Uttarakhand is a region of outstanding natural beauty, its marvels in its high Himalayan ranges and glaciers (at the northern part of the state), while the lower reaches are densely forested. The unique Himalayan ecosystem plays host to a large number of animals (including bharal, snow leopards, leopards and tigers), plants and rare herbs. Two of India's mightiest rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna take birth in the glaciers of Uttarakhand, and are fed by myriad lakes, glacial melts and streams in the region.
Highlights: River rafting on the Ganga, going on the tiger trail in Corbett, relaxing in unique lodges in the middle of nowhere, pampering yourself in a world class spa, picnics near streams and waterfalls, those lingering walks in pine-scented woods and soul-searching in the heartland of Hindu religion.
Best Time to Visit: The hills of Uttaranchal are best visited from October to June when you can expect clear blue skies. In the months of Dec, Jan and Feb snowfall occurs at almost all places north of Nainital. In the summer months of April to June, avoid the plains (though wildlife viewing at Corbett can be well worth the endeavor) and take to the hills instead. Rains occur from end June to September, and though the snow-clad Himalayan views may not be visible, the monsoons in itself could be quite delightful.