Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil)

Tripoto
17th Jan 2019
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Day 1

Harsil is a small village situated on the bank of Bhagirathi river , on the way to Gangotri in Uttarakhand. January is generally off-season  in Harsil but it is an awesome, off beat destination if you are searching for some solitude.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar


Route to Harsil.
Dehradun>>mussoorie>> Uttarkashi>>Harsil.
Total distance  is around 220km.
My journey  started  from Mumbai, i had early morning  flight to Dehradun. I reached my destination in Dehradun at around 8am.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

I Rented bike from Dehraroadies in Dehradun and started my journey  towards  Harsil.
Road till mussoorie is very  busy due to plenty of tourist traveling through this route.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Mussoorie to suwakholi is 14 kms.
After suwakholi ride is smooth since there is very little  traffic and you can enjoy your ride with beautiful landscape's.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Distance between suwakholi to uttarkashi is around 100kms. While riding you will come across many small village's on your way.
I reached uttarkashi around  7pm.
Uttarkashi is another  famous  pilgrimage, filled with tourist. But since i was traveling in off season rates of hotel were cheap.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Day 2

Uttarkashi to Harsil
Morning in uttarkashi was phenomenal.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Harsil is 70 odd kms from Uttarkashi,but road is treacherous and you will find snow on the road for last 4 to 5 kms . So it's better to start  the journey  early in the morning  from uttarkashi.
I left uttarkashi around 9am.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

On the way there is one hot water spring at  Gangnani.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Hot water spring

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

From Gangnani you start ascending  high altitude ,  till sukkhi top  there are lot of twist and turns plus road is not in good state.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

My first  encounter with snow was near sukkhi top.

First encounter with Snow

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

As you approach Harshil amount of snow on the road increases.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

This was my first experience of riding bike on the snow carpet. Riding on snow without spikes and traction is bit difficult. I reached harsil around 1 pm.
Harsil is a military  cantonment. So there are lot of army people around.

Main entrance of Harsil

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Temperature was freezing cold in Harsil.Entire place was under snow,riding in this terrain was challenging. soon i reached the main village.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Iron bridge

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Village had handful number of people with limited option for food.

Harsil

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Military cantonment

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Harsil

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

There is nothing  much to do in the village, just go near the river bank and enjoy the nature and solitude.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

About 6 kms from harsil there is another  beautiful place called  Dharali.  I stayed  in Dharali. This place  had  less than  10 tourist. 

My stay

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Dharali

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Dharali

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Caretaker...... Mr prakash

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

My room

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

There was only one small hotel with limited food options like Maggie, rice, dal, tea, eggs. I dumped my luggage in the room had some food and went out to explore the place.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Just 1 km ahead there was plenty of snow,i stopped by and clicked some awesome pics. Best thing about the place was that there was no crowd, no pollution,no traffic. I guess i was the only person in that 2 km radius. Truly this place was awesome. Soon it started to become dark, i returned to dharali. I met some tourist  near that hotel, we all started borne fire and chilled for couple of hrs.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

Spending night under open sky filled with sparking star's and surrounded by white snow was an divine  experience. It feel's very close to Mother Nature when you are in Harsil valley. The magnificent landscape , deep silence, fresh air, all this is enough to rejuvenate one's senses

Day 3

Harsil & Dharali.

This place is flooded  with tourist from april to November  since it is on the way to Gangotri.
So it's best to avoid  Harsil valley  in peak season.
I had a lazy start nxt morning , it was pretty cold outside. I wish i could  have witnessed snowfall.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

veiw from my room......entire day i explored nearby place's and started my return journey on nxt day.

Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar
Photo of Solo bike trip to Switzerland of India (Harsil) by Tushar Dabholkar

No fancy shop's, no malls,no restaurants,no fancy food ,no water(frozen pipelines) , still Harsil is worth coming ....truly...it was an amazing  trip.....

Thank you...!!!!!

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