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Garhwal (Hindi: गढ़वाल) is one of two major regions in Uttarakhand. Garhwal is the more easily accessible northern and western part of Uttarakhand and borders China.


  • 1 Auli — known for its ski resort
  • 2 Badrinath — temple of Vishnu is the most important of the four sites in India's Char Dham pilgrimage
  • 3 Chakrata — picturesque, less frequented hill station
  • 4 Chamba — a small town with natural beauty
  • 5 Dehradun — nestled between the Himalayan foothills and the Shivliks, Dehradun is the capital of Uttrakhand and its largest city
  • 6 Dhanaulti — a small town (hill station), Dhanaulti has became a popular getaway
  • 7 Gangotri — a place of pilgrimage at the headwaters of the mighty Ganges River
  • 9 Haridwar — an important Hindu holy place on the Ganges
  • 10 Joshimath — gateway to Badrinath, Valley of Flowers National Park, Hemkund and Auli
  • 11 Kedarnath — temple of Shiva, one of the 4 Char Dham Hindu pilgrim centers in Uttarakhand, India.
  • 12 Kotdwar — several interesting temples
  • 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
  • 16 Roorkee — a small city divided by the Upper Ganges Canal and famous as a center of learning
  • 17 Tehri — site of Devi koonjapuri temple and glaciers and opportunities for trekking
  • 18 Uttarkashi — home to a number of ashrams and temples
  • 19 Vikasnagar — a great spot to visit with its beautiful places such as Dak Pather and Katta Pather
  • 20 Yamunotri — trek to the famous Yamunotri temple and enjoy the hot sulphur springs and view areas various waterfalls

Other destinations[edit]

Bedini Bugyal
Bedini Bugyal
  • 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)
  • 4 Hemkund — a place of pilgrimage and worship
  • 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
  • 8 Sahsastradhara — you should visit the springs and caves at this popular tourist site in Dehradun


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.

Get in[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

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!

  • 1 Bhulla Lake, Located in Lansdowne.
  • 2 Bhuri Singh Museum, Located in Chamba.
  • 3 Camty fall (Kempty Falls), Dehradun-mussorie road teen pani.
  • 4 Chandi Devi Mandir, Located in Haridwar.
  • 5 Chaurasi mandir (Temple complex), Located in Bharmour.
  • 6 Kalatop Khajjiar Wildlife Sanctuary, Located in Chamba.
  • 7 Kanvashram temple, Located in Kotdwar.
  • 8 Mahabgarh Mahadev, Located in nearby Kotdwar.
  • 9 Mansa Devi, Located in Haridwar.
  • 10 Rajaji National Park, Rajaji National Park lies between Haridwar and Rishikesh.
  • 11 Sidhbali temple, Located in Kotdwar.
  • 12 St. Mary's Church, Located in Lansdowne.

Visit the various Cities and Other destinations to become familiar with what Garhwal has to offer the traveller!


  • 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.

Stay safe[edit]

G.M.V.N guest houses are situated in nearly every big city of the region.

Go next[edit]

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.

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