15 Best Places to Visit in Uttarakhand

on October 30, 2020

Traveling to great destinations is one of the favorite activities people like to do. Whether it is summer or winter, travel lovers grab every single opportunity to travel places. Your love for travel drives you cover every unique and beautiful location in different places. Some like to travel with families, some with friends, and some just love to go solo. However no matter where you travel, the purpose is most common, that is the satisfaction of visiting new places.

Travel destinations Uttarakhand

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For many people, traveling is a passion and they do it at regular intervals. They either explore new places or visit their favorite ones again and again. I know many people visiting ‘Amarnath Yatra’ frequently. Then there are some families, who owing to their faith, visit holy places.

In India, there are several places to visit that are waiting for you to explore them. This article will tell you the 15 best places to travel in Uttarakhand, Uttarakhand is full of hills and there are some amazing places that you can visit throughout the year, there are some that can be your travel destination for December. The weather in the state is very pleasant and the places are a lot more beautiful due to the presence of snow-capped mountains.

Best places to visit in Uttarakhand in December

Ranikhet

Situated in Almora district of Uttarakhand, Ranikhet is a cantonment town. Picturesque view of mountains and the serenity of the place keeps your mind relax. Walk along the long trails is very nice. Known as Queen’s Land, this place is preferred by couples and families.                                                                                                     

Route:

By air – Pantnagar Airport (110 km) is the nearest airport

By road – Haldwani, from here you get a taxi or bus to Ranikhet

By rail – Kathgodam is the nearest railway station. 

When to travel – April – June, and September – November. 

Attractions: Local sightseeing, long walks, paragliding. 

Places to visit: Him Darshan Vatika, Elation Guest House, and Musafir Cafe, Hostie Sharanam-Mount Villa, Hostie Raga-blissful mountain.

Jim Corbett National Park

This is an oldest national park in India and is best place to visit for animal lovers. The park is divided into various zones. Dhikla is the largest and has vast grasslands. Visit to Durgadevi and Sonanadi involves a jeep safari. Jhirna is for birdwatchers. Jim Corbett National Park is ‘Home of Royal Bengal Tigers’, which makes it even more special.

Route:

By air – Pantnagar Airport (50 km).

By road – Buses from Dehradun, Nainital, Rishikesh, and Kathgodam.

By rail – Ramnagar (12 km) 

When to travel – November to June 

Attractions: Jeep safaris, elephant rides, wildlife photography, and bonfire night. 

Places to visit: Lebua Corbett, Vanghat Jungle Lodge, The Riverview Retreat, The Den Corbett Resort.

Chamoli

Chamoli is a perfect mixture of culture, adventure, and sightseeing. Known as ‘abode of Gods’ it is one of the important important places to visit. 

Route:

By air – Jolly Grant Airport (222 km).

By road – Buses and taxis from Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, and Rudraprayag

By rail – Haridwar (150 km) 

When to travel – November – March, and July – August 

Attractions: Trek to Valley of Flowers National Park and Hemkund Sahib. 

Places to visit: Birdsong and Beyond, The Rudralok Hotel, Saagar (Rudra) Home Stay, Hotel Aradhna.

Auli: - (The Winds of Winter)

One of the best snow places in Uttarakhand to visit. Due to snow, skiing is a much loved thing to do here and attracts many tourists here. It is located at 2500 – 3000 above the sea level. 

Route:

By air – Jolly Grant Airport (279 km).

By road – Buses from Rishikesh to Joshimath.

By rail – Rishikesh (250 km) 

When to travel – March – June, and November – February.

Attractions: Skiing, Trekking, gondola rides, and camping. 

Places to visit: Dwarika, Barahbeesh Villa, Kanasar Ecolodge, Apple Farm Stay.

Chopta

Trekkers to Tungnath and Chandrashila start from Chpota Valley. For those who travel to Uttarakhand for trekking, Chopta is an ideal gateway which is a tiny abode.

Route:

By air – Jolly Grant Airport (226 km).

By road – Buses from Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, and Pauri.

By rail – Rishikesh (200 km) 

When to travel – April – June, and September - November. 

Attractions: Trekking, yoga, birdwatching, photography, and camping. 

Places to visit: Villotale Chopta CHC, Akashdeep Resort, Hotel Govind, Dwarahat House.

Dehradun and Mussoorie

A very wonderful hill station in Himalayas and Doon valley. Dehradun is the capital of Uttarakhand and Mussoorie is one of the best snow places in Uttarakhand that you must visit. Visiting this place in Uttarakhand in December is a different level of travel thing that you should not miss on. Snow-covered mountains, lush greens, and heritage charm remains till February at these places. 

Route:

By air – Jolly Grant Airport (22 km).

By road – Dehradun and Mussoorie are well connected with frequent bus service.

By rail – Dehradun 

When to travel – April – June, and November – February. 

Attractions: Trekking, hiking, camping, and paragliding.

 Places to visit: Ramada Dehradun, AruBhi Cottage, Hotel Relax, Tapasya Home Stay. 

Binsar

Beautiful place with snow-covered Himalayan peaks, walking trails, and picturesque valleys. It’s a trekker’s paradise. 

Route:

By air – Pantnagar Airport (150 km).

By road – Buses from Nainital, Almora, and Haldwani

By rail – Kathgodam (120km) 

When to travel – April – June and September – November 

Attractions: Jeep safari, hiking, trekking, local sightseeing, photography. 

Places to visit: Binsar Adventure Camp, Simba Cafe, and Lodge, Binsar Forest Retreat, The Kumaon.

Chaukori

Chaukori is one of the underrated but beautiful place in Uttarakhand. Famous for tea gardens, diverse flora and fauna, and high peaks (Nanda Devi, Panchachuli, Nanda Kot, Trishul, and Chaukhamba)

Route:

By air – Pantnagar Airport (205 km).

By road – Buses from Almora, Kausani, Pithorgarh, and Didihat

By rail – Kathgodam (180 km)

When to travel – April – June, and October – March

Attractions: tea gardens, long walks, camping, star gazing.

Places to visit: The Misty Mountains, Hotel Border Way, and Restaurant, Hotel Sunrise, Hardik Resort

Chamba – Kanatal – Dhanaulti

Snowy suburbs near Mussoorie with small hikes, scenic drives, and adventure lased. 

Route:

By air – Jolly Grant Airport (83 km).

By road – Cabs from Rishikesh and Mussoorie

By rail – Dehradun (60 km from Dhanaulti)

When to travel – March – June, and November – February.

Attractions: Rapelling, valley crossing, camping with barbecue and bonfire

Places to visit: Hotel Shriram, Hotel Devki Palace, Amar Hotel and Resort, Glamping Ville

Munsiyari

Munsiyari is the base of the Himalayan mountain range, situated in Pithorgarh district. High altitude trekkers and adventure lovers prefer this place. Traveling to Uttarakhand in winters and you can’t miss visiting Munsiyari. 

Route:

By air – Pantnagar   Airport (250 km).

By road – Buses up to Almora, Pithorgarh, and Chaukori, then need to take cab.

By rail – Kathgodam (275 km) 

When to travel – March – June, and September – October 

Attractions: Trekking, skiing, camping, snowboarding, and photography. 

Places to visit: Hotel Laxmi Lodge, People Flowers, HimStay, Thakur Homestay

Khirsu

This place is known by a few people but has a lot of growth potential. It is situated in Pauri Garhwal district surrounded by oak, deodar, and apple orchards. It is definitely worth a visit. 

Route:

By air – Jolly Grant Airport (145 km).

By road – Connected to Kotdwara, Devprayag, New Tehri, and Rudraprayag.

By rail – Kotdwara (115 km) and Rishikesh (132 km) 

When to travel – April – June, and September – November 

Attractions: Photography, sunbath, walking through greenery

Places to visit: Rishikesh Stay, Hotel Hillson, Riverside Resort, IvyTop Resort, The Jayalgarh, Hotel Govind.

Rudraprayag

Rudraprayag ‘land of Shiva’ lies between Alaknanda and Mandakini rivers. Rudraprayag is an ancient place mentioned in Hindu mythology. It conjures Badrinath and Kedarnath. If you love to explore ancient places, this should be on your list. 

Route:

By air – Jolly Grant Airport (160 km).

By road – Buses and cabs from Dehradun, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Tehri, Pauri, Srinagar, and Delhi

By rail – Kotdwara (115 km) and Rishikesh (132 km) 

When to travel – March – November 

Attractions: Backpacking, rafting, spiritual pilgrimage 

Places to visit: Villotale Chopta CHC, Hotel Govind, Neelkanth Cafe, Hill Patesh Camps, Gezellig Inn

Pithorgarh

Pithorgarh is among the best places in the mountain state called Devbhoomi. View of the Himalayas cannot be more beautiful then from here. It is so beautiful that this place is impossible to resist. Great place for solo travelers as well as for families.

Route:

By air – Pantnagar Airport (240 km).

By road – Buses available from Dehradun, Haridwar, and Nainital

By rail – Tanalpur (140 km) 

When to travel – April – June, and September – December 

Attractions: Kanaking, fishing, skiing, hiking, and canoeing 

Places to visit: ADB Rooms Hotel Mountain View and Rooftop Restaurant, Palette Resorts – Gunjyal Madhur Residency, Satkar Hotel, Hotel King, Hipostel Pithorgarh.

Kedarnath Trek

Travel to Uttarakhand cannot end until one visit Kedarnath. Kedarnath trek seems easy but it is highly adventurous and exciting. Walks through snow-laden mountain and giant pines are just amazing for trekkers.

Route:

By air – Jolly Grant Airport (200 km from Sankri).

By road – Cabs available from Dehradun.

By rail – Dehradun (208 km) 

When to travel – December – mid-April 

Attractions: Trekking, local sightseeing 

Places to visit: Behl Ashram, Chandralok Tourist Lodge, Bhopal Bhawan, Krishna Lodge

Rishikesh

It is the wish of everyone to visit Rishikesh at least once in the life. The holy places like these have a high travel rates and attract tourists. The town is set on the bank of the beautiful river Ganga and has several temples. Spiritual and adventure-seeking people visit here in large numbers. 

Route:

By air – Jolly Grant Airport

By road – Connected to major cities

By rail – Haridwar (25 km) 

When to travel – September - November

Attractions: Bungee jumping, river rafting, camping, hiking 

Places to visit: Ram Zhula, Laxman Zhula, Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Triveni Ghat, Beatles Cafe.

Conclusion

To the travelers, there are many more exciting travel places in Uttarakhand than the ones mentioned above. We have list the 15 of them for you. There is Haridwar, which should not be missed, like Kedarnath there is Badrinath, and so on. Usually, in November and December the climate in Uttarakhand is very pleasant and the tourist would get to see the blossomed beauty of the nature Uttarakhand possess. It will be partial to say that only above 15 places are worth a visit. If you have yet to visit Uttarakhand plan your travel for a longer duration because your are visiting Devabhumi of India. 

Hills, snow, Himalayan peak is so scenic that whoever visits once feels to stay here for longer. It's a place full of pilgrims, the well-known valley of flowers, scenic splendour like Kausani and more. So, when are you planning a visit? November or December? Ask us the best places to eat and shop!! 

Happy Travelling!!

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