North India Tourism Spots

North India Tourism Spots

North India Tourism Spots are the best and preferred choice for tour lovers throughout the year. North India is a true joy to hill lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The Himalayan Mountains are full of beautiful, popular hill stations that make the greatest holiday destinations no doubt. It is very hard to choose tourist destinations in the Northern part of India. One cannot complete a full tour of North India within 10-12days. You have to come again and again to complete it. And you will never get bored if you come to the same location in north India to travel. There has also many more locations unexplored and unknown. North India is the paradise of daring sports like paragliding, river rafting, mountain trekking, etc.

North India tourism mainly offers the most beautiful and pleasant locations in North India like Kashmir, Shimla, Kullu-Manali, Dharamshala, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kedarnath, Dalhousie, Mussoorie, Jim Corbet national park, and many more.

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The first name that comes to mind when we hear North India, is definitely Kashmir.

Kashmir
Kashmir

A valley between the Great Himalayan Mountains and the Pir Panjal Mountains, Kashmir is a place of beautiful simplicity and ancient natural beauty. On one side, Kashmir is covered in wild tropical terrain, and on the other side is full of Jaffran and apple orchards. It is said that the people of Kashmir welcome everyone with unity and a huge brotherhood. The people of Kashmir are a bit introverted but the hospitality you get here is wonderful. Such people can only be found in ‘paradise’ like Kashmir.

Srinagar is the capital city of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Located on the banks of the river Jhelum, the city is famous for its beautiful lakes, houseboats, and numerous gardens. It is called ‘Venice of the east. Srinagar is also known for wooden boats, Shikara, which are found on the banks of the lake. If you don’t ride Shikara in Dal Lake, your Srinagar tour is meaningless. Dachigam Sanctuary is another popular tourist attraction in Srinagar.

The weather is very comfortable and enjoyable in the summer season when the winters are freezing with heavy snowfall.

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Uttar Pradesh is situated on the north side of India. Uttar Pradesh is mainly a historic place and a good tourist place for history students and for those, who have an interest in history. Various monuments are seen here and there in Uttar Pradesh and they have different stories. Uttar Pradesh is also known for its culture and tradition. According to some mythological stories, two legendary characters, Lord Krishna’s and Rama’s birthplace Uttar Pradesh. People or devotees also gather here to see the birthplaces of the legends. The evening aarti in front of the River Ganga is very beautiful to see and very popular.

Mathura
Mathura (Image by shalender kumar from Pixabay)

Mathura is a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh on the western side. It is a part of the Northern Plain and is located on the west bank of the river Yamuna. It is told that the popular incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the birthplace of Sri Krishna, was brought up there. An important pilgrimage place for Hindus. The jail, where Lord Krishna was born, is open for tourists.  Gokul is 16 km south of Mathura. It is alleged that Sri Krishna was brought here secretly.

Vrindavan: This city stands on the main forest of Vrindavan where the Hindu god Krishna spent his childhood on the banks of the river Yamuna. It is a major pilgrimage center for Hindus and there are around 5000 temples scattered in the place. One of the main attractions for the tourists of Vrindavan is the Nidhivan Temple. There are many secrets hidden in this temple. When the night goes down, the atmosphere of the temple area changes. Some of the enthusiasts stayed in the temple after the evening and were found either dead or mad.

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Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh (Image by Ankur Sarma from Pixabay)

Himachal Pradesh, the ‘Devbhumi’ of India, is the most favorite tourist place in India for pilgrims and adventure lovers. This northern state of India is famous for its natural beauty and attracts millions of tourists – both domestic and international who love to spend their holidays.

Himachal is a versatile tourist spot where seniors and their families can gain virtue while youngers can enjoy adventurous sports like paragliding, skiing, trekking, river rafting, etc. people also come to enjoy the natural beauty of the Himalayan state. If you are crazy about snowfalls, then visit between October and February, otherwise, it’s better to visit from February to June.

Manali
Manali

Kullu-Manali: Kullu-Manali is known as the best hill station in the country. Kullu Manali is famous for fresh air and Green mountains covered with snow. May, June, and July is the ideal time to see Kullu Manali, and November to January is a great time to see the waterfall. It is the ideal place for adventurous sports. Manali Bird sanctuary and an old ancient temple is also an attraction.

Dharamshala: Dharamshala is known as the home of the Dalai Lama. Dharamshala is one of the best districts of Himachal to visit. Previously told cricket stadium is built here in 2015. Besides of beautiful climate, multiple cultural people live there. May to July is the best time to see Dharamshala, and November to January is for snowfall. Boating across Dal Lake, beautiful monasteries, Dalai Lama temple, and royal Kangra fort are special attractions here. Palampur, Bir Billing, and Khajjiar are also popular places to see in Dharamshala.

Shimla
Shimla

Shimla: Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla stands as one of the most popular hill stations in north India. Beautiful and stunning landscape views and pleasant weather can be enjoyed any time of the year in Shimla. May, June, and July is the best time to spend at Shimla. Shopping at mall road, trekking, and hanuman temples are the local things to do at Shimla.

 

 

Dalhousie
Dalhousie

Dalhousie: In the state of Himachal Pradesh, there is a mini Switzerland, and we call it Dalhousie. Dalhousie has less population than Kullu, Manali, and Shimla. Our beloved Freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose stayed here for months (in the year 1937) attracted by the beauty of this hill station. There is a water spring named after him. Dalhousie is one of the top hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. 5 hours away from Dharamshala airport, this green valley will blow your mind. April to July is the best time to visit Dalhousie and the average temperature remains around 20°C. St. Francis, a Catholic church is one of the attractions in Dalhousie. The church was decorated with Belgium glass and quality stonework. There is also a church, named St. John’s, which has a library in it and contains books written about Dalhousie. Panjpulla waterfall, Satadhara waterfall, Bhilai Mata temple, and Bakrota hills also increase tourists.

Kalpa is a small village in Kinnaur dist. Of Himachal Pradesh. This village is called ‘the apple bowl’ because the land is very good for apple production. One of the main attractions of Kalpa is the Kailash Mountain of Kinnaur, also known locally as the Kinnar Kailash Mountain. Though the place is less important to the tourists, people of calm and quiet nature, are love this place.  A morning walk through this Eden gives you the opportunity to experience the magical sunrise. This is also a great location for trekkers.

Kinnaur is a district of the state of Himachal Pradesh. The administration of this district is divided into three regions, Kalpa, Nichar, and Pooh. Silence, great visibility, great scenery, and a bit of mysterious atmosphere in July-August have all made this a great area to explore. This is a dry and very cool zone in winter. The best part of Kinnaur is the plenty of options available here for a thrilling experience across the great Himalayas.

Visitors can enjoy adventures such as rock climbing, rappelling, bird watching, and river crossings in the Sangla Valley.

Sangla is a town in Himachal Pradesh, near the border of Tibet. The valley is surrounded by forests and gives great landscape views of the high mountains. Sangla is an undisclosed destination for nature lovers who enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this offbeat destination in Himachal Pradesh.  Sangla is one of the most important apple farming regions in the state, and walking under the apple orchids is bliss. The journey of Kinnaur is not complete without seeing the Sangla valley.

Uttarakhand is not only India’s one of the most favorite pilgrimage sites, but it is also well known for adventurous sports. First Uttarakhand was under Uttar Pradesh. Later it was divided and got the name Uttarakhand. This divine state is also called Devbhumi because of its numerous temples. Located in the Himalayan foothill, Uttarakhand gives beautiful and stunning landscape views. Long snowy mountains are seen all around. The holy and famous temples of Chardham Yatra (Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri) are situated here.

Almora
Almora

Almora: The city of Almora is at a distance of 380 km from Delhi and 63 km from Nainital. Almora district is located in the beautiful Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state. The height of the district is 1638 meters above sea level. In the east, Pithoragarh is the neighboring district. Bageshwar district is on the north, Nainital district on the south, and Garhwal region to the west. Almora is known for Its Cultural Diversity. Surrounded by pine and oak, the city has a divine acoustic aura enough to attract explorers. To make the view even more enchanted, the snow-capped Himalayas stand out to please the visitor. The city is surrounded by the river Koshi and the Sewall. Almora has many fruit gardens like peaches, apricots, apples, plums, etc. The better time to travel to Almora is from March to May and September and November. The temperature stays around 15°C to 20°C. If you like winter and snow, you’ll love it here. The snowfall in Almora makes the landscape more attractive and beautiful.

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Jim Corbett National Park
Jim Corbett National Park

Jim Corbett National Park:  Jim Corbett national park is the oldest national park in Uttarakhand. And first tiger preservation park in India was established in 1936. Safari in this park is done on the back of elephants and in four-wheeler hoodless cars, mainly jeeps. Otters, crocodiles, and wild buffalos are seen here. Jim Corbett national park is home to almost 650 species of migratory birds. The ‘Jim Corbett National Park is the first name to come to mind when we hear wildlife national sanctuary/park. Established in 1936, this national park is India’s oldest wildlife park and tiger preservation. Corbett National Park was named after renowned naturalist and photographer Jim Corbett. It is located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Corbett National Park has been divided into five zones for tourism. Where visitors can be part of the wildlife safari and enjoy the own behavior of the animals. Various types of animals and species of birds live here.

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Mussoorie
Mussoorie (Photo by Alin Andersen on Unsplash)

Mussoorie: Mussoorie is enlisted in one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. It is known as the ‘Queen of Hills’. And it is just above the Doon valley and what distance you see, you will see the long Himalayan peaks.

Situating at over 6000ft. from sea level, Mussoorie is an attractive hill resort and a great honeymoon spot, with green hills and various plants, trees, and wildlife. From west to east, Bandar Poonch, Gangotri Srikanth, and the powerful peak of the Chowkhamba present a memorable panorama view. Trekkers start their way from Mussoorie to the popular trekking areas of Har ki Dun. Mussoorie is not only for nature lovers and adventurers, it is also a place where religious people can find joy. Temples like Shedup Choeppelling Temple, Nag Devta Temple, and the Jwala Devi Temple attract religious candidates from all over India.

LAL TIBBA, LAKE MIST, GUN HILL, and CLOUD’S END are the most desired places to see in Mussoorie.

It’s a good place for the trek and hike-loving people. You can enjoy the scenic view boarding on the ropeway as well.

If you believed in gods and if you are Hindu, then these places are heaven to you-

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Kedarnath Temple
Kedarnath Temple Photo by PRATEEK JAISWAL on Unsplash

Kedarnath: Kedarnath, is another name for Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshipped in the Kedarnath temple. Kedarnath is located in the Garhwal region of the Himalayan range in Uttarakhand and was built more than 1000 years ago. The temple is open for normal people in the months from April to November due to extreme weather conditions. There is no direct road connected to the temple. People have to walk 22 kilometers through uneven, sacred paths.

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According to some Hindu myths, it is heard Pandavas made this temple to worship lord Shiva after the Kurukshetra war to beg forgiveness. And it is also heard that where the temple is built, Lord Shiva released the holy water from his matted hair. And that is the river Ganga. This belief attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year.

Badrinath Temple
Badrinath Temple (Image by Ganapathi Brahm from Pixabay)

Badrinath: Vishnudeb is worshipped in Badrinath temple. The temple is located in a town, named Badrinath, in Uttarakhand, along the bank of the Alakananda River. The temple Badrinath is also open for pilgrims from April to November. Having 1060000 visits, Badrinath holds the most visited Pilgrimage location. Though there is no history of this temple, the mythological story says that Vishnudeb once sat here to meditate unknowing of the cold weather. And later his peer saved him in form of an Indian date tree (Badri tree). Being pleased, Vishnudeb named the place ‘Badrika Ashram’. Maybe that’s why the name of the location is Badrinath.

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Haridwar and Rishikesh: Haridwar and Rishikesh are also holy cities in the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. Haridwar means ‘abode of Vishnu’. Every year a huge number of pilgrims come here. Haridwar and Rishikesh are called ‘twin national heritage cities. The people of the cities are vegetarian because of their holy natures. People from all around the world come to visit the mystical and spiritual cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Haridwar
Haridwar (Photo by Rahul Mishra on Unsplash)

Haridwar is the holiest city and a major Hindu pilgrimage in the Country, located in the state of Uttarakhand. Every year huge numbers of pilgrims use to come here to seek blessings and remove sins. According to Hindu myth, Haridwar is a place where accidentally a few drops of holy water (amrita) were dropped by Dhanwantari while carrying. There is a belief that the place where the nectar was dropped is considered Brahma Kund in Har ki Pauri. People believe that it is the holiest ghat in Haridwar.

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The ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, Rishikesh is located at the foot of the Himalayas with the meeting point of the Ganga and Chandrabhaga rivers. The city is becoming popular day by day as India’s top spiritual destination. There are numerous ashrams in Rishikesh, some of which are internationally recognized as centers of philosophical study, yoga, and meditation. Rishikesh is also developed as a center for adventure sports, including white water rafting, bungee jumping, flying fox, and mountain biking. And nowadays, it is a popular camping site among tourists and adventurers.

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Auli: Auli belongs to the state of Uttarakhand’s Chamoli dist. Located at a height of 2800 meters above sea level, Auli is a popular hill city. There is no end to natural beauty here. It is the main skiing destination in India. In addition to skiing, you can visit numerous treks in the Himalayan Mountains and enjoy the spectacular views of the snowy mountains. Many religious destinations are also scattered around Auli. According to the locals, ancient philosopher Adi Shankaracharya blessed Auli with his vision.

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Bhimtal: Bhimtal is a city in the Nainital district in the state of Uttarakhand. Bhimtal is located 1370 meters above sea level. It is 24 km away from Nainital. Actually, Bhimtal is a small island surrounded by thick jungles of oak, pine, and shrubs, in the middle of the lake and a few ancient temples. Bhimeshwar temple is another must-visit place in the hill city. Bhimtal Lake, Aquarium on the Bhimtal Island, Victoria Dam, Hidimba Parvat, etc. are the places to visit here. About 2 km from Bhimtal there is a Tal, named Nal Damyanti, a small natural lake a very sacred place for the residents of the locality.

Chopta
Chopta (Photo by RAHUL BOSS on Unsplash)

Chopta: Chopta is a small area of Uttarakhand state with evergreen pine, oak, and rhododendron forest. It is called the mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand. Located 2,680 meters above sea level, Chopta gives a view of the Himalayan ranges of Trishul, Nanda Devi, and Chowkhamba.

Snow trekking, snow skiing, rock climbing, and rappelling are the main activities done here. Musk deers and various species of bird are found here. There are many trails cut in the jungles and grasslands in the Chopta area for trekking. There is very cool and pleasant weather, from March to May in Chopta. If you want to see snowfields during winter, then this is a must-visit place.

Dehradun: Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand state’s Garhwal region. Dehradun is situated on the foot of the Himalayas at an altitude of 1,400 feet, between the Yamuna River on the west and the Ganga River on the east. Dehradun is an old city in India, established by the British.  It is the entrance to popular hill stations like Mussoorie, Nainital, Haridwar, Rishikesh, etc.

The place to visit in Dehradun is a natural beauty, religious attractions, tourist spots, wildlife sanctuaries, etc. The city can be visited at any time throughout the year. Otherwise, the best time to visit Dehradun is from May to October.

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Devprayag
Devprayag (Photo by Shiva Chaudhary on Unsplash)

Devprayag: Devprayag is a town in Uttarakhand. It is one of the five sacred knittings of the hill and is the shrine of Hindus. The city of Devprayag is situated at an altitude of 830 meters above sea level. Devprayag is the place where the Alaknanda River and Bhagirathi River meet together.

Devprayag is the place, where the pandas of the Badrinath temple stay in winter when the temple stay closed. People take holy baths in the ghats of Devprayag. Tourists visit this place all year long due to its sacred value and beautiful surroundings. But the summer is considered the most suitable time.

Joshimath: Joshimath city is a city, also known as Jyotirmath (1890 meters from sea level). And it is the place where god Badri is brought in winter and kept in the Basudeb temple. The city is revered by Hindus as an important pilgrimage destination in the country. Adi Shankaracharya created four maths, and Joshimath is one of those. The longest ropeway or ropeway in Asia, ‘Gondola’ gives a beautiful ride from Auli to Joshimath. Joshimath gets heavy snowfall during the winter season. The ideal time to visit Joshimath is from April to November.

Karnaprayag
Karnaprayag (Photo by Anil Xavier on Unsplash)

Karnaprayag: Karnaprayag is one of the five prayags of the Alaknanda River. This sacred city is located at an average height of 1451 meters above sea level. This sacred place is considered a place where even Swami Vivekananda meditated. The sightseeing tour of Karnaprayag includes the popular Uma Devi temple, Chandika Mata temple, and Karna temple. The mountains covered in green plants and trees and a mysterious environment create a heavenly environment. Throughout the year the weather here is beautiful and quite attractive. Though the great time to plan your trip is from October to February.

Kausani: Kausani is a tiny village in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. Mahatma Gandhi once called this place “Switzerland of India” driven by its beauty, during his short stay in the village. Beautiful views of the Himalayas can be enjoyed from almost anywhere in this quiet village. Trekking can be done in various places around Kausani. Almost all hotels face the Nanda Devi range and one can sit and enjoy the view with a coffee/tea sip. The time to see the village is from October to February.

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Mukteshwar: Mukteshwar is a village in Nainital. This enchanting village sits at a height of about 7500 feet on Kumaon hill. The 350years old famous Mukteshwar temple of Lord Shiva is a famous attraction here.  Mukteshwar, rich in natural beauty, is giving a spectacular view of the Himalayas. This small village is better to see on walking. Just keep walking along the main road.  Mukteshwar is a great place for rock climbing and rappelling as it provides a high and straight rock face to the chauli ki jali.

Nainital
Nainital (Photo by Nikhil Sachan on Unsplash)

Nainital: Nainital, this great tourist hill station is ‘the Lake District of Uttarakhand. Ii was named with the name of goddess Naina Devi.  Nainital is the gateway to the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The Hill Station near Nainital has everything you could expect. It is located in the vicinity of Naini Lake in Uttarakhand. It is surrounded by nature’s grace as a glittering gem in the Himalayan Mountains. Nainital is known as a tourist paradise because of its beautiful landscapes and calm and quiet surroundings. Summertime is considered an ideal time to witness this beautiful place.

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North India Tourism Spots
North India Tourism Spots (Photo by Shubham Butola on Unsplash)

Nandprayag: Nandprayag is a small town, at a height of 1358 meters in the Chamoli district of the Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. This city is sitting at the holy junction of the river Alaknanda and Nandakini A trip to Nandprayag can be a great experience with the blessings of the Himalayas. This place where King Nanda sat on yajna, which later became the main attraction of Nandprayag, the Nand Temple. The place is ideal for enjoying a nature walk or just strolling in some beautiful spots. The beginning of summer is a great time to travel to Nandprayag because of the quite pleasant climate.

Rudraprayag: Rudraprayag is a small town located in Uttarakhand state and Rudraprayag district. It is the meeting point of the rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini. Kedarnath, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites among Hindus, is located 90 km from Rudraprayag. Rudraprayag was named after Lord Shiva. One of the other names is Rudra.  The whole area is surrounded by infinite beauty and there are many lakes, glaciers, rivers, and hot springs. Many visitors visit this place every year to see the holy place and take a bath in the hot spring to freshen their minds and body.

Sonprayag: Sonprayag is a village in the Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand. Sonprayag is 18 km from Kedarnath and 70 km away from Rudraprayag. Mandakini River blows beside of this village and Sonprayag is a combination of the two sacred rivers Basuki and Mandakini. It is 1829 meters above sea level and offers a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains and the lush green Sonprayag valley. There is a common belief among people that bathing in the river can wash away their sins. Triyugnarayan, which is known to be the wedding venue of Shiva and Parvati, is located 10 km from Sonprayag.

Ukhimath
Ukhimath (Photo by Soham Basu on Unsplash)

Ukhimath: Equipped with sublime nature and spiritual passion, Ukhimath is a small village and is known as one of the popular Hindu fans. It perches at an elevation of 1311m from sea level. Ukhimath is mainly home to the Rawals who are the chief priests of Kedarnath.  In winter time Kedarnath and Shri Madhyamaheswar Dham are brought down here from Kedarnath temple and Madmaheshwar temple. In April they are restored to Kedarnath temple and Madmaheshwar temple again. According to Hindu mythology, it is said that Anirudh (grandson of Lord Krishna) and Usha (daughter of Banasur) were married here. And for this reason, this place was named Ushamath, and later was renamed Ukhimath. This small city is situated in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand.

The sightseeing tour of Ukhimath takes you to several places where you can relish the magnificent views of Kedarnath, Nilkanta, Nanda Devi, Chowkhamba, and the peaks of Mann Parvat. Just two and a half kilometers away from here, there has a beautiful lake is Sari village named Deoria Taal. But it has a trekking trail of 2 km from Sari village, and it is the base camp of the Deoria Taal. There are three more three highlighted spots for tourists. Kalimath, Mandakini River and Omkar ratneshwar temple.

If Chardham or Do-Dham Yatra is not on your list, then this village can be visited all year.

These are the only few North India Tourism Spots. Next time we will definitely cover North India Tourism Spots with more details and new destinations.

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