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Place of the Week

Shree BadrinathBadrinath: Also known as Vishal Badri, this temple located at a height of 3,133 nits. is the largest and most popular of the Vishnu pilgrimages among the five Badris. The original temple here is believed to be built by King Pururava and the icon of the lord carved by Vishwakarma, the creator of the gods. The idol was recovered by Adi Shankaracharya from the waters of the nearby Naradkund and consecrated once more in the temple, restored in the 19th century by the royal houses of Scindia and Holkar.  More...
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HaridwarHaridwar - It is said that when the Gods left their footprints on the land of Haridwar. Haridwar stands as the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Garhwal. Mentioned as Mayapuri, Gangadwar, Mokshadwar in the ancient scriptures and epics...
River Rafting

Rafting in the wild rivers of GarhwalRafting in the wild rivers of Garhwal
Go canoeing, Kayaking or rafting in the wild rivers of Garhwal. Pit your will and skill against nature as you race the rapids, manoeuver the bends, speed along gorges and break into sparkling surf.
Wild Life

Wildlife of the Garhwal HillsWildlife of the Garhwal Hills
The snow-capped mountains, rolling meadows, high-altitude lakes and dense forests in the hills of Garhwal support exotic wildlife, bird life and plant life.
Skiing

Skiing in Garhwal HimalayasSkiing in Garhwal Himalayas
The panoramic hills of Garhwal are a combination of mountain peaks and valleys. the large slopes when covered with seasonal snow become ideal for skiing in the winter months.

 

Garhwal is smack in the middle of the Himalayas, with Himachal Pradesh in the West and North-West; Tibet in the North; the plains of Western Uttar Pradesh in the South and Kumaon in the East. Historically, it has been described in the ancient text of Kedarkhand to extend from Gangadwar (modern day Hardwar) in the South to the high mountains in the North, and from the Tamsa (Tons) river in the in the West to Buddhachal (probably the Nanda Devi group of peaks between Garhwal and Kumaon) in the East.

Today it is an administrative division of the raising state of Uttaranchal, comprising the districts of Chamoli, Dehradun, Pauri, Tehri and Uttarkashi. The history of Garhwal is older than that of the Ramayan and Maha- bharata. It is a land of popular myths, like that of Lord Shiva appearing as Kirat, of Urvashi, Shakuntala and the Kauravas and Pandavas. Worship of Lord Shiva is pre-dominant in this region.
In earliest times, Garhwal was known as Kedarkhand, or the region of Kedarnath. Scriptural texts mention a number of tribes that inhabited the region, such as the Sakas, the Nagas, Khasas, Hunas and Kiratas. The Nagas were a
mysterious race whose traces are still to be found in the Hills. The hooded snake was sacred to them, hence their name. (Naga-Snake).
The Khasas were the dominant race in the Garhwal and Kumaon Himalayas till the coming of the Rajputs and Brahmins from the plains. According to one version, Garhwal derives its name from the fifty two forts, ‘garhs,’ that had come together to form a loose confederacy.The first recorded name of this region was Kartipur. Later on, according to another tradition, since it was surrounded on all sides by mountains - it came to be known us "Giri - avil", which, by passage of time, got trans- formed into Garhwal. Bhanupratapa was the first known king and, later on, his son-in-law, Kanakpal took over. Their kingdom was known as Chandpur Garhi. King Kanakpal came to Garhwal from Rajasthan (Gujardesh) of the region Bagarh. He brought with him the Bagerhi language, therefore Garhwali and Bagerhi language, written and spoken, are very similar to each other.

 

DESTINATION

Almora

Auli

Badrinath

Bhimtal

Binsar

Corbett

Dehradun

Garhwal

Haridwar

Hemkund

Kausani

Kedarnath

Lansdowne

Mukteshwar

Mussoorie

Naukuchiatal

Pithoragarh

Ranikhet

Sattal

Uttarkashi

Mallital

Rudraprayag

Nainital

Ramgarh

Rishikesh