For us Delhites, city life gets mundane. Extended weekends come as blessings to break away from the monotonous routine. We are always looking forward to a reason to take a holiday, pack our bags, and go on a trip to places where we lose track of time. Rejuvenate ourselves, indulge in spiritual experience or explore the adventure enthusiast lost in us. So when a group of friends met up and decided to go for a road trip, it was a welcome change.

After many discussions, we decided to take a road trip from Delhi to Uttarkashi via Haridwar, a perfect way to unwind. Since we were more than half a dozen of us, and none of us was willing to drive, we decided to book a licensed Delhi to Haridwar taxi with an experienced driver.

We did a quick online search on Google and the top result was savaari.com.  It hardly took us any time for us to understand the way savaari worked, we booked the cab in a few easy steps. It promised us a hassle-free car rental service. Be it fuel, unknown terrains, ticket bookings and much more, Savaari made it extremely easy for us.

Such unplanned trips with family or a large group of friends are blissful and fun-filled. To ensure we had enough space for all travellers and their luggage, we decided to get an Innova cab in Delhi for a comfortable journey. It was also an appropriate choice for mountainous terrain.

On the travel day, we were greeted by a well-experienced chauffeur and a clean and well-maintained car. He helped us with our luggage and we are on road almost immediately. No need to stress about anything, we just put on some soulful music and chatted all the way to make our trip a memorable one.

DELHI TO UTTARKASHI VIA HARIDWAR

We decided to divide this trip into two parts. We started from Delhi, spent a day in Haridwar, and then continued the journey towards Uttarkashi. We took Delhi-Meerut-Muzaffarnagar-Roorkee-Haridwar route via NH334, which is about 230 kms long and can be covered in around 5 hours. The roads are in pretty good shape; a journey as pleasant as the destination. We stopped at Meerut to check out marvellous historical monuments and beautiful temples and then at Roorkee, a small town on banks of Ganges for a short break.

Journey and food make an excellent pair, there were many pit stops on the way, we stopped at Bikanerwala near Meerut bypass, We enjoyed Chole Bhature, Raj kachori and Rosogullas. Later we stopped at Namaste Midway on National Highway 58 at Muzaffarnagar.

Once we reached the holy city of Haridwar, situated on banks of Holy Ganges, revered as the city of ultimate liberation, we felt like we are embarking on a cultural and spiritual journey. Our to-do list was pretty long.

THINGS TO DO IN HARIDWAR

When in Haridwar, it’s usually a fixed itinerary, take a dip in Holy Ganges at Har ki Pauri and witness the spectacular Ganga Aarti where the atmosphere is filled with holy chants and ringing bells and millions of diyas floating on water. Since we had enough time at hand and Savaari was pretty flexible with detours, we visited Chilla wildlife sanctuary and then went temple hopping. We visited almost a dozen locations. We also spent time at Neel Dhara Pakshi Vihar – home to a variety of migratory birds.

After a long and busy day, we stayed back at Haridwar and continued our journey to Uttarkashi next day. The distance of about 190 km was covered in approx six and a half hours. We captured the beautiful and photogenic Himalayas as much as we could in our minds and camera.

Finally, we reached the Abode of Gods, on the banks of River Bhagirathi, a scenic surreal snow-laden hill station; the ancient town of Uttarkashi, revered for its spiritual importance, adventure sports and trekking routes.

THINGS TO DO IN UTTARKASHI

We started our day with Vishwanath Temple an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, it attracts millions of tourists and pilgrims on route to the Char Dham or Gangotri-Yamunotri yatra every year. Later we visited Maneri dam – beautiful, scenic, serene dam built on Bhagirathi River surrounded by mountains and alpine meadows. We then made a stopover at Dodital Lake – a sparkling freshwater lake surrounded by snow-laden mountains which serve as a base camp for the trekkers to Darwa Top and Hanuman Chatti.

Since the trip was about discovering our adventurous side, we also explored Dayara Bugyal – a popular skiing destination. On recommendations of locals, we prayed at Kuteti Devi Temple, the jaw-dropping panoramic view of surroundings were worth the stopover.

Our last destination was Har ki Doon – ‘The Valley of God’, a paradise for trekkers and adventure loving souls. We clicked tons of selfies and pictures here. On the way back to Delhi, we could not stop talking about all the fun we had over the weekend. The trip surely was a memorable and rejuvenating experience.

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