Embark on a spectacular expedition that takes you through scenic forest walks all the way to a pristine temple complex on the mountain top by choosing the Bhadraj Temple Trek. Located in the western region of Mussoorie in Uttarakhand, Bhadraj Temple is dedicated to Lord Bal Bhadra who is also known as Balram, the brother of Lord Krishna. Visitors opt for this weekend getaway to not only escape into the laps of nature away from their busy schedules, but also to soak in the fresh and calming atmosphere of the holy site.
The Bhadraj trek is popular among hikers who are looking for a day-long adventure through dense jungles and an easy to moderate ascent. It is also a great opportunity for bird watchers and nature lovers to explore their interests. Witness the contrasting landscapes and terrains as you pass through this trail with lush forested lands on one hand and complete barrenness on the other, as the great Himalayas loom on one side while the Indian plains rear up on the other. Learn much about the Dudhi Village or Milkman’s trail that helps supply milk to Mussoorie town every day.
Mussoorie to Dhudhli
Start your Bhadraj trek early in the morning around 7 AM from Cloud End.
After hiking for about 2 km you will find yourself at a junction from where the trail will lead you to a breathtaking property here known as the George Everest House.
Traverse through the scenic Dudhli village where you will find three distinct clear grassy patches where you can stop for a break and to enjoy some snacks.
Trek for about a kilometer more till 4 PM and then stop for the night in your camps/village huts.
Enjoy bonfires at your campsite and warm hospitality shown by the local villagers who might also share folklore and intriguing tales about the region.
Enjoy a hot dinner and retire for the night early.
Trekking boots or shoes: You should take good quality trekking shoes with great grip and ankle support. This will keep you from getting shoe bites and pain in your feet.
Backpack with rain cover or/and Day pack with rain cover: Carry a 20-30 liter backpack with good hip and shoulder support as well as sturdy straps and quick access pockets. If you wish to avoid a heavy backpack you can also go for a lighter day pack.
Layers are the best option in high altitude trekking as they not only give you the most protection but also enable you to take them off easily.
Base layer: 3 full sleeved, collared, and dry fit T-shirts to protect your arms and neck from sun burns.
Insulation layers: 2 light fleece layers and 1 full-sleeve light sweater or jacket.
Outer layer: a wind and waterproof jacket preferably with a hood. 2 pairs of trek pants that are waterproof and have zippered pockets.
Sunglasses, sun cap, woolen cap, synthetic hand gloves, 3 pairs socks, headlamp, trekking pole, rainwear, toiletries, cutlery, 2 bottles of water each of at least 1 liter, dry snacks, hand sanitizer, and insect repellant.
Medicines for fever, indigestion, altitude sickness, and pain. Anti-inflammatory medicines, prescription medicines, antifungal powder, bandages, band-aids, ORS, pain relief spray and crepe bandage.
You have to first reach Mussoorie to be able to embark on your Bhadraj Temple Trek and there are several ways to get here.
The nearest airport to Mussoorie is the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun which is about 59 km away. The airport is well connected with direct flights from different parts of the country such as Delhi and Mumbai.
By Road: You can take one of the several government or privately run buses from Delhi or Dehradun to Mussoorie. There is also a good network of buses from important towns of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand to Mussoorie.
The nearest railway station to Mussoorie is the Dehradun Railway Station which is located around 36 km away. It is well connected with several big cities across the country such as Delhi, Kolkata, Jammu and Amritsar and after reaching Dehradun you can hire a local taxi or buses for Mussoorie.
Bhadraj Temple is located near Mussoorie in the state of Uttarakhand at an altitude of almos
The Bhadraj Hill trek is classified as an easy to moderate level trek that is ideal for beginners as it can be completed in one or two days. The trail takes you along a ridge that has the Gangetic plains on either side and Himalayan ranges looming in the distance.
The best time to do Bhadraj trek is right after the monsoon during the Bhadraj festival that is celebrated by local villagers and devotees. It happens around 15th to 17th August every year. This is also when the weather is most pleasant and ideal for the trek and the views are spectacular and lush.
The highest altitude of the Bhadraj trek is about 2,200 meters above sea level. The Bhadraj Temple that is dedicated to Lord Balram is perched atop this height from where you can enjoy some of the most mesmerizing mountain views.