Max Altitude: 3566 Mts. | Best Time: March – June & Sept – Mid Nov
Har-Ki-Doon Valley is surrounded by dense Pine forests and offers views of glittering mountain peaks. Owing to its isolation, the area is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers. The trek starts from Netwar to Osla passing through dense forests consisting of chestnut, walnut, willow and chinar trees The trek from Osla to Har-ki-doon is through terraced mountain fields, lush green grassy patches and thick conifer forests.
Har-Ki-Doon (The hanging valley of gods) is a paradise for trekkers. This moderate trek takes you to one of the least explored regions of Garhwal Himalayan region, where the passage of time has not affected the lifestyle of the simple hill folk inhabiting this Shangri La! As Har-Ki-Doon falls within the Govind Pashu Vihar wildlife santuary, chances of seeing wildlife are very bright indeed. The area, is known for its intricately carved houses, as the inhabitants here are an ingenuous lot, and the construction of the houses made with a combination of wooden beams and stones, not only looks aesthetic, but are also energy efficient as well as earth quake resistant. For those interested in religion or history, a visit to the beautifully carved temple dedicated to Duryodhana – the Kaurava Prince is a must visit! For those interested in glaciers – the Jaundhar Glacier at 4300 mt. is a mere five kilometers trek from Har-Ki- Doon.
In nutshell, it is impossible to describe the beauty of this valley in words, and one must see this area to believe how nature has bestowed so much of beauty to its valley of the Gods!