Tourist Destinations in Garhwal

Garhwal - the land of gods, the home of Himalayas and truly a paradise on earth, allures everyone from everywhere. The fresh air, the pure water, the chilling snow, the adversing mountains, the scenic beauty, the small villages, the simpler people and a tougher lifesytle is what that distinguishes Garhwal from rest of the world.
"In the north(of India) there is mighty mountain by the name of Himalaya the abode of perpetual snow, fittingly called the Lord of Mountains, animated by Divinity as its soul an internal spirit. Spanning the wide land from the eastern to the western sea, he stands as it were like the measuring rod of the earth."   "Kalidas" in "Kumar Sambhavam"
"In these hills, nature's hospitality eclipses all man can ever do. The enchanting beauty of Himalayas, their bracing climate and the soothing green that envelopes you leaves nothing more to be desired."   "Mahatma Gandhi."
Dehradun
Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya, Dehradun is one of the oldest cities of India and currently capital of new born state Uttranchal. Also known as the "Abode of Drona", Dehradun has always been an important center of the Garhwal rules which was captured by the British. The headquarters of many National Institutes like ONGC, Survey of India, I.I.P. etc. are located in the city. Dehradun has a string of premier educational institutes like the Forest Research Institute, Rashtriya Indian Military College and the Indian Military Academy.

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Mussoorie
Mussoorie with its green hills and varied Flora and Fauna, is a fascinating hill resort. Commanding a wonderful view of extensive Himalaya snow ranges to the northeast, and glittering views of the Doon Valley, Roorki, Saharabpur and Haridwar to the south, the town presents a fairy land atmosphere to the tourists. Its history back to 1827 when Captain Young, an adventures military officer, explore the present site and laid the foundation of this holiday resort which now has few rivals. Mussoorie is famous for its scenic beauty and hectic social life. It provides all kind of amusement and every facility for domestic and foreign tourist.Mussoorie is conveniently connected by road to Delhi and by other major Cities and is also a "Gateway" to Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines.

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Chakrata
92 kms. from Dehradun and 73 kms. from Mussoorie at 2118 meters rests Chakrata, once a cantonment town in Brithish India. One look at Chakrata and it becomes clear that it place is blessed to the eternal home of natural beauty. Virgin forests of conifers, rhododendrons and oaks are best suited for long walks. Alongside these forests picturesque village of Jaunsari tribe compliments, and in the overpowering Kharamba peak (3084 mts.) Chakrata has its share of Alps too. On its northern slope is situated Mundali (2776 mts.) where skiing is possible during November to April.

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Rishikesh
Rishikesh also known as the 'Place of Sages' is a spiritual town situated 24 kms. upstream from Haridwar, at the confluence of the Chandrabhaga and Ganga, It is believed that God by the name of 'Hrishikesh' had apeared as an answer to the hard penances by Rabhiya Rishi and henceforth the place derived its name. It is starting point for Char Dham pilgrimage and an ideal destination for not only for pilgrims but also for the people who are interested in meditation, yoga and other aspects of Hinduism.

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Srinagar
30 kms. from Pauri situated on the bank of Alaknanda river Srinagar was once the capital of the Garhwal Kings before the arrival of British. Even today it is the biggest township of the district and is the seat of the Garhwal University. It is located of the junction of roads from Kotdwar, Rishikesh, Tehri Garhwal and Badrinath.

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Lansdowne
Lansdowne was originally a popular hill station with the Britishers. Attracted by its salubrious climate and natural beauty the established a cantonment here. The famous Garhwal rifles of the Indian army also has its command office here. Lansdowne is situated at an altitude of 1706 mts., just 37 km. from Kotdwar. Surrounded by thick oak and blue pine forests, It is very charming for a quite holiday as it is devoid of the usual hustle and bustle of hill station.

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Pauri
Pauri Headquarter of Garhwal Mandal, one of the best tourist destination in Garhwal. Pauri provides a panoramic view of the snow clad Himalayas peak of Bandar Poonch, Swarga Rohini, Jonli, Gangotri Group, Jogin Group Thalaiya - Sagar, Kedarnath, Kharcha Kund, Sumeru, Satopanth, Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Ghauriparvat, Hathiparvat, Nanda Devi and Trisul.

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Khirsu
The snow - laden mountains of Khirsu tempt the tourist in winters, while the panoramic view of Central Himalayas attracts tourists in summers, when one can get a clear view of 300 named and unnamed peaks. Located 19 kms. away from Pauri at an altitude of 1700 mts. Khirsu is a peaceful spot of Himalayas and free from pollution. The tranquility of the adjoining thick Oak and Deodar forests and apple orchards, is only broken by chirping birds. The ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta in the vicinity is well worth a visit.

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Chopta
You haven't ever heard about Chopta. A destination nestled in the rhododendron and oak forests of the lower Garhwal Himalayan, Chopta is an alpine meadow straight out of a Swiss calendar. Away from the pilgrim highway, at a height of 2,500 m, Chopta is one of those little tucked-away places which many travellers pass by, simply because they don't know about it. Part of a protected sanctuary, the lone road which ran through it not long ago has since been shut down, leaving the deodars, pines, oaks and rhododendrons to flourish into a wilderness not found anywhere in the Himalayas.

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Ukhimath
This is a winter seat of Lord Krishna, and worship is done here is during the winter when the temple of Kadarnath remains closed. The temple of Usha and Anniruddha, Shiva and Parvati are worth visiting. Ukhimath is situated on Guptkashi Gopeshwar motor road. It is at a distance of 1.2 kms. from the district headqaurter of Rudraprayag at an elevation of 1311 mts. Ukhimath is connected by direct bus service with Rudraprayag Gaurikund, Guptkashi & Srinagar. From Ukhimath on a clear day one can see the beautiful view of Kedarnath peak, Chaukhamba & other green beautiful valley.

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Joshimath
Adi Guru Sankaracharya, who came all the way from Kerala in the 8th century A.D., performed penance under a tree and after attaining enlightenment, established a Math, (religious center), known as 'Jyotirmath'. The name Joshimath is derived from it. Temples of Narsingh Dev and Nav Durga is located here. Of special scenic interest are orchards of apple, apricots, lemons and maltas spread all over. Badrinath is just 44 km. from here. Joshimath is also Gatway of Badrinath.

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Harsil
Situated amidst the incredible beauty of mountain peaks 5000 mts. high in the quite resort of Harsil. Where flowers bloom as an expression of joy. Where walks, picnics and treks leads one to undiscovered stretches of green, grassy land.... serving as a perfect invitation to sit down, relax and enjoy the surrounding. A perfect tribute to natre.

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Ghuttu
63 km. from Tehri on the banks of Bhilangana River, Ghuttu is synonymous with naural splendours and scenic wonders. At 1524 mts. abive sea level, Ghuttu is famous for being the gateway for Khatling glacier, Panwali Kantha, Sahashtra Tal and Masar Tal.

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Har ki Dun
At an elevation of 3566 mts. It is surrounding by glittering peaks and dense forests. The forests are rich in wildlife and is a veritable paradise for bird - watchers and nature lovers. The trek from Taluka to Osla is through dense forests of chestnuts, walnuts, willows and chinars. The trek from Sema to Har-Ki-Dun is through terraced mountain fields, lush green grassy land and conifer forests.

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