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.