Kalsi, Dehradun Overview

A small village in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand, Kalsi is known as the gateway to the Jaunsar-Bawar tribal region of the Dehradun District. It is located between Dehradun and Chakrata hill station along the banks of the river Yamuna and is the confluence of the rivers, Yamuna and Tons. Inhabited by the people from the Khils, Bhutis and Mundar communities, Kalsi is a place which offers a domestic and homely experience. Surrounded by lush green oak and sal trees and a vast green valley, this little retreat offers you an enchanting view of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges.

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Best Time To Visit Kalsi

Summertime is arguably the best period to visit Kalsi as the weather is much nicer and suitable for the outdoor activities. Morning hours in the summer season are the best time for taking trails. The bright afternoon sun coupled with the mild temperature is the perfect complement when you go out on picnics and indulge yourself in some of the adventure sports. On the other hand, the periods of October to November and February to March is usually when you will see the migratory birds gather at Asan Barrage. So there never really is a bad time to visit Kalsi.

Sites and places to visit in and around Kalsi

The Ashokan Rock Edict

One of the major sites to visit when in Kalsi due to its vast historical importance. Here lies a pear-shaped quartz rock onto which the fourteenth edict of King Ashoka is inscribed. The Pali language and the Brahmi script is used in these edicts which reflect upon the humane nature of Ashoka as a king and his concern for the welfare of his subjects. The names of five great Greek kings can be found engraved on the edict which conclusively dates it back to 253 BC.

Asan Barrage

Asan Barrage
Asan Barrage (Source)

Known for the many endangered migratory birds that flock here at various times of the year during their migrations, Asan Barrage is a bird watcher's Paradise. Many exotic birds such as the red-crested pochards, coots, cormorants, wagtails, greater spotted eagles, osprey, marsh harriers, etc, can be seen in all their glory. A majority of bird species which migrate over the Himalayas during the winter season, stop over here on their journey towards the south of India.


The ideal spot for enjoying picnics when traveling with friends and family to Kalsi, Dakpathar is a place frequented by tourists. Other than being a great picnic spot, many recreational water sports and activities including boating, canoeing, sailing, river rafting, water skiing, and even the use of hovercrafts are available here to soothe the adventure devil inside you. Here the Yamuna river is completely unpolluted and safe. For those who take a fancy to fish or angling, a few resorts specifically arrange them for their guests in the periods of September to October and March to April. 

Chakrata Hills

A foggy view of Chakrata Hills
Chakrata Hills (Source)

A hill station located around 43 kms from Kalsi, Chakrata offers you views of the towering Chakrata hills and ravishing waterfalls to reinvigorate the weary travellers soul in you. Here you can take treks along the Chakrata Pass which winds along some of the waterfalls, including the very famous and beautiful Tiger Pass. Chakrata also offers adventure sports like mountaineering, rock climbing, parasailing, rappelling among others to satisfy the adventure freak inside you.  


Located very close to Kalsi, Vikasnagar offers a very vibrant environment and serves as a great shopping destination. A variety of foreign goods are available which can be taken as souvenirs. Local specialties like salwar kameez will definitely excite the traditionalists. Other unique specialties, like handcrafted brass and copper trumpets, the local Jaunsari drums are available for very reasonable prices and are definitely worth checking out.  

Timli Pass
If you are looking to soak in a bit of history along with the scenery, then Timli Pass is a place worth visiting. This place is regarded to be historically significant as it is believed to have bore witness to the battle between the British army led by Major General Ochterlony and the Gorkhas.

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