The basic reason why Uttaranchal known for are its cities, which are not just cities but hill stations and pilgrimages too. If the capital Dehradun , makes a major hub of the state then its also the accessible point to most of the Uttaranchal Himalayan region, as well as Mussoorie , "the Queen of Hill Stations". Destinations like Rishikesh have always been popular among the tourists as well as pilgrims since centuries. And if you are an adventurer there is no other place in India, where you can start off your expedition. Also worth a visit for scenic splendour are Pithoragarh , Kausani , Nanital , Ranikhet and Almora .