Harshil

  • District: Uttarkashi
  • Famous for/as: Trekking
  • Languages: Garhwali, Hindi
  • Best Season: Apr-Jun, Sep-Oct

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 m 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.

Sightseeing

Dharali

Dharali is an exquisite hamlet situated at a distance of 3 km from Harsil. Dharali can be easily approached through motorable roads.

Sat Tal

It can be reached by a 3 km 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

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.

Distance

  • Delhi to Harsil: 446 km

Getting there

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Harsil situated at a distance of 232 km. 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 Train: The nearest railway station to Harsil is Rishikesh. Rishikesh railway station is situated 215 km before Harsil on NH 58. 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.

By Road: Harsil is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand state. Harsil is situated on NH 108 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.