Located in

Uttarkashi, Garhwal

Recommended stay

     2 days

Best time to visit

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct,

Railway Station

Dehradun, 217 kms

Nearest Airport

Jolly Grant Airport Dehradun, 232 kms

Famous for

Hill Station

Harsil - An Unexplored Valley

Harsil is a pristine and untouched treasure in Uttarakhand State that offers plenty of opportunities for those seeking tranquility and peace in the midst of mountains. It lies on the banks of the Bhagirathi River, which is situated at an altitude of 2620 meters over sea level. The quaint hamlet has grown increasingly popular with people who love nature and travel.

There are a variety of adventurous trekking routes to explore near Harsil. A stay at Harsil can be a relaxing experience that allows you to practice yoga and meditation.

Harsil Location

Harsil is situated in a beautiful valley that is inhabited predominantly by Bhotia tribes. The temperature in Harsil is pleasant in summer and can reach a point of freezing during winter. There are many Deodar as well as Apple plants throughout Harsil and the region is prone to snowfall between December and March. Harshil is located on Uttarkashi the Gangotri Road at a distance of 72 kilometers after Uttarkashi.

Dense Deodar forest, the gushing water from the Bhagirathi River with chirping birds and a lush surroundings and a tranquil environment are the best part of this small, secluded location.

Top Places to Visit  Harsil

Here you will find the top places to go in Harsil.

1. Dharali

2. Mukhwas Village

3. Sattal

4. Gangnani

5. Gangotri.

Activities in Harsil

Travelling :The mesmerizing valley of Harsil full of oak and deodar trees make it a paradise for trekkers. Numerous trek routes go through Harsil that lead to the cascading waterfalls, lush hills that are dotted with oak and pine trees, and gushing rivers.

The Pilgrimage :During the winter months when Gangotri is buried under blanket of snow Goddess Ganga descends downhill towards Mukhba village, which is 1 km away from Harsil. The devotees are able to visit the winter home that is the home of goddess Ganga and ask for her blessings.

Village Tourism :The beautiful village of Harsil promotes eco-tourism, where visitors are able to experience peaceful and peaceful surroundings while discovering the traditional ways of life practices, customs and beliefs of the local community in the village.

Mythology about Harsil

In Hindu stories, Jalandhar, the king of demons, defeated the gods with his power. Whenever the devas attempted to take down him, his power would grow because his beloved wife Vrinda would beg Lord Vishnu to ensure her husband’s victory. The gods then turned to Lord Vishnu for assistance and asked that he vow Vrinda to her husband, since he was only defeated if the wife he loved committed adultery in the marriage.

Vishnu employed his charms to lure Vrinda however her love and devotion to her husband did not shake her morals. In search of a way out the Lord Vishnu disguised himself as Jalandhar and swore to violate Vrinda’s vow of chastity. Jalandhar was killed by Shiva after realizing that Jalandhar was dead, Vrinda cursed Lord Vishnu that he would transform into a stone, and disperse throughout the territory of the king Jalandhar. Thus, the area was named Harsil.

The other folklore explains of the fact that both rivers Jalandhari as well as Bhagirathi always battled one another to show their strength. The battle caused turbulence as well as fear in the surrounding areas The people then offered prayers to Lord Vishnu to solve the issue. Vishnu was attentive to their prayers and changed into a Sila or stone. He positioned himself in the middle of the confluence of the Jalandhari as well as Bhagirathi rivers. Thus, the location was called Harshil that literally refers to Lord Vishnu by the shape of an igneous rock.

What is Harsil famous for?

Harsil is well-known among tourists because of its role as Hill Station.

Harsil is a recommended location for families, corporates, foreigners, kids, groups Solo.

Harsil is a well-known destination for the following interests/activities Harsil is popular for the following interests and activities: Base Camps (Trek), Cantonment Area, Char Dham Route, Emerging Destinations, Hill Station, Orchards, Romantic Meditation and Yoga.