Uttarakhand attractions

Top Choice Hindu 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 can…
Top Choice National 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 gl…
Top Choice Historic 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 Fo…
Top Choice Ghat in Haridwar

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 ceremony). …
Top Choice Lake in Nainital

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 you …
Top Choice Buddhist 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 spiritua…
Top Choice National 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 (1875–…
Top Choice Hindu 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 temples.…
Top Choice Hindu 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 and…
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 Himal…