Top Places to Explore in Uttarakhand

If you want a break from your hectic schedule, then make sure to visit Uttarakhand with your friends or family. Uttarakhand is often referred to as the Devbhumi i.e. “Land of the Gods” due to many Hindu temples and pilgrimage centers found throughout the state.

Exploring Uttarakhand

Check out these awesome destinations in the place that promises to make you feel in a heavenly world.

Sukhna Lake

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Sukhna Lake is an artificial lake, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the Shivalik hills. In 1974, the Choe was diverted and made to bypass the lake completely; the lake is fed by three siltation pots, minimizing the entry of silt into the lake itself. In 1958, the lake was created by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. Originally the seasonal flow entered the lake directly causing heavy siltation.

Tehri Dam

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The Tehri Dam is the highest dam in India and one of the tallest in the world. It is a multi-purpose rock and earth-fill embankment dam on the Bhagirathi River near Tehri in Uttarakhand. The Tehri Dam withholds a reservoir for irrigation, municipal water supply and the generation of 1,000 MW of hydroelectricity. However, the dam’s 1,000 MW pumped-storage scheme is currently under construction.

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Chitkul

chitkul

Chitkul (Chittkul) is a village in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The place mostly remains covered with the snow during the winter season. Here, the Potatoes grown are quite popular in the world and hence, are very costly.

Jim Corbett National Park

Located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India and was established in 1936. The park was established was Jim Corbett. It was the first park was the first to come under the Project Tiger initiative.

Forest Research Institute

The Forest Research Institute is an institute of the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education, located at Dehradun in Uttarakhand. It was declared as a deemed university by the University Grants Commission in the year 1991. Also, it is one of the oldest institutions of its kind.

Valley of Flowers National Park

Located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand, the Valley of Flowers National Park is an Indian national park known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. The park is a home to rare and endangered animals, including the snow leopard, Asiatic black bear, musk deer, brown bear, red fox, and blue sheep. The gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east.

Great Himalayan National Park

Located in Kullu region in the state of Himachal Pradesh, the park was built in 1984 and is the newest addition to India’s national parks. It is a habitat for numerous flora and more than 375 fauna species that comprises nearly around 31 mammals, 3 reptiles, 181 birds, 9 amphibians, 17 mollusks, 11 annelids, and 127 insects. All the species are protected under the strict guidelines of Wildlife Protection Act of 1972; hence any sort of hunting is not allowed.

Nanda Devi National Park

Established in the year 1982, the Nanda Devi National Park is situated around the peak of Nanda Devi, 7817 meters in the state of Uttarakhand in northern India. It was inscribed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1988. Mainly, it is located along with the adjoining Valley of Flowers National Park to the northwest.

Rajaji National Park

Rajaji National Park is an Indian national park that encompasses the Shivaliks, near the foothills of the Himalayas. The park is spread over an area of more than 820 km². The three wildlife sanctuaries in the area namely, Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries were merged into one in the year 1983.

Govind Pashu Vihar National Park and Sanctuary

Situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park was established initially as a wildlife sanctuary in 1955. At this sanctuary, the Snow Leopard Project started by the Government of India is being managed. The park lies in the higher reaches of Garhwal Himalayas. Moreover, it is home to the last breed of Bearded Vulture.

Pin Valley National Park

Located in Spiti region of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the Pin Valley National Park is a national park. The park is located in the cold desert area of the Spiti valley, in the Lahul and Spiti district within the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

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