Barkot is a hill town situated at an elevation of 1,220 metres. This untouched tourist destination is a perfect retreat for those who want an escape from their busy lives. It is a part of Garhwal division and an important tourist destination of Uttarkashi. It’s main source of water are two holy rivers namely Ganga and Yamuna. It is an ideal stopover for the visitors of Char Dham Yatra. Many visitors stay here on their visit to Yamunotri to explore the beauty of this place. Barkot offers panoramic view of Bandarpunch and surrounded Himalayan range. It is famous for apple orchards, ravishing landscapes and spouting water of holy river Yamuna. On the other hand, Barkot is blessed with several holy shrines and ashrams where one can find mental peace and indulge himself in recreational activities like white water rafting, rock climbing, trekking and so on.
If you are making plans to visit Barkot then there are some places around Barkot which can make your trip more memorable. Those places includes Uttarkashi, it is situated 80kms away from Hanuman Chatti. The town is well connected with the major destinations of Uttarakhand. It is located on the banks of river Bhagirathi and offers fascinating views. It also houses one of the most reputed mountaineering institutes of India which is Nehru Institute of Mountaineering; Mussoorie, it a well known tourists destination, visited by more than thousands of tourists every year. It is 103kms away from Barkot. It is surrounded with green hills and houses varieties of flora and fauna that’s why it is popular as ‘Queen of the Hills’. Kempty falls, bhatta falls, mall road, and Lal Tibba are some of the major attraction of the place; Har ki Doon, it is a valley, located towards south east of Jaundhar glacier. It is perched at an elevation of 3,566 metres above sea level. It is an ideal place for trekkers who are in love with and want to appreciate its beauty. One can reach here by three days 34kms trek from Sankri; Chakrata, it is situated at an outstanding height of 2270 metres above sea level. Chakrata is a cantonment area located between river Yamuna and river Tons in the middle of coniferous, rhododendron and oak trees. Chakrata offers natural beauty and panoramic views of surrounding hills, a perfect paradise for nature lovers, bird watchers and adventure lovers who want to spend some time amidst wilderness.
Best Time to Travel Barkot:
One can visit Barkot throughout the year as the place offers different sides of beauty in every season. Summers offer comfortably warn weather and is apt for enjoying sightseeing and adventurous activities. July, August and September are the monsoon months in Barkot which is generally enjoyed by visitors as the nature looks more bright and beautiful. January is considered as the coldest months in Barkot. However, winters are normally cold and warm in day and chilly at night.
How to Reach Barkot:
Barkot is easily accessible from the major cities of Uttarakhand like Dehradun and Rishikesh which also houses nearest Airport and Railway Station. These both heads are well connected with rest of the country. The town also has connections with major destinations of Kumaon and Garhwal regions via motor able roads.
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