Uttarakhand attractions

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. Boatmen will row you …
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Rishikesh

Swarg Niwas & Shri Trayanbakshwar Temple

This 13-storey wedding cake of a temple dominates the east bank of Lakshman Jhula, with dozens of shrines to Hindu deities on each level.
Nature Reserve in Valley of Flowers & Hem Kund Trek

Valley of Flowers National Park

The bugyals (high-altitude meadows) of tall wildflowers in the Valley of Flowers are a glorious sight on a sunny day, rippling in the breeze, and framed by mighty 6000m mountains with glaciers and snow decorating th…
Viewpoint in Chopta

Chandrisilla Peak

Climbing this 4000m summit is one of the most rewarding day hikes in the whole Indian Himalaya. A pre-dawn start from the village of Chopta can pay off with stunning panoramas of the Garhwali and Kumaoni Himalaya, w…
Hindu Temple in 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…
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 glacia…
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–…
Sikh Site in Valley of Flowers & Hem Kund Trek

Hem Kund

One of the most important Sikh pilgrimage sites in the world, Hem Kund, set at 4300m, is a sacred lake surrounded by seven peaks where Sikh Guru Gobind Singh is believed to have meditated in a previous life. It's be…
Village in Badrinath & Mana Village

Mana Village

The last village in this part of India before you hit Tibet, Mana is crammed with narrow stone laneways and traditional houses – some with slate walls and roofs, others wooden with cute balconies.You can wander arou…