What are the geographical features of Uttarakhand?

The state of Uttarakhand is surrounded by Himachal Pradesh in the north-west, and Uttar Pradesh in the south. It shares its international borders with Nepal and China. The northern part of the state of Uttarakhand is shrouded by Himalayan ranges and glaciers, whereas the lower parts of the state are thickly forested.  Situated at the height of 7,816 m above sea level, Nanda Devi in the districts of Chamoli is the highest point in the state. Two of India’s biggest rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna originate in the glaciers of Uttarakhand. The geography of Uttarakhand is such that it is usually divided into two parts, the western half known as Garhwal, and the eastern region as Kumaon. Did you know    that the word Uttarakhand is the Sanskrit term for ‘north country’?