THE LAND OF GODS
Area: 51125 Sq. Km
Language: Kumaoni, Garhwali, Bhontiya, Jaunsari, Hindi and English
Best Time to visit: Throughout the year
Airports: Pant Nagar, Neonatal, Jolly Grant (Kullu)
Uttaranchal is a part of the Western Himalayan ranges starting from the Shivalik foothills to Greater Himalayas. It shares the International borders with Tibet in the North East and Uttar Pradesh forms greater part of the borders in the west and the South and a small part of it touches Haryana in the South.
This hilly state situated in the laps of the Himalayas experiences a cool and pleasant climate throughout the year. Heavy snowfall in peak winters and equally heavy rain from July to September are the times when the region gets isolated from the rest of the country.
This state was till recently a part of the bigger state of the northern region Uttar Pradesh. It was given the present shape and named Uttaranchal in November 2000 and became the 27th Indian state with independent state assembly. In 2007 it was officially renamed as Uttarakhand. Earlier though many a rulers have taken turns to rule this place known as Devbhoomi, the land of Gods, because of the innumerous holy site in the small place. The regions of Uttarakhand find a mention in the epics of Mahabharata and the dynasties like the Kushan, Kanishka, Gupta and the local tribal dynasties have ruled the state till the British arrived. The place which has most of the hill stations, valley of flowers and the four holy places, what else would a tourist want but to have an assorted platter from natural beauty to adventure sports and from holy sites to snow clad mountains. Uttarakhand is a beautiful and calm state with abundance in natural beauty. The rivers flowing through the state form a fertile land a long with the climatic conditions. Uttaranchal is undoubtedly India's most beautiful canvas. The main attraction to this place is the un - spoilt and unexploited beauty and the serene calmness of Uttaranchal. The green valleys and the snow clad peaks with wonderful panoramic view till the eyes can reach, is mesmerizing and spell binding as well. Uttarakhand has a wonderful cultural and traditional heritage that has been followed for centuries. The people of Uttarakhand are warm and smiling and trying to live through the harsh conditions of the weather. The cuisine is essentially north Indian very much similar to the rest of the Northern parts of the India. Items made of wool are easily available here.