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About Uttarakhand

In terms of natural beauty, Hindu pilgrimage centres and Himalayan wealth, Uttarakhand heads the list of Indian states. Ancient temples, holy ashrams and packed river ghats crisscross the state in a picturesque fashion. No matter what travel tastes you have, the northen Indian state of Uttarakhand has something special to offer almost everyone.

Uttarakhad can be divided into two divisions or major tourist regions - the Garhwal Mandal and the Kumaon Mandal. Each of these regions are abundant with pilgrimage sites, wildlife beauty and adventure options.

One of the most attracting features of the state is the Char Dham Yatra, comprising of four very sacred religious destinations including Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. If you have a look at the Hindu scriptures, you'll become cognizant of the significance that traveling to Chardham has.

Geographical Overview Uttarakhand

Covering over an area of around 53483 sq kms, most of the Uttarakhand remains surrounded with mountains and forests. Thanks to its natural richness, the state today features an exemplary Himalayan eco-system. Such sacred rivers like Ganga and Yamuna (also mentioned in Hindu scriptures) take birth in this very state, adding extra beauty to the state's landscape.

Plenty of wildlife and adventure destinations welcome you in this state. It's here that you'll find world-popular national parks like Jim Corbett National Park, Rajaji National Park (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Nanda Devi National Park, Asan Barrage and the Valley of Flowers National Park among others.

In all, there are 13 districts in the state of Uttarakhand (Districts Name: Haridwar, Dehradun, Udham Singh Nagar, Nainital, Pauri Garhwal, Almora, Tehri Garhwal, Pithoragarh, Champawat, Rudraprayag, Bageshwar, Chamoli and Uttarkashi.)

Popular ones include Almora, Nainital, Ranikhet, Dehradun, Haridwar, Mussoorie, Champawat, Uttarkashi, Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal and Devprayag. 78 Tehsils, 95 Development Blocks, 670 Nyaya Panchayats, 7227 Gram Panchayats, Census Villages(As per 01 census) 16826, (Inhabited Village 15761 and Un-inhabited Village 1065), 1 Municipal Corporation in Dehradun, 32 Nagar Palika Parishads, 30 Nagar Panchayats, 9 Cantonment Boards, 12 Census Towns, 2 Industrial Townships, 6 Development Authority, 5 Lok Sabha Seats, 3 Rajya Sabha Seats, 70 Vidhan Sabha Seats, 122 Police Stations (50 Rural and 72 Urban)

A Quick Glance at the Demographics
The total population of the state (as per the 2011 Indian census) is 10,116,752. People who live in the Garhwal region are termed Garhwali, while those that are native of the Kumaon region are called Kumaoni. The Pahari dialects that are spoken in these areas are also respectively termed Kumaoni and Garhwali. Hindi is also among the commonly spoken languages in Uttarakhand.

The state of Uttarakhand is home to people of different religions, caste and creed, yet setting a wonderful example of communal harmony. The majority of the state's population is comprised of Hindus. Rest of the population is comprised of Muslims, Christians and Sikhs among others.

Prime Attractions of Uttarakhand
GMVN - Garhwal Mandal Tourist Places
KMVN - Kumaon Mandal Tourist Places
Uttarakhand Tourist Map
Uttarakhand Photo Gallery
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Top 10 Tourist Place Uttarakhand

Escape to this holy town that's the entranceway to the four pilgrimage sites in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. more.

It's India's Yoga capital, a popular pilgrimage site and a place where river rafting can be enjoyed at its best with near and dear ones. more!

Apart from being a very picturesque hill station, Mussoorie is also popular for a wide variety of adventure sports. more

It's one of those hill stations in India that's equally loved by honeymooners, backpackers, couples, nature lovers and families. more

Valley of Flowers Tour
Situated in the western Himalayas, the Valley of Flowers is a much visited national park that's truly worth visiting for one and all.more

It's one of those hidden treasures that is yet to be explored. Though it's a small hill station its natural beauty is far outreaching. more

It's one of most frequented adventure sports destinations in the state of Uttarakhand. Skiing here is like a dream come true. more

Located in the Kumaon Mandal of Uttarakhand district, Almora is also a tiny but very attractive hill station. more

If you want to soak up some of the majestic views of the Himalayan ranges, you should head straight to beautiful Ranikhet. more

This is the very hill station where Mahatma Gandhi once spent some of his days. Sunsets at Kausani are very popular. more