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“Uttarakhand: Dev Bhoomi”
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
9 helpful votes
“Uttarakhand: Dev Bhoomi”
Reviewed 17 June 2010

Uttarkhand is so beautiful, pure, pious and cool that one has to call it the real DEV BHOOMI. Full of natural beauty and religious places, this state is a complete destination for every tourist, pilgrim, naturalist or a photographer.
If you take care of normal hilly area journey precaution, then can enjoy up to no limit. The local people of Uttarakhand are normally very nice ,cooperative, hardworking and friendly. Many Nepalese are also here but the too are sweet. Local drivers are good but the drive with over confidence.
Always keep your camara charged and your car full with fuel. BSNL works at more places then any other service.
keep Medicine handy. Eatables, veg good food n water is available every where. One must keep road maps, religious history book for more information of every town n place because every town has something great associated with. Road side information is great by Uttarakhand government n Border Road Organisation. Over all Uttarakhand is just great n complrte destination. Haridwar, Rishikesh,Yamnotri, Gangotry,Kedarnath n Bdrinath are main teerths and Auli n Chopta are good tourist places. Forest n revers are additional to your package.

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Vijayawada, India
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
27 helpful votes
“Uttarakhand - The abode of Gods”
Reviewed 8 December 2008

Last summer we planned to explore Uttarakhand, popularly known as The Abode Of Gods. We wanted to complete the trip to the four holy places ( Char Dham) of yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. These holy places are open only for six months in the year from May to October.

Our trip which began from Haridwar took nine days with night halts at small base camps along the way. After a long, eight hour taxi trip from Haridwar we reached Syana Chatti by late evening, one of the base camps enroute to Yamunotri, which is at an altitude of 8,000 Feet. By now it was so cool that we were freezing, but our comfortable lodge provided us good food and Shelter. The next day we started our trip to Yamunotri, on the way passing through Hanuman Chatti, Phool Chatti and finally reached Janaki Chatti from where the Yamunotri yatra begins, a six Km steep trek from approximately 9,000 to 11,500 Feet. The trek is a tiring but wonderful one. One can hire horses, palanquins if they don't wish to walk till the top. The charges for the horses and palanquins vary from Rs. 600 to Rs. 1000.( It all depends on your bargaining power. ) After a long, tiring but wonderful trek we reached Yamunotri and the first thing that caught our attention was the Banderpoonch Mountain from where the river Yamunotri originates. Here there is a natural hot spring that will put back some life in to your cold bones, so that you can walk bare foot and get the blessings of Goddess Yamuna.

The next day we began our journey towards Gangotri. The night was spent at Netala, a small but beautiful town on the banks of the river Ganga. Gangotri is accessible by road, so the trip was a bit easier. The flow of the river Ganges ( Known as Bhagirathi here) is very swift as it flows downhill. Gaumukh, the birth Place of river Ganga is a complete two days trek from Gangotri. Since we were running short of time, we skipped Gaumukh.

Our next stop was Badrinath and on the way we visited the river Garuda Ganga named after Lord Vishnu's eagle, Garuda who did penance for Lord Vishnu here. The water which is Crystal Clear is believed to have the power to cure snake and scorpion bites. We then proceeded towards Joshimath, the winter place of Lord Badrinath. The road to and from Badrinath is only one-way open at a time. So, when the vehicles start from Joshimath towards Badrinath, No vehicle is allowed to start from Badrinath towards Joshimath. The places to visit near Badrinath are Hemkund Sahib and The Valley of Flowers. But since these two places were not open at the time we travelled we coudn't visit these places. About five kms from Badrinath in to the mountains, there is a village Called Mana, the last Indian Village on the Indian Soil. The Indo - China border is just 23 kms from Mana. In Mana, we visted the birth place of the river Alakananda, Bhim pool ( the bridge which the Pandavas used on the way to Kailash - the abode of Lord Shiva), and the Vyas gupha ( Cave) where it is believed that Maharishi Vyasa recited the epic Mahabharat to Lord Ganesha.

Kedarnath, which is one of the 12 Jyortilingas of Lord Shiva and the last place on our agenda, is a 14 Km trek from Gauri Kund. Here also you can hire horses, palanquins or you can wish to walk. We decided to hire a horse ( Charge - Rs.750 for 2 way) , but it was a tiring horse ride as the roads were uneven. But we had accomplished what we set out to do, Visit all the four holy places ( Char Dham) that are all home to natural hot Springs !

I highly recommend these four places to all the people of india and to find our own Switzerland.

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1 review
7 helpful votes
“Auli, Uttaranchal....”
Reviewed 7 November 2008

This is "Paradise on Earth" to describe it in short.

To reach Auli, you hav to take a taxi from Haridwar and reach Joshimath. This is about 12-16 hrs drive through the beautiful ghats in Uttarkhand. From Joshimath you will get a cable-car which operates from around 8am to 4pm. If you reach after the last cable car has left, you can stay at any of the hotels in Joshimath, and there are quite a few of them.

The cable-car between Auli and Joshimath is the longest in Asia. It is quite an experience going up in the cable car. Auli has two places where you can stay... there is the Uttaranchal tourism development's guest house which gives decent accomodation.

If you are looking for luxury, you can stay at the Clifftop Club. This place is a great place to unwind and the view from the rooms is breathtaking. They serve good food and the apartments are equipped with a kitchen. They also hav a small grocery store to provide for the essentials.

The main attraction at Auli is Skiing, and a few prestigious tournaments take place in Auli .

The beauty of the serene Himalayas is breathtaking. The clouds rise form the valley and blow over the place.

The cable chair that goes from near the clifftop club to the Garhwal resort is quite an adventure.

I would recommend every person who loves to see new places
to visit here once and you are sure to go back again!

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Dehra Dun
Level 5 Contributor
13 reviews
46 helpful votes
“Beautiful, off the beaten track, hill station in Uttaranchal”
Reviewed 6 May 2007

Chakrata is a beautiful hill station about 4 hrs by taxi from Dehra Dun. It is a nice and quite place with lush thick forests and great trekking trails.
About half an hours drive from Chakrata is Deo Van, also called Dev Ban, or God's Own Forest. It is a breathtaking hilltop with a panaromic view of snow clad mountains.
If you have the "thing" in you, you can take an hours drive along an unmettaled road ahead of Deo Van, to a place called Mundali. Mundali has perfect skiing slopes and you will find snow there even in the month of April.
An hour and a half's drive ahead of Chakrata is Koti Kanasar, an astonishingly beautiful place with dense forests and great grasslands.
For more details including where to stay, you can visit my personal website:

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