(Last Updated on : 08/04/2015)
Khirsu, a well-know tourist hub and hill station is known for their exceptional natural beauty and outstanding view of imposing Himalayan Mountain Range
. It is situated 19 kms away from Pauri
, in the district of Garhwal
at an altitude of 1700 m. The snow-laden peaks of Khirsu draw thousands of visitors in the months of winter. It offers panoramic view of Central Himalayas and lure tourists from across the country and around the world during the summer months, when people can get a clear view of named and unnamed peaks.
This place, Khirsu, is actually clean and unpolluted and the tranquillity of the natural habitat of adjoining apple orchards, deodar and oak forest cover is enhanced by the sweet chirping of forest birds. It is far from the noisy pollution of the villages and cities. It is a silence area where one can listen to the sound of cracking leaves when it comes under your feet. Different types of bird species and apple orchards can be seen in the valley of mighty Himalayan. Definitely, Khirsu is like a hidden gem for tourists in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is really not as popular in India as others are but gradually it is obtaining the popularity.
This place was never very popular among travellers, but with time this place is certainly gaining importance and getting popular among people. There are accommodations available which come at cheap rates and also at deluxe range. The place has in immaculate charm all through the year and attracts adventure freaks from all around the world and across the country.
Best Time to Visit Khirsu
The panoramic belt of Khirsu receives the subtropical climate. The best seasons to visit Pauri and the surrounding areas are August to November and March to June. December to February is rather cold and July to August rainy and inhospitable. The maximum temperature is around 45 degree and minimum is around 29 degree Celsius. From October to January are winters, where temperature varies from 25 degree to 0 degree Celsius. September and October are months for those in search of flowers and more flowers.
Nearby Places at Khirsu
Staring from one corner to other, a majority of tourist spots is here to visit. Khirsu has reorganization as the most pristine hill station capable to entertain you throughout the year and this is the reason tourist use to come here every month. But most of the time pilgrims approach to this small town in summers.
Pauri: Situated at an elevation of 1814 m above sea level on the northern slopes of Kandoliya hills provide a panoramic view of snow clad Himalaya peaks.
Deval Garh: Established in the 14th century, it was capital of Garhwal Rajas before being shifted to Srinagar. The temples of Goddess Raj Rajeswari and ruins of an old palace are unique example of architecture of Garhwal.
Ulkha Giri: Situated on Pauri - Khirsu motor road, this place commands a magnificent view of mountain and valleys at an altitude of 1900 m.
Kandoliya Temple: Dedicated to Kandoliya Devta, it is situated only 2km from the main Pauri town. There is a stadium on top of this mountain which is visited by numerous travellers every year because it is Asias highest stadium. Kandoliya is also famous for its sunset views.
Chaukhamba View Point: Situated only 4kms from main Pauri, Chaukhamba Viewpoint ridge overlooks the splendid Idwal valley and Chaukhamba Peaks. Another pleasing attraction of Chaukhamba viewpoint is the dense oak and rhododendron forest of Dwarikhal.
Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev: It is an 8th century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva offering astonishing views of the snow laden Himalayas. It is believed Adi Shankaracharya raised this historic shrine while his visit to Pauri.
How to Reach Khirsu Hill Station
The place is well connected via road, rail and air to access this hill station. The nearest airport is Jolly Grant
, which is located 145 km away. A maximum 6 hours road journey from airport to Khirsu is required to be covered. Several buses and taxis are frequently available to reach Khirsu. The place is well connected by motorable roads to all the major towns of the region. Kotdwar is the nearest railway station located 115 kilometers from Khirsu.