Garhwal Himalayas ….. ” Where Reality Exceeds Your Dreams “
Garhwal is smack in the middle of the Himalayas, with Himachal Pradesh in the West and North-West; Tibet in the North; the plains of Western Uttar Pradesh in the South and Kumaon in the East.
Garhwal and Kumaon contain some of the finest trekking peak of the Himalayan yet this is an area surprisingly ignored by most western visitors who prefer the better-known regions of Ladakh or Nepal. Garhwals attraction lies in the fact that the dense forests covering the slopes are still in mostly Virgin condition and the trails many passing through quiet villages, offer outstanding views of the Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi and Trisul. Although the playground of pioneering climbers likes H.W.Tilman, Eric Shipton and Frank Smythe. Garhwal and Kumaon have remained virtually unknown outside India. The Nanda Devi Sanctuary has been open to all visitors , it was closed since 1984 for ecological reasons after two decades of degradation caused by large climbing expeditions.
The Garhwal Himalayas has four of Hinduism s holiest shrines all located in high glacial valleys- the lowest being Badrinath at 3150 mtrs close to the famed Valley of Flowers. Garhwal receives the full force of India’s summer monsoon and the best times to travel here are during spring and autumn on other hand there are many green grassy Bughyals (Meadow), surprised ever with its natural beauty and finest Winter sports center And Holidays resort. There is still more to Garhwal , than meets the eyes. Its mountains and valleys, forest and meadows, butterfiles and flowers are in prefect harmony. Its sights, scent, sound and silence provide a high degree of sensual delight. Apart from belong the Mecca o Yoga and meditation,Garhwal is a destination of trekker, mountaineer, water sports lover (Rafting ,Kayaking ), skier, wild life viewer , and pilgrim.
History of Garhwal
The history of Garhwal is older than that of the Ramayana and Maha- bharata. It is a land of popular myths, like that of Lord Shiva appearing as Kirat, of Urvashi, Shakuntala and the Kauravas and Pandavas. Worship of Lord Shiva is pre-dominant in this region.
Today it is an administrative division of the raising state of Uttaranchal, comprising the districts of Chamoli, Dehradun, Pauri, Tehri ,Uttarkashi & Rudraprayag .
To Live with Nature visit Garhwal Himalayas
Garhwal Himalayas offers amazing scenery and experience to all trekkers , a few hour walk can lead from lush tropical jungle with thick forest of Sal and miscellaneous forest, up steeply terraced hillsides laced with plummeting waterfalls , to dappled woodlands of oak and walnut and marvelous views of the Himalayan panorama.
At the other extreme the unrivalled Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve offers numerous sites of verdant forest , rhododendron – covered hillsides, tiny sheep herder’s summer settlement on the high altitude grass lands, remote temples , glaciers , high passes , jagged peaks and magnificent mountain views. The beauty of the country side , flora and fauna and life style of the people of NDBR is best and unforgettable experience for a meander through lush green hills and dales. No doubt NDBR with it’s snow clad mountain ‘s is the perfect destination for vacationers in quest of enchantment , tranquility or adventure.