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Cultural Activities to Do in Uttarakhand

Devbhoomi Uttarakhand is the crowning glory of India. Home to the mighty Himalayas, Uttarakhand is dotted with villages that have called Devbhoomi their home since the ancient ages. This magnificent hill state has been mentioned in numerous Hindu mythological books making it even more significant in the life of devout Hindus and believers. The iconic Char Dham Yatra, which is a pilgrimage to the temples of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri was established during the 7th century by Adi Shankaracharya and has always attracted people from far and wide.

Other than being a spiritual and religious hotspot, this region of the lap of the Himalayas is inhabited by people from different ethnicities, backgrounds, communities, and races. All these factors together create a very soulful environment where various traditions, beliefs, and schools of thought come together to offer a memorable experience for any visitor.

If you wish to get the best and the most immersive experience of Devbhoomi, then skip the traditional way of sightseeing in Uttarakhand and go for some other interesting cultural activities like:

List of 7 Cultural Activities in Uttarakhand

1. Ganga Aarti at Haridwar

Ganga Aarti at Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar is the ultimate gateway to the various cultural activities Devbhoomi has to offer. Every evening as the sun slips down the horizon, the Ghats of Haridwar light up with a mesmerizing Aarti procession which is performed by the pundits living there.

The air is filled with the hypnotic scent of the flowers and the Aarti burning combined with the sound of rhythmic chanting of mantras and songs. Har Ki Pauri Ghat is an extremely religious and highly religious spot with a very interesting mythological background which makes this place even more iconic and deeply rejuvenating.

2. Visit Baijnath Temple

Located in the scenic district of Bageshwar, the Baijnath temple complex is a testament to the creativity of the Pahadi folks. Gracing the banks of the holy river Gomati and surrounded by a dense tree cover, this ancient temple complex has been recognized as a monument of national importance and is maintained by the archaeological survey of India.

It is also one of the 4 parts of the Shiva heritage circuit that covers all the important heritage destinations related to Lord Shiva in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. The fact that this was also the seat of power for the Katyuri Kings, makes it all the more important.

3. Meditate at Parmarth Niketan Ashram

Uttarakhand in general is famous as the yoga capital of the world with Rishikesh being the hotspot. One of the most iconic heritage ashrams here is located on the banks of river Ganga, called Parmarth Niketan Ashram which was established in 1942 and continues to be one of the most important places of meditation and yoga.

The environment here is extremely pure, auspicious, and very rejuvenating offering numerous rooms for people to stay and learn yoga. The divine tree called Kalpavriksha which was planted here also creates a magical environment to perform some serious meditation. The daily activities here include Satsang, Pranayam, Ayurvedic treatment, and training along with yoga courses for people who wish to be trainers.

4. Hike Up To The Highest Shiva Temple

Did you know that Uttarakhand is home to the highest Shiva temple in the world? Located in the dreamy village of Chopta, Tungnath is an iconic heritage landmark of Devbhoomi. It is a perfect cultural activity to do in Uttarakhand since it represents the best combination of spiritual and adventure experiences.

To reach the temple devotees have to hike up the path through the rhododendron blessed routes and stunning surroundings which is a wholesome experience on its own. The temple structure may remind you of the Kedarnath temple and if you want then you can even trek up to the Chandrashila peak top which is just 1 km further and offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges.

5. Experience Holi in Rishikesh

Holi or the festival of colors is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm all over India and even the Indian communities living abroad. This means that Holi is a very important festival and when it comes to Pahari Holi it has a vibe of its own. If you wish to truly experience the cultural backdrop of the hills then visiting during some grand festival is a great way to go.

Holi in Rishikesh is celebrated with incredible zest with the main center of celebration being the Laxman Chowk near Laxman Jhula. People with colored faces greet each other with salutations and apply color on each other with the DJ blasting fun dance music in the background.

6. Local Food Walk in Nainital

There is no better way of experiencing the culture of Uttarakhand than tasting its delicious local cuisines. Nainital being the center of tourism in Uttarakhand has some delicious eating places that offer authentic Pahari cuisine that would get your taste buds tingling.

It is a haven for foodies and food enthusiasts. From breakfast to dinner, snacks, and even beverages, every aspect of food in Uttarakhand is beautifully presented on a platter. The flavors and combination of spices used to create both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food on the hills of Devbhoomi truly represent the authenticity of that place.

7. Village Walks With Bird Watching in Binsar

Binsar is one of the most underrated getaway destinations in Uttarakhand. Home to some remote villages and inhabitants from different backgrounds, Binsar is also blessed with very beautiful surroundings and a collection of flora and fauna.

Going on a soulful walk through the village while people toil away in their fields, go about with their daily chores, or just sit and laze around will make you feel more connected with Uttarakhand. You can even sit down and chat with the locals there and get to know about their way of life, the history of the place, and the people as well.

Tarun Rawat