Auli, India

Discover the beauty of Uttarakhand

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Top 5 places not to be missed

Ready to embark on a journey through the fascinating state of Uttarakhand? From verdant landscapes to towering mountains, this northern Indian state is a treasure trove of natural beauty. Let’s dive into the top 5 must-visit places in Uttarakhand.

Mussoorie – Queen of the Hills:
Nestled among the Garhwal Himalayas, Mussoorie is a charming hill station known for its cool climate and stunning views. Stroll along the famous Mall Road, visit Kempty Falls for a refreshing swim, and don’t miss the panoramic views of Doon Valley from Gun Hill.

The Mall Road Magic:
The heart of Mussoorie is a place called the Mall Road. It’s like a long, winding ribbon that’s bustling with life. Stroll along this road, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by shops selling everything from local handicrafts to warm, fuzzy socks. You can munch on street food, sipping on hot tea while enjoying the views. Don’t forget to take a horse ride – it’s a fun way to explore the area!

Shopping in Mussoorie - Top 5 Marketplaces in Mussoorie | Things to Buy

Kempty Falls Adventures:
If you’re a fan of waterfalls, you’re in for a treat at Kempty Falls. It’s like a secret oasis hidden in the hills. You can feel the cool mist on your face as you stand by the falls, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even dip your toes in the chilly water. It’s a perfect spot to capture some Instagram-worthy pictures too!

Kempty Falls Mussoorie (Timings, Entry Fee, Images, Best time to visit,  Location & Information) - Mussoorie Tourism 2023

Nainital – The Domain of Sparkling Lakes:
Nainital’s top attraction is the peaceful Lake Naini, where you can take a boat ride and admire the beautiful surroundings. Snow View Poi offers breathtaking views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, making it a favourite among tourists.

Naina Devi Temple:
For those seeking spiritual solace, Naina Devi Temple is a must-visit. Dedicated to the goddess Naina Devi, the temple holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. You can feel the positive energy as you offer your prayers and take in the panoramic view of the town and the lake.    

Naina Devi Temple Nainital (Timings, History, Entry Fee, Images, Aarti,  Location & Phone) - Nainital Tourism 2023                              

Bhimtal Lake:
For those seeking spiritual solace, Naina Devi Temple is a must-visit. Dedicated to the goddess Naina Devi, the temple holds a special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. You can feel the positive energy as you offer your prayers and take in the panoramic view of the town and the lake.
      Bhimtal Complete Travel Guide for Tourist


Rishikesh – The Capital of Yoga:
For those looking for adventure and spiritual solace, Rishikesh is a must-see destination. Famous for its meditation and yoga courses, you can also take part in thrilling activities like rafting on the Ganges River and exploring the iconic Laxman Jhula.        
Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula:
Two iconic suspension bridges, Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula, are not just architectural marvels but also hold mythological significance. Legend has it that Lord Rama’s brother, Laxman, crossed the Ganges on a jute rope at the very spot where Laxman Jhula stands today. Walking across these bridges while gazing at the river below is an experience that blends history and spirituality. It’s a wonderful experience to walk across the bridge and feel the bridge gently move under your feet because it is a swaying bridge.

 Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh | History, Photos, Distance From Haridwar

Ganga’s Gentle Embrace:
The Ganga River has great spiritual significance for Hindus. In Rishikesh, the river is pure and unspoiled, perfect for spiritual bathing and spiritual rituals. Witness the Ganga Aarti, a fascinating ritual that takes place at sunset, where decorative flower lights float on the river, creating a sight that is both beautiful and serene. Imagine dipping your toes into the cool, clear water while the sun warms your skin. You can even take a quiet moment by the river to listen to its soothing sounds.

 Ganges River - History, Significance, Features, Geography

Haridwar – Gateway to the Divine:
Haridwar is a city of great religious importance for Hindus. Witness the enchanting Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri ghat, where devotees gather to pray and light lamps as the sun sets over the sacred Ganga.


Gateway to the Kumbh Mela: 
Haridwar is also known for hosting the grand Kumbh Mela festival every 12 years. It’s a time when millions of people come together to take a dip in the holy river, seeking spiritual cleansing. The energy and the festivities are like a wave of unity and devotion.

Kumbh Mela: Economics behind world's largest religious gathering - CGTN
The Mystical Har Ki Pauri: 
Har Ki Pauri is like the heart of Haridwar. It’s a ghat that’s not just a place, but an experience. Imagine standing there as the sun rises or sets, and witnessing the river’s gentle flow. The steps, the sound of bells, and the air filled with devotion – it’s like a moment frozen in time.

90+ Haridwar India Shiva Statue Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free  Images - iStock

Auli – Ski paradise:
If you are a lover of winter sports, Auli is your haven. This hill station is known for its spectacular ski slopes and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced skier, Auli offers you an unforgettable experience.

Gorson Bugyal’s Open Meadows:
Gorson Bugyal is like a hidden gem in Auli. It is a large grassland covered with snow in winter. Imagine entering this open land, surrounded by snow-covered trees and the stillness of nature. It’s a place where you can build a snowman, play snowball, and unleash your inner child.

Can we camp in gorson bugyal? M planning an overlanding trip. - Quora

Starlit Nights and Mountain Magic:
 Auli’s charm doesn’t fade when the sun sets. Imagine looking up at the night sky and seeing stars that twinkle like diamonds against the dark canvas. Away from the city lights, the night in Auli is like a celestial show that leaves you speechless.                          

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Uttarakhand’s natural beauty, coupled with its spiritual offerings and adventure, make it every traveler’s dream destination. So, pack your bags, enjoy the tranquillity and let the magic of Uttarakhand capture your heart.

Mansi Luthra




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