About Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand became the 27th state of the Republic of India on 9th November 2000. The State came out of Uttar Pradesh. Demand for Uttarakhand was first made in 1930 at the Karachi session of INC. It occupies 17.3% of India's total land area with 51,125 sq kms.

Uttarakhand is a place with great diversity of the region where snow-clad mountains, green hills, fertile valleys, flowing rivers and thriving lakes add to the natural beauty.

Uttarakhand is also known as the Abode of the gods, there are several highly venerated pilgrimage places. The tourists must visit Kedarnath, Badrinath, Hemkund Sahib, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Jageshwar, Bageshwar, Rishikesh and Haridwar for their religious importance on Uttarakhand Travel. Each hilltop or bent is known to have a temple, big or small, which are considered very sacred by the locals.

Its a region with several natural lakes, which are the center of attraction of the town and good for sporting activities. The popular hill stations of Uttarakhand are Almora, Bhimtal, Munsiyari, Mussorie, Nainital, Pithoragarh, Ranikhet, Chopta, Valley of Flowers, Joshimath and Lansdowne. For unlimited serenity and tranquility in pleasant pollution free environs, hill station on Uttarakhand Travel are ideal for vacations.

Uttarakhand is also ideal for several adventure sports activities because of its geographical attributes. The tourist here takes the maximum pleasure out of adventure sports like trekking, ice-skiing, white water rafting, sailing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, yachting, water-skiing and parasailing. To climb the big mountain stretch or to pass the dense jungles of the hills is in itself very exciting. The huge water-filled rivers and deep lakes are perfect for water sports.

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Aarti at Haridwar - Haridwar, is one of the most religious town in Uttarakhand. It is said that Bhagirath brought the Holy Ganga into the earth to this point where his ancestors were burnt to ashes by the curse of Kapila. There are five sacred bathing spots in Haridwar. These are Gangadwara, Kankhal, Nila Parvata, Bilwa Theertha and Kusavarta. The main ghat at Haridwar is Hari-ki-Pauri which is also the venue of the famous Kumbh Mela. At Hari-ki-Pauri every evening Ganga Aarti is celebrated with offerings of lamps and flowers.

People arrive here early and settle down to witness this spectacular sight. Many people from different states come here especially to witness Maha Aarti. When Aarti starts, the place seems to be filled with the rhythmic chants of the mantras and incense.

Lamps of different sizes light up in the hands of people all along the banks and is a pretty sight to watch in the darkness after sunset.

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