Uttarakhand Overview

Uttarakhand became the 27th state of the Republic of India on the 9th of November 2000. The State is carved out of Uttar Pradesh. It occupies 17.3% of India’s total land area with 51,125 sq. km. It has a population of about 6.0 million at 94.4 per sq. km. It borders Tibet, Nepal, Himachal Pradesh.

Uttarakhand also has the largest number of tourist destinations – this state is the source of the sacred Ganga river, high in the mountains, and the spiritual and physical life source of India. The mighty Himalayas straddle the state, on its northern borders, and are widely believed to be throne of Gods. The Gangetic Plains forms three fourth of the state. Along with the holy places of Hinduism, this region has also distinctively shaped the development of Buddhism and Islam. For a traveller, a simple division would be the Hills and the Plains.

State Capital

Nestled in the mountain ranges of the Himalaya, Dehradun is the Capital of Uttarakhand. It is one of the most beautiful resort in the submountain tracts of India, known for its scenic surroundings. The town lies in the Dun Valley, on the watershed of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers. The name Dehradun is a collection of two word “dera” meaning Camp and “dun” meaning valley. Some of the best public schools and convents are housed here. The Indian Military Academy, The Forest Research Institute, ONGC and many more offices of Central and State Govt. are also situated here

Places to see

Adi Badri, Badrinath, Bhavishya Badri, Chardham, Chilla National Park, Corbett National Park
Gangotri, Gaumukh, Gopeshwar, Hemkund Sahib, Kedarnath, Muni Ki Reti, Nanda Devi National Park
Panch Prayag, Rajaji National Park, Ranikhet, Rudranath, Shitlakhet, Valley of flowers
Yamunotri, Yogdhyan Badri.

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