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
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.