The land of Gods, the home of Himalayas and truly a paradise on earth, allures everyone from everywhere. The fresh air, the pure water, the chilling snow, the adversing mountains, the scenic beauty, the small villages, the simpler people and a tougher lifesytle is what that distinguishes uttarakhand from rest of the world.
uttarakhand is a 'paradise' for nature lover's and adventure sports enthusiasts. Mussoorie, the 'Queen of Hills'; Nainital, the 'Lake District'; Almora, the 'Switzerland of India'; Ranikhet, Pithoragarh, Pauri and Munsyari are just few highlights for the nature lovers. For adventure and excitement, one may choose Mountaineering (Bhagirathi, Chowkhamba, Nanda Devi Kamet, Pindari, Sahastrataal, Milam, Kafni, Khatling, Gaumukh), Trekking, Skiing (Auli, Dayara Bugyal, Munsyari, Mundali), Skating, Water Sports like rafting, boating and angling and Aero Sports like Hand Gliding, Paragliding (Pithoragarh, Jolly Grant, Pauri).
The State is also a treasure house of exotic flora and fauna and is an ideal location for eco-tourism, as well as wildlife tourism. The world-famous Corbett National Park is the pride of uttarakhand. Other important sanctuaries are, Rajaji National Park , Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Asan Barrage, Chilla etc.
Last but not the least, the rich cultural traditions and the cool and invigorating climate of uttarakhand sums up for a perfect holiday destination to relax and unwind.
uttarakhand is composed of two words, "uttar" meaning "north" and "aanchal" meaning "blessings." Earlier known as "Devbhumi" meaning "The Land of God," uttarakhand also nourishes a diverse and rich culture and monuments of historical importance. uttarakhand is broadly divided into two zones Kumaon and Garhwal.
Kumaoni and Garhwali are the respective bolis of Kumaon and Garhwal widely used in day to day communication by the pople living therein. It's widely spoken in villages and small towns. However the city culture has to much extent swallowed up Kumaoni and Garhwali, and the people prefer to use Hindi instead.
Uttranchal extends from 28º 43' N to 31º 27' N longitude and 77º 34' East to 81º 02' E latitude. uttarakhand is surrounding by Nepal in the East, China in the North, Himachal Pradesh in the west and U.P. in the South.
Uttranchal consists of 13 districts (7 in Garhwal and 6 in Kumaon)
Garhwal Districts : Dehradun, Uttarkashi, Pauri, Tehri, Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Haridwar.
Kumaon Districts: Nainital, Pithoragarh, Champawat, Almora, Udham Singh Nagar, and Bageshwar.