Why Does Having a Summer Capital Matters?It has been known for some time that people had a demand for making Gairsain the capital right from the time when Uttarakhand was carved out of Uttar Pradesh. The town is about 280 KM from Dehradun, the winter capital of the state. The Chief Minister said that he dedicates the announcement to everyone who was a part of the demand. Uttarakhand has also become the second state to have a dual capital after the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Gairsain - The Summer Capital of UttrakhandThis picturesque town is located in the centre Garhwal and Kumaon and acts as a prime town for both the regions. Situated at an altitude of 1750 m from the sea level, the town and its vicinity are indeed perfect to savour an age-old culture that reflects the simplicity of the state. Few of the major tourist attractions around this lesser-known destination in Uttarakhand are Adi Badri, Vriddha Badri, Yog Dhyan Badri, Ranikhet, and Chaukhutia.
How to reach Gairsain by Air?
The nearest Domestic Airport is Pantnagar Airport; roughly three and half hour drive from Gairsain. It is well connected to New Delhi and Mumbai via Jet Airways, Air India and Spice Jet. The other nearest Domestic Airport from Gairsain is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, which is a four-hour drive from Gairsain. This airport is well connected to the other important cities like Delhi, Amritsar and Mumbai.
How to reach Gairsain by Rail?
The nearest Railway station from Gairsain is Kathgodam Railway station, is at a distance of 173 Kms from the town. It is well connected with major places like Lucknow, Delhi and Kolkata by the railway network.
How to reach Gairsain by Road?
Gairsain is 84 Kms from Ranikhet, 123 Kms from Almora, 142 Kms from Pauri, 158 Kms from Nainital, 165 Kms from Kapkot, 220 Kms from Rishikesh, 239 Kms from Kotdwara, 240 Kms from Haridwar, 258 Kms from Dehradun and is linked via Uttarakhand State Road Transport Corporation (USRTC) and also has some private travel services.
Do More Things Need to Be Done?The Chief Minister also announced that work needs to take place in several parts of the state as well as near Gairsain to make it functional as the state capital. They will be focusing primarily on Bharairisain, which is about 14 KM from Gairsain, and it faces an acute water shortage. Also, the assembly building is situated at Baharairisain. The government plans to develop a lake to mitigate the water-related problems faced in Bharairisain as well as in Gairsain.
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