Carved out with 14 hilly districts of former Uttar Pradesh,
Uttaranchal is the 26th state of the Indian union
. The state is
rich in flora and fauna, natural and touristic ambience, and houses some of
the most important pilgrimage centers in the country. Breathtaking in its
natural splendor, grand in its wild denizens, and simplicity in its people,
the region is a unique experience to your senses.
Uttaranchal is a
part of the Western Himalayan ranges starting from the Shivalik foothills to
Greater Himalayas with Tibet as its northeastern border. In the northwestern
corner of the state is Himachal Pradesh, while Haryana celebrates its union
with the newly formed state with a gentle kiss. The state is surrounded by
Uttar Pradesh from most of its western and southern boundary. Apart
from the Terai region in the Shivalik foothills, the entire state of
Uttaranchal is a part of the Himalayan ranges.
At 7,817 m above sea
level, Nanda Devi in the district of Chamoli is the highest point in the
state. The region has many glaciers, passes, meadows, and trekking routes
with several major rivers like the Ganga and Yamuna originating from here. A
major part of this Himalayan state comes under rainforests and alpine
forests that are home to some of the highly endangered wildlife species.