Scenic beauty at its best!
Located far from the chaos of urbane life, Barkot offers an idyllic stay to all types of travellers. Since Barkot receives water from two holy rivers, namely Ganga and Yamuna, it is a popular destination among Hindu devotees. The YamunotriDham is around 50 kms from Barkot, and many people who visit the Dham end up staying at Barkot. In addition, many Himalayan peaks are easily visible from Barkot, which is why this is an ideal holiday spot for both adventure enthusiasts and solo travellers. That being said, the apple orchards, ravishing landscapes and gushing water of the sacred river Yamuna are the prime attractions of this place.
Delicious food that will make you coming back for more!
Simple, delicious and authentic, there is something about the cuisine of Uttarakhand that makes travellers keep coming back for more. A typical Kumaoni meal includes numerous items like rotis made from Madua flour, Bhatkidaal, Neembusaan chutney (which is made from ingredients like ground cannabis seeds, spices, yoghurt and lemon), Pahaadiraita with grated horseradish and mustard and alookegutkey, which is dry potatoes tempered with hot chilli and spices. If you are a dessert lover, feel free to dig into BalMithai which is a local chocolate fudge made from khoya and coated with sugar valls as well as Singodi that is flavoured khoya wrapped in oak leaves.
Shopping in Uttarakhand
Shop with a view of the Mountains!
Comfortable woollens from Avani and handmade silver or beaded accessories to match with from Munsiyari may be a good start to fill in your shopping bags. Not to forget the wooden crafts and antique clocks from Vinod Kumar’s shop in Mussourie. Situated in the lap of nature, Uttarakhand offers you the freshest of fruits, dry fruits and honey. Last but not the least, do not forget to buy the ever-aromatic Basmati Rice which is cultivated here from the Paltan Bazaar in Dehradun.
Local Arts in Uttarakhand
Art scenes that will capture your imagination
The state of Uttarakhand has a rich tradition of various arts and crafts that includes elements like painting, wood carving, jewelry making, candle making, decorative temples and of course performing arts like music and dance.
One of the most prominent part about the arts of the state is showcased in its wood carvings. So while the palaces have some truly awe-inspiring work, almost every home has an intricately carved entrance door that is truly unique to the state. Other elements that form a major part of the art scene in the country includes paintings, murals and miniature paintings.