Barkot

Hill Station

Uttarakhand

15°C / Clouds

Exuberated with dense greenery and mysterious mountains, Barkot hill station is one of the alluring masterpieces gifted to us by nature. Lesser known and almost untouched by the tourists, Barkot in Uttarakhand is one of the best-kept secrets. Situated in the Uttarkashi District, on the bank of Yamuna River, this gem of a place is a major stopover for the Hindu devotees heading to perform the pilgrimage at Gangotri and Yamunotri Dham.

The pretty little town offers a mesmerizing view of the Bandarpoonch Peak along with some other imposing Himalayan Peaks. Barkot is a perfect destination to unwind at, and it is a place that can be great for those seeking some spiritual experience as the environ and nature together create a magical and divine ambience that any soul in the world cannot resist.

And those, with that adventure instinct, can always come to Barkot expecting some exhilarating treks around. Both amateur and seasoned trekkers have their way in Barkot, and for both the scenic views and the tranquil environment are the rewards.

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Barkot in Uttarkashi is a year-round destination and you can visit the place any time you want. Though, it will be great if you visit the place during the monsoon season as the place really blooms up during this period. 

Major Attractions in and Around Barkot

1. Yamunotri Dham. Yamunotri Dham is one of the holy places where thousands of devotees can be witnessed during festivals and special Hindu days. 

2. Bandarpoonch Peak. The majestic and mystic Bandarpoonch Peak is one of the mighty peaks that keeps you stuck in the view.

3. Surya Kund. Surya Kund is one of the hot water springs in Yamunotri. Pilgrims and hardcore worshippers pay a visit here as it's renowned for the high temperature of the water which is 190 degrees F. The water is used to cook rice and potatoes by tying it in a soft cloth to take it back home as prasad.

4. Trekking. Hike your way from one place to the other as Barkot offers many trekking opportunities. Hanuman Chatti is best known as the base point of trekking trails like Yamunotri Dham, Dawra Top, and Dodi Tal.

5. Shopping. Taking souvenirs back home is a must and when in Barkot you get to choose from a variety of handcrafted paintings, warm shawls, other essential woollens and artefacts styled the Tibetan way.

6. Sightseeing. The lush greenery and thick forest, migratory birds create an alluring spectacle to bind your eyes to explore more.

7. Sports Activities. Give your vacation a dose of the wild side by enjoying adventure sports like mountain climbing, rock climbing and other activities that are offered in and around Barkot.

How to Reach Barkot  

If you are looking for an unexplored destination for your next vacation, then Barkot in Uttarakhand is the place to be. Surrounded by the Himalayan ranges, Barkot is home to apple orchards and breath-taking landscapes. Barkot is approximately 369km, 1700km, 1800km, and 2400km away from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru, respectively. Continue reading to access detailed information regarding the best travel modes and routes to consider if you are planning a trip to Barkot. 

By Air. The nearest airport to Barkot is Jolly Grant Airport. The airport regulates the arrival and departure of flights from and to all major cities of the country run by major airlines such as Vistara, SpiceJet, IndiGo, AirIndia, and more. After reaching the airport, you can get on a bus or hire a taxi service to reach Barkot Hill Station.

  • Delhi - Board Vistara or AirIndia flight from Delhi. The airfare starts from INR 2,000
  • Mumbai - Board IndiGo flight from Mumbai. The airfare starts from INR 4,000
  • Kolkata - Board SpiceJet flight from Kolkata. The airfare starts from INR 6,000
  • Bengaluru - Board IndiGo flight from Bengaluru. The airfare starts from INR 6,000

By Train. The nearest railway station to reach Barkot is the Dehradun Railway Station. Trains from all parts of the country arrive here, hence you must not worry about the availability of trains. After deboarding the train at the station, you can reserve a seat on a bus or hire a taxi to reach Barkot Hill Station. 

  • Delhi - Board Jan Shatabdi Spl from New Delhi and deboard at Dehradun station. 
  • Haridwar - Board Kota DDN SPL from Haridwar Jn and deboard at Dehradun station 

By Road. You can either travel by state-run/private tourist buses or may drive to Barkot via highways and byways in your vehicle. Barkot is connected to nearby prominent cities via motorable roads, which makes it easy to reach this town via roadways, which is an economical and comfortable option.     

  • Dehradun - 125km via NH507/NH709B
  • Chandigarh - 245km via NH507
  • Nainital - 404km via Haridwar Road
  • Gangotri - 180km via NH134 and 34
  • Haridwar - 175km via NH507 and Ambala-Haridwar Road

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