15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand

When one speaks about a family vacation, outings the first few things that strike one’s mind are green trees, blue skies, chilly weather, great food and a place where you can forget all your woes and calm down.

Lying at the foothills of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand, ‘Dev Bhoomi’ is famous for its scenic beauty and pilgrim centers snuggled in the lap of Himalayas is a bounty of interesting holiday destinations in India.

Ancient holy places, mountains, forests and valleys, and an abundance of trekking options are some of the attractions that make Uttarakhand is the perfect destination. Take a look at the best best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand

1. Dehradun

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand - Dehradun

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Hill station, landscape, views.
  • Major Attractions: Sahastradhara and Tapkeshwar temple.
  • Nearby Places: Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Haridwar.
  • Ideal duration: 2 to 3 days

About Dehradun

Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand has a picturesque location which is located on a varying height of approximately 410m, with a beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges and river Ganga flowing on either side of the city. It is well connected with other destinations and thus is a halting point for a short yet sweet getaway.

Things to do

Shop for pretty woollens, handicrafts, handlooms, juices, jams, jellies and clothes in the local market. Don’t forget to try out the delicious Garhwali food at the local restaurants.

Best time to visit

All around the year.

Places to Visit

  • Take a dip at Sahastradhara to eliminate any skin disease
  • Shopping at the Paltan Bazaar
  • Tiger Falls
  • Visit 6-sided Ghanta Ghar
  • Get the feel of Buddhism at Mindrolling Monastery
  • Robber’s Cave
  • Tapkeshwar Temple
  • Tapovan
  • Spend time with family at Lacchiwalla
  • Malsi Deer Park

How to Reach

  • Air

 The nearest airport is in Dehradun, uttarakhand – Jolly Grant Airport.

  • Rail

Dehradun railway station (DDN) is the nearest junction located at a short distance from the main city. Regular trains from all parts of India have a stoppage here.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses from all parts of the state, nearby cities and even from Delhi (Kashmera Gate). It takes around 5 hours to reach Dehradun from Delhi via road.

Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 0135
Languages Spoken: kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals: 
Kumaoni Holi, Jhanda Fair, Tapkeshwar Mela
Notes/Tips:None

2. Nainital

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand - Nainital

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Hill station, Views, Lakes, Serenity.
  • Major Attractions: Naini lake, Naina peak.
  • Nearby Places: Haldwani, Almora.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1-2 days.

About Nainital

The City of Lakes, Nainital in Uttarakhand is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. The city gets its name from Naini Lake, an awe-inspiring lake at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas present an exotic view and an action-filled strip called The Mall, lined with restaurants, shops, hotels, and markets. Nainital is a natural majesty. Snow covered mountains in backdrop, scenic beauty, lovely lakes and lush flora, grabs your attention instantly. It’s one of best hill stations to visit in India.

Things to do

Shop for woollens, handicrafts, jewellery and soveniour in the shops on Mall Road. If you love adventure, then there are options for trekking.

Best time to visit

Between March to June.

Places to Visit

  • Naini Lake
  • Naina Peak
  • Tiffin Top
  • St. John in the Wilderness.
  • Pt. G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo.
  • Gurney House
  • Snow View
  • Land’s End
  • Kilbury Bird Sanctuary.
  • Eco Cave Gardens.

How to Reach

  • Air

The nearest airport to Nainital is situated at a distance of 70 km. The Pantnagar Airport, uttarakhand is a two hour drive away. Direct flights to Pantnagar are available only from New Delhi. Another major airport serving Nainital is the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) situated at New Delhi.

  • Rail

Kathgodam railway station (KGM) is the nearest railway station about 53 min (23.7 km) away from Nainital. A pre paid cab can be availed from here to the city.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses from all parts of Uttrakhand and nearby cities. NH9 connects it to Delhi almost 7 hours away.

Internet Availability:Average
STD Code:05942
Languages Spoken:Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Nandadevi Fair, Hariyali Devi, Holi Mahotsav
Notes/Tips:None

3. Mussoorie

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand - Mussoorie

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Hill station, Views, Serenity.
  • Major Attractions: Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, Happy Valley.
  • Nearby Places: Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1-2 days.

About Mussoorie

Mussoorie is the hotspot for people travelling to Uttarakhand and considered as to be best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand -. It is touted to be the ‘Queen of Hills’ and attracts many tourists every year to visit here. One of the main reasons for this is because it has a lot of facilities developed especially for tourists. The exotic views of Shiwalik ranges and Doon Valley are visual treat to the eyes. A perfect confluence of natural splendor, stunning waterfalls and impressive colonial architecture, this hill station will never fail to amuse you.

Things to do

Walk through the winding lanes of the tiny town and explore its beauty.

Best time to visit

April to June are the best months to come here. If you want to see snowfall, plan a trip during the winter months.

Places to Visit

  • Kempty Falls
  • Lal Tibba
  • Happy Valley
  • Camel’s Back Road
  • Gun Hill
  • Mussoorie Lake
  • Christ Church
  • Sir George Everest’s House
  • Jwalaji Temple
  • The Mall (Mall Road)

How to Reach

  • Air

Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport, which is about 58 km from Mussoorie. It is well connected by flight with Delhi.

  • Rail

Dehradun railway station (DDN) is the nearest junction located at a distance of about 34 km (1 hr 17 min). Take a cab from here to the city.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses from all parts of Uttrakhand and nearby cities. It takes around 5 hours to reach Dehradun from Delhi via road.

Internet Availability:Average
STD Code:013563
Languages Spoken:kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Uttarani, Basant Panchami, Phooldeli, Hariyala, Gheeya Sankranti Surkhanda Devi Mela
Notes/tipsNone

4. Rishikesh

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Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Spirituality, Adventure sports, Temples, Ghats.
  • Major Attractions: Shivpuri, Triveni Ghat, Neelkanth Mahadev.
  • Nearby Places: Haridwar, Dehradun, Mussoorie.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 2 days.

About Rishikesh

Another place you definitely must visit in Uttarakhand is Rishikesh. Rishikesh is considered to be one of the best exotic places to visit in Uttarakhand. Some of the thrilling things to do in Rishikesh include river rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking and many more. Known as the birthplace of yoga, people flock there to meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects of Hinduism in the various ashrams and yoga institutes. Triveni Ghat, Neel Kanth Mahadev Temple, Swarganiwas Temple and Bharat Mandir are the important pilgrimage sites in Rishikesh.

Things to do

A thrilling white water rafting in Rishikesh is an experience of a lifetime and is one of best things to do in Uttarakhand. Looking for a diving experience, take a dip in the holy Ganga and feel spiritually cleansed with the divine experience.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit is from August to October.

Places to Visit

  • Laxman Jhula
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
  • The Beatles Ashram
  • Swarg Ashram
  • Parmarth Niketan
  • Rajaji National Park
  • Kaudiyala
  • Shivpuri
  • Jumpin Heights
  • Shivpuri
  • Triveni Ghat for Ganga Aarti

How to Reach

  • Air

Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport, which is about 16 km from Haridwar. It is well connected by flight with Delhi.

  • Rail

Rishikesh railway station (RKSH) is the nearest junction located at a short distance from the main city. The connectivity here is not that good and the best option would be to take a train to Haridwar Junction railway station (HW) which has good connectivity from every city in Northern India. A taxi can be availed from here to Rishikesh 43 min (19 km) away.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses to here from all parts of the state. Buses run from Delhi, Haridwar and Dehradun on a daily basis. NH34 is the major national highway passing from here.

Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 0135
Languages Spoken: Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Basant Panchmi, Ganga Dushehra, International Yoga Festival
Notes/Tips: None

5. Haridwar

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand - Rishikesh

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Spirituality, Temples, Ghats.
  • Major Attraction: Har Ki Pauri.
  • Nearby Places: Rishikesh, Dehradun, Mussoorie.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 2 days.

About Haridwar

Wash away all your sins by taking a holy dip in the sacred Ganges River, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities for Hindus. A place where tourists get enchanted by rustic touch and spiritual energy of the place and its surroundings. It is the place where river Ganga descends to the plains. Haridwar is situated at an altitude of 314 m. It serves as a gateway to the Char Dham destinations of Uttarakhand which are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

Things to do

Take part in the Ganga aarti in Haridwar, a holy dip in the river Ganga, go for a boat ride, eat the delicious local food to get a real feel of the place.

Best time to visit

The best time is between the cooler months of August to October

Places to Visit

  • Har Ki Pauri
  • Chandi Devi Temple
  • Maya Devi Temple
  • Mansa Devi Temple
  • Daksha Mahadev Temple
  • Vishnu Ghat
  • Shanti Gunj
  • Pavan Dham
  • Vaishno Devi Temple
  • Bharat Mata Mandir

How to Reach

  • Air

Jolly Grant airport is the nearest one to Haridwar, lying about 1 hr 4 min (37.9 km) away from the city. Major flights like Indigo, Jet Airways, Air India etc have regular flights here from all major cities. Take pre paid taxis from here to the city.

  • Rail

Haridwar Junction railway station (HW) is the nearest railway station which has good connectivity from every city in Northern India. A taxi can be availed from here to any part of the city.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses to here from all parts of the state. Being a pilgrimage town, buses run from Delhi, Dehradun and other nearby cities on a daily basis. NH34 and NH7 are the major national highways passing from here.

Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 01334
Languages Spoken: Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Kumbh mela festival, Knawar yatra, Ganga Dushehra
Notes/Tips: None

6. Kedarnath

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand - Kedarnath

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Hinduism, Char Dham.
  • Major Attraction: Kedarnath temple.
  • Nearby Place: Badrinath.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 2 days.

About Kedarnath

Kedarnath is the highest and utmost among all Jyotirlingas. Kedarnath is a holy Hindu town located in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand in India and has gained importance because of Kedarnath Temple. It is the most remote of the four Char Dham sites and is flanked by breathtaking snow-clad peaks. If you are visiting the Kedarnath temple, then you must visit the Bhairavnath Temple, located at a distance of 500 meters from there. It offers a magnificent view of the Himalayan ranges with mesmerizing beauty. On the way to Kedarnath, you will spot several striking sights, including the Vasuki Tal Mountain Lake and Gauri Kund.

Things to do

Spiritual pilgrimage, visit the temples, and enjoy the hilly areas.

Best time to visit

Kedarnath is open only for six month every year between May and October. It is closed from November to April due to harsh winter weather conditions.

Places to Visit

  • Kedarnath Temple
  • Chorabari Tal
  • Vasuki Tal
  • Gauri Kund
  • Triyuginarayan Temple.

How to Reach

  • Air

Jolly Grant airport is the nearest one to Kedarnath, lying about 250 km (7 hr 40 min) away from the city. Pre paid taxis can be availed from here to Gaurikund (the nearest town to Kedarnath accessible from road).

  • Rail

Haridwar Junction railway station (HW) is the nearest railway station which has good connectivity from every city in Northern India. A taxi can be availed from here to Gaurikund (the nearest town to Kedarnath accessible from road).

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses to here from all parts of the state. Regular buses run from Haridwar, Delhi and Dehradun to Gaurikund and NH 107 and NH7 are the highways passing through the same.

Internet Availability: Internet Not Available
STD Code: No Phones
Languages Spoken: Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals:Badri – Kedar Festival (June)
Notes/Tips:
Kedarnath is open only for six month every year between May and October. It is closed from November to April due to harsh winter weather conditions.

7. Badrinath

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand - Badrinath

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Hinduism, Char Dham.
  • Major Attractions: Badrinath temple and Hot springs.
  • Nearby Place: Kedarnath.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 2 days.

About Badrinath

Amongst the four holy “Dhams” of Hindus, Badrinath is famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Situated along the banks of the Alakananda River in Uttarakhand, Badrinath has a very peaceful and idyllic vibe throughout the city. From great tasting vegetarian food to long trails covered with snow, Badrinath is a place you must definitely visit for an experience of a lifetime. 

Located at an elevation of almost 10,170 feet above sea level, the breathtaking city of Badrinath lies between the Nar and Narayan mountain range in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This popular pilgrim destination attracts thousands of tourists every year. The spiritual significance and purity of Badrinath Temple appeal scores of devotees.

Things to do

Spiritual pilgrimage, visit the temples, and enjoy the hilly areas.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Badrinath is from May to June and again from September to October. 

Places to Visit

  • Badrinath Temple
  • Hot Springs
  • Neelkanth Peak
  • Charanpaduka
  • Valley of Flowers

How to Reach

  • Air

The nearest airport to Badrinath is the Jolly Grant airport of Dehradun, which is 300 km away. 

  • Rail

Haridwar Junction railway station (HW) is the nearest railway station which has good connectivity from every city in Northern India. A taxi can be availed from here to Badrinath 9 hr 14 min (316.3 km).

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses to here from all parts of the state. Regular buses run from Haridwar, Rishikesh, Delhi and Dehradun to Badrinath with NH 534 and NH7 are the highways passing through the same.

Internet Availability: poor
STD Code:01381
Languages Spoken:Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals:Kedar-Badri Utsav (Jun),
Janmashtami (Aug/Sep),
Mata Murti Ka Mela (Sep)
Notes/Tips:Badrinath is open only for six month every year between May and October. It is closed from November to April due to harsh winter weather conditions.

8. Almora

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand - Almora

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Kumaon Regiment, Temples, Himalayas, Hippie trail.
  • Major Attractions: Kasar Devi Temple, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Nearby Place: Nainital.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1-2 days.

About Almora

If you want a perfect refuge from your hectic busy life, head towards Almora. A magnificently beautiful offbeat place in Uttarakhand especially in summer to escape the heat. Situated in the Kumaon region of the Himalayas, Almora takes pride in its natural beauty. Also known as the Town of Temples, a famous Hindu Temple is situated in the heart of the town, called Nanda Devi. Almora is famous for its alluring beauty, panoramic view of the Himalayas and rich cultural heritage.

Things to do

 Shop for handicraft products, enjoy the natural setting, go for trekking

Best time to visit

Anytime throughout the years except monsoons

Places to Visit

  • Kasar Devi Temple
  • Katarmal Sun Temple
  • Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum
  • Martola
  • Kalimut
  • Zero Point
  • Chitai Golu Devta Temple
  • Gobind Vallabh Pant Museum
  • Bright End Corner

How to Reach

  • Air

Pantnagar Airport, Dehradun(uttarakhand) is the nearest airport, which is about 119 km from Almora.

  • Rail

Kathgodam railway station (KGM) is the nearest railway station about 2 hr 57 min (89.4 km) away from Almora. A pre paid cab can be availed from here to the city.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses from all parts of Uttrakhand and nearby cities. NH 109 passes through here.

Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 05962
Languages Spoken:Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals:Nanda Devi Fair (Sep)
Notes/Tips:None

9. Kausani

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand - Kausani

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Nature trails, sunset views, serenity.
  • Major Attractions: Rudradhari Falls, Anasakti Ashram, Tea Estates.
  • Nearby Places: Almora, Nainital, Haldwani.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.

About Kausani

Kausani is one of those best places to visit Uttarakhand in summer because of the panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks of Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. Kausani is a paradise on earth for nature lovers. The melodious chirping of the birds wakes you up in the morning and the day long view of the grasslands, mountains and valleys keeps you enthralled and is one of the best places to

Things to do

Trekking (popular trek routes from Kausani are Base Kausani trek, Adi Kailash trek and Bageshwar- Sunderdhunda trek), watching the sunset and enjoying the beauty of nature.

Best time to visit

April to June and September to December

Places to Visit

  • Rudradhari Falls and Caves
  • Lakshmi Ashram
  • Anasakti Ashram
  • Sumitranandan Pant Gallery
  • Baijnath Temple
  • Kausani Tea Estate

How to Reach

  • Air

Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport (162kms away). You can easily find taxis from outside the airport.

  • Rail

Kathgodam railway station (KGM) is the nearest railway station about 4 hr 23 min (141.3 km) away from Kausani. A pre paid cab can be availed from here to the city.

  • Road

The best way to reach here is by hiring a cab or taking a bus that plies regularly from New Delhi. NH 7 and NH9 are the national highways passing from here.

Internet Availability: Internet Not Available
STD Code: No Phones
Languages Spoken:Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals:Badri – Kedar Festival (June)
Notes/Tips:None

10. Pithoragarh

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand - Pithoragarh

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Kumaon culture, Nature, Views.
  • Major Attractions: Gangolihat, Dhwaj Temple.
  • Nearby Places: Almora, Patal Bhuvneshwar.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.

About Pithoragarh

Another Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand is Pithoragarh. It has the quaint atmosphere which you can like for it’s peace and tranquility. There are quite a few places that you can interest you in Pithoragarh. It is amongst the few offbeat places to visit in Uttarakhand. If you are interested in mountaineering in Uttarakhand then surely head to this beautiful place.

Things to do

Visit Monastery, local temples, try out the local eateries.

Best time to visit

 Anytime during the year is good except monsoons.

Places to Visit

  • Chandak
  • Askot Sanctuary
  • Ralam Glacier
  • Jhulaghat
  • Pithoragarh Fort
  • Thal Kedar
  • Gangolihat
  • Dhwaj Temple

How to Reach

  • Air

Pantnagar Airport, the nearest airport about 2 hours away has daily flights from IGI, Delhi via Air India Regional. But these flights are cancelled on a regular basis due to bad weather. The next nearest airport is Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi about 11 hr 34 min (469.3 km) via by road and is connected to all major cities.

  • Rail

Tanakpur railway station (TPU) is the nearest railway station about 4 hr 23 min (147.3 km) away from Pithoragarh. A pre paid cab can be availed from here to the city.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses from all parts of Uttrakhand and nearby cities. NH9 passes through here.

Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 05964
Languages Spoken: Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Hilljatra
Notes/Tips:None

11. Ranikhet

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand - Ranikhet

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Hill station, Nature, Himalayan Ranges.
  • Major Attractions: Jhula Devi Temple, Upat and Kalika.
  • Nearby Places: Almora, Nainital.
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1 day.

About Ranikhet

Ranikhet is one of the most popular attractions in Uttarakhand that is blessed with some of the best scenic vistas and natural beauty. This quaint hill station offers a breathtaking view of the mighty Himalayas and has an incredibly peaceful environment. It is home to some of the most beautiful gardens interspersed with apple orchards, apricots, and pine trees. It also has dense forests and cascading waterfalls that allure the visitors with their neverending beauty.

Things to do

Ranikhet has several tiny local off-road trekking routes offering scenic vistas. A trek here can be very refreshing and enjoyable. You can try fishing, paragliding, and trekking for the perfect adrenaline rush. You can also play golf over here at the Upat Golf course, which offers all the facilities for a memorable golfing experience. Camping is also the favourite activity of the tourists over here who wish to spend some time in the open sky gazing at the wilderness of nature.

Best time to visit

Early winters, starting from September until November is the best time to visit Ranikhet.

Places to Visit

  • Jhula Devi Temple
  • Chaubatia Orchard
  • Upat and Kalika
  • Mankameshwar Temple
  • Haidakhan Babaji Temple
  • Shitlakhet
  • Dwarahat Temples

How to Reach

  • Air

Pantnagar Airport, the nearest airport about 3 hr 13 min (109.0 km) has flights from Delhi via Air India Regional. But flights are cancelled on a regular basis due to bad weather. The next nearest airport is either Indira Gandhi Airport, Delhi or Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun(uttarakhand) as they both are almost eight hours away by road and are connected to all major cities.

  • Rail

Kathgodam railway station (KGM) is the nearest railway station about 2 h 37 min (82.4 km) away from Ranikhet. A pre paid cab can be availed from here to the city.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses to here from all parts of the state and its nearby cities. NH 109, NH 734 and NH 309 are the national highways passing from here.

Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 05966
Languages Spoken: Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Harela, Basant Panchami
Notes/Tips:None

12. Auli

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand - Auli

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Mountain lovers, friends, couples and ski enthusiasts.
  • Major Attractions: Hot Spring Point, Narsimha Mandir,Badrinath 
  • Nearby Places: Badrinath, Joshimath
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1-2 Days

About Auli

Auli can be titled as the ‘skiing capital of India’. Beguiling snowfall lovers and adventure enthusiasts equally, it is the best place to learn skiing.  This white wonderland is ideal destination for a romantic honeymoon that lasts forever. It can also be visited for the never ending fun and frolic with the family. Bounded by tall oak and coniferous forests, this Bugyal draws a scenic picture of the nearby mountain ranges.

Things to do

Auli is the skiing and snowboarding hub of India. You can try your hand at skiing here. There are different courses to learn the sport. Try your lick at mountaineering here and you will have an unforgettable experience.

Best time to visit

You can visit Auli anytime of the year. However, winters can be extremely cold and you will need to bundle up.

Places to Visit

  • Ride Asia’s longest cable car that starts from Joshimath to Auli and vice-versa
  • Visit Trishul Peak
  • Unravel the secrets of Vansh Narayan Kalpeshwar
  • Visit world’s highest manmade lake

How to Reach

  • Air

Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun(uttarakhand) is the nearest airport, which is about 278 km from Auli. 

  • Rail

Rishikesh railway station is situated at 262 km, serves as the nearest railway station to Auli. 

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses from all parts of Uttrakhand and nearby cities. Joshimath is the nearest bus station to Auli which is accessible by bus service from Rishikesh, Dehradun, Nainital, Ukhimath, Chamoli, etc.

Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code: 013172
Languages Spoken: Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals: Auli Skiing Festival (Feb/Mar)
Notes/Tips:None

13. Chopta

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand - Chopta

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Adventure bugs, photography enthusiasts
  • Major Attractions: Tungnath, Chandrashila, Ukhimath
  • Nearby Places: Auli, Badrinath, Kedarnath
  • Ideal Visit Time: 2-3 Days

Chopta is one of the least explored hamlets in the Himalayas. At an elevation of 2,680 m, it serves as a base point to famous treks to Tungnath and Chandrashilla and amongst the best places to see in Uttarakhand . It also offers some amazing 360 degree panorma of majestic mountains through the Trishul, Nanda devi and Chaukhambha peaks and trekking to these places is one of the most preferred things to do in Chopta.

Things to do

Snow trekking, Snow Skiing, Rock craft, birding, camping and Rappelling.

Best time to visit

Winter months of December, January and February.

Places to Visit

  • Tungnath
  • Chandrashila Trek
  • Omkar Ratneshwar Mahadev
  • Sari Village
  • Deoria Tal
  • Ukhimath

How to Reach

  • Air

Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun (uttarakhand) is the nearest airport, which is about 221 km from Chopta.

  • Rail

Rishikesh railway station is situated at 202 km, serves as the nearest railway station to Chopta. 

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses from all parts of Uttrakhand and nearby cities. It is well connected by road from all the major cities like Rishikesh, Srinagar,and Pauri.

Internet Availability: Internet Not Available
STD Code:No Phones
Languages Spoken:Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals:Dussehra
Notes/Tips:None

14. Tungnath

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand - Tungnath

Visitor Information

  • Famous for: Shiva Temple, Panch Kedar, Trekking, Meadows
  • Major Attractions: Chopta, Chandrashila Trek, Deoria Tal
  • Nearby Places: Badrinath, Gopeshwar, Guptkashi
  • Ideal Visit Time: 1 to 2 days

About Tungnath

Tungnath is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand especially for the spiritual travelers. Tungnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to be more than 1000 years old. Other than being a popular destination among the pilgrims, it also offers gorgeous trekking trails and other famous attractions to explore.

Things to do

Mountain Viewing, visit Shiva Temple, Panch Kedar, Trekking, Meadows.

Best time to visit

April to November is the best time to visit Tungnath.

Places to Visit

  • Chopta
  • Chandrashila Trek
  • Kanchula Kharak Musk Deer Sanctuary
  • Rohini Bugyal
  • Deoria Tal

How to Reach

  • Air

 Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airbase to Tungnath about 260 km away.

  • Rail

The nearest railway station to Tungnath is Haridwar which lies at a distance of 225 km from Chopta. Taxi or buses are available outside the station till Chopta from where the journey begins on foot. 

  • Road

Tungnath can be approached from Kund-Gopeshwar road up to Chopta about 212 km from Rishikesh via the Chamoli-Gopeshwar-Chopta route. Buses and taxi service are easily available along the route. From Chopta, you have to take the short 3 km trek route to reach the Tungnath temple.

Internet Availability: Internet Not Available
STD Code:No phones
Languages Spoken:Kumaoni, Garhwali, Hindi and English
Major Festivals:Mahashivraatri
Notes/Tips:None

15. Munsiyari

15 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand- Munsiyari

Visitor Information

  • Famous for:  panorama of snow-capped Himalayan Range
  • Major Attractions: Birthi Falls, Thamri Kund, and Madkot village. 
  • Nearby Places: Auli, Kausani, Pithoragarh
  • Ideal Visit Time: 2-3 Days

About Munsiyari

Magical Munsiyari, a small town surrounded by towering mountains in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, is paradise for mountaineers and trekkers. This place has been demarcated as an important Bird area in Uttarakhand. Often referred to as, “Little Kashmir”, it offers a stunning view of the snow-capped Himalayas, especially Panchchuli.

Things to do

Trekking, enjoying the beautiful sunset from viewpoint at Panchchuli Peak.

Best time to visit

July to November

Places to Visit

  • Beautiful sunset from viewpoint at Panchchuli Peak.
  • A hot water natural spring in Madkot
  • Skiing at Khalia Top
  • Kalamuni Temple – A kali temple dedicated to goddess Naga God
  • Tribal Heritage Museum – a perfect showcase of the culture, history, lifestyle and traditions of Bhotia people.

How to Reach

  • Air

The Pantnagar Airport has regular flights to and from New Delhi via Air India Regional. The closest international airport to Munsiyari is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, at a distance of around 652 km. The Indira Gandhi International Airport is well connected to several cities in and out of India.

  • Rail

Kathgodam (275 km) and Tanakpur (286 km) are the two best options of the nearest railway head to reach Munsiyari via rail. These stations are well connected to many major cities via good rail network. Cabs and buses can be hired from outside the station till Munsiyari.

  • Road

Uttarakhand State buses runs regular buses from all parts of Uttrakhand and nearby cities. If you are traveling by public transport, you may take a bus from Anand Vihar ISBT to Almora and then another bus to Munsiyari. One can also take a bus from Pithoragarh, which is 135 km from Munsiyari.

Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code:05961
Languages Spoken:Hindi, Kumaoni
Major Festivals: Phool De, Olgia
Notes/Tips:None

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Lalit Bisht

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Hema Idhayan

    Beautiful places. Once the travel ban is lifted will definitely visit here

  2. Shivani

    Visited 8 of them.. amazingly written

  3. Cedric Noronha

    Very good post. Highly informative for travellers who want to visit these places in Uttarakhand. Keep up the good work.

  4. Mow De

    Comprehensive list. Very useful

  5. PAVITHRA

    Really mesmerizing places, we should visit once. Nice writeup.

  6. Jelena Velickovic

    Beautiful!!!

  7. Rajat Kumar

    I liked the way you have described every place with complete information.
    I have been to only two places of Uttarakhand. If I get to again, I’ll pick one of these.

  8. Uzmamushi Mushi

    Really informative post

  9. Farhan saiyed

    nice Article

  10. Ajay Adikari

    Great content,keep hardworking and providing us great information like this.

  11. Cherie White

    Such beautiful places to put on my bucket list! And your post is so well-written! 🙂

  12. Richa Singh

    Wow! such a beautiful places. I like hill stations and Dehradun, Mussoorie and Nainital are on my bucket list.

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