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Hari ki Doon is known for its enchanting beauty and wilderness. It lies in the western part of the Uttarkashi in an area known as Fateh Parvat, which is separated from Himachal Pradesh by the river Tons.   In this part of Uttarakhand, the luxuriant Har-Ki-Doon Valley has a backdrop of snowy mountain peaks, and dense forests of pine, deodar and other conifers that border vast stretches of meadows.  The forests are rich in wild life and rare Himalayan birds, and during late June and the rainy season, the flower-sprangled meadows are a delight to the eyes.  This valley is a virtual paradise for the botanist, bird-watcher, explorer or the hermit.       Druyodhana, the eldest of the Kauravas is worshipped in this area as the main deity.  It is believed that Bhog Datt, a warrior of the Mahabharath, who fought against the Pandavas, resided here. He was a staunch supporter of the Kauravas and hence worship of Druyodhana has been the tradition down the ages in this valley. With the times changing fast, many have given up this old tradition. For going to Har Ki Doon one can drive from Mussoorie to Naugaon through the Yamuna valley. From Naugaon the destination road branches off to Purola, Mori and Sankhri, which for the present is the last motor head.

Location: Uttarakashi, Uttarakhand

Max altitude: 3510 m

Duration: 7 days

Grade: Moderate

Best season: March to June & September to November

The Trek

Place                    Altitude (m)                   Distance (km)     

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Dehra Dun             701                           —

Mussoorie             1921                     36 motorable

Purola                   1524                     97 motorable

Jarmola                1800                     10 motorable                

Naitwar                 1380                     16 mototable

Sankhri                1450                       9 motorable      

Taluka                  1900                     11 trek

Osla  (Seema)        2560                    11 trek

Har-Ki-Doon         3510                     12 trek

 

            The trek starts from Sankhri along the Supin river which descends from the Jaundar glacier (4300 mtr) 5 km beyond  Har Ki Doon. Depending on the road condition, the trek may some times need to be statrted from any earlier point. Supin is the name of Tons river in its upper reaches till it reaches Naitwar. Down stream Naitwar it is known as Tons.  Along the road from Jarmola where wild white roses grow in abundance, it is a 25 km drive to Sankhri village.  The trail from Sankhri to Taluka, some 11 km away, abound in rich chestnut and walnut trees which are large and magnificent.  It is not unusual to come across the prohibited game birds such as black partridge, jungle fowl and many more.  On trekking further 23 km up to Har-Ki-Doon, one passes through forests and the little village of Osla.

Day 00: Night bus / train from Delhi to Dehradun.

Day 01:  Dehradun to Sankri  7hrs 
The timing of the arrival would be around 6: 00 AM by bus or Mussoorie Express train. The next destination from Dehradun shall be Sankri, which is 7 hours journey. The tourists can relax at Dream Mountain’s office at Dehradun before the launch of the tour.

Day 02:  Sankri – Taluka 11 km trek
The group shall leave guest house at 7am. Trek from Sankri to Taluka. 

Day 03:  Taluka to Osla

This day the trekkers shall reach to Osla. This village is big and most beautiful in Fateh Parvat region. A temple is located in the village dedicated to  Duryodhana, the prince in Mahabharat, who is worshiped here the overnight stay shall be done ahead of this village.

Day 04: Osla to Har ki Doon
Now from here the remaining trek is around 11 km and shall start after breakfast for the final destination. On arrival at this hanging valley, also known as “Valley of Gods” will be a treat to your eyes with its spectacular scenery. Swargarohini peak is viewed from here and if lucky you may encounter some wild life at a near distance. Soon the tents will be erected for good night sleep.

Day 05:  Exploring  Har Ki Doon
A full day is kept for Har ki Doon to explore the natural beauty and picturesque scenery surrounding you. The best shots for your camera should be kept for the day.

Day 06:  Har ki Doon to Seema                                                                                                                                                                               Now the time has come to return back to sweet home. This day will be a 13 km trek to reach Seema, a village after Osla. Overnight stay at Seema.

Day 07: Seema – Taluka – Dehradun                                                                                                                                                                 Seema to Taluka and Dehradun: Finally you will be able to reach back on 7th day of your journey back to Dehradun. One day must be kept for rest at Dehradun.

Back to home:

Today one can take many options to reach back to their hometown from Dehradun.

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