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Harsil Tourism

Harsil, still lesser known to tourists, is a perfect getaway for those in quest of peace and solitude. Nestled amid Himalayas and dense cover of pine and deodar with River Bhagirathi gurgling across the area, Harsil is a complete package for vacation makers.

Also adorned with apple orchards, this village elevated at a height of 2620 m above the sea level is also known for its numerous trekking trails. With pleasant summers and chilling winters, it is situated 72 kms ahead of Uttarkashi on Uttarkashi - Gangotri Road. If you are looking for a romantic outing or simply a family vacation, Harsil is a must visit.

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Harsil is an untouched and unspoilt jewel hidden in the Himalayas. It is a trekker's paradise. The beautiful valley of Harsil is filled with oak and deodar trees. A trek to the valley offers you some of the most peaceful spots with immense picturesque beauty. The trek through the Harsil valley is endowed with cascading waterfalls, verdant hills covered with pine and oak trees, gushing river streams.

You can either tag along with certain travel companies that carry out these treks or even backpack solo if you wish to. Also, Gangotri is only 17 km from the city centre and is one of the Char Dhams. You can also opt for the Char Dham route which starts with Yamunotri, then Gangotri and Kedarnath and finally paying homage at Badrinath shrine. The sacred Char Dham pilgrimage are the most revered pilgrimage sites in India and visited by millions of devotees every.

Village tourism

The beautiful town of Harsil promotes tourists to visit the villages to interact and stay with the villagers to help them appreciate the beauty of Harsil. Visitors can try local food, and also learn about the rural way of life, customs and beliefs of the community that lives there. While you are in Harsil, don't forget to visit the apple orchards and try the famous juicy apples of the Himalayas.

Suggested Itinerary for Harsil

Harsil is a paradise of nature, so one day in this village can make you experience a lot. An early morning walk just getting around the place with birds chirping is simply magical. A nice and healthy breakfast at the hotel and you are good to begin with your journey.

Begin your trip with Dharali, a colourful hamlet with panoramic views of mountains. The next stop should be Mukhwas Village, winter home to Goddess Ganga and a place of spirituality. From there, head on to Sattal the land of seven interconnected lakes and break for lunch. Now, your next destination is Gangotri, the most elevated temple of Goddess Ganga. The view from there is splendid. Get back to the hotel for the night's rest and warm dinner.

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FAQs on Harsil

What is famous about Harsil?

Harsil is a very picturesque town nestled safely in the Himalayas. It is quiet and calm and very mesmerising.

What is not so good about Harsil?

Slightly difficult to access as it is 8 hours from the major railway station or airport. The area is highly prone to landslides that can lead to a blockade.

Who should visit Harsil?

Harsil is an ideal destination for families, honeymooners and also for the corporate people who fail to find inner peace in their day to day lives. It is also a perfect spot for those who love adventure and trekking.

What is the best time to visit Harsil?

Summers are a season of pleasant weather in Harsil. Evenings are cool and salubrious for sightseeing. Carry light woollen if travelling during the season. Winters in Harsil experience nail biting cold with the temperature at time dipping below freezing point. Do carry heavy woollens for the winter season. Trekking becomes difficult during the time but offers a beautiful sight. During monsoon, the town is fresh and blooming but landslide may ruin it. Hence, an ideal time to be in Harsil is between the months of April and October.
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What is the local food in Harsil?

Harsil is a small hamlet where you may find some dhabas mainly serving north Indian cuisine. Other than that you will be mostly eating at your hotel or guest house.
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What is the best way to reach Harsil?

Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest airport to Harsil situated almost 232 km away. The nearest railway station is located in Rishikesh. Buses run regularly from New Delhi to Harsil and are the most convenient mode of transportation. 

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What are the places near Harsil?

The top places near to Harsil are Shimla which is 149 km from Harsil, Nelong valley which is located 28 km from Harsil, Auli which is located 97 km from Harsil, Gangotri which is located 19 km from Harsil, Kinnaur which is located 72 km from Harsil

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Q. Is Harsil to Chitkul a very difficult Trek?

Kumar Kislay

3 years ago
The Harsil-Sangla Trek along the Lamkhaga Pass� is the most challenging trek all along the Garhwal valleys. The Lamkhaga Pass that connects the north-eastern Garhwal and Himachal Pradesh is bounded (Read More) by a tantalizing landscape of snow filled mountains and mysterious atmosphere. The Harsil- Sangla trek is long and at times cranky and shaggy trek to the pass that involves steep ascents over the scree and the ice.

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Kumar Kislay

3 years ago
- Carry extra food and supplies with you, facilities are not present at proper intervals.
- Winters are freezing cold but beautiful at the same time, so carry heavy woolens if travelling during th (Read More)e season.
- Avoid travelling during monsoon season as the area faces excessive landslide and poor road conditions.

Sunil Sehrawat

3 years ago
Its better than Manali.situated near river ganga.peacefull and cold.few hotels and food is good.better to visit when Yatra starts.dangerous to go in rainy season.

Sunil Sehrawat

3 years ago
Some beautiful pics of harsil .there is a helipad just near harsil.visited once but want to go one more time.take winter clothes because it gets very cold at night.
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