Itharna Village is very unknow place only local people heard about this place, its a small village of few houses, Inter Collage and a Lord Shiva temple at the top of the mountain. I really wonder if there are still such virgin places left in Uttarakhand. People from lives in Dehradun, Rishikesh or even those who live in near cities and if you are looking for a untouched Himalaya, uncrowded place with your family and friends for Outing, you have to visit Itharna. Itharna is 55 km drive from Dehradun (Dehradun - Rajaji Park - Lachhiwala - Doiwala - Jollygrant - Thano - Ranipokhari - Bhogpur - Itharna ), 1 Hour drive from Rishikesh. For those who believe God, this is the place gave you the spiritual kind of peace. It is little bit crowded area during Shivratri Festival and the last monday in the month of SharaavanMas (Monsoon) and if you visit here in this those festival season, you got change to tasst best Bhang drink/Pakoda. During the peak summers, it will be very hot there during the day as the sun shines very brightly there but during the winters it will be a paradise.
“ You have several options, If you are faced with a mountain. You can dig under it. You can go around it. You can fly over it. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.” – Vera N.
JOLLYGRANT TO THANO
I was little busy from last few week than I called up my friend who lives in Thano, that i am coming on 15th August's long weekend. So I took flight from Delhi to Dehradun, first I went to Doiwala and Jollygrant which is very close to Airport. Than I took a narrow road going through beautiful houses and farms after that we take 2km ride through jungle area to reach Thano and explore the farming whole day. The monsoon really change the environment and spread greenery everywhere. Rishikesh was bit crowded, so we skip that place.
THANO TO ITHARNA
Early monring we had breakfast at Thano than he plan to show a place that I'm going to love, so we took ford from guarage and take ride to Itharna via Ranipokhri, Bhogpur etc. After 4km the mountains starts, which is really healthy green. The monsoon really change the atmosphere here like so much of greenery in hills. During monsoon the low light is big issue, road condition was good after crossing Bhogpur its awesome, the river is in full flow to make hills look like heaven.
ON THE WAY TO ITHARNA
Those who live in cities and looking for a untouched Himalaya for family-friends Outing, need to visit Itharna village. This place is not suitable for beer parties because of narrow and winding roads. Carry your food because there is no shop closeby. Take your sports items for day outing as per requirement like football, badminton etc. For those who believe in the distroyer the Lord Shiva, this place will gave them a sort of spiritual kind of peace. Its very crowded during Shivratri and Monsoon Sharaavan mas. During the peak summers, it will be very hot there during the day as the sun shines very brightly there but during the winters it will be a paradise.
INTER COLLEGE, ITHARNA
It was located in rural area of Itharna and Education Department of UK is managed everything. The co-education school consists of Grades 6 to 12 the Upper Primary-Secondary and Higher Secondary School. Inter College Itharna runs in a government school building, library room and playground. The school has total 5 classrooms. The lowest Class is 6 and the highest class in the school is 12. The teachers are professionally qualified as they are graduate/post-graduate. This Hindi Medium Education school is approachable by all weather road. School academic session starts like other UK's Schools and the Investigation inspector visiting to inspect during every academic year. Right Now in the school is providing Mid-day meal till 8th Class, process is on to make it till 12th.
HOW TO REACH
BY AIR : Nearest airport is Jollygrant, Dehradun About 295 km away from Delhi, daily flight from Delhi to Dehradun
BY TRAIN : An excellent rail network connects Haridwar to other important cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata ctc.
BY ROAD : Rishikesh is well connected with major destinations of the country. Regular bus from ISBT to Rishikesh
WHAT ARE THE RISK INVOLVED ?
Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS): Shortness breath, Mild headache & Tiredness are some common in high altitude trek. Risk of being hit by AMS is considerably low but you are advised to be on a course of Diamox. In case of any medical emergencies, there are easy exit points on this trek, means evacuation will generally not take more than 24 hours.