Where to travel
Kedar Kantha (Kidarkanta) Peak (3,790 meters) rises from lush forests of oak and pine in Uttarkashi District,Uttarakhand,India. If you are a seasoned skier, ski down the peak this winter.
What to do & see:
The Kedar Kantha mountain ridge separates the Tons and Yamuna rivers. The Tons is the principal tributary of theYamunaRiver. The Yamuna River, rising from Yamnotri in theHimalaya, supplies water to the national capital of the country.
The peak with moderate slopes is easy to ski in winter and to trek in summer. Forests dotted with alder, gooseberry, holly, horse chestnut, juniper, maple, oak, pine, rhododendron and yew trees blanket the mountain up to3,030 meters(tree line). Beyond tree line and near tree line, you will find alpine plants like anemone, corydalis, gentiana (white pink), iris (purplish), primula (pink), ranunculus and saxifrage (white).
From the flat summit of the Kedar Kantha, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Kinnaur mountains (Himachal Pradesh) in the west and Yamnotri- and Gangotri- side mountains (Uttarakhand) in the east. The landscape, comprising bare, green and snow capped mountains, and deep valleys, is spectacular from the summit. Carry your camera.
When to go
Skiing: Late December – March
(You can even enjoy snowfall until early June, but it will not be suitable for skiing.)
How to reach
Dehradun is about260 kilometersfromDelhi, the national capital of India.
If you board Dehradun Shatabadi in the morning (06:50 AM) from the capital, you will be in Dehradun, the state capital, by lunch. You can choose from Chair Car (CC) and First AC classes. The First AC Class ticket costs INR 900.00 per person (US$17.97, € 13.08, £11.20), whereas CC ticket costs INR 470.00 per person (US$ 9.38, €6.83, £5.85). Use railway station codes for the booking: New Delhi (NDLS) and Dehradun (DDN).
Dehradun to Sankri is about200 kilometers. This bus journey will take about eight hours.
Sankri (1,700 meters) to Kedar Kantha is about 11-kilometer trek via Juda Ka Talab (2,670 meters), a small pond amid luxuriant woods.
The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) Limited’s Tourist Rest House offers budget accommodation at Sankri. You can rent Economy rooms for INR 500.00 per night (US$ 9.98, € 7.26, £6.22) and dormitory for INR 165.00 per bed, per night (US$ 3.29, € 2.40, £ 2.05).