Uttarakhand, once known as Uttaranchal located in the northern part of India, referred to as the Land of Gods with many Hindu temples and holy cities, some of which are among Hinduism’s most auspicious and spiritual places of pilgrimage and worship.
Bordering Nepal to the east, Tibet in the north and the states of Uttar Pradesh in the South, Himachal Pradesh to the north-west and Haryana to the south-west. The region is traditionally referred to as Uttarakhand in Hindu scriptures and old literature, a term which derives from Sanskrit meaning north, and khaṇḍ meaning country or part of a country.
The state officially changed its name from Uttaranchal to Uttarakhand in January 2007. The state capital is Dehradun, which is the largest city reached by either rail from Delhi or flight.