Har ki Dun - Valley of Gods

Har ki Dun is a cradle shaped valley set at an elevation of 3566 mts in the heart of Govind Ballabh Pant National Park. Being one of the remotest places to visit in Uttarakhand, Har ki Dun Valley offers spectacular views of untouched valleys in the far off lands of Garhwal Himalayas. It is one of the most beautiful places of India offering numerous trekking excursions. 

The valley remains snow-covered from December to March. This week long trek through the valley is one of the most scenic treks in Uttarakhand. The key highlights of Har ki Doon Trek are jaw-dropping views of mighty Himalayan Peaks like Swargarohini Group of Peaks, Kala Nag (Black Peak), Bandarpoonch & many more.

Har Ki Dun Trek

The trek from Taluka to Har Ki Dun is graded easy. This trek goes through some of the most isolated villages of India which are still unaffected by the civilization. The people of this region are very warm and welcoming. 

Shepherds come to this region for moths to graze their animals on the rolling grass. 


Suggested Trek Itinerary for Har ki Dun Trek

Day 1: Arrival in Sankri
 
Arrive at Sankri Village, meet the trek guide and way to hotel/homestay in Meraki Sankri.

Day 2: Sakri - Taluka - Seema/Osla (Drive: 12 kms, Trek: 14 kms) 
 There is a 12 kms jeepable road connecting Sankri with Taluka. The trail goes through dense forest of chestnut, walnut and chinars. The trekking route from Taluka to Seema stays on the right side of Supin River. You’ll need to cross wooden bridges over streams and do occasional climbs which doesn’t last for long. 

Day 3: Seema/Osla - Har ki Dun (Trek: 12 kms)
After crossing Seema a giant bridge over Supin River will greet you, cross it and climb a steep route until you reach a small bridge over a stream. This is a steep climb and it will take half an hour to one hour of your time. The trekking trail is visible for the next 4 kms gradually ascending towards the left top over a vast expanse of lush green meadow. 

After reaching Kalkati Dhar there will be a change in scenery and the trail will become less demanding. Soon the route opens up and Hata Peak becomes visible. Har ki Dun is situated at the foot of Hata Peak. There is a beautiful camping ground at Har ki Doon with a calm stream flowing in between. It is the best camping site you'll come across while trekking to Har ki Dun.

Day 4: Har ki Dun - Jaundhar Glacier/Maninda Tal - Har ki Dun
Wake up to see the sun rising from behind the Swargarohini Peak. You can either relax and chill at Har ki Doon or opt for any one of the two nearby treks Jaundhar Glacier or Maninda Tal trek.

Day 5: Har ki Dun - Osla/Seema (Trek: 12 kms)
Trek back on the same trail and pay a visit to the isolated yet culturally rich village of Osla. Osla Village is located on the opposite side of Seema. Chat with local villagers and trek back to Seema around lunch time. Night stay either in Seema or Osla.

Day 6: Seema - Taluka - Sankri (Trek: 14 kms, Drive: 12 kms)
After breakfast, trek back to Taluka and thereon to Sankri Village. Night stay in Sankri Meraki Homestay.

Day 7: Departure from Sankri
Catch early morning bus/cab from Sankri to Dehradun. Our trek services will end in Sankri Village.

Activities in Har ki Dun

As Har Ki Dun is more of a trek route for the adventurous souls than your tourist folks, there is not much sightseeing available apart from the abundant natural beauty. However, one could trek further 4 kms from Har Ki Doon to reach Jamdhar Glacier and Morinda Tal.

  • Trekking: Har Ki Dun is one of the most rewarding trek in the Garhwal Himalayas which bestows trekkers with picture-postcard natural beauty in the form of cascading waterfalls, snow clad mountains, forests covered with pine and oak trees, gushing rivulets and rivers. 
  • Camping: Camping is one of the most amazing experiences one could have in the lap of nature. Setting up tents with friends under the clear night sky helps one relax and rejuvenate after a tiring day. 
  • Village Tourism: Along the way, one comes across hamlets that are inhabited by the indigenous communities of the region. One can explore the beautiful villages such as Osla, Sankri, etc situated in the lap of nature and learn about their rustic way of life, customs and culture.

Staying in Har ki Dun

Forest Rest House and GMVN Guest House provide accommodation facilities in Har ki Dun. GMVN Guest House provides accommodation in dormitories and rooms. The best option is to carry camping tents because there are numerous amazing camping locations at Har ki Doon. Before Har ki Dun , accommodation options are also available at Seema, Osla, Taluka and Sankri

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Mythology of Har ki Dun

Har ki Dun lies in the valley of the majestic Swargarohini Peak. It is believed that Yudhisthir of the Mahabharata was sent to heaven with the dog from this peak. The ancestors of the people of this region have great influence of the characters of the Mahabharata.

The ancestors of this area and its surroundings were said to be under the reign of the Kauravas and Pandavas, the mythological royal warriors and kings in the epic Mahabharatha. 

How to reach Har ki Dun?

For Har ki Dun Trek, one has to reach the quaint village of Sankri which is located 200 km from Dehradun. Next day from Sankri, you can hire a jeep/taxi to Taluka, one can also go by trek as well. From Seema to Har ki Doon the route is steep and it descends for just couple of kilometers before reaching Har ki Dun. 

There are various modes of transportation available to reach Sankri from Dehradun, as mentioned below:

  • By Road: Dehradun is well connected with major northern cities via motorable roads, trains & flights. Every morning at 6-8 am there are few buses to Sankri leaves from outside Dehradun Railway Station. Roadways buses takes 9-10 hours to reach Sankri and most of the direct ply early in the morning from Dehradun. You can also book a cab to Sankri from Dehradun in 7-8 hours as well.

  • By Rail: The Dehradun Railway Station is well-connected with various major Indian cities like Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata etc. The frequency of trains to Dehradun is quite high as it is the gateway to the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.

    Take the overnight train to Dehradun from Delhi
    Nandadevi Express - Train no: 12205 (Departure 11:50pm; Arrival - 5:40am)
    Dehradun Express - Train no: 12687 (Departure - 9:10pm; Arrival - 5:00am)

  • By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun offers daily connectivity with New Delhi and other major Indian cities as well.

Har ki Dun Road Route from Delhi:

Delhi - Meerut - Roorkee - Dehradun - Mussoorie - Naugaon - Purola - Mori - Sankri - Taluka - Trekking (28 kms) - Har ki Doon 

Nearby Tourist Places from Har Ki Dun

The nearby tourist places that you can visit while trekking to Har ki Dun are Jamdhar Glacier and Morinda Tal. The Jamdhar glacier is visible by 4 kms trek from Har ki Doon towards the Swargarohini Peak, down the valley. But to reach the main Jamdhar Glacier one must travel 10 kms.

The beautiful Morinda Tal is situated 3kms from Har ki Doon. While trekking back you can also visit the temple built during Mahabharata at Osla Village for its beautiful architecture. Ruinsara Tal is a high altitude lake and it serves as an important tourist excursion from Har ki dun.

Har ki Dun Travel/Trek Tips

  • Although, Har Ki Dun trek is a graded easy, the distance covered is relatively more. Hence, the trekkers need to be physically fit for this trek.   
  • One can also find mules and porters for hire, especially during the trekking season if one has difficult carrying the luggage. 
  • When travelling in monsoons, make sure to check with local authorities, tour guides or tour operators about the weather and road conditions before you actually start your trip or trek.
  • It is advisable to have an experienced tour guide to accompany you on your trek. The guide would know the route well and help you valid going off course. 
  • Things to Carry while trekking to Har ki Dun

What is Har ki Dun famous for?

Har ki Dun is famous among tourist as Valley and Views, Trekking, Winter Trek.

Har ki Dun is recommended destination for Corporates, Couples, Family and Kids, Foreigners, Groups, Solo.

Har ki Dun is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Adventure, Christmas and New Year, Trekking.

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