Khirsu - Hidden gems of Uttarakhand
The pristine environment ringed with lofty Himalayan peaks and habitat of many flora and fauna species makes the state of Uttarakhand, a true adobe of God. There are many destinations here that make wish list of every traveler to explore. Many have been known among the traveler communities but some are unexplored far from the hustle-bustle of city life in the lapse of nature. The hill station of Khirsu, is one such destination. Situated at an altitude of 1700m in the Pauri district is a perfect gateway for peace seeker. One has to travel around 11km towards the north of Pauri town to reach this hidden gem.
As winter is here, it is a place that offers the spectacular wide panoramic view of snow covered Himalayas. On a sunny day one can see the clear sky above with chirping of birds. Pine, Oak and Deodars, past elegant pathways covered with bright green moss and fascinating growth of fern makes wanderlust in every soul to rid of worries and search for true meaning of life.
Amid Covid-19 workcation is also a buzzing term gaining popularity especially in Uttarakhand. Khirsu is right choice for visitors who are searching for a combination of charm, peace which can increase the efficiency of completing the office work. Basa Homestay in Khirsu which is being run by the local women of the place. They offer some of the yummiest food to the visitors and share our folklores. Some similar projects are underway namely Basa Homestay 2, Hunter House and Fishery Homestay.
Nearby places to visit:
A well-known religious centre on Pauri - Kotdwar road, is renowned place among tourists. It is believed by the locals that any wish asked here with pure heart gets fulfilled. It opens round the year. During Navratras a big religious fair is held every year where many people come from all around the region. Many marriages also perform here with no cost.
Ghandiyal Devta Temple
The ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta is also a renowned site among the local worshipers. Known as Rashak Dev- The Divine protector is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Abhimanyu, a devotee of lord Shiva. The Ghandiyal fair is the major attraction of this temple. It goes on for 9 days and 9 nights. Devotees with high religious spirit of nearby areas participate and perform rituals.
Srinagar - Located on way to N.H. 58 on the bank of river Alaknanda. It was once the capital of Garhwal Kings and vital in the expansion of the rulers of the region. Currently, the centre of Garhwal University is situated here. It is the biggest township in the region.
Deval Garh - Situated at 16 km away from Khirsu towards Srinagar. It is one of the important Garh capitals of Garhwal kingdom. The testimony of the prosperous kingdom can be visited here. The Raj Rajeshwari & Gauri Devi temples are the are two important attractions in the vicinity.
ULKA Garhi - A 3 km picturesque drive from Khirsu (Chaubattakhal) takes one to the Ulkha-Garhi. The place is known for small Ulkeshwari temple and many significant structures of the Garhwal kingdoms are also dotted in the region.
Pauri - District Headquarter of Pauri Garhwal and Commissioner's Headquarter of Garhwal region is situated here. It is 20 km from Khirsu and 32 km from Srinagar. The attractive hill station of Pauri has many tourists Bungalow built in colonial architecture. One can find number of Private Hotels here for stay. The town has a big bazaar for shopaholic to buy local stuff made by the people of nearby villages.
Lansdowne - A hill station with the longest history is continuing to attracting tourists from all over the country. With a benefit of well-connected motorable roads it takes you on a journey to escape from the city life.