Har Ki Doon
Har ki doon is a cradle shaped valley situated on the south east of Jaundhar glacier set at an astounding height of 3556mts above sea level. Har ki doon trek is a paradise for trekkers who are in love with nature and appreciate her creation. Har ki Doon is one of the most fascinating and least visited areas of the Garhwal Himalayas. The valley is scattered with wild Himalayan Flowers and the whole valley looks colorful during flowering season of monsoon. You can also see Bhrahmakamal growing here, which is very rarely found and is Uttarakhand’s state flower. Jaundhar glacier is 5kms beyond Har ki doon and is one of the least visited glaciers in Uttarakhand.
The valley is surrounded by glittering snow-capped peaks and the southeast area is covered by dense pine forests. There are numerous bhojpatra trees here on which the legendary Mahabharata was written. The forests are rich in wildlife and are a veritable paradise for bird watchers. The best time for trekking to Har ki doon valley is June to October, rest of the months the region remains very cold or wet. The local people survive on rajma, rice and charas and use deodar tree to build their house and to use it as a fire as deodar trees are available in plenty here. The local villagers smoke hookah here. You will enjoy each and every step while trekking to Har ki doon as the trek offers panoramic vistas of nature and finally when you will reach Har ki Doon ou will feel as if you have just stepped in the gateway of heaven. Har ki doon is also popularly known as the valley of gods. The trekking experience to Hark ki Doon and beyond is visual treat as the beautiful scenery of this place is captivating and enchanting.
Location of Har Ki Doon
Har ki doon valley is situated on the south east of Jaundhar glacier and is set at an astounding height of 3556mts above sea level. Har ki doon can be reached by a trek of 34km which can be covered in three days. The trek to Har ki Doon commences from Sankri village and you can easily get guide and porter from here. Har ki Doon is situated in the Uttarkashi district of the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state.
Places to see in Har Ki Doon
Govind Wildlife Sanctuary: It is situated amidst the sky high snow capped peaks of the Himalayas. The sanctuary was established in the year 1955 and it is spread over an area of 953sqkms where the altitude varies from 1350mts to 6323mts above sea level. Govind Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Uttarkashi district of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Animals like Himalayan black bears, brown bears, monal, bharal, musk deer, snow leopard, tahr, serow, trogopan, chir, kaleej pheasants and chukor can be easily found in this sanctuary.
Osla: Osla village is situated 12kms from Har ki Doon at an astounding altitude of 2560mts above sea level. Osla is the most beautiful village en route Har ki Doon and it comes in the Fateh parvat region. There is a beautiful and unbelievable caved temple here which is dedicated to Duryodhana, the eldest brother of Kauravas in the legendary Mahabharata.
Jaundhar Glacier: Jaundhar glacier is situated 5kms beyond Har ki Doon and is one of the least visited glacier of Garhwal region. Trek from Har ki Doon to Jaundhar glacier is moderate. Jaundhar Glacier is set in the foot of the massive snow laden peaks of the majestic Himalayan range.
Ruinsara Tal: Ruinsara tal is one more excursion en route Har ki Doon. Ruinsara tal is a beautiful and one of the remotest lake in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. Ruinsara Tal is set at a breathtaking height of 3380mts above sea-level. Ruinsara tal can be reached by diverting to Seema from the diversion point at Osla village. There is a bridge built over the river which leads you to Ruinsara Tal. You can also reach the divine Yamnotri temple by trekking forward towards Yamnotri pass set at a magnificent height of 5172mts and thus can reach Yamnotri temple, but the trek is strenuous if you go beyond Ruinsara tal.
Yamunotri Temple: Thousands of tourist visit to Yamunotri temple of Goddess Yamuna from April to October. Yamunotri Temple was constructed by Maharaja Pratap Shah of Tehri Garhwal. Yamunotri is one of the Char Dham and is also the first place to visit in the Char Dham Circuit. The temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya and closes on the second day after Diwali festival. The temple holds great significance amongst the Hindus as the places is source of the Yamuna River which is one of the major rivers of India. This sacred temple is located at 3235mts above sea level and it could be reached by an easy trek of 13kms.
What to do in Har Ki Doon
Explore the pastoral life of the villages near like Sankri, Taluka and Osla. Cross the river and walk on the Jaundhar Glacier but do it carefully. Travel to the nearby places and popular excursions of Har ki doon. Enhance your photography skills by capturing great pictures. Walk in the woods and play around bonfire outside your tents. Carry raincoats with yourself as the weather is unpredictable there. Do bring back all the polythene bags if you took some of them while trekking as throwing them anywhere would harm the beauty of such a heavenly place.
Accomodations Hotels in Har Ki Doon
As the place is remote you can only find GMVN rest houses here to stay. Food and beds are available here. But a large number of adventurers who visit this place carry camping tents along with them. GMVN rest houses are affordable.
Best time to visit Har Ki Doon
The best time to visit Har ki Doon is from June to October as the place offers beautiful greenery during this period. Some adventure lovers also visit this place during winter months as the place is covered with the clothed sheets of snow. The trek of 34kms becomes moderate but the views are invigorating and enchanting.
How to reach Har Ki Doon
By Air: Jolly grant is the nearest airport situated 186kms from Sankri. Taxis are available from the airport.
By Rail: Nearest railway stations from Sankri are Rishikesh and Dehradun where Dehradun is situated 162kms and Rishikesh is located 205kms from Sankri.
Road: Sankri is the last village connected by motorable roads and after it the trek of 34kms commences. Sankri is well connected with all the major towns of the Uttarakhand state like, Uttarkashi, Chakrata, Mussoorie, Rishikesh etc. Taxis are available for local transport. Sankri is situated 362kms from Delhi which can be covered in 11-12 hours of time.