Which Route followed?
Bandra Terminals(BDTS)->Haridwar->Dehradun->Mussoorie-> Haridwar->govindghat->gangaria->valley of flowers->Hemkund->Govindghat->Haridwar->Delhi->Mumbai
The main essence of our trip was Valley of Flowers Trek which includes hemkund too, Rest all places was like ” to visit once instead of hearing about it many time”. Our trip was of 10days in august month of 2018. You can always crop plan by planning separately Mussoorie, Dehradun .
How to Reach?
Our first destination was Mussoorie, for this we caught train to haridwar from Bandra at 1PM and then we took another train to Dehradun (~2Hrs) .
You can take flight direct to Dehradun or to Delhi and from there you can find buses/personal car /train- many options.
Stay : First Day stay was at Dehradun at ‘Mandakini’ hotel which was near Railway Station and on walkable distance.
Food :Dinner was at one of the Dhaba near to hotel ‘Ustad da Dhaba’ and the taste was pretty good, infact amazing..
2nd Day – Mussoorie
One can visit below Places based on season/Weather at Mussoorie :
- Lal Tibba (6kms)
- Kempty Falls (5kms)
- Gun Hill(0 km)
- clouds end(6kms)
- Company Garden
- Mall Road
- Hapy Valley/Mini Tibet
- Camel Stone
This map will help you to decide sequence of places to visit if you are planning by your own else you have Cycle rickshaws.
In the morning we took bus from Dehardun to Mussoorie (~30km) there was heavy rain since it was Aug month :). Will recommend to always see weather condition before visiting such places and best would be winter/Apr-June season. Personally I liked exploring this place in rain too.
BTW, Morning view was something like this in Mussoorie.
After few clicks we had breakfast in hotel ‘Padmini Niwas‘ which was blessed with scenic view and it was near bus stop . After spending 1 hr ,we headed towards Chamba Mussoorie company garden by cycle rickshaw since Locals suggested us not to go kempty falls due to heavy rain and I believe -going against nature is always loss . garden was 3km towards kempty fall where you can see small nursery, wax museum,artificial waterfall, small lake ,food court and was well maintained ,we tried their traditional dress there.
Next stop was Gunhill 400 feet above mall road ,There we have option to reach by ropeway but we had preffered walk to this point. you will enjoy journey by witnessing beautiful weather ,Top view, luckily that time clouds were clear .on Top There was a small temple and food stalls, local shops.
It was ~3PM ,though there was heavy rainfall ,we decided to go for camel stone view , we did walk of 2.5 hr on the way. you have telescopes to view camel shape stone (there is no actual camel)and beauty of nature around it. There was nothing much to do on this way but it was very peaceful ,calm road. At the end we got small break from rain and decided to say bye to Mussoorie.
Due to rainfall, there was no bus when we reached bus stand and another thought popped up to climb down road by walk 🙂 that was adventurous ,~10km we walked down and then we saw mussoorie Lake which is another tourist place and then we observed buses were running up and down so without second thought we took bus from there to dehradun .There was lot of traffic due to rain but finally we reached dehradun ,Had dinner at same dhaba and rested out at hotel after long day.
Mussoorie -max 1.5 day require to cover all places very peacefully and will have different experience in winter for sure.
3rd Day -Dehradun
In Deharadun ,one can visit below places:
- Tapkeshwar Temple
- Robbers Caves
- Mind Rolling monastry
- Paltan Bazar
In the Morning, after breakfast we started for ‘Sahastradhara’ ,struggled bit to get transportation. we learned there are auto’s with specific numbers allocated to different places . we searched for ‘2’ which was for nearest stop to sahastradhara but unluckily we couldn’t get one so we caught bus to get drop in between. From there we took personal auto .Our driver was local and had good understanding of places so it was worth . This place is actual very isolated and away from main Road. you should have personal transportation or you can do small trek till there.
Sahastradhara was very scenic place ,As it’s name defines it is actually thousand cascading continuous thin water falls . There is a historical story behind this from Mahabharata. You will find there sulphur water spring which has it’s own medical importance.
At this location you have roapway to go 150rs/Person from where you can enjoy top view which was something like this.
Next Stop supposed to be Robbers caves but due to rainfall , level of water inside cave was raised and driver suggested not to go as one needs to walk from that water. Then driver suggested Tapkeshwar temple of lord Shiva and really it was amazing .
it has very amazing architecture and calm place situated inside natural cave.You will find water drops from ceiling of the cave (that’s why it’s Tapakeshwar ) hence continuous thin stream on shivlinga which is very interesting and spectacular. I think it’s must visit place.
Same Day at ~6PM we catched train to ‘Haridwar’ since our Trek pick up for next day was from haridwar Railway Station.
So we took Stay near railway station ,’Trishul‘ hotel. Very compact room but we were ok as it was just 1 night, infact few hours only. We just rapped up our bags ,got fresh and went to attend ‘Ganga Arti’ as we heard lot about it .
It was different beautiful experience but felt sad also about Ganga river as it’s badly getting polluted and people still don’t care.
That day Ganga river water level was raised due to heavy rainfall . Few clicks from there…
Haridwar is much crowded and many hotels,restaurants, very commercialized. At the end of day we had dinner at chotiwala and then must have ‘Khir’ at Hoshiyar Puri .
4th Day – Haridwar -Govindghat
Basically this day was our 1st day of ‘Valley of Flowers’ Trek via. ‘Trek the Himalaya’ Organization .We were having pick up at 6AM from Haridwar station to Govindghat (~275km).The road were too dangerous after all it was Uttarakhand.. .Due to land slides, our car stopped at Chamoli ,driver asked us to get down and suggested a route to get pick up from another location towards Govindghat. It was ~1 km walk down. Finally in the evening we reached Govindghat .we met our guide ‘Pushkar’ for complete trek.Govindghat is very remote village ,naturally beautiful ,You will be in mountains lap, aways from mobiles, network :). There you will find only BSNL network , that too not always. From this place Badrinath is just ~25km but not recommended in rainy season.
5th Day – Govindghat to Gangaria
Our Backpack was ready to start 14km walk/climbing towards gangaria. Pushakar has done all formalities to submit all documents and to get permission for us .
First time to climb 14km straight away.
we Started at 8 Am. View was breath taking,You will hear only water ,you will see only big mountains nothing else.
You will forget all your problems and will think just about nature , people who stays there and their challenges. At some point you will thank god for what you have and will be proud of to be part of beautiful country. Theses mountains were teaching like ‘Be strong as me’.
we reached around 5.30PM to Gangaria. It was very tiring , legs were paining but worth it. Gangaria was too remote place. You can find hotels then there itself, we were not having advance booking . Pushar arranged room for us, it was not that great but today we were needed badly sleep to get ready for next day to ‘valley of flower’.
6th Day- Valley of Flowers
valley of Flowers’ is ~5km ,you will just get engrossed into nature. Nothing much to say. There many different kinds of flowers,mountains ,water falls -just enjoyed walk through this valley . Trail is defined and very easy route.
we had packed up our lunch from Gangaria itself. You won’t find any shop at this place so plan accordingly.
At the same day we came back by to gangaria by ~ 3PM. In the evening we watched movie on’ valley of flowers’. I would recommend to watch this before actually visiting valley of flowers.
7th Day – Hemkund
Hemkund Sahib – holy place , one of the highest peak and at highest altitude gurudwara in India . It around ~6Km stiff climb from Gangaria.we started at 8AM something at target to reach was 11:30 AM . Since gurudwara gets close at ~12PM something . You have predefined route ,in between food stalls available. you will see all aged people on this way to visit gurudwara. On the top you have hemkund Lake,unfortunately Due to fog we couldn’t get clear view of it but we had Langar at gurudwara .
People can face issues with breathing due to high altitude but you can always rest and start walk. There is another option, you can get horses, man cart .Mancart something I saw first time, one human is carrying another human.
~1PM we started climbing down to Gangaria with lot many memories.
8th Day – Back to Govindghat
on this Day, we climbed ~14km down from Gangaria to Govindghat . We reached ~3PM , received Network inbetween so everybody got busy for few mins :D. That day Govindghat was bit crowded then we understood Badrinath bus couldn’t make to Badrinath due to land slides so all Tourist from that bus get down to Govindghat.
Next day we supposed to reach back Haridwar , due to heavy rain and land slides it was hard to find transportation to Haridwar though Pushkar was trying hard to get one.
Since there was nothing much to do so always be ready with some entertainment stuff too.
9th Day – Govindghat to Haridwar
I remember it was 5:45AM. Pushkar knocked our door and asked to get ready in 15mins since he stopped one of public transportation bus to get drop to Haridwar. Somehow we managed to pack our bags and get into bus.
Our train was at 11PM to Delhi from Haridwar but we couldn’t make out thought ~7PM is usual time bus reaches to haridwar . Why ? here it is .
Journey was super adventurous, narrow roads, heavy rain, landslides. On the way we got stuck on road due to landslide and it took ~5 hr to clear road. we got seat just behind bus driver so we could see how dangerous to drive in rainy season that too on narrow road , these drivers must get some award :P. We reached Haridwar at 11:15PM and we missed our train.
I must say , We missed our train but still we were happy just because we reached safely to Haridwar . We booked ~5AM train to Delhi, since it was long day . we slept like we were dead literally . We had flight to Mumbai in the noon.
~11AM we had breakfast in Delhi then everybody flew to their own way to home .