Uttarakhand celebrates Statehood Day

Uttarakhand Foundation Day is being observed on November 9. The day is celebrated annually to mark the formation of 27th state of India.

Key Points

  • Uttarakhand was created in 2000 by joining some districts from the North-western part of Uttar Pradesh and some portion of the Himalayan Mountain range.
  • This state was earlier known as Uttaranchal. It was renamed in 2007 to Uttarakhand.
  • Year 2021 marks the 21st Uttarakhand Foundation Day.

About Uttarakhand

State of Uttarakhand is known as ‘Land of Gods’. It has very rich natural resources like glaciers, snow-clad mountain peaks, rivers and dense forests.  It also has four most sacred and revered Hindu temples called as Char Dham of Uttarakhand namely Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. Dehradun is the capital Uttarakhand.

History of Uttarakhand

The name Uttarakhand was extracted from Sanskrit dialect. It literally means ‘northern city’. It was created by then Government of Uttar Pradesh following a long struggle by Uttarakhand Kranti Dal. The Kranti Dal was focussed on challenges faced by people in hilly regions & demanded separate statehood. Struggle continued for several years before Uttarakhand was created as Uttaranchal on November 9, 2000.

Culture of Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is the amalgamation of culture, ethnicity and religion. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in India.

Bordering states

State of Uttarakhand share its border with Nepal, Tibet, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Uttarakhand Foundation Week

In 2019, state government celebrated a week-long “Foundation Week” from November 3 to November 9.

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