Trek of the Year 2017 – Chaainsheel




Experience lush – green trees, snow- clad mountains and a sky full of stars while trekking in the mountains of Uttarakhand. The third edition of Trek of the Year is here with one of Uttarakhand’s most exotic tourist destinations, Chaainsheel. Meaning of Chaainsheel in local dialect is pleasant as moonlight and near the moon. Dehradun is the nearest railway station and airport (Jolly Grant) to catch the trek to this heavenly destination. Take a break from the hustle- bustle of city life and trek amidst widely spread apple orchards, meadows, beautiful waterfalls and swift flowing rivers. Being an initiative of the Tourism Department of Uttarakhand, this trek will not only promote the unexplored tourist destinations in Uttarakhand but will also lead to the growth of employment in that particular area. Moreover, if you are seeking solace and peace of mind, this is the apt getaway destination for you.

Chaainsheel is located at a distance of 230 kms from Dehradun, state capital of Uttarakhand. It is spread over a distance of 25- 30 kms and is surrounded by the mountain ranges of Bangan region of Kotigad valley of Mori Block in Uttarkashi district.






Chaainsheel DEV-VAN-BAALCHA valley is a crescent shaped hilly range which spreads to almost 25-30km grassy planes and rock lands. Besides bugyals (meadows), it is adorned with diversity of beautiful flowers and vegetation. Goddess nature has endowed the valley with an unequalled resplendence. While strolling down the ravines and bugyals, the heart is spell bounded by the twittering and chirping of birds like Monal, Ghooghti etc. In the lower valleys of Chaainsheel (Kothigaarh Bangaan), the wooden carved houses and temples of the villages constructed in the midst of the large apple orchards, give a spectacular view to the visitors and residents. The mountain peaks visible from Chaainsheel are……………………………………………………


This place holds special importance for a large area of bugyal which spreads almost to 2- 3km, beautified by a naturally occurring water-source, covered with Kharsu, (regionally important tree ) hence making the place a superb destination for summer camping . Besides this, it is a great site for winter games as well.

This is one of the best bugyals of Chaainsheel range as it is almost a flat level bugyal spread into a wide area and the diversity of vegetation & flowers here compel one to stay around for hours and more.

In the native language, Taal refers to a shallow pond or a lake so Sarutaal is one of its kind where a lake at this height is a matter of astonishment. Though the physical location of this lake is in Himachal Pradesh, (adjoining state) but tourism is far way part from physical boundaries.


At the top of this bugyal is situated a Taal, locally known as Tikulaataal whose vicinity can be enjoyed by camping, bonfires and other recreational acts. In winters this place can be used for ice skiing, snowboarding etc.


This rock cliff stands upright in the apple orchards of village Duchanu like shiv linga which is believed to be emplaced by lord Bheema, hence the name.
MURLAACHHAAD (Murlaa Waterfall)
According to the locally prevalent term, chhaad refers to a waterfall. So Murlaachhaad is a waterfall which falls at a place about a km away while travelling from Kelaaindhaar whose waterhead (height) is greater than kempty fall (Mussoorie) and tigerfall ( Chakrata ).

Sangaadi natively refers to stairs and the waterfall Sangaadi chhaad follows a stair type path, hence the name. This waterfall is near Murlaachhaad.

This temple belongs to Shri Mahashiv Pavaasi Devta, out of other Chaar Mahasu Devta, which are the incarnation of Lord Shiva. Shri Pavasi Devta is considered to be the native god of Uttarkashi district, Kothigaarh Bangaan region & few parts of adjacent Himachal Pradesh.

Monda, Balawat, Chinwa, Jagta, Duchanu, Kiranu, Dagoli,Barnali, Jhotari, Gokul, Maakudi, Kalich, Aarakot, Bhutanu, Thunara, Buthetra, Salla, Mora, Bindri, Devati etc. In most of these villages there are wooden carved temples of Pavaasi Devta, Chalda Maharaj & other deities.

Bangan Chaainsheel region is very rich in its traditional & cultural heritage where fairs and festivals are celebrated throughout the year. Out of the various cultural activities, in Bishu festival, there is a representation of ancient act of war between two groups of rajputs which later on changed to a gaming activity with the bows and arrows involving two participants known as Thottories. Various prevalent local dishes served during the fair & festivals are Seedi, Dhokri, Khobli, Poitoltu, Baadi, Shaakuli, Indre, Leemdi, Aske, Chule, etc.

Besides being a bugyal, Kubaa Thaach holds a special privilege of being the best spot to view Himalayan ranges covered with snow. Also a special thing which adds up to the beauty of this place is a valley of white flowers of Buraans (a special variety of flower in the Himalayan region).

A slight inclination carrying this plateau sort of structure can be utilised for snow skiing or snowboarding. Using modern technology and equipment, this place turns out to be a money back deal. Tourist and visitors can use its lower planes as their camping sites as its corners are covered with deodar and silver birch trees.

This is one of the best bugyals of Chaainsheel range as it is almost a flat level bugyal spread into a wide area and the diversity of vegetation & flowers here compel one to stay around for hours and more.

Yamunotri is the source of the Yamuna River and the seat of the Goddess Yamuna in Hinduism. It is situated at an altitude of 3,293 metres (10,804 ft) in the Garhwal Himalayas and located approximately 30 kilometers (19 mi) North of Uttarkashi, the headquarters of the Uttarkashi district in the Garhwal Division of Uttarakhand, India. It is one of the four sites in India’s Chhota Char Dham pilgrimage. The sacred shrine of Yamunotri, source of the river Yamuna, is the westernmost shrine in the Garhwal Himalayas, perched atop a flank of Bandar Poonch Parvat. The chief attraction at Yamunotri is the temple devoted to the Goddess Yamuna and the holy thermal springs at Janki Chatti (7 km. Away).

Mahasu Devta Temple is located on the Tuini-Mori road at Hanol. The temple is dedicated to Mahasu Devta. Lord Mahasu is the chief deity of this area and is worshiped in Mahasu Devta Temple by the people of Hanol and nearby villages. It is the ancient temple of Mahasu Devta built in the 9th century. The temple was constructed in Huna architectural style initially but, over the ages, acquired a mixed style. It is included in the Archaeological Survey of India list of ancient temple in Dehradun circle, Uttarakhand.[1]

Mahasu Devta Temple is on the eastern bank of Tons River (Tamas) at Hanol village, near Chakrata, about 190 km from Dehradun and 156 km from Mussoorie.