Dunagiri, is a small hill town tucked away in the Kumaoni Himalayas of Uttarakhand.
Legend has it that famous Rishimunis made Dunagiri their home to attain divine knowledge and share it with the world. This place is nice offbeat destination as an hill station.
If you’re feeling adventurous, take a trek through the local villages to experience the natural beauty up close. And of course, no trip is complete without trying the local cuisine. Indulge in Garhwali and Kumaoni dishes like aloo ke gutke, gahat, chainsoo, and kaapa. And don’t forget to quench your thirst with the purest Himalayan water and organic milk from the villages.
Explore the Dunagiri Devi Temple, Sukh Devi Temple, and Dwarahat ancient temples to immerse yourself in the local culture and history.
But what sets Dunagiri apart from other destinations in the region is its stunning peak. The Dunagiri peak stands at an impressive altitude of 7,066 m, making it one of the tallest peaks in the Chamoli district Himalayas. And unlike other peaks in Uttarakhand that have been overrun by adventurers, Dunagiri peak is still a virgin peak, with its natural beauty untouched and wild.
Sure, there have been some brave souls who conquered the peak, but it still remains a challenge for the most adventurous of climbers. The southwest ridge and the southeast buttress are the two routes to climb the peak, with the former being the easiest. But be warned, you’ll need some serious layers to survive the cold during winter climbs.