Nag Tibba

Nag Tibba which means ‘Snake’s Peak’ has derived its name from the Temple of Nag Devta which is situated on the top of hill. But don’t go by the literal meaning of Nag Tibba, as there are no snakes on the top of hill. It is an absolute delight and treat for the eyes one you are on the top of Hill. The peak is surrounded by hills, tall trees, green vegetation, clear sky and breezy wind. Even the peaks of Badrinath and Kedarnath ranges is visible from top of hill.

I went there in the month of October with my friend. We had a bike and so we started early morning from Haridwar and reached the city of Thatyur by 1 pm. Haridwar to Mussorie – 58 km, Mussorie to Thatyur – 31 km. Once you are in Thatyur there are 2-3 options available to reach the top. Thatyur is the last motorable road when you are trekking to Nag Tibba. From Thatyur we were directed towards village of Mungalauri, which we had to trek to reach. We parked our bike at a distance from the village of Mungalauri and walked till the village.

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This is the first view of the village of Mungalauri. This is the place where we had parked our bike and started walking. After walking for 2 km we reached the village of Mungalauri. There we inquired about trekking to Nag Tibba. Village head told us that we can’t make it to the top and also come back by evening. Plus we were not equipped for camping. So we decided to stay in the village. Village head offered us place in his home.

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This is where we spent our night. In the photo is village head who offered us place in his home. We had early dinner and went to sleep.

We got up early in the morning as I had to take some early shots. It was a panoramic view from the top of hill. We were surrounded by serene beauty and I realized it when I got up early. Fortunately our phones were not working. Thank god there is someplace on earth where my cell wasn’t catching signal.

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These are some of the early morning shots of the village we stayed. It was absolute pleasure to share the warmth of night with them.

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Early morning view from terrace top. It was treat for my camera and my eyes.

After quick breakfast, we set on our journey at 7 am. We had planned to come back by lunch. Elder son of village head, Pardeep came with us to show us path. He said he could walk to the top and come back in 3 hours time. 20 km trek of steep climb in 3 hours…macho. We sticked to our limitations and started our journey through jungle.

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First encounter with Jungle and we found ourselves in the peace and tranquility of wild life. Birds were chirping melodiously, a thin stream of water was flowing through the middle of jungle adding to the harmony of existence. I won’t call that a noise as it felt to my ears like an adagio. My lips hummed to that.

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Initial trek path was slightly steeper but Pardeep was constantly asking us to gear up for the steep climb which can encounter us any  moment. With courage and promise of not to fail we were making constant progress towards the top.

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Soon moderate pathways turned into treacherous steep climb. Suddenly we were removing all our woolen jacketing and packing them off. It was almost 90 degree climb. I was wondering how he could do it so easily which we were struggling to climb. Anyways we were not there to give up so easily and hence we were constantly moving.

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After negotiating with tough path and steep climb up we reached our first milestone, which was a tree which belonged to Nag Devta. Local villagers prayed that tree. So Pardeep asked us to put a coin in its trunk. We did that.

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Our another milestone wasn’t far from this place and hence with all our might we started our next trek. In 3 hours time we were on top of Nag Tibba. View from top was mesmerizing and it really pleased my heart. I felt that the pain we took was worth it. Those who carry tents and sleeping bags can also camp on top of this hill. People actually camp on the top of hill and also cook food. In true spirit it was a landmark visit. We halted again to have our breakfast. We were feeling hungry. Hence we opened parathas which were carrying and thanks to Pardeep’s mother we were having fresh parathas on top of Nag Tibba.

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From top of this hill trek to Nag Devta temple is another 3 km, which is mostly flat. It can be easily trekked considering past trekked geography. Path to Nag devta temple from this place is mostly dense and wet out of heavy rain shower. Path is mostly wet. After recharging ourselves with quick breakfast we made our way to the temple with new energy and zeal, as we had covered difficult part of our journey.

Temple is a simple structure like any other temple with conical top pointing upwards to heaven. We had not expected anyone to be there but just as we reached 2 people came to the temple and performed their weekly puja. They offered us prasad too. We were delighted at the favorable ending of our trekking.

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Just few meters from the temple is Guest House which is mostly in abandoned state but even this GH can be used as a place for night halt and good news it that you don’t need anyone’s permission for this. All you to bring is your own sleeping bag and you are all set to spend night there.

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As soon as we finished discovering most part of Hill we were all set to get down. Pardeep told us anout Jhandi Top which was further 4 km trek from this place but time and our situation didn’t permit us that and hence we were forced to return. We made quick return back to the base. We had quick lunch and started our journey back home.

While my friend was driving I was thinking all about the place ; beautiful serene calm quiet. I was also thinking about the people who were living there. What kind of people would offer us their bed to sleep even without asking for our IDs? I am sure true hearted people. I just hope no one spreads the message of treachery there and spoil the environment. Trek to Nag tibba was one of life time experience.

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