Uttarakhand is the 'abode of gods' because of the uncountable ancient temples situated here. Every mountain, every rock and every stream of Uttarakhand is somewhat associated with the mythological background of India. It is not as though Uttarakhand is a pilgimage destination exclusively for Hindus – there are several important shrines related to other religions too, keeping in line with the secular traditions of our country. These include Piran Kaliyar Sharif near Roorkee, Hemkund Sahib, Nanak Matta Sahib, Ritha Metha Sahib, the Mind Rolling Monastery and its Buddha Stupa in Dehradun.
Main Attraction: The Char Dhams ( Gangotri , Yamunotri , Badrinath , Kedarnath ), Panch Badri , Panch Kedar , Kumbh Mela and Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra .
The Char Dhams
Char Dham are the names of four pilgrimage sites in India that is considered highly sacred by Hindus to visit during one's lifetime. It comprises of Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameswaram.
Badrinath is located in the state of Uttarakhand. It is in the Garhwal region on the banks of the Alaknanda River. The town lies between the Nar and Narayana mountain ranges and in the shadow of Nilkantha peak.
The Panch Badri
Panch means five. The Panch Badri constitutes a group of five sacred Hindu temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu which are located in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. They are Adi Badri, Badrinath, Bhavishya Badri, Vridh Badri and Yogdhyan Badri.
At Panch Badri Lord Vishnu is worshipped at five different places and under five different names.
The Panch Kedars
According to the legend, after the battle of Kurukshetra, the Pandavas went to sought the blessings of Lord Shiva to atone their sins. But Lord Shiva, who din't want to meet them finally eluded. When the Pandavas came to know where Lord Shiva is, the Lord took the form of a bull to hide himself.
The Pandavas were not ready to accept it. One of the Pandava, Bhima tried his best to pick up the bull (Lord Shiva) but failed and the bull sacattered into pieces.
The Panch Prayags
Prayag meaning "confluence" in Sanskrit, constitutes a group of five sacred river confluences in the Garhwal Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand, India. These five river confluences, are Vishnuprayag, Nandaprayag, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag.
Vishnuprayag - This confluence is dark and mostly in the shadows. To make this confluence the river Alaknanda, the main tributary of the Ganga, rises near Badrinath and flows down to meet....
The Kumbh Mela
Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage. It occurs four times every twelve years and rotates among the four locations Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. Kumbh Mela is practically held every three years across the four locations.
It is believed that its origin is found in one of the popular creation myths and the Hindu theory, the Samudra manthan episode (Churning of the ocean of milk), which is mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam....
Nanda Devi Raj Jaat Yatra
The Nanda Devi Raj Jat is a pilgrimage and festival of Uttarakhand in India. People from the entire Garhwal and Kumaon division as well as from other parts of India and the world come and participate in this. The Yatra or pilgrimage starts from Nauti village (25 km from Karnprayag) and goes up to the heights of Roopkund and Hemkund with a four horned sheep. In Chamoli, Nanda Devi Raj Jaat is organized once in 12 years. In some villages people celebrates the Nanda Devi Jaat (journey) every year.