North India is a true joy to hill lovers and adventure enthusiasts. The Himalayan Mountains are full of beautiful, popular hill stations and that make the greatest holiday destinations no doubt. It is very hard to choose tourist destinations in Northern part of India. One cannot complete a full tour of North India within 10-12days. You have to come again and again to complete it. And you will never get bored if you come to the same location of north India to travel. There has also many more locations unexplored and unknown. North India is paradise of daring sports like paragliding, river rafting, mountain trekking etc.
North India tourism mainly offers the most beautiful and pleasant locations of North India like, Kashmir, Shimla, Kullu-Manali, Dharamshala, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Kedarnath, Dalhousie, Mussoorie, Jim Corbet national park and many more.
The first name comes in mind when we hear North India, is definitely Kashmir.
A valley between the Great Himalayan Mountains and the Pir Panjal Mountains, Kashmir is a place of beautiful simplicity and ancient natural beauty. On one side, Kashmir is covered in wild tropical terrain and on the other side is full of Jaffran and apple orchards. It is said that the people of Kashmir welcome everyone with unity and a huge brotherhood. The people of Kashmir are a bit introverted but the hospitality you get here is wonderful. Such people can only be found in ‘paradise’ like Kashmir.
Kullu-Manali: Kullu-Manali is known as the best hill station of the country. Kullu Manali is famous for fresh air and Green Mountain covered with snow. May, June and July is the ideal time to see Kullu manali and November to January is great time to see waterfall. It is ideal place for adventurous sports. Manali Bird sanctuary and an old ancient temple is also an attraction.
Dharamshala: Dharamshala is known for home of Dalai Lama. Dharamshala is one of the best district of Himachal to visit. Previously told cricket stadium is built here in 2015. Beside of beautiful climate, multiple cultural people live there. May to July is best time to see Dharamshala, and November to January is for snowfall. Boating across Dal Lake, beautiful monasteries, Dalai Lama temple, royal khangra fort are special attractions here. Palampur, Bir Billing, Khajjiar are also popular places to see in Dharamshala.
Shimla: Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh. Shimla stands one of the most popular hill station of north India. Beautiful and stunning landscape view and pleasant weather can be enjoyed any time of the year in Shimla. May, June, July is best time to spend at Shimla. Shopping at mall road, trekking, hanuman temples are the local things to do at Shimla.
Dalhiousie: In the state Himachal Pradesh, there is a mini Switzerland, and we call it Dalhousie. Dalhousie has less population than Kullu, Manali and Shimla. Our beloved Freedom fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose stayed here for months (in the year 1937) attracted by the beauty of this hill station. There is a water spring named after him. Dalhousie is one of the top hill stations in Himachal Pradesh. 5 hours away from Dharamshala airport, this green valley will blow your mind. April to July is the best time to visit Dalhousie and average temperature remains around 20°C. St. Francis, a Catholic church is one of the attractions in Dalhousie. The church was decorated with Belgium glass and quality stonework. There is also a church, named St. John’s, has a library in it and contains books written about Dalhousie. Panjpula waterfall, Satadhara waterfall, Bhalei mata temple, Bakrota hills also increase tourists.
Almora: The city of Almora is at a distance of 380 km from Delhi and 63 km from Nainital. Almora district is located in the beautiful Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state. The height of the district is 1638 meters above the sea level. In the east, Pithoragarh is the neighbouring district. Bageshwar district is on the north, Nainital district on the south and Garhwal region to the west. Almora is known for Its Cultural Diversity. Surrounded by pine and oak, the city has a divine acoustic aura enough to attract explorers. To make the view even more enchanted, the snow-capped Himalayas stand out to please the visitor. The city is surrounded by the river Koshi and the Sewal. Almora has many fruit gardens like peaches, apricots, apples, plums, etc. The better time to travel Almora is from March to May and September and November. Temperature stays around 15°C to 20°C. If you like winter and snow, you’ll love it here. The snowfall in Almora makes the landscape more attractive and beautiful.
JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK: Jim Corbett national park is the oldest national park of Uttarakhand. And first tiger preservation park of India, established at 1936. Safari in this park done on the back of elephants and in four wheeler hoodless cars, mainly jeep. Otters, crocodiles, wild buffalos are seen here. Jim Corbett national park is a home for almost 650 species of migratory birds.
MUSSOORIE: Mussoorie is enlisted to one of the most beautiful hill station of India. It is known as ‘Queen of Hills’. And it is just above the Doon valley and what distance you see, you will see the long Himalayan peaks. LAL TIBBA, LAKE MIST, GUN HILL, CLOUD’S END are the most desired places to see in Mussoorie.
It’s a good place for the trek and hike loving people. You can enjoy the scenic view boarding on rope way as well.
If you have believe in gods and if you are Hindu, then these places are heaven to you-
Kedarnath: Kedarnath, is another name of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshipped in Kedarnath temple. Kedarnath is located in the Garhwal region of the Himalayan range in Uttarakhand and built more than 1000 years ago. The temple is opened for normal people in the months from April to November due to extreme weather conditions. There is no direct road connected to the temple. People have to walk 22 kilometers through uneven, sacred paths.
According to some Hindu myths it is heard Pandavas made this temple to worship lord Shiva after the Kurukshetra war to beg forgiveness. And it is also heard that where the temple is built, Lord Shiva released the holy water from his matted hair. And that is the river Ganga. This belief attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year.
Badrinath: Vishnudeb is worshipped in Badrinath temple. The temple is located at a town, named Badrinath, in Uttarakhand, along the bank of Alakananda River. The temple Badrinath is also opened for pilgrims from April to November. Having 1060000 visits, Badrinath holds the most visited Pilgrimage location. Though there is no history about this temple, the mythological story says that Vishnudeb once sat here to meditate unknowing about the cold weather. And later his peer saved him in form of Indian date tree (Badri tree). Being pleased, Vishnudeb named the place as ‘Badrika Ashram’. May be that’s why the name of the location is Badrinath.
HARIDWAR AND RISHIKESH: Haridwar and Rishikesh are also holy cities in Garhwal region in Uttarakhand. Haridwar means ‘abode of Vishnu’. Every year a huge number of pilgrims come here. Haridwar and Rishikesh are called ‘twin national heritage cities’. The people of the cities are vegetarian because of their holy natures. People from all around the world come to visit mystical and spiritual cities Haridwar and Rishikesh.