A Small Paradise Sankri
We are the locals of Sankri so nobody else can explain the beauty of this place in a better way than us.
Sankri is a small village with a few number of families and houses, it lies in “Govind wildlife Sanctuary” of Uttarkashi district. This place possesses inherent beauty and is steeped in mythology, Sankri in itself is a small paradise surrounded by the Himalayan ranges and is very famous as it is the Base Camp of more than 20 treks.
The way to Sankri is 200 km and it takes 7-8 hours to reach there, the drive is picturesque because you go through some of the beauteous places. Our vehicle picks you up from Dehradun Railway Station or from ISBT and then the drive is through Mussoorie, Damta, Naugaon, Netwar and Purola. Mussoorie is a hill station and it is known as the “Queen of Hills” it is situated at the foothills of Greater Garhwal ranges and the aura of this place is aesthetic and the environment is soothing so it justifies its title.
We take a break at Kempty Fall which is a very famous picnic spot and tourists attraction. Have your breakfast there and then the drive continues and further you will see Yamuna River and Tons valley across the Yamuna Bridge, the river accompanies you all along the way and the water is crystal clear and it gives a refreshing feeling if you feel tired or if the boredom strikes.
Then you go through some villages like Naugao, Netwar and Purola, these are the villages where you can see people working in fields and you can have a glimpse of their lifestyle. In Devra Gaon there is a famous temple of “Karn Maharaj” spot it on your right side and then in Netwar spot the temple of “Poku Devta” on your left.
Throughout your journey you will see a combination of light and dark greenery which is very captivating, this greenery, the river flowing aside and the blue sky makes the place picture perfect. Cross the entry gate of Govind Wildlife Sanctuary and further when the Baraadsar mountain range and other snow-capped mountains are visible then you will reach Sankri in 15-20 minutes.
Reach Sankri by the evening there is a famous mini market where you will get traditional and delicious food, it always remains busy because of trekkers. In the village you will see alluring wooden houses of the villagers which stay warm in winters and cool in summers.
Apple orchards can be seen here and the trees mostly found here are of Deodar, bamboo and Buras. Here you can come across the lifestyle of people living in mountains and a chance to explore their traditional values and their local culture. In Sankri people worship Someshwar Devta; manifestation of Lord Shiva and there is a famous temple of “Someshwar Devta” which is worshiped by the people of more than 60 villages. This place is related to mythology and it is believed that while the Pandas ascent to heaven Bheem threw a rock and this huge rock is present here which is known as Dhankeshwar Devta.
Sankri village seems like someone has painted an extremely beautiful aesthetic picture and has put it on frame, the Himalayan ranges surrounds this place and mountains can be clearly seen, they attract the visitor’s eye by glittering from a distance.
Don’t miss the enthralling sunset and sunrise from here, at that time the light reflects on the mountains and it changes their colour to orange but when it reflects on Swargarohini group of peaks the colour changes to golden and holds the complete attention of the viewer.
Here the environment is serene and invigorating, the soothing greenery; combination of light and green, blue sky and the view of snow covered mountain makes this place idyllic and divine. Being the Base Camp of many treks this place is trekkers’ destination with great scenic views and this village is a feast for the eyes.
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