Sunday, September 15, 2013

An Introduction to Dev Bhoomi – UTTRAKHAND

Chardham Yatra

1. Introduction to Dev Bhoomi - Uttarakhand
2. Scenic Spots on the Way to Yamnotri
3. Yamnotri - Origin of River Yamuna
4. Scenic spots on way to Gangotri
5. Gangotri - The origin of Holy river GANGA
6. Reverse gear to Dehradun 

7. On the way to Kedarnath  
8. Kedarnath   
9. Scenic beauty on the way to Badrinath   
10. Visit to BADRINATH and village MANA  

Instead of writing directly about my Char Dham yatra  I realized that I should give some brief description about the holy state Dev Bhoomi – Uttrakhand so that all the  readers can be benefited by  enhancing their knowledge to know about this place & I expect  the  same from the others who already have the information about this Holy state.

Uttrakhand – The abode of God (Dev Bhoomi) became the 27th state of India on Nov. 9th,  2000.  Uttrakhand name is derived from Sanskrit  word  uttara  (North) & Khand (part of country).  It borders TIBET on North, NEPAL on East , UTTAR PRADESH on south , HARYANA on west & HIMACHAL PRADESH on North-West.

Uttarakhand Map

In January 2007, the name of the state was officially changed from Uttaranchal, its interim name, to Uttarakhand. The provisional capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun which is also a rail-head and the largest city in the region. The small hamlet of  Gairsen has been mooted as the future capital owing to its geographic centrality but controversies and lack of resources have led Dehradun to remain provisional capital. The High Court of the state is in Nainital.

The state also has big-dam projects, controversial and often criticized in India, such as the very large Tehri dam on the Bhagirathi river.. Uttarakhand is also well known as the birthplace of the Chipko environmental movement

Tehri dam

Chipko Andolan

Uttrakhand is divided into two regions ,  Garhwal in west  Kumaon in east. Both the region endowed with awesome natural beauty & calm serenity of the majestic Himalayas. They have studded snow covered mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, holy rivers and flora & fauna.




Uttrakhand is also known as Dev Bhoomi because of the presence of multitude of Hindu pilgrims spots. It is believed that Sage Vyasa scripted the Mahabharat here as the Pandavas  are believed to have traveled and camped in the region.

There are 13 districts in Uttrakhand , 6 in Kumaon  & 7 in Garhwal. Details are given below:-

Places of Interest

Yamnotri , Gangotri, Govind National Park, Har ki Doon, Bhatwari
Badrinath , Valley of Flower , Nanda devi National Park, Vishnuprayag , Nandprayag , Karanprayag , Gopeshwar , Chamoli
Kedarnath , Rudarprayag , Ukhimath, Guptkashi ,
Devprayag, Chamba, New Tehri, Ghassyali , Dhanolti
Dehradun , Mussoorie , Chakrata, Lakha Mandal , Rajaji National Park, Rishikesh
Pauri , Srinagar , Lansdown , Khirsu

Pithoragarh , Pindari Glaciers, Munsyari , Chaukori , Gangolighat ,
Devidhura , Lohrghat , Tanakpur
Ranikhet , Almora, Binser , Jageshwar
Bageshwar , Baijnath ,temple
Nanital , Jim Corbett National Park, Kathgodam.
Udham Singh Nagar
Kashipur , Rudrapur

Sub Holy Places of uttranchal

Panch Badri -  Lord Vishnu is worshipped at Panch Badri in different forms.

(1) Vishal Badri (Badrinath) - 300 Kms from Rishikesh

(2) Yogdhyan Badri - At Pandukeshwar , 24Kms from Joshimath

(3) Bhavishya Badri - At Subham beyond Tapovan about 15 Kms from Joshimath

(4) Vridha Badri - At Animath of Pipalkoti – Joshimath Road

(5) Adi Badri - On Rishikesh – Ramnagar Road, 18 Kms. From Karanprayag.

Panch Kedar - Lord Shiva is worshipped at the five kedars in different forms

 (1) Kedarnath                          - 19 Kms from Sonprayag
(2) Tungnath                           - 5 Kms from Chopta

(3) Rudranath                          - 28 Kms from Mandalchatti 

(4) Madhyamaheshwar - 30 Kms from Guptkashi

(5) Kalpeshwar - 9 Kms from Helang

Panch Prayag

(1)   Vishnu Prayag                   - 10 Kms from Joshimath (Sangam of  Alknanda & Dhauli Ganga)

(2)    Nand Prayag                    - 21 Kms from Karanprayag (Sangam of Alknanda & Nandakini)

(3)   Karn Prayag                      - 34 Kms from Rudrapryag ( Sangam of Alaknanda & Pindar)

(4)   Rudra Prayag                    - 71 Kms from Devprayag (Sangam of Alaknanda & Mandakini)

(5)   Dev Prayag                       - 93 Kms from Haridwar (Sangam of Alaknanda Bhagirathi )

Dev Prayag

Chardham Yatra

Pilgrimages to the sacred Char Dham yatra (Yamnotri , Gangotri , Kedarnath  & Badrinath) is a dream for every Hindu devotee.

It is said that yatra should be started from left to right i.e. Yamnotri – Gangotri – Kedarnath – Badrinath.


Dehradun to Yamnotri            180 Kms.
Yamnotri to Gangotri              230 Kms
Gangotri to Kedarnath            345 Kms
Kedarnath to Badrinath          230 Kms
Badrinath to Rishikesh           300 Kms

This is all about Uttrakhand as per my knowledge. Rest of my trip to Char Dham experience will be soon in next couple of posts.


  1. Thanks Nandan for your good wishes !

  2. Thats really great !!!
    Full of information and very helpful for next visit :-)
    Will wait for your next grab the information :-)

  3. सुबह कमेंट करना चाहा पर वर्ड वैरिफिकेशन लगा हुआ था जिसमें दो तीन बार करने के बाद भी नही हो पाया । चलिये कोई बात नही
    महेश जी आपका ये प्रयास बहुत बढिया है बस इसे थोडा सा संवारने की जरूरत है ये हीरा निखर कर सामने आयेगा ।
    ये लाइन ब्लाग के बारे में है उसके कंटेट के बारे में नही वो तो बेमि​साल है ही ।
    आपके यात्रा अनुभवो का इंतजार रहेगा । हो सके तो पुराने लेखो को भी संग्रहित करें यहां पर

    1. Thanks Manu for your kind support & appreciation.

  4. A refreshing picturesque view and review.

    Looking forward to more such informations.

    1. Thanks for going through the post & leaving comment.

      Series of post on Chardham yatra before disaster will be coming soon.

  5. Very gud , came to know lot of things about Uttrakhand, gud work lage raho :)

  6. महेश जी शुरुआत बहुत अच्छी हैं, उत्तराखंड के बारे में अच्छी जानकारी हैं, धन्यवाद...

    1. Thanks Praveen !

      आशा है आगे भी आप का प्रोहत्सन मिलता रहेगा

  7. It is definitely a smart move to concentrate on Uttarakhand. This would give a distinct personality to your blog - making it a much sought after reference tool by all ghumakkars. The efforts you have made to bring together highly useful information about Uttarakhand are really commendable. The outline has been drawn, now you can start filling in the info about each place.

    All the best for the success in your endeavour, Mahesh !

    1. Thanks for your appriciation !

      Chardham yatra before disaster will be coming soon.

  8. Replies
    1. आप के सहयोग व शुभकामनाओं की हमेशा ज़रूरत रहेगी |

  9. उत्तराखंड के बारे मे विस्तार से जानकारी दी है, आपने इस पोस्ट के माध्यम से जो सबके लिए बहुत महत्वपूर्ण है, इसके लिए आपका बहुत धन्यवाद।
    क्या कोई अन्य पोस्ट भी है, जहां पर हम उत्तराखंड मे की जाने वाली छोटी बड़ी ट्रैकिंग जगह को बारे मे जान सके।

    1. पोस्ट पड़ने के लिए धनियवाद. कुछ खास नही बस यमञोत्री , केदारनाथ , देवरियातल , तुंगनाथ ही लिखा है. एक ट्रेकिंग बाली में भी की है उसके बारे में भी लिखा है