Freaky contrast on Mountain
The most extraordinary feature of this trek is the freakish contrast between the thickly forested northern slopes and the totally bare grassland, which characterises the southern slopes. A line appears to have been drawn by a ruler, down the dividing ridge. Though bizarre, the effect of contrasting green tones is beautiful. It conceals Mussoorie’s unique secret, the interplay of geological and climatic factors. This trail actually overlooks one of the world’s most exciting tectonic plate boundaries. The Great Himalayas rear up on one hand and the Indian plains on the other, the latter slipping inexorably under the former.
Forest resort point
TrailHikers highly recommends that you star this trek at Cloud’s End but if you are short of time and you want to skip Day One of the trek, then take a taxi to Dhudhli and start hiking from there. Dhudhli (the Milkman’s village), as the name suggests, provides buffalo milk for Mussoorie. The villagers, except for water problem, are comparatively well off. In the old days, even untill ten years ago, they would spend the whole day walking into Mussoorie and back. now with bank loans for jeep/taxis, they can deliver the milk in a fraction of time.
Climb 2,200 m hill top
The hill of the Bhadraj Temple peaks in a rounded grassy summit, which falls away steeply. Though the surface is parched for almost nine months of the year, this first serious uprise of the Himalayas catches exceedingly heavy monsoon rainfall, allowing the luxuriant grass on the slopes. Mussoorie gets an average of 200 cm of rain annually, of which 160 cm falls in only 70 days. Colonial commercial policy and Mussoorie’s allure as a luxury hill station has led to the weakening of the tree cover. Both fodder and firewood demands have taken their toll on the surrounding landscape.
Dedicated to Lord Balbhadra
The Bhadraj Temple is dedicated to Lord Balbhadra (Lord Krishna’s younger brother). The idols inside are intriguing and are said to reflect Budhhist influences, which once were very present in these tracts bordering the Yamuna. The temple holds an annual fair from 15th to 17th Aug when the villagers throng the temple to make milk offerings to the deity. The mela (fair) is a grand affair and has been provided level ground for stalls, and even a helicopter pad.
The great bonus of this hike is that a cool breeze accompanies you all the way, even in the hot months, since the higher you climb, the cooler is the wind on your face. The views, whether to the snow peaks in the north, or over the Shivaliks in the south, are expansive, and the shady path through the oak jungle a constant pleasure.
Weekend Trip Itinerary
Suggested itinerary for trekkers who want to do a weekend trek to Bhadraj. Ideally, Bhadraj trek is an easily doable day trek from Mussoorie
Day 1 : Clouds End - Chhaskhet - Dudhli
Distance: 7 km Time: 3-4 hrs
Trailhikers organizes this trek from Cloud’s End to get you full worth of your trekking money and time. We start this trek in the afternoon at a leisurely pace as there is not much distance for Day One – just 4 km . From Cloud’s End we follow a trail (jeepable road) westwards entering into fragrant jungles of oak and deodar, with a view of the valley down below at many clearings . This is almost a level trail except for some patches of incline or decline, but its such a mesmerizing walk that you’ll want it not to end. Even in the peak summer months, a cool breeze is always there to rejuvenate you, accompanied ssometimes by a surprise shower. After about 2 1/2 kms, the trail takes a steep bend towards the village Dhudhli. There are two – three nice clear grassy patches where we sit down, rest and have some snacks.
Scenic landscape en route Bhadraj
All charged up, we make a final dash to reach Dhudhli, our camping/night halt point at around 4:00 pm, so that we have enough time to explore this beautiful place. Its a heaven for nature lovers and photographers, with its beautiful landscape, streams, wildlife (rare birds and himalayan ghural). Night accomodation for trekkers is arranged Camp style or in the warm and comfortable Village huts depending upon the climate and weather conditions. If the heavens are not pouring, we set up bonfires and freshly cooked outside the huts for our trekkers. Enjoy the amazing hospitality of the village people, folktales and mythology straight from the mouth of village elders who make us realize the importance of cherishing small things in life ! Dinner is served at sharp 8:00 pm as its important for the trekkers to get proper night sleep to charge for the next day’s challenging trek.
Day 2 : Bhadraj - Clouds End - Mussoorie
Distance:16 km Time:8-9 hours
From Dhudhli, we start early at 7:30 in the morning and follow the ridge westwards up to the crest at Bhadraj, a long, challenging & , ascent of 8 km. Instead of taking the bald ridge, which separates the completely treeless southern face of the range, we follow the prettier, winding path just inside the forest, which clothes the northern slopes. Both slopes north and south fall away steeply, and the higher you climb the thicker the forest is, though the oak trees all appear to be much less than a hundred years old. In the rainy season, you should be careful about leeches and keep checking the skin around the socks area every 15-20 mins. The lush green meadows near Dhudhli make a perfect landscape in the monsoons. The climb up from Dhudhli to the Bhadraj Temple will take around 3 hrs, so we will reach there at 10:30 am. Trekkers enjoy the views from the Bhadraj Temple (and peak) and explore the area. By noon we start our descent to Dhudhi where we have our lunch and then trail back to the Cloud’s End, where we started.
Trailhikers arranges taxis / shared taxis from here to Mussoorie (just 20-25 mins drive).
Join Bhadraj Weekend Trek
₹ 3,250 per person
1 Night 2 Days – Ex Dehradun
Day 1 : Dehradun – Maletha – Campsite
Arrive in Dehradun
Reach village Koti, north-west of Dehradun to start the trek at 9:00 am
Start trek at 9:15 am
Hike to the scenic village Maletha and take a lunch break there.
After a little rest, trek 2.5 km further to reach the campsite near village Dudhli.
Day 2 : Campsite – Bhadraj Hill – Back to Dehradun
Early breakfast at 7 am
Start the trail to Bhadraj temple and peak at 7:30 am
Hike up the scenic landscape and forest to reach Bhadraj hill at around 10 am
Explore and enjoy at the Bhadraj peak for 30 minutes. Start to trail down at 10:30 am
Reach Maletha by 12:30 pm and have a lunch break (packed lunches)
Trail down further to reach village Koti in Dehradun to finish your trek.
Taxi : You can hire a taxi to arrive / depart from village Koti in Dehradun
Public Transport : Shared jeeps are available from Prem Nagar, Dehradun to reach village Doonga from where village Koti is just a 15 minutes walk.
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