Backpacking Uttarakhand: The land of gods

Backpacking Uttarakhand: The land of gods

High Himalayan peaks, lowland jungles and holy rivers; celebrated temples and distinguished ashrams; peaceful hill stations and busy cities. For a small state, Uttarakhand packs an enticing amount of diversity. Backpacking Uttarakhand is a great experience. You can take yoga classes at an ashram in Rishikesh one day, and white water raft down the Ganges the next. For trekkers, Uttarakhand has some wild wandering trails and high-altitude hiking tracks in the shadow of the Himalayas.

Backpacking Uttarakhand: The land of gods
Backpacking Uttarakhand: The land of gods

Weather

The Weather is mild here. The winters are cool, bordering on cold, and the summers, hot. The best time to visit is during the mild winters from October to May.

A river beach at Rishikesh. Note: Do not go nude here. The markings on the stone are someone's idea of a prank.
A river beach at Rishikesh. Note: Do not go nude here. The markings on the stone are someone’s idea of a prank.

Where To Go

Rishikesh: Ever since the Beatles composed their White Album amidst the peaceful reverie and pristine beauty of an ashram in the ‘60s, Rishikesh has been a lure for spiritual explorers. Rishikesh is often referred to as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with tons of ashrams and yoga and meditation classes.

Dehra Dun & Mussorie: Most popularly known as just a transit point to Himachal Pradesh, Dehra Dun is worth a visit for its vibrant Paltan Bazaar, and its Tibetan community in Clement Town. And while Mussoorie may seem small and tacky at first, it‘s British architecture and scenic setting makes it feel like a tiny little town out of an old English storybook.

Zigzagging roads lead to great pilgrimage sites where sagas from the Hindu epics are set. Among the oldest civilizations on Earth, Uttarakhand, winding around the banks of Ganga has a subtle vibe of sanctified prayer and ancient peace, unlike anywhere else in India. Many travellers gather here for this vibe, finding it a powerful place to pursue a spiritual practice. Others come here for the tigers.

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