Also known as Devbhumi, Uttarakhand was a part of Uttar Pradesh earlier. It came to be known as a state of India in the year 2020. Uttarakhand is famous among the tourists for its beautiful landscape. 
Uttarakhand has a number of pilgrim centers as well which attracts a lot of religious tourists, as well. Not only for the one who is religious, but Uttarakhand is also known to be a paradise for those who love nature and its beauty. With a rich and beautiful diversity, Uttarakhand is known to be the place satisfying your wanderlust. Here, in this article, we enlist the Top 5 Tourist Spots of Uttarakhand. 
Take a look, and plan the best trip of your life!
1. Dehradun
The capital of Uttarakhand is the top tourist spot of the state in our list. Situated at the beautiful Himalayan foothills, it is one of the most beautiful landscapes in India. 
Dehradun
The rich geographical location of Dehradun brings the view of Himalayan Ranges, River Ganges and Yamuna together at the same place. The city is not only blessed with the beauty of nature but also has various ancient architectural structures.
Tourist Attractions of Dehradun are:
  • Sahastradhara
  • Tiger Falls
  • Robber’s Cave
  • Tapkeshwar Temple
  • Forest Research Institute

How to Reach Dehradun
Air: Nearest airport to Dehradun is Jolly Grant Airport, situated about 30 km away from the city. You can book a pre-paid taxi to Dehradun from the airport.
Rail: Dehradun (DDN) Railway Station is in close vicinity with the city. Trains from all parts of the country have access to the city.
Road: The Bus Station is 5 to 6 km away from the city. National Highways NH44, NH334, and NH307 are connected with the city. State Buses run regularly, also. 
2. Nainital
Also known as the Lake District of India, Nainital is another top tourist spot. Situated at 1,938 meters above the sea, Nainital is a breath-taking picturesque. 
Nainital
The name Nainital comes from the popular Naini lake around which it is located in a valley. The perimeter of the city marked by mountains, make it one of the most thrilling natural spots. 
Tourist Attractions of Nainital is:
  • Naini Lake
  • Naina Peak
  • Tiffin Top
  • St. John in the Wilderness
  • Snow View

How to Reach Nainital
Air: Pantnagar Airport is two hours (driving time) away from Nainital. Flights from IGI Airport, Delhi are regular at this airport but a lot of cancellations also take place. The other option is Jolly Grant Airport which is 6 hours away from Nainital and Dehradun as well. 
Rail: Kathgodam (KGM) Railway Station is about 24 kilometers away from Nainital. It takes an hour in a cab to reach the city.
Road: State buses are regular from Nainital. NH9 connects Nainital with the capital, New Delhi. Some of the National Highways joining Nainital are NH44. NH334 and NH7.
3. Mussoorie
It is also known as the Queen of Hills; with beautiful snow covered Himalayan peaks. Mussoorie not only has beautiful and scenic mountains but also offers a great climate to the tourists. 
Mussoorie
With chilly winters and a bright pleasant summer offers the tourist a beautiful natural experience. It is situated at 6,000 meters above the sea.
Tourist Attractions of Mussoorie are:
  • Kempty Falls
  • LalTibba
  • Happy Valley
  • Gun Hill
  • Mussoorie Lake

How to Reach Mussoorie

Air: Jolly Grant is the nearest airport situated 60 km away from Mussoorie.
Rail: Dehradun Railway Station is 34 km away from Mussoorie. A cab can be taken from the Junction and the Airport as well to reach the city.
Road: State Buses are regular at the bus station. Some of the National Highways joining Nainital are NH44. NH334 and NH7.
4. Rishikesh

The geographical location of Rishikesh is situated at the intersection of Ganges River and River Chandrabhaga. Rishikesh is not just a beautiful example of natural abode but you can also carry out adventurous activities like trekking, rafting, camping and what not. 
Rishikesh
Also, Rishikesh is an important pilgrim center which adds religious appeal to the place.
Tourist Attractions of Rishikesh is:
  • LaxmanJhula
  • Shiv Puri
  • NeelkanthMahadev Temple
  • Jumpin Heights

How to Reach Rishikesh
Air: Jolly Grant is the nearest airport situated 21 km away from Rishikesh.
Rail: Rishikesh (RKSH) Railway Station is the nearest Rail Junction to Rishikesh, but it is not well connected with other parts of the country. Another option is to take a train to Haridwar Junction (HW) having decent connectivity with other parts of the country, and then a cab can be taken to reach the city.
Road: Buses running on a daily basis for Delhi, Haridwar and Dehradun can be used for Rishikesh as well. NH34 is the main National Highway passing across Rishikesh. 
5. Haridwar

This place is also known by the heavenly name of Gateway to the Lord due to the numbers of temples and monasteries located here. One of the most celebrated holy places in India where people travel to offer their prayers to the god. 
Haridwar
One of the sites for the world famous Kumbh Mela, Haridwar is quite popular among religious masses. 
Tourist Attractions of Haridwar are:
  • Har Ki Pauri
  • Mansa Devi Temple
  • Vaishno Devi Temple
  • Vishnu Ghat
  • Pawan Dham

How to Reach Haridwar
Air: Jolly Grant is the nearest airport situated 37.9  km away from Haridwar
Rail: Haridwar Junction (HW) railway station has decent connectivity with other parts of the country, and then a cab can be taken to reach the spot. 

Road: Buses running on a daily basis for Delhi, Haridwar and Dehradun can be used for Rishikesh as well. NH7 and NH34 are the main National Highways passing acrossHaridwar.
Ending Note :
Apart from these top 5 tourist spots, Uttarakhand has other places as well, for example- Ranikhet, Lansdowne, Pithoragarh, Kedarnath, etc. As we have reached the end of this blog, you may have understood why Uttarakhand is one of the most favored and visited tourist spots. In case of any queries or suggestions feel free to drop your comments below! For any further updates, keep checking this space out!

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