Mori

Mori is a quaint, sleepy little hamlet on the banks of the river Tons, surrounded by greenish and yellowish paddy fields. It has a mix of unique culture and history. The locals boast of being the descendants of the Kauravas and Pandavas, who were royal warriors in the epic age of Mahabharata.

Mori is culturally diverse, as it is situated at the border of Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh. It is full of legendary temples, architecture and mythology. Mori people are followers of the Kauravas, who are considered as anti-heroes in the Mahabharata but the people of Mori consider them as Gods. People here smoke earthen pipes, coconut hookahs or beedis. The women like wearing ornaments made of silver.

Mori is known for its adventure sports activities. One can go water rafting on the Tons river and trekking on the hilly terrains. One can relax, rejuvenate and have a memorable experience here.

 

ATTRACTIONS-

NETWAR-

Located at the confluence of the tributary stream Rupin Gad and the Tons River, this village is famous for a shrine dedicated to Karna. Karna, who was the son of Surya and Kunti, was the king of Shalya. Netwar is said to be the only region where Duryodhana, one of the Kauravas, is worshipped and the city is home to beautiful temples dedicated to him and his allies.

DURYODHANA TEMPLE-

This temple is located in the Jakhol village in the Tons village in the district of Uttarkashi. The temple is said to have been constructed by the people of the Saur village and is dedicated to the Kauravas. Legend has it that the Tamas river was formed by the tears of the natives, who cried after the defeat of the Kauravas. The name of the river is derived from a Hindi word meaning sorrow.

LUNAGAD CREEK-

This creek is situated in a narrow gorge of the Tons valley. It leads to a blue pool made by a small waterfall. A pine forest, a few Gujjar huts and tribal homes surround the creek. Plantations of yellow and red nasturtium flowers and wild roses are prominent here.

HOW TO GET THERE-

The nearest airport is Jollygrant in Dehradun, which is 175 km away. The nearest railway station is also Dehradun. There are buses and taxis available from Dehradun and Purola to reach Mori. Mori is 30 kms away from Purola. Another route to reach Mori is from Chakrata via Hanol.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT-

Mori has a pleasant climate throughout the year. In the summer months of March- June, the temperature ranges between 9- 23° C. This season is excellent for trekking and climbing excursions. The winter months from November to February are very cold, with the temperature sinking to 2° or below. Mori doesn’t see a lot of rainfall during the monsoon, and the post monsoon season is perfect for rafting and fishing.