Once upon a time, someone told me that Har ki Dun is the most dreamlike, romantic trek.
The reason I start this blog with "Once upon a time" is because "Har Ki Dun" is a fairy tale. It is a wonderland of nature, where what you feel can neither be captured in words nor in photographs. So read on to unravel the magic of Har Ki dun.
Travelers never pick up trips. Trips pick up travelers. It took a long time for Har Ki dun to pick me up, as I eagerly waited, running pillar to post to make it happen in vein, until it called me.
Our trip started from Dehradun railway station. We begin with a scenic 6-7 hours drive from Dehradun railway station via Mussoorie to Sankri. Setting the right tone for the up-roaring adventure to begin, we drove along river Tons on one hand and quaint pahadi hamlets on another.
(I'll let the picture do the talking! Captured, en route Sankri.)
Voila! You arrive at Sankri even before you know it! Of course, you were busy with your camera throughout!
Sankri is a village of warm people and wild winds, enjoy it! Spend a night with stars, cause these rare starlit skies are not an everyday bliss!
We kick start the second day with good breakfast in the mountains. Followed by a quick half an hour drive to Taluka, the starting point of the trek. Oh wait, before all of this don't miss the sunrise in Sankri!
(Where even crows look like eagles, Sankri morning!)
(Thus begins the trek, Taluka)
Trekking along river Supin, we explore dense mixed forest. The gradient of the trek is moderate with certain steep patches, occasionally sweeping one through sheer adrenaline rush. We trek for around 6-7 hours as we explore the enchanting Himalayas for 15 km to reach Osla.
En route we cross path with heartwarming natives, rusty yet stood-the-test-of- time old wooden bridges and the overwhelming beauty of river Supin. Catch some glimpses from this oasis of memories:
(Don't let her tender smile underestimate the load she carries)
(The locals stack their homes with dried grass because "winter is coming"! )
(A bridge to the world of fantasy)
In Osla, a warm homestay welcomes you. One may be exhausted from the day long trek but this quaint little Himalayan village keeps us awestruck. Classic wooden cottages, stacked with dried grass, ancient temples and the contrasting landscapes keeps the keen traveler's soul mesmerised and eyes wandering .
Next day, Osla marks the beginning of an adventurous trek to Har Ki Dun. The dramatic view of Swargarohini peaks, a distant view of Supin and picture perfect waterfalls and wild flowers on the trails, can bait anyone to believe that nature-is- photoshopped!
( Meet nature, the mother of all photoshops!)
We trek for around 5-7 hours to reach Har ki Dun. The gradient is moderate with certain steep patches in between and several "ohh-my-God! Is-this-for-real" moments!
(Dogs: The real mountain guides!)
When you finally reach Har Ki Dun... ... ... Speechless-ness binds all. As I said, what is most beautiful can neither be captured in words nor in photographs. And Har Ki Dun, defines that, COMPLETELY!
(Lord of the Rings???)
Next to the rasping river Supin, we camp, bewildered by the towering view of Swargarohini peaks crowned with snow... Need I say more?
Lastly, on a personal note, Har Ki Dun, will give you something dear traveler. Something that you may not understand immediately, as you are taken in by surprise by its beauty. But something that you will behold dear to your heart, forever!