great Indian Himalayas to its luxurious expanse of forests, Uttaranchal boasts of large number of resorts including eco-lodges. Equipped with almost all modern amenities, the resorts of Uttaranchal provide you a pleasant stay along with warm hospitality. Some of the popular resorts of Uttarakhand include Corbett Hideaway, Corbett Riverside Resort, Infinity Resorts, The Wild Safari Lodge Corbett and Tiger Camp.
Yoga and Meditation at Uttarakhand
The unique geographical features of Uttaranchal contribute to the good will of the state in more than one way. The natural ambience, isolation and UN interrupted solitude pours new life and lifts up the spirits. For centuries now, ordinary people as well the scholars have taken advantage and made incredible personal benefits. Rishikesh, one such place has developed into a popular yoga and meditation centre. The Himalayas are believed to effect in more ways than can be explained.
Uttarakhand Tourism Development Corporation
Leisure, adventure, and religious tourism play a prominent role in Uttarakhand's economy, with the Corbett National Park and Tiger Reserve and the nearby hill-stations of Nainital, Mussoorie, Almora, Kausani, Bhimtal and Ranikhet being amongst the most frequented destinations of India. The state also contains numerous peaks of interest to mountaineers, although Nanda Devi, the highest and best-known of these, has been off-limits since 1982. Other national wonders include the Valley of Flowers, which along with Nanda Devi National Park; form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.