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#2 of 8 Places To Visit in Garhwal
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Viraatkhai, Garhwal District, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
visit duration
1 to 2 day

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Located on a pass at an altitude of 6,400 ft, overlooking Dehra Dun and Mussoorie on one side and Himalayan peaks on the other, in the Jaunsar-Bawar region of north-east Uttarakhand

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about viraatkhai

Viraatkhai is a perfect spot for a quiet escape. Beautiful to the core, and with the promise of many adventures. It is so quiet that you can even hear yourself breathing. Set as it is on a pass, the wind is very strong here, and it can get bone-chillingly cold when it rains. The village is rich with pine and oak forests. Locals say there are many wild cats such as leopards in the jungle. But you are more likely to spot porcupines, wild boars, ghorals and fox.

 Lakhamandal, a magnificent temple complex on the Naugaon-Barkot Road, is said to be the place where Kaurava King Duryodhana tried to burn the Pandava brothers in a palace made of shellac. Duryodhana is widely worshipped in the region.

In villages around Viraatkhai you will find a custom called the Panchali tradition, where all brothers in the family marry the same woman, just as Draupadi was married to the five Pandavas. The rationale behind this is apparently to keep the family together. However, these traditions are slowly dying out. Viraatkhai serves up a view of all the major Garhwal peaks. Try to have an early morning view. Nothing better if you can brave the cold and catch the sunrise lighting up the snowy flanks of the Himalayan peaks.

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