Top 10 places to visit in Uttarakhand this July
Fotoplane Writer


Monsoon is here and it’s the perfect time to plan something with your friends or family. If you are planning for a short trip of around 3-4 days then you should visit Uttarakhand. It never disappoints anybody if you want some peace around you without any disturbance from your busy schedule. So, here are the Top 10 places you should visit in Uttarakhand this July.


1. Rishikesh

 

The city is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams line is on the eastern side of the river, having no traffic, no alcohol and only vegetarian food are served to you at all the places.

At the confluence of 3 rivers, the Triveni Ghat is regarded as a sacred bathing spot for spiritual cleansing. Ganga Aarti is performed there on every night in which they use oil lamps. The Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula, join the banks of the river. The 13-story Trayambakeshwar temple is situated near the Lakshman Jhula bridge. Numerous ashrams offer yoga courses, and local companies arrange trekking tours into the mountains, kayaking, and white-water rafting trips.

How to reach? 

By bus

A good network of buses connecting  Rishikesh with important places such as Haridwar, Dehradun, and New Delhi. Buses depart all the time from the Kashmere Gate ISBT, New Delhi for Rishikesh every day. 

By train

Nearest railway station to Rishikesh is in Haridwar which is approximately 25 kilometers away. Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, and Varanasi are linked to Rishikesh.


2. Nainital 

A hill station was formerly known as “British hill station”,  Nainital Lake is in the middle, On its north shore, there is a popular boating site with Naina Devi Hindu Temple. You can enjoy the view of  Nanda Devi, Uttarakhand’s highest peak through a cable car that runs to Snow Viewpoint (at 2,270m).

Naina Peak is at 2,600m, is on a hiking distance back in town, there is a popular shopping destination Bara bazaar. Raj Bhawan is at the South of downtown of Nainital. Elsewhere in the region, forested Jim Corbett National Park is a reserve for endangered Bengal tigers and other native wildlife. There are  Naukuchiatal (9-Cornered Lake) and Sattal (7 Lakes) which are rustic locales for boating and fishing.

How to reach?

By bus

Nainital is 196 Kms from Kotdwara, 223 Kms from Haridwar, 242 Kms from Rishikesh, 275 Kms from Dehradun and is linked through government buses and some private travel services. 

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By train

Kathgodam Railway Station is the nearest Railway Station from Nainital and is located at a distance of 24 Kms from the city. Cities like New Delhi, Dehradun, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jammu, and Kolkata are linked with the railway station.


3. Mussoorie

Mussoorie is a municipal board of Uttarakhand. The hill station is in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range. There is a town Landour and it is a part of ‘Greater Mussoorie’, which has a military cantonment. It is at an average altitude of 1,880 meters. In the northeast, there are the Himalayan snow ranges, and to the south, the Doon Valley and Shiwalik ranges. Lal Tibba is the second highest point, at a height of  2,275 meters. The Queen of the Hills is the second name of Mussoorie.

How to reach?

By bus

Mussoorie is only 35kms from Dehradun. To go from Dehradun one can hire a taxi or take a bus. Mussoorie is well connected with roads with other major cities. From various metros and other tourist destinations, there is a large amount of bus service and one can get a bus easily. Bus services are provided by State transports.

By train

Dehradun Railway station is the nearest railway station from Mussoorie. This station is linked which Superfast trains to from other major cities in the country this station is linked and you can easily get some train for here. It is 34 Kms from Mussoorie. It is connected to all major cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Howrah, Lucknow etc.


4. Chopta

It is a small region area which is a part of Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary of meadows and evergreen forest and a base for trekking to Tungnath temple, the third temple of Panch Kedar, which lies 3.5 kilometers away. Chandrashila is 1.5 kilometers trek from Tungnath temple and at around 4,000 meters. It offers views of the Himalayan range including Trishul, Nanda Devi, and Chaukhamba. It is located at a height of 2,680 meters above sea level. One can enjoy the view of forests of pine, deodar, and is also rich in flora and fauna including rare species of birds and musk deer from the Chopta village.

How to reach?

By  bus

Chopta is well connected with major towns of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Starting from Rishikesh you will reach Rudraprayag and after reaching Rudraprayag follow the route to Kedarnath and take a right turn to Ukhimath. Chopta is situated 40kms from Ukhimath. It can also be accessible from Gopeshwar. From the major towns of Uttarakhand region, you can hire a taxi or take the bus to reach Chopta.

By train

The nearest railway station for Chopta is Rishikesh which is 209kms away. It is well connected by railway networks with major cities of India. From Rishikesh, you can get buses and taxi for Chopta and Ukhimath.


5. Devprayag

It is one of the minion towns of Uttarakhand, known for having a divine aura. There are holy places for devotees such as Sangam, Raghunath Ji Temple, Dhaneshwar Mahadev temple, Danda Nagaraja (Lord of Snakes) temple, Chandrabadni temple and the Mata Bhuvneshwari temple in the Pundal village. This heavenly town is the winter home of Pandas, the priests of Badrinath.

There is a bathing ghat in Devprayag where any devotee can take a holy dip. White-water river rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, rappelling, and trekking and other various activities are there for the adventure loving person.

How to reach?

By bus

The northern states of India are well connected to Devprayag. From ISBT Kashmiri Gate buses to Devprayag and Rishikesh are available at regular intervals. From major destinations of Uttarakhand like Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar etc Buses and Taxis to Devprayag are easily available.

By train

Rishikesh is the nearest railway station for Devprayag which is situated at a distance of 72 km. Major destinations of India are well connected to Rishikesh and trains for Rishikesh can be easily available. 


6. Dehradun

The capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun, near the Himalayan foothills. The 6-sided Ghanta Ghar clock tower is the core of Dehradun. There is a busy shopping area, Paltan Bazaar to the southwest of Dehradun. In the east, there is the Sikh temple Gurdwara Nanaksar. In Clement Town, Mindrolling Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist center with shrine rooms in its Great Stupa to the city’s southwest.

The over-100-year-old Forest Research Institute contains a large museum with sections including pathology and timber in the city’s northwest. There is one Lord Shiva temple, Tapkeshwar Mandir is a Hindu temple on the Asan River attracting many pilgrims, especially to its sacred cave. Farther northeast, a cold river stream flows through a natural cave formation known as Robber’s Cave (also called “Guchupani”). Northeast of the cave, deer and Indian antelope roam Malsi Deer Park, a popular picnic spot.

How to reach?

By bus

 Delhi, Shimla, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Agra and Mussoorie are well connected to Dehradun and you can reach there by Volvo, Deluxe, semi-deluxe and Uttarakhand State Transport buses. These buses arrive and depart from the Dehradun Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) near Clement Town. Buses depart very frequently from here. Mussoorie Bus Station and at Gandhi road are other bus terminals in Dehradun.

By train

 Delhi, Lucknow, Allahabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ujjain, Chennai, and Varanasi are well connected to Dehradun Railway Station which is located at 1-2 kilometers away from the city center and it would take you only ten minutes, depending on the traffic.


7. Kedarnath and Badrinath

 Kedarnath Temple is the reason for the importance Kedarnath has gained. Kedarnath is most easily accessible of the four Chota Char Dham sites, it is located in the Himalayas and is about 3,583 m above sea level near Chorabari Glacier and Mandakini is originated from there, it is surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The nearest road is at Gaurikund. The town suffered extensive destruction during June 2013 from flash floods caused by torrential rains in Uttarakhand state.

Badrinath gets its name from the one of the most important sites of India’s Char Dham. It is also the Nagar panchayat of the Chamoli district. Devotees do not miss this site if they go for Kedarnath.

How to reach?

By bus

At hill station the most of the traveling is done by road and major cities such as Chandigarh (387 km), Delhi (458 km), Nagpur (1421 km), Bangalore (2484 km) or Rishikesh (189 km) are well connected to Kedarnath for the devotees and passengers who come from all over India. To reach Gaurikund you can get buses every morning from Haridwar. Advance booking option is also available you made them at GMOA (Garhwal Mandal owners Association) office. If there are no Landslides then you can reach Gaurikund in one day.

Badrinath is ahead of Kedarnath so it takes more time to reach there but thanks to the well-connected road to all major cities in Uttarakhand and the nearby states of Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and the national capital, Delhi. Badrinath is linked through a National highway 58 to the rest of India. If you traveling by bus then you need to change the bus at Rishikesh or Dehradun or the nearby place where you can easily travel. The distances to reach Badrinath are as follow

From Haridwar, it is 318 km 

From Rishikesh, it is 298 km

It takes about 12 to 13hrs to reach..

By train

There are various nearest railway stations to Kedarnath are at Rishikesh (215kms), Haridwar(241kms), Dehradun (257kms) and Kotdwar (246kms) you can choose one that satisfies your planning. But only a few trains are there from kotdewar. However, Haridwar railway station, 25 km from Rishikesh is better connected with New Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, and Howrah.

Just like Kedarnath Badrinath also doesn’t have a railway station. It is connected to various stations which are at the following distance, Haridwar at 324km, Kotdwar at 327 km and Rishikesh at 397 km from the town. Kotdwar has very few trains and Rishikesh has no express trains.


8. Auli

If you are looking for an ice in the month of July then Auli is a Himalayan ski resort and hill station in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand. It shows the power of Nature as it is surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, and “ Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat” mountains. To get an overview you can go for a long cable car links Auli to the town of Joshimath. There is the  Badrinath Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and also the Valley of Flowers National Park, with its wide range of  flora and wildlife like snow leopards and red foxes

How to reach?

By bus

You are required to take a bus or taxi to Joshimath in then to reach Auli. Besides it is a hill station Joshimath is well-connected from the major cities of Uttarakhand such as Dehradun, Rishikesh, and Haridwar. From Delhi you can also get direct bus Joshimath, It lies at a distance of 10km and you can cover it by ropeway. 

By train

Railways are not very handy on the places like this but the nearest railway station to Auli is Haridwar railway station which is situated 273 km away from Auli. Other than Haridwar Dehradun and Rishikesh railway stations are also considered as the nearest railway station. From Haridwar, you can take a bus or you can hire a cab to Joshimath, from where you need to take the cable car or a bus to Auli.

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9. Lansdowne

Looking for a 2-day trip then it’s a good option for you Lansdowne is a hill station in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand. It was founded when no one thought that it would become a picnic spot by this time but at that time it was a military garrison under the British Raj, and the famous Garhwali Museum traces the history of the “Garhwal Rifles” regiment, which still trains in the town. We have seen that all the places have temples but this place has a church close to colonial-era St. Mary’s Church, the Tip-n-Top viewpoint is on the ridge which can be overlooked. Hindu devotees worship Shiva at the centuries-old Kaleshwar Temple.

How to reach?

By bus

It is quite an easy task to reach as Lansdowne is 250 km from Delhi, and 7-8 hrs drive away. But One has to take a right turn from NH 119 at a place where a huge signboard by painting the directions on a rock which is done by the Garwhal rifles. Lansdowne is 81 km from Pauri.

By train

A train can also be one option for you as Lansdowne is 41 km away from Kotdwar Railway Station which is situated at an elevation of only 370meters.


10. Dhanaulti

If we talk the fast emerging places as he major travel destination in Uttarakhand then Dhanaulti is one of them. If you want a  peaceful, relaxed and laid-back then this one is for them. It’s a different experience altogether. It is away from the crowds, busy marketplaces and pollution. Set amidst thick virgin forests of DeodarsOaks, and Rhododendrons, it is an ideal location that ensures absolute peace of mind and soul. To make Dhanaulti an enticing hideaway for tourists The green meadows, towering trees, breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks are there. It is the base point for numerous treks into the snow-capped Himalayas, especially to the Tehri region of Garhwal. The most popular treks are through the dense alpine forests that take you to Surkanda DeviChandrabadni, andKunjapuri, the sacred three Shaktipeeths of the holy Devi Darshan triangle. Best time to visit Dhanaulti is between March and July.

How to reach?

By bus

Either you can go by your car or by bus as Dhanaulti can be reached via a number of buses from other towns in Uttarakhand such as Dehradun, Rishikesh, Mussoorie, and Nainital.. There are frequent buses for Uttarakhand from Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) Kashmiri Gate, in Delhi. Both A/C and non-A/C buses are provided.

By train

As it does not has its own railway station to the nearest railway station is Dehradun Railway Station in Dehradun, which is just 60 kilometers away. It lies on the Northern Railway line. It has frequent trains to and from cities and town across India. 


The blog has been written by Sachhidanand Jha. Sachhidanand is currently pursuing his B.tech and is intern at Fotoplane. Send a Hi5 to him for this wonderful piece of article at sachhidanandjha01@fotoplane.com