Top 10 Interesting Facts About Uttarakhand

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In the busy lifestyle that people are leading these days, it is safe to say that the only thing giving peace is the mountains. And what do we think of when the wor mountain (Pahaad) hits us, it is either Himachal Pradesh or Uttarakhand, two devbhoomi (State of God) of India. Uttarakhand is the 27th state of India when it was carved out of Uttar Pradesh on 9 November 2000. Now it has majorly two major districts Kumaon and Garhwal. The scenery and nature make this state of India, tourist-worthy. Let’s dive right into the top 10 interesting facts about Uttarakhand. 

Facts About Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is known for its beauty and greenery but there is more to this beauty. 

Uttarakhand was Present in Paleolithic Times

Excavators and archaeologists point to its inhabitation since prehistoric times as even Paleolithic tools have been found here.

Jhora is the Traditional Dance form

Many people around India know certain steps of the shaadi dance but what they don’t know is the name of this dance form. It is called ‘Jhora.

Uttarakhand Gives The Most Officers to Army

As per a report by SSB crack, Uttarakhand is the second state that gives the most soldiers to the Indian army, after Uttar Pradesh. Despite its small geography, its contribution to defence is commendable. 

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Top Military and Security Position Holders are From Uttarakhand

There are famous personalities in idea, who belong from Uttarakhand, like the following;

  • Army Chief- Bipin Rawat
  • Director General of Military Operation– Anil Bhatt
  • National Security Advisor of India– Ajit Dobhal
  • Indian Coast Guard chief- Rajendra Singh
  • Former Chief of Naval Staff– Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi
  • Chief of Indian intelligence agency RAW- Amil Dhasmana

Sanskrit is the Official Language of Uttarakhand

In 2010, Uttarakhand became the first state of India with Sanskrit as the second official language of the state after Hindi. 

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Uttarakhand has the Second Sun Temple in India

This fact about Uttarakhand might not be known to people that after the famous Konark Temple or Sun temple in Orissa and Kashmir, Uttarakhand is in line with the Katarmal Sun Temple in the state. 

Rishikesh is the yoga Capital of the World

Rishikesh is best known for rafting and adventure activities amongst the youth. But do you know that it is the Yoga Capital of the whole world? This is yet another amazing fact about Uttarakhand. 

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Only State Where Forest Cover is Increasing

Uttarakhand has witnessed a marginal increase in its forest cover by 2 sqkm (from 24,303sqkm in 2018 to 24,305sqkm in 2021). 

The World’s Highest Shiva Temple is in Uttarakhand

The Tungnath temple, in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, is the highest Shiva temple in the world. Recently it has become more of a tourist place than a religious place for people. Moreover, it is one of the panch Kedars of Uttarakhand. 

Nanda Devi Raaj Jaat Is The Longest Pilgrimage In The World

The Nanda devi known for being the goddess of happiness is a popular goddess amongst the other gods in the state. The fact about Uttrakhand here is that the Nanda Devi Raaj Jaat starting from Nauti Hamlet and ending at Roopkund is the longest pilgrimage in the world. 


What is special about Uttarakhand?

Uttarakhand has numerous religious temples and has religious significance in many places, which is why it is famous. 

What is the old name of Uttarakhand?

The old name of Uttarakhand was Uttaranchal. People still use both names for this state. 

What is the special feature of Uttarakhand?

A special feature of Uttarakhand is chota ‘Chaar Dhaam’ which are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. 

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