Uttarakhand formerly Uttaranchal, is a state in the northern part of India. It is often referred to as the Devbhumi ("Land of the Gods"). Uttarakhand is known for its natural beauty of the Himalayas,Uttarakhand has many tourist spots due to its location in the Himalayas. There are many ancient temples, forest reserves, national parks, hill stations, and mountain peaks that draw large number of tourists. There are 44 nationally protected monuments in the state.