BHADRAJ Trekking with BATI
Bhadraj Trekking was a quick time memory for young BATIANS of Dehradun. There are different groups doing insane in this world in different fields. But when it comes to BATI we travel and trek every beautiful corner of the world. This time young BATI team from Dehradun trekked Temple Bhadraj.
This summer trekking in scenic environs is a great way to take in the beauty of nature, while indulging the adventure enthusiast inside you. We were short of time, yet wanted to enjoy such an experience, then Bhadraj trek was the perfect choice for us from Dehradun. We trekked to Bhadraj Hill from a dense oak forests, while we enjoyed the vistas of the spectacular Himalayas.
On this Bhadraj trekking expedition, we came to the charming village of Dudhli, the enchanting Bhadraj temple and the thick Bhadraj Forest. An adventure that will forever remain etched in our memory, the Bhadraj Forest and Temple trek is well worth a try on a weekend break.
How We Started
We started our journey around 6:40 in the morning towards Rajpur Road. All young BATIANS from Dehradun Astha, Vikas, Shruti, Subham Gaurav..etc had a small meet up in Mussoorie Diversion and then we headed towards Hathipanw diversion 20 km from Dehradun. We moved forward towards Clouds End after some rest.
From Clouds End to Dudhli Village
We reached Clouds Ends around 8:30 am. We had a decent breakfast there. The exciting trek to Bhadraj Hill starts from Clouds End, a renowned picnic and camping site with gorgeous surroundings. From the expansive meadow that is Clouds End, we proceeded on the trail leading into a thick forest. Upon walking for around ten minutes, we found that the trail was divided into two. We chose the track that leads to Clouds End Hotel; upon reaching here, the next destination is Dudhli village. From this point onwards till the village of Dudhli, the trek goes on in a descending fashion. Thus, the next three kilometres of the trek are fairly simple.
After walking for nearly half an hour, the trail is again found to be divided. We carried on with the Bhadraj trekking trip by choosing the trail on the right. The path took us into a verdant forest, full of lush oak trees. A number of trails heading towards Dudhli can be found in the forest, and you can pick any one of these to reach the village.
Dudhli is commonly known as the village of milkmen as it is home to those, who provide milk to the residents of Mussoorie. Upon reaching here, search for an ascending trail that starts near a certain newly constructed building. The path heads towards the right side of this structure and leads to a shop, which goes by the name Dukaan, written in the Devanagari script. From here, this Bhadraj trek path ascends towards the second ridge of the forest.
From Dudhli to Bhadraj
We continued the jaunt for a few hundred metres until we reached the point where the trail bifurcates. We headed on towards the path that ascends continuously towards Bhadraj Temple. Further ahead on this path, we found a sign indicating the distance from there to the temple. At that point, two of our members Shruti and Gaurav found the walk bit more demanding. The next one and a half kilometres on this path were rather rocky and difficult. After some distance, the trail opened up into massive grasslands. We all enjoyed a picturesque walk, with the views of the Swargarohini and Bandarpoonch Ranges treating our eyes.
When the expanse of the grasslands ends, we reached the upper part of the Bhadraj Forest. The 2-km walk from here to Bhadraj Temple can be completed in about 45 min. The first kilometre is a relatively easy trek on smooth and flat land. However, the next kilometre is a stroll that will need more stamina and dedication. We exited the forest to reach a rain shelter, and thereafter proceeded towards the temple.
Completing the BHADRAJ Trekking summit
We reached the temple at 12:40 pm. We paid homage at the shrine, and later continued our trek to the top of the hill with lots of breaks in the way. A panoramic view of the magnificent Himalayas was waiting for us at the summit. The Bhadraj Forest and Temple trek ends there, whereupon we headed back to Dudhli village, following the same route. From the village, we headed down to Dehradun and reached there around 17:30 pm.
Trekking to Bhadraj was not a stiff trek but was a memorable one. With some Interaction with the locals we also got to know the story of Bhadraj, which was quite interesting.Being with BATI on this trekking to Bhadraj expedition, we came to the charming village of Dudhli, the enchanting Bhadraj temple and the thick Bhadraj Forest. An adventure that will forever remain etched in our memory, the Bhadraj Forest and Temple trek is well worth a try on a weekend break.