Har Ki Dun trek
6 Night/7 days
Har Ki Dun is famous under the name of ‘Valley of Gods’. However, it has another literal meaning behind its name which is derived from local folklore. According to the folklore, a Dhaki (Drummer) while playing his Nagara (a drum) had got lost in the valley while searching Lord Someshwara (A form of Lord Shiva). ‘Har’ is often related to Lord Shiva. Thus, the valley received its name ‘Har Ki Dun’ which stands for ‘The sound of Shiva’ or ‘The Sound of God’. Here 'Dun' means sound. Thus, this is how the valley has its roots with the divine association.
Har Ki Dun trek covers up to 47kms of distance and is at an altitude of 11,675 ft. This trek which is often known as ‘beginner’s trek’ is famous for its lush vegetation and variety of fauna. Har Ki Dun offers a majestic view of the surrounding snow-clad Himalayan peaks like Swaragarohini, Black peak and banderpoonch and at its summit point, one can witness the North Face of the Swargrohini peak; popular as the pathway to heaven. A few places one can visit while on the trek are; Panorama Point, Duryodhana Temple, and Jaundhar glacier. The native villages of Har Ki Dun are tucked in the lap of the valley and they capture the true essence of the region. Two of the villages; Sankri/Saud and Taluka, are more easily accessible in terms of connectivity through motor vehicles. However tucked deeper within the valley lie - Datmir, Gangad, Puani, and Osla. These villages can be reached through trekking only.
The flora of the place has an array of alpine forests, wildflowers, and lush meadows where the villager's horses, cattle, and other cattle graze. You get to witness langurs, wild boars, black bears, and Barasingha amongst other mammals and animals native to the ancient region. Nature lovers are in for a delight as they can peacefully do bird watching and experience enchanting natural sights. As one is taken through some of the deeper unknown lands into the majestic valley of “Har Ki Dun’, they also get to come across the “Thamsa” river which has its origin in the valley. Supin River runs parallel to the Har Ki Dun valley and as one goes ahead on the trek, they witness a few streams on the way, flowing effortlessly through the enchanting forests.
It’s no surprise that one who spends their time at Har Ki Dun valley , find themselves in a magical place disconnected from the rest of the world. This is an untouched land with its few surrounding villages that have retained their natural beauty and lifestyle. The valley is a place that offers a treat to the eyes and calmness to one's soul, all this while being quite easy to trek.