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Munsiyari: The Little Kashmir

Treks, UttaraKhand - Shubham Varshney - March 10, 2019

Munsiyari

It was a bit more colder night, the temperature was around -1 degree Celsius. The clock was sticking quarter past 10 and I was in the Munsiyari. Munsiyari was wholly covered in the snow and that moonshine was making the whole scene unforgettable. It was like the Moon was in the pleasure of making that snow-covered small village, the second Kashmir of India.

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Uttarakhand’s Most Beautiful Part

Munsiyari

Munsiyari is a small village, situated at the base of the great Himalayan ranges, in the district of Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand. Not having more than 10,000 population, Munsiyari is 2200 meters above the sea level. Munsiyari name has a meaning and it is ‘a place with snow’. And believe me, this place is as beautiful as it sounds. Literally, this is the place where I would love to lose myself.

Munsiyari Home Stay
View From The Room

Don’t know how and in which matters, but I must tell you that I have a great connection with the Himalayan ranges. At first, I was studied in a college in Dehradun, a city or interim capital of Uttarakhand. This city was situated peacefully on the foothills of Himalayas, giving a charismatic view of Mussoorie. And nearly a year ago, I had Amarnath Yatra. One of those religious treks in India which are acquiring a greater part of Himalayas.

Charm

And now I recently ended-up exploring Munsiyari. A guy like me, nature lover and adventure enthusiast, this place is like a room full of toys, for a kid. And I literally was feeling very pleased by spending time in that province of Munsiyari.

How to Reach Munsiyari from Delhi

At the very starting of this year, I have read about this place in a blog post and it left me stoned. By the grace of the Lord, I got the chance to visit this place around Independence Day and with all spirit and enthusiasm, I have celebrated it very amazingly.

Munsiyari

I started my journey from Delhi. From there I took a bus to Haldwani, a city in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. It took me to 8 hours in reaching Haldwani, and from there I took a cab (pre-booked) that took me to the Munsiyari. The whole journey was of 24 hours approx. 650 kilometers, time which is worth taking, if you want to see the realm of the Himalayan ranges.

You can reach Haldwani from other major cities, but to reach Munsiyari, you have to be in Haldwani (a distance of 300 kilometers). This part of the Uttarakhand known as the Kumaon region. Basically, Uttarakhand is divided into two parts Kumaon and Garhwal regions.

Places to visit in Munsiyari

Like the Rishikesh and Fatehpur Sikri, this small village is also having some handful of places. The places which make a mind more enthusiastic about traveling and living.

Shubham Traveler

As it said, I have spent this Independence Day in the middle of great Himalayan peaks, Panchachuli Peaks, Hansling, and other Johar Valley Peaks. So I started my day by hosting my country’s flag from the compound of this city.

Dana Dhar Ridge

Shubham Varshney

As this city was covered in snow from head to toe, I walked 3 kilometers to reach this ridge. From this place, the scenic view that Munsiyari provides is just way beyond beautiful. This just like the Switzerland of our India.

Gori Ganga River

To the extends of Johar Valley, Munsiyari is also blessed with a river, Gori Ganga, source Milam Glacier. This meadow part of this Pithoragarh District is sole capable enough to draw the attention of peace and spiritual lover. At this part, the soul gets directly connected to the mind and provides a great view of the inner self.

Khaliya Top

Munsiyari Way

It is a trek of 8 kilometers, not easy but worth having. And to be honest, I can’t be able to reach this place just because of the excessive amount of snow. A layer of 4 feet, could you believe that? It is said that this year breaks the record of the last 22 years. This 2019 is much colder than the last two decades. Anyways, just because of this place, I have to visit this place again in the future. PROMISE.

Madkot

Wow! Before visiting this place I had only heard about the place which having hot-springs. Yes, this place is having hot-springs. They say that these hot pools are for the tired ones and believe me they have given rest to every single part of my body.

Munsiyari for Adventurous Souls

Munsiyari winter sports destination

The name of this place is reaching at the top level in the winter sports destinations of India. Year by year this place is getting more and more travelers as well as tourists. Munsiyari sounds best for professional skiers, also it is best for the learners. And to my amazement, I have also tried skiing for the very first time in my life.

Trekking Routes

Munsiyari works as the gateway for the trekkers because it is the origin place for many glaciers like Milan, Ralam, Nanda Devi, Nanda Devi Base, and many more.

Milam Glacier

A trek of 60 kilometers starts from this small village of Uttarakhand. Skilled mountaineers take this place in their count and try to get all the best possibilities.

Namik Glacier

The Namik glacier trek is located on Kumaon Himalayas at an altitude of 3,600 meters. It is 40 km from Munsiyari and situated at the villages of Gogina and Namik. The glacier can be reached by trekking from Bala village on Thal-Munsiyari road near Birthi Fall. It is 129 km from Pithoragarh.

Let Me Tell You a Story

It was the evening time and as the said the whole arena was covered in the snow. The sun was just about to go below the horizon and the best part of that time was, the Panchachuli peaks were turned into orange color. And I think watching those snow-capped peaks turning to orange and then it originality was my one of the best moments, that I was stolen from the vibes.

Snow-capped

Everyone in the town was searching for the wooden pieces so that in the night they could give relief from that frozen winds. So did I. With some locals, I went on searching some dry wooden pieces and luckily we found three but they were half wet and half dry.

While returning from the woods, we were carrying lakdi (wood). But people standing nearby, watching us taking them, were continuously staring at us. Like, we were just carrying a ladki (girl). As if we were culprits and just about to make any sin. That moment was one that I will not forget ever.

Best Time to Visit Munsiyari

Summer (March to June)

Munsiyari is very rich in flora and fauna. In this time of the year, this place gets a moderate temperature (suitable for everything). The Sun warm, the cool breeze, and fiercely flowing of Gori Ganga, all these things make this season most awesome.

In this period of time, every trekking route opens up for the Mountaineers and trekkers. This is the time which allows trekkers to reach at the Nanda Devi Base via Munsiyari.

Monsoon (July to September)

This is the time which will tell you that what a meadow is? The lush green mountain peaks and trailing on them could be the time which is suitable best for inner peace.

In this season, various kinds of medicinal plants found. And they are used in making various kinds of medicine like Keeda Ghas, Cannabis, and many others.

Winter (October to February)

To experience India’s best snow-fall, Munsiyari is the picture-perfect place. Also, this is the season which is not good for trekkers but good for skiers. Munsiyari is one of the winter sports destinations.

If you love to watch falling snow or feeling it on the cheeks then this is the place for you and the best time in the winters in the last of January.

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