Evening Aarti at Har Ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Haridwar is the city of pilgrims and spirituality. As it is located in the banks of River Ganga, Hindus come from different regions to take a dip and make their sins wash away. The city is also considered a mandate place for the rituals of death and birth. This is one of the seven holiest places for Hindus. As the dusk knocks in, the river banks get illuminated and evening arti is performed; and to attend this arti thousands of people gather. There are four venues for Kumbha Mela (Grandest Fair of India that takes place once in every three year), and out of these four, Haridwar happens to be one.

Jim Corbett National Park 

Jeep Safari in Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett is the oldest national park of India, well known to be a Tiger Reserve as well. This park indeed was the first one to come under The Project Tiger Initiative. Jim Corbett is located in Nainital and was named after the person who played key role in its establishment. It is home to 488 different species of flora and fauna, 50 species of mammal, 25 species of reptile and 580 species of birds. As a whole, the park covers an area of 580 km sq; comprised of grasslands, marshy depressions, rivers and hills. Since its inception, Jim Corbett National Park has become a wildlife enthusiast’s top interest.


View of Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh,Uttarakhand

Rishikesh is known as The Gateway of Garhwal Himalayas and is located at a distance of 25 km from Haridwar. However, the divinity of Haridwar is living here equally, as Rishikesh too has sacred Ganga River flowing through it. The spiritual importance of Rishikesh is that people believed Lord Rama underwent penance and practiced for killing the demon Ravana. Famous bridges Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula are the highlights of the city. These bridges offer a magnificent view of the hillocks and the river. Over the years, Rishikesh came more into the limelight because of its river rafting activities; so today not just pilgrims but groups of adventurers too seek a visit to Rishikesh.


Naini Lake in Nainital,Uttarakhand

Nainital is located on the foothills of Kumaon, in an elevation of 2048 meters above sea level.  This location indeed owes to the awe-inspiring view of the giant mountains with iced top. The pear shaped Naini Lake makes this hill station look even more magnificent. And boating in this clear lake is one favorite activity of the visitors. Let alone leading in tourism industry, Nainital has India’s best educational institutes as well.  What adorns the city further is the British architecture, standing strongly and alluringly since decades.

Valley of Flowers

The Valley of the flowers - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Valley of flowers has different species of flowers blooming in abundance. These alpine flowers are eye-catching. It has managed to preserve its pristine nature and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located 3658 meters above sea level, Valley of Flowers is home to some of the most endangered species like Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, musk deer, red fox and brown bear. This colorful valley not only attracts the travelers but birds from faraway lands.


Ranikhet - A celestial Land of Uttarakhand

Ranikhet has served as a summer retreat for the British, and they established their headquarters of Kumaon Regiment here.  It is situated at an altitude of 1869 meters and is brimming with Pine, Oak and Deodar Forests. These forests are comfortable abode of red-faced monkeys, jackals, langur, red fox, porcupine, sambar, pine marten, barking deer, leopard, leopard cat, and mountain goats. Pilgrims visit Ranikhet to have darshans in the Rama Mandir and Jhula Devi Temple. Chaubatia Garden is a retreat having plantation of apricots, peaches, almonds, chestnuts, apples and with a wide variety of Himalyan flowers.

Char dham

Chardham - Sacred Jewel of the Himalayas

Char Dham means four sacred seats of God. And taking a tour and visiting all these four seats is considered highly auspicious. It is said a Hindu must go for Char Dham Yatra at least once in his lifetime, to attain salvation. Chhota (Smaller) Char Dham is located in Uttarakhand, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. Yamunotri is the source of sacred Yamuna River, and so is Gangotri of Ganga River. Kedarnath is one of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Badrinath is where Lord Vishnu is believed to exist in the form of Badrinarayan.


Mussoorie - Escape the Heat in the Queen of Hills

This is a popular vacation destination of India. Mussoorie is located in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalyan Ranges. Apart from being a major tourist spot, this hill-station has some of the most important educational institutes of the country.  Camel’s Back Road has come out to be a superstar for the tourism industry, travelers spend plenty of time walking around and getting closer to nature. The cable car rides up to the Gun Hill is yet another reason to fall in love with this beauty. People get into the cable car from Mall Road. The oldest church of Himalyas stand in the Mall Road and the oldest Tibetan Temple of India is situated in the Happy Valley.


Dehradun - Ocean of the cloud

The capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is known as one of the “Counter Magnets” of the National Capital Region (NCR) of India. Dehradun has two most sacred rivers of India flowing through it; Ganga in the east and Yamuna on the west.  It is located in Doon Valley, on the foothills of Himalyas. The city is calm and relaxed, and is still appreciably pacing up with the modern standards. With the most eminent educational institutes of the country, Dehradun has become a host to a huge number of students as well. Other than its beauty, Dehradun’s proximity with major tourist destinations (Haridwar, Mussoorie, Nainital, Auli and Rishikesh) has made its tourism activities stronger.


Srinagar - Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas

Uttarakhand’s Srinagar is situated beside the Alaknanda River, at an average elevation of 560 meters. This is the largest city of Garhwal hills and last city of the plains of Uttarakhand. Srinagar had been the capital of Garhwal Kingdom until British invasion. British re-built and modernized the city in 1931.  And today it is an important destination of education and culture. In a four day festival, cultural shows are organized to flaunt its ethnicity.

1. Town Table

A well-decorated café with bookshelves with poetic and thoughtful quotations donning its wall, Y café is a place full of youthful vibe where you can spend some quality time. You can read or just play a game here. The food too is savor full and has some fascinating names. Do try the big bully burger. Our pick:  All You Can Eat Veg Pizza, Chicken Breast Burger and Lasagna.

2. Y Cafe and Restaurant

A well-decorated café with bookshelves with poetic and thoughtful quotations donning its wall, Y café is a place full of youthful vibe where you can spend some quality time. You can read or just play a game here. The food too is savor full and has some fascinating names. Do try the big bully burger. Our pick:  All You Can Eat Veg Pizza, Chicken Breast Burger and Lasagna.

3. Flavours

One of the most well known restaurants in the town, Flavours is frequented by tourists and locals alike.  The restaurant offers North Indian food and Chinese delicacies. Food is scrumptious as well as easy on the pocket.  The North Indian delicacies served here are a must try. Our pick: Butter Chicken and Dal Makhni.

4. Black Pepper

With a sitting based on a cave theme, Black Pepper has an exciting ambience. But that’s not all; the food served here is equally amazing. Tandoori items are a must-try, especially the tandoori chicken. The bar menu too is enticing.

5. Moti Mahal

A quaint place, Moti Mahal  is often referred as the best restaurants in town.  Built in the late 60s, it has built a loyalty for itself.  Moti Mahal serves North Indian and Rajasthani food. Goan fish is a must-try.

6. Orchard

Located in the picturesque Rajpur, a mere five kilometers from the town, on a hill with a river flowing alongside, Orchard gives you a sight to behold.  You can soak in the sounds of river water and enjoy the breathtaking views of the mountains here. Orchard serves Tibetan and Thai cuisines. Momos and soups served here are a must-try.

7. Muse

With a small and cosy sitting arrangement coupled with a classy ambience and an open kitchen, Muse is for all those who seek a fine-dining experience. It has plenty in its offing when it comes to food. The pasta served here is a must try.

8. Dilli Chaat Wala

We all love Chaat, don’t we? Well, this Chaat wala is the ultimate destination to have the tangiest and most delicious chat. All seasonal fruits with fried potato is all you need to make your day perfect. Do visit this place we are sure you won’t regret having this memorable treat.

9. Raazmataaz

This floral-themed cafe with walls painted in blue and white, is very cozy and is a quaint place for all those loving tranquility. The café has a very positive vibe attached to it. A great place to do your work or hang out with your family, while sipping a cup of coffee or indulge in their great range of food items. Their mustard chicken sandwich and grilled foot longs are a must try. For the sweet tooth, Fruit Tarts should not be given a miss. The café also houses a collectables store from where you make some purchases too.

10. Cafe Cibo

If Italian cuisine is something you will love, then Café Cibo is the place for you.  Italian treats offered here are completely unmatchable. Their classic bacon sandwiches, red velvet cakes and a wide range of shakes and coffees all are a must-try. The café has a beautiful indoors too that certainly leaves a mark.


Hotel Vishnu Palace has been serving the souls in search of eternal peace for two decades now. Our philosophy of "value hospitality" has found flavors with people from all walks of life.

The Hotel is located at a very short distance of 100 mtrs. from the Library Bus Stand. An easy accessibility to the market place and a panoramic view of the all embracing and inviting Himalayas make it an ideal place to unwind and rejuvenate.

The Hotel has 60 well furnished rooms catering to the needs of people with different budgets.
The in-house restaurant 'Shyam Restaurant' serves a range of lip-smacking dishes to provide for a wholesome dining experience

Address :   Library Chowk, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand 248179


  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV,WIFI etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.


The Mountain Quail Hotel & Resort is nestled between a pristine Oak Forest & the erstwhile Katesar Estate.

It boasts of a commanding panoramic view of the grand Himalayas with its snow clad peaks from the Bandar Poonch in the West to the Chaukhambha in the east which can be seen on a clear day. The place has its own endemic flora and fauna, unique to this place.

The hotel offers an easy approch to the city's must see destinations. We offer impeccable service and all modern amenities to rejuvenate in the tranquil invigorating surroundings.

The Hotel has an easy access from the main Kempty road, and is just 2.5 km away from the main Library Bazaar.

Address : Zero Point Old Kempty Road, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand 248179


  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV,WIFI etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.


Hotel Sun Grace is a boutique hotel that has newly opened in Mussoorie. The hotel is conveniently located close to Library Point which is just 2 km away. To bypass the crowded streets of Mussoorie and reach the hotel, tourists can take a detour via Hathipaon Road on foot with other numerous and beautiful walk trails going in and around the property. Located just 15 km away from the hotel is the famous Kempty Falls which is a very popular sightseeing destination, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.The hotel has 24 well-appointed rooms, specially equipped for business travelers and family holidays. A wide range of facilities are provided including a specialized restaurant, ‘Blue Pine’. An additional conference hall is available for business meetings along with free Wi-Fi. The hotel also provides a pick and drop service from Library Point.

Address : 3 Mile Stone, Opp.Sanjha Darbar Temple, Kempty Fall Rd, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand 248179


  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV,WIFI etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.


Plush furnishings, awesome location and affordable luxury are the three phrases that define Arctic Hills By Opulence Hotels , Rishikesh. Showcasing a terrace and views of the mountains, Hotel Arctic hills is located in Tapovan in the region of Uttarakhand, just 800 m from Laxman Jhula. Free private parking is available on site.

Situated in close proximity to Lakshman Jhula, Hotel Arctic Hills, Rishikesh, welcomes you to the scenic town with warm hospitality.

We pride ourselves on providing high-quality services, luxurious accommodations and memorable experiences for our guests.As our guests include business executives, leisure travelers, and families among others, we have paid special attention to the unique requirements of each type of guest and made available the necessary amenities that ensure that their stay is satisfying and rewarding. 

Address : Yog Street Tapovan Laxman jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249195


  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV,WIFI etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.


Hotel Limewood Nainital, Nainital is the perfect place to sit, relax and unwind yourself in the blissful surroundings of nature while enjoying customized cuisines and personalized services. Away from the hustle and bustle, Hotel Limewood Nainital is located in Armadale Compound, Jahangirabad Palace, Mallital, Nainital which is easily accessible from the Mall Road. Hotel Limewood Nainital is among the finest hotels in Nainital known for its warm hospitality and service excellence.

The hotel offers the best accommodation in Nainital. The hotel has well-appointed rooms with elegant interiors, wooden furnishing, and amenities like LCD TV, king-size bed with spring mattresses, wood paneling, king-size bed, beautifully designed bathroom, private Balcony along with all modern amenities such as LCD TV, hot water kettle, tea/coffee maker, Wi-Fi, 24*7 front desk, etc. The Hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant where you can enjoy a fine dining experience. There is a beautifully landscaped garden with beautiful flowers and sitting areas in between the hotel.

Our resort is a blend of tradition and contemporary charm which gives our guests an intensified level of comfort and relaxation. Hotel Limewood Nainital is a perfect place for a family vacation, leisure, travelers. Over the years, we have always strived to provide the best possible experience for our visitors with our friendly services. We ensure you the best holiday moments here. The Elegant surroundings, our flawless services, and delicious cuisines make our resort the best place to stay in Nainital.

Address : Hotel, Armadale compound, Jahangirabad Palace Near Shervani, Mallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002


  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV,WIFI etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.


Tusk and Roar Corbett resort is located in Jhirna tourist zone in village Dhela and is only 1 km from the Safari gate of Corbett National Park. The resort spreads over 5 acres of land with two entry gates with backgate touching the forest and beautiful river. Resort is equipped with total 18 rooms. 8 concrete villas, 8 mud houses, 1 family suite.
The restaurant has a seating capacity of approx 80 covers. Tusk and Roar Corbett Resort, has hosted visitors from all over the world as the ideal gateway to Jim Corbett National Park. We present the sparkling waters of the river at your doorstep, exotic bird sightings from our Resort and the calls of the wild around the luxury of your rooms. For every season and every occasion we are one of the Corbett's most loved destinations.
The hotel is located at a place from you get an expansive view of the forest and hills. Away from the hustle-bustle of the city life, the area around the resort is lush with diverse flora and fauna, situated in the sub-Himalayan belt. The property is located at the distance of 12 km from Ramnagar Railway Station. The thoughtfully designed room’s features large window to enjoy hill/ pool / garden view. Guests who want to explore the area around the national park can avail the help from hotel's knowledgeable staff

Address : Tourist zone, Dhela Rd, Jhirna, Dhela, Uttarakhand 244715


  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV,WIFI etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.


"Lake & Woods" – Nainital is only a short walk (100 meters) from the mall at Nainital. Hotel reflects the true values of warmth with service excellence with stylish and well-designed interiors. Hotel Lake & Woods is one of the finest hotels in Nainital. The hotel has made a mark in the hospitality field by maintaining its standard in the high quality of hospitality services in a short time.

Address : Near Tallital Rickshaw Stand , Vrindavan Cottage Compound, Mall Rd, Tallital, Nainital, Uttarakhand 263002


  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV,WIFI etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.


In the north Indian state of Uttarakhand, district Nainital situated seven kilometers to Ramnagar, lies an eco- friendly luxurious resort in Jim Corbett National Park. The resort touches the forests of Corbett National Park all along its entire length on the north eastern boundary, contiguous to the forests of the National Park.
Six Seasons Resort Corbett Resort, a 4 star luxury resort is located at Sawaldeh village in Ram Nagar. It is situated at an approximate distance of 260 kms from Indira Gandhi International Airport. This resort has close proximity to Ramnagar Railway Station which is situated at an approximate distance of 6 kms from here. It is a plush resort which is beautifully designed with deluxe furnishings and trendy appeal. It serves its guests with best of comfort and facilities.

Address : Jim Corbett National Park, Village : Semal Khalia, Dhela Rd, Jhirna, Ramnagar, Uttarakhand 244715


  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV,WIFI etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.


Welcome To Hotel Grey Castle you are travelling to Haridwar and are looking for comfortable accommodation, Hotel Grey Castle is the perfect pick for you. Located Near Gujrati Samaj , Shivurti Lane , it"s a modern, independent property suitable for corporates, SME owners, families, young singles, corporates, and foreigners. The hotel allows unmarried couples and local IDs.

Address : Shivmurti lane, near Gurjat Samaj, Haridwar, Uttarakhand 249401


  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV,WIFI etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.


Blue pine resort is one of the premium hotels in lansdowne, it is known for efficiently serving their guests consistently with great hospitality, service and food.

A property of 35 spacious rooms located amidst the majestic mountains along with the picturesque view of lush green valleys from all rooms.

Blue pine resort is the ideal destination for leisure vacations, business conferences and adventurous vacation.

Address : Deriya Khal, Lansdowne, Uttarakhand 246155


  • Cost Rs 4,000 to 5,000/-
  • 1 double bed.
  • Entertainment- LED TV,WIFI etc.
  • Buffet breakfast & buffet dinner.

1.Trekking: Footloose in Himalayas

Tungnath Chandrashila Trek

Trek to Chandrashila Summit from Chopta or Deoriya Tal is one of the popular winter treks in Uttarakhand

With some of the most spectacular Himalayan peaks and mountain trails varying from easy to tough grade, Uttarakhand is one of the most popular trekking destinations in India among the adventure seekers. Trekking in Uttarakhand Himalayas is also popular as it is as much an adventure as it is a spiritual experience.

Undulating valleys sprinkled with lush forest, cascading water streams and snow capped peaks that are reached through thrilling yet enchanting trails is what makes trekking in Uttarakhand one of the most popular adventure activities in India.


The World Heritage trail of Valley of Flowers combined with spiritual Hemkund Sahib is popular during monsoon.  While the snow laden Nag Tibba summit is famous during winters, there all-season treks to Deoriatal – Chopta – Tungnath – Chandrashila. In fact, there is no dearth of trekking routes in Uttarakhand for those looking forward to adventure combined with bliss.

Popular trek routes: Bedni Bugyal, Kauri Pass, Har ki Dun, Deoriatal-Chandrashila, Dodital, Roop Kund, Hem Kund – Valley of Flowers and Kedarkantha.

2.Paragliding: Flight of Fantasy

Tandem Paragliding, Mukteshwar

Adventure enthusiasts could go for tandem paragliding in Mukteshwar from September till March

Flying has always been an obsession since time immemorial be it the Icarus whose wing failed in flight to the Wright brothers who finally did managed the first modern flight by human. Experience the thrill of flying along with eagle eye view of the lush surrounding and mountainscape as the adrenaline rush takes over as you paraglide in Uttarakhand.

No wonder soaring high like an eagle is an obsession among the adventure enthusiasts. Although not one of the most popular places for paragliding in India, Uttarakhand offers ample ops for paragliding for those seeking the thrill of flying.

The best thing about paragliding in Uttarakhand is that you don’t require prior knowledge of paragliding as tandem paragliding flights are offered by trained experts at Mukteswar and Ranikhet, 2 most popular places for paragliding in Uttarakhand.

3.Skiing: Glide over Snow

Skiing in Auli

Auli is an important ski destination in the Himalayan mountains of Uttarakhand

Skiing requires a flood of passion and energy to slide over vast expanses of snow. The almost perfect snow line and mountains-cape in Auli in Uttrakahand makes it one of the finest skiing destinations in India. Take of the wonderful challenge of gliding down the mountain or take of classes to master the art of skiing. The classes are offered by GMVN Uttarakhand that span across 7-14 days.

Best time to visit:  November till February

4.White Water Rafting: The Rush of Adrenaline

River Rafting in Rishikesh

Rishikesh has now become a main center of white water rafting in North India

Perhaps the most popular adventure sports in India – be it the youth or even families nowadays – is white water rafting in the gushing rapids of Ganges and Tons river in Uttarakhand. Whereas the white water rafting and camping near rapids from Shivpuri to Rishikesh have become the most popular weekend getaways activities of denizens of Delhi, visitors and thrill seekers from around the globe head to Uttarakhand for river rafting in India. Recently white water rafting is also gaining popularity in the rapids of Tons river near Mori.

5.Camping: Back to Nature

Deoria Tal, Uttarakhand

Deoria Tal is a very beautiful lake situated amid dense forests of Rhododendron and Oak making it an ideal place for camping in Uttarakhand

Camping – especially for a city person – is an experience that is not just enlightening but a mentally and spiritually uplifting experience and a way to reclaim your ‘self’. It’s like going back to nature and set oneself adrift surrounded by wilderness and tranquility of nature only to rediscover oneself.

Away from the din of the city and from the technologies like mobile & cell phones, camping lets you escape the crutches of hectic city life and observe things and attain perspectives in a new improved way. It also lets you appreciate Mother Nature and see and appreciate the beauty of outdoors.

With its dense jungles, lush bugyals and alpine lake, Uttarakhand tucks some of the finest natural camping sites in its bosom. Be it the magical Deoria Tal with its densely forested surrounding and panoramic view of more than 5 Himalayan peaks or the lush meadows of Chopta dotted with pine, deodar and rhododendron forest flanked by towering Himalayas, there are some out of the world and magical places in Uttarakhand that makes it one of the top destinations for camping in India.

Yet another top place for camping in India is Rishikesh. It is especially popular for family holidays in India.  Rafting, hiking, temple visits and nature walks along with camping by the sandy beaches of Ganges.

Popular camping destinations: Kanatal, Dhanaulti, Deoria Tal, Padamapuri, Chopta, Corbett National park, Sattal, Pangot, Binsar Sanctuary, Bhimtal, Rani Chori, Chokuri.

6.Elephant Safaris: Beauty & the Beast

Elephant Safari in Corbett National Park

Undisturbed by the mechanical roar of a car or jeep, open to surrounding, Elephant Safari is the best way to explore the Corbett National Park. Photo source

Uttarakhand happens to be one of the best places for Elephant safaris in India. One could indulge in the adventure of these rides at either Corbett National Park near Ramgarh or Rajaji National Park near Haridwar. Riding atop the mighty beasts offers great vantage point to observe the beauty as well as spot wildlife up close. The elephant safaris at both of these national parks are available on first come first serve basis.  Costs starts from INR 500 for Indians and INR 1500 for foreign visitors.

7.Bungee Jumping: The Gravitational Pull

Bungee Jumping, Rishikesh

Probably the most famous thrill-seeking activity in Rishikesh is the bungee jumping

Nothing pumps the adrenaline to the level as does the bungee jumping. Feel the blood rushing to your face and pounding of heart. Bungee jumping is – so to say – mother of all adventure sports.

One of the best places to go bungee jumping in India is Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. At 83 feet, Jumpin Heights – with jump masters from New Zealand – is India’s highest Bungy. With its abundant natural beauty, the bungee jumping in Rishikesh beats the experience of jump from tall crane or malls any day.

8.Zip-line Activities: The Flying Fox

Zip Line by Flying Fox at Rishikesh

Fly High across Ganges with breath-taking views as you fly down a series of ultra-strong steel zip line in Rishikesh

Zip-line is yet another adventure sport activity that is gaining popularity among visitors from overseas. Uttarakhand with its suitable topography and remarkable natural beauty offers some of the best options.


The thrill of jump which will make you fly at speed of 140-160 kilometers per hour. It is a thrilling experience not to mention the sight of rolling hills, cascading waterstreams and dense forests. One of the best places for flying fox activities in Uttarakhand is once again Rishikesh where you could undertake tandem flying across the zip line spanning over the length of 1 kilometer with 2 companions to share the thrill.

Popular locations– Rishikesh, Mussorie, Nainital

9.Canoeing & Kayaking: Paddling the Rapids

Kayaking in Rishikesh

The adventure of kayaking in Rishikesh have gained much popularity among tourists from all corners of the world

Also referred to as the F1 of water paddling, kayaking and canoeing are 2 most sought after adventure activities in Uttarakhand, especially across the challenging rapids near Shivpuri and Rishikesh. Kayaking and Canoeing are often used synonymously but what differentiates Kayaking from Canoeing is that whereas Kayaking is an individual activity in a closed boat with single peddler rowing with double bladed paddle, canoeing could be done by 1 or more person.

Originated as paddle boat used by Eskimos for the purpose of fishing & hunting through narrow and turbulent water channels, Kayaking in rapids these days has become a thrill seeking activity to negotiate the tumultuous rapids of Ganges in Uttarakhand.

The only catch however is that Kayaking and canoeing could not be undertaken by beginners to negotiate rapids. The prior experience or lessons are mandatory to undertake this adrenaline rushing activity. Read more about Kayaking in Rishikesh.

Popular sites: Rishikesh

10.Cable Car Ride: Up & Above

Om Parvat from Nainital

If one is lucky, sight of Om Parvat as in pic can make the ropeway ride a thrilling experience however most of the Himalayan peaks are occasionally visible because of cloud covers. Source

Cable ride from one mountain vantage point to another; with sweeping view of the densely forested valleys and  snowcapped mountain peaks of Himalayas, makes cable car ride exciting. It is one of the thrilling adventure activities to undertake when you are touring Uttarakhand. The best place for cable car ride in Uttarakhand unarguably is Auli. Moreover, on a clear day, the view of Himalayan peaks especially Bandarpunch, Trishul and Om Parvat is a sight to behold. Mussoorie and Nainital are not far behind.


Created by the Ringaal people of the Kumaon Region in Uttarakhand, this handicraft is an ancient art in the state. Ringaal handicraft is made using the bamboo which can be found in the state in abundance. The popular Ringaal items are baskets, kitchen utility items, mats, and furniture.


An important native art coming from the region of Kumaon in Uttarakhand, Aipan is a folk art that is associated with the legends of the region�s tradition. The art is the perfect combination of skill and imagination that are demonstrated on the shawls and stoles, wall hangings, bookmarks, coasters, photo frames etc.


A traditional art form, Rambans handicraft is done by using jute and hemp. The fibers are used in creating shopping worthy items like bags, purses, wall hangings and showpieces. This art form can mostly be seen in the greener areas of Uttarakhand where the two fibers can be found in abundance.


Making use of the copper is deeply integrated into the traditions of Uttarakhand. The art of copperware can be seen practiced in several parts of the state where the artists indulge in making items like copper pots, water tillers, drinking glasses, musical instruments, masks and other essential elements out of copper.


Uttarakhand excels in creating woodwork items as it is one of the ancient art forms in the state. The Gunjyal village takes an initiative of woodcraft and they have skilled people working to create walking sticks, animal figures, miniature, figures of god.


Candles of Uttarakhand have worldwide acclamation, the state is known creating fragrant candles of different shapes and sizes that make excellent home decor item. The candle work or waxwork is a popular souvenir of Nainital which is also a popular tourist destination in Uttarakhand.


Woollens in Uttarakhand are the best buys, not only the state sells them at an affordable price but also knits and weaves some fine quality and attractive woollens. Almora and few other places in Uttarakhand are famous for its Angora and Pashmina items, whereas several Gramudyogs and Village women groups manufacture pretty woollen mufflers, caps, socks and gloves.


In order to develop the rural areas of Uttarakhand, the government and NGOs have formed Gramudyogs and Rural Women Groups that are involved in the packaging of organic spices and pickle making. These products can be found around the states and are quite affordable as well.


Uttarakhand is famous for producing a wide range of fruit preserves including jam, juice, and wine. The Rhododendron wine in Uttarakhand is quite a product to buy and so is the honey and variety of other jams, jellies, juices and squash.

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