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Garhwal: Khirsu-Ukimath-Auli-Haridwar

December 2009

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Next Destination – Ukimath

Another day could have been spent at Khirsu, but we had to leave for our next destination – Ukimath. Ukimath is the winter abode of the Kedar deity. The Kedar deity is brought from the temple at Kedarnath on Deepavali and stays at Ukhimath till Akshay Tritia (approximately mid April). While Ukimath is by itself a wonderful location to spend a couple of quiet days, our main reason for going there was to visit Deoriatal. It was almost 10:30 by the time we checked out from Khirsu.

Rudra Prayag

Rudraprayag, Garhwal Himalayas

Rudraprayag, Garhwal Himalayas

Rudra Prayag was on the way in between Khirsu and Ukimath. It is the confluence of the Mandakini and the Alakananda rivers. It seemed that all the prayags had some commonality between them – a similar looking temple at the confluence. We spent almost one and a half hour at Rudraprayag. It was off-season for this part of Garhwal, so there were hardly any other people.


After some tea and snacks stop on the way, we moved ahead towards Ukimath. It was a short journey. The road was as usual very picturesque, as we went through tree lined roads with the snow capped peaks making an occasional appearance. We were booked for GMVN, but before checking in we paid a visit to the temple of the Kedar deity and offered pujas.

Kedar peak from Ukimath, Garhwal Himalayas

Kedar peak from Ukimath, Garhwal Himalayas

By this time, it was almost three in the afternoon and our stomachs were growling and the staff at GMVN very efficiently cooked up some quick lunch. GMVN Ukimath was a small property but had a small, neat lawn from where the mountain range was visible. The weather was perfect and we sipped in our hot cups of tea, with the white peaks in front of us against the backdrop of the blue sky. Daylight was gradually fading away and the mountains were gradually changing colors, from white to yellow to dark orange. We spend the evening playing monopoly in our room.
The next morning we were scheduled for Deoriatal. We were pondering whether to leave at five in the morning and catch the sunrise over Chaukhamba or leave later at a leisurely pace. Though the first option was too tempting, but it seemed that the second option would be difficult to execute. Leaving at five in the cold and dark would be difficult. So we targeted to leave at around 8 AM in the morning. Deoriatal was an experience, and to do justice to it, I will cover it in a separate post. But, very briefly, we spent a wonderful five hours at Deoriatal before returning to Ukimath once again in the evening. Aheli was exhausted and slept through the entire evening and night. I was slightly worried lest she does not fall sick, but fortunately she recovered the next morning.


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  1. Deoria Tal | Travel Story Book said:

    [...] Tal was a part of my trip to Garhwal: Khirsu-Ukimath-Auli-Haridwar. But without a separate trip report for Deoria Tal, it would be sheer injustice to the beauty of [...]

    Posted on April 13th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

  2. kulwant singh said:

    this is very nice place.

    kulwant singh pundir
    Village Bhughani Pauri Garhwal

    Posted on July 8th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

  3. Deoriatal – Trekking | said:

    [...] practice is to stay at the nearest places of prominence – Ukimath or Chopta. [Refer to my post on Garhwal for staying options at Ukimath]. One can stay at any of these places and make a day trip to Deoria [...]

    Posted on December 13th, 2011 at 5:15 am

  4. Savana said:

    Nice artlcie… It’s a pretty much upcoming trend. The only bad thing I feel about this is that there is too much of chaos and too many choices. Someone should come up with something different and convenient. In that sense, deal space is a nice attempt…

    Posted on February 5th, 2012 at 8:03 am

  5. Volni said:

    Oh, so wonderful to hear from you again Tina. We are also etixed about your travel to Dharamsala. Since four years we have about five people from our base living there and they are running a cafe and working with children in a refugee camp.Who knows you will bump into them!!We do hope you are well and healthy, but it seems like it reading your blog. Your travel friend who traveled with you from the beginning is now with you again?Roel and Astrid and I are in a few hours travelling to Uppsala. We will be with Harald and Anna-Karin and the kids for the weekens. Astrid is still working so we will only go at three. Hopefully she is not too tired as she can also take part of the driving.Well dear niece, we are still praying daily for you!Have you stopped reading the Bible after you got scared by Deuteronomy? Why not read the gospel of John! God truly loves you soooo much!And me too.LoveRosalie

    Posted on October 23rd, 2012 at 9:05 am

  6. Reham said:

    I think it’s foolish to start so many hydel prceojt in the state and clearing the forest area for this thing,Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) are very right in their point.This whole thing will lead to considerable amount of forest loss, which is not right.Don’t destroy the ecosystem.Preserve nature for preserving humankind

    Posted on October 23rd, 2012 at 5:03 pm

  7. Cattye said:

    i am looking at the eforft that went into taking this picture.The long days of train, bus & foot journeys, the sleeping in local rooms, and what all not ..joshi n v u u resemble a spirit full of freedom .. and the pic .. brilliant composition.

    Posted on October 23rd, 2012 at 8:59 pm

  8. Cindy said:

    Da! Beautiful snap! I have always weatnd to visit Hridwar. Lucky guy! There was a beautiful documentary of the ganges in Discovery travel and living. Beautiful take macha!

    Posted on October 25th, 2012 at 5:10 am

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