Har Ki Doon, this cradle shape vale is heaven for nature freaks, bird watchers and trekkers too. Har Ki Doon is nestled with thick forests of pines and glittering summits of Himalayas. During monsoon, the colorful flora is scattered in the valley. This moderate trek will bring you to one of the least explored remote areas of Garhwal Himalayas. The trek commences from Netwar to Osla through thick woods of chestnuts, walnut trees, willows. The trail from Osla to Har-ki-doon passes through terraced mountain arenas, lush green lands with conifer forests. The Hanging Valley of Gods, Har Ki Doon is the most striking escapade which will leave you speechless and spellbound!
As Har-KI-Doon enters into the Govind Pashu Vihar National Park, the chances to see Indian Wildlife become very high. Swargarohini group of mounts rules the backdrop!
Osla: One of the prettiest settlements in the realm of Fateh Parvat, Osla is located at an elevation of 2560 m. An exquisite caved temple is devoted to Duryodhana, the eldest brother of Kauravas.
Govind Wildlife Sanctuary: Spectacularly placed in the district Uttarkashi, Govind National Park is beautifully set between the scenic beauties of the Himalayas. You may encounter with the animals such as snow leopard, black bears, brown bears, musk deer, and the main animal species. This sanctuary is spread over 953 sq km.
How to get there
By Air: Jolly grant is the most nearby airport. Taxis are available from Airport. Airport is around 186 km from Sankri.
By Road: Sankri is the last village, well adjacent to main towns. Taxis are available as local conveyance.
By Rail: Nearest rail network is Sankri, well linked with major cities. Rishikesh “ Sankri is 205 km and Sankri- Dehradun is 162 km.
Best time to visit: October to June.
- Make sure that, trekking permits are required or not.
- This moderate trek requires average physical fitness.
- Get familiar with atmosphere before trekking.
- Wear warm clothes on the high altitude journey.
- Avoid picking up the flowers in forests.
- Silence should be maintained while trekking in forests.
Things to Carry
- Medical kit
- A good compass
- An extra pair of clothes
- Woolen clothes
- Walking stick
- Binoculars and camera
- Sleeping bag
- Hiking shoes
- Water, juices, snacks
- Electric torch
Other Attractions in the Vicinity
Haridwar: Set on the banks of the river Ganges, Haridwar is the holy city of the Hindus. It is an important pilgrim centre with many important temples and ˜Ashrams.
Yamnotri: Yamontri is the main root of river Yamuna. It is one of the 4 places of pilgrimage in Garhwal.
Mussoorie: An important hill station Mussoorie is prominently known as the ˜Queen of the Hills in the Himalayas.
Image Source: Alpine trekker, Kapidipak, Amukher