In the hearts of Mountains, Touching Tibet (the roof of the World) in the North and the great Gangetic Plains on the South Lies and Area, known over the centuries as a “Paradise on Earth and Most glorious temple of nature”. Uttarakhand, a newly Formed Indian State has a lot to say about its beautiful valleys, Preserved wildlife and Cultural & Religious atmosphere. Aryans came here to seek Divine Knowledge, Enclosed in the Ranges of Himalayas are the Memories of Great Gautam Buddha in search of Salvation for Mankind. The reason why Uttarakhand is Called “THE ABODE OF GOD” is because most of the Hindu’s holy Pilgrimages lie in Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand is very rich in its Flora and Fauna about 116 Species of Himalayan plants and Flowers can be found here. Apart from this some of the Worlds best Wild Life Sanctuaries and Reserves are located here.
BADRINATH : Cradled in the twin mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan id the holiest of four main shrines, Badrinath, along the left bank of river Alaknanda.With splendid Neelkanth mountains as the backdrop, it is an important destination on the sacred itinerary of every devote Hindu. The temple of Shri Badrinath on the banks of Alaknanda River dates back to the Vedic times. Situated at the altitude of 3133Mts .The present temple is believed to have been built by Adi Guru Shankracharya- an 8th Century Philosopher saint, who also established a “Math” here.
KEDARNATH: Amidst the dramatic mountains capes of the Majestic Kedarnath range stands one of the twelve “Jyotirlingas” of Kedar of Lord Shiva. Lying at an altitude of 3584 Mts on the head of river Madakini, the shrine of Kedarnath is amongst the holiest Pilgrimages for the Hindu’s. The lingam at Kedarnath is pyramidal, unlike its usual form. A statue of Nandi-the celestial bull stands at the entrance of the temple and exquisitely carved images adorn the interiors of the temple.
GANGOTRI: The picturesque pilgrimage in the winter lands of the Himalayas is the most sacred spot where Ganga, the stream of life, touched earth for the first time. According to mythology, Goddess Ganga the daughter of Heaven Manifested herself in the form of a river to absolve the sins of king Bhagirath’s predecessor, following his severe penance of several centuries. Lord Shiva received her into his matted locks to minimize the immense impact of her fall. She came to be called Bhagirathi at her legendary source. the physical source of the river is at “Gaumukh”.
YAMUNOTRI: In the traditional Char Dham Yatra, this is the western most shrine of the Himalayas dedicated to Goddess Yamuna, it is perched top a flank of the “Bandarpunch” peak (3165 Mts) and is situated opposite to Gangotri. Yamunotri, or Yamuna “utri” is the source of the sacred river Yamuna, which originates from the Champasar Glacier lying 1 km ahead of the shrine, at the altitude of 4142 Mts.Pilgrims usually do not visit the source as it is not easily accessible.