Har Ki Dun valley is an offbeat trek point located in the Govind Pashu National park of Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand. Situated at the western Garhwal hills, this dainty valley offers one of the most spectacular views of the magnificent Swargarohini peaks encircling it. According to a legend, when Pandavas ascended to the heavens, they had taken the route of Har Ki Dun. Therefore, it is also called as the ‘Valley of Gods’. The whole expedition takes you on a trail through plush alpine meadows, pine forests and some thousand year old ancient villages. For all the good reasons, Har Ki Dun is emerging as a popular choice among the adventure buffs and a quite famous trekking spot.Har Ki Dun Trek
The trek is fairly easy and is a week-long. However, there is much distance to be covered for which one needs to be prepared. This free spirited trek usually starts from the Sankri village. The village houses the only temple dedicated to Duryodhana. Then trek 14 km to Osla village, followed by a challenging 4 km trek to Har Ki Dun valley. During the summers, the trails are quite often covered in different shades of orchids and other wild flowers. The soul of the mesmerising view of this cradle shaped valley, are the dominating views of Swargarohini, Kala Nag and Bandarpoonch peaks. Apart from the nature’s splendours, there is a room for village tourism as well. En route to the valley, there are many age old hamlets desperately waiting to showcase their unique culture and tell their stories. Surely, a good opportunity for shutterbugs to capture the cultural extravaganza of Garhwal.Best Time to Visit
The most suitable time for trekking is from March till June. Har Ki Dun doesn’t entertain guests during the monsoon months. You can opt for snow trekking during the winters.