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Major Influences : Garhwal and Kumaon
State Language : Hindi and Pahari
Popular Tribes : Jadh, Marcha, Tolcha
Religions Followed : Hinduism, Sikhism and Islam

Men in Uttaranchal
Men Indulge in Some Talking in Uttaranchal

People of Uttaranchal – The Owners of the Hills

The people and lifestyle of Uttaranchal is determined by the climate as well as the topographical situation of the state. Popularly referred as 'Pahari', which means hill persons, the people of Uttaranchal can be divided into two distinct tribes – Garhwali and Kumaoni. Other tribes that also exist in Uttaranchal are Jadh, Marcha, Tolcha, Shauka, Buksha, Tharu, Jaunsari, Bhotia, Raji and Gujjar.
As far as casteism is concerned the people of Uttaranchal can be divided into Kol-Doms, Khasi Rajput, Khasi Brahmin, immigrant Rajput, migrant Brahmin and Bhotias. The prime occupation of people of Uttaranchal is agriculture. Uttaranchal culture is rich and full of exoticism as well as philanthropy. Take up cultural tours of Uttaranchal to see the myriad land where about 90% of the total population is Hindu.

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Culture and Language of the Pharais

The 'Paharis' or the people of mountains can be easily identified by their soft spoken dialects of Garhawlas or Kumaon. Other important language of the state are Jaunsari and Bhotiya dialects, while Hindi seems to be taking the primary lead. But the most fascinating facet of Uttaranchal culture is that, it is so very deep rooted that in almost every part of the state, you will find a different local dialect. Culture tourism in Uttaranchal promotes all the fairs and festivals of the state that has helped in shaping up the colorful culture of the state.
The people and lifestyle of Uttaranchal, can be catagorized as primitive. Though certain cities have seen development, but most of the areas of the state has still remain undiscovered. It is this reason that draws people to enjoy holidays in Uttaranchal. The untouched and original culture of the people lives in the rural destinations of Uttaranchal.

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Sadhu in Uttaranchal

People Who Maketh Uttaranchal
The amicable people of Uttaranchal basically comprise of Garhwala and Kumoaon areas. Known as 'Paharis' locally, the natives of Uttaranchal are deep rooted in their culture and consider their beliefs to be the way of life.

The Cultural Web That Casts the Spell
Take up tours to Uttaranchal, and visit the remote areas of the state. Interact with the locals and you will get to know the real culture of the state. Being the heartland of Hindu culture, you must visit the famous pilgrimage destination of Haridwar and Pilgrimage and perform the evening 'Arti' with the 'Sadhus'.

Language Plays the Role in Transcending Thoughts
The beautiful language of Uttaranchal, Garhawlas or Kumaon, will surely win your hearts. Known for their soft intonations, these language mix with the innocent smiles of the Uttaranchal people is sure to captivate the hearts of the traveller.

The Tribal Influence
Though not is great numbers, but some tribes can be found in Uttaranchal. Some of the main tribes that are also great attraction in Uttaranchal are Jadh, Marcha, Tolcha, Shauka, Buksha, Tharu, Jaunsari, Bhotia, Raji and Gujjar.

The Uttaranchal Courtesy
The people of Uttaranchal are known for their colorful nature and myriad society. The various fairs and festivals celebrated in the state are closely linked to the social and economic activities that goes on in the region.

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