Uttarakhand Tourism

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Jimmy Jasmine

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1 reviewPosted 3 years ago

A Life Changing Trip to Chaar Dhaam and Gaumukh- The Origin of Ganga

With the ongoing dilemma running in the minds of me and my friends of where to go during vacations, we stumbled upon the most sought after yatra of all yatra's - the Char Dham yatra Plus a little nudge from my adventure craving friend called Priyanka we planned to visit Gaumukh as well. We were asked by many people that why chaar dhaam at such young age? My reply to them now is this is a journey meant for doing in young age where we can explore nature much better bare foot and plus this yatra instils a new motive and vision towards life. It brings you so much peace, tranquillity and confidence which eventually helps you in living your life as we are supposed to without stress,negativity, monotonous and boring.

The Trip covered four main destinations:
1) Yamunotri: The Birthplace of River Yamuna. Located at a 3165 meters (10384 Feet'S) from sea level. The Route to Drop point till the temple is a rigorous 6 Km trek. But its an experience worth having since you meet lot of interesting people and the chilly winds just makes you feel rejuvenated. Plus the bath in Garam Kund (Hot water Spring) in the temple after the tiring trek is just the thing you need.
Note: Before Reaching Yamunotri we halted at a very small place called Hanuman Chatti. The Best food of my life i have had there and people are so warm and hospitable just cant express enough. Food is made in authentic Chulaahs (Brack and clay Stove). People i would recommend you to stay at this place and experience the food over there.

2) Gangotri: The Route is very scenic and romantic, with freshwater streams highlighting the mountains on one side and the deep and compelling valley on the other side of the road.Its Located at an altitude of 3142 Meters (10308 feet’s). The snow clad mountains reminds you of the cover frame of Paramount Pictures. 19Kms above Gangotri is the mother of all treks 'The Gaumukh'. This is the trek that changes you. It tests your perseverance and will to a supernatural level. The initial few Kms are through nice cosy forest with rocky trails and the splendid smell of Himalayan Deodar and Pine trees. Then the trails become narrower and also tend to vanish for some kms. Plus the natural freshwater streams which are a life saver after every 2 to 3 kms is an experience you will never forget. The water is so clean, Pure and enriched with abundance of minerals (Could easily sell this water for Rs.500 per Liter ;-). You just need to keep following the mountains. There are 3 glaciers and 4 landslide prone areas in the total route. Crossing them carefully whilst the shower of rocks from above is a thrilling and fearful experience. After 14Kms of treacherous trek there is a heavenly place called Bhojwasa.Living in tents overnight at the banks of strong flowing Ganga and the blanket of clear magical starlight is the most romantic place I have ever been. 5 kms from Bhojwasa is this more challenging trek and the last couple of kms are big stones and piles of debris that we had to cross to reach the origin of Ganga. The Gaumukh is a glacier from which the river originates with tremendous force . Behind the glacier is just mountains so the cause of origin of Ganga is supernatural and I believe the myth becomes reality at this point. The altitude here is a staggering 3892 meters (12769 feets). I Would say the journey was most memorable than the destination.
P.s. Good Trekking shoes are a must. And apply lot of sunscreen as skin burn is very significant in this trek. Also Carry very less luggage and more dry fruits.

3) Kedarnath: The true wrath of nature is revealed at this place. Its been almost 2 years and the place still seems to be dead and trenched in debris of the flood. The new route to the temple measures 22kms. And the elevation of the route is also very steep so only seasoned trekkers can climb in a single day. At this place we experienced all 4 seasons starting from sunlight, To harsh cold winds, then heavy chilly rains and then the deadly snowfall. Good Quality raincoats are a must if you don't wanna experience the bitter side of cold as we did. After the ugly experience of shivers and cold we were blessed enough to experience the Bhandaara (Free Luncheon) held besides the temple. The feeling was so exhilarating and special we literally cried with each bite we were having of the food. As if Lord Shiva had prepared the food for us it was that satisfying and tasty. Altitude here is 3581 Meters (11749 feet's).

4) Badrinath: We found this place to be most commercial of all the other Dhaams. The Temple is beautiful and picturesque. The route is also dangerous and exciting with roads formed between ice that stands as tall as 20 to 25 feet's above roads. Also a good place to buy Shilajeet (Liquid from Himalayan Rock which is useful in increasing sexual performance, cures diabetes, joint pains, et. al.) as we get the purest here. Altitude here is 3135 Meters (10285 feets). Climate here was cold but cozy and cheerful. also we enjoy the hot water springs bath here as well.

After all four Dhaams and Gaumukh we stayed in Hrishikesh for 3 days and did the amazing white water rafting in strong gushing Ganga. A must try for every one. The adventure geek's should dive in Ganga from a 20 feet high rock that comes en route in the rafting path. The Ganga Aarti every evening in Parmarth Niketan is pure bliss.
This whole trip we did in private car which I think is the best way to travel.

The best trip of my life till now and I am sure will be yours too. Cheers!!!

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Troy Chatterjee

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5 reviewsPosted 2 years ago

Panchachuli Base Camp

One of the giant snapped Himalayan peaks lying at the end of the eastern Kumaon region; Panchachuli Peak is a famous attraction of Uttarakhand. The peaks have religious significance for the locals and for the adventurists its Base Camp is an ideal option for a short trek. Usually, trekkers thronged towards the base camp of the Panchachuli Peak between May and October. From Kathgodam to Dharchula about 265 km, then Nag ling a small village by car. Which is stay at night. A small trekker hut there, named "Praktan soinik abas griho" per head 100 rupi & eating there. Next day morning about 7:30 am start trek. About 12km a glorious & beautiful landscape 180° trek rout. Then about 2:00 pm researched the last village. Spent a night at Dugtu after starting early in the morning from Nag ling. Next day very early morning about 4:30 am researched the zero point 3. 5 to 4km by trek. The panoramic view of the peaks is just thrilling and the pull I felt to get closer to them was quite powerful.

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Uttarakhand Overview

The state of Uttarakhand lies in north India with the international borders of Tibet and Nepal to its north. It has Himachal Pradesh to its west and Uttar Pradesh to its south. The state was carved out of the hilly parts of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000. It was called Uttaranchal till 2006 and the new name of Uttarakhand was adopted in 2007. Historically this area had two hill kingdoms of Garhwal and Kumaon, and even today people see themselves as Garhwali and Kumaoni.   The northern areas of Uttarakhand are part of the Great Himalayas range, with average heights up to 3000-5000 metres. The famous peaks are Nanda Devi (7816m), Trishul (7120m) and Panchchuli (6910m). Southern Uttarakhand has plains that are part of the Terai foothills, where temperatures are higher and towns more accessible. The state is not industrially developed and tourism is the mainstay of the economy. For the last 7 years, Dehradun, the largest town, has been its provisional capital. It has a well-connected railhead and a small domestic airport.   To most travelers Uttarakhand is associated with its ancient traditions of Hinduism that flourished in its high Himalayan reaches. The source of India's most revered and important rivers Ganges as well as Yamuna, respectively called Gangotri and Yamunotri, lie here. These two spots, along with the shrines of Badrinath and Kedarnath, make the 4 holy sites (Char Dham) that Hindus aspire to visit. Snow-bound for most of the year, these are open from May to October. Lower south, along the Ganges lie the sacred towns of Rishikesh (43km from Dehradun) and Haridwar (connected by rail to Delhi).   Uttarakhand's popular hill stations include Mussourie (2000m; 35 km from Dehradun) and Nainital (2000m; 35km from railhead Kathgodam). Corbett National Park is its noted wildlife sanctuary. The combination of mountains and rivers yields opportunities for trekking, river rafting, hiking, which the state is promoting now. Rishikesh is a hub of water adventure sports. There is also a ski destination in Auli.