wonderful drive following the Yamuna river and the Tons river, as soon as you reach Sankri for the Har Ki Doon trek, the peaks of Swargarohini, Kaalanag, and Banderpoonch welcomes you to this wonderland. With each day on the trek, you just take yourself closer to these Himalayan mesmerizers. The villages and locals of Sankri, Saud, Taluka, Osla, Seema add extra vividity to the trek making it a very different trek from the rest of the lot. Boras villages are called regionally. There is a drastic difference between the local rituals and traditions of the villages of these parts of Garhwal Himalayas. Bordering with the neighboring state of Himachal Pradesh these villages present a mixed breed of the culture which is unique in itself. The structure of their houses and religious practices are unique and are insightful to learn. The architecture of the temples is fascinating too. The Someshwar Mahadev temple of Osla, previously called the Duryodhan Temple, is related by legend to the ancient characters of the Hindu Epic – Mahabharata, and also as an incarnation of Lord Shiva, whose presence dominates the region.
The trek passes through the villages walking parallel to the Har Ki Dun Gad which is a tributary of the mighty Supin river. The Supin river then meets its cousin Rupin in Naitwar from where it is called Tamsa or Tons. While during the Summer months of May, June this trek is lush green in nature, monsoons fall by July mid and continue till early September. During the monsoons, the trek is less frequently done as the views are blocked. As per our personal opinion, the trek and the nearby areas just look amazing with clouds playing magic over the mountains. However, when it rains here, it rains continuously.
|DURATION||8 days/ 7 nights, Dehradoon to Dehradoon|
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||3600 m|
Post monsoons, the trek reopens and greets the trekkers with fresh green carpet. Slowly by November, the grass starts to turn brownish and dry.. the ground prepares itself for the long snow cover, almost for 4 to 5 months.