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MORI IN UTTARAKHAND

''This gateway to the Tons Valley is increasingly getting popular for water sport activities.''

LOCATION : This quiet hill station is about 420kms from Delhi and is located in north-west Garhwal region of Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand.

WHY GO THE DISTANCE : A perfect place to relax and unwind amidst splendid beauty as the weather is usually pleasant and cool. Wooded hills, lush green paddy fields, waterfalls and nature walks amidst pine trees makes Mori one of the beautiful hill stations of Uttarakhand. Besides, this culture rich hill station houses a couple of ancient temples carrying beautiful architectural styles. Cultural diversity can be seen and experienced at Mori as it is situated at the border of Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh. Villagers here claim that they are the descendents of the Pandavas and Kauravas (heroes of the Epic Mahabharata. The place is also coming up as a popular rafting camping site lying on the course of Tons River. Some of the camp operators here are Camp Hari Ki Dun, Camp Megatons, Mercury Himalayan Explorations and Banjara Rafting Camp. Options of rock climbing, hiking, trekking, bird-watching, kayaking and experiencing diverse flora and fauna are also available here.

BEST TIME : The period between October to April would be the ideal time to visit Mori.

GETTING THERE : Travellers can easily reach Mori by air, rail, and road. The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest air base. From Delhi, one also has the option to reach Dehradun via train, closest railway station to Mori. From here one can board a bus for Purola and then change again from Purola for Mori, which is about 30kms away. However, a cab can directly be booked for Mori from Dehradun.

ROAD ROUTE : Delhi - Meerut - Roorkee - Dehradun - Mussoorie - Naugaon - Purola - Mori

PLACES OF INTEREST : Ichari dam:
It is a run-of-the river type concrete gravity dam on the Tons river. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power production. Legend has it the Tons River was born of the tears of the demoness Surpanakha.

Netwar:
Located about 11kms from Mori, it has a beautiful rectangular wooden structure temple devoted to Karna, friend of Duryodhana. The tall pine forests and ancient historic temple on the river side makes this place popular with the travellers.

Lunagad Creek:
It is beautiful place with a narrow ravine and a pond with a small waterfall. It’s a leisurely walk from Mori, surrounded by Asia's some tallest Pine forests.

Jakhol:
A small village surrounded by thick deodar forests. It is about 20kms from Mori and houses the Duryodhan temple.

Duryodhana Temple:
It is dedicated to Duryodhana (the eldest among the hundred Kauravas). It is believed to be beautifully wood crafted by Pandavas.

STAY OPTIONS : There are accommodation options available at Mori and Purola. You can either stay at budget hotels or river side camps at Mori. A large number of private resorts offer Camping facilities to visitors at reasonable prices. These resorts also organise bonfire and barbecue to make the stay unforgettable.
Hotel Shubham Palace, Parola, Uttarakhand: 081 26 188530


Source / Review By : Pramugdha Mamgain Nautiyal

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