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Last week 20th of May, I along with my family accompanied by my sisters family from Hyderabad, travelled to explore the hidden (less known) secrets of Uttarakhand and visited Budher.

 

Preperations

  • Basic clothes + jackets ( as the night temperature was expected approx. 12-14 degrees)
  • Basic hiking shoes (or good sport shoes also works well)
  • Battery powered torch lights, candles

Route opted

  • Gurgaon – Panipat – Karnal – Yamuna Nagar – Poanta Sahib – Vikas Nagar – Kalsi - Chakrata – Budher (Both ways)

Stay arranged

  • Budher Forest Rest House (FRH)
 
 

Day-0

We 2 families started our journey from Gurgaon at 11:30 pm in Ertiga car on Sunday night. As expected the roads were less crowded and after taking few bio-breaks and almost continuous drive by two persons, crossed Poanta Sahib and reached Asan barrage at around 6 am. Family members during the entire route had good rest and sleep, enjoyed the beautiful views at barrage and surroundings.

 

Pic – Chilmiri top

 

Day-1

After spending time, started our journey towards Chakrata. Crossed Vikasnagar and by 8 am reached Chakrata. Decided to have a view of roof top meadows at Chilmiri. Morning breeze, chirping of birds and picturesque view helped us to get freshen. Kids too had enjoyed the nature, climbed down to the other hill, doing meditations and lots of fun.

 

Pic – Budher Forest Rest House (FRH)

 

After spending more then an hour, started our final leg of the journey of 20kms. This 20 kms is by far the most amazing drive, crossing Jaadi where there was a religious function at Maha kaali temple and hundreds of devotees were there offering their obeisance to Devi Maa. Last 3.5 kms from Lokhandi to Budher was kucha-road with high hill on one side and deep valley on the other covered with high rise Devdaar trees. Manager to cross the 3.5 KMs in almost 20 mins and reached FRH Budher at around 11:45 AM.

 

Pic – Local Gujjar girl

 

After having rest for couple of hours, followed by lunch, we had our first hiking to the village few hundred feets down in the valley. The beauty of devdaar trees, grazing cattles ie cows, buffalos and goats with sounding neck bells was giving the whole hiking experience a divine touch. Met few khana-badosh Gujjar families down there who migrates from lower UP to hills during summers. Enjoyed the wonderful hospitality with pure chaach (butter milk).

 

Pic – With wood pieces collected from valley

 

Just before the sunset, arrived back to the FRH. Ignited fire to beat the chilly weather, thanks to the wood pieces lying everywhere in the jungle to pick.

Just for fun, come out of the rooms and enjoy the darkness as there is no electricity in the area and only option one have is to use torch or emergency lights 

 

Pic – Trek route to Moila Top

 

Day-2

After a good sleep, got up at around 7 am. The weather was very pleasant to roam around. Had breakfast and started the hiking (trek) to Moila top located at height of approx. 2900 from sea level. The trek is approx. 3kms from FRH where one needs to cross almost 7 or 8 hills with steep hikes. The entire 3 kms. was covered with thick forests of devdaar trees, doesn’t allow sun-light to fall on you however needs to encounter the chilly breeze. As all walkers are not accustomed to walking (hiking), we were waking at the pace of slowest walker, took approx. 2 hours to reach on top. But important point to mention here is – all 4-kids were already there almost 30-40 mins early and enjoying the vast meadows of Moila top.

 

Pic – With local Gujjar girls

 

After spending more then an hour, started our final leg of the journey of 20kms. This 20 kms is by far the most amazing drive, crossing Jaadi where there was a religious function at Maha kaali temple and hundreds of devotees were there offering their obeisance to Devi Maa. Last 3.5 kms from Lokhandi to Budher was kucha-road with high hill on one side and deep valley on the other covered with high rise Devdaar trees. Manager to cross the 3.5 KMs in almost 20 mins and reached FRH Budher at around 11:45 AM.

 

Pic – Miola Table Top and ancient Shiva Temple

 

Moila top is covered with fresh grass and spread over an area of approx. 2 sq. kms. Top is not a smooth plain but hilly ups and downs. Kids were rolling down and coming up, we too did and relived our childhood days. Mr. Chauhan (our trek guide) then took us to the Budher caves. These caves were discovered by German national Miola, which later geological teams dated it back to Mahabharata-era having mythological connection with Pandava’s. these caves have stalactites and stalagmites formed due to the deposits of salts over a period of time.

 

Pic – Inside Budher Cave

 

Moila top also having an small but beautiful old Shiva temple which has animal horns hanged on its walls. And also a small pond which as per sayings, never gets dried up. The water serves as nectar for grazing animals.

Spend couple of hours there and then started our journey back to FRH-Budher. We were lucky that immediately after we reached FRH, Lord Indra became active and poured there.

As usual, the entire trip was very tiring that we had lunch and then rest..

 

Day-3

After two days in lush panoramic Budher, started our drive to Gurgaon at 10 am. It was really difficult to make up our mind for scorching heat of plains but that’s what life is all about. The nature teaches us the lovely and inevitable shades of life.

By 7:30 pm, we were back to our dens in Gurgaon….

Some Tips

  • If you want to stay at FRH-Budher, Make your arrangements for stay, food and water.
  • There is no electricity, only emergency lights, torch-lights, candles to be used… pls carry with you

Alternatively

  • Take services of DivineTreks

Gratitude – Big Thanks to Udit Khanduri who had made wonderful arrangements and excellent hospitality in the mid of the jungle.

 
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