Uttarakhand Dev Bhumi , located in the northern part of India, is a beautiful state known for its stunning natural beauty and serene landscapes. During the summer season, many places in Uttarakhand offer a cool and pleasant escape from the scorching heat.The state is divided into two divisions, Garhwal and Kumaon, with a total of 13 districts. The winter capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun, the largest city of the state, which is a rail head. Gairsain, a town in Chamoli district, is the summer capital of Uttarakhand declared on 5 March 2020. Here are some top places to visit in Uttarakhand during the summer season:

  1. Nainital: Nainital is a popular hill station known for its picturesque Naini Lake, surrounded by lush green hills. You can enjoy boating on the lake, visit the Naina Devi Temple, and take a cable car ride to Snow View Point for panoramic views.
  2. Mussoorie: Often referred to as the “Queen of Hills,” Mussoorie is a charming hill station with attractions like the Mall Road, Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, and Camel’s Back Road. The pleasant climate makes it a great summer destination.
  3. Rishikesh: Known as the “Yoga Capital of the World,” Rishikesh is a perfect destination for adventure enthusiasts and spiritual seekers. You can go for white-water rafting, trekking, and visit the famous Triveni Ghat and various yoga ashrams.
  4. Haridwar: Just a short distance from Rishikesh, Haridwar is famous for its Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri and is a significant pilgrimage site. The summer months are ideal for taking a dip in the holy Ganges River.
  5. Dehradun: Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, offers a blend of natural beauty and urban amenities. Visit places like Robber’s Cave, Sahastradhara, and the Forest Research Institute. The pleasant weather makes it an excellent summer getaway.
  6. Jim Corbett National Park: If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, Jim Corbett National Park is a great destination. Summer is an excellent time for wildlife sightings as animals gather around water bodies. You can go on safaris to spot tigers, elephants, and other wildlife.
  7. Auli: Auli is a beautiful hill station known for its lush meadows and panoramic views of the Himalayas. In the summer, it offers a peaceful retreat with opportunities for trekking and enjoying the cool climate.
  8. Munsiyari: Munsiyari is a lesser-known gem in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It offers breathtaking views of the Panchachuli Peaks and is an excellent base for treks and hikes in the Himalayas.
  9. Chopta: Known as the “Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand,” Chopta is a serene hill station surrounded by dense forests and snow-capped peaks. It’s an ideal place for trekking and camping.
  10. Almora: Almora is known for its rich cultural heritage and stunning views of the Himalayas. Explore the local markets, visit the Kasar Devi Temple, and take in the natural beauty of the region.
  11. Binsar: Explore Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and the ancient Binsar Mahadev Temple.
  12. Kausani: Enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks and visit the Gandhi Ashram.
  13. Ranikhet: Discover the beauty of this cantonment town and visit Jhula Devi Temple.
  14. Pithoragarh: Visit the historical Pithoragarh Fort and soak in the natural beauty.
  15. Hemkund Sahib: Trek to the revered Sikh pilgrimage site surrounded by Himalayan beauty.
  16. Valley of Flowers: Witness a riot of colors with diverse flora in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  17. Lansdowne: Explore the quiet hill station and visit St. Mary’s Church and Tip N Top Point.
  18. Gangotri: Visit the source of the Ganges River and the Gangotri Temple.
  19. Yamunotri: Trek to the Yamunotri Temple and bathe in the thermal springs.
  20. Badrinath: Explore the Badrinath Temple, one of the Char Dham pilgrimage sites.

These destinations in Uttarakhand offer a mix of natural beauty, spirituality, adventure, and cultural experiences, making them ideal places to visit during the summer season. Remember to check the weather conditions and plan your trip accordingly.

List of districts

CodeDistrictHeadquartersPopulation (As of 2011)Area (km2)Density (/km2)DivisionMap
PGPauri GarhwalPauri686,5725,399127Garhwal
TGTehri GarhwalTehri616,4094,080151Garhwal
USUdham Singh NagarRudrapur1,648,3672,908567Kumaon

Proposed districts

In November 2000 when uttarakhand was created as a new state it had inherited 13 districts. As of november 2022, since then no new districts have been created even though other newly created states have almost doubled the number of new districts for rapid development.

  • 2011 BJP plan for 5 new districts in uttarakhand

BJP had planned the following for districts which did not matter last due to the change in the government.

Proposed DistrictProposed HeadquartersCurrent DistrictDivision
KotdwarKotdwarPauri GarhwalGarhwal
  • 2016 INC plan for 10 new districts (including 4 districts from earlier 2011 BJP plan):
  1. Kashipur, from Udham Singh Nagar district.
  2. Roorkee, from Haridwar district.
  3. Gairsain, from Chamoli district.
  4. Rishikesh, from Dehradun districtTehri Garhwal district, and Pauri Garhwal district.
  5. Narendra Nagar or Pratapnagar, from Udham Singh Nagar district with headquarter at either of the two places.
  6. Ramnagar, from Nainital district.
  • Additional demands for new districts:

From time to time, several chief ministers and elected representatives, such as MLAs and MPs, have proposed the following new districts:[5]

  1. Chakrata, from Dehradun district.
  2. Dharchula, from Pithoragarh district.
  3. Gangotri and Purola, from Uttarkashi district.
  4. Haldwani, from Nainital district.
  5. Karnaprayag and Tharali, from Chamoli district.
  6. other proposed are Ghastoli, Meelam (Milam), Dugtu, GunjiMunsiari (Munsyari), NitiTyuniThalisain, Syaldey/Ataliya, etc

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