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Uttarakhand State Guide
Uttarakhand State Guide
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About the book

• Discover the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in the pages of this book, which provides comprehensive holiday planning information on popular destinations such as Mussoorie, Nainital, Rishikesh and 1-laridwar. Also unveils hidden gems such as Pokhri, Kodiya, Sonapani and Darma Valley

• Everything you need to know for a pulsating yet r peaceful holiday where to stay, eat, shop, where to find the perfect wildlife safari or river rafting camp, is provided in each destination

• The Garhwal, Kumaon and Pilgrimages sections are signposted with route and tourist guides, highlighting road routes and tourist attractions in the bigger destinations. The Wildlife section has tourist guides of each sanctuary. The Adventure section has trekking guides for each trek

• The Special section presents some of the best wellness getaways in the state and delightful reads on the cultural and culinary heritage of Uttarakhand. It also features essays that offer insights into the Uttarakhand ethos • A comprehensive back-of-the-book section has 32 pages of accommodation listings, 10 pages of travel agents listings, important numbers for transport planning and contact information for Uttarakhand’s GMVN and KMVN tourism offices

The Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, in which I have a small cottage, is no stranger to visitors. People have flocked to these mountains for centuries, following arduous trails along impossible slopes to our holiest shrines high up in the Himalaya. A close communion with awe-inspiring natural beauty is the pilgrim's bonus. Nowadays we also go to Uttarakhand to paraglide down from its heights, and raft the rapids of our holy rivers.

But the happy pictures of tourists on elephant safaris, excited rafters and blissful faces of nirvana-seekers hide a grim reality. For not even the mighty Himalaya are able to withstand the devastating effects of global warming. In Uttarakhand, it has forced every glacier to recede, dried entire lakes in Kumaon, thinned its rivers and is now changing its seasons. Forests and their precious wildlife across the state are fighting a losing battle to survive against tree-cutters. From my cottage I can see barren hills with hardly a tree on them. It is not a pretty sight.

Uttarakhand, to some extent, is trying to check the damage. It strictly controls access to its precious biores- erve, Nanda Devi National Park, and places heavy fines on those who leave behind non-biodegradable refuse. Yet, there are very few true eco-sensitive resorts and operators in the Himalaya. So how can we contribute? By seeking out operators who, while benefiting from the land, leave no impact upon it, who build with eco- friendly material, and who employ Uttarakhandis. By knowing that it takes a paper bag a month to biodegrade, a tin can about a century, a single plastic bag a million years and a single styrofoam cup, eternity.

The Himalaya needs our protection now. No matter how much you paid for that yoga-and-rafting-on-the- Ganga package, tread as lightly as the humblest pilgrim. The mere sight of the hills is reward enough. Take away nothing but memories.

Content

Introduction14
Garhwal
Dehra dun23
Mussorrie36
Kalsi50
Chakrata56
Lansdowne62
Chamba72
Uttarkashi80
Mori86
Pokhri90
Gwaldam96
Auli100
Kumaon
Nainital109
Naukuchiatal120
Sattal124
Pangot128
Jeolikot132
Mukeshwar138
Jilling152
Ranikhet155
Almora167
Kausani176
Abbott Mount185
Askot188
Vijayput192
Munsiyari196
Pilgrimages
Haridwar205
Rishikesh217
Char Dham Yatra230
Panch Dham Yatra244
Panch prayag yatra254
Adi kailash yatra261
Shri hemkund sahib262
Jageshwar268
Wildlife
Rajaji national park274
Corbett national park280
Nanda devi national park300
Binsar wildife sanctuary306
Kedarnath musk deer sancturary316
Fishing in Uttarakhand326
Adventure
Treks
The pari tibba ridhe circuit331
Nag tibba334
The benog tibba circuit339
Bhadraj forest and temple343
Ruinsara tal and har ki dun347
Dodital yamunotri355
Gangotri Gaumukh362
Triyuginarayan panwalikantha366
Madhyamaheshwar370
Tungnath chandrashila peak374
Rudranath and kalpeshwar378
The Valleyof flowers384
Bedni and ali bugyals388
Nandi kund392
Almora to jageshwar398
Pindari and kafni glaciers406
Milam glacier412
Darma valley418
Rafting and kayaking
Kayaks on the alaknanda424
Rafting the tons rapids430
Specials436
Dehra dun or garasain448
Jim corbett450
Festivlas454
Cuisine456
Tales from Uttarakhand458
Safety first460
Information
Travel agents462
Transport directory472
Tourist offices475
Accommodation listings476
Go there for508
About the authors511
Index514
Your feedback527
Route tourist guides
Uttarakhand12
Garawal20
Dehar dun city22
Mussoorie city34
Kumaon106
Nainital city108
Ranikhet city156
Haridwar city204
Rishikesh city206

Uttarakhand State Guide

Item Code:
NAE117
Cover:
Paperback
Edition:
2007
Publisher:
Outlook Publishing India Pvt. Ltd.
ISBN:
8189449060
Size:
8.0 inch x 5.5 inch
Pages:
526 (Throughout Color Illustrations & 1 Map)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 527 gms
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$35.00   Shipping Free
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About the book

• Discover the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in the pages of this book, which provides comprehensive holiday planning information on popular destinations such as Mussoorie, Nainital, Rishikesh and 1-laridwar. Also unveils hidden gems such as Pokhri, Kodiya, Sonapani and Darma Valley

• Everything you need to know for a pulsating yet r peaceful holiday where to stay, eat, shop, where to find the perfect wildlife safari or river rafting camp, is provided in each destination

• The Garhwal, Kumaon and Pilgrimages sections are signposted with route and tourist guides, highlighting road routes and tourist attractions in the bigger destinations. The Wildlife section has tourist guides of each sanctuary. The Adventure section has trekking guides for each trek

• The Special section presents some of the best wellness getaways in the state and delightful reads on the cultural and culinary heritage of Uttarakhand. It also features essays that offer insights into the Uttarakhand ethos • A comprehensive back-of-the-book section has 32 pages of accommodation listings, 10 pages of travel agents listings, important numbers for transport planning and contact information for Uttarakhand’s GMVN and KMVN tourism offices

The Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, in which I have a small cottage, is no stranger to visitors. People have flocked to these mountains for centuries, following arduous trails along impossible slopes to our holiest shrines high up in the Himalaya. A close communion with awe-inspiring natural beauty is the pilgrim's bonus. Nowadays we also go to Uttarakhand to paraglide down from its heights, and raft the rapids of our holy rivers.

But the happy pictures of tourists on elephant safaris, excited rafters and blissful faces of nirvana-seekers hide a grim reality. For not even the mighty Himalaya are able to withstand the devastating effects of global warming. In Uttarakhand, it has forced every glacier to recede, dried entire lakes in Kumaon, thinned its rivers and is now changing its seasons. Forests and their precious wildlife across the state are fighting a losing battle to survive against tree-cutters. From my cottage I can see barren hills with hardly a tree on them. It is not a pretty sight.

Uttarakhand, to some extent, is trying to check the damage. It strictly controls access to its precious biores- erve, Nanda Devi National Park, and places heavy fines on those who leave behind non-biodegradable refuse. Yet, there are very few true eco-sensitive resorts and operators in the Himalaya. So how can we contribute? By seeking out operators who, while benefiting from the land, leave no impact upon it, who build with eco- friendly material, and who employ Uttarakhandis. By knowing that it takes a paper bag a month to biodegrade, a tin can about a century, a single plastic bag a million years and a single styrofoam cup, eternity.

The Himalaya needs our protection now. No matter how much you paid for that yoga-and-rafting-on-the- Ganga package, tread as lightly as the humblest pilgrim. The mere sight of the hills is reward enough. Take away nothing but memories.

Content

Introduction14
Garhwal
Dehra dun23
Mussorrie36
Kalsi50
Chakrata56
Lansdowne62
Chamba72
Uttarkashi80
Mori86
Pokhri90
Gwaldam96
Auli100
Kumaon
Nainital109
Naukuchiatal120
Sattal124
Pangot128
Jeolikot132
Mukeshwar138
Jilling152
Ranikhet155
Almora167
Kausani176
Abbott Mount185
Askot188
Vijayput192
Munsiyari196
Pilgrimages
Haridwar205
Rishikesh217
Char Dham Yatra230
Panch Dham Yatra244
Panch prayag yatra254
Adi kailash yatra261
Shri hemkund sahib262
Jageshwar268
Wildlife
Rajaji national park274
Corbett national park280
Nanda devi national park300
Binsar wildife sanctuary306
Kedarnath musk deer sancturary316
Fishing in Uttarakhand326
Adventure
Treks
The pari tibba ridhe circuit331
Nag tibba334
The benog tibba circuit339
Bhadraj forest and temple343
Ruinsara tal and har ki dun347
Dodital yamunotri355
Gangotri Gaumukh362
Triyuginarayan panwalikantha366
Madhyamaheshwar370
Tungnath chandrashila peak374
Rudranath and kalpeshwar378
The Valleyof flowers384
Bedni and ali bugyals388
Nandi kund392
Almora to jageshwar398
Pindari and kafni glaciers406
Milam glacier412
Darma valley418
Rafting and kayaking
Kayaks on the alaknanda424
Rafting the tons rapids430
Specials436
Dehra dun or garasain448
Jim corbett450
Festivlas454
Cuisine456
Tales from Uttarakhand458
Safety first460
Information
Travel agents462
Transport directory472
Tourist offices475
Accommodation listings476
Go there for508
About the authors511
Index514
Your feedback527
Route tourist guides
Uttarakhand12
Garawal20
Dehar dun city22
Mussoorie city34
Kumaon106
Nainital city108
Ranikhet city156
Haridwar city204
Rishikesh city206
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