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Garhwal - Kumaon

Freeindia > Tourism > Garhwal - Kumaon

A beautiful Hill Resort at 2000 meters with its history dating back to 1827 when the British decided to make this hill resort their summer residence.

You can trek through the hills and jump over little hills, streams and flowers in the valley and proceed for rock climbing or mountaineering if you wish. For the Angler, fishing is available for trout or Mahseer. Freeindia > Tourism > Garhwal - Kumaon

Haridwar the holy city lies at the base of Shiva's hill - the Shivalik range. Legend goes that when Lord Shiva sent Ganga to quench the thirst of the people, the river Ganga extricated herself from the matted locks of Lord Shiva and descended to the plains at Haridwar. From here, the Ganga proceeds eastwards and southwards through Allahabad, Varanasi, Patna, Culcutta towards Ganga Sagar, where it meets the sea.

Haridwar is famous for Kumbh and Ardh kumbh fairs that are held marking the 12 year solar cycle, etc. Millions of devotees, Hindus and visitors, take a di in the holiest of Hindu rivers at this time, to attain salvation. Mythology has it that a few drops of the nectar churned from the ocean fell at four places and it is here that the Kumbh is held. (Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain & Nasik.)

It is said that you can attain salvation by praying to Lord Vishnu (Hari) or Lord Shiva and hence this sacred spot is known both as Haridwar and Hardwar. Freeindia > Tourism > Garhwal - Kumaon

Rishikesh is an ideal base for pilgrimages to the Himalayan shrines of Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. This temple town is situated amidst lush green forests. Close by are many white water rafting camps for the adventure seekers as also Yoga Ashram for those looking for something more from life. Freeindia > Tourism > Garhwal - Kumaon

Nainital is a lake resort set at a height of 1938 metres in a beautiful world valley. Surrounded by seven hills, the sparkling waters of a natural lake make it a gem among hill resorts.

Legend has it that the lake was formed when the Goddess Sati lost her eyes at this spot. She was being carried by Lord Shiva at the time and a lake was formed as result. ‘Naina’ (Eyes) ‘Tal’ (Lake) was thus given its name. Freeindia > Tourism > Garhwal - Kumaon

Ranikhet, as hill station, is idyllic in its charm, and draws holiday-makers almost all the year round with its salubrious climate and balmy breeze. Against the backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, Ranikhet means "Queen’s Field".

An unusual name, a quaint legend and the sheer beauty of its envions make this Kumaon hill station a wonderful holiday resort. Freeindia > Tourism > Garhwal - Kumaon
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