Brief About Syalsaur
A small location, Syalsaur is usually missed in plain sight. Thus, the region is not very crowded and noisy except for the gushing sound of the river closeby. THE GMVN Guest House here is the best accommodation for visiting tourists.
Syalsaur Facts and FiguresSituated on the banks of the Mandakini River, a tributary of the Alokananda River, Syalsaur is about 160 KM from Haridwar at an elevation of about 820 Meters above sea level. and the village is. Part of the Rudraprayag District of Uttarakhand, in Northern India, this small village is also a haven for bird lovers.
Regional HighlightsOne of the major highlights of Syalsaur, the Mandakini River is mostly a calm water body that swells only during the monsoons.
Syalsaur CampingA significant source for nearby inhabitants, the river banks is also a fantastic nature-camping spot.
Chaukhamba PeakSunrise at the snow-capped Chaukhamba peak is a mesmerising sight.
1. Mandakini RiverMandakini River lives up to its name as it is quite calm and conducive for rafting and kayaking. With aggressive monsoon and possible floods, the river is best when explored during the dry season when you can camp by its banks along with your favourite songs by the bonfire!
2. KedarnathOne of the Dhams of Hindu Pilgrimage, Kedarnath shelters a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated around 55 km from Syalsaur, the temple is said to be over a 1000 years old. Housing the chief priest belonging to Karnataka, Kedarnath is an enticing trek as well.
3. Kedarnath Wildlife SanctuaryIf you wish to catch a glimpse of the rare musk deer, then the Kedarnath wildlife sanctuary is the ideal option for you. The Himalayan Snow Leopard and the Himalayan Black Bear are some of the other species amongst the sanctuary’s richest bio-diversities.
4. ChoptaLocated around 47 KM from Syalsaur, Chopta is a famous campsite. Also known as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’, Chopta is best when visited during the winters. The winter atmosphere brings in snow-capped lush green meadows along with the surrounding scenery.
5. TungnathTungnath is another 1000-year-old Shaiva shrine situated below the Chandrashila peak, which is the valley that divides Mandakini from Alakananda. Visitors usually make a pit-stop at the village before moving on to Tungnath.
Transportation Within The VillageThe best option to reach Syalsaur is via road. You can easily book a car from Haridwar to Syalsaur while visiting Kedarnath or Badrinath. You may also choose to travel 206 km from Dehradun or 165 km from Rishikesh to reach Syalsaur. A well-connected roadway, hired cabs or personal cars is the best way to reach Syalsaur.
Best Time to Visit SyalsaurOctober to April is the best time to visit Syalsaur as the weather is chilly and nature is at its best. Thus, allowing more exploration opportunities. However, we recommend you to avoid the monsoons, as transportation and even accommodation may be inconvenient. You can otherwise kayak in the Mandakini river during the other months.
Where to Stay?Syalsaur also has the GMVN Tourist Rest House sponsored by the Government. An affordable option, the rest house is a fully equipped wooden cottage located right next to the Mandakini river.
The GMVN Tourist Rest House consists of 14 Deluxe Non-AC rooms and 4 Deluxe AC rooms attached with individual geysers as well. With an engaging and serene location in the vicinity, the rest house is quite hospitable and serves good food too. However, the restaurant here is completely vegetarian. You could also choose a room with the best view, hurry to ensure its not taken already!
One of the most scenic hilly villages in Uttarakhand, Syalsaur is a tranquil getaway. Have you been to Syalsaur before? Do you plan on visiting any time soon? Are there other such interesting hill stations in Uttarakhand? Let us know in the comments below!