This state is cradled by the Himalayas and it known for its scenic beauty and Hindu pilgrimage sites like Rishikesh. Internationally Rishikesh, a major center for yoga study, was made famous by the Beatles’ 1968 visit. Jim Corbett National Park shelters Bengal tigers and other native wildlife.
The group of five snow-capped Himalayan peaks forms the Panchachuli range. ‘Panchachuli’ is derived from two Hindi words – ‘Pancha’ means Five and ‘Chuli’ means Chimney.
The legend is that the 5 peaks represent the five cooking hearths (chuli) of the five Pandav brothers who cooked their last meal on these peaks before proceeding for heaven and hence the name ‘Panchachuli’.