Embark on the Surkanda Devi trek that will take you to the Surkanda Devi Temple, located near Dhanaulti in the town of Uniyal gaon of Tehri District. The temple is perched on the top of a hill at an elevation of 2,756 m (9,042 ft) above sea level. The area is surrounded by dense forest and has a stunning view of the Garhwal region of the Himalayas with its snow-covered peaks, along with the Dehradun valley. Apart from the temple, the trek also includes a visit to Kanatal, known for its hilltop experiences.
Your trekking tour will start from Haridwar, from where you will be driving to reach Kaddukhal, one of the two bases for the Surkanda Devi trek. You will be trekking for 1.5 - 2 hrs to reach the Surkanda Devi Temple. You will be taking the second route during your downward journey and reach Kanatal by traveling for 10 km. You will have the option of spending the next day at Kanatal or traveling to New Tehri to visit Tehri Dam and enjoy water sports at the Dam. The 3-day trekking trip will end on the next day with you returning with memories of the pleasant trip and beautiful sceneries.
Haridwar to Surkanda Devi Temple (2,756 m ) (122 km drive followed by 02 km trek, 4.5 hrs)
You will be starting your Surkanda Devi Trek early in the morning from Haridwar.
Have a delicious breakfast and drive down to Kaddukhal village near Kanatal on Chamba - Dhanaulti road in Tehri District, the base for your trek to the temple.
From Kaddukhal, embark on a short trek along the natural trail to reach the temple in 1.5- 2 hrs.
Reach the temple to perch at the height of about 10,000 feet.
Offer your prayers to Mata Sati at the main temple.
Delight in watching the 360-degree view of the Garhwal region of the Himalayas with its snow-covered peaks, along with the Dehradun valley.
Feel amazed looking at the picturesque beauty of the surrounding region of the temple with its dense forest.
Next, you will journey a further 10 km through forests to reach Kanatal. Stay overnight at Kanatal.
Clothes & Footwear:
Trek Pants will be more comfortable during the trek than jeans or trousers.
Get yourself sturdy well-fitted trekking footwear so that your feet do not hurt during the trek.
Wear sneakers or other sports shoes as well as woolen socks.
Jackets to protect you against chilly weather.
Warm clothing such as fleece or woollen layers for nights.
T-shirts are more comfortable than shirts and dry fast.
Protect your head during the trek by wearing a cap or balaclava
Carry a light backpack with all the necessary items.
Personal toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, sanitiser etc. Carry sunscreen to protect your skin.
Personal medical kit with items such as prescribed medicines and common ones for altitude sickness, pain relief, headache, fever, stomach problems, motion sickness, allergies, diarrhea, etc.
Also an antiseptic cream, a pain relief spray, bandage and cotton for cuts.
Water bottle to refill with water to hydrate yourself during the trek.
Sunglasses for protecting the eyes.
Torch to use at night.
Camera with rechargeable batteries to capture the scenic beauty.
By Road: Haridwar is connected with other cities of the state by National Highway no 45. If you are traveling from Delhi, you can travel by National Highway 58 as well. Also, National Highway 74 originates from Haridwar and connects it to cities such as Kashipur, Bareilly and others.
By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, located 35 km away is the nearest domestic airport. From the airport, you can travel 38.9 km via Ambala-Dehradun-Haridwar Road or Haridwar Road or Haridwar - Dehradun Road and NH 34 and reach the city in 50 mins.
By Train: Haridwar Railway Station located in Haridwar is well connected with several major cities of India such as Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and others.
Yes, horses and ponies are available for offloading at the Surkanda Devi temple. You can ride a horse or a pony from Kaddukhal and reach the temple by the cemented route which takes around 45 minutes to reach.
Surkanda Devi Temple is located near Dhanaulti on the Chamba - Mussoorie Road of Unniyal Village in the Tehri district of Uttarakhand. It is perched on a hilltop and is located around 1000 feet above sea level. The surrounding areas of the temple are covered with dense as well as thick backwoods.
The Surkanda Devi Trek is an easy and comfortable trail which you can complete within a few hours. You can choose either of the two routes available. If you are a beginner, you will prefer to take the Kanatal route which is cemented and takes only 45 minutes to reach from Kaddukhal. If you prefer a little more adventurous route, you can take the longer route through the Dhanaulti forests. This route is slightly more difficult than the other route.
Although Surkanda Devi is accessible throughout the year, the best time to visit this temple would be during the summer season between April to July. If you visit during the months of May and June, you can also attend the Ganga Dussehra festival which is held during this time. If you visit during winter, you will find the weather chilly as the whole place gets covered with snow.
The highest altitude of the Surkanda Devi Trek is the location of the Surkanda Devi Temple which is at an elevation of 2,756 m (9,042 ft) above sea level.
Yes. You can go for the Surkanda Devi trek on your own. Take a guide along if you want to be sure about the destination and the route.