Lined up with the mighty Himalayas and blessed with wonderful natural resources, Uttarakhand is the best-ever tourist destination in India to get nurtured in the lap of mother nature. Dotted with beautiful lakes, evergreen forests, wildlife destinations, sacred pilgrimage sites, fantastic spots for adventure thrillers, and so on, many things of Uttarakhand make you fall in love with it. Numerous hill stations and fantastic tourist destinations of Uttarakhand hosts the perfect gateways for tourists to go through lovely and stunning attractions.

Here the top 5 famous weekend gateways in Uttarakhand are listed below. Catch out them and you will understand why they are the perfect gateways of Uttarakhand.

1. Rishikesh

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand’s popular city known for its spiritual ambiance and home to many adventure activities. Being located at the foothills of the Himalayas, River Ganges flows through Rishikesh that’s why here a large number of Yoga ashramas and temples will appear to you. The pleasant atmosphere, lush greenery, and natural attractions here attract tourists from all over the world. In addition to all these, adventure activities of Rishikesh such as water rafting, kayaking, rappelling, bungee jumping, etc are the big asset. In a few words, Rishikesh City is a combination of adventure and pleasantness.

Famous For: Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula, Swarg Ashram, Beatles Ashram, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Rishikund, and Rishikesh View Point, etc.


2. Mussoorie

Mussoorie is a lovely weekend gateway that gifted to Uttarakhand and also it is a popular hill station in entire India for its cool and pleasant atmosphere. Tucked up in the Garhwal Himalayas, Mussoorie offers breathtaking views of mountains and picturesque landscapes take you to a serene world. For its adorable beauty and charm, Mussoorie was quoted as the “Queen of the Hills”. The hill station’s numerous waterfall points, lakes, valleys, and especially shopping sites and everything of Mussoorie will make you enjoy the best and valuable time here.

Famous For: Kempty Falls, Mossy Falls, Mussoorie Lake, Gun Hill, Mussoorie Adventure Park, Dhanaulti, Happy Valley, Landour Bazaar, Jwala Devi Temple, Kellogg Memorial Church, etc.


3. Nainital

Nainital, the City of Lakes. I think no one will be there without knowing about this spectacular destination in Uttarakhand. This famous hill station is located nearly at an altitude of 2,084mts above the sea level in the Kumaon region. When you visit this beautiful hill station you may be stuck in what to speak. Such beautiful natural attractions and serene lakes will tie-up you with their untouched beauty. Notably, the serene lakes of Nainital find the best attractions here. Various peak points, gardens, and wildlife sanctuaries are the key attractions that drag everyone.

Famous For:  Naini Lake, Naina Peak, Tiffin Top, Snow View, Land’s End, Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, Pt. G.B Pant High Altitude Zoo, Eco Cave Gardens, etc.

Boating in Nainital

4. Dhanaulti

If you want to enjoy a crowd-free and pleasant destination means, Dhanaulti is the best choice in Uttarakhand. Very close to Mussoorie, Dhanaulti is a small and beautiful town. For serene seekers, Dhanaulti is a wonderful option just speaking to nature with our eyes and making ourselves refresh. You may not find fantastic tourist attractions here but nature’s grace and its presence make everything famous in this beautiful town. If you want to spend a pleasant day without connecting to the modern world, Dhanaulti is the perfect gateway for your weekend.

Famous For: Surkanda Devi Temple, Dashavatar Temple, Dhanaulti Adventure Peak, Chanderi Town, Deogarh Fort, Eco Parks, Burans Khanda Viewpoint, etc.


5. Chakrata

Chakrata is a small and scenic hill station located in Dehradun. This beautiful hill station is home to gorgeous views of the Himalayan ranges and surrounding lush greenery and hills. If you are an adventure thriller means, Chakrata is a desired tourist spot for you. Here many things such as waterfalls, camping sites, thick forests, caves, and adventure parks offer you several intriguing adventure activities. For birdwatchers too, this place is a paradise because here we can spot various Himalayan bird species in Deoban Forests. Those who want to dwell in adventure, Chakrata is a perfect choice.

Famous For: Tiger Falls, Kanasar, Budher caves, Yamuna Adventure Park, Kimona Falls, Makhti Pokhari Village, Chilmiri Neck, Mundali, Lakshamandal Temple, etc.