Uttarkashi

The pine trees stay one of the most memorable scenes from mountains. Uttarakhand has both the Ganga and Yamuna originating in the Himalayas within its borders. Uttarkashi is in the Ganga valley, and the whole trip is along the Bhageerathi river (as it is called there)
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Landslides are a common sight all along the way
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Much of the roads were destroyed in the recent cloud burst and the following landslides. So you’ll have road construction work punctutaing your journey. Its StopTheTraffic-Blast-ClearRoad-LetTrafficGo-Repeat 
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The Yamuna valley is also equally sceninc and beautiful. We had been to this village called Purola, about 5 hours from Uttarkashi. The snow peak in the picture (they said) is where Yamunotri is (birth of Yamuna)
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The houses in Purola are interesting … Most have a common brick constructed ground floor… On top theres 1/2 rooms made of wood, mostly serving as stores/shops etc. And since the land is quite uneven, you can get to either of the floors directly from the road – the houses with cars have them parked on terraces …
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Terraced farming
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Barsu is a place of attraction abt 30 km further from Uttarkashi. In the lap of Himalayas, it was awesomely beautiful, and really really cold and windy. That toy is also interesting – a very simple construction, u turn the steering and the the wheels also get steered.

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The village houses
The photos will give you a fairyland-sort of feel and with the constant ringing of the cow-bells, it is a similar feel that a visitor
 there also gets. But the experience wouldn’t be complete till u see the lives there a little more closer, talk to the kids there – who go to school in the morning, and from there to the fields where they help their parents, who take the cattle grazing, the women who climb to the heights to collect grass for their cattle etc, the men&women who grow potato, rice etc in their farms etc.
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From Barsu, u trek for about 7 km uphill to reach this place called Dayara … It is about 20-30 acres of meadows on the mountains  and also gives a splendid view of the snow peaks
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Snow peaks change colour with the sunrays – they are almost pink in the evening. The peaks in the different pictures are all the same, but they look totally different at different times of the day    
   
   

The first experience of the Himalayas – I think I’m begining to understand why they chose Himalayas to be the abode of their Gods

Travel
We had cabs arranged from office – else travel in Uttarkashi is really difficult, and cabs are expensive. Cab charges for a round trip from Uttarkashi to Barsu (about 30km one way) came to about 2500. 

There are buses and shared jeeps that ply, but I could not travel on those. [Had heard that there are buses to Gangotri too]

Stay
At Uttarkashi, the stay was at GMVN guesthouse. The rent is about 13/1700 for a double occupancy room.

At Barsu, we stayed at Dayara resort. It is a cottage setup. Per day rate was about 1200, but I think it would vary according to season. The place provides a great view of the Himalayan peaks, really good hospitality, and good food.
At Purola, we stayed at Hotel Har Ki Dun Palace, Kumola road. The per day rent is 600, it’s a small but really cosy place. [Ph Nos: (01373)223078, 223578, 9897815800, 9412946992 – as on their card]

 

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