On the 9th of November 2000, Uttaranchal became the 27th state of India. Carved out of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, this state of amazing beauty is bordered by Tibet, Nepal and the neighboring states of Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. The capital of Uttaranchal is Dehrdun, which is surrounded by beautiful mountains and has great scenic beauty. The state of Uttaranchal has all the ingredients of becoming one of the most sought after tourist spots in the world. There is an urgent need to exploit this sector. A tour to Uttaranchal is something of an absolute must if one is to experience the manifestation of the Nature in varied ways.
The importance of Haridwar among the Hindus can be gauged from the fact it has earned its sobriquet of honor, 'The Gateway to the Gods'. It is one of the four sites in India for the Kumbha Fair when millions of devotees take the holy dim in the Ganga, the holiest of the Indian rivers. Har-ki-Pauri is one of the most popular bathing ghats at Haridwar, out of the numerous embankments in Haridwar. The tourists throng the place at sunset, when the 'Aarti' is performed with great religious fervour. Gorakhnath Temple, an ancient pilgrimage destination, is dedicated to Guru Gorakhnath. The other tourist places in Haridwar include Kalika Temple, Kankhal Temples, Mansa Devi Temple and Bhimganga Tank.
Located at a height of about 1360 feet above sea level, Rishikesh serves as the gateway to the Himalayas in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttranchal. Known for its unrivalled scenic beauty it is quite awesome to see the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan foothills. There are many temples on the banks of the Ganga. Rishikesh is renowned the meditation grounds and the yoga and meditation schools acclaimed internationally since yesteryears. Rishikesh is a base for adventure sports and water sports. The Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers confluence at Rishikesh is ideal for water rafting. The most visits in Rishikesh include Laxman Jhoola, Muni-ki-Reti, Neel Kanth Mahadev Temple, Bharat Mandir, Raghunath Mandir & Triveni Ghat, Chandreshwar Temples and Someshwar Temple.
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