HAR KI DOON:
Now we bring our spotlight on the Har Ki Doon Valley which is a cradle shaped hanging valley in the Garhwal Himalayas. It is surrounded by snow-covered peaks and alpine vegetation. It is connected to Baspa Valley by the Borasu Pass. This valley is at an altitude of approximately 3500m above mean sea level and is snow-covered during the months of October to March. The valley is around 25 km from Taluka. The trek to the valley starts from Taluka village and passes through Gangaad, Osala, and Seema.
It is a 2-day trek usually done in two stages. First stage is from Taluka to Seema/Osla, and second stage is from Seema/Osla to Har Ki Dun. Return route is the same.It is also possible to do a return journey on the same day. Do not worry,it may sound hectic(which it is )but to make your and thousands of other trekker's lives easier, there is a shop and a small restaurant at Taluka where one can buy ea tables to keep you going and water to quench your dying thirst and parched throats.
The valley comprises of a river and the Himalayan peak called 'Swargarohini'. Point to be noted, local legend has it that Yudhishthira (one of the Pandava's from the Hindu composition called Mahabharata) scaled this peak on his way to Heaven. Quite intriguing right? Har-Ki-Doon Valley is surrounded by dense Pine forests and offers majestic views of glittering mountain peaks. Owing to its isolation, the area is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. The trek starts from Netwar to Osla passing through dense forests consisting of chestnut, walnut, willow and chinar trees The trek from Osla to Har-ki-doon is through terraced mountain fields, lush green grassy patches and thick conifer forests.
Har-Ki-Doon which is also called the hanging valley of Gods is a paradise for trekkers.This moderate trek takes you to one of the least explored regions of Garhwal Himalayan region, where the passage of time has not affected the lifestyle of the simple hill folk inhabiting
this Shangri La! As Har-Ki-Doon falls within the Govind Pashu Vihar wildlife santuary, chances of seeing wildlife are very bright indeed. The area, is known for its intricately carved houses, as the inhabitants here are an ingenuous lot, and the construction of the houses made with a combination of wooden beams and stones, not only looks aesthetic, but are also energy efficient as well as earth quake resistant. For those interested in religion or mythology and Indian history, a visit to the beautifully carved temple dedicated to Duryodhana - the Kaurava Prince is a must visit!