- 2 Badrinath — temple of Vishnu is the most important of the four sites in India's Char Dham pilgrimage
- 5 Dehradun — nestled between the Himalayan foothills and the Shivliks, Dehradun is the capital of Uttrakhand and its largest city
- 8 Ghangaria — starting point for the trek to the Valley of Flowers National Park and to the Sikh pilgrim center of Hemkund
- 13 Lansdowne — a small hill station described by some as the gates to the heavenly abode (Himalayas)
- 14 Mussoorie — famous hill station near Dehradun known for its scenic beauty and as a holiday resort
- 15 Rishikesh — the Char Dham Yatra (Four Shrines Sacred Journey) ideally begins from this beautiful location
- 20 Yamunotri — trek to the famous Yamunotri temple and enjoy the hot sulphur springs and view areas various waterfalls
- 1 Bedni Bugyal — a beautiful Bugyal (alpine meadow or grassland) in the Chamoli District, providing breath taking views of Trishul & Nanada Devi peaks.
- 2 Dayara Bugyal — a beautiful bugyal in Uttarkashi District. A world class ski resort is coming there
- 3 Gwaldam —a beautiful hill town in the Chamoli District, one can get close views of Trishul & Nanda Devi peaks, it's a base camp for Roopkund & Bedni Bugyal (meadows)
- 5 Harsil — a village located on the banks of Bhagirathi River. It is a resting place for pilgrims visiting Chardham
- 6 Lacchiwala — among its attractions are: the Laxman Siddh Temple, Rajaji National Park and Forest Reserve
- 7 Nanda Devi National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring the highest mountain entirely located in India
- 8 Sahsastradhara — you should visit the springs and caves at this popular tourist site in Dehradun
- 9 Valley of Flowers National Park — famous for its outstanding natural beauty, endangered animals and endemic alpine flowers
Garhwal is named because it has 52 small territories. Garh in Hindi means territories. Because of this, the region was given the name Garhwal.
Though the people of this region speak Garhwali (a local dialect of Hindi), almost everyone can speak and understand Hindi.
To get to Garhwal, one can easily get a bus from I.S.B.T Kashmeri Gate (Metro Station) in New Delhi to Kotdwar and Rishikesh.
- Rishikesh is around 280 km from Delhi
- Kotdwar is around 215 km from Delhi.
Jeep and taxis are the best mode of transportation in Garhwal.
Garhwal has a good bus network for all of its important cities There are 24 hour regular bus services for Dehradun, Rorkee, Rishikesh and Kotdwar.
Within the Garhwal region, there are many places to visit and enjoy. Below are but a few of them!
- Panch Kedar (पंचकेदार). This refers to five Hindu temples or holy places of the Shaivite sect dedicated to Shiva. The five temples are to be visited in strict order during a pilgrimage.
Take woollen clothes with you as many hilly places are always cool.
There are numerous traditional dhabas available in Delhi-Rishikesh and Delhi-Kotdwar-Pauri route.
Though popular cold drinks are available in every nook and corner, one should search for traditional and tasty Burans juice which is made up of Burans, an indigenous plant.
G.M.V.N guest houses are situated in nearly every big city of the region.
One can get out from Kotdwar direct to Delhi following N.H 119 and from Rishikesh through Haridwar-Delhi highway. Trains run every day from Kotdwar and Rishikesh to Delhi.