Khirsu, Uttarakhand

Khirsu is a hidden dream within a dense forest of Pine, Oak and Deodars. Encircled by the snow-laden Himalayan peaks, nestled at an altitude of 1700 m, it is a place from the fairy tales and one of the most unexplored destinations of Garhwal. Situated at a distance of 19 kms from Pauri town, Khirsu offers the widest outlook of the mighty Himalayan peaks. On a clear day, you can count at least 300 known and unknown peaks from here. Now crowded by the tourists, this pristine environment is ideal for a rebirth. So serene and noiseless that you can even hear the sounds of cracking leaves under your feet. The ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta in the vicinity is well worth a visit.

Fast Facts

Height: 1700 m

Climate: The summer is mild and light cottons and light woolens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are cold and fairly heavy clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens/cottons are suggested.

Getting There & Away: How to reach Khirsu

Road: A motorable road connects Khirsu with Pauri, the nearest town. Pauri is well connected through roads with Dehradun, Rishikesh and Kotdwara. A trek from Pauri down the Kandoliya hills offers the most exciting alternative route to Khirsu.

Rail: Kotdwara is the nearest railway station at a distance of 115 kms.

Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant near Dehradun, 174 kms away.

Tourist Attractions in Khirsu

Being at Khirsu needs a different mindset. This place makes you introspective, closer to your natural self. Leaving behind your city life, your urban existence like a mere slough, get yourself immersed completely into the serene surrounding. Even on a sunny day, one can’t see the sky above, as one descends through the thick forests of Pine, Oak and Deodars, past elegant pathways covered with bright green moss and fascinating growth of fern. You will pass through an unknown world amidst numerous apple trees, bunches of mushrooms grown in the dark underneath, feel yourself with the fragrance of nameless wild flowers and exotic herbs, listen to the songs of the nature, accompanied by chirping birds. It’s an experience, exclusively yours, because Khirsu never sees the multitude of visitors. When you reach the top, you get a breathtaking view of the entire Himalayan range. As if a conjured world has surrounded you, putting you into a philosophical trance, concentrating on yourself and your place in the universe.

Jwala Devi Temple: This temple is a well known religious centre on PauriKotdwara Road, remains open round the year. A big religious festival is held every year during the Navaratras.

Ghandiyal Devta: the ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta is a major attraction in the area.

Srinagar: Located on the way to Kotdwara and on the bank of the river Alakananda, this place was once the capital of the Garhwal Kings. It is the biggest township in the area.

Deval Garh: One of the important Garh capital of Garhwal. It is situated 16 kms from Khirsu towards Srinagar. Raj Rajeshwari and Gauri Devi temples are the important attractions here.

Ulkha-Garhi: 3 kms from Khirsu, a small trek route leads to this Garh capital. Small Ulkeshwari temple and ruins of Garh capital are major attractions here.

Pauri: District Headquarter of Pauri Garhwal and Commissioner’s Headquarters of Garhwal region is situated here. Pauri is 20 kms from Khirsu. It is another big township in the area and also an attractive hill station. Read More>>>

Ranigarh: Ranigarh is situated 1 km from Adwani at an altitude of 7200 feet. A sacred temple of Lord Shiva, Adeshwar Mahadev is located here. Every year in July, a fair is organized where thousands of devotees participate. Seasonal and migratory birds can also be seen and the place is an ideal destination for bird watching.

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