Uttarakhand is a state in North India blessed with natural beauty, astounding mountains, rough terrains, quaint villages and hidden hill stations, and the state is known as “The Land of Gods” and it justifies its name tag.
We’ll be starting this 6 nights and 7 days tour from one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage cities in India, Haridwar and then continuing on the way to Chopta.
Next morning will be an adventurous one, as we’ll be heading for a trek to Tungnath and Chandrashila. The highlights of this trek include magnificent views of Mt. Chaukhamba, Tungnath temple (World's highest Lord Shiva temple) and scenic Deoriatal Lake.
The trek begins from a small village named, Sari located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand at a height of 6,601 Feet and it terminates at Chopta, which is a tiny settlement and is the gateway to Tungnath temple and Chandrashila peak (3998 meters). The difficulty level of this trek is easy and is recommended for novice trekkers as well as experienced ones.
The next day, we’ll be heading on to our next destination which is Joshimath, which is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is located at an altitude of 6,150fts which makes it a hub for various activities such as trekking, mountain climbing and expeditions. From the cozy hotel of Joshimath, another adventure awaits i.e. Auli.
Auli is a Himalayan Ski Resort, surrounded by coniferous and oak forests, overlooked by the Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat mountains. The towns of Joshimath and Auli are connected by long cable car links. Badrinath Temple, Valley of Flowers National Park and the wildlife such as snow leopards and red foxes all lie North of Auli.
While Auli is famous for its Ski-resort, it does offer other activities too such as you can enjoy trekking in Auli or take a road trip to Auli, watch one of the most beautiful sunsets or sunrise.
The fun multifolds when we reach our next destination which is Kanatal. Kanatal is the kind of place that you visit to get away from all the worldly distractions and relax in the lap of nature. Kanatal is a small village in Uttrakhand surrounded by mountains all over and Kanatal elevation is 2590 m or 8500 ft.
Camping in Kanatal is quite famous and it is the second-best camping destination in the country after Rishikesh. But Unlike Rishikesh, it does not feature an array of adventure sports and is more of a destination for cooling off rather than jumping from mountains and rafting through waves.
There is a Mata Sukandari Devi Temple which has a legend associated with it which says that after she committed Sati, Lord Shiva brought her disjointed head to a lake which is near Kanatal Valley. After some fun filled activities at Kanatal Campsite, we’ll head to our final destination which is Mussoorie.
Mussoorie is a famous hill station located in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan Range. Once you reach Mussoorie in the evening, head towards Mall Road, which is the city’s most famous place and the hub for the shopping and all the famous eateries.
The next day can be spent in visiting some of the most famous places in Mussoorie, Kempty falls being one of those places. It is a waterfall surrounded by high green mountains with a 40ft drop.You can either walk to the base of the waterfall or take a cable car for the same. A bridge is built near the base of the waterfall which provides the best view. Laal Tibba is a scenic viewpoint which offers a mesmerizing view of the Himalayan mountain peaks such as Badrinath, Kedarnath and Bandarpunch. Apart from the mountain views, the place also offers a glimpse into British style of architecture of the various hill houses.
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