Uttarakhand, formerly Uttaranchal, is a state in the northern part of India . It is often referred to as the Devbhumi (literally "Land of the Gods") due to the many Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. Uttarakhand is known for its natural beauty of the Himalayas , the Bhabhar and the Terai . On 9 November 2000, this 27th state of the Republic of India was created from the Himalayan and adjoining northwestern districts of Uttar Pradesh . It borders Tibet on the north; the Mahakali Zone of the Far-Western Region , Nepal on the east; and the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh to the south and Himachal Pradesh to the west and Northwest as well as Haryana in on the south western corner. The state is divided into two divisions, Garhwal and Kumaon , with a total of 13 districts . The interim capital of Uttarakhand is Dehradun , the largest city in the region, which is a railhead. The High Court of the state is in Nainital .