Ever felt the urge to play Bear Grylls and set off on a quest discovering streams and rivers in the oddest of places? Maldevta might be just the place you’ve been longing for.
This is how your experience at Maldevta may look like.
As I set off towards Maldevta on my cycle around 6am from Raipur, I see the city slowly warming up to the new day. I can hear the hustle bustle beginning to take over the city as the grocery shops begin the day. With trees bordering either side of the road and a breathtaking view of the sunset straight out of a travel magazine greeting you, Maldevta is Uttarakhand’s own heaven on earth. I can hardly feel any sweat as the wind blows away all my perspiration.
As I make my way further into the mountains, I can hear the sound of the river gushing after yesterday’s rains. And a minute later, the trees give way to grass and I can spot clear white water forming foam on the surface.
I park my cycle and gaze at the beauty of the untamed river as the mountain curves to provide a scenic view of the place. This is my beginning into the heart of Maldevta.
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A little way ahead, I come upon a small clearing in the path that is otherside covered with grass. Knowing the hideous nature of this path, I go down the steep path. And sure enough, having my hands and legs scratched with countless bushes and shrubs proves fruitful when the path ultimately gives way to a river.
With sand and stone on either side of this river (which has somehow retained its white purity), I rmove on towards the river that comes up to my knees, and settle onto a mould of stones in the centre.
Watching the water turn a shade of gold, as the sun climbs up from the mountain to caress it, I sit in awe of the nature unfolding her most exquisite folds.
As I cycle back, I can see cyclists and early morning joggers making their way back as the sun slowly gains altitude.
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Maldevta will offer you a new surprise at every turn, if you only venture deep enough to explore it. With very few vehicles on the road and the chance to find a narrow trail into an isolated spot by the river every other kilometer, it is truly a nature lover’s haven.
Uttarakhand is famous for its natural springs. The water trickling down the mountains is a natural water source for the joggers who often stop by to relinquish their thirst with the clearest form of natural water filtered by nature. With a great forest cover, this mountainous path offers scope for trekking as well. Water streams pop up out of nowhere and it is my favourite pastime to trace them all the way to their source.
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An important point that you must remember while visiting Maldevta is that you must leave it as you find it--clean and serene. These water sources are used by cattle and horses. The grass and shrubs are food for our animals and we take the cleanliness of our locality very seriously. So be sure to place all the eatables that you bring for the journey back into your backpack.
The best time to visit this place is early morning and evening when the sun is not high up in the sky and the cool breeze fans your face. Doonites from far and across come to exercise in Maldevta and you’ll find groups of people exercising in a clearing or just enjoying a lazy picnic.
Maldevta is a perfect picnic spot and a great hangout place with your friends if the idea of having conversations with your feet dipped in the water of the Son river, and the sun turning the water into an optimum temperature entices you.
The roads are smooth and you’ll have a great time if you choose to come here for a long drive as well. A trip to Uttarakhand is incomplete without relishing in the tranquility and serene beauty the hill state has to offer and Maldevta combines the best of both.
It’s also a haven for bird-watchers as the place has preserved its natural sources quite well, thus providing a great nesting place for many species of birds.
Be sure to pay a visit to the Maldevta Temple while you are on your way. Apart from the breathtaking view of the river in full force, there’s a calm sense of the peace to the place that is difficult to put into words.
This is a popular site for the locals to beat the summer heat. You’ll find a number of kirana shops by the riverside where you can stop for early morning chai and breakfast. Keep a little cash handy, to satisfy your hunger cravings at these restaurants located along the riverside. All things considered, there isn’t a better way to start your day than with a trip to Maldevta.
Maldevta is located at a distance of 18 kilometers from ISBT (Inter-State Bus Terminal), the main bus stop of the city and it will take you around 45 minutes to reach Maldevta via cab. You could even head off to Sahastradhara to experience the complimenting lush green and streams of the place. Located in Shripur riverside area of Raipur, on the outskirts of Dehradun, the place is a perfect weekend getaway from the hustle bustle of the city. You can easily take a city bus directly from ISBT to Maldevta.
If you’ve landed in the city via air, you could take a cab from the Jolly Grant Airport which is around 25 kilometers away from the main city. You can book a stay in the resorts at Maldevta and then start for the river and trekking on foot early morning or in the evening. Malsi Deer Park and Robber's Cave, are other popular spots that could make your itinerary while you are in the Doon valley.
An even cheaper albeit more time-consuming option would be to take the Shatabdi Express or the Mussoorie Express which connects Dehradun to the major nearby cities. Maldevta is a perfect setting for a low budget trip to experience nature in its undisturbed calm.
Where to stay
Maldevta Farms: With prices ranging around Rs 2,300, it is located in the heart of Maldevta.it offers free breakfast and access to outside pool as well. Call 09997584321
Four Banyans Eco Resort: With just around Rs 3,000 per day, explore royal luxury tents at affordable prices