Uttarakhand is located at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain ranges. The state shares borders with China (Tibet) in the north and Nepal in the east and inter-state boundaries with Himachal Pradesh in the west and northwest and Uttar Pradesh in the south.
It has almost all agro-geo climatic zones, which provide commercial opportunities for floriculture and horticulture. The state is home to more than 175 species of rare medicinal, aromatic & herbal plants.
The state has close proximity to the national capital Delhi, a leading market of the country and excellent connectivity with neighbouring states. Uttarakhand has abundant natural resources due to hills and forests. Its agro-climatic conditions support horticulture-based industries. The vast water resources available in the state are also favourable for hydropower.
The presence of several hill stations, wildlife parks, pilgrimage places and trekking routes make Uttarakhand an attractive tourist destination. Flow of tourist arrivals in the state increased from 101,970 in 2014-15 to 105,880 in 2015-16.
Uttarakhand is one of the fastest growing states in India, thanks to the massive growth in capital investments arising from conducive industrial policy and generous tax benefits. The Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) has increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.03 per cent during 2004-05 to 2015-16. At current prices, the GSDP of Uttarakhand was about US$ 28.37 billion in 2015-16.
The state offers a wide range of benefits in terms of interest incentives, financial assistance, subsidies and concessions. Uttarakhand has a robust social and industrial infrastructure, virtual connectivity with over 39,000 km of road network, two domestic airports, 345.23 km of rail routes and an installed power generation capacity of 3,177.27 megawatt (MW).
According to the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), the cumulative FDI inflows, during April 2000 to March 2016, stood at around US$ 563 million.