Uttarakhand is the Himalayan State in Northern India. Uttarakhand - the land of gods, the home of Himalayas and a true paradise on earth, allures everyone from everywhere. Only 170 km north of Delhi by road, the State of Uttarakhand extends from the foothills of the Himalayas up to the international borders of China and Nepal. Uttarakhand can be broadly divided into two divisions namely Garhwal and Kumaon. Uttarakhand has an incredible amount to offer to all and sundry. An important center of Hindu religion and culture, Uttarakhand is called the Land of the Gods (Dev Bhoomi) because it is home to countless holy spots and shrines. Ganga and Yamuna, the two most revered rivers of India, originate from the Himalayan glaciers in Uttarakhand. The hilly terrains of Uttarakhand offer unmatched pristine landscapes. As much as 86% of the state's area is mountainous and a total 70% area is under forest-cover - it is natural that Uttarakhand is a remarkable cornucopia of flora and fauna.
Uttarakhand provides great opportunities for adventure sports like skiing and thrilling water sports. The state is an ideal venue for adventure seekers. The expansive slopes of Garhwal and Kumaon covered with seasonal snow become ideal places for skiing in the winter months. Auli region in Garhwal Himalayas offers one of the few and rare skiing possibilities in India.
The Uttarakhand state is the birth place of four major river system, Ganga, Yamuna, Ramganga and Sharda.