Thursday, March 14, 2013

Uttarakhand----Land of Gods - Dev Bhumi.

Uttarakhand is the land blessed with the extraterrestrial beauty and God's grace. This state is often referred as the Land of Gods as it is complete with numerous pilgrimage and tourist destinations. This state also encompasses gigantic peaks, scenic locales, untamed wildlife, snow clad mountains and sacred pilgrim destinations. Located at the foothills of the great Himalayan Mountains this state is said to be the exact location for holidaying for tourists. This state provides the magnificent scenic beauty that rejuvenates and relaxes mind and body of every tourist who visit this place.

Uttarakhand boasts of the snow capped mountains, rolling meadows, high altitude lakes, dense forests and wetland habitat support a divers and exotic wildlife, birds and plants species in Garhwal and Kumaon the two regions of Uttarakhand.

Snow Peak - uttarakhand. A coolest view

Brahma Kamal - The Night Queen

Brahma Kamal, named after Brahma, the God of Creation, probably blooms only for one night in the entire year, somewhere between July and September. It is a rare plant that flowers around midnight and survives only for a few hours. It is also commonly known as Nishagandhi in India or ‘Queen of the Night’.Uttarakhand state flower is Brahma Kamal.


Nainital, also known as the lake city and lake district of Uttarakhand, is located around the Naini Lake. This place is named after the Goddess Naini Devi, the presiding idol of the area. It is situated at a height of 1,938 mts. Surrounded by huge mountains and spread with bright coloured holiday homes, lodges...

Nainital-Hills-Udayan---Mountains & Trees kiss the clouds. A magnificent scene.

"Haridwar is a way to meet the seven holy places in India" 
This is the Indian mythology; they believe Lord Vishnu left his footprints in haridwar. The Haridwar is a way to God. If we saw thiscity in a map this is true that the haridwar is a entrance to the 3 main pilgrim city Rishikesh, Badrinath& Kedarnath. Haridwar referred as Mayapuri, Gangadwar and Mokshadwar in the Indian epics, holy books & ancient scriptures. Every year in haridwar more than 2 crore Hindu came as pilgrimages, city is a hub for Hindus pilgrimages.

River Ganga –Harsil-Uttarakhand.

God Shiva_in_Rishikesh

Badrinath Temple -Badrinath.
It is one of the four destinations that constitute the chardham, a sacred pilgrimage for every devout Hindu. Located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand in northern India, Badrinath also happens to be the most revered of the four sacred shrines in Garhwal, the other three being Yamunotri, Gangotri and kedarnathji. The Himalayan town occupies a place on the banks of the River Alaknanda and is located at an altitude of 3,133 m above sea level. The Badrinath shrine is dedicated to Lord Vishnu considered being the preserver of the universe in the Hindu mythology.

Kedarnath Temple.
Of all the chardham pilgrimage sites, Kedarnath has the remotest location, a 2-day journey from Gangotri in Uttarakhand. The sanctity of the site also lies in the fact that it is one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, a powerful deity of the Hindu Trinity. The temple town ofKedarnath is snuggled up at an altitude of 3,584 m above sea level. Picturesque mountain ranges and snow-laden peaks wonderfully circle the pilgrimage town of Kedarnath. The shrine of Kedarnath is at the source of the Mandakini River, near the Indo-Chinese border.

It is a pilgrimage destination revered by not a single but multiple religious communities, Hindus and Sikhs being the most frequent visitors. Also known as Lokpal Lake, Hemkund is a sacred tank in the state of Uttarakhand, located at an altitude of 4,329 m. The pilgrimage site can be accessed by undertaking a steep trek of 6 hours from Ghangharia. The lake of Hemkund is fed by glaciers from the Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peak.

 Gangotri temple , Gangotri.
It is the place from where originates the Ganges, one of the most sacred rivers of the Hindus. Tucked away in the Garhwal hills, Gangotri shrine draws in lakhs of tourists from all parts of the world every year. One of the chardham destinations, Gangotri lies at an elevation of 3,048 m above sea level. Apart from devotees, the tourist spot is also visited by a good number of adventurers from around the world. Gangotri is located at a distance of 300 km from Dehradun in the state of Uttarakhand.

A must on every Hindu pilgrim’s itinerary, Yamunotri is a highly significant destination among the four Hindu shrines that constitute the Chardham yatra in the state of Uttarakhand. It is the source of the holy river Yamuna and can be reached from popular towns like Rishikesh, Haridwar or Dehradun. The temple at Yamunotri is at a distance of 6 km from Hanuman Chatti, a small town in the Garhwal Himalayas. A trekking tour to Yamunotri is wonderfully complemented by picturesque scenery including rugged peaks, gurgling streams and dense alpine forests.

The sacred Himalayan town of Haridwar represents a living lesson on Hinduism. Located at the foot of the Shivalik Hills, the town attracts hordes of tourists and devotees from all corners of the world. Haridwar also holds significance because it stands as the gateway to the chardham, which includes Yamunotri, Gangotri, Badrinathji and Kedarnathji.

A temple on the east banks of Ganges,_Rishikesh
The holy town of Rishikesh has the eminence of being the International capital of Yoga and meditation. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the River Ganges, Rishikesh is dotted with a number of ancient temples, ashrams and world renowned yoga and meditation centers. 

Sunset near a village in-Uttaranchal.

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