For me after Sangla and Chhitkul in Himachal, self drive to Munsiyari from Dharchula via Jauljibi & Madkot, under the mighty Himalaya range and along side river Kali and Gauri, was most adventurous and full of surprises. I took this unexplored route on 1st October 2014 and proudly completed this less traveled road through unseen places laden with stunning landscapes.
My whole idea to trotter down all the way from Delhi to Dharchula (650KM) was to explore this unexplored patch under the mighty Himalaya. From Dharchula there are two roads to reach Munsiyari, first is via Jauljibi-Didihat-Gauchar to Munsiyari which is most obvious mapped route and second is via Jauljibi-Madkot to Munsiyari which is less travelled and almost a barren road. And as an adventure seeker who travels places to enjoy self drive and click landscapes, second route was the obvious choice for me. This is a far more picturesque & beautiful drive compared to the obvious route.
This entire route runs parallel primarily to two rivers of Uttaranchal through sparsely populated region of Uttaranchal where for miles no living creature crosses you. From Dharchula to Jauljibi, Mahakali or just Kali is the river, from Jauljibi to Madkot Gauriganga or just Gauri and after Madkot, road takes a bend at Dhapa Bend uphill to Munsiyari. Meandering along these rivers under the mighty Himalayan makes driving an adventure of life time experience.
From Dharchula to Jauljibi (23KM), its just like any other mountain road. However, right after Jauljibi every bit of it is enchanting, surprising and other worldly. Gouriganga valley is very less traveled, rarely populated and comprises of one of the most rough & rugged road of India. It is one of the fantastically scenic, quite barren and an unexplored route and I will strongly recommend this to all the off-the-beat travelers.
The entire stretch of 100KM is rugged & the snowclad himalayan range plays hide and seek all along the way. Mountain streams rush over the road at several places. Most picturesque part was driving through a water fall just before Madkot which I am sure will become most pictured spot on this route in times to come. Mighty Himalayan Range to your right & the Gauriganga river to your left throw surprises at each turn making up for the bad tarmac.
And I am sure photographs of this valley and route can only let you understand which I may not be put forth with my modest knowledge of English language. Let the photographs do the justice with the beauty.
I hope you guys would like the pictures and appreciate my efforts in bringing this lesser known, unexplored driving route or travel route to you all.
Would love to know your story from such adventurous road trip to Himalaya.
If you feel motivated, please share this blog post with your loved ones so that they can break the mundane cycle of everyday life and explore the world.
70 thoughts on “Self Drive Road Trip On Unexplored Road From Dharchula To Munsiyari Via Jauljibi In Uttaranchal, India”
This is SO breathtaking, absolutely loved it!
Wow, ur words are full of encouragement!!
I am planning to visit Munsiyari around end of Nov. I however have planned Del to Kausani and Kausani to Munsiyari. Any advises for me?
Apologies for late response.
Del to Kausani to Munsiyari is perfect roue. Kausani and Munsiyari are two best locations. Please take a pit stop at Baijnath on way to Munsiyari from Kausani and while coming back to Delhi from Munsiyari make sure to spend time at Birthi fall and Chaukori.
Dont miss sunrise in Munsiyari.
Wow… what an incredible landscape… I really feel scared to even think about driving through those roads 🙂
Thanks Sreejith for your kind words.
People like you motivates me to take such adventures.:)
This is a wonderful forum, Himanshu,
The kind of genuine appreciation and encouragement that I got here is simply overwhelming.
I am sure you also would have felt the same 🙂
Its altogether a different world inducing different feeling!
Wow you really saw some fantastic landscapes! It’s so worth getting off the beaten track.
Certainly. Himalay offer many such gateways. Thanks for drpping by. 🙂
Those beautiful photos certainly does the valley route justice! I’m an adventure seeker as well, and I love that you go off-the-beaten path to explore new places. Looking forward to experiencing the self drive route firsthand – thanks for your direction!
Come ti india and explore Himalaya. YYou will love it.
You’re so brave to venture out in the car on the rough terrain but it looks so worth it! Great call with so many beautiful scenes you captured, especially the little rainbow, so cool! 🙂
Hey Mel…Thnks. Adventure is what defines me and Himalaya calls me for such ventures. Thanks alot for dropping by and encoraging words 🙂
I know nothing about this area, so love reading about is and seeing the photos.
Thanks Paula. This place is new Indo Nepal border under the mighty Himalaya. A must visit place.
Wow, that seems like such an amazing roadtrip. I love roadtrips because you get to see so much more when driving. And you can always stop and take a detour or a break if you want to.
And that road under the waterfall, wow! That’s gorgeous! What an experience!
Thanks Helena…good to have found you who loves Road Trips. in all aspects, Himalaya offers a lot to adventure seekers.
What a gorgeous picturesque landscape to drive through. I would of been stopping every few minutes to take pictures. You probably need a four wheel drive to go through some of those areas. I’ve never been to India, but it’s very high on my list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Every turn offers a scenic beauty and indeed we sepnt alot of time in takking photographs.
FOur wheel drive would be better, but so far i am ecxploring Himalaya in front wheel drive in my Ford Figo. Its doable with eaxtra care.
Come to India, it will be awesome.
Great stuff! This is my kind of drive and would love to do it. I have some experience of gravel/off road driving and this certainly suits that. Neat landscapes as well!
The waterfall is awesome!
Thanks for encouraging words. It indeed was awesome. COme to Himalaya and you will get more such opportunities. And for this, i am in love with Himalaya…Forever.
Certainly unexplored and isolated but pretty too!
Yes it was really very scenic. Thanks for dropping by 🙂
Love your road trips. The places look stunning!
Evry bit of himalaya is amusing and for road trippers its the paradise.
Great photos!!! So beautiful!
Thanks alot. C u again.
Had to share this incredible post – the photos are nothing short of stunning! I love that you were proud of your car, too. LOL! I always name cars so that is something I would have said!
Thanks for appreciation. Good to know you and your love for ur car. Keep coming back.
WOW, the photos are amazing and full of encouragement
Thanks. I am glad.
I loved the photos of the paddy farmers going about their work with the beautiful landscape behind them. So funny how you gave your car a shout out! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for liking. My car under the fall is an iconin photographs. Haha.
Lovely photos! You are certainly showing us a side to the country that few people realise even exists!
I am glad that you like them. Yes, my purpose would be solved if i could make people lern more abt this region.
Amazing landscapes! What a wonderful drive!
Thanks. GLad that you liked it.
India is definitely a place I would love to explore and travel around. Lovely photos!
Thanks. Glad that i could inspire you.
Those photos alone can encourage someone to explore these places. .. stunning landscapes
Thanks. Indeed… HImalaya is awesome.
Wow, some stunning locations you explored. I can’t wait to finally get to India, there is so much of this country I would love to see and also places like this I never knew about!
COme to incredible india and you be stunned with varied offerings. Do stay in touch for while planning india trip.
Looks like a rough but fun adventure. I can’t wait to have such road trip. 🙂
just do it!!
I would like to take a ride like this 🙂 Nice views! 🙂
I am so glad that i could inspire you. Himalaya offers so much for every kind of traveler.
we are plan for munsiyari in 20Th August.
Is it advisable on this rainy day to go to munsuyari and what about the condition of roads?
Hope your reply soon.
You can go there in Rainy day but go via Chopra side.
I followed a road leass travelled which is not advisable in rainy days. For any more information, feel free mail me email@example.com
Sir, very inspirational blog and hats off to you that you travel on such roads by Figo. I am also starting this journey from Delhi on 04th June’16 (8 days) via Kausani, taking my Brio. So far I Have travelled to Dhanaulti, Manali, Kasol and Chopta on my beloved car last year. Would seek your expert advise on the route and road conditions towards Munsiyari. Am travelling with my wife and kid.
Hey Rahul, You can reach Munsiyari with your Brio. However, dont try my route to reach Munsiyari during this period. Happy driving and safe driving.
It was nice to be able to travel to a remote part of the world with you. I think your car deserves a gold star for taking you up all those mountain roads!
Wow thanks for sharing all these amazing pictures! I love road trips and it’s nice reading about some who are lesser known. I have never been to India and I am not sure if I would dare to drive the route as it looks super remote but it sure looks amazing and super picturesque!
What a scenic road trip. Must have been amazing to drive thru those valleys and behind the waterfall. Noticed you had a small car? This was ok to drive, not too bumpy?
I love taking road trips, but I never considered a driving trip in India. It looks incredible; definitely would to take a self driving tour here one day.
Your care looks so tiny next to the rock and water! Very impressive that you decided to take the road less travelled and that your car got you all the way there. Such a pretty area of the world.
Your car looks so tiny next to the rock and water! Very impressive that you decided to take the road less travelled and that your car got you all the way there. Such a pretty area of the world.
Whoa! Driving through the Himalayas probably felt otherworldly in a lot of ways. Your photos are wonderful and I really enjoyed reading through all the information about your route. I bet the fact the route runs parrallel to the rivers is helpful so you don’t necessarily get lost. Great post and thanks for sharing.
I love self-drive trips as they offer so much freedom to do what you want! It looks quite rugged, your car did amazing to survive it all! Your photos are truly wonderful, and I like the variety of landscapes and people you captured. I especially liked the rivulets and waterfalls. Did you go for a swim in any?
Wow this looks like a really fantastic driving route. I always love taking the road less traveled like you did with this itinerary. Driving a quite route with the Himalaya’s in the back round sound like the ultimate road trip. Thanks for sharing your route and photos!!
This looks like an awesome high adventure road trip (and a little scary). I can’t believe the car you used for that road. It is so low to the ground but its cool you made it work. Those views are well worth the adventure to get out to them. I want to go hiking everywhere here.