Doon Valley is situated between the two most important rivers of India.
i.e. Ganga & Yamuna, is most picturesque having moderate climate,
nestling a number of places of tourist interest.
It is named after Guru Dronacharya - A great teacher in Mahabharat
epic. The renowned religious town of Rishikesh, the queen of hills
Mussoorie, the renowned sulphur springs at Sahastradhara and a part of
Rajaji National Park, the quit Chakrata hills all lie in this district.
Also visit the Chardhams.
Dehradun is situated at an altitude of 2200 feet above sea level. It
is one of the most developed cities of India having moderate climate.
The places to be visited nearby are Sahastradhara (14 Kms.) Robbers Cave
(8 Kms.) Forest Research Institute (5 Kms.) Tapkeshwar Temple (5.5 Kms.),
Laxman Sidh (12 Kms.) Malsi Deer Park (9 Kms.).
or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is one of the seven holiest places
according to Hindu mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left
their footprints in Haridwar. Due to its geographical location too,
Haridwar stands as the gateway to the other three important pilgrimages
of Uttrakhand namely, Rishikesh, Badrinath and Kedarnath. Referred to as
Mayapuri, Gangadwar, and Mokshadwar in the ancient scriptures and epics,
Haridwar has always remained a major pilgrimage for the Hindus.
The list of attractions in Haridwar is endless. Har-Ki-Pauri, the
sacred ghat was constructed by King Vikramaditya in the memory of his
brother Bhartrihari. The golden reflection of floral diyas in the river
Ganges is the most enchanting sight in the twilight during the Ganga
aarti ceremony at the ghat.
Several festivals are celebrated in Haridwar. Haridwar, one of the
oldest and holiest pilgrim centers of India, is also the place that
plays host to around eight to ten million devotees during the Kumbh
melas. The history of the Kumbh Mela dates back to the creation of the
Universe and as a show of their faith, Hindus from all over the country
assemble to take a holy dip in the Ganges.
is one of the most popular pilgrim centres and gateway to the Himalayan
Shrines of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The Yoga
Centres of Rishikesh have enhanced the significance of the place. From
this point on, the great Ganges leaves behind her mountain home and
enters the vast plains of Northern India.
Rishikesh is located at a height of about 1360 feet above sea level.
It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practised penance
here. Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon
The Lakshman Jhula, a 450 feet long suspension bridge was built in
1939. A newer bridge the Ram Jhula has been added recently. The Ganga
abounds in fish. Offerings of puffed rice are made to these creatures.
The freshness of the air, and sound of flowing water, the scenic beauty
of the region and the distant sound of bell chimes create an
unforgettable experience for those that visit this ancient pilgrimage
city in Himalayas is full of amazing sights, blessed with all the
natural bounties, surrounded by towering snowy peaks, skiing, trekking
and hiking trails, a popular honeymoon destination and known for its
immense natural beauty all over the world.
Snow capped slopes of auli are flanked by all, dense deodar forest
which cuts wind velocity to the minimum 16 kms. From Joshimath on the
Badrinath route, Auli offers a 180 panoramic view of Himalayan peaks
like the Nanda devi (7,817mts.) Kamet (7,756 mts.) Mana Parvat (7,273
mts.) And Dunagiri (7,066 mts.) seemingly only a snow ball thrown away.
To attract attention, skiing festivals are also conducted at Auli.
These now include the national championships in the months of February
and March, organised by the Winter Games Federation Of India. While
skiing is the chief attraction at Auli, there are other attraction like
cable car rides and rope lifts, or spend the day outdoors building
snowmen, or having snowball fights.
The hill resort of Mussoorie is often referred to as the "Queen of the
Hills". Any tourist who experiences the magic of the hill resort will
but agree with the sobriquet. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas,
Mussoorie gets its name from the Mansur shrub that is commonly seen in
the hill resort. The marvelous hill resort of Mussoorie is located in
the foothills of the Himalayas. The hill station of Mussoorie is one of
the most-loved tourist destinations of India. It has a number of
waterfalls, picnic-spots, temples and tourist bungalows.
The main artery of Mussoorie, the Mall certainly responds to the
influx of visitors in the same manner as a person fighting for
life-sustaining breath revives after receiving oxygen. The Mall is lined
with curio and antique shops, a revolving restaurant, various eating
joints, metal ware and handicraft items and a number of other such
interesting things. It runs right through the small town and is a
delightful place for a late night stroll.
kms. from Rishikesh. This is the winter seat of Lord Kedarnath, and
worship is performed here during the winters, when the temple of
Kedarnath remains closed. The temples of Usha and Anirudh, Shiva and
Parvati are worth a visit.
Land of Usha (beautiful daughter of Demon Varasura). Temples of
Onkareshwara, Usha, Shiva-Parvati.
For accommodation, a tourist rest house, irrigation Dak bungalow,
P.W.D. Inspection House and private hotels are available.
situated on the Gopeshwar-Ukhimath Road about 40 kms. from Gopeshwar is
at an altitude of about 2,900 m above sea level. One of the most
picturesque spots in the entire Garhwal region, Chopta provides a
breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding areas.
Chopta provides a breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges and the
Hemkund Sahib :
is a pilgrimage of the sikhs. Hemkund, as the name suggests, is a lake
in the Himalayas. There are many lakes in the Himalayas, but few are set
in as dramatic a setting as Hemkund is. At an altitude of 4,500 m above
sea level, which is several hundred meters above the tree line, the lake
is set like a jewel in a crown of seven of the most picturesque snow
peaks of the Himalayas. In this surrealistic landscape, made up mostly
of rock and ice, there is no habitation-animal or human. The place is as
if made to order for a man in search of absolute peace to meditate upon
the absolute truth.
The gurdwara is well equipped to accommodate a thousand pilgrims in
its four large buildings. All the rooms, although not furnished, are
carpeted and quite cosy, especially the ones facing the river.
Mattresses and blankets are provided by the gurdwara too.