Khirsu is a hidden jewel situated 19kms from Pauri. Khirsu is not too popular amongst travelers but now it is earning a good name as a hill station. A wide view of the splendid Himalayan range can be seen from Khirsu, of which some are named and familiar peaks and many are unnamed. Khirsu is located at an elevation of 1700mts above sea level with deep woods of oak and deodars everywhere. There is an ancient temple dedicated to Ghandiyal Devi situated nearby, which adds the quietude of the place.
The region is also the home of apple orchards and many species of birds. Khirsu is an immaculate destination ready to impress you with its flamboyant charm all through the year. Accommodation facilities are available at Khirsu providing you luxury and comfort at affordable prices. Wake up with the chirping of birds and the hues of the sunlight on top of the mountains. Rejuvenate your soul and revitalize your mind by planning a holiday in the serene and placid environment of Khirsu.
Location of Khirsu
Khirsu is located 19kms from Pauri at an elevation of 1700mts above sea level. Khirsu is situated in a tranquil place with oak trees, deodar trees and apple orchards around. Located in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand state, Khirsu affords panoramic views of the imposing Himalayan range.
Places to see in Khirsu
Pauri Garhwal: Khirsu comes under Pauri Garhwal district which is situated at an altitude of 1814mts. The distance from Khirsu to Pauri is 19kms. Pauri Garhwal is located on the northwest slopes of Kandoliya Hills in Garhwal region of Uttarakhand state. The district of Pauri Garhwal varies from the foothills of Kotdwar to the lush green meadows of Dhanaulti near Mussoorie, extending up to the altitude of 3,200mts. Diverse in topography and filled with places of tourist's interest, most locations in Pauri offers the invigorating view of the majestic snow-capped peaks of Himalayan range. The district of Pauri Garhwal is full of life blessed with the panoramic view of snowcapped peaks of the mighty Himalayas, scenic valleys, terrace farms, cascading rivers and waterfalls carrying exuberant waters, dense green forests and people with rich culture and pastoral life.
Ulkha Giri: Ulkha Giri can be reached after a 2km drive to Chaudatakhal and then a easy 2km trek. Ulkha Giri is situated at a breathtaking elevation of 1900mts above sea level commanding panoramic views of the magnificent mountains and valleys.
Kandoliya: Kandoliya is an impressive spot surrounded by dense forest. There is a temple dedicated to Kandoliya Devta here and a picnic park has also been developed at this site. There is a stadium on top of this mountain which is visited by numerous travelers every year because it is Asia’s highest stadium. The enchanting views of the splendid Himalayan peaks and Gangwarsyun Valley can be seen from here. Kandoliya is famous for its sunset views.
What to do in Khirsu
Enjoy your holiday by spending quality time with your loved ones at Khirsu. Explore the nearby places of Khirsu and walk in the woods. Enhance your photography skills, do meditation, let your poetic thoughts come out. Travel to the excursions and temples of the nearby regions. Explore the pastoral life of the nearby villages and try to spend a day with them.
Excursions from Khirsu
Dhari Devi Mandir: This sacred temple is situated on the banks of the Alaknanda River. The deity of Dhari Devi temple is Goddess Kali and this holy shrine holds great importance amongst Hindus. Dhari Devi is situated 48kms from Khirsu on the Srinagar – Rudraprayag road. One must trek down 1km from the road to reach the Dhari Devi Temple.
Rudraprayag: Rudraprayag is situated at the confluence of Alaknanda River and Mandakini River from where Alaknanda River proceeds to meet Bhagirathi River to form the sacred Ganges. The distance from Khirsu to Rudraprayag is 56kms. Rudraprayag is the only confluence situated on Alaknanda River which is also considered as state district. Rudra is one of the 108names of Lord Shiva. The road to Kedarnath Dham and Badrinath Dham diverts from this point and therefore this place is popular amongst the people to make a night halt and explore the charm and beauteousness of this sanctified place. The district covers an area of approximately 1890sqkms and the height of the Rudraprayag town is 4200ft above sea level. A dam is also under construction on the way to Rudraprayag via Srinagar.
Dewalgarh: Situated 22km from Khirsu, Dewalgarh was established in the 14th century. Dewalgarh was the capital of the Kings of Garhwal before they shifted to Srinagar. The temples of Goddess Raj Rajeshwari and ruins of an old palace reveal the history of Garhwal and its artistical architectures.
Adwani: Situated 22kms from Khirsu, Adwani is famous as a picnic spot surrounded by the mountains and thick forest, this place is very cold as compared to nearby places. Adwani is connected by a well-maintained 17 kms long road from Pauri. There is a Forest Rest House where one can stay. Many people come here from Pauri for nature walk, enjoying peace in the forest area. Ranigarh is 1 km from Adwani at an altitude of 7200 feet, which has its historical importance. There is also a sacred temple of Lord Shiva - Adeshwar Mahadev, every year in July on first Monday, a fair is organised where thousands of devotees participate. Adwani Ranigarh showers the tourists with varied natural creations from where you can see the enchanting snow clad peaks of Himalayan range, terrace fields, Pauri town and dense forests as well. Seasonal and migratory birds can also be easily seen at this place and the place is an ideal destination for bird watching. The place is also rich in Ayurvedic Roots and plants from which are capable of curing many diseases. Rhododendron the state flower of Uttarakhand is found in abundant quantity here.
Accomodations Hotels in Khirsu
Tourist Rest Houses, GMVN Tourist Bungalows, Ramkund Resorts are the best options to stay at Khirsu. There are othe tourist hotels and lodges available at Khirsu where you can enjoy a comfortable stay.
Best time to visit Khirsu
Khirsu offers spendors of nature all around the year. The weather of Khirsu stays salubrious throughout the year. The summers are pleasant at Khirsu and do carry light woolens while a visit in summers. You may be blessed with the eternal snowfall if you visit Khirsu in winters. Carry heavy woolens if you are planning a visit to Khirsu from Mid December to Mid March.
How to reach Khirsu
By Air: The nearest airport to Khirsu is Jolly Grant situated in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state. The distance from Jolly Grant Airport to Khirsu is 145kms. Taxis are available from the airport.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Khirsu is situated in Kotdwar. Kotdwar is the gateway of Garhwal region situated 115kms from Khirsu. Buses and taxis are available from Kotdwar.
By Road: Khirsu is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand. Khirsu is situated 19kms from Pauri. The distance from Delhi to Pauri is 350kms which can be easily covered by a 11hr drive. Taxis are available from Pauri to Khirsu.