Northern India’s Himalayan state of Uttarakhand boasts some of India’s most outstanding Himalayan vistas. Diverse wildlife with some 12-wildlife sanctuaries including India’s first national park, Jim Corbett Park. Over 85% of Uttarakhand is mountainous.
November through May are some fo the best times to visit.
Uttarakhand is also famous for it’s Hindu pilgrimage sites such as Rishikesh. A centre for the study of Yoga that was made famous by the Beatles’ 1968 visit. The city hosts the evening Ganga Aarti, a gathering on the sacred Ganges River that is certainly worth a visit.
The Valley of Flowers, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the upper expanses of the Ganges water-shed in Uttarakhand’s Gharwal region. Known for the variety and rarity of its flowers and plants. Speaks for the prolific head-waters of some of India’s most significant water-sheds are found here. The Yammuna, the Ganges and the Mahakali river are it’s major rive systesms. But also home to one of India’s high-test peaks, The Nanda Davi that stands at 7,780 meters.
Uttarakhand is abundant with tourism and eco-tourism activities. The state makes eco-tourism a priority honoring it’s rural tourism through community-based initiatives fascinated by it’s very own Forest department and Tourism authority. It’s easy to combine the best wildlife viewing, hiking, Himalayan vistas, bird-watching and even white-water rafting if you’re looking at challenging yourself to a more outward adventure.