Uttarakhand - the land of gods, the home of Himalayas and a true paradise on earth.
The Uttarakhand's experience might leave you stranded for words, when someone asks you
to define the simple word ‘beauty’. Beauty is so inherent to almost all things Uttarakhand
stands for – the magnanimous Himalayas, the holiest of the rivers, the spiritual mystery,
stunning landscapes, the incessantly colorful play of nature, enchanting history carved
in ancient stones, a mesmerizing floral and faunal plethora and the simplest of the people.
Myths, anecdotes and stories are part of every visual that unfolds itself to the eyes of the
Uttarakhand blessed with magnificent glaciers , majestic snow-clad mountains, gigantic
and ecstatic peaks, valley of flowers, skiing slopes and dense forests, this Abode of Gods
includes many shrines and places of pilgrimage. Chardham yatra, the four most sacred and revered
Hindu temples: Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri are nestled in the Mighty Mountains.
The winter months lay vast and expansive snow-carpets as the slopes, which turn into playgrounds
for adventurous snow-revelers to ski amongst the most beautiful of surroundings. Come spring
and the land begins to ooze of nascent life with frozen springs making way for the singsong of
unsullied streams, waiting buds coming to full blossom creating an outburst of million hues with
as many colorful butterflies and insects joining in the chorus.
The streams that originate in the deepest hideaways of the glorious Himalayas of Uttarakhand flow
on to feed rivers which have nourished a civilization that has been born and brought up in the
Indo-Gangetic soil of the country. These rivers are not just water bodies of enormous proportions,
but are also impressive streams commanding worship and reverence with their source in the holy
crevices where gods and goddesses reside. The water of the holiest of all Hindu rivers, the
Ganga, is believed to wash away and purge the body, mind and soul of all impurity.
The lush green forests of this region are home to an astounding multiplicity of flora and fauna,
some of which fall into the category of endangered species. The wildlife bursts with hundreds
and thousands of species, making an exploratory trip to Uttarakhand even more exciting, in the
light of the fact that many species are yet to be discovered.
World-renowned mountain and wildlife institutes, national parks and forest reserves in this
region pursue scientific research putting in enormous efforts to preserve and protect the
land’s bounty, encouraging people to participate in this noblest of causes.
No words can ever be enough to perfectly describe this blessed land. The incredulous variety
of experiences – both spiritual and sensory – goes beyond any language or dialect.