Harsil is Tourist Village located on the seashore of Bhagirathi River , on the way of Gangotri Dham in Uttarkashi District in State of Uttarakhand . Harsil is situated at a height of 7,860 feet from sea level, with very dense deodar forests nearby. Harsil is also a very good place where you can indulge in adventurous activities like trekking and adventure buffs and those with a penchant for experiencing some adrenaline lined moments can visit this place.
Harsil has become popular in recent years with travel enthusiasts and nature lovers.This town is a very scenic location that is famous among tourists from all over the country, and it is located in a region that is packed with tourist hotspots. In the midst of all this, Harsil is actually a very serene little village that is the perfect place for you to enjoy your stress free vacation in peace.
Char Dham Yatra and Harsil
Many pilgrims during their Char Dham Yatra, stay at Harsil for some duration. The landscape in Harsil is dotted with many small temples that you can visit during your trip to the place. Mostly they reach in the evening, after taking night halt they depart early morning to Gangotri. The idol of the Hindu River Goddess Ganga (Ganges) is brought down from the shrine at Gangotri in the upper Himalayas after Diwali and kept at ‘Mukhba’ village near Harsil. It remains there throughout the winter when Gangotri is snowbound and inaccessible. Due to heavy rainfall in the area, visitors may face difficulty reaching the temple during monsoon season (late June to August). Snowfall can be enjoyed during winters, especially from end of November till mid of March.
Place to See Near Harsil
Sattal : Sattal is a cluster of seven lakes which is surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful surroundings.
Kedar Tal : KedarTal is a captivating sight offering crystal clear icy cold water. Situated at an elevation of 4,250mts above sea level. Kedartal can be reached by a difficult 14km trek via Bhoj Kharak and Kedar Kharak.
Gangotri : Gangotri is located 25 kms from Harsil an important religious place for the Hindus.The Gangotri temple is Dedicated to Goddess Ganga river. Gangotri temple opens on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya which comes in April or early May and gets closed on Diwali festival.
Dharali : Dharali is a picturesque spot situated only 3kms from away from Harsil. Mukhwa village is the home of Goddess Gangotri during winters, situated one kilometer from Harsil.
Gaumukh Glacier : Gaumukh Glacier is situated 18kms from Gangotri. ‘Gau’ means ‘cow’ and ‘mukh’ means ‘face’ hence the meaning of Gaumukh is cow’s face. The glacier resembles with a cow’s mouth if you carefully observe it
Dayara Bugyal : Dayara Bugyal is a perfect spot for skiing in winters as the region is entirely covered by the sheets of snow. It can be reached after a trek of 7km which commences from Raithal near Uttarkashi.
Gangnani: Gangnani is popular for its natural hot water springs situated 26kms before Harsil. This place is picturesque offering majestic views of the gigantic Himalayan range.
How to Reach :
By Air : Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, is the nearest Airport located at the distance of about 235 km from Harsil.
By Train : Rishikesh Railway station is the nearest Railway Station located 218 km away from Harsil.
By Road : Gangotri is connected by road to Uttarkashi, Tehri Garhwal and Rishikesh and from there to other parts of the country. Important road distances are Uttarkashi 97 km, Tehri 167 km, Dharasu 125 km, Yamunotri 232 km, Mussoorie 250 km.