We finalize our har ki dun trek over telephone. Myself, Dr. Shekhar Bahuguna, Thapliyal ji and our Nepali porter, who loves nature & trekking and always get ready whenever we call him for any trek. He even comes in low charges. We agreed to meet at dehradun, so thay came from srinagar and myself from kotdwar. They had done all the arrangements & packing at srinagar. Next day early morning we caught the bus for naugaon. We had to follow Dehradun-mussoori-Naugaon-Purola-mori route. One route goes to yamunotri from naugaon via barkot. It was a raini season so road condition was very bad and we had to change the vehicle in many places. En-route we met a Bengali group who were also going to the Har ki Dun, they were five and from railway. From naugaon we got bus for purola. The whole valley is very beautiful. Mussoorie is 35 km. from dehradun and naugaon is 82 km. from mussoorie. From mussoorie to naugaon we had to change the vehicles in 7-8 places. This belt is a good fruit belt specially apple. A navodaya vidyalaya was looking very beautiful in these hills. Purola is 19 km. from naugaon. It is situated in a very beautiful valley. We purchased hunter shoes for porter from here. We covered purola to mori by taxi. Mori is a small market and surrounded by dense forest, from here one route goes to Hanol–tyuni and another towards har ki dun. We reached natwar 12 km. from mori by taxi, enroute we paid entry fees of Govind WildLife Sanctuary to forest department.
We did night stay at sankari which is 13 km. from natwar. Calcutta group was also with us. Taluka is 10 km. from here. Half route was done by taxi and then we started proper trekking for har ki dun. Each of us was carrying 17-18 kg. weight. Taluka is a small market and had lot of tourism possibilities if road will be approached. It was 2:00 pm now, trail was easy and people were available in short distance. One thing I noticed that children were begging for toffee and sometimes it was begged by elders also. Enroute we crossed villages, where houses were built in a different style, beautiful double story houses. Our porter was carrying heavy baggage so we hired a local porter. We did night stay in verandah of a shop at seema village. A natural water spring was making a nice sound.
While pitching the tent one should take care of some important things, e.g. place should be safe from water if rain started, pots should not be cleaned and waste food should not be thrown near tent, otherwise wild animals can come & damage the tent. Kitchen tent should not be opened other wise wild animals can destroy the food. Here We met two Israeli trekkers, thpliyal ji sat with them for long time. They shared their experience to one another in night, we also thought about to go to yamunotri valley after crossing Bali pass which is near to ruinsara tal.