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Har Ki Dun
Har Ki Dun or the Valley of Gods is situated at an elevation of 3566 m above sea level. Har Ki Dun is surrounded by thick pine forests and glittering peaks. The forests are rich in flora and fauna. The place is very remotely situated and the natural splendor of this place is still unharmed. This place turns out to be a paradise for bird watchers, Photographers and nature lovers. The forests consist of trees like chestnut, walnut, willow and chinar trees. The lush green grass patches soothe your eyes and the herbs and shrubs used for Ayurveda keep you captivated. The ancestors of the locales have great influence of the characters of the Mahabharata. It is believed that Yudhisthir of Mahabharata was sent to heaven with the dog from this peak. This cradle shaped valley is the best holiday destination for your family.
Har Ki Dun is a treat for trekkers. Thousands of trekkers come here to participate in trekking every year. The moderate trek leads you to the one of the least explored regions of Garhwal Himalayan region. The area is occupied with carved houses built with cider wood rafters, stones and mud, inhabited by warm and gentle people. Locales depend on farming Rice, Rajma and Potatoes for their survival. The heavenly beauty of this place is impossible describe in words. One has to go there and feel the exquisiteness of this place by himself.
Jaundhar Glacier is situated at a distance of ten kilometers trek from Har Ki Dun valley in Uttarkashi district of Uttaranchal. It is perched at an altitude of 4,300 m above sea level, near Swargarohini Peak. It is stretched over a huge area. Jaundhar Glacier is also known as Jamdar. A thick forest is seen near the glacier. This is a very interesting trek.
This is a popular high altitude lake near Har Ki Dun. The trek to Ruinsara Tal is through green grassy lands, conifer forest and mountain terrains. This is a hard trail. There is a Birch Forest before Ruinsara Tal, and Ruinsara Tal is situated in the base of Hills. Food and overnight tent stay is allowed near the lake side. It is a relaxed experience in the wild.
Morinda Tal, Maninda Tal
Morinda Tal is situated at a distance of three kilometers from Har ki Dun. You can visit a temple dedicated to Duryodhana known from the epic Mahabharata at Osla village. The trek to this spot is worth it as it offers magnificent views of the gorgeous valley.
The moderate trek is from Taluk to Har Ki Dun is very exciting as it takes travelers to the most isolated villages. The villages are still away from modern civilization. Har Ki Dun is one of the best places for trekking. The Kuari Pass trek is from Uttaranchal to Himachal Pradesh and Borasu Pass trek begins from Uttaranchal and finishes at Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh. You can also visit Govind Wildlife Sanctuary situated amidst sky high snow capped peaks, Osla village located 12 kilometers from Har Ki Dun at an elevation of 2560 m, Yamunotri temple, one of the Char Dham, built by Maharaja Pratap Shah and many other beautifully fascinating places.
How to Reach
The real trekking route to Har Ki Dun starts from Taluka. Buses to Purola are easily available from Dehradun. It is possible to find taxis and Buses from Purola to Sankri. If you want to avoid twelve kilometers trek from Sankri to Taluka, you can hire a Jeep for that purpose. From Seema, which is fourteen kilometers climb from Taluka, Har Ki Dun route is steep and its descends just couple of kilometers before reaching Har Ki Dun.
Best Time to Visit
The best time period advised to visit Har Ki Dun is from June to October as the place offers eye soothing natural beauty during this season. But many adventure seekers also visit this place in winters as heavy snowfall covers the whole region.