The hidden treasure or beauty of the Himalayas, Har ki Dun is a great adventure in the Garhwal Himalayas, Uttarakhand. Garhwal hills always offer some thrilling adventures to experience the best of nature. The amazing beauty of the Garhwal Himalayas will make you fall in love with it.
Har ki Dun means “ the valley of gods” which is nestled in the heart of Govind Wildlife Bird Sanctuary. The valley offers great ravishing views of the less explored and untouched valleys and forests. Har ki Dun is surrounded by snow-covered mountains and exotic vegetation. The valley is a popular trekking destination in Uttarakhand. The landscapes painted on the incredible canvas of nature is amazing and tremendous.
Being a famous trekking destination in the Himalayas, Har ki Dun trek passes through lush meadows, dense groves of pine and oaks, glacier basins, quaint villages, tricky paths, tranquil rivers, along with the snow-covered mountains. The trek starts from Sankri village which serves as a basecamp to so many treks like Kedarkantha, Roopkund, etc. From Sankri, it leads to several hamlets that are incredible and presents a different lifestyle from urban areas. Quaint hamlets like Osla, Taluka, Seema, will be passed by you on the trek. Har ki Dun is a long trek that will test your endurance level and strength. It is easy to moderate but perfectly suitable for beginners. With gradual ascends and descends, the valley offers a great experience to beginners and teach them new skills of trekking. With each step and every turn, the landscapes are enchanting and the color-changing atmosphere will surprise you.
Har ki Dun offers captivating views of the Swargarohini, Bandapunch, and Kala Nag peaks of the Himalayas. Also, get a chance to witness the Jaundhar glacier and feast your eyes with the views of the Ruinsara peaks. Har ki Dun valley is best to explore and experience the tranquil environment and take a rest in the laps of mother nature.
According to mythology, Mahabharta characters have a great influence on the valley. It is believed that Yudhishtr one of the Kaurava went heaven through Swargarohini Parvat with a dog. The Pandavas and Kauravas lived for several years in the valley. Village Osla has a Duryodhana temple which is still a mystery whether it is dedicated to Lord Shiva or Duryodhana. A lot of ancient stories are associated with the valley that’s why it is called Valley of Gods. Take out some from the trekking trip and explore the villages and listen to the old stories by the villagers and get a chance to know about the incredibility of India.
The best time to visit Har ki Dun is round the year adventure. In the summer season, you will see the blossoms, sparkling streams, wild flora & fauna, and pleasant weather. In the winter season, from October to March, the valley gets cover in snow and you will get a totally different and amazing picture of the valley with snow-covered trails, captivating views of the Himalayan peaks and frozen streams.
It is advised to avoid trekking in the monsoon season. The valley receives heavy rainfall and landslides are very common in the area. The trail gets muddy, slippery, and dangerous to hike on.
How to reach?
The trek starts from Sankri village which is very near to Dehradun. Dehradun is well-connected to all the major cities.
By Air: Take a direct flight from Delhi to Jolly Grant Airport and reach Dehradun. Take a bus or taxi and reach Sankri which is 230km from Dehradun.
By Bus: There are a lot of buses available from Delhi to Dehradun. You can also take buses from major cities and towns of Uttarakhand which are well-connected to Sankri village.
By Train: The nearest railhead is the Dehradun railway station which is 215km from Sankri. Then take a bus or taxi to reach Sankri.
Things to carry for Har ki Dun trek:
- Durable good-quality trekking shoes
- Camping shoes for crossing streams
- Thick woolen socks
- Thermal innerwear
- Heavy fleece clothes
- Covers to store used/wet clothing
- Winter jacket
- Trekking pants
- Woolen cap, gloves, etc.
- Sunscreen lotion and other toiletries
- Water bottle
- Trekking pole
- First aid kit
- Personal medication
- Swiss knife
- Extra pair of socks
- Power bank and extra batteries
Har ki Dun adventure is one of the best adventures in Uttarakhand. You will be amazed by the beauty of the valley which is surreal and pure. Feast your eyes with the perfect picture of nature and mountains. Plan a week-long trip to the valley and spend some time in the laps of the mighty Himalayas.