Blessed with the natural beauty of the majestic Himalayas, thundering rivers, graceful waterfalls along with lush meadows and-not to miss-the abodes of various deities, Uttarakhand truly gives you a divine experience to cherish for a lifetime.
The place is home to the holy Char Dham which comprises of a pilgrimage to the shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The state of Uttarakhand is rightly called Dev Bhoomi or the land of gods.
Besides being a pilgrimage destination, the natural beauty of place makes it one of the top holiday destinations for a peaceful vacation. The place is also a one-stop destination for adventure seekers and wildlife lovers as there are plenty of options for you guys as well.
If you are amongst those people who love to be totally disconnected from the outside world, where it is only you and nature, the state of Uttarakhand has many lesser-known and hidden gems where you can spend some alone time and do some soul seeking. Have a look at some of the gems.
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Tucked between the Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot, Kedarnath, Chaukhamba and Panchachuli is the hamlet of Binsar which continues to cast a magical spell on holiday seekers, nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts from various parts of the country.
The lush greenery, vibrant floral meadows along with the dense woods of oak, pine and rhododendron give this tiny town an electric aura which attracts visitors who come seeking peace and tranquillity in the lap of Mother Nature.
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Chakrata-one can say this is the heavenly abode of natural beauty which is kept hidden in the depths of Uttarakhand and is undoubtedly a slice of paradise on earth.
This alpine town is wrapped by the dense forests comprising of oaks, conifers and rhododendrons. Hiding away from the gaze of visitors are beautiful waterfalls and fruit orchards which provide a rejuvenating experience for every visitor.
The town is also the abode for various treks and adventures; the Kharamba Peak, located at an altitude of 10,000 ft, is the highest of the region and gives an intoxicating experience to passionate hikers and mountaineers.
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Located about 23 km away from the popular destination of Almora is the hidden gem of Peora which by all means is one of the best kept secrets of Uttarakhand. Peora is truly nature's bounty of the untouched Himalayan peaks and verdant forests.
The hilly retreat has a rustic charm, which gives one a fairy tale-like experience amidst the valley of the Kumaon hills. It is bordered by pine forests which are alluring enough to transport one into a state of trance.
Want to experience pure mountain bliss along with glimpses of the magical sunsets? Well, if so, head straight to the hills of this town and lose yourself to the magical spells created by Mother Nature.
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A captivating hamlet nestled at an elevation of about 2010 m above sea level is Chaukori in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand-one of the most unconventional and peaceful places which is deeply filled with the aroma of tea gardens spread across the place.
Apart from the tea plantations, the place is blessed with thick woodlands, vibrant varieties of flowers and sparkling fruit gardens.
If you are madly in love with the night views of mountains, Chaukori would treat you with a beautiful dark sky filled with millions of twinkling stars.
The place does not have many tourist hotspots, which means to say that you have got all the time to enjoy the gorgeous mountains and greenery across the place.
This charming hilly retreat, cuddled amidst forests of deodars and apple orchards make it an undeniable choice for the tired city dwellers, who love to rejuvenate their mind, body and soul at a place where one could lose themselves completely.
The untouched natural beauty of this hidden gem would arrest you by its captivating aura in no time. One can spend some quiet time by staying at one of the comfy cottages by-waking up to the chirping of birds and breathtaking views of the rising sun spreading out its golden hues.
Situated at an elevation of 8500 ft, Kanatal is set amidst breathtaking settings of the Garhwal Himalayas which makes it a must-see destination for every holiday seeker and nature lover.
The hilly retreat gets its name from a beautiful lake which existed here and is believed to have dried up now. The place offers every visitor limitless choices of nature explorations, adventurous activities and much more.
If you happen to be a nature photographer, well, you just landed in the perfect place. Kanatal would amaze you with its hidden treasures comprising of magical valleys, natural springs and much more.
Keep you eyes and ears wide open to capture the musk deer, wild boars along with numerous birds of the region who would surprise you with their guest appearances.