One travels for many reasons and it’s rare that travellers find everything they are looking for in one destination. But, Uttarakhand has been surprising travellers for decades. Known as Devbhumi or the Land of the Gods, Uttarakhand was earlier a part of Uttar Pradesh and was called Uttaranchal. However, owing to its size and varied culture, Uttaranchal was declared as a separate state. A fine example of coexistence between man and nature, Uttarakhand is a haven for nature lovers.
Uttarakhand is home to some of the highest mountains and India’s two most sacred rivers, Yamuna and Ganga. It is also one of the most visited states in India owing to its religious importance. Home to the Char Dhams, pilgrims travel to Uttarakhand to seek blessings at Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. Besides its religious sites, the state is popular for mesmerising hill stations such as Nainital, Bhimtal, Mussoorie and Ranikhet. Booking Uttarakhand tour packages is the easiest and most convenient way to explore the state without missing out on its most popular sites.
Besides popular hill stations, Uttarakhand is home to a few hidden getaways such as Lansdowne, Chopta and Auli, which have recently come into the limelight. A paradise for adventure enthusiasts owing to the extensive adventure activities these towns offer, one can try paragliding, trekking, kayaking, boating and hiking here. You can also book customised Uttarakhand tour packages before you visit Uttarakhand to ensure that you don’t miss out on any fun activities or popular tourist attractions.
All Uttarakhand tour packages include a visit to the popular hill stations of Nainital, Bhimtal, Mussoorie and Rishikesh. Since these hill stations are in proximity to each other, you can cover them in one trip, however, we recommend spending at least two to three days in each city to explore the local sights. Owing to its mesmerising natural beauty, Nainital is arguably among the most popular places to visit in Uttarakhand. Famous for the breathtaking Naini Lake and picturesque spots and vantage points, Nainital is a busy hill station which is ideal for families and couples. With a bustling market to keep shoppers busy, one can take back scented candles, wooden artefacts and woollen gloves and caps. The town is also well-known for the busy Tibetan market which is home to some of the best cafes selling hot, steamed momos – a speciality in Nainital.
It's recommended to combine Nainital, Bhimtal and Naukuchiatal in Uttarakhand tour packages for a complete tour of the region. In fact, Bhimtal and Naukuchiatal are ideal for adventure seekers. Offering paragliding, trekking and kayaking, the two towns have recently become popular for their adventure activities. If this is your first trip here, you can save yourself the planning process and opt for customised Uttarakhand packages which offer trekking, boating and camping in the town's lesser-known spots. Bhimtal is also slowly gaining popularity among nature lovers owing to growing homestays and eco-friendly resorts.
Mussoorie and Dehradun are two popular destinations in Uttarakhand tour packages. While Dehradun is a bustling city, Mussoorie is a stunning retreat for nature lovers and is one of India’s favourite hill stations. Dehradun, on the other hand, is slowly becoming popular for its quirky cafes, family-run bakeries and busy markets. Travellers can combine both these places in their Uttarakhand tour packages to enjoy the best of both worlds – busy, city life and the serenity of the mountains. Among the popular places to visit in Mussoorie, you must include Kempty Falls, Mall Road, Lake Mist and Gun Hill.
Jim Corbett National Park is a huge part of Uttarakhand tour packages. One of the oldest national parks in the country, it sees visitors from across the world and especially from the capital city of Delhi. A sanctuary for tigers and other animals, Corbett is on the must-visit list for all wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Owing to the increasing number of tourists every year, the area around the park has been transformed with gorgeous resorts offering travellers a plethora of accommodation options. If you are looking at luxurious Uttarakhand tour packages, the sprawling resorts at Jim Corbett will suit all your needs perfectly. For travellers who are keen on exploring the park, we recommend booking Uttarakhand tour packages with at least two safari tours.
The twin towns of Haridwar and Rishikesh are integral parts of Uttarakhand holiday packages. Rishikesh, which is situated on the foothills of the Himalayas is as charming as it is welcoming and the first sights and sounds that welcome you are the soft chantings of mantras, the gently flowing river Ganga and the excited chatter of locals and tourists. Rishikesh is a delight for adventure buffs since it’s one of the most popular destinations for river rafting, bungee jumping, river crossing and cliff jumping. Offering challenging rapids, river-rafting on the Ganga river in Rishikesh is an unforgettable experience. Remember to book Uttarakhand tour packages to ensure you try river rafting with authorised operators.
What will surprise travellers about Rishikesh is its modern hotels, sophisticated cafes and numerous yoga retreats designed for foreigners. The steady stream of travellers has given rise to this transformation and has ensured that the city adapts itself to the needs of world travellers. With multi-cuisine cafes and a bustling market, Rishikesh is remarkably different than it was a couple of decades ago.
Uttarakhand is extremely popular as a trekking destination and Rishikesh serves as the base for most of these trekking tours. Among the most notable ones, Valley of Flowers should definitely be a part of Uttarakhand tour packages. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the most dazzling national parks in India. However, one must remember to head here between the months of April and July when the valley is a kaleidoscope of colours.
For travellers who enjoy lesser-known, offbeat destinations – Uttarakhand is a treasure to explore. There are unexplored towns and picturesque villages which are yet to gain popularity and one can book offbeat Uttarakhand tour packages to explore these gems. Among the ones that are a favourite with backpackers, trekkers and nature lovers, Kausani, Binsar, Tungnath and Munsiyari should be a part of all Uttarakhand packages.
Planning a trip to popular destinations is quite tricky. With umpteen things to do, places to visit and numerous accommodation options – travellers might find themselves at a loss. But, where there is a will to explore, there is information available. We have discovered that the most authentic source of information is travellers who have visited the place before. So, before you book Uttarakhand tour packages and decide which places to include in your Uttarakhand tour itinerary, we recommend going through the Uttarakhand travel blogs on Tripoto.
“Hidden amidst the clouds and alpine mufflers, one of such underrated places in the state is Munsiyari town also called as “Himnagri” (Himalayan town ) by localities.” – Sachin Chausali
“Strolling through the astounding green pastures amidst the beautiful landscape always feels like a dream. Or maybe the myriad unheard stories I have stumbled upon luckily or the prevailing humbleness which bowls me. The inquisitiveness to come back to these tranquil mountains keeps me on toe.” –Swati Jain
“We reached Rishikesh and the view was amazing. Ganga is so pure and so beautiful here, I have fallen in love with this place long ago and can never have enough of it.” –Janhavi Mane
Uttarakhand is mostly an all-year-round destination but it’s advised to avoid the state during peak monsoons. There are frequent landslides, roadblocks and adverse weather conditions which can hamper your travel plans. However, if you are travelling on a budget, Uttarakhand tour packages will be most affordable between the months of July and September.
The summer season, on the other hand, is the ideal time to explore the beauty of Uttarakhand. The weather is pleasant and you can enjoy a number of adventure activities including paragliding, boating and kayaking. If you are planning a trip to Uttarakhand during the summer season, we also recommend booking Uttarakhand tour packages well in advance to avoid peak season rush.
Like all mountainous regions, winter is quite severe in the state. With temperatures dropping down to zero degrees Celsius and snowfall in a few areas, Uttarakhand in winters is best suited for adventure buffs. One can go skiing in Auli or enjoy the snow-covered peaks surrounding Mussoorie. To enjoy winter in Uttarakhand, we suggest booking customised Uttarakhand tour packages.
Uttarakhand is not just a solo traveller's paradise, it offers families a world of experiences. Families can sign up for an action-packed vacation with Uttarakhand tour packages offering a number of experiences including wildlife safaris in Jim Corbett, idyllic boat rides in Nainital, the peaceful vibe in Haridwar and shopping on Mussoorie's popular mall road.
If you are travelling to Uttarakhand with your partner, the beautiful state has so many places to explore that one trip may not be enough. Depending on your interests and travel style, you can visit the small town of Bhimtal and enjoy boating and trekking and for an action-packed trip, you can head to Chopta which offers travellers trekking and camping options.
Couples can also book seven-day Uttarakhand tour packages which include a complete tour of Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun, Mussoorie, Dhanaulti and Lansdowne.
The local cuisine in Uttarakhand can be considered one of the most delicious in India. Owing to the great weather in the state, the ingredients used in the cuisine are fresh and locally sourced.
Since the state has a number of religious places, most of the towns serve only vegetarian food, but you can find local non-vegetarian dishes in a few restaurants. The locals here belong primarily to the Garhwali and Kumaoni community and the food is influenced by both cultures. Aloo ke ghutke, kafuli, baadi and chudkaani are some of the most common local dishes that restaurants serve.
Another thing that food lovers will notice is that most dishes are slow-cooked on burning wood. This not only adds flavour to the food but saves the nutritional content which in turn helps protect against harsh weather conditions during winter.
Cities such as Dehradun and Rishikesh also serve world cuisines such as Israeli, Italian and Chinese, in an effort to serve foreign travellers.
Q. Which are the best places to visit in Uttarakhand?
A. The best places to visit in Uttarakhand will depend on your travel style. For action-packed holidays, we suggest booking Uttarakhand tour packages which include a visit to Nainital, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun.
Q. Which are the most famous offbeat tourist attractions in Uttarakhand?
A. Offbeat tourist attractions included in Uttarakhand tour packages are Dodital, Lansdowne, Binsar and Landour. One can book customised Uttarakhand tour packages during summer to get the best out of these places.
Q. When should one book Uttarakhand travel packages?
A. The best time to book Uttarakhand tour packages is between the months of April and June. The weather is pleasant and the whole state is covered in lush greenery. It’s also the best time for adventure enthusiasts to try their hand at rafting, kayaking and trekking.
Q. What are the best things to do in Uttarakhand?
A. If you are looking at a busy vacation, Uttarakhand doesn’t disappoint. With adventure-packed Uttarakhand tour packages, one can enjoy wildlife safaris in Jim Corbett, trekking in Chopta, rafting in Rishikesh and skiing in Auli.
Q. Is there mobile connectivity in the state?
A. Uttarakhand is a developed state with good connectivity and travellers will not face any problems with cell phone coverage. However, in small towns and villages, the connectivity might be restricted. Some places don’t have 3G and you may have to depend on slow internet. There is also no network in the upper regions of the state which is explored typically by adventure enthusiasts.
Q. Which are the best hotels in Uttarakhand?
A. Luxury travellers can book customised Uttarakhand tour packages which give them the opportunity to stay in 5-star hotels and sprawling health and spa resorts. Among the best places to stay in Uttarakhand, Ananda in the Himalayas, Soulitude in the Himalayas in Nainital, Aloha on the Ganges, Sterling Mussoorie, the Naini Retreat, the Savoy and Namah stand out for their service, ambience and location.
Q. Which places should one include in their Uttarakhand tour itinerary?
A. Your Uttarakhand tour itinerary will depend on your travel style, budget and the kind of Uttarakhand tour packages you choose. However, among the most popular places which are included in Uttarakhand tour packages, Nainital, Bhimtal, Sattal, Mukteshwar, Kausani and Almora should definitely be a part of your Uttarakhand tour itinerary. Offering the perfect balance between bustling towns and unexplored places, they are counted among some of the most beautiful places in India.
Q. What should I pack for my Uttarakhand trip?
A. If you have booked Uttarakhand tour packages for summer, you don’t need to pack too many warm clothes. However, since the weather is slightly unpredictable, we recommend packing two to three jackets, sunscreen, an umbrella, sneakers and a torch. If you are planning to go trekking during your trip, we also recommend including a few emergency snacks. To avoid littering, you can also carry a spare bag to put in all your waste material.
Q. Which are the best trekking spots in Uttarakhand?
A. Uttarakhand has some of the best trekking trails in India which you can include in Uttarakhand tour packages. According to your interests and skills, you can choose between easy and difficult trekking routes before booking Uttarakhand tour packages. Some of the most popular trekking trails are Deoriatal & Chandrashila Trek, Rupin Pass, Dodital trek and Valley of Flowers trek.