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19 Best Places To Visit In Uttarakhand For A Peaceful Vacay

Uttarakhand has emerged as the favorite destination among travelers of all ages. With numerous places to visit in Uttarakhand like the presence of the mighty Himalayas, Bugyals, valleys, lakes, caves, forests, and falls, it is a natural target for the tourists to visit for a peaceful summer vacay.

Adorned with the holiest places and lesser-known destinations like Auli, Nag Tibba, Lansdowne, Mount Abbot, Tehri, Chakrata, and many other sleepy hamlets, Uttarakhand draws nature lovers, adventure lovers, and mountaineers every year.

Top 19 Tourist Places to Visit in Uttarakhand 

Either you are looking for a luxury holiday, a relaxed trip, or just one with mother nature, these tourist places in Uttarakhand are perfect for you. Keep reading to find out where you should spend your summer vacation in Uttarakhand.

  • Nelong Valley
  • Mukteshwar
  • Sahastradhara
  • Lachhiwala
  • Forest Research Institute Or FRI
  • Tiffin Top
  • Barkot
  • Dharchula
  • Gopeshwar
  • Rishikesh
  • Mussoorie
  • Auli
  • Kausani
  • Lansdowne
  • Nag Tibba
  • Kedarnath
  • Abbott Mount
  • Chopta
  • Almora

1. Nelong Valley

Nelong Valley

A rocky desert in the Gangotri National Park, Nelong Valley is perched at a height of 11,000 feet above sea level. The valley was opened for tourists in 2015, and since then it has become a famous destination in Uttarakhand for adventure junkies. Nelong Valley was an essential trade route between India and Tibet before the Chinese occupied Tibet. This valley has similar weather, landscape, and looks exactly like Tibet, Spiti, and Ladakh regions.

2. Mukteshwar

Beautiful View of Mukteshwar Hills in Uttarakhand

Mukteshwar is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. Adventure enthusiasts love engaging in activities like rappelling, camping, trekking, rock climbing, and many other adrenaline-pumping activities. The place is blessed with nature's choicest blessings. The magnificent views of the Himalayan Range are a sight to behold. Check out verdant rolling meadows, dense coniferous forests, fruit orchards, plummeting waterfalls, and serene temples. Mukesteshwar is worth a visit when planning a vacay to Uttarakhand.

3. Sahastradhara

Sahastradhara Uttarakhand

Sahastradhara is located at a distance of 18 km from Dehradun. The place has a lot of waterfalls and caves worth exploring. Water dropping from limestone stalactites is a lovely sight. There is a collection of pools that turns into Sulphur springs. People come here from far and wide areas to cure ailments like the restricted flow of blood, muscle spasms, arthritis, acne, muscle ache, etc. The lukewarm water of these sulphur springs helps to de-stress.

Also Read - Top 15 Best Waterfalls In India

4. Lachhiwala

Tourists Enjoying at Lachhiwala Uttarakhand

One of the best Uttarakhand tourist places, Lachhiwala is a lovely picnic spot away from the hustle and bustle of Dehradun City. It is lovely to see small ponds surrounded by dense Sal trees. People visit this place to admire natural and scenic beauty while enjoying a picnic with family and friends. People also love trekking in this area. There are man-made pools where bathing can be enjoyed. It is also a perfect place to spot some lovely birds.

5. Forest Research Institute or FRI

A front shot of Forest research Institute in Uttarakhand
Forest Research Institute Or FRI

Forest Research Institute was set up in 1906. It is a magnificent building known for its architectural style. The colonial-style speaks volumes about the erstwhile era. The purpose of setting up this institute was to promote forest research and education. Visitors love visiting the institute campus and enjoy morning walks amidst tall trees and well-maintained gardens.

6. Tiffin Top

A smoky view from Tiffin Top in Uttarakhand
Tiffin Top

Tiffin Top in Nainital is another attraction worth checking out when visiting Uttarakhand for a brief holiday. It is also popular as Dorothy's Seat as it has a stone bench built by Col. J.P Kellet in memory of Dorothy Kellet, his wife. It is located 2290 m above sea level. Perched atop Ayarpatta Hill, it provides magnificent views of nature's beauty scattered all around. It is a terraced hilltop providing 360-degree views of the Himalayan range and Nanital City. Adventure lovers can engage in activities like trekking, zip swings, etc.

7. Barkot

A photo of Barkot Valley

Barkot is a religious and spiritual destination famous for the Yamunotri Temple. A large number of Hindu devotees throng this temple to seek blessings from the deity. Considered the first Dham of the famous Char Dham Yatra, the place witnesses a heavy footfall of devotees and tourists. The spiritual journey to this Dham goes on between April to October. The famous hot water spring, Surya Kund, is also famous among visitors who love taking a dip in the Holy waters.

8. Dharchula