Uttarakhand – Before flood tragedy

Uttarakhand is a region of outstanding natural beauty. The unique Himalayan ecosystem plays host to a large number of animals, plants and rare herbs. Two of India’s mightiest rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna take birth in the glaciers of Uttarakhand, and are fed by myriad lakes, glacial melts and streams in the region.

Uttarakhand – Facts at a glance
  • Time zone : IST (UTC+5:30)
  • Area : 53,566 km² (20,682 sq mi)
  • Capital : Dehradun
  • Districts : 13
  • Population : 8,479,562
  • Density – 158 /km² (409 /sq mi.)
  • Languages – Hindi, Garhwali, Kumaoni

Trekking to Jai Mata Ji temple, Yamunotri
Kedarnath Temple

The Kedarnath temple is believed to be 1000 years old and was built by Adi Guru Sankaracharya in the 8th century. The architecture of the temple is of unusual delicacy and craftsmanship. Large grey stone slabs form the temple’s walls and are decorated with scenes from mythological stories and the images of deities. The sanctum sanctorum of the temple houses the ling in conical shape. It also has a Garbha Griha and a pavilion for gatherings.

Kedarnath – The holy town

Flowing together – Rudraprayag River

Statue of Lord Shiva, Uttarakhand

The statue of Lord Shiva in Haridwar, a popular pilgrim center in Uttarakhand state of India. Located next to the River Ganga in the holy city of Haridwar, this huge statue enthralls devotees from around the world.

Lord Shiva statue in Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Har Ki Pauri

Being a holy site, Har Ki Pauri is crowded with devotees who come every day to offer their prayers to the many temples, small and big situated on the banks of the River ganga. They also worship the holy River Ganga (Ganges), by making offerings and praying with lighted lamps (aarti) during the evenings.

Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Ganga at Gangotri

Top view of Uttarakhand – a Cable car ride

Metal Bridge, Valley of Flowers

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