Uttarkashi - places to stay and hikes to do

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#1 Aug 20th, 2008, 03:38
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I am planning to spend some days / week perhaps in Uttarkashi region. Maybe make Uttarkashi a base and do short hikes. treks etc. I do not want to stay in the main town as i remember my last visit a couple of years back , found the town really congested though the region around was totally breath taking. almost like falling in love with.

I am looking something away from the main town. I went through the Uttarakhand Outlook traveller guide book. The ones i narrowed down were - Kuflon Basics, Shikhar resort, Monal guest house and everest hotel, though i liked kuflon basics. Has anybody stayed in any of these places or heard of them. I am looking at anytime 1st week october onwards.

I have time so i want to do my homework before i leave for Uttarkashi. I am really looking forward to my stay in the mountains and will appreciate any input from you .

So till i hear from you.
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Monal GH!

Stayed there almost 6 years ago (wow, has it been that long? ) - very nice. Just outside town on Kot Bangla Road, about 1-1.5 km. Quiet, semi-rural surroundings (fields around you), bit of a staircase up from the road (high steps) but for a hiker it'll be ok.

Shikhar is way away (ok, about 6-7 km) from town, nice setting next to the river though. Monal will be a lot cheaper, and convenient for when you want to pop into town for something.

Never heard of Kuflon and can't place Everest right now.
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I stayed at the Monal GH last October and would also recommend it highly.

Spacious rooms with nice views from balcony, spotless bathrooms, well managed, and good value for money. I didn't check out the other places you mentioned, but can assure you that you won't be disappointed here.
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dilliwala & kingfisher,
thanks for the update, shikhar and kuflon basics have a website...just found out on google... thanks to google... Shikhar looks very corporate whereas kuflon basics looks/sounds basic and personal.....something i like. the kuflon basics site has no testimonials... already written to them to include it.. ..

Monal sounds like been visited...so will look into it.. i definitely do not want to do anything with the town. IF my host can take care of things and i do the small hikes / treks / overnight am much comfortable. Everest ..the only thing attracted me was the encyclopedia the owner was supposed to be..he could have been a bank of knowledge. Even though kuflon basics setting as mentioned in the book and their website suites my taste....

however..will still wait for more inputs/suggestions..

the way i am going i may take up sanyas...(just kidding!!!.........)
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florican, Monal is outside the town and off the main road (Kot Bangla Road branches off the main highway). You can't see the town from there and you definitely don't get the feeling that you're anywhere but in a countryside setting. My point was the convenience factor shud one suddenly feel the need to go into town for something. As I recall, the guy who then ran it, Dipendra (I presume he's still there) is also a trekking guide (he's done a course along those lines) and cud therefore help with arrangements/info for your treks. And the cost of staying at Monal will be a good deal less than the other places. It's not fancy but clean and comfortable, geyser for hot water, no TV, etc. They cook on advance order only.
Having said that, I see Kuflon's tariff at 1500/day for tent and meals is not too bad. I also note that they are near Sangamchatti which is out of the town a fair way and up a side-road that doesn't have many transport options - worst case you may have to come to Gangori for onward movement (presuming you're doing this by public transport - if you hire your own vehicle that's different). They are however closer to Dodital than everyone else, which is useful if you intend to go there. Please note that if you intend to STAY in the FRH at Dodital, you will have to get permission from the DFO Uttarkashi, whose office is close to.......Monal GH.

For a week-long trip I wud prefer to stay at Monal and save my cash for other expenses, but if you're comfortable with Kuflon's rates, that's fine. I see that they are linked to Aquaterra, which is one of the better rafting/adventure outfits.

Still don't know where Everest is - is it in the town? And who says the owner is an encyclopedia, he himself?
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Dilliwalla thanks for the inputs n of course your efforts. Was travelling so was off line most of the time.

Yes Kuflon basics suits my liking. I wrote to the kuflon team, I am told there is regular local transport ..shared jeeps that ply on the route to and fro uttarkashi. Also there are no. of small day hikes around Kuflon, and you said right Kuflon could serve good as a dodital base. I have heard/read and met a lot of people who've done the trek.
I am still weighing my options. I have another 2 months to go. Hopefully all should go well. though i will have to book space in uttarkashi in advance..i was told oct can be busy.

Lets see if there are any other inputs till then..

thanks once again
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Was just wandering if anybody had anything to add / suggest about Uttarkashi. lately have been hearing stories of excessive rains in the hills. Also a colleague of mine was not too happy with the road conditions ahead off Uttarkashi to Gangotri (she was there last month). Anyway i do not intend to go ahead but stay around the town - any suggestions on any off beat hikes / also anything interesting / worth visiting / place recommend to stay .. also basic info of net connectivity / ATM / I know its there...but ...how reliable are they...

Will appreciate any inputs...
thanks in advance
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Are you going there to get away from it all, or to get away to it all?

Last time I was in Uttarkashi, I had no occasion to use the internet, and don't recall seeing any shop. I presume it's available though likely to be good old dialup, not DSL.

Excessive rains? I wonder why that is - maybe something to do with the monsoon? As in , peak period?
By the time you go, the monsoon will be well and truly over, and the roads in better condition.

A nice walk (not trek) is to Nachiketa Tal. Catch a bus or jeep to Chaurangi Khal, 29 km south of Uttarkashi (left bank). There are dhabas and chai shops here. The walk to Nachiketa Tal is 3 km up a gentle slope, along a forest path. About halfway up you get an outstanding view to the north. The lake itself isn't too impressive but the surroundings are serene. In season there are one or two chaiwalas there, but other times better to carry your own water/samwiches. If you go early, you can go up, spend some time there, and come back down to the road for lunch.
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Dilliwala,
Yes it seems one cannot do without net/atm etc. That was just to ensure incase of an emergency.
Nachiketatal, will make a note.

thanks once again
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Uttarkashi

Stuck with so much work. Hope my trip to the himalayas materialize....

So any body with inputs..suggestions...encourag ing/discouraging....whatever

Thanx in anticipation
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Keep a close watch on weather conditions.
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I live in Uttarkashi, shifted here three years back and plan to live out my life here. The place is beautiful and know all the hotels and guest houses you people have talked about. Monal is a favourite as it is clean and neat, Dipender is very particular about keeping not only Monal clean but also the areas surrounding the guest house clean, whih speaks volumes for his sincereity to cleanliness in an area that is notorious for filthy rooms and filthier toilets. Not to mention dirty bed clothes. Kuflon Basics is a great place to relax ... they have recently joined the grid and now have electricity, but that does not take away the charm of the place which is still very rustic and beautiful. Everest Hotel is in the town and right by the road, not ideal for people looking for a relaxing time ... ok for overnight yatris. Maj. Jamnal is one of the best informed people around and a pleasure to have as company on a long lazy evening.
Shikhar is too corporate ... they don;t have fixed tariffs for walk in guests depends upon the time of the year, occupancy of the resort and the mood of the manager. Best to go there if you have a booking from the delhi office end. The location is nice by the river but it is not a place for a casual drop in visitor on a budget.
We have had exceptional rains this year, starting from March till the end of Spetember. For four month from May to august it was overcast sky all the time with hardly any clear days. Despite all that Uttarkashi did well, though the same can't be said about the road to Uttarkashi, which took a serious beating due to the excessive rain.
Moreover, since the formation of the lake at tehri, the travel time from rishikesh has increased considerably and the road is not as easy on the stomach as it used to be. We are hoping that the Dehradun- Chinyalisaur-Uttarkashi road will be commissioned soon so we will not have to endure the stomach churning drive from Rishikesh any more.
Despite the bad road and the less than easy drive, Uttarkashi is a place worth the time and effort spent on coming here. A word of advice, don;t come here for a short stay, you should plan to spend atleast a week if you want to come this far.
The Gangotri road is a disaster, it is constantly blocked so don;t plan on gettign there too soon and if you really are not into visiting the pilgrom areas my advice is give it a miss till they fix up the road which may be another few years given the pace at which work gets done here.
If you need any more information please let me know, I will be happy to oblige.
By the way , we are not all that out of beyond any more. Uttarkashi has very good internet services. Several internet cafes working on broadband. One is on Court Road very near the District Court, next to the Panchayat Bhawan he charges Rs 40/- per hour, one on the Bhatwari Road ( the most popular with the foreigners) called Choice Computer, charges are higher than all others Re 1/- per minute or Rs 60/- Per hour. We are better off than Delhi and all other cities where water and electricity is concerned. We hardly ever have water or electric cuts. If they do happen it is only due to some major problem.
There is one ATM there of SBI that is functional most of the time (unless some idiot tries to break into it, like happened a month back when all of us were in a fix as the ATM was down for nearly two weeks.) There is anotehr one coming up from PNB, should be functional by the end of the month if not earlier as per Mr. Rawat the Manager of PNB. You should get your money out in the afternoon around 1.00 when the ATM is most likely to have cash as it is replaced around 12.00 noon.
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liveinhamalyas,

Thanks for useful information.

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Originally Posted by livinhimalayas View Post I live in Uttarkashi, shifted here three years back and plan to live out my life here. The place is beautiful and know all the hotels and guest houses you people have talked about.
Interesting post, and nice to see someone from Garhwal. It's a distant dream of mine to settle there. I'll be in Uttarkashi on 24th Oct. and 2nd Nov., en route to and from Kush Kalyani. Thanks for all the info.

Raghu.
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Thanks

Thanks Raghu,
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