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Munsiyari

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Ideal duration: 1-2 days

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Munsiyari Tourism

Often referred to as "Little Kashmir", Munsiyari is a cosy hamlet located in the Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 2298 metres, the pretty little hill town is known for its panorama of snow-capped Himalayan Range and some adventurous trekking trails.

Perched between the borders of India, Tibet and Nepal, Munsiyari is a base for three glaciers namely Namik, Milam and Ralam Glaciers. The scenic village is often seen romancing with brilliant weather throughout the year and the stunning backdrop of Panchachuli (the five peaks), Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. Also dubbed 'Gateway to Johar Valley', Munsiyari is the starting point of Johar Valley which was the ancient trade route between Tibet and India.

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Mini Kashmir of Uttarakhand

Situated at an altitude of 2,300 mt and snuggled in the folds of snow clad mountains, Munsiyari is considered as the Kashmir of Uttrakhand. Located in the Pithoragarh District, it is one of the fastest growing tourist destination famous for panoramic vistas of the virgin nature. People visit Munsiyari to escape the bustling life of the cities and to feel the tranquillity of this place.The place offers a spellbinding view of the Himalayas and some breathtaking treks.

Gateway to the Himalayan treks

Famous for the indescribable beauty, the town of Munsiyari is used as a base camp by mountaineers, glacier enthusiasts, high altitude trekkers and nature lovers as it provides the gateway to Milam, Ralam, and Namik glaciers. The place is a bliss for the trekkers as it offers a number of moderate to high altitude treks. A short trek to Nanda Devi temple is a must do when you are in Munsiyari. It is situated at a distance of 3 km and offers the most beautiful view of the Panchachuli mountains. Khalia top trek, Thamri Kund, and Maheshwari Kund are among the other famous treks in Munsiyari.

Restaurants and Local Food in Munsiyari

Munsiyari is a small village which do not offers many eating outlets or restaurants. The best option is the in-house restaurant at hotel. These restaurants offer Indian, Chinese, continental and Kumaoni cuisine. The small dhabas in the village mostly serve delicious Indian and Kumaoni cuisines. Kulka is a very delicious local delicacy comprising of flour and potatoes fried in dhungar (a local herb).
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive at Kathgodam railway station and take a taxi to Munsiyari. Reach Munsiyari in the evening and check-in to a hotel. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Day 2- Begin with a short trek of 3 km to Nanda Devi. In the backdrop of the temple, you can see the stunning views of the Panchachuli mountains. Visit Thamari Kund, Betuli Dhar, and Birthi fall to embrace the refreshing breeze and the magnificent panorama. After watching the beautiful sunset, head back to the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 3- Trek to Khalia top. This blissful trek is a delight for first-time trekkers. The sight of gigantic mountains and the chirping of the birds in the background makes one fall in love with nature. In winters, Khalia Top offers a perfect spot for skiing. Head back to the town. In the leisure time, you can go to Darkot to shop as the place is famous for the hand woven Pashmina shawls.

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What's Great?

Offers surreal views of the Kumaon hills. Famous for the undisturbed environment and the place is an emerging trekking destination.

What's Not So Great?

Winters are excruciatingly cold but beautiful at the same time, so carry heavy woollens if you are travelling during the winter season.

For Whom?

Munsiyari is perfect for those who want to enjoy their holiday away from the noises of the city in a lush green surrounding. Also for the avid trekkers looking out for nerve-wrecking treks.

How To Reach Munsiyari

It is a little difficult to travel to Munsiyary as it is not directly connected from any major cities in India. The nearest airport and railway station are at a distance of more than 200 km. Travelling by road is also a little tiring as you have to break your journey at multiple points.

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Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
- Make sure you secure the special permit for trekking before indulging in to the activity.
- Winters are excruciatingly cold but beautiful at the same time, so carry heavy woolens if travelling during the season.
- Avoid travelling during monsoon season as the area faces excessive landslide and poor road conditions.
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