Uttarakhand became the 27th state of the Republic of India in November 2000. Carved out of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal mainly comprises the hilly regions of Uttar Pradesh. The state borders Himachal Pradesh in the north-west and Uttar Pradesh in the South, and has international borders with Nepal and China.
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Uttarakhand is also well known as the birthplace of the Chipko environmental movement and a myriad other social movements including the mass agitation in the 1990s that led to its formation. Most of the northern parts of the state are part of Greater Himalaya ranges, covered by the high Himalayan peaks and glaciers, while the lower foothills were densely forested till denuded by the British log merchants and later, after independence, by forest contractors. Recent efforts in reforestation, however, have been successful in restoring the situation to some extent. The unique Himalayan ecosystem plays host to a large number of animals (including bharal, snow leopards, leopards and tigers), plants and rare herbs. Two of India’s mightiest rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna take birth in the glaciers of Uttarakhand, and are fed by myriad lakes, glacial melts and streams in the region. The native people of Uttarakhand are generally called either Kumaoni or Garhwali depending on their place of origin in either the Garhwal or Kumaon region.
There are 13 districts in Uttarakhand which are grouped into two divisions. Kumaon division and Garhwal division
• Dehradun • Haridwar • Tehri Garhwal • Uttarkashi • Chamoli • Pauri Garhwal (commonly known as Garhwal) • Rudraprayag
Uttarakhand’s gross state domestic product for 2004 is estimated at $6 billion in current prices. Born out of partition of Uttar Pradesh, the new state of Uttarakhand produces about 8% of the output of the old Uttar Pradesh state. In 2003, a new industrial policy for the state with generous tax benefits for investors was initiated that has led to a massive upsurge of capital investment. SIDCUL, the State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttaranchal (sic) has established seven industrial estates in the southern periphery of the state, while dozens of hydroelectric dams are being built in the upper reaches. However, hill development remains an uphill challenge as out migration of local peoples continues from the highland hinterlands.
Devbhoomi: The Land of the Gods !
With a tagline like that, Uttarakhand should have no problems attracting tourists. With its serene beauty and pristine locations, this charming state has been rightly been handpicked by the Gods. Surprisingly, however, not many of us visit that place and the main reason is that the breathtaking beauty of this place is still a well-kept secret. So how about we escape the scorching summer heat and find some respite in the tranquil beauty of Uttarakhand. Here are 25 reasons why Uttarakhand should be your getaway destination this summerand winter :——
There is an amazing valley full of flowers.
Set in the Uttarakhand side of the Himalayas, the ‘Valley of Flowers’ is serene and just out of the world.
And you can’t miss Jim Corbett National Park.
Now this is the perfect getaway from everyday life. You end up reacquainting with the wild side of things.
lake with mountains on both sides through which you can take a boat ride.
Naini lake, Nainital: You can hire a personal pedal boat and roam the lake amidst nature’s charm or have someone row it for you.
River with a bridge that can take you back in time.
Bridge at Garjia. Would you dare to cross it or will you chicken out fearing for your life?
Speaking of rivers, how about some rafting at Rishikesh?
The mighty Ganges is your canvas and the raft is your brush. You can have fun but stay within the lines.
Go for bungee jumping.
How about the Himalayan range for a backdrop?
The Trishul mountain stands tall and true when seen from Kausani, Uttarakhand. A sunset on the snow-capped beauty is worth dying for.
Holy city of Haridwar, where millions travel to absolve their sins.
THE EVENING POOJA AT HAR KI PAUKRI IS A SIGHT WORTH SEEING.
Mind rolling Monastery can roll your mind enough to see the enchanting structure and its beauty.
One of the highest and the largest Buddhist institutes situated in Clement Town, Dehradun.
You can also try to solve the mystery behind the eerie and intriguing skeleton lake at Roopkund.
Located in the Chamoli District, Roopkund makes for a beautiful trek as well.
You can enjoy a ride on the Ropeway which takes you to snow view point in Nainital and Massoorie.
ALONG THE WAY, YOU GET PANORAMIC VIEWS OF THE BEAUTIFUL CITY AND THE MOUNTAIN TOPS.
Take a dip in the icy waters of the Satopanth Tal.
Wait till you see the backdrop of this magnificent lake.
Experience lavish Victorian architecture, take a trip to the Governor’s House in Nainital.
A visit to this place will leave you breathless. Time may have passed by but the legacy of this place has been consistent.
You can have some quality family time at Sahastradhara in Dehradun.
Auli hill station to enjoy some snow and skiing as well.
And try to fathom the idea of jumping into the artificial lake there.
If you are feeling religious, you can visit the Kalishila Top in Kedarnath.
One can see the footprints of Goddess Kali inside the temple.
Take a trip to Badrinath.
There is more wildlife here in Jim Corbett National Park and Rajaji National park waiting to be explored.
Terrace farms that offer beauty of a different kind altogether.
Visit the highest Shiva Temple in the world at Tugnath.
Be tantalized by the amazing trek the journey involves.
God himself is beckoning you to come his land.
And lastly, if he can enjoy such a view, why can’t you?