Khirsu, Pauri Garhwal

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    Khirsu, Pauri Garhwal

    Khirsu is a sleepy and peaceful hill village, located at a distance of 15 km from Pauri Garhwal, wrapped with lush greenery and orchards. The place is off the popular tourist trails, yet to gather tourist rush to its refreshingly beautiful surroundings, ideal for a leisurely and relaxing holiday. Amidst wide spreads of beautiful deodar and oak trees, perched at an altitude of 1800 meters, this calm hill station is paradise for people looking to escape the hustle bustle of the favorite tourist spots.

    Khirsu is one of those immaculately off beat destinations which is unspoilt and sure to charm you with its soul-stirring beauty and quietude. The majestic temple of Ghandiyal Devi, located in its vicinity, adds to the attraction of the place. A truly offbeat destination, which has managed to slip under the radar of the popular tourist trail, Khirsu is a place for complete isolation and relaxation. This quaint town can be your ultimate go-to place for the rejuvenating vacation away from the daily grind. Khirsu's beauty is slowly being discovered with more and more tourists visiting the small town every year.

     

    Best time to visit Khirsu

    Khirsu can be visited throughout the year due to its pleasant weather all year round. The small hamlet has delightful weather during summers, ideal for getting away from the soaring temperatures in the plains. Winters are very chilly and yet very beautiful. One will be required to carry some heavy woollens during the winters.

    How to Reach Khirsu

    • Air: The nearest airport is at Dehradun which is 145 km away from Khirsu. One can easily get a cab or catch a bus for Khirsu from the airport.

    • Rail: The nearest rail head is at Kotdwara which is just 115 km away from Khirsu. One can easily get a cab or catch a bus for Khirsu from the railway station.

    • Road: Khirsu is well connected by motorable roads to different parts of the state. Public and private buses regularly connect the hill town with nearby cities and towns.

    Getting Around Khirsu

    Since Khirsu is a charming little hamlet, moving about the town is mostly done on foot and by car. In fact, the best way of exploring the mesmerising beauty of this place is on foot, interacting with the locals and observing their way of life. 

    Where to Stay

    Khirsu has decent accommodation options offering great service and luxury to suit every pocket size. One can find an accommodation based on their budget. Alternatively, you can seek shelter in Pauri which is just 15 km away from Khirsu. If you wish to experience the raw beauty of this small town, you can opt for staying at one of the homestays arranged by the locals, experiencing their rich culture and traditions while contributing to their daily life. 

    Sightseeing in Khirsu

    Ulkha Giri and Pauri Garhwal are major attractions in and around the area.

    Activities in Khirsu

    Since Khirsu is one of those exceptional places which are yet unspoilt by urban civilisation, sweeping you into its mind stirring natural beauty, encompassed by Pine, Oak and Deodar trees, the most popular activity here is to take a walk in nature trails. While in this pristine land, take some time to just sit in the sun-kissed forests and watch the many wonders of nature which escape you in the hustle and bustle of the city life. 

    Khirsu also provides you with the unique chance of experiencing the rustic way of life of the simpletons of the village. It is astounding to see the peaceful and simple life led by the locals, without the embellishments of high rise buildings and noise of the urban populace. 

    The Khirsu Experience

    A totally offbeat destination this, visiting Khirsu is an experience in itself.

    Khirsu's Cuisine

    Try out some amazing Garhwali and Kumauni cuisines such as aloo ke gutke, gahat, chainsoo and kaapa.

    Best Restaurants Nearby

    Deep Restaurant and Alaknanda Hotel in Pauri.

    Itinerary

    Spend a day in Khirsu. Visit Ulkha Giri and take a day trip to Pauri Garhwal, while here.

    Tips

    1. Avoid the monsoon season as heavy rainfall make the area prone to landslides.
    2. The drive from Pauri Garhwal to Khirsu is spectacular.

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