About Uttrakhand

Uttarakhand is located at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain ranges. The state shares borders with China (Tibet) in the north and Nepal in the east and inter-state boundaries with Himachal Pradesh in the west and northwest and Uttar Pradesh in the south. It has almost all agro-geo climatic zones, which provide commercial opportunities for floriculture and horticulture. The state is home to more than 175 species of rare medicinal, aromatic & herbal plants. The state has close proximity to the national capital Delhi, a leading market of the country and excellent connectivity with neighbouring states. Uttarakhand has abundant natural resources due to hills and forests. Its agro-climatic conditions support horticulture-based industries. The vast water resources available in the state are also favourable for hydropower. The presence of several hill stations, wildlife parks, pilgrimage places and trekking routes make Uttarakhand an attractive tourist destination. Inflow of tourists into the state increased to 34.72 million in 2017. Uttarakhand is one of the fastest growing states in India, thanks to the massive growth in capital investments arising from conducive industrial policy and generous tax benefits. Between 2011-12 and 2017-18, Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) expanded at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.16 per cent to Rs 2.18 trillion (US$ 33.76 billion) whereas the Net State Domestic Product (NSDP) expanded at a CAGR of 11.45 per cent to Rs 1.95 trillion (US$ 30.31 billion). The state offers a wide range of benefits in terms of interest incentives, financial assistance, subsidies and concessions. Uttarakhand has a robust social and industrial infrastructure, virtual connectivity with over 39,000 km of road network, two domestic airports, 345.23 km of rail routes and an installed power generation capacity of 3,356.23 megawatt (MW) as of April 2018. According to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), the cumulative FDI inflows, during April 2000 to December 2017, stood at around US$ 652 million.

General Information

Uttarakhand known as Devbhumi (Land of God) due to the many holy Hinud temples, spiritual and auspicious places to pilgrim and worship. Uttarakhand also recognized for its natural beauties. It is situated in northern part of India. It is borders with the Tibet in north, Nepal in east, Uttar Pradesh in south and Himachal Pradesh and Haryana in west.

Geography

93 % area of Uttarakhand is mountainous and 64% is covered by forest. The most areas of Uttarakhand are the part of Great Himalayan ranges. Uttarakhand is the birth place of India's two mightiest rivers, Ganges and Yamuna. Uttarakhand lies on southern slope of the Himalayan range. The highest elevations are covered by ice and bare rocks. Nanda Devi, the second highest mountain in India situated in Uttarakhand.

Flora and Fauna

Uttarakhand has large number of National Parks includes Jim Corbett National Park (The oldest National Park of India) in Nainital district, Valley of Flowers and Nanda Devi Nanital Park in Chamoli district which are also UNESCO world heritage sites, Rajaji National Park and Gangotri National Park in Uttarakashi district.

Tourism

Uttarakhand is paradise for all type of tourists. Leisure, adventure and religious tourism paly of major role in Uttarakhand's economy. Nainital, Massoorie, Almora, Kausani, Bhimtal and Ranikhet are the most famous frequent destinations of India. Tourist come Uttarakhand for Trekking, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, White Water Rafting, Motorbike Tours and many other adventurous activites.

Uttarakhand Fact :

Area : 53,566 Km². Population : 10,116,752 (Approximately). Language : Hindi, Sanskrit, Garhwali, English Capital : Dehradun. Altitude : 350 mts to 5000 mts. Average Rainfall : 1,469 mm. Temperature : Summer : 32°C. Winter : 0°C to 5°C. Best Time to Visit :March to June and October to November.

Indian hill stations are bounded with beautiful experiences with every path that it leads, and one such beauty is Uttarakhand. But to keep in mind is that you are going to be travelling to the hills and everything must be planned thoughtfully. So here is the list to keep in mind before exploring the unbelievable nature of the Indian hills

The attire should be chosen carefully depending on which season you prefer travelling to Uttarakhand or any other hill station of India.

If you are all set for trekking or mountaineering, make sure you carry comfortable pair of shoes that has great friction.

Don’t forget to carry the emergency or first-aid kit with medication and other essentials.

Make sure you carry warm/woollen clothes with you like shawl, sweater/jackets, socks, ear cover and gloves that would help you protect from the fog and mist and mountain weather.

Do carry your ID proofs and other necessary documents as getting into some areas of the state might require it

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