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This northern state consists of the Himalayas and their foothills, the Shivaliks, the site of popular hill stations and the forests of Corbett National Park.
The mountain districts to the north of Uttar Pradesh form the region of Uttarakhand and also make up the new state of Uttaranchal, which split off from Uttar Pradesh in November 2001. Hinduism regards mountains as the dwelling places of gods, and these Himalayas are especially sacred as in them rise the streams that join to form the Ganga and Yamuna rivers. Among the highest peaks is Nanda Devi rising to 7,817 metres (25,646 ft).
Dehra Dun, at the foot of the hills is a fast-expanding town notable for its prestigious institutions, including the Wildlife Institute of India, the Forest Research Institute and the Indian Military Academy, and is also the provisional capital of the new state. On a ridge above Dehra Dun is the hill station of Mussoorie, home to the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, which trains new entrants to the elite Indian Administrative Service, successor to the British colonial Indian Civil Service.
Haridwar, lies 50 km (31 miles) southeast of Dehra Dun. This is one of the seven most sacred cities of India, where the Ganga flows out of the mountains into the plains. Like Allahabad, Haridwar hosts a Kumbh Mela, a great religious festival, once every 12 years. The evening arati (worship) of the river Ganga is held every day at Har-ki-Pauri, the main ghat.
Rishikesh, a town of temples and ashrams surrounded by forest, is 25 km (15 miles) upstream. The northern part of the town, Muni-ki-Iteti, is very attractive, and the best views can be seen from either of the two footbridges suspended across the river, the Ram Jhula and the Lakshman Jhula.
Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehra Dun are the starting points for pilgrimages to the four most sacred places in the Himalayas: Yamunotri, source of the Yamuna; Gangotri, the source of the Ganga; and the temples of Kedarnath and Badrinath.
Yamunotri can be reached from Dehra Dun or Rishikesh. The road stops 13 km (8 miles) short of the temple at Hanuman Chatti. From here there is a trek along the riverbank. Pilgrims cook rice and potatoes in the water of a hot spring near the temple and offer it to the goddess Yamunotri.
The road to Gangotri runs steeply from Rishikesh to Narendra Nagar, Tehri (where a controversial dam is being built), Uttarkashi, and to Ganga's shrine, Gangotri at 3,140 metres (10,300 ft). From here it's a day's trek to Gaumukh ("cow's mouth") where the Ganga springs from the base of a glacier.
The road to Badrinath, home of Lord Visnu, rises slowly from the steep valley of Deoprayag to the old Garhwal capital of Srinagar. From here the route leads to Joshimath, seat of the great Hindu reformer and sage of the 8th century, Adi Shankaracharya. He is credited with establishing the temples at Badrinath and Kedarnath. The Narsingh Bhagwan temple here is the main centre of Worship to Visnu when his shrine at Badrinath is closed during winter. Beyond Joshimath, at Govindghat, is the starting point for treks to the Valley of the Flowers National Park 3. (best seen Jun—Aug), carpeted with flowers during the monsoon, and to the modern Sikh temple at Hemkund. The road continues up to Badrinath. The route for Kedarnath branches off before Badrinath. The shrine here is dedicated to Siva and contains one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, or lingas of light. The temple stands at the head of the Mandakani River, in a stunning valley surrounded by snow-covered mountains.
In Kumaon to the east are the popular hill stations of Nainital, Ranikhet and Almora. Nainital, built around a lake surrounded by forested hills, was originally the summer capital of the government of United Provinces, as UP and Uttaranchal were known under the British. Ranikhet, home of the Kumaon Regiment, is one of the least spoilt of the hill stations. Almora is an ideal starting point for exploring the oak forests of Binsar, or for visiting the 150 magnificent temples at Jageshwar.
The best of the terai forests are found in Nainital District in the Corbett National Park 4. (open Nov—Jun), 300 km (186 miles) north of Delhi. The park is populated by tigers (currently around 80), elephants and deer, and is home to a variety of birds, including the maroon oriole, fairy bluebird, green magpie and red-breasted falconet. The Ramganga River provides a habitat for crocodiles and gharial, as well as the impressive mahseer. The reserve, India's Premier national park, was named after the hunter-tuled-conservationist Jim Corbett.
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