The town of Harsil is located in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. 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.
The landscape in Harsil is dotted with many small temples that you can visit during your trip to the place. You can also see some very dense deodar forests in Harsil and you can explore through the same, thus taking in some good mountain air and catching glimpses of beautiful mountain scenery. The town of Harsil is located at an altitude of around 2620 meters from Harsil.
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. The Bhagirathi River serves as an ideal companion for this sleepy town, and you can also visit the nearby region of Gangotri during your trip to Harsil. The Gangotri temple in this region is considered very sacred by Hindus. Sattal, which has seven lakes, is also located near Harsil.
Famous for/as: Trekking
Delhi to Harsil 446 km
Best Season / Best time to visit
The town of Harsil has a climate that is similar to that of Gangotri’s. The region experiences a temperate climate, and the main seasons here are those of summer, winter. Summers in Harsil are very moderate and winters in Harsil are cold. The best time to visit Harsil will be the months between April and June and the months between September and November.
Summers in Harsil are very moderate, and temperatures hardly rise beyond a particular level. The maximum temperature that this region experiences will range around fifteen degrees during the summer months (15°C) and the minimum temperature will range around ten degrees (10°C). This is a good time to visit the place. You should carry along adequate winter clothing during this time in order to keep yourself warm through the nights. April, May, June and July are the summer months.
Winters in Harsil extend through the months of October, November, December and January. February has a very pleasant climate. These months will experience a maximum temperature of around ten degrees (10°C) during the winter months, and the minimum temperature during these months will range around zero degrees (0°C). This is not a very good time to visit the place, due to the extreme weather and constant snowfall.
Attractions & Places to Visit and Explore in Harsil
Harsil is an unspoiled and hidden jewel of Uttarakhand state offering ample scope for people seeking peace and serenity in the lap of Himalayas. It is situated on the banks of Bhagirathi River at an elevation of 2,620mts above sea level. Harsil has become popular in recent years with travel enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Dharali is an exquisite hamlet situated at a distance of 3kms from Harsil. Dharali can be easily approached through motorable roads.
It can be reached by a 3km easy trek from Dharali. Sat tal is a mysterious combination of seven natural lakes.
Vishwanath Temple: The main temple of Guptkashi is dedicated to Lord Shiva as Vishwanath – “Lord of the Universe”. It is built by regional stones and is situated in an enclosed courtyard. The small temple to its left is Ardhanarishvara.
Mukhwas village is situated only 1km from Harsil. Mukhwas is the home of Goddess Gangotri during winters because Gangotri region is prone to heavy snowfall during winters. Devotees worship at Mukhwa village during winters when the doors of the Gangotri temple remains closed.
How to Reach Here
By air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Harsil situated at a distance of 232kms. Jolly Grant Airport is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. Harsil is well connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport. Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Uttarkashi, Tehri and Harsil
By road: Harsil is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Harsil is situated on NH108 which connects Gangotri in Uttarkashi district. Buses to Rishikesh, Tehri and Uttarkashi are available from ISBT Kashmiri Gate, Delhi. Buses and Taxis to Harsil are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand state like Rishikesh, Dehradun, Tehri, Barkot, Uttarkashi etc.
By rail: The nearest railway station to Harsil is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 215kms before Harsil on NH58. Rishikesh is well connected by railway networks with major destinations of India and trains to Rishikesh are frequent. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh to Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi and Harsil.
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