Location & description
Uttarakhand, formerly known as Uttaranchal, was formed on the 9th November 2000 as the 27th State of India, when it was carved out of northern Uttar Pradesh. Located at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain ranges, it is largely a hilly State, having international boundaries with China (Tibet) in the north and Nepal in the east. On its north-west lies Himachal Pradesh, while on the south is Uttar Pradesh.
Uttarakhand, means “northern region,” that was the traditional name for the area. Area of Uttarakhand is 19,739 square miles (51,125 square km). Uttarakhand is often referred to as the "Devabhumi" due to numerous Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state.
Uttarakhand is divided into two divisions, Garhwal division encompassing Char dham (Kedarnath, Badrinath Gangotri and Yamunatri) in the Western side and Kumaun Division (on the route for Kailash Manas Sarovar pilgrimage) in the Eastern side.
Uttarakhand is the main gateway of India to the beauty of the great Himalayas attracting and enthralling tourists and adventure seekers from all over the world to its spellbinding Himalayan beauty.
From time immemorial pilgrims from all over the country consider visiting Uttarakhand’s legendary Char dham—Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath and offer Puja as their ultimate goal in life.
Through the State of Uttarakhand passes the route to Kailash Manas Sarovar.
You will get valuable information on Uttarakhand from the following websites.
The following websites offer valuable information on Uttarakhand.
1. Uttarakhand Govt Tourism: Comprehensive tourism guide.
2. Uttarakhand Wikipedia: General information on the State.