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. This quaint hamlet has become popular in recent years among travel enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Dense Deodar forests, gushing water of Bhagirathi River, chirping birds, salubrious environment and serene environs are the highlights of this little secluded destination. There are several adventurous trekking routes that you can do in the vicinity of Harsil. A holiday at Harsil is a rejuvenating experience where you can do meditation and yoga.
Harsil is located in a picturesque valley inhabited mainly by the Bhotia tribes. The temperature of Harsil remains pleasant during summers and reaches freezing point during winters. There are numerous Deodar and Apple trees in Harsil and the region receives snowfall from December to March. Harsil is situated on Uttarkashi –Gangotri Road at a distance of 72kms after Uttarkashi.
Dharali is an exquisite hamlet situated at a distance of 3kms from Harsil. Dharali can be easily approached through motorable roads. It is popular for its fruits orchids which produce some of the finest Apples of India.
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. It is now being developed by the state government as a major pilgrimage destination by introducing winter char Dham.
Sat Tal is a cluster of mysteriously interconnected seven freshwater lakes and can be reached by a short 3kms trek from Dharali. Located at an altitude of 1370mts above sea level, the group of lakes is set amidst dense forests of oak and pine trees. Sattal is one of the few unspoiled and unpolluted fresh water biomes of India and is often compared with Westmorland of England by British. The names of the seven lakes of Sattal are Purna Tal, Ram Tal, Sita tal, Laxman Tal, Nal Damyanti Tal, Sukh Tal and Garud Tal.
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Harsil situated at a distance of 232kms and is well connected to Delhi with daily flights. It is connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport and Taxis are available from Jolly Grant Airport to Uttarkashi, Tehri and Harsil.
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.
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.