The capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun has a picturesque location with a beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges and river Ganga flowing on either side of the city. Mussoorie is located at a distance of about 38 km from Dehradun. It is touted to be the ‘Queen of Hills’ and attracts many tourists every year to visit famous Uttrakhand destinations which also makes this the most beautiful place in Uttarakhand.
Why: ‘Coz there are only a few amazing weekend getaways like Dehradun and Mussoorie
Ideal for: Peace lovers, honeymooners, family and friends
Best time to visit: All around the year except monsoons.
Ideal duration: 2 to 3 days
How to reach: It takes around 5 hours to reach Dehradun from Delhi via road. From Dehradun, Mussoorie is just an hour journey away. The nearest airport is in Dehradun – Jolly Grant Airport.
Things to do: Visit the National Parks, Lakes, Kempty Falls, Benog Hill & Jwalaji Temple. Monastery, Resorts and Forest research institute in Dehradun
One of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand and a popular getaway for couples and families is Nainital. Located by the famous Naini Lake in the valley, surrounded by mountains on all sides where one can enjoy majestic vistas of nature here. Plus, there is plenty to explore with some interesting tourist places in Nanital. Also these are two of the places to visit in Uttarakhand in monsoon!
Why: The lush green sight of Nainital offers an exotic view of the Himalayan ranges. Enjoy the trekking trails in Ranikhet and go camping in the main sight of the location.
Ideal for: Honeymoon couples, office goers, couples and families
Best time to visit: April – June
Ideal duration: 4 to 5 days
How to reach: Nainital does not have direct access to air connectivity. The nearest railway station is located at a distance of 34 km at Kathgodham. It takes about 7 hours from Delhi to reach Nainital.
Another place you definitely must visit in Uttarakhand is the adventure capital–Rishikesh and pilgrim capital–Haridwar. Haridwar is a place where tourists get enchanted by rustic touch and spiritual energy of the place and its surroundings. Rishikesh is considered to be one of the best exotic places to visit in Uttarakhand.
Why: Rishikesh as it is the adventure capital of India; Haridwar for the tranquility and religion.
Ideal for: Everyone – friends, couples and families.
Best time to visit: Anytime of the year is good except monsoons.
Ideal duration: 3 to 4 days
How to reach: Nearest airport is in Dehradun. Trains connect both Rishikesh and Haridwar.
Things to do: Take part in the Ganga aarti in Haridwar, a holy dip in the river Ganga, go for a boat ride, eat the local delicacies and talk to the spiritual gurus. Visit the ashrams in Rishikesh; go for water sports adventures in Rishikesh and trekking up in the hills.
If you’re looking for famous Uttarakhand tourist places then this pace is a must visit. Formely known as Haley’s National Park, Jim Corbett was established in 1938 and attracts visitors for its Royal Bengal Tigers.
The park is home to some 600 species of birds, an equal number of animals and around 488 different types of plants and trees. Jim corbett organises safaris and hiking trails through the dense forest’s buffer zones all through the year. This is amongst the best places to visit in Uttarakhand.
Why: ‘Coz this is the place you can’t miss if you are a wildlife enthusiast, photographer and nature lover.
Best time to visit: All year-round, except Monsoon (June to August)
Ideal for: Nature enthusiast, photographers, excursionists
Ideal duration: 2 to 3 days
How to reach: Ramnagar is the nearest railway staion while Dehradun Airport is the nearest airport. It is well connected by road and there are regular bus services from Ramnagar and Delhi.
Things to do: Elephant rides, elephant safaris, Jeep safaris, photography, and unplanned excursions
Chopta is one of the least explored hamlets in the Himalayas. At an elevation of 2,680 m, it serves as a base point to famous treks to Tungnath and Chandrashilla and amongst the best places to see in Uttarakhand . It also offers some amazing 360 degree panorma of majestic mountains through the Trishul, Nanda devi and Chaukhambha peaks and trekking to these places is one of the most preferred things to do in Chopta.
Why: Chopta is one of those hill stations which will tempt you for life. With a blend of adventure and tranquility, it suits almost everyone’s taste.
Ideal for: Adventure bugs, photography enthusiasts, friends
Best time to visit: Winter months of December, January and February.
Ideal duration: 5 to 6 days
How to reach: The nearest airport Jolly Grant is at a distance of 221 km. The nearest railhead is Rishikesh at a distance of 202 km. It is well connected by road from all the major cities like Rishikesh, Srinagar,and Pauri.
Things to do: Trekking, camping and photography