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Day 1: Journey to Sankri

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Journey date to Sankri: 24th January 2015 (Saturday)

Day in brief:

After overnight stay at Krishna Palace near Dehradun railway station, I checked out at 6:15 AM in the morning and walked towards Dehradun railway station with my backpack weighing around 15 Kgs. Our cab driver Charan Singh with 4 cabs already waiting for us at railway station at sharp 6:30 AM.

Note: Delhi to Dehradun AC train(Nanda Devi Express no. 12205) will reach Dehradun railway station at sharp 6:30 AM everyday.

I saw couple of guys with their backpack roaming outside railway station at 6:35 AM and introduced myself to them then i came to know they are my trek-mates from Mumbai.

All of us found cab driver Charan Singh with 4 cabs waiting for us outside railway station. One guy was dropout at last moment for unfortunate reasons and 2 people will each Dehradun late so 22 of us adjusted in 3 cabs. Started towards Sankri at sharp 7:30 AM from Dehradun railway station. Other cab waited at railway station for 2  guys pickup who are arriving late to Dehradun.

It was bright sunny day and beautiful uphill drive towards Mussoorie made our jeep drive memorable one. Took one small break while nearing Mussoorie and clicked scenic picturesque beauty of mountains.

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Small break at hairpin bend – En route Mussoorie
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Awesome view of Dehradun – En route Mussoorie

Had small break at Kempty falls viewpoint while nearing Damta.

Kempty falls: The scenic Kempty Falls are situated on the hilly tracks of Uttarakhand, India, 15 km from Mussoorie on the Chakrata Road. This place is located nearly 1364 meters above sea level, at 78°-02’East longitude and 30° -29’North latitude. The Kempty Falls, surrounded by high mountain ranges at an altitude of 4500 feet, are a good place for a picnic or for spending a couple of hours listening to the music of water in the midst of the surrounding greenery.
For more info visit the link: Kempty falls

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Awesome view of Kempty falls from the view point – En route Sankri

Had breakfast at Damta. Myself with Ravi, Sabina and Vijay had Panner parata and tea for breakfast. We got news of 2 people who came late to Dehradun nearing our place so waited for them. Earlier our cab had 9 people now 4 of them from Mumbai moved to 4th cab which joined us later at Damta.

Around 9:45 AM, started from Damta. On the way had many breaks. It’s mountains and remote villages all the way En route Sankri in Garhwal region of Himalayas.

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Scenic view of the hills all the way – En route Sankri

Stopped for tea break around 12:30 PM after few Kms. of jeep drive from Nain Bhag village.

Note: From Nain Bhag village, we can drive to Naagatibba trek which is 100 Kms. from the place (We have to take right at some place in the village. Info gathered from our cab driver Charan Singh).

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Our jeep stopped at place where we had tea break – Enroute Sankri
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View of Yamuna river – En route Sankri
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Rajesh, Sabina, Ravi & myself posing for the camera !
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Magnificent view of Yamunothri – En route Sankri
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Stopped at bridge – En route Sankri

Had lunch at Purola around 2:15 PM. It is the last place where one can get network for Mobile service providers other than BSNL.

Purola: Purola city can be called as gateway to Har Ki Dun. Purola is situated at an altitude of 1,524 meters, 112 Kms. from Uttarkashi. Purola is on the way to Har ki dun, Kedarkanta and Rupin pass treks. It is surrounded by mountain ranges and the Govind wildlife sanctuary. The park occupies an area of 957.968 sq. km’s. It houses a whole lot of endangered species within its premises with the most important of these being, Snow Leopard.

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Magnificent view of Purola from hotel terrace where we had lunch
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Beautiful Purola in my camera
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Team having lunch at Classic Hill View hotel at Purola
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Rajesh & Ravi posing for my camera outside the hotel :P

All of us had small break after reaching Mori on the banks of Tons river. Took plenty of small breaks and captured beauty of Garhwal region of Himalayas in our cameras. Enjoyed the beauty of mother nature and made our journey to Sankri unforgettable one!!!

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View of Kedarkanta peak – En route Sankri
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Myself, Rajesh, Ravi, Vijay & Sabina with cab driver Charan Singh :)
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View of Kamalganga river – En route Sankri (Photo Courtesy: Sabina Kunder)
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Govt transport in my camera near Harsaadi village :P
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Harsaadi village – Our cab driver Charan Singh belongs this place

Tons river: The Tons is the largest tributary of the Yamuna and flows through Garhwal region in Uttarakhand, touching Himachal Pradesh. The Tons thrust is named after this river. Its source lies in the 20,720 feet (6,315 meters) high Bandarpunch mountain, and is one of the most major perennial Indian Himalayan rivers. In fact, it carries more water than the Yamuna itself, which its meets below Kalsi near Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
For more info visit the link: Tons river

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Our cab reached Sankri very late because we had lot of breaks in between and enjoyed our jeep drive at its Best. Vijay cracked many jokes and cab driver Charan Singh gave us lot of information about this part of Uttarakhnad. Our cab reached Sankri around 5:30 PM in the evening.

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Small but beautiful village Sankri

After reaching Sankri, our trek lead Saranbir Singh invited us at GMVN(Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam) guest house. Had tea after reaching Sankri. All of us submitted our Medical certificate and Bond papers to him. After that all of us had small self-intro session and had yummy dinner prepred by our cook for the trek Kumaresh. Feeling of shifting to winter was clearly experienced by temperature dipping to 7 – 8 degree in the night. Finally, all of us got back to our rooms at GMVN guest house and rested for the day after memorable first day of this beautiful journey.

Distance from Dehradun to Sankri: Around 220 Kms.

Time taken to reach Sankri: Around 11 to 12 hours(Actually 8 hours more than enough. Since we had more number of breaks including breakfast, lunch and tea breaks).

Route: Dehradun –> Mussoorie –> Nain Bhag –> Damta –> Nowgaon –> Purola –> Sunaali –> Jermola –> Harsaadi –> Mori –> Natwad –> Sankri.

How to reach the place: From Dehradun, hire jeeps to Sankri village and take drive on above mentioned route. You will get n number of jeeps waiting outside bus and railway station.

Main attractions during the day:

  1. Magnificent view of Queen of hills Mussoorie (Mansuri) at hairpin bends during jeep journey.
  2. Views of Yamunothri and Kedarkanta peaks.
  3. Beautiful view of high altitude mountains.
  4. Remote villages of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
  5. Rivers such as Yamuna, Kamalganga, Kedarganga, Supin and Tons – En route Sankri.
  6. Beautiful narrow roads and lovely Himalayan bridges.
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