(Last Updated on : 12/05/2014)
Cities of Uttarakhand
either belong to the Garhwal
or Kumaon region and accordingly the people are known as Garhwali or Kumaoni. The high Himalayan peaks and glaciers as well as the dense forests provide the cities with a cool ambience. The people mostly speak in Hindi language
. The main cities of Uttarakhand are Dehradun
, Haldwani and Roorkee.
Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand became the 27th state of the Republic of India on November 9, 2000. The state finds mention in the ancient Indian Puranas
as being the abode of many gods and goddesses. Since the cities of Uttaranchal harbour many pilgrim spots, the state is often known as "The Land of the Gods" (Dev Bhoomi).
Dehradun is the capital city of the state of Uttarakhand. The city is located in the Garhwal
region. The city was chosen as one of the "Counter Magnets" of the National Capital Region (NCR) and is developed as an alternative centre of growth to help ease the migration and population explosion in the Delhi
Dehradun is well known for its natural resources, publishing services, and for its prestigious educational institutions like the Forest Research Institute, Indian Military Academy and several day and boarding schools which are highly reputed across the nation.
, another city of Uttarakhand is considered as one of the seven holiest places to Hindus. This city is a popular pilgrimage centre and has an important historical value. In Mahabharata
the name of Haridwar is mentioned. This city is the entry gate to the Char Dham. Here the Ganga River
emerges from the mountains to touch the plain. The important places to visit in Haridwar are Har ki Pauri, Chandi
Devi Temple, Maya Devi
Temple, Kankhal, Bhimgoda Tank, Bharat Mata Mandir
and many others.
Almora has great historical value as Swami Vivekananda
had spent some days in this city. Swami Satyananda Saraswati of Bihar School of Yoga and Rikhiapeeth was born in Almora. Almora has several noted temples, comprising Kasar Devi, Banari Devi, Chitai, Jageshwar, Binsar Mahadev, Garhnath and Baijnath Temple
Rishikesh is a place that attracts thousands of pilgrims and tourists every year. This city is also known as the gateway of Himalayas. Rishikesh is a famous Yoga centre of the country. Rishikesh is becoming a popular spot for white water rafting enthusiasts, both from India and abroad.
Mussoorie is a popular Indian hill station. It is also known as the Queen of the Hills. This place has a wonderful scenic beauty that draws the attention of every traveller. Missouri Lake, Bhatta Falls
, Jwalaji Temple are some places that are worthy to visit.
was the capital of Katyuri Kings, who ruled the area from 7th-11th century AD., then it was known as Kartikeyapura and lies in the centre of 'Katyur' valley. There is a famous Baijnath Temple, the Temple of Lord Shiva
on the bank of the river which is said to have been built by the Kumaon Katyuri king in around 1150 A.D. One of the most significant places to visit in Baijnath is the historically and religiously significant Baijnath Temple constructed in the twelfth century.
was the capital of the Chand dynasty rulers. Baleshwar Temple built by the Chand rulers in 16th century is an excellent monument with marvellous stone carving works. People fromall parts of the country come to visit this temple.
A sub-temperate to temperate climatic region, Pauri
is the place of excellent natural beauty.
People come this place to have an errand where the evergreen deodar trees are worth-while.
A most important town of Uttarakhand, Khatima is the business seat of Kumaon region.
Khatima is the residence of the Kumaoni, Muslims and the Sikhs.
Other cities of Uttarakhand are : Pithoragarh
, Dev Prayag
, Dharchula Dehat
, Kachnal Gosain
, Kichha Kaladungi Naraini
, Narendra Nagar
, and Nagla