Established in 1936, this is India's first national park. It is named after the legendary naturalist and conservationist Jim Corbett. Located at the Himalayas' foothills, near the popular hill-station of Nainital, the beautiful Jim Corbett National Park, is famous for being home to a large number of tigers, the highest among any Indian national park. Spread over 1318.54 sq km, of which 520 sq km is the main area, and the remaining is buffer; the park is spread over the picturesque landscapes of Pauri Garhwal, Almora, and Nainital.
The jeep safari into the dense forest to see the wild animals in their natural habitat is a must-have experience. And if you are lucky, then you may get a chance to even spot a tiger. While on the jeep safari, enjoy the lush green forest's views cut across by streams and rivers and a few waterfalls. There are accommodations available inside the park for night-stay as well, which offer you once-in-a-lifetime experience.
It is a 66 ft high waterfall that is one of the must-visit places to visit in Jim Corbett. You need to hike a bit to reach this lovely location. Furthermore, on full-moon nights, it becomes a sight to witness that leaves many mesmerized. Lush forests encompass the falls and create quite a peaceful environment.
Thus, you can cam, or plan a picnic near the beautiful Corbett Waterfall to unwind after investing time in a jungle safari. You will no doubt have one of the best feelings in this famous area of National Park.
Ganga Aarti is a religious prayer that takes place at the bank of the sacred river Ganga at the Har Ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar. Bringing in tourists and devotees from all over the world, it is a ritual of light and sound where the priests perform prayers with bowls of fire and the ringing of the temple bells.
Visitors float "diyas" (small candles) and flowers, surrounded by the chanting of the mantras and the reflection of the lights off the surface of the flowing river, which is said to be blessed by the Goddess Ganga.
One of the most revered places in Haridwar, Har ki Pauri literally means the Lord’s Footsteps. The most famous landmark at the Ghats is the footprint of Lord Vishnu himself.
The footprint is said to be at the precise location where the River Ganges enters plains from the mountains. The area is famous for being the location of the Kumbha Mela and the Ardha Kumbha Mela.
Dedicated to the Hindu deity Mansa Devi, Mansa Devi Temple is placed atop a hillock known as the Bilwa Parvat of the Shiwalik Range of the Himalayas.
The Goddess is said to grant all the wishes and the devotees make their wishes by tying a piece of thread on the branches of the tree located in the temple complex and come back to the temple to untie it after the wish is granted.
A confluence of three holy important Rivers the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Saraswathy. Triveni Ghat is a most revered sacred bathing spot in Rishikesh and is situated on the banks of Ganges River. It is of belief that those who take a dip in water at Triveni Ghat washes away all the sins and purifies the soul and will have salvation, a relief from all sins carried out; the water at Triveni Ghat has the power to purify them. Daily in the morning and evening there are thousands who take bath at Triveni Ghat and enjoy the Maha Aarti being performed.
It very soothing to sit on the banks of the river and enjoy the cool breeze from the river. Devotees make many offerings at Triveni ghat, in the early morning at sunrise they offer milk to the river and happily feed the fish in the Triveni Ghat.
The second highest point in Mussoorie, the place’s name is derived from the event of firing cannon from this place to tell what time is it to the people during the British colonization hence giving it the name ‘Gun Hill’.
The place lies at an altitude of 2,024 meters above sea level and offers some majestic views of the surroundings.
The Kempty falls are surrounded by high mountain ranges and are situated at an altitude of approximately 1,364 meters above sea level.
thus giving it a wonderful surrounding to just sit and listen to the sound of the water which falls on the rocky bed of the water below among the lush green vicinity.
The highest peak in Mussoorie, with an altitude of over 2,290 meters above sea level and provides some amazing and never seen views of the mountains that house the holy shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath.
To give its visitors a clearer view of the picturesque surroundings a Japanese telescope has been installed at the edge of the cliff also the place is highly preserved from most commercial activities.
Located at 6 kilometres on the Mussoorie-Dehradun road, the lake was recently developed as a picnic spot by the city board and the Mussoorie Dehradun Development authority.
A nice small lake, which is created by a natural waterfall, while going down from road to lake in the way very good small waterfall is there , you can see duck swimming in lake, you can ride a paddle boat here as well and enjoy the amazing surroundings.
Located around 22 kms from Nainital city, Bhimtal is yet another tourists fantasy that boasts of scenic beauty and its pristine lake. Bhimtal lake is located in the center of the town and also has an island in the middle.
Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple is said to have been built by Bhima when he visited the place during his vanvas or banishment period of the Pandavas. Few spots to cover while visiting Bhimtal include Victoria dam, Bhimtal lake aquarium, Sayad Baba ki Mazar, Hidimba parvat, Nal Damyanti Tal, amongst others. All of this can be easily covered as part of a day’s excursion from Nainital.
The pious temple is thronged by devotees all year round. A major prayer site of Nainital, Naina Devi temple is dedicated to Goddess Sati, wife of Lord Shiva. The turquoise blue water graces the temple and it has firmly stood ground on the hillock since 15th century AD. It is believed that the idol inside the temple was installed by Moti Ram Shah in 1842. Despite being hit by a major landslide in 1880, the temple was rebuilt at the very site because of its auspiciousness.
The goddess at the temple is denoted by only her two eyes and devotees from far and wide come here to seek her blessings. The temple also houses the temples or figures of Lord Hanuman, Kali Mata, and Lord Ganesha. Come and seek the blessings of the goddess while visiting Nainital.
The gorgeous lake is where Nainital derives its name from. Set in the centre of the valley or the heart of the city, the lake is home to multiple tourists all year round. With options of boating, both pedal and rowing, as well as yachting, there is something in store for every tourist at this lake.
The rowing boats are available for approx. Rs. 160 for half round and Rs. 210 for full round, and the decorative Gondola boat costs approx. Rs. 210 for a round trip of the lake. The lake is open from 6 am to 6 pm every day.
A gorgeous view of the Nanda Devi peak awaits you at Snow View Point. Situated a little away from the main city, approximately 2 kms., visitors can get an enchanting experience of the snow-capped Nanda Kot Peak, Nanda Devi Peak and the Trishul peak.
Snow view point is a perfect place to spend some excellent time soaking in the fresh air and sipping on hot tea with snacks. You can also visit the small temple located at the Snow View Point that houses pictures of Ram, Sita, Lakshman, Lord Hanuman, Shiva and Durga.
A popular picnic spot and a favorite amongst locals of Nainital, tiffin top also known as ‘Dorothy’s seat’, is located on the picturesque hilltop of Ayarpatta. It not offers an exuberant view of the entire Nainital city but also ensures that you have a moment to capture with gorgeous settings and backdrops.
Away from the bustling streets of Mall Road, Tiffin Top is an absolute delight for avid photographers. With different angles to capture the beauty of the city, the lens can speak louder than words once at Tiffin's top.
This garden is famous for its beautiful orchards of yummy peaches, plums, apricots and juicy apples. The name ‘Chaubatia’ means a junction of paths as it is the point where the four cities meet. The cities are- Ranikhet, Pikholi, Bhargaon and Dehrti. It is known that the then Viceroy of India was Lord Mayo and he was so enchanted by the beauty of Chaubatia that he ordered it to be made the center for the British Cavalry and thus was set up the Cantonment of Chaubatia.
It is a place of immense beauty with its calm and serene surroundings – great place for a picnic. Also, if you’ve not seen step-farming before, you’re in for a visual treat. The snow-capped peaks of the Tulsi, Nilkanth, Nanda Devi and Nandaghunti look gorgeous. You can even walk through the mountain forests here and enjoy the colorful flora and fauna. The vegetation here comprises of silver oak, rhododendron, cypress, cedar and pine trees.
Jhula Devi Temple Ranikhet One of the main attractions of Ranikhet, Jhula Devi temple is an 8th-century temple, located in Chaubatia Gardens and at a distance of 7 km. from the city centre. Situated in Kumaon Himalayan range of Uttrakhand, Jhula Devi temple is highly esteemed for devotees from around the world. The presiding deity of the temple, Lord Durga, sits on a wooden swing (Jhula), thus, it was called as ‘Jhula Devi Temple’. According to the locals, the main deity of the temple, Goddess Durga, protects them from the wild animals. People even say that after many years of its formation, the goddess continues to shower its blessings. Despite being a forest area filled with animals like leopards and tigers, the area remains accessible for the locals.
The present temple complex, built in 1935, covers a vast territory and is known in the country for the countless number of the bells, which are the testimony to the divine and the healing powers of "Maa Jhula Devi". Amidst serenity and tranquillity, the Jhula Devi temple invites many pilgrims and adventurers to have a different experience altogether.
Gurdwara Rishikesh Sahib is situated at a distance of 24 kilometers form Hardwar. Here the Sikh devotees had built a very beautiful Gurdwara where langar and tea is served day and night. Here pilgrims from all sides get together. There are also many temples and Dharamshalas, so the pilgrims do not face any difficulty in getting accommodation for night stay. Being a historical place there are many important spots to see.
Near Rishikesh there is a Swarg Ashram. This Ashram had been serving the people since long. Near Swarg Ashram there is situated a very beautiful place known as Lakshman Jhula. This Jhula is just a bridge across the river, The sight of the temple and bridge is worth seeing. It becomes difficult to leave that place easily. Then comes Devprayag. This prayag is situated at the confluence of Bhagirthi and Alknanda rivers. From Rishikesh at a distance of 110 kilometers comes the city of Srinagar. Some pilgrims also stay at Srinagar and visit the important historical places. It is also said that Gurdwara of Srinagar possesses two copies of handwritten Guru Granth Sahib. From Srinagar the pilgrims set out for Joshi Math. Many beautiful places come in their way. There also come many prayags in the way, where confluence of rivers presents beautiful scenery.
Neer Garh Waterfall is a beautiful narrow stream of clear water cascading down a rocky terrain cutting through a dense green forest. Also known as 'Neer Gaddu', it has a beautiful jade-blue hue. The waterfall is two-tiered and has two bathing pools. Reaching the waterfall requires trekking for about a kilometre (a 20-minute hike that starts 2 km north of the Lakshman Jhula) through the forest and then hiking down a cliff.
The trail is exciting with pictorial views at every turn. Reaching the waterfall and bathing in one of its soothing pools is worth the effort of the hike. About 1.2 km ahead, one will find a bigger waterfall that has a larger pool. Butterflies of different species can be spotted here.
Two kilometers away from Rishikesh stands the beautiful iron suspension bridge called Ram Jhula at Muni-Ki-Reti. This significant landmark of Rishikesh was built in 1986 by PWD and is slightly bigger than Lakshman Jhula regarding length.
Ram Jhula connects Shivanad Ashram (towards the east bank) and Swargashram (towards the west bank). Previously it was a hanging jute ropeway, however, in 1980; a permanent iron suspension bridge was made by PWD, with the help of Shivananda Ashram. Often crowded with saints, sages and devotees, the Ram Jhula is also famed for attractions like Parmarth Niketan, Geeta Bhawan, Swargashram, Yog Niketan, Beatles Ashram, etc. Food lovers should visit the food courts located nearby the Ram Jhula.