Location : India
Type Of Place : Topic
Uttarakhand, formerly Uttaranchal, is a state in the northern part of India. It is often referred to as the "Land of the Gods" due to the many holy Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. Uttarakhand is mainly known for its natural beauty of the Himalayas, the Bhabhar and the Terai. On 9 November 2000, this 27th state of the Republic of India was carved out of the Himalayan and adjoining northwestern districts of Uttar Pradesh. It borders the Tibet Autonomous Region on the north; the Mahakali Zone of the Far-Western Region, Nepal on the east; and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh to the south and Himachal Pradesh to the northwest. The state is divided into two divisions, Garhwal and Kumaon, with a total of 13 districts. The provisional capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun, the largest city in the region, which is a railhead. The high court of the state is in Nainital. Archaeological evidence support the existence of humans in the region since prehistoric times. Among the first major dynasties of Garhwal and Kumaon were the Kunindas in the 2nd century BCE who practised an early form of Shaivism. Ashokan edicts at Kalsi show the early presence of Buddhism in this region. During the medieval period the region was consolidated under the Kumaon and Garhwal kingdom. By 1803 the region fell to the Gurkha Empire of Nepal and with the conclusion of the Anglo-Nepalese War in 1816 most of modern Uttarakhand was ceded to the British as part of the Treaty of Sugauli. Although the erstwhile hill kingdoms of Garhwal and Kumaon were traditional rivals, the proximity of different neighbouring ethnic groups and the inseparable and complementary nature of their geography, economy, culture, language, and traditions created strong bonds between the two regions which further strengthened during the movement for statehood in the 1990s.
The death toll is on a continuous rise. So many pilgrims who went to Kedarnath yatra have been stuck there and hundreds are stranded because of the havoc caused by monsoon and non-stop rains.If I not wrong, they went for religious purpose then how more »
Rajive Singh posted the Blog
on May 21, 2014 , 05:31 am
Notional Highway 58
This has reference to your “Open invitation to the CM” (GP dated 18/02/2014).Let me first bring to your notice that you took an inordinately long time in congratulating Shri Harish Rawat ji, our new Chief Minister. You could easily have done so on 1st February itself at parade ground where hordes of people from across the length and breadth of our state had assembled for this specific purpose.You were, perhaps, unaware. Maybe caught in a traffic jam. Or did you have some sor more »