From Dehradun, we hired a cab to Panthwadi, the trailhead for Nag tibba Peak. With massive Time constraints over us, we are hoping to complete this in two days.
The trail started from the main temple at Nag tibba. The fun of light slope got negated by the ambiance. It was far from Winter; it was hot, sweaty and dusty. There were no trees to give us shade and hence sun mercilessly tanned started tanning us at this afternoon hours. We deeply regretted that we did not start early morning.
The entire mountainside lacked a patch or greenery. The colour palette filled up with light brown sand and dried up pale yellow plants made up the view. The air was arid, and the wind carried up dust up against our sweaty bodies. It was not a pleasant experience at all.
The upper village, some 500m above showed better prospects as it became more relaxed with tall trees and streams, but it was short-lived as the dusty trail came back and never left us till the end of the day.
After 3 hours of a climb, we were on a ridge where crop fields were spread out. Dried up, without any surprise. The harvest time home of the farmers nearby was locked up but presented us with beautiful opportunity for photos. Further along, was Goat village, a comfortable resort which we wholly ignored in spite of a welcoming party beckoning us to stay there. The camping was joyful with stories over campfire and Maggi.
In the morning, we just headed out with our day pack and took a forest route till we hit the Nag tibba base camp. It was an open area with a trekker's rest house and two temples. One temple was that of the Snake Goddess and the other of Surkhanda Matha.
The current time hit us hard. It was 11 am, and we were still 3 hours away from the peak, but we had only 2 hours to spend without risking us missing the bus back to Delhi. With a heavy heart, we turned back towards Panthwadi after our prayers.
Overall, the route was not hard, but the experience was not positive. There was no rainfall this year, and hence the snow was non-existent. We made a mental note to suggest people visiting Nag tibba to do it in Jan-Feb only.