Places to Visit in Uttarakhand During Summer. Uttarakhand is a favorite tourist destination. Set in the northern part of India, surrounded by the Himalayas and sharing its boundary with Nepal and Tibet, it is full of natural beauty. It is divided into two divisions -Kumaon (south) and Garhwal (north). The majestic presence of valleys, lakes, mountains, forests makes it one of the most visited tourist attraction in summer. Uttarakhand is a perfect destination for nature lovers, adventure freaks to mountaineers for a peaceful and relaxed trip.
Here have a look at some of my favorites, popular and lesser-known places to visit in Uttarakhand to visit in summers.
1. Char Dham ( Yamnotri, Gangotri, Badrinath, and Kedarnath)
Char Dham yatra refers to the journey up to the mountains to four sacred temples in the state of Uttarakhand. The four temples that encompass the Char Dham are Yamunotri Dham, Gangotri Dham, Badrinath Dham, and Kedarnath Dham. Char Dham Yatra begins with a visit to Yamunotri Dham, then going through Uttarkashi to Gangotri Dham, then Kedarnath and then finally Badrinath Dham, which is the final Dham of the yatra.
Surrounded by mountains on its three sides, Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. It is known as the Lake city of India. The main attractions of Nainital are the lakes, meadows, the forests of pine and deciduous trees. Many adventure sports such as rock climbing, yachting, and boating are things to do. Nainital is a treasure in the Kumaon hills. It maintains pleasant weather throughout the year except for the winter months. The best time to visit Nainital is between April to June and September to October which makes it one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in summer.
It is located in the foothills of Himalayas along with the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga. Rishikesh is known as the “Yoga Capital of the World”. It is known for its adventure activities, ancient temples, popular cafes, and yoga ashrams. Over the years, it has become popular as the top spiritual destination in the world. Rishikesh has been a hub of ashrams teaching spirituality, yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda. There are many places in Rishikesh that attract tourists like Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula, The Beatles Ashram, Shivpuri, Triveni Ghat, Rishikund, Neer Garh Waterfall, etc.
Known as the Queen of the Hills. Situated in the foothills of Himalayas at an altitude of 6000ft. it is a romantic and a nature lover’s paradise. The glittering hill station of Mussoorie has always been the favorite of many. It is well known for its colonial heritage and its religious sites. Mussoorie is famous for weekend getaways, honeymoon destinations, Himalayan views, and Mall Road. Mussoorie offers spectacular views of the snow ranges to the north, gleaming view of the Doon Valley and the Shivalik ranges to the south. Famous tourist attractions are – Kempty Falls, Cloud’s End, Lal Tibba, Gun Hill, Mussoorie Mall Road, etc.
5. Jim Corbett National Park
Located in the foothills of Himalayas, this is India’s first and the most attractive National Parks. It houses a variety of flora and fauna including tigers which is a treat for wildlife lovers and photographers. If you need a beautiful vacation place away from the city affairs with a lush green environment and a peaceful setting then this might be a good choice for your family. The best time to visit the park is winters as the weather is quite pleasant during the months of November till February. Some great things to do in the national park are Jungle Safari, River Rafting, Camping, Bird watching, Trekking, etc.
Haridwar suggests that Gateway to Lord Vishnu is through the banks of river Ganga. Situated at the place where the holy Ganges emerges, Haridwar is famous for its temples and ghats where pilgrims bathe in the Ganges to relieve themselves of their sins. It is the holiest Hindu city. Every evening the auspicious evening Ganga aarti is a sight to behold as the river shines with flickering flames while offerings are released on to the river. The 5 famous pilgrimages or Tirth in Haridwar are Kushwart Ghat, Mansa Devi Temple (Bilwa Tirtha), Har ki Pauri, Kankhal, and Neel Parvat (Chandi Devi).
Dehradun City is one of the oldest cities of India in the lower Himalayan mountain ranges. The city is located at a height of 435 meters. There are several tourist spots, sacred temples, and rivers, canals, adorned in the city. Some of the popular tourist attractions are the Robbers Cave, Sahastradhara, Lacchiwalla, Har Ki Dun, Tiger View Jungle camp, Malsi Deer Park, Tapkeshwar temple, etc.
The hill station of Ranikhet is situated in the Almora district at a height of 1,829 meters. Ranikhet has everything to pacify the quest of a traveler. Queens Land is an all-season tourist spot that reflects the best of the great Himalayas. The charming and majestic views of forests, attractive wild life, the scented mountain breeze, adds to the heavenly of the feeling of Ranikhet. You can do golfing, fishing, trekking in Ranikhet. Several tourist destinations are Chaubatia Gardens, Jhula Devi Temple, Upat Golf Course, Upat Kalika Temple, Bhalu Dam, etc.
9. Abbott Mount
Abbott Mount is located in the Kali Kumaon region of Uttarakhand at a height of 6,400 feet. It is encircled by a cluster of thirteen cottages, spread over 5 acres of woods. The Abbott Mount is also the base for Mahaseer fishing in Pancheshwar, the convergence of Saryu and Mahakali rivers. The dense sub-temperate vegetation rich in the Himalayan wildlife of this place makes it a favorite. You can also enjoy different types of Bird watching, adventurous trekking, and nature walk. It is one of India’s Haunted Places. Summers are blissful here as different variety of butterflies spread their wings and paint the town colorful. This is one of the reasons which makes it one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand in summer.
Almora is famous for its cultural diversity, unique handicrafts, and delicious delicacies. This enchanting hill station is located at a height of 1,638 meters. It is spread across a 5 km elevation atop Kashyap Hill. Being surrounded by pines and old oaks, the city has a divine aura which is enough to allure all nature lovers. It is famous for temples like Nanda Devi Temple, Chitai Golu Devta Temple, Katarmal Sun Temple, Jageshwar, and Kasar Devi. The sunrise and sunset view at Bright End Corner is worth your time.
Auli is a famous hill station, popular for its panoramic view of Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi. It has everything from snowy slopes, Himalayan Views, Meadows, adventure activities, romantic vistas, cable cars, snow-covered peaks to wooden huts. It is located at a height of 2505 meters. Dotted with apple orchards, oaks, and deodars; Auli is popular as the best ski resort. Several winter sports for adventure skiers to boost skiing in India takes place in winters.
This magical hill station of Dhanaulti is located at an elevation of 2286 meters above sea level and offers panoramic views of the lofty Himalayas. Set in a quiet place the town covered by the velvety rhododendrons, deodar, and tall oak forests. The lush green of Dhanaulti is a perfect place for nature walks, trekking, camping, and many adventure activities. Famous tourist destinations are Dhanaulti Eco Park, Kaudia Park, Surkanda Devi Temple, Aaloo Khet, Kanatal, etc.
It is a happy place to sit back and relax also a dreamland for every writer. Kausani offers a panoramic view of the huge Himalayan peaks such as Trishul, Nanda Devi, and the Panchachuli peaks. Sheltered under the crimson sun and the green alpine hills, Kasauni is truly a nature lover’s paradise. Some of the popular tourists are the Sarla Ashram, Anasakti Ashram, Sumitra Nandan Pant Museum, Bajinath temple, Someshwar temple, etc.