Uttarakhand in the north is not a typical stop on the tourist trail. Until recently, the state was mostly known for its spiritual destinations of Rishikesh and Haridwar. Things are beginning to change for the region as tourists recognise Uttarakhand as a prime destination for Himalaya mountain adventures, encounters with wildlife, white water rafting and a glimpse into village life in India.
The Corbett and Rajaji National Parks are nestled close to the Himalayan foothills, full of grassland and sal forest. Spot tigers, wild elephants, and sloth bears in the picturesque surroundings. Corbett is also known for its fantastic array of birdlife, and for those real twitchers amongst you, ask your ETG India expert about Pangot & Vanghat. For relaxation and fresh mountain air, visit India’s world-class spa hotel, Ananda In The Himalayas. Spiritual travellers will find yoga, ashram, and inner peace in the mountain town of Rishikesh.
Spectacular landscapes can be found in the pristine Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, where soaring peaks overlook lush rhododendron and oak forest lands and rivers. Perhaps the greatest joy in Kumaon is interacting with the sincere and simple residents, who proudly maintain their heritage and customs despite 21st century influence. Visiting a remote Kumaon village on foot and spending time with the wonderful folk there is a simple and extraordinary pleasure.