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 are perfect for explorers and travellers looking for a break in the lap 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. The lush green landscape of Khirsu provides an amicable environment to find solace and rejuvenate.
On a sunny day in Khirsu, one can see the clear skies and spot exotic birds amid the lush Pine, Oak and Deodars forests. Along the elegant pathways covered with bright green moss and fascinating growth of fern, one can spend time soul searching and discover the meaning of life. The feeling of being lost and re-connecting with yourself again makes this quaint town a special place among travellers. 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 and peace to work from remote locations with clean air and water.
Speaking about the potential and development of Khirsu as one of the common hotspot of Uttarakhand. Mr Dilip Jawalkar, secretary, Uttarakhand Tourism said, “Uttarakhand is blessed with many beautiful and unexplored place such as Khirsu. Amid Covid, the trend of workcation is booming in the state. We are constantly working to turn this pandemic into an opportunity and offer more such options to the tourists visiting Uttarakhand.”
Elaborating more about the workcation facilities and footfall of the tourists in Khirsu, District Tourism Development Officer (DTDO) Pauri Kushal Singh Negi said, “Khirsu which is situated in the outskirts of Pauri is indeed hidden gem for travellers. After travel restrictions were removed by the government in the state we have received good responses from the tourists. The authentic cuisine of any state is also one factor that attracts tourist from different places. As a result, we have 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.”
Nearby places to visit:
Jwalpa-Devi Temple: 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. During Navratras a big religious fair is held every year where many people come from all around the region. Many marriages are also performed 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. Devotees from nearby areas participate and perform rituals during the holy nine days of the festival.
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 and 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.
(The article information and pictures is courtesy Uttarakhand Tourism, for more information visit the official website)