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Govind Ghat Joshimath – A Doorway to Valley of Flowers & Hemkund Sahib

On the way to Badrinath Dham plan a visit the Govind Ghat and the Valley of flowers, heaven on earth?

This place knocks you out with its enchanting beauty of flower valley. Have you ever imagined a valley covered with wide varieties of flowers and rare species of flowers like Brahma Kamalam, cobra Lilly so on? Plan a trip to this flower paradise trekking and explore the unexplored chapters of your life. Govind Ghat in Joshimath is located on the way to the divine Dham Badarinath and 22 km drive from Joshimath in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 6,000 feet. This ghat is commonly visited by Hindus who go for Badarinath. Sikh who visit Hemkund Sahibji. Govind Ghat located at the confluence of two rivers Alaknanda and Lakshman Ganga. Which makes this place a more divine and sightseeing place.

The easiest and cost-effective way to reach from Joshimath to Govind Ghat is via road transport(taxi). The Guruward for Sikh located on the right side of the river Alaknanda which provides accommodation and hotel for the pilgrims and tourists who trek to the valley of flowers. The best time to visit this place is from mid of may month to the end of September month. Hence, yearly thousand of tourists and devotees visit this place for pilgrimage and view the mystic valley of flowers.

The distance between Govind ghat in Joshimath to the divine Dham Badrinath is 25km. Whereas for the holy Hemkund Sahibji devotees need to trek an altitude of 4,600 m from here.

Trekking

Gharwal region most of the trekking starts from the Govind Ghat in Joshimath. Therefore the famous and holy Hemkund Sahibji trekking starts from this Ghat. Whereas the mystic beauty Valley of Flowers Trek starts from Ghangaria. One can reach Ghangaria from the Govind ghat.

Flower Valley

Fairyland on earth, to reach this place one as to start their Trekking Trail from Ghangaria as it is the base camp. From there you need to cross the bridge and trail adjacent to the Lakshman Ganga river. Once you reach the check post register your name and pay the fee for the entrance. This valley was discovered in the 19th century by a mountaineer called Frank Smith. In recent years it turned into the national park and declared as a World Heritage site.

Hemkund Sahibji

A sacred place for Sikh worship Guru Gobind Singh here, yearly thousand of pilgrims visit this place. From the Govind Ghat, 9 km trek to Ghangaria village. You can either walk or opt for the ride on the pony. At Gurudwara lot of shelters and hotels available for the pilgrims. Winter this place is closed similar to Badrinath as the whole region will be covered with snow and in May when the time to open the temple. The devotees clear the road by themself.

Conclusion

If you plan a Chardham or Dodham yatra on the way make a visit to this beautiful place Govind ghat along with your family and friends which will leave you awestruck.

 

 

 

 

 

Kausani-  Popularly Known as Mini Switzerland of India

One of the well-known winter destinations in India to get away from the hustle and bustle of cities. One can enjoy the leisure time by watching the panoramic view of Himalayan mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul mountains along with the Panchachuli. Kausani a Switzerland of India is the best place to welcome the new year in the amid of Himalayas. It is also the best honeymoon spot for couples. This beautiful hill station village located in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. At an altitude of 1890 m from the sea level.

The spectral view of the majestic mountain 300 km panoramic view of the Himalayas which is covered with oak, pine trees, and deodar trees will make awestruck with the bewitching beauty of the place. Especially the sunrise and sunset the reflection of the on the mountain turn mountain colour into orange. Therefore the amazing scenic views captives tourists and makes you feel paradise on earth.

Kausani popularly know as Switzerland of India, This small village will never stop to amaze you with its sightseeing place. What makes this hamlet more special is the birds chirping and the gentle breeze. Which comes from the Himalayas and the alpine trees and colourful flowers.

How To Reach

The nearest railway station is Kathgodam which is 142 km from Kausani. From there either take a bus or a taxi. The best time to visit is from April as the temperature will be favourable to explore the places till June month. If you want to enjoy snowfall then plan a trip from October to February where you can enjoy the snow and view of the mountain covered with ice caps.

Activities to do at Kausani

Walk into Nature

The walk into the woods full of greenery with family and friends while birds chirp in the oak and pine tree forest along with the panoramic view of Himalayan mountain peaks. You can relax by enjoying the serenity of the place.

Trekking

Kausani a Switzerland of India is famous for trekking it provides numerous trekking destinations like from Kausani to Pinakeshwar and Kausani to Baijnath  Dham via Gurda and so on..

Village Shopping

They have a small market with the best quality woollen cloths and handmade handlooms, handcrafts done by the villagers. Fresh tea leaves from the tea plantation along with pickles and jams.

Places to visit near Kausani

Lakshmi Ashram Temple

This Ashram is for woman’s welfare which was originally started by the disciple of Gandhiji Sarla ben. She lived here her whole life now this Ashram provides education and development activities for women.

Pinakeshwar Temple

It is located 20 km from the Kausani at an elevation of 9,500 feet. This place is famous for the Shiva temple and from the temple you have the whole valley full of colourful flowers.

Baijnath Temple An Ancient Shiva Temple
Baijnath Temple An Ancient Shiva Temple

Baijnath Temple

The Baijnath Temple is located at a distance of 17 km from the Kausani. The temple as ruins in which one can see the ancient architecture and carvings inside the temple complex worth visiting.

Mahatma Gandhi Ashram

The Anasakti Ashram of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi is located in Kausani, Dehradun, Kumaon, is now going to be renovated. The Ashram will be renovated by Bridakul. In 1929, Mahatma Gandhi stayed for two weeks in Kausani. Gandhi has also described it in his literature.

Bageshwar Dham Temple

Bagnath Temple is located at the confluence of the Saryu and Gomti rivers. This Vyagreshwar or “Tiger Lord”, is the holy place of Lord Shiva. This temple was built by Kumaon King Lakshmi Chand around 1450 BC. but there is a Sanskrit inscription that indicates an earlier date than 1450 BC. There is a huge crowd of devotees comes on the annual celebration of Maha Shivaratri. The place has a group of temples. The main temples are Bhairava Temple, Dattatreya Maharaj, Ganga Mai Temple, Hanuman Temple, Durga Temple, Kalika Temple, Thingal Bhirava Temple, Panchanam Junakhara and Vaneshwar Temple.

Chandika Temple

A beautiful temple dedicated to Goddess Chandika is located about half a kilometre from Bageshwar. Every year, during the Navratras, a big crowd of devotees throngs here and Mother is worshipped during Navratris Festival.

Sriharu Temple

Sriharu Temple is located about 5 kilometres from Bageshwar. Devotees believe that the prayer is executed for wish fulfilment. Every year after Navratri, a big fair is organized on Vijaya Dashami festival.

Gauri Udiar Cave Temple

It is 8 km from Bageshwar. There is a large cave of 20 x 95 square meters which have idols of Lord Shiva.

Other Famous  Temples in Bageshwar

Ramghat Temple
Agnikund Temple
Ramji Temple
Loknath ashram
Nileshwar Mahadev
Amit ji’s Ashram
Kukuda Mai Temple
Jwaladevi Temple
Sitladevi Temple
Venimadhav Temple
Trijuginarayan Temple
Radhakrishna Temple
Hanuman Temple
Bhileshwar Dham
Surajkund
Swargashram
Siddharth Dham
Gopeshwar Dham
Golu Temple
Prakateshwar Mahadev

Conclusion

Plan trip to Kausani a gorgeous hamlet which gives an extraordinary view of Himalayas mountain peak and the beauty of this place makes you feel like paradise on earth.

 

Munsiyari – A little Kashmir of Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand

Munsiyari is a village hill station surrounded by the bewitching beauty of Himalayas. This region is covered by snow during winter whereas in summer covered by a carpet of lush green plants and colourful flowers. If you are a nature lover, plan a trip to this hill station which leaves you awestruck. If you are a newly wedded couple, this place is the best place for the honeymoon during winter which starts from November month to mid of March. Munsiyari not only famous for sightseeing but also trekking to Milam Glacier and Ralam Glacier.

Munsiyari village located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand at an altitude of 2298m. The meaning of Munsiyari is a Little Kashmir. Earlier this was a restricted area as it is the border to Tibet and Nepal. In recent years, they started tourism here. Now this village became one of the must-visit places in Uttarakhand. The main attraction in Munsiyari is the view of the five famous peaks which is known as Punchachuli. Like Nanda Devi peak, Nandakot, and the mountains of Nepal. Therefore along with the mesmerizing valley of the mountains make the tourist feel like heaven on earth.

Kathgodam railways station and the Tanakpur railway stations in Nainital are the two stations near to Munsiyari village. Therefore from there, one can take a local bus or cab to reach this place.

Legends of Munsiyari

The legend is related to the Great Epic Mahabharata. Pandavas started their journey towards heaven after they handover kingdom to their grandson. Pandavas started their journey from Munsiyari. The Punchachuli represents the be five cooking stoves used by Draupadi. To cook the last meals to her spouses before going to heaven.

Trekking in Munsiyari

Milam Glacier

It is one of the biggest Glaciers in the Kumaon region. Hence trekking to this Glacier starts from Munsiyari the total trekking distance is 59 km which takes 9 days. The Gauri Ganga River lies on the side of the Milam glacier. Therefore trekking trail gives a captive scenic view along with trail in the lush green forest valley and fresh river streams make you spellbound. Hence from here, one can see a closer view of Nepal Himalayan Mountains.

Ralam Glacier

Ralam Glacier is located at an altitude of 15 km from Munsiyari. Hence, the total trekking distance is 45 km and it takes 9 days. At the Kumaon region, Ralam Dhura divides into two regions. One is upper and the second one is lower Ralam Dhura. This Glacier is trijunction for the other three Glaciers. Therefore the best time to visit this is From April month to June Month and September month to November Month.

Munsiyari Trek in Uttarakhand
Munsiyari Trek in Uttarakhand

Things to do in Munsiyari

Trekking

Munsiyari offers both long-distance and short-distance trekking for the enthusiastic trekkers during the season. In the Kumaon region of Himalayas which provides ample opportunity for trekkers to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of Glacier with trekking.

Village Tour

This enchanted village tour is not only for sightseeing but also you can learn about their culture and tradition which offers a new experience.

Bird Watching

If you’re a Bird lover, this place offers a pleasant and wonderful view of birds. Munsiyari village is located in the midst of the forest of pine and deodar tree.

Conclusion

Plan a trip to the enchanting village for adventures trekking in the inner regions of the Himalayas and nature lovers for sightseeing along with your family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

Generally, The pilgrims in India start their spiritual journey to Kailash and Mansarovar Yatra from the Pithoragarh district in Uttrakhand state. Pithoragarh is located near Tibet towards the north and Nepal towards the east. This distance from Pithoragarh to Mount Kailash is 196 km.

The magnificent Mount Kailash is a stand-alone mountain peak with a height of 22,000 ft. Among Himalayan mountain ranges, this majestic mountain is cupped with glacial crest and is formed of glistering granite stone which gives the pilgrims a captivating and powerful view of the mountain. Mount Kailash is located in Tibet occupied by China, near the Mansarovar lake and  Rakshastal lake. Hence it is also home for the four largest rivers in Asia Indus, Brahmaputra, Karnali, and Sutlej.

In Hinduism, Mount Kailash is said to be the abode of Lord Shiva as he resides there along with his consort Goddess Parvathi and his disciples. The mountain is sacred to Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Bon (Tibetian Religion)

Once Lord Brahma thought about a lake in his mind. As a result of this beautiful lake appeared on the earth which is Mansarovar lake. It is believed that whoever drinks the holy water reaches the abode of Lord Shiva after their life on Earth. Therefore, yearly thousands of Pilgrims visit Mansarovar to take a bath and drink the holy waters to absolve from sin committed.

This mountain is the abode of the universal self, Lord Shiva where he is meditating to protect the entire universe.

Many Hindu Puranas mention Kailash as the centre of the universe. The first Himalayan mountain range formed is Mount Kailash. It is not only a sacred mountain but also an important mountain range among other Himalayan mountain ranges.

Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Yatra
Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Yatra

Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Yatra

The journey starts from Lipulekh pass in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. This is the border between India and Tibet occupied by the China trijunction of Nepal. Therefore pilgrims from Uttrakhand enter the Taklakot in Tibet for the Kailash and Mansarovar yatra. Kumaun Mandal Vikas Nigam is conducting this yatra along with alliances of the Indian government.

There are multiple routes to reach mount Kailash. Pilgrims who start their journey from Lipulekh pass yatra duration time is 24 days. The cost of this yatra will be 1.6 lakhs per person which has 18 batches, each batch contains 60 pilgrims. On the way, pilgrims pass through Narayan Ashram, Chialekh valley beauty, Patal Bhuvaneshwar, and OM Parvat (natural OM symbol made of snow).

After Reaching Taklakot in Tibet pilgrims can take rest in the allotted accommodation. From there, pilgrims start their journey towards Darchen, a small village located in front of Mount Kailash. Then pilgrims can travel in allotted transportation. The route from Taklakot to Darchen is the modern road which is 102 km. After travelling for an hour pilgrims will come across a beautiful saltwater lake which is called Rakshastal lake. From there you have a spectacular view of Mount Kailash.

Near to Rakshastal lake, separated by a strip of land there lies a beautiful pure water lake, Mansarovar where you can drink and take a bath. Then from here, you have a very good view of the most powerful and sacred Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva.

Parikrama to Mount Kailash

The main importance of this yatra is to do parikrama around mount Kailash and to drink holy water of Mansarovar to absolve sin. Pilgrims do parikrama either in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction which is 52 km and takes 3 days to complete Parikrama. As it is very difficult many you can either do it on foot or with the help of pony or yak.

Parikrama trekking starts from the Yama Dwar ( Tibetian called this as Tarboche ) southern side of the Kailash. Thus pilgrim has to cross the god of death to reach the cosmic abode of Lord shiva. Few people return to Darchen after visiting Yama Dwar, as this 3-day trekking will be extremely difficult as weather conditions and routes won’t be favourable. Remaining others will continue towards Kora.

Conclusion

Everyone once in their lifetime should visit the abode of Lord Shiva and the holy lake created by Lord Brahma to absolve one’s sin. Therefore plan a trip to Manasarovar and Mount Kailash yatra along with your family to get the blessing of the universal being.

 

 

 

 

The Bugyals -Natural Grasslands in the Land of Gods- Uttarakhand

Plan a trip to beautiful Bugyal in Uttarakhand which makes awestruck with its beauty and great trekking experience. Uttarakhand is famous for spiritual tours across the country. It has four sacred dams and many more spiritual temples and ashrams. Popularly known as Deva Bhoomi. Uttarakhand not only famous for temples but also for the adventure activities in the Himalayas. Yearly thousands of tourists visit this place around the world for both pilgrimage and sightseeing with adventurous actives.

Bugyals also called as nature’s own grasslands. Bugyals are the beautiful captivating meadows naturally formed by the nature in the Himalayas. To see this nature’s masterpiece tourists come to these Bugyals every year. The famous Bugyals of Uttarakhand are Auli, Gairsair Bugyal, Bedni Bugyal, Dayara Bugyal, Kushak Kalyani Bugyal, and Panwali Bugyal.

Auli

Auli a famous winter destination in India for skiing. It is located in the Chamoli district in Uttrakhand. With the glistering slops and clean atmosphere. Elevated at an altitude of 2,500 m to 3,050 m. Therefore, tourists come here in winter to take part in winter sports which are conducted by the government every year. Auli is not only famous for Skiing but also for trekking in the Garhwal mountains of Himalayas.

The famous mountain peak which has a clear view from Auli Bugyal is Nanda Devi Peak. This is the second-largest peak in India. The best way to view the entire Garhwal Mountains is by taking a cable car from Joshimath to Auli. The extraordinary view from the cable car mesmerizes you. The Auli Bugyal and the nearby mountains beauty will awestruck the tourist.

Gairsain Bugyal

This beautiful Bugyal is located in the Chamoli district of Uttrakhand. Gairsain Bugyal is a spiritual, Historic and sightseeing place. Hence it is believed that Kubera, the king of Yaksha used to rule this place and later it was ruled by an Ausra. This place was described in the great epic of India Mahabharata as well.

Hence it is the centre of the Uttarakhand state. This beautiful city is the best holiday destination throughout the year, especially during winter.

The Bugyals - Grassy Land in the Uttarakhand's Himalaya
The Bugyals – Grassy Land in the Uttarakhand’

Bedni Bugyal

A bewitching beautiful meadow in the Himalayas, situated at an altitude of 3,354 m in the borders of Garhwal and Kumaon. The Lush green meadows covered with different colour flowers and provide the trekkers with an extraordinary view of Trishul mountain peak makes this place a heaven on earth. The sunrise and sunset is a special attraction for trekkers. Generally, trekkers who go to Roop Kund come across this place and stay here one night. Apart from this trekkers especially plan mind-blowing trekking to Bedni Bugyal.

Dayara Bugyal 

Dayara Bugyal is the most famous breathtaking Bugyal which is situated at a high altitude with green meadows everywhere. It is one of the best winter destinations for Skiing and other winter sports. During the winter season, the entire beautiful grass meadows will be covered with snow. Hence this place is located at the altitude from 2600 m to 3500 m. Tourist trek for 9 km into the forest and reach these beautiful meadows.

The best time to visit this Bugyal is from May to November but many tourists visit during winter to enjoy the breathtaking view of snowfall and the entire green meadows covered with snow.

Kushak Kalyani Bugyal

This gorgeous Bugyal located between Gangotri and Kedarnath route. If you are a nature lover then this trekking to Kushak Kalyani Bugyal makes you awestruck with the beauty and its serenity. These charming meadows have Himalayan flora and many alpine flowers. An easy way to reach here is trekking uphill from the Mala village. Another easy route is a few km drives from Uttarkashi you can view this memorizing meadow.

Panwali Bugyal

Panwali Bugyal located in the Gangotri and Kedarnath old trail. This Bugyal is less visited by the trekkers. This beautiful meadow is situated at an elevation of 3299m covered by the Rhododendron orchids. Therefore this open grassland gives a beautiful scenic view to the trekkers in the summer. New flowers and leaves blossom on this green carpet. Since it is located in the route from Gangotri to Kedarnath. You can reach Panwali Bugyal either through Gangotri here trek starts from Mala whereas from Kedarnath from Triyuginarain trek starts.

Conclusion

If you are a nature lover, plan a trip to the famous Bugyals of Uttarakhand which leaves you with an extraordinary experience and memories with your friends and family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanuman Chatti: A Journey Along Yamuna River

Some places have the power to captivate you and make you fall in love with them the moment you reach there. Hanuman Chatti, in Uttarakhand, is one such place. Filled with stunning visuals, and situated at the heart of nature, this place is a hidden gem. Read below to go on a journey with me through this mystical place.

The state of Uttarakhand places brimming with holy spots, sacred rivers and the mountains that look ethereal. This state has some of the holiest places and you will usually find it crowded with pilgrims and devotees. Uttarakhand is also filled with picturesque locales and breathtaking natural avenues all of which makes this state heavenly. Whether you come here for trekking, or relaxation or to visit a sacred abode, Uttarakhand never disappoints.

I have travelled to Uttarakhand extensively, and of late I wanted to visit something a little more off the radar. I wanted to engulf myself into the serene locales and rest in the laps of nature. My search for such a place in Uttarakhand led me to Hanuman Chatti.

After a little more research I realised this is the perfect place for me to visit and take a little break from the mundane life.

Location

Hanuman Chatti is strategically located on the way to Yamunotri and you can easily visit it during your Chota Chardham Yatra. I had decided to just visit Hanuman Chatti, and explore the other places during my stay there.

The beauty of Hanuman Chatti lies in its location. It is situated right in the middle of the union of Hanuman Ganga and Yamuna River. This makes the place even more pious and alluring. It is about 13 km from Yamunotri Dham and is perched at an elevation of 2400 m above sea level.

 A Little Folk Lore

It is quite easy to realise that Hanuman Chatti has something to do with Lord Hanuman. Legends say that Hanuman Chatti was once the house of Lord Hanuman. He used to stay here in disguise of a monkey. As per the legend, one says Lord Hanuman saw Lord Bheem walking through this region when an old monkey’s tale blocked Lord Bheem’s path.

Lord Bheem urged the monkey to remove his tale so that he could cross, however, the money refused. Lord Bheem then decided to take the tale and remove it himself, however, even after considerable efforts the tale didn’t move an inch. He then realised that this was no ordinary monkey, and he folded his hands in respect. He urged the monkey to show his real self, and then Lord Hanuman appeared. Lord Bheem was filled with awe and bowed his head in respect. Since then, the place was named Hanuman Chatti, to mark it as the abode of Lord Hanuman

My Journey to Yamunotri

To reach Hanuman Chatti, you will have to follow the same route as Yamunotri. Hanuman Chatti comes just before Janki Chatti, which is about 8.5 km from there.

When I first reached here, I was awed by the scenic beauty that surrounded me. It was untouched and away from the maddening crowd. It was like a whole another world here. It is quite a welcome change to dive into the realms of nature from the world of the concrete jungle.

Everywhere I looked I found large rolling meadows, trees that danced with the symphony of the fresh air, and sweet fragrance emanating from the lovely colourful flowers that marked my way. There were little huts made by the locals, and the mesmerising rivulet flowed right beside them.

I reached Hanuman Chatti in the afternoon and quickly found myself a decent accommodation. If you are travelling in the peak season, then it is recommended that you pre-book your accommodation before coming here.

There are many cosy and comfortable accommodations available and Hanuman Chatti.

Riverside Bird Watching

My trip to Hanuman Chatti was purely based on relaxation and spending an idyllic vacation. After settling down into the hotel, I decided to visit the holy confluence of the two rivers and spend some time there.

The riverside is flanked by hilly mountains on one side and tall green grass on the other. I found a beautiful shade on the banks of the river and sat there observing the gushing waters of the river. It is so enchanting to watch the holy merger of these two sacred rivers, as they create something so powerful and wonderful.

After introspecting a little and taking in all the natural elements possible, I focused my glance on the many birds that flew right above me. It is quite calming to watch this little birds flutter away. As the night starts to fall, the sky gets scattered with these rare and exotic mountain birds, who flock together to go home. It is quite a sight to behold, as these birds fly through the golden sky. It is a dream come true of bird watchers, and a sight to witness for nature lovers.

Taking Leisure Walks

The little hamlet of Hanuman Chatti is also filled with nature trails and leisure walks, that will take you through the realms of nature. You will find yourself in dense forests, and open fields while on these walks. These walks are a great way to explore Hanuman Chatti and feel the essence of this place.

The next day, I spoke up early and headed out for one such walk. The sun was just rising, and gradually the entire place as filled with a sombre yet radiating light from the sun. I passed through little streams trickling past the hilly terrain, and trees that blocked the sun. I found large meadows and valleys of flowers. The walk was quite rejuvenating and enchanting and is a must-do activity in Hanuman Chatti.

Trekking Around 

Hanuman Chatti is also visited by a lot of trekkers who make this a base town to trek to other regions.

While I didn’t venture out to trek this time, the treks are quite captivating and enchanting.

Dodhi Tal
                                                               Dodhi Tal

Darwa Top and Dodhi Tal

You can trek to Darwa Top and Dodhi Tal, both of which command surreal beauty. The treks will also take yours through different terrains and hilly paths. These treks are quite scenic and you will be able to witness the grandeur of nature. The treks are both peaceful and thrilling, and you will surely have a memorable experience.

Most of the people that I met with, were either trekking to the Yamunotri Dham or the wild place of Dodhi Tal or the captivating place of Darwa Top.

If you do have the luxury of time, then you must also embark on these refreshing treks and make your trip all the more memorable.

The Hanuman Temple

The other reason why Hanuman Chatti is so famous is for the ancient Hanuman Temple that is located here.

I decided to visit this temple before the night falls, so right after a delicious breakfast, I left to witness the Hanuman Temple.

This temple is located amid nature. It is isolated in the middle of the wilderness and located in the middle of nowhere. I had to go through a dense forest to finally see this temple. It is hidden behind tall trees and bushes, making it quite difficult to locate.

I brushed past the trees and bushes, and finally found myself in front of the little saffron coloured temple, with a small flag fluttering at the top. The Hanuman Temple is quite humble, and yet it has a magnetic charm. I felt as I was being pulled by some external force.

The temple also looks quite majestic, as it is surrounded by tall green trees and the Himalayas make for an amusing background.

There were few pilgrims when I came here, all of whom were on their way to Yamunotri. I paid my respect to Lord Hanuman and made my way back to my abode.

Hanuman Chatti is a wondrous place filled with areas that will make you fall in love with nature. It is a place for the romantics and the poets. My time at Hanuman Chatti came to an end, however, its memories will always remain etched in my mind.

 

Uttarkashi – An Eminent Spiritual Town with Adventurous Activities

A sacred spiritual town on the banks of holy river Bhagirathi. Uttarkashi’s literal translation is north Kashi and it is also known as Soumya Kashi. This divine town is famous for Vishwanath Temple, a universal form of Lord Shiva along with numerous temples and ashrams. It is located in the Uttarkashi district in Uttrakhand state. Thousands of tourists visit this place every year not only for pilgrimage but also for adventurous activities.

Uttarkashi is the origin of Holy place Gangotri. Pilgrims who visit Char Dham and Gangotri will visit the divine Viswanath temple. As it is located on the way to the char dam. It is also famous for mountain trekking. Nehru Institute of Mountaineering provides some courses for enthusiastic people who want to learn mountaineering here.

Jollygrant in Dehradun is the nearby airport to the Uttarkashi and from here you can take a cab to reach Uttarkashi. Nearest railways are Haridwar or Rishikesh. Hence from here, you can either take the bus or taxi. The frequency of buses is pretty good from Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Dehradun.

Legends of Vishwanath Temple in Uttarakashi

This divine temple has numerous legends related to it. Lets us first look into the first legend. It is believed when the Kashi temple and town completely submerged in water Lord shiva moves to Uttarakashi during the second half of the Kali-Yuga and makes this place as his abode. Another legend is that during Dwapara Yuga there lived a great sage by name Jada Bharata. He did sever pence here and in this place, many sages did meditation from ancient times. The Holy book and epics describe this place.

Another legend is that Markandeya Maharishi, an adherent devotee of Lord shiva. During the time of death, he prays to lord shiva to save him from the Lord of death. The Vishwanath temple in the Uttarkashi is the place where lord shiva saves Markandeya Maharishi from the god of death.

Viswanath Temple

The main deity is Lord Viswanath who is engrossed in intense meditation in the form of linga. The Shiva Linga is of 56 inches height and tilts towards the south. Inside the sanctum, you can find Goddess Pravthi and Lord Ganesh Mandir and the Markandey Marashi idol in meditation form.

Shakthi Temple

The main deity here is Goddess Parvathi Devi. The main attraction here is the Trishul(Trident) which is 6 m high and at the bottom 90 cm, this Trishul is 1500 years old one.

Adventure places to visit in Uttarkashi

Kalindi Pass

Kalindi pass is between Gangotri valley and Badrinath which is popularly known as one of the highest trekking passes in the world since it is located at an altitude of 5990 m. From here one can clearly see more than 40 Himalayan mountain peaks.

Harshil Town

you must visit this most exciting place for trekking during summer. Hence it has frozen streams and entire place covered with snow carpet. This will make you awestruck with the scenic beauty. Hence it is situated at an altitude of 2660 m.

Dayara Bugyal

Dayara Brugal is one of the best winter destinations for Skiing and other winter sports. During the winter season, the entire beautiful grass meadows will be covered with snow. Hence this place is located at the altitude from 2600 m to 3500 m. Tourist trek for 9 km into the forest and reach these beautiful meadows.

Gomukh

The holy river Bhagirathi origin place is Gomukh.Therefore from the holy shrine Gangotri it takes 17 km trekking to reach Gomukh.

Conclusion

Plan a trip to the sacred town Uttarkashi with your family and friends and get the blessing of divine couple Lord Viswanath and Goddess Parvathi in the form of Shakthi. Along with this visit the holy place Gangotri. If you are an adventure person plan a mountain trekking in the Himalayas.

 

 

 

 

The Legendary Himalayan Holy Mountain Peaks in Uttarakhand

The Legendary Himalayan Holy Mountain peaks in Uttarakhand are so iconic that you just cannot miss them. All of these imposing and wondrous peaks belong to the stunning Himalayas and make Uttarakhand even more alluring.

If you are visiting Uttarakhand, then you just can’t miss the intimidating yet astonishing peaks that mark the skyline. These mountain peaks are one of the defining factors of Uttarakhand. These peaks are not just beautiful to look at, but also amazing to traverse. You will be passing through the rings of nature to reach the top of these peaks. Read ahead to know more about the Peaks Of Uttarakhand.

Some of the peaks like Nanda Devi, Trishul or the Kedar Dome, you can see from far and wide. These peaks mark the skyline and make for a beautiful background. Uttarakhand is also home to several lesser-known peaks, which are equally gorgeous and mesmerising.

Here are some of those peaks that you can view when in Uttarakhand.

The wonderful Nanda Devi National Park and the Nanda Devi Temple
The wonderful Nanda Devi National Park and the Nanda Devi Temple

Nanda Devi

This blissful mountain peak is like an icon in Uttarakhand. The Nanda Devi peak is the second tallest peak in India (excluding Kanchenjunga, as it is located at the border of Nepal and India.

Perched at the Garhwal region at an altitude of 7816 m above sea level, this peak is a sight to behold. You can witness the grandeur of the Nanda Devi Peak from different parts of Uttarakhand, and it looks regal every time.

The trek to the top of Nanda Devi is not easy, however, it is surely a visual treat. You will be blessed with great rivers flowing by your side. You will be trekking through the acre inspiring Nanda Devi National Park, which is filled with extensive flora and fauna. It is quite a wonderful feeling travelling through this national park, as the effervescent air feels up your lungs and makes you want to get lost among the exotic birds and the tall trees.

You will also be passing the Rishi Ganga Valley and the Goriganga Valley, both of which are exceptionally stunning with rolling meadows and lush green trees. You might even be able to catch a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard if you are too lucky.

Once you reach this eminent peak, you will be astonished by its mesmerising beauty. The mountain peak is divided into two massifs- the Western peak and the Eastern peak. Together they look divine, as the fluffy white clouds veil it at times to give it a more heavenly look.

You must visit this peak at least once in your lifetime to witness the sheer beauty of Nanda Devi.

Kamet Peak

Another wondrous marvel of Uttarakhand is the stunning Kamet peak located in the Garhwal district. After Nanda Devi, the Kamet peak is the tallest in Uttarakhand. Located at about 7756 m above sea level, this mesmerising peak attracts many trekkers.

When you visit Kamet, you will witness- regions covered with pristine snow, glaciers that shimmer when the sun rays hit them and blue skies complete with beautiful white clouds. You will mainly find two notable glaciers- the Raikhana and the East Kamet Glacier.

Due to its gorgeous beauty, Mt. Kamet has also earned the title of being the 29th most noteworthy crest in the world. You should come here to feel the sheer beauty of this place, and engulf yourself in the serenity of this peak.

The Kamet peak has the power to make you fall in love with it and make you want to come back again and again, despite the challenging conditions of the trek.

Mana Peak

The serene yet intimidating Mana Peak is located 36 km from the holy shrine of Badrinath. This stunning peak is said to be one of the most popular peaks in Uttarakhand and is often visited by explorers and trekkers.

The peak is perched at an altitude of 7274 m above sea level. It overlooks the Indo Tiber border, making it quite significant and culturally rich. It stands like a watchman who always keeps an eye on the strategic border.

Climbing the Mana peak can get quite challenging, however, once you conquer it, the feeling is surreal. On one side you will witness the tall, dark and imposing the Himalayas, and on the other- the Indo Tibet border.

Chaukhamba Peak

The Chaukhambha peak is a four-pillared shaped peak, which looks intimidating. This peak has about four summits, and you can visit all of them. All of these summits are located at varying altitudes, out of which the Chaukhamba peak I am the tallest. It is located at a whopping elevation of 7138 m above sea level. You can see the Chaukhamba peak I from the Gangotri Glacier.

The Chaukhamba Peak is quite popular among explorer and trekkers, who often come here to witness the natural beauty that it commands. You need to be quite well versed to climb the Chaukhamba peak I, as it is filled with winding paths, narrow areas, and avenues that are thrilling yet dangerous.

The trek starts from the pious town of Badrinath. The trek is quite surreal, as you will pass azure streams, meadows that sing with the window, and trees that will dot your path throughout your journey. Once you reach the Chaukhamba peak, you will feel a sense of accomplishment, that will make you proud and relieved at the same time.

The breathtaking views from the peak, also make it worth the adventurous climb.

Trishul Peak

The Trishul peak located in the Garhwal Himalayas is an absolute treat to the eyes. This stunning peak looks similar to the Trident or Trishul that Lord Shiva wields, making this peak quite revered as well.

It is not easy to conquer this spectacular peak, as there are quite strong winds and slippery terrains, that makes it challenging. You need to be an experienced climber, to reach the summit of the Trishul Peak.

Once you do reach the top, you will be rewarded with the most magnificent views, coupled with pristine snow and azure glaciers. Once you do reach the top of Trishul Peak, the feeling is quite different. You will feel an adrenaline rush and a sense of achievement when you reach this snow-covered paradise.

If you wish to conquer this peak, then come here during July and September, as it is the best time to attempt the climb.

Dunagiri Peak 

The intimidating Dunagiri peak is located at an altitude of 7066 m above sea level, which makes it part of the tallest peaks in the Chamoli district.

This mystical peak, also shares its boundaries with the Nanda Devi Sanctuary, making the journey all the more mesmerising.

At one time, this peak was quite off the radar and was almost untouched by any tourist or explorer. It just radiated pristine and pure beauty, with rolling fields and eternally flowing streams. Recently, however, Dunagiri has attracted quite an attention, and many trekkers and explorers are coming to Dunagiri to witness the grandeur of nature.

The stunning natural beauty is still as pristine and as clean as it once was, making it quite a serene and charming place to visit. If you follow the path to the peak, you will be captivated by how pristine and untouched the natural surroundings look. It feels as if no human as ever trodden on this path. This is just another allure and charm of this peak.

Chang Bang Peak 

Situated in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Changbang Peak is part of the Nanda Devi National Park. There are many treks and nature trails that pass through this park, and Changbang is one of them.

The trek to this peak is quite difficult, even though it is located at a lesser height of 6866 m above sea level. However, there are plenty of thrilling rough terrains that you will have to conquer to finally reach the top of this surreal peak.

You will be greeted with unpredictable weather conditions, and ice sheets so slippery that you should pack good mountain climbing shoes. However, many natural avenues make it all worth it. You will be entering the realm of nature, through this trek. It is truly enchanting and worthwhile.

The base camp of Changbang is located at Upper Deodi, from where you will have to start your climb to the Advance Base Camp. This part is quite difficult, as the climb is steep. The climb just gets harder and harder from here. However, eventually reaching the top is a wonderful feeling and you will feel rejuvenated once you reach the top

Nanda Kot Peak

Interspersed with glaciers like Kafani, Pindar, Lawan, and Shalang glaciers, the Nanda Kot peak, located in the Kumaon Himalayas, is a paradisal place. However, as they say, the more beautiful a place is, the harder it is to reach there, and the Nanda Kot is a great example of that. This mesmerising peak is quite difficult to reach, as you will have to pass some death-defying crevasses. There comes a point where you will have to pass a hanging wall, which dangles precariously over your head.

At times the climb can get too exhausting, but the views from the top make it worth it. You will be blessed with one of the most stunning views, complete with heavenly snow-covered peaks.

Gangotri Peak 

The glorious Gangotri peak adorns the Garhwal region and rewards us with a wondrous and magical landscape. This picture-perfect peaks, are part of the Gangotri Group and are among the most popular mountains in Uttarakhand.

If you wish to climb the Gangotri then your journey will start from the Rudugaira Nallah, and from there the climb is quite steep. However, the stunning views and the motivation to see the glorious Gangotri Glacier will surely keep you motivated.

Watch out for some beautiful icy avenues, and breathtaking sceneries that will melt your heart and give you an adrenaline rush.

Once you reach the top, the feeling is quite magnificent. You will find yourself surrounded by snow-covered peaks and the Gangotri glacier.

Shivling Peak 

If you are looking for more rugged terrain, rather than a snowy wonderland, then head off to the rustic Shivling peak. Located in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Shivling is located at the lower side of the Gangotri Glacier.

Perched at an elevation of 6543 m above sea level, this incredible peak is quite challenging to conquer. You will be passing through some gorgeous terrains, that is rustic and rugged. It is a different side of the Himalayas, which is not covered with snow. Few streams will mark your way, and give you that much needed blue tone in the otherwise brown scenery.

At some points, you will be greeted by loose rocks and soft snow, which can be quite difficult to traverse. The soft snow gets slippery, and one rock step on a loose rock can lead to serious injuries.

Once you reach the top, you will be astounded by the sheer beauty that surrounds you. The trees are the perfect shade of green, and the blue sky complements it perfectly. There are mountains all around, and little streams complete the landscape.

You should come here during May, or after monsoons to enjoy the beauty of Shivling in the best way possible.

Bandarpunch Peak 

As the name suggests, the peak is called the Monkey’s tale or the Bandarpunch.

Located in the Western Garhwal region, this mountain is divided into three peaks- Bandarpunch I (6316m) and Bandarpunch II (6102m) and Kalanag (6387m).

The mountain is so beautifully shaped that you will be able to see it from many places in Uttarakhand. It is like an iconic natural monument of Uttarakhand. It is surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty and a queer kind of peace.

The trek is not too hard, the paths are well marked and quite straight, and you should not have any trouble if you are well versed with rough terrains.

Once you reach the top, you will get a full panoramic view of the entire valley. This view is truly gorgeous, and it looks even more mesmerising when the sun begins to set. The entire valley gets painted in a golden hue, and you, standing atop the Bandarpunch can view that.

Keep a lookout for peaks like Chandra Parbat, Swetvaran, Matri, The, Srikanth, Jogin, Gangotri range, among many others, which you can see from the Bandarpunch.

These peaks make the sky and the entire region look even more captivating and stunning.

Nanda Ghunti Peak 

Another wondrous peak that emerges from the Nanda Devi National Park, is the Nanda Ghunti Peak. You can embark on this peak through the Nanda Devi Sanctuary.

This peak is quite difficult to conquer, and only experienced mountaineers can attempt this. You need t to be well versed with mountaineering skills and endurance to long climbs. It is quite a winding, yet beautiful journey.

Even though the climb is quite easy, as there are few steep edges or narrow gullies, however, it takes quite a long to reach the top.

The path, however, is lined with the best of nature’s spectacles and you will be flooded with- ethereal trees, birds that fly above you, exotic flowers and large meadows that sing with the wind.

Nanda Ghunti is located at a much comfortable level, then other peaks like Trishul or Nanda Devi, however, it does need more strength and endurance.

 Swargarohini Peak 

This imposing mountain massif is called the Swargarohini peaks is a beauty to behold in Uttarakhand. Nestled in the Bandarpoonch range, the Swargarohini Peaks is also called the Way To Heaven.

The peaks are surreal, and you will feel that you are on your way to paradise throughout the journey. The Swargarohini Peaks are surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, thinly veiled clouds, and mountains that will make you gasp. You will pass through some wondrous ravines, and rows of trees that will make you swoon with the aromatic breeze.

The Swargarohini massif contains four peaks. These peaks are quite revered in the Hindu religion, as the Pandavas had passed through Swargarohini to reach paradise. In the end, however, only Yudhishthira was able to reach heaven, as he had lived a sinless life. Thus, since then it is believed that the only way to reach heaven in the human form is through Swargarohini.

Uttarakhand is truly blessed with the most awe-inspiring peaks, and visiting even a few of these breathtaking peaks is worthwhile. So, what are you waiting for, dive into the realm of epic natural beauty, scintillating mountains and rugged terrains.

Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Drona Cave- Dehradun

India is widely known for its rich heritage of Culture and Temples around the world since they have fervent faith in God. Yearly, millions of devotees visit temples around the country during festivals and Vacations. Dehardun, the capital city of Uttarakhand is popular for tourist attractions. Many tourists visit Dehardun for sightseeing and adventure activities. Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple is a famous temple of Lord shiva in Dehardun.

The distance to this temple from Dehardun airport is 30 km. Hence you can hire a taxi from the airport to the temple. Distance from railway station to Temple is 7.5 km.

This sacred temple is situated in the Drona cave. Water droplets constantly fall on Shivalingam from the ceiling of the cave. These waters disappear into the rocks and further mergers with the stream which follows a few meters from the temple. The surrounding forest and the stream flowing nearby the temple provides a scenic view. Therefore the best time to visit this temple is from June to October, during the monsoon months.

Legends of Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple

The temple is located near the edge of the forest. The popular legend is that during Dwapara Yuga this cave was the residence of sage Drona and his family. When his son Ashwathama born his mother couldn’t feed him. Unfortunately, the sage was very poor and could not afford a cow. As a result of this Ashwathama suffered from hunger and this intelligent boy prayed to Lord Shiva. Lord got pacified with his prayers and showered milk in the form of droplets that fell on the Lingam.

Drona Cave Dehradun
Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Drona Cave- Dehradun

Places to Visit in Dehardun

Sahastradhara Waterfalls

A popular tourist attraction, the literal translation of the name is Thousand spring water fold. This water has medical values as it seeps from limestone stalactites, as a result, turns into Sulfur springs. To get a full view of the water and nearby water parks, you can take ropeway from Sahastradhara to the mountain top

Buddha Temple & Monastery

Buddha temple is famous for its architecture and Tibetian monastery. Mindrolling Monastery is the other name for this temple. Hundreds of Buddhists and foreigners visit this temple yearly & also visit for the Vipassana Meditation.

Asan Barrage

If you are a bird watcher then make this place in your wish list. This place is close to the confluence of two rivers Asan and Yamuna. The birds that seen this lake are waterfalls, divers and wanders. In fact in Asan barrage, you can see globally threatened species.

Conclusion

When you plan a trip to Dehardun pay a visit to this holy temple, Tapkeshwar Mahadev and get the blessing of Lord Shiva.

 

 

Goddess Yamunotri in Kharsali Village

Yamunotri is truly a place fit for the Gods. This exceptionally stunning place is filled with spirituality and awe-inspiring natural beauty. Traverse through the snow-covered peaks, and seek blessings from Goddess Yamuna, at Yamunotri, a homage to  Kharsali Village the winter abode of goddess Yamuna that will leave you everlastingly blessed.

The sacred temple of Yamunotri is surrounded by an awe-inspiring level of natural beauty. On one said you will find the stunning Garhwal Himalayas, and on the other, the thunderous waters of River Yamuna flow with all its might. Perched at an elevation of 3293 m above sea level, the Yamunotri Dham looks divine. Yamunotri is also part of the extremely famous as Chota Char Dham Yatra and is frequented by tourists and pilgrims during the peak season.

Yamunotri is not only known for its revered temple, but also for the magnificence that surrounds it and makes it look even more ethereal. It is quite magical to see the mystical temple located right amid lush greenery, gushing waters and snow-peaked mountains.

Kharsali Village- A Winter Abode of Goddess Yamunotri

Winter abode of Goddess Yamuna is Kharsali Village. The off radar old holy village also widely famous as ‘Khushimath’ is cradled in the lap of Himalaya in the Uttarkashi district of  Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. … Kharsali is winter abode of Goddess Yamuna for six month in the winter season when the mountaintop sacred Yamunotri Temple is closed due to heavy snowfalls & idol of goddess Yamuna shifted to Kharsali Village.

The trek to Yamunotri is also rejuvenating and refreshing, and you will come across some breathtaking avenues and enchanting sceneries of the sacred Himalaya.

The Myth Engulfed  

The Yamunotri temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna. She is the daughter of Surya and also has a twin sister. The Yamuna, or Yami as she is fondly called, is the lady of life. Thus, people believe that thing a dip into the holy river of Yamuna will wash away all their sins. Once their sins are cleansed, they can then attain nirvana.

The temple was erected by the King of Tehri back in 1839. It is located right at the foothills of the Kalind Parbat peak.

The Trek Route 

The pious journey to Yamunotri starts from Jankichatti. Jankichatti is a little hamlet located about 5 km from Yamunotri. The village of Jankichatti is covered by rolling meadows and blue skies, making it quite a mystical place.

This is also the place where you can find decent accommodation and guest-houses to spend the night.

From here, the Yamunotri trek is about 6 km and is fairly easy. The trail is marked, which you can easily locate even in the winters.

Once you start your trek you will also find mules and ponies for people who are unable to make the climb. For a specific fee, you can ride a mule or a pony and reach Yamunotri temple.

The Start Of The Journey

It is highly recommended that you wake up as early as possible and start with your trek. This will ensure that you can come back before night falls.

The trail from Jankichatti is quite simple, and the roads are quite broad as well. You will be blessed with the stunning views of the Himalayas throughout your journey. It will give you that motivation to keep walking further and further into the laps of nature.

It is also quite lovely during the peak season to walk with the pilgrims. Most of them will be in great devotion, and might even be chanting along the way. These chants fill up the air with mesmerising positive energy.

Reaching out the Temple

After a steep climb, you will finally reach the Tapt Kund. This is essentially a natural hot spring, wherein you need to take a dip before entering into the temple. Taking a dip into the water after the tiring trek is quite wonderful, and you will find all your exhaustion vanishing away. The Kund also cleanses your sins, and you must take a dip before going into the Yamunotri temple.

Once you are done taking a dip at the Tapt Kund, make your way to Yamunotri Temple. There is another hot water spring there, which is used for cooking rice. This rice is then served as Prasad. You must carry some rice, and hand it over to the priests, who then cook it and give it back to you.

There is another small rivulet beside the temple, which is the origin point of the River Yamuna. You will find a lot of people performing puja here, as it is highly sacred. The roaring waters of this rivulet are quite mystical to watch and makes the place even more alluring.

Once you are inside the temple, you will find the idol of Yamuna is black, and the idol of Ganga in white. Both of these two holy rivers are worshipped here, making Yamunotri extremely sacred.

Adjacent to this is again a small stream which they show as the origin of river Yamuna and some people perform puja here. Adjacent to this is the main temple carrying the idols of Yamuna in black stone, Lakshmi in metal probably brass, and Ganga in white stone probably marble.

Some Tips For The Trek

During the peak season, the entire route till Yamunotri Temple is filled with water points and benches. You do not need to buy water throughout your journey.

You need to register yourself before you embark on the Yamunotri tree. You can do so at Rishikesh, Dehradun and Haridwar. All three of these cities have booking offices to help you.

Monsoon is not a good time to visit Yamunotri.

Yamunotri receives heavy snowfall in the winter months. If you plan on coming here during that time, then pack heavy winter clothes. Also note, that the temple remains closed during the winter months.

Yamunotri is a wondrous place if you are looking for something pious yet naturally beautiful. It is a challenging trek, yet not too difficult as well. Just let yourself go and surrender to the beauty that surrounds you, and enjoy Yamunotri in the best way possible.