Uttarakhand is renowned for its status as a land of divinity.
Sole State that recognizes the legacy of the ancient script as a national language.
State flower of Uttarakhand. Believed to be the white lotus graced with the touch of lord Brahma
This freshwater body is shaped like an eye, and derives its divinity from the vital part it plays in Kumaoni culture.
Bhima is believed to have visited the place during the exile of the Pandavas, when he used his divine gada to form the lake and quench Draupadi’s thirst.
The lake is a union of seven interconnected lakes, and hosts the arrival of migratory birds every year.
Locals believe this lake emerged as a divine blessing over Brahmaji’s tapasya at the site. Anyone who performs parikrama at this location is thus divinely blessed.
Situated at the shores of Nainital Lake, this temple has provided the backdrop for many influential mythological tales, and is associated with both the goddess Sati and the site of Mahishasur’s defeat.
This temple derives its name from its unusual setting in between two hills, which cut across each other like a pair of scissors. It has been visited by tourists like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg in the past.
Over 350 years old, this temple embraces the peaks it is situated on. The waterfall near it also provide an irreplaceable experience for residents and visitors alike.
Know as the China peak after the 1962 war, the peak is one of the most picturesque locations in Nainital. It offers a birds-eye view of Nanda Devi peak and the mountains on the Tibet border.
Situated near the historic Bhimeshwar temple – this impressive structure has become a vital destination for tourists during festivals.
It is a picturesque hill named after the wife of the mythological figure, Bhim. It’s fresh atmosphere has become a popular destination for both locals and visitors.
This modern museum has been the subject of much fascination because it houses over 1300 species of butterflies – from the largest Indian butterfly to the most beautiful moths in India.
A challenging but equally rewarding path to traverse upon, this trek takes you to the abode of the sacred Goddess Nanda Devi. The Garhwal hills as its backdrop is a major attraction in this trek.
The highest hilltop in the region, the lush forestry and the birds-view of the Nainital town, Himalayas and the vast expanses of the Kumaon region are the main attractions of the trek.
A region romanticised by all who visit it, this peak is also known as ‘Dorothy’s Seat’ constructed by a British Army Officer in the memory of his wife. It offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding landscape and Kumaoni mountains.
Experience the thrill of flying high up in the air accompanied by an expert to ensure your safety. Take in the breathtaking aerial bird’s eye view of Uttarakhand while flying with your own wings.
Something for the adrenaline seeker – held annually, this biking championship is famous for being Asia’s longest mountain bike race. Explore the mountain trails, with exciting spots and viewpoints along the way.
Embark on a boating or Kayaking adventure in Bhimtal or any other lake in the region. Explore vibrant landscapes and rich wildlife habitats as you paddle into the breathtaking scenery, that makes for an inimitable experience.
This is one of the most popular sports at Bhimtal Lake. Everyone can be an adventure enthusiast and partake in this experience. Jumping off the lakeside in a large inflatable ball to walk, run and roll in water is as liberating an activity as any.
Located at the centre of the lake in Bhimtal. This island is accessible through a scenic boat ride. The aquarium is home to fishes from all over the world.
Located in Bhimtal, this is a perfect place to explore the Universe with professional equipment that brings heavenly bodies into even greater clarity, as you look at the sky in a way you never have before.
Sattal Lake provides a famous spot for tourists who seek solace in nature. A wide variety of birds frequent the region, and allow enthusiasts to be at the perfect location for casual observation as well as photography.
Recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This spiritual fair attracts Hindu devotees from all across the world and is organised every twelve years.
This festival marks a change of season and is celebrated on the day of Makar Sankranti every year. During this festival, a special delicacy is created, deep-fried and helps in the formation of garlands.
This festival of spring is celebrated in mid-March, during which the young girls of the community offer wishes for the prosperity of the household and in return are given blessings and presents.
Due to the extreme weather conditions, the natives look for food options that are high in nutrition. Made from black beans and cooked with a trademark aroma, makes this dish a preference for both locals and visitors.
This sweet dish is made with Khoya, wrapped in maalu leaf, and bears resemblance to a cone. Singori is considered one of the most sought-after desserts of Uttarakhand and is the pride of Kumaon.
Prepared with khoya and a sugary white coating, Bal mithai is believed to have been the name of the prime offering to the Sun God and is considered to be a local favourite.
Kumaoni communities are known for the solidarity they find in each other. The entire village stands together, whether to dance across mountains for a wedding or any religious ceremony. Their unity is only matched by the strong sentiments of patriotism that permeate into all families, many of whom have loved ones engaged in the military.
In a culture embedded with worship – every peak, lake or mountain range is connected with some myth or God or Goddess. Their names are remembered through peaks, temples, as well as ritual folk poetry known as ‘Jagar’.
The Kumaon flock dance dates back thousands of years. This region is also known for rock painting and is said to be the point of origin of Pahari Kalam which is yet another style of painting well-known across the world.