Tons Valley in Uttarakhand- A New Definition of Adventure

Tons Valley perches on the banks of the Tons River in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand Himalayas. The major river of this valley is Tons  & supposed to be the largest confluent of the Yamuna river in this region. This place is very is popular for its pagoda-style temples & typical Himalayan wooden houses.  The Tons valley in Uttarakhand is setting up a new definition of adventure and truly, it is untouched and unseen by 99.99% of adventure lovers.

The History & Legend

  • The Tons River is the utmost confluent of the Yamuna River. More than 70% of the water in the Yamuna river that you see, literally comes from this Tons River.
  • The history of the Tons valley dates back to the Mahabharata period & belongs to Kaurava Dynasty.  There are two temples widely famous, 1 –  Karna Temple in Sarnaul and  2- Pokhu Devta Temple.
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Adventures in the Tons Valley

  • The Tons Valley is an authentic offbeat destination in Uttarakhand and yet to be listed as the top adventure and cultural destination of Uttarakhand. But, it offers a real offbeat and authentic Himalaya adventure experience far from any other you have experienced before.
  • You love to see here the pristine valley vistas,  experiencing the authentic rural Himalayan village life.

A New Definition of Adventure

The Tons Valley set off for a new definition of adventure in the state of Uttarakhand.  The valley offers you remote villages, untouched trails and gives you the opportunity to set you forth into the bewitching part of the Himalayas of Uttarakhand. This tons valley offers you a 14-kilometer long village trail up to Kalap village.

Wooden-Structured House Tons Valley Uttarakhand
Wooden-Structured House Tons Valley Uttarakhand

Village Life in the Tons Valley 

  • Doni village central attraction of the Tons Valley. There is no homestay even guesthouses or hotels in the valley. You will stay with the family in their very big wooden house.
  • Here, you see only small villages with few people are living in the village.  Life follows the rhythm of nature, almost all the villagers are engaged in farming and raising domestic husbandry for livelihood.
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Overnight in Doni Village 

  • The houses are here very large and entirely made from wood in Doni village. The architecture and the layout of the Doni village’s temple in typical Pagoda-style.
  • The village offers you enchanting mountain landscapes, gushing mountain streams, and charming wooden-style houses.   You find here a sitting area, balcony, and sleeping area for the visitors.
  • You do not find any attached bathroom in the village houses. If you want to go to the toilet, you have to leave the house and walk up to narrow trails to the far constructed bathroom. In the nighttime, you need to have a flashlight or torch in hand.
Doni Village- Tons Valley
Doni Village- Tons Valley-Uttarakhand

The Kalap Village

  • The  Kalap village lies on a ridge of the mountaintop in the Tons Valley. The Kalap Village is an untouched jewel in the Uttarakhand Himalayas.
  • The  Kalap village zone offers you a rich diversity of authentic experiences in the Himalayas that blending both adventure and alluring culture for the selective traveler
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Chardham – En-route Destination

  • The Tons Valley falls on the way to the famous pilgrimage “ Chardham”. If you going on the pilgrimage Yamunotri or to the source of the  Yamuna River, or You are looking for off-trail adventure activities as far from civilization as you can? 
  • The Tons Valley is the best place for you during your visit to Uttarakhand state. 

Camping -True Adventure

  • Do you want to set up a riverside camp here on a wide expanse of the grassy field? The  Rupin river will be the best site for camping here. You love camping on the bank of a rushing river with the scenic beauty of mountains, popping up the Pagoda temple across the valley will be a mystical experience.
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Off The Map

The Tons Valley lies in the far northwestern region of the state of Uttarakhand. It is about 225 kilometers from the nearest railhead is Yog Nagari Rishikesh, about 200 km from the Dehradun airport, and about 400 kilometers by surface from Delhi.


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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