For most hikers living in Delhi NCR, Nag Tibba is synonymous with the easiest Himalayan trek that can be attempted over a weekend.
An overnight train to Dehradun followed by a 6-hour jeep ride to Pantwari village. The same afternoon trek to Nag Tibba temple and camp overnight. The following morning trek on to “Jhandi Top” and descend to Pantwari. Followed by a jeep ride to Dehradun, in time for the overnight train to Delhi.
This is the itinerary most trekking companies follow and it has worked well for them so far. In the past few years, Nag Tibba has become a breadwinning trek for both bespoke and large scale trek providers.
Yet, with this fixed schedule arrival and departure, trekkers lose the urge to discover more than what trekking operators lay bare before them. So what do we miss on a fixed arrival and departure schedule? A few things for example –
- Interacting with shepherds/goatherds that flock to Nag Tibba’s many grazing grounds.
- Trekking to small bugyals that dot Nag Tibba ridge, including but not limited to Digon Thatch, Techta Thatch and Chinyali Thatch.
- Guptpaani (hidden water) a small natural water source that is hidden from all but the most resolute explorers near Techta Thatch
- Outstanding Garhwal Himalaya views from Digon and Chinyali thatch that rival and are better than the view from “Jhandi Top”
- Exploring the varied flora and fauna that abound in and around Nag Tibba
- The interesting history behind Dulleshwar Maharaj Temple at Patharkhol
- Spellbinding valley views between Aindi and Patharkhol
This March I spent a week at Nag Tibba. Often camping and staying with Gaddis or goatherds that flock to its slopes, seeking fodder for their livestock. Gaddis have wandered the Himalaya for generations and noone understands the topography and geography better than these nomadic people. Living with these shepherds, I discovered that there is more to Nag Tibba than meets the eye at first glance or what a fixed schedule trekking tour would have you believe.
In the next week, we will go over all above-mentioned places and share these places, the people we met, our explorations and notes with our readers. Here’s a teaser of what is to come.