When it is time to pick a destination in the mountains, one often faces a tug-of-war between Himachal versus Uttarakhand! So which one will you choose?
Both Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand offer stunning landscapes, but they are distinct in their own right. Himachal is known for its lush green valleys, apple orchards, and snow-capped peaks in the Himalayas. It is home to popular destinations like Shimla, Manali, and Dharamshala.
Whereas Uttarakhand is characterized by its dense forests, sacred rivers, and pristine hill stations. The state boasts locations like Rishikesh, Mussoorie, and Nainital.
If you are an adventure enthusiast, both states have much to offer. Himachal Pradesh is a haven with famous treks like the Hampta Pass, Beas Kund, and the Triund trek. The rugged terrains and proximity to the Great Himalayan National Park offer thrilling experiences for trekkers and hikers. Also, Spiti is the place for big-time adventurers. Uttarakhand, too, is famed for its trekking opportunities, including the Valley of Flowers, and Roopkund treks. Rishikesh, located in Uttarakhand, is known for its white-water rafting on the Ganges River.
Uttarakhand is regarded as the ‘Land of Gods” due to its numerous temples and religious sites. The “Char Dham Yatra”, includes visits to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri, is one of the most sacred pilgrimages in Hinduism and takes place here. Rishikesh and Haridwar are renowned for their spiritual and yoga retreats.
Himachal Pradesh has its share of temples and monasteries. Places like Dharamshala and McLeod Ganj are well-known for their Tibetan culture and teachings.
Conclusion: Both Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand offer travellers a unique mix of natural beauty, adventure, and cultural experiences. Choosing between the two depends on your preferences and the kind of experience you are seeking.
Dehradun is one of the famous places of the Uttarakhand Tour Packages. Tourists love visiting it for its scenic beauty and pleasant weather. Dehradun houses many tourist attractions worth seeing with your family and friends. It is the capital city and the largest city of Uttarakhand and is located at an elevation of 1400 feet above sea level. Located thirty km from Mussourie, it is known as the gateway to Mussourie, Rishikesh, and Haridwar. The name “Sahastradhara”literally means ”The Thousand-Fold Spring” and is a popular tourist attraction in Dehradun. It comprises waterfalls, caves, and steppe farming lands and provides a rejuvenating experience to its visitors. Robber’s Cave locally known as Gucchupani is a 600 m-long river cave. It is divided into two main parts with its highest fall being ten m long. The cave is known for its unique natural phenomenon known as the disappearing stream. It is believed the place was used by robbers to hide during the colonial time hence owing to its name.
Shimla, the ‘Queen of Hills” and the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, is one of the most popular hill stations in India best visited with the Himachal Tour Packages. Situated at an elevation of 2,200 m, Shimla derives its name from Goddess Shyamla, an incarnation of Goddess Kali. The location of the city at the foothills of the Himalayas, amidst greenery and snow-covered mountains, makes it ideal for trekking. In winter the entire city gets carpeted in snow and tourists can enjoy ice skating and skiing. Churches, temples, and the natural beauty of the city attract tourists. An ideal place to stroll, Shimla has some beautiful colonial-era architecture, including the Town Hall, Gaiety Theatre, the Christ Church, the new Tudor building at the Ridge, and the Viceregal Lodge. One of the top places to hang out in Shimla is the Ridge, a large open area that was once a ridge between two of the seven hills that form Shimla. A tourist must also visit the Baijnath Temple and Jakhoo Temple located in Jakhoo Hills. Jakhoo Hills are a hamlet for nature lovers and pilgrims who come for God Hanuman’s blessing standing at an altitude of 108ft at Jakhoo Temple.
Nainital is an alluring hill station located at the foothills of the Kumaon ranges in Uttarakhand close to Dehradun and Delhi. It is the most visited hill station in North India and is the perfect weekend getaway from Delhi and the nearby places. Famously known as the ‘Lake District of India”, Nainital at 1938 m above sea level, is a scenic delight that is irresistible to any tourist. It is located around the famous Naini Lake, situated in the middle of the town, and is the lifeline of Nainital. This crescent or kidney-shaped lake is one of the most famous lakes of the Kumaon region. It is bounded by Naini Peak on the North West, Tiffin Point on the South West, and snow-capped peaks on the north. Naini Lake offers breathtaking views, especially during early morning and sunset. It is most famous for boating, picnics, and evening walks. Snow View Point in Nainital is perched at an astounding altitude of 2270 m above sea level and is one of the most attractive tourist spots. And offers a panoramic view of the mighty Himalayas covered in white snow.
Khajjiar, in the Chamba district, is a hill town known for its cedar forests, ancient temples, and lakes. Located at an altitude of over 6,500 ft above sea level and with the Dhauladhar Ranges in its backdrop. Khajjiar also called the “Mini Switzerland” of India is a small town located close to Dalhousie and is great for a day or overnight trip. Khajjiar Lake and Khajinag Temple, a 12th-century shrine dedicated to the serpent god, are the main attractions. Visitors can go for adventurous activities including paragliding, zorbing, and trekking. Khajjiar is famous for its Kala Top Wildlife Sanctuary, a beautiful wildlife reserve surrounded by cool and refreshing water streams, lush green grasslands, and thick deodar forests. It has a wide variety of species like black bears, Himalayan black marten, deer, leopards, and the famous goat antelope.
For the spiritualist in you, one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand is Rishikesh. This charming town oozes a rustic touch and spiritual energy that is infectious. Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the Himalayas along the convergence of the Ganga and Chandrabhaga Rivers in the Dehradun district. It is known for its adventure activities, and ancient temples and is also known as the “Yoga Capital of the World”. Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas, Rishikesh is also a pilgrimage town and one of the holiest places for Hindus. Rishikesh became known worldwide in 1960 after the Beatles visited the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Rafting in Rishikesh is hands down the best endeavours in India. Gifted with natural settings and in addition topped with professional assistance, the place has just the best to offer. There are certain parameters fixed separating the rookies from the pros of the sport. These parameters are known as Grades and there are a total of 5 categorized grades according to the level of rapids and difficulty comprised in each. Triveni Ghat issituated on the banks of the holy river Ganges and is the biggest ghat in Rishikesh.” Maha Aarti” happens every evening at Triveni Ghat. The ghat is considered the cremation ground of Lord Krishna. Along the holy dips, the devotees make offerings to the river in the form of milk, while feeding the fish in the ghat too.
Bir Billing is the hub for adventure spots and has to be on the bucket list of adventure seekers. Bir Billing is a famed destination located in Joginder Nagar Valley is known for paragliding and also as the town for meditation is located in Himachal Pradesh. The take-off site is called Billing and the landing site is Bir and the overall change in altitude is around eight hundred m. The town is teemed with some pretty cafes serving some delicious food. People visiting can also go for short hikes, spend a day at the tea gardens, visit the monasteries, or ride the nearby Joginder Nagar-Pathankot Narrow Gauge train. There are two parts of the Bir town -The Tibetan Colony of Bir, located downhill from the village of Chowgan and the other part is Upper Bir which is much greener. Chokling Monastery is one of the main attractions of Bir. It houses a grand and colossal stupa as well as an enthralling statue of Padmasambhava. The monastery is located in the Bir Tibetan colony, and was established in 1960 tourists love to visit this place and refresh their minds in the peaceful setting.
Badrinath is known for the pious Badrinath Temple which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the four Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage yatras. Resting on the Garhwal hill tracks, near the Alaknanda River, Badrinath is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. Perched at a height of 10,279 feet, the Badrinath Temple is believed to have been established by saint Adi Shankaracharya. The temple houses a black stone idol of Lord Vishnu which is 1m tall and is regarded as one of the eight “swayam Vyakta kshetras” or self-manifested statues of Vishnu. It remains closed for six months and the image of Badrinath is transferred to Narasimha temple at Jyotirmath as it reopens on Akshaya Tritiya. the temple has a Tapt Kund, a hot sulphur spring that is considered to have medicinal value. The festivals of Mata Murti Ka Mela and the Badri Kedar festival give you another reason to visit the temple.
Conclusion: It is often asked whether you are a mountain or a beach person, now it should be asked whether you are a Himachal or Uttarakhand person. These bewitching states are known for their captivating landscapes, serene hill stations, and rich cultural heritage