Uttarakhand is a beautiful state located in the north of India. Born out of Uttar Pradesh, the state enjoys a good economy compared to the rest of the country. The economy relies mainly on tourism and due to its position at the foot of the Himalayas there is always an ongoing flood of tourists to the area. The wildlife and its close proximity to Uttar Pradesh also encourage tourists to visit.
Aside from tourism, the second biggest revenue for the state comes from agriculture. Onion, sugar cane, wheat, seeds and pulses are all grown in the area and the majority of the local people make their living from the trade. Other income for the state comes from the mineral resources of limestone, magnesite and copper, a few small scale industries and the increasingly popular real estate business.
Culturally, Uttarakhand is full of temples and shrines. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and lush greenery as well as national parks and glaciers, northern Indian culture is truly alive for travelers visiting the state. Combined with music, dance and theatre, the cuisine and festivals a truly cultural time can be had by all who visit this north Indian state.
Festival time is an enthusiastic time in the state of Uttarakhand. Regardless of class, everyone in the state joins in with the festivities. The people in the state seize every chance they can get to celebrate and have a good time – especially the women who spend hours cooking delicious meals to go with each and every occasion. Popular local festivals in Uttarakhand include Ghee Sankranti, Bhitauli, Ghuian Ekadashi and Basant Panchami. The national Hindu festivals of Diwali and Holi, and the Christian festival of Christmas are also celebrated in the state.
Uttarakhand is in a league of its own where the local cuisine is concerned. Vegetarian meals are especially popular in the state with local vegetables including cabbage, peas and spinach making up the majority of many meals. Chutneys are also enjoyed with most meals as are a number of fruits – most notably mango, peach, guava and lychee. The local people put a lot of effort into making delicious meals, especially during festival times in the state.