Published on : Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Participating in the 280 km yatra that spans 20 days helps lot of devotees and tourists from across the world get a closer look at the culture, faith and geography of Uttarakhand, India.
Biometric registration process has been initiated for the Yatris for registration.
The Yatra originates from the Nauti village 20 km of Karnaprayag Tehsil of Chamoli district of Uttarakhand after the Kunwar of village Kansua inaugurates the ceremony.
Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra is an arduous journey (it’s a trek) and the three weeks of yatra are packed with the exposure of Garhwal Himalaya culture, ethnic lifestyle and endemic flora & fauna of the region.
Majority of yatra route is along the Pindar valley. The journey absorbs the rainbow like beauty of traditions of the Himalayan society and a deep feeling of faith and reverence for Nanda Devi in Himalayan folk lore reflects the respect held for women in Uttarakhand.
As the myth goes –
Nanda Devi- the goddess, daughter of Kings of mountains – is the spiritual goddess for natives of Garhwal and Kumaon region.
The legend is that Nanda Devi, consort of Lord Shiva left her village and went to the Nanda Devi Parbat. Therefore when the yatra starts, heavy rain occurs as if the devi is crying.
This yatra covers many villages and in between the Devi meets her sister in the Bhagwati village.
The Chausigya leads the main role in the Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra. The sheep has four horns and the Yatra starts with this sheep from Nauti Village.
The people decorate the sheep with clothing’s and ornaments and when the yatra reaches its destination, the sheep is freed.
The yatra route will be as follows:
Nauti – Idabadhani – Nauti – Kansuwa – Sem – Koti – Bhagwati – Kulsari – Chepnue – Nandkesari – Faldiagaon – Mundoli – Wan (Latu Devta) – Gairo Patal – Bedni – Pathar Nachonia – (Bhagubasa, Roopkund & Jeura Gali) – Shila Samudra – Homkund – Chandaniyaghat – Sutol – Ghat –Nauti.
How to get there:
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand.
The nearest railway stations are Rishikesh in Dehradun District, Haridwar, Dehradun and Kotdwar in Pauri district in Garhwal. If travelling from Kumaun, the nearest railway station is Kathgodam near Haldwani.
The starting point is well-connected by bus from Dehradun, Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Yatris and tourists are advised to carry good hiking boots, winter clothes, torch, rain protection, water-proof tents and sleeping bags etc.
The trek requires yatris and tourists to be in good health.