Uttarakhand, a state in northern India crossed by the Himalayas, is known for its Hindu pilgrimage sites. Rishikesh, a major centre for yoga study, was made famous by the Beatles’ 1968 visit. The city hosts the evening Ganga Aarti, a spiritual gathering on the sacred Ganges River. The state's forested Jim Corbett National Park shelters Bengal tigers and other native wildlife.
The history of Uttarakhand sings the glorious past of the territory. Uttarakhand has a long history of its genesis, and evolution, that highlights the great emperors, such as the Kushanas, Kudinas, Kanishka, Samudragupta, Katuria, Palas, Chandras and Pawaras. Talking about the history of Uttarakhand, it can be said that Uttarakhand finds reference in many holy Hindu scriptures. But the history of Uttarakhand can be best understood through the history of Garhwal and Kumaon:
Fairs & Festivals
The fairs and festivals of Uttarakhand are very colourful and distinctive, and are the blend of various natural, social and cultural factors. The religious, social and cultural urges of the people of Uttarakhand find an expression in various fairs, which are closely linked to the economic activities of the region. Makar Sankranti, Basant Panchami, Phool Dei, Haatkalika Fair, Kumbh Mela, Syalde Bikhauti, Somnath Fair, Punyagiri Fair, Jageshwar Fair, Bat Savitri, Ganga Dusshera, Harela and Bhitauli, Olgia or Ghee Sankranti, Janopunyu, Khatarua, Jauljibi and Thal fairs and Nandadevi Fair are some of the major fairs and festivals of Uttarakhand. The people of Uttarakhand also celebrate all the major Indian festivals like Holi, Navratri, Diwali, Id, Easter, Christmas, Baisakhi and Guru Nanak Jayanti.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Lansdowne is from March to November. This is one of the few destinations that have tourists visiting for the better part of the year. During summers, from March to May, the temperature ranges from 15C to 30C. In the monsoon season, from June to September, heavy rainfall is experienced in this region, but flora and fauna are at its peak beauty.
How to Reach :-
BY AIR - Jolly Grant Airport Jolly Grant Airport, also known as Dehradun Airport, is a domestic airport located about 22 km (14 mi) southeast of Dehradun, and 30 km (19 mi) from Haridwar, Uttarakhand, The airport is situated on Hardwar Byepass Road.(Indian Airlines (indian-airlines.nic.in) and Jet Airways (jetairways.com) operates several daily flight between Dehradun and Delhi. Further, connecting flights are available to some major cities including Lucknow and Mumbai.
BY RAIL - Dehradun is a major railway station and a terminus in Uttarakhand. It is well connected to rail. From Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kolkata, Gorakhpur, Amritsar, Indore, Ujjain and Chennai. Here are some useful trains to reach Dehradun. It takes 30 minutes to reach University from Railway Station.
BY ROAD - Deluxe, Volvo, Semi-deluxe and ordinary Uttarakhand State buses depart every hour from ISBT, Kashmere Gate in New Delhi and Anand Vihar in Ghaziabad. There is also an overnight deluxe A/C service run by Uttarakhand Tourism. It is a six to seven hours journey from Delhi. Dehradun bus station is located about 12 km away from the University. If you are coming from Delhi side, the trains will generally be more convenient.
Uttarakhand tour packages The hill stations in Uttarakhand like Almora, Mussoorie, Nainital, Bageshwar and Dehradun are a popular escape of the city dwellers during summer. Picturesque hill towns like Ranikhet, Mukteshwar and Kausani are popular for guests looking for honeymoon tour packages in India.