Home to Char Dham, the four very sacred and revered Hindu temples

Uttarakhand is the most visited tourist destination amongst all hill stations in India. The state attracted close to 31 mn tourists in 2016. 

Uttarakhand was formed in November 2000 as the 27th state of India, when it was carved out of Uttar Pradesh. It is largely a hilly state, located at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain ranges. The state shares its international borders with China in the north and Nepal in the east. 

Uttarakhand is richly endowed with water and forest resources. About 68% of the state’s geographical area is covered with forests. The state has close to 4,000 species of flowering plants that have medicinal, economical, artistic and aromatic significance. The state is also home to Char-dhams, the four very sacred and revered Hindu temples of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri.

Uttarakhand is well-connected with major cities of the country with two domestic airports at Dehradun and Pant Nagar. The state currently produces about 3,750 MW hydropower, while it has a potential to generate over 18,000 MW. Uttarakhand’s nearly 272 large and 49,000 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) provides direct employment to over 350,000 people. 


2nd largest producer of magnesite mineral in India


Leading producer of apples and walnuts in India


Home to India's 1st agricultural university

Agro-based Industries

Four Agri Export Zones (AEZs) have been declared under the AEZ scheme of Government of India in Uttarakhand for litchi, floriculture, herbs and medicinal plants and Basmati rice.

A Mega Food Park has been set up in Haridwar under Mega Food Park scheme of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) and another one is coming up in Udham Singh Nagar district.

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IT and ITeS

The exports of IT products from Uttarakhand grew at a CAGR of 7.4% during 2009-15 to reach $ 350 mn in 2015.

With the establishment of the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) earth station and other planned stations in Dehradun, Uttarakhand offers high-speed connectivity.

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Pharmaceuticals and Aromatic Plants

Uttarakhand has three major pharmaceutical clusters with over 300 units having expertise to manufacture an entire spectrum of pharmaceutical products.

Aromatic plants grown in the state such as lemongrass, citronella, palmarosa, chamomilla, naramotha, Japanese mint and khuas are used extensively in the cosmetics industry.

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More than 1 mn international tourists visited Uttarakhand during 2015-16.

Uttarakhand Tourism Policy was launched in 2016, with an aim to develop the state’s image as a safe, secure and friendly destination for tourists. The state government promotes village tourism to support livelihood of people living in villages and recently organised a 7-day international Yoga festival to promote cultural tourism.

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Over 61% of Uttarakhand's population is in the working age group of 15-59 years.

Uttarakhand ranks 20th in terms of population amongst all Indian states and is home to about 1% of the country's total population. The state's population of 10.1 mn is equivalent to the population of Portugal. 

Upcoming Projects

Key upcoming projects include:

  • Integrated industrial estate IT Park, spread across 24 ha in Dehradun, with intelligent buildings and high-tech habitat centre
  • Integrated industrial estate in Pantnagar, spread over more than 1,350 ha
  • Smart Cities Mission, for which Dehradun is the city identified in Uttarakhand
  • Amritsar Kolkata Industrial Corridor, passing through seven states including Uttarakhand, with Prag-Khurpia farms to be the tentative site for integrated manufacturing clusters in the state
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    Uttarakhand Mega Industrial & Invest…

    Aims at promoting investment in large and mega industrial pr…

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    Uttarakhand Mega Textile Park Policy 201…

    Aims at promoting textile sector and establishing mega texti…

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    Uttarakhand MSME Policy 2015

    Aims at promoting investment in the MSME sector through inve…

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    Uttarakhand Power Generation from Pine T…

    To promote generation of renewable power using Pine leaves a…

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    Uttarakhand Startup Policy, 2018

    To facilitate and nurture growth of new startups and create…

Investible Projects

Investment Opportunities in Uttarakhand

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  • Opportunity

    $372.3 mn

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  • Govt. Projects



$46.1 mn

Road Upgradation Project [Karanprayag-Chamoli]

State (s) Uttarakhand

$44.5 mn

Dehradun Mussoorie Ropeway Project

State (s) Uttarakhand

$38.5 mn

Road Upgradation Project [Dharasu-Yamunotri]

State (s) Uttarakhand

$36.5 mn

Road Upgradation Project [Rishikesh-Dharasu]

State (s) Uttarakhand

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Updates from Uttarakhand

  • Event

    Destination Uttarakhand Investors Summit, Dehradun, 7th - 8th Oct

  • Policy Release

    Uttarakhand Startup Policy, 2018

  • Report

    Uttarakhand #1 state amongst hilly states in DIPP & World Bank's EoDB ranking

  • Policy Release

    Policy for power generation from Pine leaves and other biomass, 2018

  • Report

    National Report: An Assessment of State Investment Promotion Preparedness