Things to do in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand offers some of the best opportunities for adventure sports like skiing, river rafting, mountaineering, trekking, paragliding and so on. Every year tourists throng this beautiful hill state in huge numbers for the simple reason that it is in Uttarakhand, they find their dream of an ideal holiday being fulfilled. Exotic locales of Uttarakhand like Auli, Dayara Bugyal, Mundali and Munsiyari offer some of the best skiing slopes in the world where every year skiing tournaments and training courses are organized. On the other hand famous glaciers like Pindari, Bunder Puunch, Muilam and Gangotri and numerous high altitude peaks like Nandadevi, Trishul et al. attract trekkers and mountaineers from al over the globe to try scaling these challenging heights of snow capped Himalayas.
Another major sport that pulls tourists and adventure seeks in large numbers to this state is river rafting. This is a thrilling water sport practiced at places where the river waters gush down the sloping hills at very high speeds. Uttarakhand, with majority of its lands falling under hilly terrain, and various mountain rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Alaknanda, Mandakhini etc. running down its slopes, is a great place to learn, practice and master this thrilling sport. Rishikesh, Rudrapyayag, Devprayag etc. are amongst the most popular rafting destinations in Uttarakhand.
Paragliding, a popular aerosport is also an option that Uttarakhand’s lofty Himalayas have to offer. Paragliders from world over, visit this hill state every year to taste the experience of souring great Himalayan heights over snow covered deep cut valleys. Famous sites for paragliding include Dhanaulti ridge, Pithoragargh, Naukuchiatal, Bedni Bugyal, Mussourie and so on. Apart from adventure sports, Uttarakhand is also famous as the home of Yoga, the ancient Indian science that promises wellbeing and cure for all diseases. There are numerous schools and institutions in Uttarakhand, conducting regular courses in Yoga. Rishikesh, situated on the banks of holy river Ganga, is considered as the Yoga capital of the world.
Activities ranging from adventure sports to Yoga apart from pilgrimage truly make Uttarakhand a complete holiday package which is sure to entice you into visiting it again.
The word ‘Bugyal’, in local dialect, means ‘high altitude meadows’ or ‘nature’s own gardens’. Dayara Bugyal is a picturesque meadow, situated at an elevation of about 3, 048 meters above the sea level, located amidst snow capped Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarkashi district within the hill state of Uttarakhand in India.
Dodital, amid snow capped majestic Himalayas, is located in Garhwal region of Uttarkashi district with the hill state of Uttarakhand in India. Surrounded by mountain vegetation of thick oak, deodar and rhododendron forests, Dodital is an beautiful place that is sure to captivate anyone with its mystic charm.
Paragliding is a type of aerosport which is amongst the most popular adventure sports in the world. This thrilling aerosport allows you to soar high in the air. Paragliding has its origins in 1940s though its popularity shot only during 1980s.
Snow skiing is a popular sport that requires snow covered slopes, skis and a longing for thrill. Skiing is generally considered a winter sport, snow being a prerequisite. Skiing, today a major sport has its origin in the prehistoric times when it provided a convenient mode of transportation for people living in lands covered with snow.
In Sanskrit, the word ‘Yoga’ means union. Thus Yoga implies the union of mind, body and spirit. The science of practicing Yoga originated during ancient times in India. Yoga since, has been in practice all over India. The spread of this ancient Indian science can greatly be attributed to numerous Sadhus (Hindu Saints) who regularly practiced and propagated it.
Uttarakhand is a beautiful hill state of northern India. The mighty Himalayas flank Uttarakhand at its north while the densely wooded region of Tarai makes the southern part of the state.
Uttarakhand, flanked by magnificent Himalayas at its north and densely forested region of Tarai in the south, is a beautiful state in northern India. Since major part of Uttarakhand come under hilly terrain, it offers excellent opportunities for trekking and mountaineering.