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Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand Travel Guide & Travel Infrmation

The state of Uttarakhand is situated in Northern India. Till 2007, it was known as Uttaranchal. The two principal regions that constitute the state are Garhwal and Kumaon. Uttarakhand is famous for the Himalayan mountain ranges and its unique traditions and languages. Uttarakhand is nicknamed as the Land of the Gods because of the variety of Hindu temples and religious hubs across the province. It is a preferred destination among tourists because of its scenic beauty, the Himalayan mountain ranges, the Terai and the Bhabhar regions. There are 13 districts in all in Uttarakhand. The Chota Char Dham is an important pilgrimage hub for the Hindus, comprising Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. 

Geographical location of Uttarakhand
The coordinates of Uttarakhand are 30.33° North latitude and 78.06° East longitude. Uttarakhand shares its boundaries with the Autonomous Territory of Tibet to the north, and the Indian states of Himachal Pradesh to the northwest, Uttar Pradesh to the south, and the Mahakali zone of the distant-western region, Nepal to the east.

Some interesting facts and figures about Uttarakhand
Area: 51,125 km2 (19,739 sq miles)
Altitude: Ranges from 1,000-25,000 feet.
Climate Summer: Maximum temperature 38°C and minimum temperature 7°C.
Climate Winter: Maximum temperature 21°C and minimum temperature .
Rainfall: 1,500 cm on an average.
Largest city: Dehradun
Capital city: Dehradun  
Population: 10,116,752 (2011)
Chief Minister: Vijay Bahuguna
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Sanskrit, Garhwali and Kumaoni
Best season to visit: From April to June.

State symbols
Animal: White bellied musk deer 
Bird: Monal
Tree: Burans
Flower: Brahma Kamal

 
There are a number of national parks in Uttarakhand including the Jim Corbett National Park in Nainital, Nanda Devi National Park, and Valley of Flowers National Park. The Valley of Flowers National Park and Nanda Devi National Park jointly constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in the country. The state is famous for its natural beauty, the holy rivers, pilgrimage sites, flora and fauna and adventure sports. Given below are the most visited places in Uttarakhand: Read More....
 
By Air: The Jolly Grant Airport situated in Dehradun is the principal airport in Uttarakhand. The airport enjoys sufficient connectivity with New Delhi. There is one more domestic airport in Pantnagar, Kumaon area. The government is thinking about starting helipad services in Jolly Grant and Pant Nagar Airport to key traveler draws such as Hemkund Sahib and Ghangharia. By Rail: Availability of railway services in Uttarakhand is quite limited because of its mountainous aspects. However, railways transport is one of the most affordable modes of transportation. The principal railhead in Uttarakhand lies at the Kumaun Division and its name is Kathgodam. The distance from Nainital is 35 km. It is the terminal station of the broad gauge track of North East Railways which joins Dehradun, Delhi, and Howrah with Nainital. Haldwani and Lalkuan are two other important railheads. Read More....
 
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