A Lost Paradise- The Saryu & Pindar Valleys in Uttarakhand

I feel that these two valleys are a paradise that lost. The Saryu & Pindar Valleys is the unexplored destination in Uttarakhand. These two valleys lie on the southeast border of the ancient mountain of Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot.  Saryu & Pindar Valleys are easily accessible like other explored valleys in the Himalayas.  The Saryu & Pindar Valleys are in the heart of the Kumaon Mandal of Uttarakhand and most parts of the valleys are still unexplored by adventure lovers.

The Adventures

  • Pindari Valley

An adventure trek into these two valleys is a quintessential mix of adventure & culture. The Pindari river runs down through the Pindari valley and it is the largest tributary of the holy Alakananda river in the Garhwal region. The Pindari Glacier draws you up to Tibet with an amazing landscape. The adventure hike in the valleys brings you to face the unexplored ridge of the Pindari valley with eye-sweeping vistas of the most enchanting, such as Mt.Maiktoli, Mt.Changuch, Mt.Nanda Kot, Mt.Panwali Dwar, Mt.Lamchir, etc.

Pindar Valley
Pindar Valley
  • Saryu Valley

Your adventure hike through dense forest of rhododendron, oak, and Lyoniain along the Saryu river the valley put you on a remote journey of  Saryu Valley. You get many chances to meet locals and villagers and the traditional village communities. Jaikhuni Bugyal hiking, waterfalls are breathtaking activities you experience here. lending a hand in the field of pear, walnut, lemons, and apple with locals and spend the rest of the time of the day, eating Pahadi food is overwhelming while exploring the valley.  It is a lifelong memory you will take away from here.

Saryu Valley
Saryu Valley

The Kumaon Hills

It shares the borders with Tibet and Nepal and home to many rivers such as Gomti, Pindar, Saryu, and Gori Ganga rivers.  But The Saryu river is the most stunning river in the Saryu valley.   Whereas, the Pindar Valley draws water from  Pindari Glacier & gives the birth of the Pindari River.

Both valleys are a sense of great space here, offering a great amount of hiking in an alpine-like Himalayan landscape. The Saryu and Pindari valleys are the best for adventure & holidays. You can choose here to stay in the guesthouses and spending a night in the tented camp on the top of Bugyal (a grassy meadow ) with enchanting vistas of the peaks of the  Himalaya.  You will walk here from one village to another village in the scenic beauty of the Himalayas with hearty hospitality.

Quick Look

  • In Pinder Valley – Dhurr village  is a hidden jewel of pindar valley
  • In Saryu Valley – Supi  village is a paradise for architectural lovers
  • Sahastradhara (or Saudhara)  waterfall
  • Jaikuni Bugyal ( Medows )  An emerald grassy field for camping
  • Saryu Gorge- An a
  • Waterfalls Trekking
  • Food – Eating Pahadi Dal & Sabzi with Chawal
  • Village – Khaljhuni  & Tarsal
  • Orchards of Apples, Bananas, Pears, and Avocadoes
  •  Nanda Devi Sanctuary- spreading from Mrigthuni and Maikitoli to Nanda Khat, Nanda Kot, and Changuch, even a peak of holy Nanda Devi.
  • A Paradise for Birding – woodpeckers, magpies dart, and griffons soaring in the air, monals and barbets cry.
  • A mud-and-thatch Unnamed temple – Protector of the places, sheep and shepherds and guardians of the weather.
Pindari Glacier Trek
Pindari Glacier Trek

Trekking in the Valleys

You go trekking from one village to another village in the Saryu and Pindar Valleys. This trek from Supi village to Jhuni village, the last village of Pindar Valley.  The village trek in the valleys gives you unlimited fun and adventures.  Normally, in the valley, you engage every day  4 to 5 hours in walking,  passing through steep mountain pastures and more gentle forested paths.

Bhutiya Village

Bhotiya village lies between Supi and Jhuni in the thick jungle of the Saryu valley. You keep walking above Supi village, you find it the biggest and most beautiful village in the upper part of Saryu valley.  The valley densely populated with rhododendron and oak trees and it reveals the emerald green Bugyals on the top between the Saryu and Pindar valleys.

Supi Village Guest House
Supi Village Guest House

Supi Village & Guesthouse

Supi guesthouse is a traditional longhouse, known as a Berkley. The house is used to be the home of three families once. It is a very old architectural and ancient structure, and you admire its wood-carved doors and windows that are typical mountain architecture in the region.

Where to Stay

  • Bageshwar is the perfect place to stay for trekking purposes in the region.
  • The KMVN Tourist Rest House (Tel: 05963-220034, Cell: 08650002546; Tariff: ₹600–900, dorm bed ₹150)
  • Hotel Annapoorna (Tel: 220109, 220500; Tariff: ₹200–700)

Best time to visit

  •  March–April, and October– November

How to Reach

  • By Air Nearest airport is  Pantnagar (200km/ 6–7hrs), connected to Delhi. Private Transport to Bagesh­war.
  • By Rail, the nearest railway station is Kathgodam (165km/ 5–6hrs). Private Transport to Bageshwar.
  • By Road From Delhi to Bageshwar, you reach via Meerut, Roorkee, Rishikesh, Rudraprayag, and Gwaldam. From Bageshwar, you take SH37 to Kapkot for Supi village.

 

Author

Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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