Uttarakhand, a north Indian hilly state is also called Devbhoomi. The word Devbhoomi is carved out of two words – Dev (Lord) and Bhoomi (Land), in other words, the land of Lords. Uttarakhand was formed in year 2000 out of an existing state Uttar Pradesh and consists of two primary divisions – Garhwal division and Kumaon divisions, based on geographical structure of the state.
While the Garhwal division consists of cities like DehraDun, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, Tehri and Pauri, on the other hand Kumaon division consists of cities like Nainital, Almora, Champawat, Bageshwar and Pithoragarh.
The famous spiritual destinations which make Devbhoomi, the land of God are –
Kedarnath Ji –
Kedarnath is a hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva. This temple also happens to be one of the 12 jyotirlingas. The temple remains closed during the winters due to extreme cold tempratures while it opens for a limited period when it witnesses huge interest among religious people from across the world.
Badrnath Temple –
Also called Badri Vishal Ji – Badrinath is a Vishnu temple situated in the hilly Uttarakhand and is part of one of the four char dham pilgrimage sites. The temple is open only for limited period during summers and the destination becomes beyond reach during the chilly winters due to snow.
Gangotri is a pilgrim Hindu spot since it is the origin of holy river Ganga. Gaumukh which is around 19km trek from Gangotri temple is the actual origination of river Ganga. Gangotri is also part of char dham pilgrimage sites for hindus. It is usually observed that the tourists visiting Gangotri make it a point to visit Gaumukh as well, provided they can trek through the tough route.
Similar to Gangotri, Yamunotri is the source of holy river Yamuna and is also one of the four char dham pilgrimage sites. There is no direct road connectivity to this holy place and the tourists have to either trek or hire the pony to cover some distance in order to reach the Yamunotri temple.
Hemkund Sahib –
Hemkund Sahib is a sikh worship place in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The trip to Hemkund Sahib is usually clubbed with the visit to Valley of flowers, which is close to Hemkund Sahib. The place is open for the public only during the summers. It is believed that Guru Govind Singh ji went for tapas, prolonged meditation, at this holy destination.
These are the key five spiritual destinations in Devbhoomi. Other than these there are many other travel and spiritual destinations.