Uttaranchal or Uttarakhand is the 27th state of India and is popularly called as Devbhoomi, the land of Gods and Goddess. The Uttaranchal Temples are widely popular and are considered to be most sacred of all. One can run into temples in Uttaranchal every other corner, literally. Visitors are bound to get enthralled by the continuous ringing of temples bells from the neighboring Temples in Uttarakhand. Of the most famous temples in Uttarakhand are the Badrinath Temple, Gangotri Temple, Yamunotri Temple and the Kedarnath Temple; collectively these four temples in Uttarakhand are called as Char Dham and are treated as the most important and sacred pilgrimage destinations by Hindu devotees.
Living up to its name, the land of Gods, the Haridwar hosts many revered and sacred of the Uttaranchal Temples: the Mansa Devi Temple, the Chandi Devi Temple, Daksha Mahadev Temple and the Bharat Maat Temple. It also is here that every twelve years, the most popular of the pilgrimages, the Kumbmela is held, apart from Nasik, Prayag and Ujjain. Hindus from all over the country and abroad visit Haridwar on Kumbmela every twelve years and hold a belief that Haridwar is one of the seven places, that is touched by God.
While on one hand Uttaranchal temples make the state a famous pilgrimage center, it also is a fun-filled place for tourists who travel across the world for its sheer natural beauty and adventure—there are abundant adventurous and sporting centers for trekking, rafting, skiing, boating, safaris, plus national parks, the famous Corbet National Park and more to enthrall the audience to the brim.
Uttaranchal is geographically covered in an area of 53483 square kilometers and has a population of about a Crore, with density of 159 per square kilometer. The whether is the most attractive feature, with temperatures falling below minus 3 degrees centigrade during the peak winter and the best time to visit the state would be during the months from March to October. Tourists are bound to get stupefied by the nature’s bounty in the hilly resorts of Nainital, Dehradun or Mussoorie. Other famous tourist destinations in Uttaranchal include: Almora, Ranikhet, Auli, Chamoli and Haridwar.
Auli, for instance is a very famous tourist destination for the highly adventurous, with steep slopes as high as 9000 feet above sea level and most of it being covered with snow and deep Deodar and Oak forests, offering a brilliant and dazzling view of the Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Parvat and Dunagiri. Auli is popular for skiing sports.