Munsiyari – Dharchula – Chaukori – Itinerary, Road Conditions & Updates

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First and foremost “A very very Happy New Year to you and your family”… Also, apologies for missing out on articles for last couple of weeks but I assure that things will be back to normal weekly articles right from this article itself 🙂

It was that time of the year when I plan a trip to Uttarakhand especially Kumaon region for sighting the clear skies and views of mighty higher Himalayas including Trishul – Nanda Devi – Nanda Kot – Panchchuli ranges. However, with this trip I planned to close down the majority of Kumaon region covering the left most belt of Manila – Ranikhet, the right most belt of Pitthoragarh – Lohaghat along with top most belt of Munsiyari – Dharchula. The center belt of Nainital – Mukhteshwar – Almora – Binsar – Chaukori  was already covered in previous years. Also, I was eyeing on experiencing the snowfall hence planned the trip right in between holidays or festive season of 25th Dec 2014 to 1st Jan 2015. However, there was no luck on snowfall but we could find plenty of snow all around right from Kausani, Gwaldam to Munsiyari and Chaukori with Dharchula being a little disappointment apart from crossing the border into Nepal.

The Golden Glow – Sunset at Panchchuli Peaks as seen from Munsiyari
The Golden Glow - Sunset at Panchchuli Peaks as seen from Munsiyari

Well, the conditions lived up to the expectations, quite cold especially at nights but scenic views of higher Himalayas especially at sunset and sunrise right from the hotels were WORTH the effort we put in… The road conditions in most of the region were quite excellent barring few patches in between and the lonely roads to Dharchula and higher up roads from Munsiyari. We were a set of 3 families and 3 boys, in total of 9 split into two cars and it was one very nice vacation spent with the family in yet another winter 🙂 …

Though I am going to write a detailed Travel Tale and reviews of the guest houses I stayed, but just before that I would like to share what itinerary I followed, route I took and the updates on road conditions for reaching these places in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.

Views on the way to Manila from Delhi
Views on the way to Manila from Delhi

Itinerary for my Munsiyari – Dharchula – Chaukori Trip in December

Well, I had 8 days in hand for my Munsiyari – Dharchula – Chaukori trip including couple of buffer days and I followed the itinerary as below:

  • Day 1: Started the drive from Delhi – Moradabad – Kashipur – Jim CorbettMohaan – Marchula – MaulikhalManila. Stayed at KMVN Rest House at Manila, an offbeat place located in Ranikhet region of Kumaon. Mohaan to Manila is 60 km. Route is Mohaan – Marchula (14 KM) – Maulikhal (35 KM) – Dotiyal (51 KM) – Manila (60 KM). Delhi to Manila is 365 KMs. We started at 6.30 AM and ended at 3.30 PM.
  • Day 2: Resumed the drive from Manila to go through Jainal – Masi – Chaukotiya – Dwaraghat – Somehshwar – Kausani – Baijnath – Gwaldam. Stayed at Nature’s Treat Resort at Gwaldam. The route details are Manila – Jainal (22 KM) – Masi (40 KM) – Chaukotia (51 KM) – Dwaraghat (69 KM) – Someshwar (102 KM) – Kausani (113 KM) – Gwaldam (152 KM). From Dwaraghat, you need to take a left road from Main bazaar to Dunagiri / Someshwar. There will be a Y-fork after about 5-6 KM from where you need to take the road to Someshwar. Then, you will reach a place called Binta from there you need to take another left to Someshwar. After reaching Someshwar, take left towards Kausani. We started at 10.00 AM and ended at 5 PM.
  • Day 3: Completed the final leg of the drive to Munsiyari from Gwaldam – Baijnath – Bageshwar – Chaukori – Thal – Birthi – Kalimuni Top (2700 Mtrs) – Munsiyari = 185 KM. Stayed at KMVN Rest House Munsiyari. Gwaldam to Bagshwar is 42 KMs and Chaukori is 91 KMs. From Chaukori, Munsiyari is further 94 KMs. The route from Kapkot that bifurcates from Bageshwar is shorter and meets near a police checkpost between Tejam & Qwity / Birthi ahead of Thal. However, locals forced us not to take that route and follow the longer route from Chaukori due to very bad roads. We started at 10.25 AM and ended at 7 PM.
  • Day 4: Rest Day at Munsiyari. Went on to play in snow towards Kalimuni Top and explored the Snow Trek to Thamri Kund. The trek took us about 3.5 Hrs to complete up and down. The total length of the trek is about 6 KMs, 3 KM each side from the Hanuman temple near Kalimuni top.
  • Day 5: Took the upper route from Munsiyari to Darkot (8 KM) – Madkote (22 KM) – Jaulijibi (66 KM) – Dharchula (96 KM). Stayed at KMVN Rest House at Dharchula. After playing in snow for an hour started for Dharchula at 11.30 AM from Munsiyari and ended at 6.00 PM with an hour break at heritage village of Darkot. There is a waterfall near bangapani which is about 46 KMs from Munsiyari.
  • Day 6: Crossed the border into Nepal by foot. Dharchula was a bit disappointing as it was more of a market and a big town though besides the Kali river. Since, there wasn’t much nature we dropped our second day booking at Dharchula and went to Chaukori via Askote – Didihat – Thal route. Stayed at Ojaswi Resort. We started at 12.30 PM and ended at 6.30 PM with more than an hour break at Thal. The route with distance was Dharchula – Jaulijibi (30 KM) – Askote (43 KM) – Narain Nagar (50 KM) – Didihat (56 KM) – Thal (83 KM) – Chaukori (109 KM). From Askote you have to take right like a u turn from a place where there is a sign board to pithoragarh. After reaching the Askote village, take a u turn to Narain Nagar – Didihat on your left. Lovely road through jungle all the way to Gauchar, (2 KMs before Thal) on which you can spot many birds too. At Gauchar, if you take right then it goes to Munsiyari and left goes to Thal – Chaukori. Narain Nagar offer amazing views of Nanda Devi.
  • Day 7: Rest day at Chaukori, went to Patal Bhuvaneshwar which is 38 KMs and celebrated the new year night at Chaukori.
  • Day 8: Weather turned upside down but had to leave for Delhi, so was a bit disappointing on missing out the snowfall as had few days of buffer 😉 … Took the route Chaukori – Berinag – Sheraghat – Dhaulchinna (77 KM) – Barechinna (91 KM) – Almora – Bhimtal – Kathgodam (197 KM) – Haldwani – Rampur – Moradabad Delhi (513 KM).  We started at 8.30 AM and were at Kathgodam at 4.15 PM almost 8 hrs after the start from Chaukori. Jageshwar Temple diversion is 17 km from Barechinna.

The total drive over the trip was 1535 KM. Over all it was quite a nice family vacation in Uttarakhand and the best part was the little kiddo enjoyed the snow and the snow man. We enjoyed the snow trek and the drive over the lovely, beautiful roads through the jungles 🙂 …

Playing in Snow at Munsiyari
Playing in Snow at Munsiyari

The drives, taking a rest under sun in Himalayas
The drives, taking a rest under sun in Himalayas

Crossing a Wooden bridge on the way to Jaulijibi from Munsiyari
Crossing a Wooden bridge on the way to Jaulijibi from Munsiyari

Playing with my son, his favorite game of throwing stones in river
Playing with my son, his favorite game of throwing stones in river

Road Conditions for Delhi – Manila – Gwaldam – Munsiyari – Dharchula – Chaukori

Following is the breakdown of road conditions for the trip:

  • Delhi – Moradabad: Excellent, smooth sailing.
  • Moradabad – Kashipur via road parallel to Thakurdwara: 2-3 KMs of road in horrible state rest mostly good though single lane. After crossing Moradabad, you take a left to Kashipur and after driving for 3—4 KMs you will see a board saying Nainital on right. Take that right, that road will take you towards Baazpur. Do not go to Baazpur but on that road there will be one crossing after 6-7 KMs, where you need to take a left. That road is narrow and pathetic for 2-3 KMs. However, it will save you from similar mess of 10-12 KMs on each Parallel road running towards Nainital via Baazpur and Kashipur via Thakurdwara respectively. This road will take you to Kashipur from where you follow the route to Ramnagar and then to Jim Corbett – Mohaan. If it is night, it is better to take the route from Haldwani – Rampur, IMO.
  • Kashipur – Ramnagar – Jim Corbett – Mohaan – Marchula: Mostly good roads with some bad patches in between.
  • Marchula – Maulikhal – Dotiyal – Rakshthal – Manila: Mostly Excellent, smooth sailing.
  • Manila – Jainal – Masi: Good roads mostly.
  • Masi – Chaukotia: Mostly bad road, pavement under way.
  • Chaukotia – Dwaraghat – Someshwar – Kausani – Baijnath – Gwaldam: Very Good roads mostly.
  • Gwaldam – Bageshwar – Chaukori – Thal: Very Good roads mostly but single lane having quite number of curves. Guys with motion sickness take care on this route 😉 … Earlier we planned to take Kapkot – Tejam route to Munsiyari but locals asked us to go via Chaukori route from Bageshwar as for small car Kapkot route was too bad in shape. Mostly High GC vehicles run over that route. However, the Kapkot route is about 30 KMs shorter than the Chaukori route.
  • Thal – Tejam – Birthi – Kalimuni Top – Munsiyari: The road starts to deteriorate after Thal towards Munsiyari. There are some steep stretches where you need to push the vehicle though not physically ;), some bad stretches where if in small car then you need to be careful. 30-35% of the road is in such state but rest of the road is in good conditions with nothing to worry about. Though we found some hard ice after Kalimuni Top but it was manageable.
  • Munsiyari – Darkot: Good roads mostly being well tarred.
  • Darkot – Madkote – Jaulijibi: Mostly bad roads but very scenic drive. I will say 60% of the road is quite bad with about 12-15% very very bad and rest 40% odd road is good and very good in patches. It was one of the most beautiful roads with scenic landscape around to drive in Uttarakhand. Gori Ganga river accompanies you all the way up to Jaulijibi, adds the charm to the drive. There were multiple landslide points, water crossings, creaking wooden bridges 😀 … The Water crossings in summers / rains would surely means trouble due to swollen water levels… If you have been to Kinnaur Valley up to Nako in Himachal Pradesh then you can co-relate the road conditions much to it as it made me remind of those roads & views in Kinnaur only with Sutluj flowing beside 🙂
  • Jaulijibi – Dharchula: Mostly bad and very bad in shape, broken.
  • Jaulijibi – Askote – Didihat: Mostly bad in shape with few good patches in between. Jaulijibi is a merging point where road from Munsiyari and Pitthorgarh – Askote meets. We planned to go via Pitthoragarh – Lohaghat earlier but then as Dharchula was not that good we planned to go to Chaukori via Askote – Didihat road and rest there for couple of days.
  • Didihat – Thal – Chaukori: Mostly good and very good in shape.
  • Chaukori – Berinag – Sheraghat – Dhaulchinna – Barechinna – Almora: Mostly very good roads with lovely dense forests, totally loved the drive. The road between Golu Devta Temple and Barechinna was in bad shape else like I said mostly very good.
  • Chaukori – Patal Bhuvaneshwar: Very bad in shape after Raigara. Butter smooth roads from Berinag to Chaukori.
  • Almora – Bhimtal – Kathgodam – Haldwani – Rudrapur: Very good roads, smooth sailing.
  • Rudrapur – Rampur – Moradabad: Mix of bad and average roads. Road between Rudrapur and Rampur has improved but still have a lot of pot holes where car gets some abuse as you tend to drive fast.

Road conditions between Delhi – Manila
Road conditions between Delhi - Manila

Road conditions between Chaukori – Munsiyari
Road conditions between Chaukori - Munsiyari


Road conditions between Chaukori - Munsiyari

Road conditions between Munsiyari – Madkote – Jaulijibi
Road conditions between Munsiyari - Madkote - Jaulijibi


Road conditions between Munsiyari - Madkote - Jaulijibi

Road conditions between Jaulijibi – Dharchula
Road conditions between Jaulijibi - Dharchula

Road Conditions between Chaukori – Almora
Road Conditions between Chaukori - Almora

Landslide on the way to Jaulijibi from Madkote
Landslide on the way to Jaulijibi from Madkote

Snow on the Road between Chaukori – Munsiyari
Snow on the Road between Chaukori - Munsiyari

Phone Signals with Data Connectivity on Roads in Kumaon Trip | Munsiyari – Chaukori

I was carrying Airtel Postpaid, BSNL Postpaid and Vodafone Postpaid was with some friends. Following was the signal status:

  • All three were working mostly through all the days except Dharchula.
  • At Dharchula Airtel was having Nepal International Roaming. Vodafone was dead. BSNL was working as local connection.
  • Only few sections of the roads were there where Airtel and Vodafone was not working. BSNL had the widest coverage among all.
  • Data Connectivity was almost always available wherever the signals were present though it was mostly 2G and in some towns like Gwaldam even 3G was running :D.

Other Important Updates for Kumaon Trip | Munsiyari – Chaukori

  • If you are particular about brands in Liquor then it is best that you carry your own as we ended up shocked with even no availability of Old Monk 😉

  • While in Uttarakhand, buy some packets of buns everyday you start in case you like them. They are quite a good partner for tea on a road side tea shack 🙂

  • While going to Manila, Maulikhal has an ATM.

  • On the way to Kausani – Gwaldam from Manila, Dwaraghat has a petrol pump.

  • While going to Munsiyari, make sure you have filled fuel at Thal as there is no fuel pump after Thal. At times, even at Thal due to shortage in supply they give you only limited fuel.

  • At Thal, just aside the petrol pump there is a nice restaurant by the name JJ Hotel and Restaurant. The food served was quite nice up there.

  • Darkot is a heritage village 8 KMs ahead of Munsiyari. You can get yourself the Pasham (Mountain Rabbit) wool Shawls, Cardigans, Caps, crafted by hand as a heritage run by an old lady Prema ji who is the mother of a well known guide of this region named Raju guide. You can reach him at 08958687822. These are in purest form of that woolen and crafted by hands only, so a bit costly but very very warm & pure. The white one is pure while the grey one is a mix and comes a bit cheaper.

  • You can also get some local herbs from Raju at Darkot Village such as Jambo used to flavour Dal, Thoya much like Kala Jeera, Tehmur like Kali Mirch (in case you need warmth in cold, you can drink a soup having lot of Tehmur in it), Gandraini sticks though bitter in taste but good for constipation.

  • Munsiyari also sells quite famous local Rajma (Kidney Beans) & potato and you can get some of them for you in case you like them.

  • The road from Darkot – Madkot – Jaulijibi runs along Gori Ganga river. Also, offers views of Johar Ghati towards Milam which is surrounded by Tibet from one side and Nepal from the other if I am not wrong??

  • There is petrol pump 5 KMs before Dharchula.

  • Jauljibi & Dharchula also have ATMs.

  • Didihat to Thal is a lovely road through forest where you can spot many birds too.

  • Ahead of Almora while coming from Chaukori, Kakrighat to Khairna is 10 KM. At Kakrighat, you can go inside village on right and sit by the river on the opposite bank from road.

  • Udupiwala Restaurant at Kathgodam is expensive and service is not that great, quite slow in case it is full

Petrol Pump at Dwaraghat
Petrol Pump at Dwaraghat

Prema ji, continuing the old heritage of Darkot Village
Prema ji, continuing the old heritage of Darkot Village

Toll Amounts on the Route

  • First toll after Gajraula: Rs 55
  • Second Toll towards Moradabad: Rs 45
  • Third toll: Rs 20
  • Fourth toll at Moradabad: Rs 15
  • Fifth toll at Moradabad just after the previous one: Rs 15

I will start sharing the detailed Travel Tale of this Munsiyari – Dharchula – Chaukori trip, the reviews of the properties I stayed and places at which I ate food, very soon. So, stay tuned guys 🙂

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104 Comments

  1. BHASKAR ACHARYYA on

    Dheeraj Bhai,

    i am Bhaskar, from Chandannagore, W. Benal, want to visit munsiyari at 20th Dec ’17 . Can i travel this area at this time. i read your post and interested to visit the kumaon. where we found snow in this time? please guide me.

    thanks in advance.

    Bhaskar Acharyya.
    9903696949

    • Unless it snows, heavily during those days, yes, you can travel to Munsiyari during last week of December. You will be able to to find snow at Munsiyari in case it has started snowing in hills by that time else in case snow has not started, then in Kumaon you will not see snow.

  2. Dheeraj Bhai,

    Hello once again, but on a different forum. 🙂
    My cousin wants to cover Almora & Pithoragarh districts backpacking in the month of July (His Semester break). I adviced him against as it shall be Monsoon Season. What do you think??? Can it be done??? He basically wants to cover Munsiyari, Binsar, Chaukhori, Almora, Ranikhet, Kaushani. He & 3 of his friends are planning for a max of 10 days (Excluding days of transit from Delhi).
    I have been to these places but in the winters, so no idea of the monsoon season. There is no better than you to help. He being a student shall be on a shoestring budget opting for Public Transportations, KMVN/GMVN Guesthouses & stuff. I can help with Guest Houses, Hotels, Guides & stuff, but not with weather conditions.

    Thanks in Advance.
    🙂

  3. Nidhi Bhandari on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all thanks a tonne for the detailed post.
    We will be traveling from Bageshwar to Munsiyari on 25th of January 2017. We will be staying at KMVN rest house at Munsiyari. Since we have a kid with us, and it is not a trekking trip; can you suggest any places near the rest house where we might find snow for playing with the kid?

  4. hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning a road trip from Mumbai with 2 friends to Kausani via nanital, ranikhet and almora I dont know much about the region as this is my 1st trip there while reading and exploring came upon your blog and now want to add munsiyari also to the itinerary as it seems we do not want to miss it.
    we have around 10 to 11 days for this trip.
    we will be starting our travel by 28th or 29th of Jan 2017 from mumbai and want to be back by 6th or 7th Feb 2017.
    Can you help me out with the planning and the itinerary and also if its a good time to visit.
    we want to be away from the noise and hustle bustle and enjoy the beauty of the mountains and snow.

    Thank you in advance.

  5. Tarun bhardwaj on

    hi Dheeraj, Nice post. I am planning to travel on 31st December from Delhi by Bike. Is it possible to have a 4 days round trip.

  6. Hi Dheeraj,
    Nice Travelogue !! I am Planning to travel with my wife from delhi to kathgodam(train) in last week January ’17 and then plan to hire bike to Munsiyari covering chaukori ,almora etc….

    Is it Feasible to travel/cover the area from Kathgodam to Munsiyari on Bike ..
    Any Risk Involved due to ice etc….other factors..

    regards
    Nishant

  7. Rakesh Khatri on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Can u pls suggest a travel plan to munsyari with 7 days in hand. We (5 Families) are travelling by our own car
    1) Best route to munsyari from kashipur/ramnagar
    2) break up of journey
    3) Where to expect the snow fall as we are planning to go in end of Dec
    4) Any other suggestion you wish to provide

    Thanks
    Rakesh Khatri

    • Hello Rakesh,

      1. Well, you can follow two routes, the one I explained above that goes from Manila – Ranikhet/Kausani – Chaukori or go from Almora – Binsar side.
      2. You should plan as per below suggestion
      3. You should expect snow in Munsiyari especially at Kalamuni Top and towards Thamri Kund trek
      4. Do read the article above.

      Here is the suggested plan for you:

      Day 1 | Ramnagar – Manila – Kausani/Gwaldam
      Day 2 | Kausani/Gwaldam – Chaukori
      Day 3 | Chaukori – Munsiyari
      Day 4 | Munsiyari rest day and around
      Day 5 | Munsiyari – Patal Bhuvaneshwar
      Day 6 | Patal Bunvaneshwar – Nainital/Mukteshwar/Binsar (Do cave visit in the morning)
      Day 7 | Reach back Ramnagar

  8. Hi Dheeraj,

    First of all thanks a lot for running this “one stop shop” kind of blog which is extremely helpful while planning a trip to Himalayas.

    I am travelling to Dharchula–Nepal via Dehradun—Rudrapraya—Karnaprayag—Gwaldam—Bageshwar—Chaukori—Munsyari on 25th November 2016.

    It will be a bike trip with my 3 friends and we have decided to make this trip a “no hotel only tent” type.

    Could you please guide me the safe and good tenting/camping places in Garhwal as I will be covering it till Karnaprayag.

    I am very much confident in Kumaon but not Gharwal.

    Pit-stop will be like:-

    Day 1:- Karnaprayag
    Day 2:- Chaukori
    Day 3 :- Munsyari.

    • Thank you Rajeev 🙂 🙂

      Well, it will come down to an open space somewhere nearby a village or a home in the village with outside lawn. I do not have specific idea about a camping site at Karnprayag but well most of the villages have these farming fields where you can ask for permission or at max pay a tip of Rs 100 or so to the villager to allow you to pitch the tent.

  9. Adolf Jayathilak on

    hi Dheeraj,
    After reading your blogs, i m now tempted to take a road trip starting 28th of October from Delhi to Munsiyari via Nainital, Binsar and return to delhi via Kausani Ranikhet with a stay at Corbett to cap the trip. Me and my son (20 yrs) are planning to take a self driven car from delhi for this trip. Your suggestions would be highly appreciated.

    1. Is taking a self driven car advisable or a taxi with a driver from kathgodam is ideal?
    2. where are the breaks we need to take and places to stay.
    3. Places we should visit along this route.

    we have time till the 5th of November.

    thanks in adance

    best regards
    -Adolf

    • Hello Adolf,

      Great to know that and Munsiyari including whole of Kumaon is an amazing place to be at.

      1. Yes, take a self drive car as most of the roads are very good barring few bad patches.
      You have about 9 days and I will sugggest that you plan as per below itinerary

      1. Delhi to Nainital / Pangot / Mukteshwar
      2. Nainital / Pangot / Mukteshwar – Chaukori via Sheraghat route
      3. Chaukori – Patal Bhuvanehwar – Chaukori
      4. Chaukori – Munsiyari
      5. Munsiyari rest day
      6. Munsiyari rest day
      7. Munsiyari – Bageshwar – Kausani/Gwladam (long drive so start early)
      8. Kausani/Gwladam rest day
      9. Kausani/Gwladam – Delhi

  10. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to travel to Munsiyari from 7th October to 11th October.Plan is to leave Delhi on 7th Evening.Please suggest the beat route.I am currently planning through Delhi-Rudrapur-Naramata-Tanakpur-Champawat-Lohaghat-Reetha Sahib-Pithoragarh-Thal-Munsiyari as one the member suggested in the forum.

    Please advice.

    Thanks,

    Shantanu

    • Shantanu, you can take that route and come back from Chaukori – Sheraghat – Almora route. Please note that it will be hectic trip for just 5 days in hand.

    • Shravan Muppidi on

      Hi Shantanu,

      I am from Hyderabad, I will also be traveling to Munsyari on 7th Oct 2016. How are you traveling? if you are alone, can I tag along, If you are going by your Car, can i tag along? we can share the expenses… If interested you can mail me shravanmuppidi@yahoo.com

    • Shravan Muppidi on

      Hi Dheeraj,

      I will be landing in Delhi by 3:00 PM on 7th Oct and i would like to travel onwards on the same day to either Chaukori, Askote or Munsyari.
      I need to be back in Delhi by 15th Night and catch a flight back early 16th morning

      I haven’t booked or planned anything yet… just looking for best way to reach there…
      I want to be at once place and relax, probably do daily short treks to the nearby villages if any…

      Whats the mode of transportation that you suggest or what is the best way to reach one of these places and which place would you suggest.

      Thank you
      Shravan

      PS: I have been following your site since 2011, and it has been a big source of inspiration and information when i was traveling through Himachal and J&K. Thanks a lot for that 🙂

      • Shravan, thank you for such warm words and been following the DoW for almost last 5 years. Well, you can take the direct bus from Delhi Anand Vihar ISBT to Munsiyari that starts at 4.30 PM and will reach earl morning next day. Then you can spend your days up there and take rides on shared jeeps to come back or may be the same route.

  11. SHUVAJIT GANGULY on

    I WILL BE TRAVELLING IN MY CAR FROM KOLKATA STARTING 05.10.2016 .I WANT TO BE BACK IN KOLKATA
    BY14/10/2016 NIGHT.I WOULD LIKE TO COVER KAUSANI,MUNSIYARI ,ALMORA AND MUKTESWAR.CAN YOU PLEASE SUGGEST ME AN ITENARY WITH EXCELLENT PLACE OF STAY ( WITH A VIEW) .WILL IT BE TOO CROWDED
    DURING THIS TIME OF THE YEAR.I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU CAN SUGGEST LONELY & PEACEFUL PLACES.
    ALSO COULD YOU PLEASE ADVICE ME ON THE CONDITIONS OF ROAD AFTER MONSOON.

    REGARDS

  12. Bharat Chauhan on

    Hello Dheeraj,

    Me and my friends are planning a road trip from Delhi to Munsiyari, we are like 6-8 riders.

    we have not yet planned the dates yet.. can you help me with the best time and route to visit Munsiyari and how much days do we need to explore this scenic beauty.

    Just one add on, we all ride RE, so rough/bad roads wont be a problem for us.

    Thanks A lot for sharing so much information, it really helps.

  13. parneet Arya on

    HI Dheeraj,

    I am planning to do a road trip from Dehradun to Munsiyari in december to be specific from December 16th to 23th…

    I just want to know how are the roads and i am travelling with my wife in My ALTO 800. will it be doable in the car?

    Ice on road will be an issue or Not? IS it safe? do i need ice chains? etc.
    Also can you suggest some places must visit in Route and halt places or location where i should stay for overhaul

    Here is the route map

    https://www.google.co.in/maps/dir/Dehradun,+Uttarakhand+248001/Munsyari,+Uttarakhand/@29.7751212,79.2088263,9.29z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x390929c356c888af:0x4c3562c032518799!2m2!1d78.0321918!2d30.3164945!1m5!1m1!1s0x39a6dc8d1ea9276d:0x5748adfabe56734!2m2!1d80.2373401!2d30.0715174!3e0

    Thanks a ton

    • Parneet, it should be fine to travel. You may find some snow around Kalamuni top but rest should be good to travel. You can make a night halt at Gwaldam and next at Chaukori and then reach Munsiyari. Spend couple of days and come back the same route visiting Patal Bhuvaneshwar near Chaukori.

  14. Vivek Agarwal on

    Hi Dheeraj

    I want to travel Munsiyari with my family but I have Hyundai i10. My friends have a big time doubt that a small car can reach to that place without any hurdle.

    Can you suggest something on this.

    • Vivek, you can easily make a trip to Munsiyari with i10. There was no such road that existed on that route which cannot be driven by any car. Of course, be careful and cautious at some section and you may ask someone to step down and guide the passage in case of doubt.

  15. RAJAN BANSAL on

    Hi Dheeraj..Do you have any idea about road conditions from Munsiyari -Lohaghat-Tanakpur. Want to do the return leg by this route. Plus how many days are sufficient for stay at munsiyari?

    • We went towards (almost half way) Pitthoragarh route as we were planning to come back from Lohaghat only. Most of the roads were OK and there were construction work going on at few inner roads. Apart from that mostly it was above average and good at many places.

  16. jhulan dasgupta on

    hi dheraj,
    wish you are in good health. i along with my wife nandita desired to go to kumaon on 19th June this time we start my journey from tanakpur and wish to visit shyamalatal, munsiary, birthi, kousani, chakouri, binsor and sattal and we havi 12 days excluding journey period. we like lonely placse, please guide us we have car with us.

    • You can follow something like below:

      1. Delhi to Nainital / Pangot
      2. Nainital / Pangot Exploration Day
      3. Nainital / Pangot – Binsar
      4. Binsar – Munsiyari from Berinag
      5. Munsiyari
      6. Munsiyari – Chaukori
      7. Chaukori – Patal Bhuvanehwar
      8. Chaukori – Kausani via Baijnath
      9. Kausani – Almora – Mukteshwar / Ramgarh
      10. Mukteshwar / Ramgarh (Day trip to Sattal / Bhimtal / Naukuchiyatal)
      11. Mukteshwar / Ramgarh – Back to Delhi

  17. PRAKRITISH BASU on

    Dhiraj, I like to visit Munsiyari during winter around Jan/Feb. What I need is clear sunny weather with snow all around. Please suggest when should I go and where to stay.

    • No one can guarantee what you are looking forward to except weather gods 🙂 .. But, chances are porbably higher when you are planning this trip. How many days you have in hand? mid Jan to Feb is a good time.

  18. Biswajit Chanda on

    I want to visit by state bus – Nainital,Kausani,Munsiyari, choukori, Dharchula . I want to start from Kathgodam/ Haldwani and want to back to any railway station to catch train for Newdelhi .

    • Shilpa Rao on

      Hi Dheeraj..
      My itinerary goes like this..
      Pantnagar to Corbett- Kausani – Munsiyari-Jhaltola -Ramgarh and then back to Pantnagar

      Any suggestions for must see places between Corbett-Kausani.. Is Raniketh worth two nights stay?

      • Well, in between Corbett and Kausani, you can take the route from Corbett to Manila to Kausani. Gwaldam is an amazing place for breathtaking view of Trishul peak but choose one between Gwaldam or Kausani. The drive is very nice so better not to stay two nights in Ranikhet rather use one of them in Munsiyari.

  19. Biswajit Chanda on

    I want to start from Kathgodam or Haldwani bu bus to cover Ninital, Kausani,choukori,Munsiyari, Patal bhubaneswar then back to kathgodam or any other railway station to go to Delhi. please suggest my tour map.

  20. dhirajkalani on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Thanks for another inspiring trip to explore another side of Himalayas.
    Will this track will be having open roads and access to snow during mid March ?

    • Dhiraj, no the road remains open all throughout the year to Munsiyari and Chaukori or Dharchula.

      I hope this helps. Please let me know in case you have any queries or doubts.

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Dhiraj Kalani on

        No or Yes boss. I am back confused. Will road be open during mid march??

        Couple of more queries.. Will we be able to get closer to snow on this track and also is it possible to pass through Corbett park to reach Manila from Ramnagar?

    • dhirajkalani on

      Thanks Dheeraj for the tips and we followed largely the similar itinerary and covered Kumaon in last week. Amazing place, amazing people and mind-blowing landscapes.

      Having your namesake also helped to get bookings at Manila, as Mr Bisht still remember you 🙂

      Regards

  21. Hi Dheeraj,

    Came back last week after completing the whole circuit. Thanks a lot for your travelogue for all the help.!

    Few things that I would like to mention which you can update here for fellow travelers.

    1. Roads are in beautiful condition apart from a couple of places (mentioned below). Just loved driving on them.
    a. Thal to Munsiyari road repair work is in progress and is broken at many places.
    b. Road to Patal Bhuvaneshwar is in really bad shape after Berinag. The expansion work is going on over a 10-12 kms stretch which might stretch to next 7-8 months.
    2. Petrol pumps
    a. Thal now has 2 petrol pumps.
    b. There is one in Munsiyari also though it is on opposite side of Madkot road which goes towards Nanda Devi temple
    c. One more is there on way to Patal Bhuvaneshwar just before entering Berinag.
    3. The restaurant at Thal has got its name changed to Rituraj Restaurant. The food served was still good. 🙂

  22. hi dheeraj, i just went to naggar and near by villages. many thanks to your detailed travelogues. Will write a detailed tale about it in the forum soon. However, i am planning for nanital and near by places with family in a day or two. the trip will be for two or three days.i wanted to ask that can munsiyari be covered in two days. Also, i will be starting from lucknow. My main thing is to cover munsiyari. i have thought of starting early and reach nanital and stay overnight and next day start early for munsiyari, reach there and next day start early morning for home. Please any advice on the itinerary. if i am not able to complete munsiyari, then can u suggest any places near by nanital for snowfall.please reply soon as will leave in a day or two.Thanks again for igniting the long lost love for travelling.

  23. parul shah on

    hello sir,
    nice guideline u r giving
    we want to visit corbett nainital almora munsiyari kausani and our dates are 1 march to 7 march plsguide the route

    • Parul since you have just 7days in hand there is no point running around the places. I will suggest make a trip to Munsiyari when you have time on hand or else skip Jim Corbett. Below is what I will suggest with Jim Corbett

      1. Delhi to Jim Corbett
      2. Jim Corbett
      3. Jim Corbett – Kausani
      4. Kausani – Chaukori
      5. Chaukori – Patal Bhuvaneshwar – Chaukori
      6. Chaukori – Binsar/Mukteshwar
      7. Mukteshwar – Delhi

  24. Subhadip Kundu on

    Hi,
    Could you pls let me know the complete itinerary from Kolkata to cover up Pithoragarh, Darchula, Munsiyari, Pindari Glacier, Ranikhet and Almora and back to Kolkata in 10 days.

    • Pindari Glacier is a trek and is not suggested in winters. Are you sure you want to do it? Rest all will be accessible. The trek itself will take about 6-7 days

  25. Hi Dheeraj,

    Just read through your travelogue and it is very detailed and covers almost everything that one needs to know. I am planning a trip to the Kumaon region from 22.12 to 02.01. I will be travelling from Hyderabad by car along with my family.

    We want to cover Nainital, Kausani, Chaukori and Munsiyari (any other places that you suggest).
    Planning to reach Nainital by 23rd night and need to reach Agra on 31st Dec.

    Can you please suggest an itinerary from 24th to 30th Dec. The aim of the trip is to enjoy the natural beauty of Kumaon region along with the views of the Himalayas and have some fun in snow.
    Not too interested in visiting temples this time. But if something is on the way then definitely yes.

    Please also suggest places to stay in these places since we have never been to UK.
    We would like to stay away from the crowded places. What would be the temperature like during that time so that we can be prepared accordingly ?

    Lastly, is it possible to reach Agra from Munsiyari on 31st Dec with an early morning start (say around 7 am) ?

    Thanks in advance.

  26. Vaibhav Pandey on

    Very well written Dheeraj loved it!!
    One thing if you can help me with. Could you give an idea about how long it takes to reach Almora from Munsiyari. I will be taking local transport.

  27. Arpita Dasgupta on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    Can you suggest a comfortable itinery for Pancheshwar , Choukari, Munsiyari, Jageshwar from kathgodam. I have 6N7D in hand.

    • Hi Arpita,

      I will suggest that you follow below plan for Kumaon. This is the best you can do in the amount you have in hand

      1. Kathgodam – Jageshwar
      2. Jageshwar – Chaukori
      3. Chaukori – Patal Bhuvanehwar – Chaukori
      4. Chaukori – Munsiyari
      5. Munsiyari rest day
      6. Munsiyari – Kausani
      7. Kausani – Kathgodam

      • Arpita Dasgupta on

        Can you suggest any other place instead of Patal Bhuvaneshwar and Kausani. I visited these two places earlier. Can we fit Pancheshwar in place of Kausani?

        • In that case you can drop Patal Bhuvanshwar and head to Munsiyari only to spend time up there. Instead of Kausani, you can go over to Gwaldam and stay overnight. Beautiful place to get more closer view of Trishul

  28. Aritra Bahaduri on

    Did Devbhoomi trip in month of May, 2015.
    Route Taken: Blr-Delhi-Haridwar-chopta-karnaprayag-kausani-Munsyari-almora-bhimtal-Delhi-Blr
    BLR – Delhi: NS Corridor buttersmooth
    Delhi – Modinagar: Patchy, from modingar toll roads are good upto Rishikesh
    Rishikesh-Ukhimat-chopta: Single but nice view and descent tarmac
    Chopta-Karnaprayag (via gopeshwar bypass)- Descent tarmac
    Karnaprayag-Munsyari: Upto Gwaldham horrible roads, after gwaldham rather better from dangoli smooth. Chaukori to thal smooth from thal upto birthi found landslides would be tricky if rains or snows. Doable by hatch but need to be carefull at water crossings.
    Return leg, found snow in Munsyari-Birthi part rest well uptil almora.
    Almora -bhimtal: smooth surface, Took Halwani bypass to avoid mad traffic, Halwani bypass is done well.

  29. Rajeev Goel on

    Hi Deeraj,
    Please can you suggest me the best road route from Delhi to Munsiyari for May-15 3rd week.
    1. Delhi -Kashipur-ranikhet-Munsiyari
    2. Delhi-Rampur-Almora-Munsiyari
    3. Delhi-Rampur-Champawat-Pithoraghar-Munsiyari
    Please keep in mind about the road condition as well as scenic beauty on the way.
    Thanks
    Rajeev Goel

    • Rajeev, I will suggest that you take Delhi – Kashipur – Ranikhet/Manila – Kausani – Munsiyari on the way to Munsiyari and come back from Almora – Rampur route to enjoy the jouenry in both sections 🙂

  30. PARAG GHARDE on

    Hello Dheeraj,
    kindly help me out chalking a plan for a road-trip to Munsiyari from Delhi. Have already been to Ranikhet, Almora, Binsar and Jageshwar. Our probable time of visit is last ten days of May. Will be driving SX4.

    • Hi Parag,

      You have sufficient number of days in hand and you can plan something like below:

      1. Delhi to Nainital / Pangot / Mukteshwar
      2. Nainital / Pangot / Mukteshwar – Chaukori via Sheraghat route
      3. Chaukori – Patal Bhuvanehwar – Chaukori
      4. Chaukori – Munsiyari
      5. Munsiyari rest day
      6. Munsiyari rest day
      7. Munsiyari – Bageshwar – Gwaldam (long drive so start early)
      8. Gwaldam rest day
      9. Gwaldam – Kausani – Manila
      10. Manila – Delhi

      • PARAG GHARDE on

        Thank U Dheeraj for your prompt reply…as always.
        Your mention of “sufficient days” has made us bit greedy. Need your opinion if we can include Chopta as well.
        We plan to visit Chopta first and then move towards Munsiyari. On our return journey
        we plan to stay in Sattal and then proceed to Delhi.
        If you suggest we can add 2-3 days to make the trip more relaxing.
        Pl. suggest places to stay (Budget hotels) and how to pace our trip.
        Thanx once again.

        • In such a case, you can follow something like below

          1. Delhi to Rishikesh – Chopta
          2. Chopta Rest day, either visit Tunganath temple or visit Deoria Tal
          3. Chopta – Gopeshwar / Chamoli – Karnprayag – Gwaldam
          4. Gwaldam – Chaukori
          5. Chaukori – Patal Bhuvaneshwar – Chaukori
          6. Chaukori – Munsiyari rest day
          7. Munsiyari Rest day
          8. Munsiyari – Binsar
          9. Binsar – Mukteshwar / Sattal
          10. Mukteshwar / Sattal – Delhi

          You can add rest days in between as you like.

  31. Within 10 days I want to cover Mukteshwar, Kausani, Chaukori, Munshiyari, Dharchula and Nainital if possible. We plan to hire a taxi from Kathgodam on a Thursday in May and come back to Kathgodam by next to next Saturday. Can anyone suggest the best itirenary

    • Hi Sb,

      You can follow something like below for 10 day trip to Kumaon:

      Day 1: Kathgodam – Mukteshwar
      Day 2: Mukteshwar – Chaukori
      Day 3: Chaukori rest day, a visit to Patal Bhuvaneshwar
      Day 4: Chaukori – Munsiyari
      Day 5: Munsiyari rest day and around Munsiyari. May be a hike to Thamri Kund
      Day 6: Munsiyari – Chaukori – Kausani
      Day 7: Kausani rest day
      Day 8: Kausani – Binsar
      Day 9: Binsar – Nainital
      Day 10: Leave back home

  32. I want to ask you that can we add Binsar in our trip somewhere. Which route should I take for Ranikhet, i.e. bhowali-khairna-ranikhet or ramnagar-corbett-mohan-ranikhet..?

    • You can stay at Binsar instead of Patal Buvaneshwar in my itinerary suggested before.

      Day 1 | Delhi – Ranikhet
      Day 2 | Ranikhet – Chaukori
      Day 3, 4 | Chaukori – Munsiyari and rest at Munsiyari
      Day 5 | Munsiyari – Patal Bhuvaneshwar – Binsar, start early though from Munsiyari
      Day 6 | Binsar – Mukteshwar
      Day 7 | Mukteshwar – Delhi

      For Ranikhet, go via Bhowali – Khairna

  33. Hello bro, first of all kudos to you for writing wonderful travelogues which are very easily understood. After going through your “munsyari-dharchula” travelogue, I also want to go to kumaon side of UK. It ll b a family trip of 5 adults and one 3yr old kid in my own car with at least 7 days in hand. Kindly suggest an itinerary for the same. I have tried to make one, kindly see and advice accordingly.
    D1- Delhi-Ranikhet
    D2- Chaukori
    D3,4- Munsyari
    D5- Almora, with a visit to patal bhuvneshwar on the way to almora
    D6- Almora-Delhi
    Thanks in advance
    Regards,
    Dr Darvesh

    • Hello Doc,

      Musiyari to Almora can be done only alone not with a visit to Patal Bhuvaneshwar as it will add more drive time as well as visit time. Since you have 7 days, you can break it up from Munsiyari to Patal Bhuvaneshwar.

      Next day drive through Shreaghat to Almora from Patal Bhuvaneshwar, in fact better go to Mukteshwar instead of Almora and stay up there. Final day, go over to Delhi from Mukteshwar. So, it will look like:

      Day 1 | Delhi – Ranikhet
      Day 2 | Ranikhet – Chaukori
      Day 3, 4 | Chaukori – Munsiyari and rest at Munsiyari
      Day 5 | Munsiyari – Patal Bhuvaneshwar
      Day 6 | Patal Bhuvaneshwar – Mukteshwar
      Day 7 | Mukteshwar – Delhi

      Regards
      Dheeraj Sharma

      • Thank you boss for your kind suggestion. We ll b going towards march end. Will there be rush at that time ? If possible, can you suggest some good staying options, family-types, according to the itinerary you have made. Thanks a ton in advance

        • Mostly KMVN are good at all these places. At Chaukori, you can check Ojaswi just aside KMVN, very nice. We stayed there this time and loved it in entirety. Munsiyari – KMVN, Patal Bhuwaneshwar – one falls on the route to it, some 7-8 KMs before it offering nice views, I forgot the name. Do not book KMVN there. Mukteshwar – Oak Chalet is nice, but you need to walk down a bit for it. I stayed there with family and loved it.

        • Hello bro once again. Actually I m very confused regarding choosing the places to visit and stay in Kumaon region. As we are having quite a no. of days i.e. 7 in total, I m not being able to finalize the itinerary. We, groups of 3-4 families, will be starting from delhi and the final and only confirmed destination is Munsyari. Rest of the places will revolve around it. Plz make an itinerary for us for making the journey unforgettable.
          Thanks bro
          drdb

        • I did suggest an itinerary for you previously, did not you get my reply?

          Day 1 | Delhi – Ranikhet
          Day 2 | Ranikhet – Chaukori
          Day 3, 4 | Chaukori – Munsiyari and rest at Munsiyari
          Day 5 | Munsiyari – Patal Bhuvaneshwar
          Day 6 | Patal Bhuvaneshwar – Mukteshwar
          Day 7 | Mukteshwar – Delhi

  34. Thank you for the very informative article and the excellent tips Dheeraj! Hope to visit these places myself some day 🙂

    • Glad that you liked the info on Munsiyari and rest of the Kumaon explained in this article. Anytime you visit and have any queries for visiting this beautiful part of Himalayas then please let me know and I would be aable to help in whatever info. I know 🙂

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