Due to the vast number of historical places in Uttarakhand, it is also referred to as Dev Bhoomi or the Land of Gods. The state has been ruled by the Kushanas, Kudinas, Kanishka, Samudra, Guptas, Pauravas, Katuris, Palas, Chandras, Pawaras and the British. After Independence, the Tehri princely state was merged into Uttar Pradesh state, while Uttarakhand composed the Garhwal and Kumaon Divisions. The term Uttaranchal came into use when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) initiated a new round of state reorganisation in 1998 and introduced its preferred name.
Here is the list of 15 Historical Places in Uttarakhand For A Himalayan Heritage Tour
An ancient historical place in Uttarakhand full of beautiful temples and breathtaking sceneries, Dwarahat is a wonderful retreat in the Kumaon Mountains. Situated in the wondrous Almora district of Uttarakhand, Dwarahat is a place of special inheritance and of religious importance. Home to some 55 odd ancient temples built in the medieval ages by the Katyuri Kings, Dwarahat is the representative of the regions great past and its architectural prowess.
Being the second most important Sun temple, this 800-year-old temple has one main temple and 45 smaller shrines. The main deity of the Sun temple in Katarmal is called Burhadita or Vraddhaditya (the old Sun God). The idols of Shiva-Parvati and Lakshmi-Narayana are also found in this temple. Presently, much of the temple stands in beautiful ruins reminiscent of the bygone era of glory.
Lohaghat is a beautiful hill station located in the Champawat district in the state of Uttarakhand. This ancient town is an important place for temples and is flocked by tourists due to its historical and mythological significance. This sleepy little town is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The serene climate, pine and oak trees and verdant greenery are what beckons people to this exquisite location.
Situated at the confluence of three rivers, namely, Saryu, Gomti and latent Bhagirathi, lies the holy township of Bageshwar, which is also revered to as the pious land associated with Lord Sadashiva, said to be the redeemer of all sins. If we were to believe the Puranas, this undoubtedly is a historical place in Uttarakhand capable of liberating one from the eternal bondage of births & deaths. With the east and west sides of the town being flanked by the Bhileswar and Nileshwar mountains, and surrounded by the Suraj Kund in the north and the Agni Kund in the south, this land of Lord Shankar is of great religious, historic and political significance.
Pithoragarh Fort is one of the most sought after historical places in Uttarakhand. Located in the proximity to the place, this fort affords spectacular views of the Kali Kumaon. As per the records, this fort was established in the year 1789 by Gorkhas after the invasion of town.
Also popularly known as the Guru Shri Ram Sukh Daasji, the Geeta Bhawan is a vast and spacious historical place in Uttarakhand. It is located on the banks of the river Ganga in Swargashram in Rishikesh, at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. The Ashram is renowned as an important institution that preserves Hindu literature since it houses the Gita, which symbolizes the Hindu Vedas and epics. The Geeta Bhawan is visited by a large number of people each year, who flock to here to take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges, listen to the discourses and meditate.
Clock tower, also known as "ghanta ghar" is a very famous tourist attraction. It was started in the year 1948 and got completed in 1953. The much-respected Lal Bahadur Shastri inaugurated the monument. It is a renowned historical place in Uttarakhand and was built by the British before India got its independence. The clock does not tick at present, but it is said that years ago when it was built, the peak of it was such that a person on the other end of the city could hear it as well.
The resting place of the Sufi saint Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir, Piran Kaliyar Sharif is a famous dargah located in Kaliyari village near Haridwar. It is a historical place in Uttarakhand of great spiritual energy as well religious unity with both Hindu and Muslims being ardent visitors to the dargah. It is one of the most important Muslim shrines in the India and is equally cherished by the Hindu populace of the region.
In the days of the Raj, the place went by the name of Ora. It was a tea estate set up by the British more than a hundred years ago. Much later, this historical place in Uttarakhand was acquired by Vijay Lal Shah, a Gujarati trader, who self-importantly renamed it after himself.
Home to the popular golf course, the Governor's House is a Victorian Gothic edifice built in 1899 by designer F.W. Steven. It resembles the Castle of Scotland very closely and consists of two stories of buildings with 113 rooms, garden, swimming pool and of course, the golf course. During British Times, it served as the summer residence of the Governor of North East Province.
Folk Culture Museum is an amazing historical place in Uttarakhand to explore the traditions and culture of the state. Also referred to as the Lok Sanskriti Sangrahalaya, this place displays interesting artifacts, information on traditional customs and rituals and stone implements and other items of archaeological importance.
Sumitranandan Pant Museum is a historical place in Uttarakhand with an artistic taste and is a whole new world in itself. Dedicated to famous Hindi poet who was born in Kausani, it offers a wide range of his creative work on display from manuscripts of poems and draft work of her literary work to his awards and letters written by and to him.
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