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Barkot

Chardham yatra tours in Uttarakhand never fail to surprise the tourists by disclosing the treasure trove of nature’s marvels. Barkot, with its fascinating natural grandeur and pleasing calmness, acts as a perfect stopover on Char dham pilgrimage or do dham yatra to Yamunotri and Gangotri. The hill town is located at an elevation of about 1,220 m. in Uttarkashi District, away from extreme urbanization and close to the mesmerizing landscapes. Resting on the bank of River Yamuna, Barkot precisely represents the ecstasy of being at Devbhoomi Uttarakhand.

Why Visit Barkot?
Barkot is ideal for different sections of tourists and holidaymakers. Among the frequent visitors to the place are:
  • Pilgrims: The town is only 49 km. from Yamunotri which is one of the four destinations of chardham tours. A huge number of pilgrims on their way to Yamunotri Temple prefer to book hotels in Barkot which acts as a gateway to many other religious sites of the region.
  • Adventurers: Barkot is a trekkers’ paradise for being the base of numerous trekking routes. Har ki Doon trek, for example, is immensely popular among those who wish to explore the most astounding facets of Mother Nature.
  • Nature-lovers: Barkot boasts of heavenly natural beauty and charm that attracts honeymoon couples, family tourists and nature admirers. It acts as a vintage point to savour the incredible beauty of Himalayan peaks. Another highlight of the place is the abundance of apple orchards that add irresistible charm to the place. Stunning landscapes at every angle can keep one fully engrossed in the hypnotic environment. During winters, the town is covered seemingly with sheet of snow, thereby transforming into an exquisite place for holidaying.  

How to Reach Barkot?
Barkot is nearly 343 km. from Delhi, the national capital. Public transport buses connect the two places via a number of mid-way destinations. Haridwar, Rishikesh, Chamba and New Tehri are some of the places on the route, each being a wonderful tourist resort in itself. When planning a long holiday trip to Barkot, you can take help from private tour operators to arrange for tempos, buses, cars and taxis depending on your group size.

Barkot can also be visited as a part of chardham yatra from Haridwar, Rishikesh or any other city in Uttarakhand. Advance booking of hotel rooms at any of these places can be done easily. It is worth mentioning that Yamunotri Temple is usually the first destination of the char dham pilgrimage circuit and Barkot is among the most suitable places to stay near Yamunotri.

Barkot is not directly accessible by rail or air. One must travel by air to Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun or by train to Rishikesh railway station and continue the trip further by road. Air and rail tickets and subsequent road transportation facilities can be booked with the help of private tour companies.  

Places in and Around
  • Yamunotri Temple: The temple is dedicated to Goddess Yamuna and marks the origin of River Yamuna which takes the route further through Barkot. Natural hot water springs like Surya Kund and Gauri Kund are the highlights of this place.
  • Hanuman Chatti and Janki Chatti: Two destinations on the trek towards Yamunotri Temple, Hanuman Chatti and Janki Chatti are known for their natural springs and bounties of nature.
  • Mori: Located on the bank of River Tons, Mori is an adventurers’ delight for offering thrilling water sport adventures like water rafting. The place also boasts of pine forests, river creeks and riverside camping, enough to invigorate the visitors.
  • Chakrata: Dominated by red rhododendrons, oaks and conifers, Chakrata is a cantonment area, well-regarded for accommodating many popular temples like Mahasu Devta Temple and an array of natural caves. The nearby town of Mundali is coming up as a skiing resort for the adventurers. The place also has beautiful alpine meadows to its credit.
  • Uttarkashi: One of the many holy towns on char dham trip, Uttarkashi is located on the bank of sacred River Bhagirathi and has an ensemble of temples (including the famous Lord Vishwanath Temple) and ashrams. Home to Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi is among the top places of Uttarakhand to enjoy trekking, mountaineering and white water rafting.
  • New Tehri: Known for pleasant weather throughout the year, New Tehri is home to Asia’s largest manmade lake at Tehri Dam. The place also acts as the base for trekking routes to a number of pristine lakes like Mahasar Taal and Sehstra Taal.
  • Other Destinations: Barkot has many alpine bugyals (meadows or grasslands) nearby, the most popular one being Dayara Bugyal. Trekking opportunities to Dodi Taal and Har ki Doon Valley can also be enjoyed from Barkot. Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, the habitat to endangered snow leopard and many other wildlife species, is also located nearby.

Barkot meets the standards of pilgrims as well as foreign tourists who have started visiting the place in large numbers. It can be your best bet to take a break from monotonous living.





 

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