Solo winter ride to Kharapathar - Tiuni - Purola circuit

Imlucky

Lucky Rider
Day 2 (Part 2): Tiuni - Hanol - Mori - Purola - Naugaon:

Tiuni is a small town on the confluence of Pabbar and Tons rivers. I was now moving forward on the road leading to Hanol that runs parallel to Tons river. This road connects Tiuni with Mori village on Purola - Sankri route. The road condition on this route was better than I expected. In fact, there was nothing to complain about.

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The scenery is entirely different in the Tons valley with a lot of open space along the river, and sparsely populated villages.

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Kedarkantha peak was visible from Tons valley. I remember climbing this peak with my wife in the winter of 2015. It is an easy peak to climb and is a hot favorite among the trekkers these days.
I reached Hanol at 2:40 PM. Hanol is famous for Mahasu Devta Temple on the river bank. It is a beautiful temple with wooden architecture.

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The road goes to Hanol village and further to Mori and Purola. Looking at the good road condition and this signboard saying 60 kms of Purola, I could not resist travelling further on it. So the decision was taken. Instead of going back to Tiuni and then to Chakrata, I decided to ride ahead on this road and explore the Tons valley.

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Mahasu Devta temple with Kedarkantha peak in the backdrop.

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Mahasu Devta temple

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It is explicitly written outside the temple that people of all religions, castes, and gender are welcome to visit the temple. Mahasu Devta ki Jai!

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A signboard saying Harkidun valley is only 69 km from here. I did Harkidun trek with my wife in December 2015. It was a beautiful trek but I remember that December was pretty cold for it.

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The road to Mori descends down to the woods along the river. With non-existent traffic, this was a pretty beautiful stretch all the way till Mori.

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Road to Mori along Tons river

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Tons river

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Mori village. I remember that in 2015, while coming back from the Kedarkantha trek, we pitched our tent around this very area.
I was riding really slow on this road to soak up the view and natural environment. I reached Mori at 4:20 PM and now was the time to look for a shelter for the day. I decided to ride to Purola and find a hotel there to stay in.

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After crossing Mori, I was on the Purola-Sankri road. Although this was my first time on the Tiuni-Mori road, this was my 5th visit to this road. Sankri area and Govind Pashu National Park hosts many beautiful treks. I have also done quite a few treks in this area including Ruinsara Gad, Kedarkantha peak, Rupin Pass, and Harkidun Valley. And I am definitely in for more in the future!

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The road from Mori to Purola climbs up to a place called Jarmola Dhar before it descends down to Purola. It was 4:50 PM and I was really tired by this point. Whenever we travel to Sankri, we usually stop here for tea. This time also, I stopped at Jarmola Dhar for some tea and pakora.

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The hills are covered with the tall deodar trees

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The road descends for Purola after Jarmola Dhar and the valley opens up again.

I reached Purola at 5:45 PM and started looking for a hotel to stay. But just then, a thought flashed into my mind. After such a long ride today, it will be really difficult to ride from Purola to Delhi the next day. So, I decided to skip Purola and ride till around 7:00 PM and stay wherever I reach by then. I was pretty familiar with this route and understood that if I continue to ride now, I could reach Naugaon before dark which was less than 20 km from Purola. My entire body was aching but I continued to ride to make things easier for the next day. I reached Naugaon before 7:00 PM and started looking for a hotel to stay for the night. Naugaon is a tri-junction on this route. One road leads to Purola and Sankri (I was coming from this one), another going up to Janki Chatti, and then turning into a trek to Yamunotri, and the third one going towards Mussourie and Dehradun. Since the Yatra season was off in the winters, I could easily find a good hotel for Rs 1000. Suddenly, I was not tired anymore and went for a little walk across the town. It was offseason, so I could not find a place to eat and ordered dinner from the hotel where I was staying.

Stay for the night:
Hotel Oak Cedar,
Barkot Road, Naugaon

Watch this space for more....
Gaurav Talan
You can contact us on insta @himalayan_monal
Kanchan, Gaurav & Advika (@himalayan_monal) • Instagram photos and videos
This picture clicked from descend for Purola is amazing. I would love to see a view of winter foggy morning from here
 

Imlucky

Lucky Rider
Day 2 (Part 2): Tiuni - Hanol - Mori - Purola - Naugaon:

Tiuni is a small town on the confluence of Pabbar and Tons rivers. I was now moving forward on the road leading to Hanol that runs parallel to Tons river. This road connects Tiuni with Mori village on Purola - Sankri route. The road condition on this route was better than I expected. In fact, there was nothing to complain about.

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The scenery is entirely different in the Tons valley with a lot of open space along the river, and sparsely populated villages.

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Kedarkantha peak was visible from Tons valley. I remember climbing this peak with my wife in the winter of 2015. It is an easy peak to climb and is a hot favorite among the trekkers these days.
I reached Hanol at 2:40 PM. Hanol is famous for Mahasu Devta Temple on the river bank. It is a beautiful temple with wooden architecture.

View attachment 787743
The road goes to Hanol village and further to Mori and Purola. Looking at the good road condition and this signboard saying 60 kms of Purola, I could not resist travelling further on it. So the decision was taken. Instead of going back to Tiuni and then to Chakrata, I decided to ride ahead on this road and explore the Tons valley.

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Mahasu Devta temple with Kedarkantha peak in the backdrop.

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Mahasu Devta temple

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It is explicitly written outside the temple that people of all religions, castes, and gender are welcome to visit the temple. Mahasu Devta ki Jai!

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A signboard saying Harkidun valley is only 69 km from here. I did Harkidun trek with my wife in December 2015. It was a beautiful trek but I remember that December was pretty cold for it.

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The road to Mori descends down to the woods along the river. With non-existent traffic, this was a pretty beautiful stretch all the way till Mori.

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Road to Mori along Tons river

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Tons river

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Mori village. I remember that in 2015, while coming back from the Kedarkantha trek, we pitched our tent around this very area.
I was riding really slow on this road to soak up the view and natural environment. I reached Mori at 4:20 PM and now was the time to look for a shelter for the day. I decided to ride to Purola and find a hotel there to stay in.

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After crossing Mori, I was on the Purola-Sankri road. Although this was my first time on the Tiuni-Mori road, this was my 5th visit to this road. Sankri area and Govind Pashu National Park hosts many beautiful treks. I have also done quite a few treks in this area including Ruinsara Gad, Kedarkantha peak, Rupin Pass, and Harkidun Valley. And I am definitely in for more in the future!

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The road from Mori to Purola climbs up to a place called Jarmola Dhar before it descends down to Purola. It was 4:50 PM and I was really tired by this point. Whenever we travel to Sankri, we usually stop here for tea. This time also, I stopped at Jarmola Dhar for some tea and pakora.

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The hills are covered with the tall deodar trees

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The road descends for Purola after Jarmola Dhar and the valley opens up again.

I reached Purola at 5:45 PM and started looking for a hotel to stay. But just then, a thought flashed into my mind. After such a long ride today, it will be really difficult to ride from Purola to Delhi the next day. So, I decided to skip Purola and ride till around 7:00 PM and stay wherever I reach by then. I was pretty familiar with this route and understood that if I continue to ride now, I could reach Naugaon before dark which was less than 20 km from Purola. My entire body was aching but I continued to ride to make things easier for the next day. I reached Naugaon before 7:00 PM and started looking for a hotel to stay for the night. Naugaon is a tri-junction on this route. One road leads to Purola and Sankri (I was coming from this one), another going up to Janki Chatti, and then turning into a trek to Yamunotri, and the third one going towards Mussourie and Dehradun. Since the Yatra season was off in the winters, I could easily find a good hotel for Rs 1000. Suddenly, I was not tired anymore and went for a little walk across the town. It was offseason, so I could not find a place to eat and ordered dinner from the hotel where I was staying.

Stay for the night:
Hotel Oak Cedar,
Barkot Road, Naugaon

Watch this space for more....
Gaurav Talan
You can contact us on insta @himalayan_monal
Kanchan, Gaurav & Advika (@himalayan_monal) • Instagram photos and videos
Road to Mori is mind blowing.
Also interested to know about the comfort and performance of Dominar in cold, any startup issues. You also mentioned doing some treks in that area, did you do that through trekking companies or self organized treks
 

gauravtalan

Himalayan Monal
Can you show the Churdhar Peak ?



I was waiting for this Log !
Expecting More Pics from Day 2 !
It is a spectacular Log as expected !
Here's the photo of Churdhar peak from just after Theog on Theog - Kotkhai road. This is as per the restaurant owner where I had my breakfast. Experts from the community may confirm :)

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gauravtalan

Himalayan Monal
Road to Mori is mind blowing.
Also interested to know about the comfort and performance of Dominar in cold, any startup issues. You also mentioned doing some treks in that area, did you do that through trekking companies or self organized treks
No startup issues at all. Dominar is a petty comfortable bike but I still feel the need for a handle raiser especially after riding it for 8-9 hours. The handle of Dominar UG is a bit raised as compared to the old versions. But it is still not upright. Also, stock tyres are fine for highways but will not give you confidence in snow and black ice. One can upgrade to adventure tyres if a lot of riding is in hills.

Yes, I did these treks with a guide. He is a friendly guide and I recommend him especially if you are planning a trek with your family. His name is Bachan Rana. Phone numbers: 9458386006 , 7617766006 . He also has a website: Himalaya Shelter - Trekking, Camping, Adventure Activities in India. He mostly takes care of Uttarakhand treks. If you plan a trek to Himachal then I recommend this guide - Name: Ronit, phone numbers: 9882044012, 9736277467.
 

Ravi_M

Member
I read through the entire log in one go! Very nicely covered the route in the log.
I envy those who live around Delhi or Mumbai- Pune for the proximity they have to the hills. While Sahyadri has its charm in monsoon, Himalaya offers beauty all round the year!!
I have done Kadarkantha trek in 2007 and Surpass trek in 2005 with YHAI. I loved Kedarkantha more for the greenery. I wish to do more treks there as I am retiring soon. But this COVID-19 has spoilt all my plans.
Thanx for the beautiful pics and informative description!
 
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