Resting against the southern slopes of the Himalayan mountain range, Uttarakahand is one of the most spiritually charged destinations in India. The state is often called the “Land of the Gods” because of the numerous Hindu temples and pilgrimage destinations found inside its borders.
Haridwar, the state capital, is considered one of the seven holiest places in the Hindu religion. Every 12 years the city hosts the thrilling Kumha Mela, India’s largest pilgrimage, where millions of the faithful come to perform ritual bathing in the Ganges River. The city of Rishikesh, where the Beatles briefly pursued enlightenment in the 1960s, is filled with ashrams, temples, and scenic outdoor locations ripe for meditative experiences.
While Uttarakahand has long been known for its spiritual magnetism, the state’s gorgeous setting along the Himalayan Mountains draws many outdoor enthusiasts. Rafting and trekking are just two of the numerous excursions available here.