Har-ki-Dun - Uttarakhand's best kept secret. Accessible to trekkers, this cradle shaped valley is sure to enamor all its visitors with its classic charm. Plan a trek Tour to Har-ki-Dun and savor its pristine beauty. Located at the base of the Fateh Parvat in the western Garhwal Mountains at a height of 3566 meters above sea level to the south east of the Jaundiar glacier, it is referred to as the Valley of Gods. The term Har stands for Lord Shiva and Dun for valley.
A Tour to Har-ki-Dun will enable you to witness the snow capped mountain peaks, the dense forests of pine, deodhar and other coniferous trees and the beautiful valleys with plunging waterfalls. Smell the sweet aroma of blue and purple flowers that covers this exotic land and listen to the sweet humming of birds. The major peaks that can be seen on your Tour to Har-ki-Dun are Swargarohini, Banderpunch and Kalanag.
The scenic beauty of Har-ki-Dun is sure to leave you mesmerized. It is not just a haven for nature and peace lovers but a photographer's paradise as well. There are ample picture perfect sceneries all round and anyone would like to capture them on camera when on a Tour to Har-ki-Dun.
This land is yet unexplored and untouched by the vagaries of modern civilization which renders it a very mysterious and mystical touch. Nature is charming, intriguing and challenging at the same time. It does pose a challenge to the trekkers who are on the look out for thrill and excitement. The lofty and daunting peaks, the swift flowing rapids of the Himalayan Rivers, the forests with their rich wild life are all irresistibly attractive. Trekking, Camping, River rafting and Angling are amongst the interesting activities that you can indulge in when on a Tour to Har-ki-Dun.
Har-ki-Dun also finds a place in ancient Hindu mythology. It is popularly believed that the Pandavas passed through this region before going to heaven. Numerous temples and shrines dot this place and make sure to visit them on your Tour to Har-ki-Dun. The rustic simplicity of the people dwelling in this region will also impress you on your Tour to Har-ki-Dun.
A Tour to Har-ki-Dun enables you to see the source of the Karmanasha stream. This particular stream meets the Obragaad stream at Sankri or Saur to form a river which in turn meets the Rupin River flowing from Himachal Pradesh at Netwar. After it joins the Rupin River, it forms the Tons River which incidentally is one of the most important tributaries of the Yamuna.
The beauty of Har-ki-Dun increases manifold on full moon nights. It is best to plan a Tour to Har-ki-Dun keeping an eye on the Hindu calendar.