01. Jim Corbett national park:
Jim Corbett is located in Nainital and it is known as the oldest national park in India. . This park was named after the hunter Jim Corbett. The Jim Corbett Park is specially built for the conservation of Bengal tigers. 73% of the park is covered by dense forest and the remaining are grasslands. It has over 11o tree species, 50 different species of mammals, about 580 different species of birds, and 25 species of reptiles.
The park can be explored in 2 ways; by jeep or elephant safaris which usually take place at specific timings in the early morning and afternoons. You get to see some amazing views of the valleys from the dhikala zone, which is also the best spot to sight wild animals in the park, and sometimes if you are lucky, you might get to see some of the endangered species too.
Haridwar is known as one of the sacred cities of India. It is also a gateway to four important pilgrimages. Haridwar is the place where Kumbh Mela is held, which happens once in 12 years. Haridwar is famous for its temples and pilgrims where the deities bathe to relieve their sins through the Ganga river. People assemble for Ganga aarti in the evening which is considered a very auspicious thing to experience. The city is a very popular tourist destination for Indians as well as foreigners.
One can visit temples, yoga centers, stroll along the river banks, and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the heavenly place. Lush green forests and small ponds add to the scenic beauty of this holy land. In the evening the ghats look breathtakingly beautiful as thousands of lamps and marigold flowers float and illuminate the holy waters.
Nainital is also called the lake district of India.It shines as a glittering jewel in the Himalayan Mountains and is surrounded by lakes and nature. Nainital is surrounded by seven hills and snow-capped peaks. According to mythology, the lake is believed to have been formed when the eyes of Goddess Sati fell at this spot while her body was being carried by Lord Shiva after her death. One can expect a calm and refreshing environment with hills in the backdrop and enchanting lakes.
And also Nainital zoo is one of the major atttractions. You can sight snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, and other rare species in the zoo. Nainital is considered the most visited hill station of north India since the British era. Some of the beautiful places which you can visit in Nainital are, Haldwani, khaldungi, Ramnagar.
Mussoorie, filled with lush green hills with varied flora and fauna species. Mussoorie is called the best weekend getaway and honeymoon destination. also known as the queen of hills. With a height of 2,000m above sea level, it offers beautiful views of the Himalayas peaks in western Garhwal.
There are many adventure activities that you can do in Mussoorie which include trekking, paragliding, angling, ziplining, and winter line. Take a cable car to Gun Hill, enjoy a beautiful nature walk along Camel’s Back Road, have a picnic at Kempty Falls, or ride a horse up to Lal Tibba which is the highest peak of the Himalayas.
This hill station also offers some of the best educational institutions of India, estates, churches, and tourist spots to mesmerize the visitors. You can spot colonial buildings and architecture of the British folks. You can also definitely visit some of the nearby attractions like kempty falls, the first-ever Tibetan temple of India, and the company garden.
Almora is known for its cultural diversities and hill stations with pines and oaks. There are famous temples in Almora like chitai and Nanda Devi, katarmal, jageshwar, and kasar Devi temple which is built on the mountain peak near kalimat.
Almora is also known for its shopping center Lala bazaar which is 200 years old. Almora is famous for its angora clothes which are made from rabbit fur. Almora also gives a very beautiful view of sunset and sunrise at a place called the bright end corner, which is about 2kms far from the city. One can refresh their senses in the morning and spend some quality time in the evening at this spot.
Auli is known for its snowy slope hills. You can find many adventure activities, cable cars and many more here. One can get a proper view of the Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, mana parvat, and Kamat. The slope hills are used for skiing by professionals. The Uttarakhand tourism department conducts winter sports in Auli. It is also the gateway to the Nanda Devi and the Valley of Flowers National Park, including the Hemkund Sahib gurdwara, and popular trekking destinations such as Gorson Bugyal, Pangarchulla Summit, and Tapovan can be accessed through Auli.
The snowy slopes are covered with oak forests which helps the skiers from the chilling winds.
Munsiyari is often compared with Kashmir for its beauty. It gives a breathtaking view of the panchachuli peaks which include Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. Apart from the natural beauty of this place, munsiyari offers some amazing adventure spots for trekking. Munsiyari is one of the fast-growing tourist destinations especially for the people who seek adventure, trekkers, and mountaineers. Munsiyari also falls on the ancient salt route from Tibet and is at the entrance of the Johar Valley, which extends along the path of the Gori Ganga River to its source at the Milam Glacier.
The local people of Munsiyari are very humble and even make sure that all the tourists are safe and sound. The best time to visit munsiyari is from March to June and September to October.
8) Valley of flowers national park:
Valley of flowers national park is a UNESCO world heritage site, which has flowery meadows, and it is a home for rare animal species. Valley of flowers was named by Britishers who discovered this region in 1931
It consists of exotic 600 species of flowers like orchids, poppies, and marigolds. On the way to the valley, you can see the breathtaking view of waterfalls and wild streams. This place is a must-visit for the people who love flowers, trekking, bird watchers, and wildlife photographers. This valley is very popular amongst international tourists and other foreigners throughout the world.
You can also explore the small village called Ghangaria during this visit and learn about their cultures and beliefs. And also you can visit and explore another beautiful village called byundar village.
Kausani is a beautiful place with a quaint and serene hill station with a panoramic view of the Himalayas. Kausani is often called the Switzerland of India. This village is filled with blue pine forests and one can enjoy a perfect sunrise from any of the viewing points in Kausani. And tourists can explore the forests filled with chirping birds and serenity. There are around 50 species of bird found in Kausani. one can see the ranges of snow-clad mountains stretching to about 350 km around the town. One of the main attractions in Kausani is aipan. It is a form of rangoli which is put in front of each house decorated with flower petals and colored rice flour.
Couples can engage in activities like bird watching, photography, village walks, and explore the rudrahari cave temple. Some of the places you can visit from Kausani are the Sumitra Nandan pant museum and the Lakshmi Ashram. There are also 3 famous temples called, someshwar temple, bageshwar temple and baijanth temple which you can visit.
Ranikhet is known as the land of queens. This town offers an amazing view of snow-clad Himalayan peaks. Snowfall in the winter makes this town look even more beautiful. According to popular belief, Ranikhet got its name when Rani Padmini, queen of Raja Sukherdev, the local ruler, saw this place and was struck by its beauty. She was so captivated by the place that she decided to stay there, and the place came to be known as Ranikhet (basically queen’s land). The region around Ranikhet was ruled by local Kumaoni rulers and later came under British rule. The British developed Ranikhet as a hill station for their troops and established a cantonment in 1869. Ranikhet is still a cantonment town and is the Kumaon Regimental Center. Travelers can take a walk around the town and its sylvan surroundings. The Jhula Devi temple and the Chaubatia orchards are within walking distance, south of the main Mall Road. Bhaludham, 3 km away, is an artificial lake.