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Valley of Flowers National Park
tehsil- joshimath , Ghangaria, Chamoli, Uttarakhand 246443, India
Earlier used as a cattle grazing ground, this was declared as a national park and then later an UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2005. This is in the Josimath Region of the Bhyundar Valley and is known for its outstanding scenic beauty. There is a little bit of everything here which makes this place magical. Starting from fresh air and snow clad mountain to colourful flowers and lush greenery, you get everything here. This place along with the Nanda Devi National Park make up the whole nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve and is a place extremely rich in natural biodiversity. There is an abundance of alpine shrubs and other plants, it is also known that in the epic of Ramayana, Hanumana brought down the Sanjeevani herb to save the life of lakshmana from this same place. It is still believed that the Sanjeevani herb grows here. The Gauri Parbat is the highest peak here and more than 650 varieties of flowers grow here including rare ones such as cobra lily, Brahmakamal as well as blue poppy. Photographers and nature lovers find their ultimate food for the sould in such a place and tourists find immense bliss and peace out here.
Nanda Devi
Nanda Devi, Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Chamoli, Uttarakhand 246443
The Nanda Devi is the highest mountain in Uttarakhand and the second highest in the country. It is also known as the highest mountain peak which is completely in India as the Mt. Kanchenjunga lies on the borders of India and Nepal. The main attraction here is the Nanda Devi National Park, which, along with the Valley of Flowers National Park makes the Nanda Devi Biodiversity Reserve. The scenic beauty of this place is scintillating and the views of the other sides from here are good too.
Deoria Tal Lake
Ukhimath-Chopta Road, Rudra Prayag
Also known as the Devariya or Deoriya, this is a lake at an altitude of over 2000 metres above the sea level. It is about 3 kilometres uphill from the villages of Mastura and Sari. Jeeps are available for a fantastic tour from Ukhimath to the Sari village via the village of Mastura. The surrounding sceneries of lush greenery and the backdrop of the snow covered mountain peaks including the Chaukhamba looks divine from here. You can also trek till this place and arrangements can be made for forest safaris and even overnight camping over here. The temples of Tungnath and Chandrasila, both dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva are visited together with the deoria Taal. There are also a few shops here which sell local and handmade stuffs but these close soon after dusk.
Chandrashila
Chandrashila, Tungnath, Uttarakhand 246401
It is located on the summit of Tungnath at 13000 ft and means when literally translated "Moon Rock", it is said to be the place where Lord Rama meditated after defeating the demon-king Ravana and also the place where the moon god spent his time in penance.
Roopkund Lake
Roop Kund, Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, Uttarakhand 246435
This is a very high altitude glacial lake in the middle of the Trishul Massif in the district of Chamoli in Uttarakhand. This place is mainly known for the large number of human skeletons which are found at the end of the lake. This lake is quite shallow and small too and is a part fo the route from Nanda Jat to Homkund. The lake is also known as the 'Mystery Lake' since the reason behind the death of so many animals and people are not yet clear. It is also strange to know that they had died about 500 years ago and some of these are so well preserved in the cold conditions that you can also see flesh attached when the snow clears a bit. According to local legendary tales it is said that ones the Kind Jasdal of Kanauj went for a tour of the nanda Jat region with his queen who was known as a goddess and also the princes of Garhwal. She was also known as Nanda Devi and she gave birth to a little baby girl over here. After this ecstatic moment, she decided to show her power and sent a hailstorm downhill which is said to have killed all the living beings there and we still find their skeletons at the end of this lake.
Lakshman Jhula
Rishikesh
Considered to be the most popular of all the attractions in Rishikesh, the Laxman Jhula is a suspension bridge built across two banks of the Ganga River. This majestic structure was constructed in the year 1939 and has become a landmark in Rishikesh since then. Strong winds cause this bridge to sway a bit and it even vibrates when vehicles pass over it. The legend behind the bridge is that Laxmana of the Ramayana had crossed over the Ganges using ropes from the very same spot where the Laxman Jhula stands today. The view atop this bridge is stunning and one is bound to pose for a few clicks here.


Best Time to Visit Uttarakhand

Peak Season is from March to June, when summer come to Uttarakhand, making the days sunny and pleasant.

Shoulder Season: October to February is the winter season in Uttarakhand. This is the most beautiful time of the year in the hilly state, that sees frequent snowfalls.

Off-season: This is the time between July to September, when the monsoons visit Uttarakhand. Though the rain makes for a lush landscape, the state is prone to landslides during this period.

 


Budget for Uttarakhand

For Budget Travellers: INR 400 - 1000 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 300 - 700
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 50 - 200
  • Public Transport in buses and autorickshaws: INR 10 - 100
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 50

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1000 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: INR 500 - 1000
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 300 - 700
  • Local transport in local taxis or car rentals: INR 400 - 600
  • Treks and Hiking packages: INR 1000 and upwards

For Luxury Travellers: INR 6000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 800 and upwards
  • Rentals for Bikes: INR 1800 - 2000
  • Local transport in cabs: INR 400 and upwards
  • Guided Tours and Rafting: INR 1000 and upwards
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