Located 15 km from Mussoorie
, Jaunsar-Bawar is a village near Chakrata
in Dehradun District
. Jaunsar is the area comprising the lower half of the region, and the snow-clad upper region is called Bawar.
The inhabitants of this village are a tribe known as Jaunsaris
who trace their origins to the Pandavas
, the central characters of the Mahabharata
. Their language is called Jaunsari, which is different from other languages spoken in Uttaranchal
. Agriculture and animal husbandry are the main occupation of the Jaunsaris. The society here is very liberal and both polygamy and polyandry are practiced here. An important aspect of their culture is the performance of a folk dance named Barada Nati
during all festive occasions. The dancers - both boys and girls - wear colorful traditional costumes.
A temple built in the Huna architectural style - at an altitude of 1,700 m - is one of the principal attractions of Jaunsar-Bawar. The village is endowed with natural beauty and here one can see the sprawling Doon Valley
and the magnificent Garhwal Himalayas
flanked by rivers Yamuna
. The ideal time to visit this village is between May and June. The closest airport is Jolly Grant
and the nearest railway station
is at Dehradun