Whenever I hear the word “winter”, the first word that strikes my mind is “Snow”. I love snow and places which receive plenty of snow. India is home to several scenic destinations where one can experience an ample amount of snow. I had experienced snow for only once when I was on a trip to Nainital and Mukhteshwar. After that trip, I never got any opportunity to witness snow or snowfall. As I am an adventure freak person, I always look for adventure in each situation or in my each travel plan. So I decided to go on a snow trek.

According to Indian geographical conditions, Uttarakhand receives less snowfall than Himachal Pradesh. So there are more treks in Uttarakhand than Himachal Pradesh which remain accessible during the winter season. These treks are Har Ki Dun, Dayara Bugyal, Brahmatal, Nag Tibba, Dodital, Kedarkantha, Panwali kantha and Deoriatal-Chandrashila. Out of all, Nag Tibba is the nearest trek to Delhi which can be done in 2 days. I had a short time slot to explore that is why I chose Nag Tibba for my snow trekking trip. This was my 2nd trek to Nag Tibba. The first one I went in 2014 during my college days (Nag Tibba Trek – 2014). At that time I couldn’t reach the summit due to hailstorm so this time I wanted to complete the trek.

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Day 1:

Packed up my bags and reported at Akshardham metro station as per the schedule. I reached there on time as I never get late in case of travel. I wait there for some time and then met my trek mates. We were a group of 9 including me, Rohan, Manish, Karan, Anmol, Akashdeep, Raj, Anchit and Saurav.  As we were stangers, we started with the introduction and soon the atmosphere became quiet friendly. After waiting for sometime, our vehicle arrived and we all got into it. At 2130 hrs, we left the polluted Delhi and departed for Pantwari, which is the starting point of the trek.
Just waiting to get inside into the vehicle and begin our road trip
Getting ready for the road trip.


Our first group photo in Delhi
Our whole gang for Nag Tibba trek.

Pantwari is a small village situated 56 km from Mussoorie in the Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. We drove through Ghaziabad, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Roorkee, Dehradun and Mussoorie. We had our dinner of Paneer Parantha on a roadside Dhaba. While we were traveling, it started raining like cats and dogs. The driver wasn’t able to see the road properly so he pushed the brakes and we took a halt for 10 minutes. After slowing down of rain, we continued our journey to Pantwari. We reached Mussoorie at 0500 hrs and stopped at Library chowk. There we did a small photo session and enquired about the route to Pantwari. As usual, Doon valley was looking scenic from Mussoorie. We could see the lights of Dehradun from there. After all this, we got into our tempo traveler and resumed our journey. From Mussoorie, we took the Yamunotri road. We crossed the Yamuna Bridge and took the road to Pantwari from Nainbagh.  Amidst the way, we witnessed a house and it was exactly looking like a haunted house. One can imagine a scene on mountains with a dark night and an only house with creepy yellow lights in that vicinity. We wanted to explore that house but after seeing the name of that place we changed our mind. The name of that house was “Mukti Dwar – way to god”.😛 We continued our drive until we reach Pantwari.

Delhi to Pantwari route:

Delhi → Ghaziabad → Meerut → Muzaffarnagar → Roorkee → Dehradun → Mussoorie → Kempty → Yamuna Bridge → Nainbagh → Pantwari

A photo of Mahatma Gandhi statue located at Mussoorie Library Chowk, Mussoorie
Gandhi statue at Mussoorie Library Chowk

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Manu Khandelwal

An engineer and a travel blogger. Loves trekking and doing bike road trips. Burger lover (want to try every burger in the world). Clinomaniac. Sports fanatic. Likes technology but not a technology addict.