Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Kedarnath

Kedarnath

Kedarnath is in the most dramatic location of the char dham temples, located at the base of 6970m peaks and 22km from the nearest road. The puja offered inside, especially around the stone 'hump', is fervent and...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Valley of Flowers & Hem Kund Trek

Valley of Flowers National Park

The bugyals (high-altitude meadows) of tall wildflowers in the Unesco World Heritage–listed Valley of Flowers are a glorious sight on a sunny day, rippling in the breeze, and framed by mighty 6000m mountains with...

Top ChoiceHistoric Building in Rishikesh

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram

Just south of Swarg Ashram is what’s left of the original Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram, where the Beatles stayed and wrote much of the White Album (and a few tracks from Abbey Road). After decades of neglect, the...

Top ChoiceGhat in Haridwar

Har-ki-Pairi Ghat

Har-ki-Pairi Ghat

Har-ki-Pairi (The Footstep of God) is where Vishnu is said to have dropped some divine nectar and left behind a footprint. Every evening, hundreds of worshippers gather for the ganga aarti (river worship...

Top ChoiceLake in Nainital

Naini Lake

Naini Lake

This pretty lake is Nainital’s centrepiece and is said to be one of the emerald-green eyes of Shiva’s wife, Sati (naina is Sanskrit for eye) that fell to earth after her act of self-immolation. Boaters will row...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Site in Mussoorie

Happy Valley

Only 3km northwest of town, this scenic outlying region of Mussoorie is famous as the site where the Dalai Lama and fellow exiles arrived in 1959, after escaping from Tibet following Chinese occupation. The...

Top ChoiceIndian in Dehra Dun

Chetan Poori Wala

If you're looking for that authentic (and delicious) local dining experience, you've found it. Unlimited thalis are served on plates made of dried leaves in this bustling no-frills joint, and you just pay for the...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Corbett Tiger Reserve

Corbett Tiger Reserve

This famous reserve was established in 1936 as India’s first national park. Originally called Hailey National Park, then Ramganga National Park, it was renamed in 1957 after legendary tiger-hunter Jim Corbett...

Top ChoiceLassi in Haridwar

Prakash Lok

Don’t miss a creamy lassi at this Haridwar institution, famed for its ice-cold, best-you’ll-ever-have lassis served in tin cups (₹50). Just about anyone in the Bara Bazaar can point you to it.

Top ChoiceFast Food in Mussoorie

Lovely Omelette Centre

Mussoorie’s most famous eatery is also its smallest – a cubbyhole along The Mall that serves what many say are the best omelettes in India. The speciality is the cheese omelette, with chillies, onions and spices,...

Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Badrinath & Mana Village

Badrinath Temple

Badrinath Temple, in a superb setting below the sacred, snow-topped pyramid-shaped peak of Nilkantha, is holy to Lord Vishnu. Vividly painted, this is the most easily accessible and popular of the char dham...

Top ChoiceMulticuisine in Rishikesh

Little Buddha Cafe

This happening tree-house-style restaurant has an ultraloungey top floor, tables overlooking the Ganges and really good international food. Pizzas are big and the mixed vegetable platter is a serious feast. It’s...

Top ChoiceMarket in Dehra Dun

Paltan Bazaar

The swarming, congested (but relatively traffic-free area) streets of Paltan Bazaar, running south from the clock tower, is a popular spot for an evening stroll. Here you can pick up everything from cheap...

Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Jageshwar

Jageshwar Temple

Surrounded by peaceful deodar forest is this cluster of 124 picturesque temples and shrines dating to the 7th century AD. They vary from linga shrines to large sikhara (Hindu temples) dedicated to different gods...

Viewpoint in Tungnath & Chandrisilla Trek

Chandrisilla Peak

Climbing this 4000m summit is one of the most rewarding day hikes in the whole Indian Himalaya. An early-morning start from the village of Chopta can pay off with stunning panoramas of the Garhwali and Kumaoni...

Religious in Haridwar

Kumbh Mela

The largest religious gathering on earth, drawing millions of worshippers, the Kumbh Mela is an auspicious time to wash away sins in a sacred river. It's celebrated in Haridwar every 12 years, and is next...

National Park in Uttarakhand

Govind Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park

This sublime sanctuary protects 958 sq km of pristine forests, alpine meadows and snowy peaks, including the wonderfully remote Har-ki Dun (3510m) – a high valley that's a botanical paradise, criss-crossed by...

Yoga in Rishikesh

International Yoga Festival

In the first week of March, swamis and yoga masters from around the world flock to Rishikesh for lectures and training. Most of the action is centred on the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Swarg Ashram. Check the...

Cultural Centre in Mussoorie

Mussoorie Heritage Centre

Sitting beneath Landour's clock tower is this impressive heritage centre that's set up by dedicated local historian, Surbhi Agarwal. She'll take you through the displays of collectibles and artefacts from...

Bar in Mussoorie

Imperial Square

With huge windows overlooking Gandhi Chowk, Imperial Square is easily Mussoorie's most scenic spot for a drink. The beer is pricey (₹340) but it's ice cold, and there's a whole menu of meat and vegetarian kebabs...