Khirsu is a hidden dream within a dense forest of pine, Oak and Rhododendron (Buransh). Encircled by the snow-laden Himalyan peaks, Khirsu is nestled at an altitude of 1,700 mt, a place memorirs its beauty from the fairy tails, one of the most unexlored destination of Garhwal.
Situated at a distance of 19 km from the Pauri town, Khirsu offers the widest outlook of the mighty himalayan peaks. on a clear day, you can count at least 300 known and unknown peaks from here, away from the hustle-bustle of city life. now crowed by the tourists , this pristine environment is ideal for a rebirth. So serene and noiseless that you can even hear the sounds of the cracking leaves, under your feet.
The ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta in the vicinity is well worth to see.
How To Reach
The nearest airport is jollygrant (Dehradun), at a distance of 174 km’s.
RAIL- The rail head is Kotdwar, 127 Km’s.
ROAD- A motorable road connects Khirsu with Pauri, the nearest town. Pauri is well connected through roads with Dehradun, Rishikesh and Kotdwar. But, a trek from Pauri, down the Kandoliya hills offers the most exciting alternative route to Khirsu.
Where To Stay (STD Code- 01368)
Tourist Rest House-GMVN : 228509
Hotel Orchid Green : 228545
Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation- Eco-Tourism camps. set up between March and October every year. Offers an out-of-the world experience. Reservations can be made at UAFDC office at Nehru Road, Dehradun.
What To See
Being at Khirsu needs a different mindset. This place makes you introspective, closer to your natural self, leaving behind your city life, your urban existence like a mere slough, get yourself immersed completely, into the serene surrounding.
Even on a sunny day one can’t see the sky above, as one descends through the thick forests of pine, Oak and Deodars. Past elegant pathways covered with bright green moss and fascinating growth of fern. You will pass through an unknown world amidst numerous apple trees, bunches of Mushrooms grown in the dark underneath, refresh your mind with the fragrances of nameless wild flowers and exotic herbs, listen to to the songs of nature, accompanied by chirping birds.
It’s an experience, exclusively your’s, because Khirsu never sees the multitude of visitors. When you reach the top , you get a breathtaking views of the himalayan range. As if a conjured world surrounding you, is putting you into a philosophical trance, concentrating on yourself and your space in the universe.
Jwalpa Devi Temple-
A well known religious center on Pauri-Kotdwar road. Open round the year. A big religious festival is held every year, during the Navratras.
Ghandiyal Devta- The ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta is a major attraction, in the area.
Srinagar is located on way to N.H. 58 on the bank of river Alaknanda was once the capital of Garhwal Kings. Epicenter of Garhwal University, it is the biggest township in the area.
Devalgarh- Devalgarh in one of the important garh capitals of Garhwal. It is situated 16 km. away from Khirsu towards Srinagar. Raj rajeshwari & garuri devi Temples are the important attractions here.
Ulkha-Gari- 3 km. from Khirsu (chaubattakhal) is known for small ulkeshwari temple and ruins of Garh-Capital.
Pauri- Pauri is the district headquarter of Pauri-Garhwal and commissioner’s headquarter of Garhwal region is situated here. Pauri is 20 km from Khirsu and 32 km from Srinagar. It is also attractive hill station. A tourist Bunglow and a number of private hotels are available here for stay. It is another big township in the area.
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