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Reema Bhalla Mar 07 2014

What is the best trail for a trek to Bhadraj?

Benazir Khan Mar 07 2014
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THE MILKMAN’S TRAIL

Here's the ideal itinerary to go with the it, so you make the most of the scenic vistas around.

DAY ONE

MUSSOORIE-CLOUD’S END VIA BENOG TIBBA
Distance - 12 km
Time - 5 hours
Level - Easy

The first day’s walk from Mussoorie can take in Everest Estate and an ascent of
Benog Tibba. Three hours there and back from Cloud’s End, the night can be
spent at n Cloud’s End Resort which also offers camping facilities.

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Tariff: Rs 3,000-7,000.


An aerial view of Mussoorie (by Paul Hamilton)

DAY TWO

DUDHLI-BHADRAJ TEMPLE-DUDHLI
Distance 16 km
Time - 8 hours
Level - Moderate

If you don’t want a long slog to Bhadraj Balaram Temple from Cloud’s End, then get a taxi to drop you to the village of Dudhli, 4 km away. You can arrange to have him pick you up later at an appointed hour. From Dudhli, follow the ridge westwards up to the crest at Bhadraj, a long and punishing ascent of 8 km. Don’t go up the bald ridge, which separates the completely treeless southern face of the range. Follow instead the prettier, winding path just inside the forest, which clothes the northern slopes.


A photo of hikers hiking through the trail (by Farm)

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. This probably explains why the bird life doesn’t seem as active as in the older jungles. Pass a forest bungalow, which also explains the present thick foliage. Without forest guards, the demands of the village buffaloes for this free fodder would see these young trees quickly decimated.

The climb up from Dudhli to the temple will take 3 hrs and, by noon, you would have picknicked and be well on the return descent to Dudhli and back to Cloud’s End. If you can get a foothold on the milk delivery jeep, you can do
Bhadraj and back to Mussoorie in just a day, a 36-km round-trip.


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