1. Dehradun & Mussoorie – Hill Stations
The capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun has a picturesque location with a beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges and river Ganga flowing on either side of the city. Mussoorie is located at a distance of about 38 km from Dehradun. It is touted to be the ‘Queen of Hills’ and attracts many tourists every year.
Why: ‘Coz there are only a few amazing weekend getaways like Dehradun and Mussoorie
Ideal for: Peace lovers, honeymooners, family and friends
Best time to visit: All around the year except monsoons.
Ideal duration: 2 to 3 days
How to reach: It takes around 5 hours to reach Dehradun from Delhi via road. From Dehradun, Mussoorie is just an hour journey away. The nearest airport is in Dehradun – Jolly Grant Airport.
Things to do: Visit the National Parks, Lakes, Kempty Falls, Benog Hill & Jwalaji Temple. Monastery, Resorts and Forest research institute in Dehradun
2. Nainital & Ranikhet – A Mix Of Bustle And Quietude
One of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand and a popular getaway for couples and families is Nainital. Located by the famous Naini Lake in the valley, surrounded by mountains on all sides where one can enjoy majestic vistas of nature here. Plus, there is plenty to explore with some interesting tourist places in Nanital. Also these are two of the places to visit in Uttarakhand in monsoon!
Why: The lush green sight of Nainital offers an exotic view of the Himalayan ranges. Enjoy the trekking trails in Ranikhet and go camping in the main sight of the location.
Ideal for: Honeymoon couples, office goers, couples and families
Best time to visit: April – June
Ideal duration: 4 to 5 days
How to reach: Nainital does not have direct access to air connectivity. The nearest railway station is located at a distance of 34 km at Kathgodham. It takes about 7 hours from Delhi to reach Nainital.
Things to do: Visit the host of temples at Ranikhet, go trekking, and visit the Nainital zoo and Naini Lake. Enjoy the wildlife sanctuary and the wonderful climate of the hill station.
3. Rishikesh And Haridwar – Spiritual Destinations
Another place you definitely must visit in Uttarakhand is the adventure capital–Rishikesh and pilgrim capital–Haridwar. Haridwar is a place where tourists get enchanted by rustic touch and spiritual energy of the place and its surroundings.
Why: Rishikesh as it is the adventure capital of India; Haridwar for the tranquility and religion.
Ideal for: Everyone – friends, couples and families.
Best time to visit: Anytime of the year is good except monsoons.
Ideal duration: 3 to 4 days
How to reach: Nearest airport is in Dehradun. Trains connect both Rishikesh and Haridwar.
Things to do: Take part in the Ganga aarti in Haridwar, a holy dip in the river Ganga, go for a boat ride, eat the local delicacies and talk to the spiritual gurus. Visit the ashrams in Rishikesh; go for water sports adventures and trekking up in the hills.