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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 Indian in Dehra Dun

Chetan Puriwallah

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

Devraj Coffee Corner

Perched above the bridge and looking across the river to Shri Trayanbakshwar temple, this German bakery is a sublime spot for a break at any time of the day. The coffee is the best in town and the menu ranges from s…
Top Choice Fast 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, se…
Top Choice Market in Dehra Dun

Paltan Bazaar

The congested but relatively traffic-free area through Paltan Bazaar, running south from the clock tower, is a popular spot for an evening stroll. Here you can pick up everything from cheap clothing and souvenirs to…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Rishikesh

Little Buddha Cafe

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