Uttarakhand the 'Land of Celestial Beauty' became the 27th state of the Indian Union on the 9th Nov 2000. The charming hilly top State carved out of Uttar Pradesh, comprises of two regions - Garwhal in the west and Kumoan in the east. Both the regions are endowed with the awesome natural beauty and calm serenity of the majestic Himalayas. The State is studded with stunning snow coveed peaks , glorious glaciers, alpine meadows, crystal clear lakes, holy rivers and exotic flora and fauna.
Uttarakhand is also called 'Devi Bhoomi' or the abode of the gods, as it is the land of great pilgrimagesand has attracted pilgrms and seekers of spiritual fulfillmentfrom world over since time immemorial. Pilgrimage to the sacred Char Dham - Gangotri, Yamunotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath is adream for every devout Hindu while the Sikhs consider Hemkund, Lokpal, Nanakmatta, Meetha Reetha,Sahib and Pran Kaliyar very sacred.
Ganga and Yamouna the two holiest rivers in of Hindu mythology originate in the mountains of this State.
The State is also a treasure house of exotic flora and fauna and is an ideal location for eco-tourism, as well as wildlife tourism. It is the perfect holiday destination to relax and unwind.
This was reprinted and edited without permission from the Uttarakhand Road Atlas.
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