Harsil is a secret destination in the lap of the Uttarakhand corridor of the Himalayas. Being only 25km from Gangotri, it is the gateway to the famous pilgrimage site. Its unspoiled beauty is characterised by a dense Deodar cover, the gushing waters of River Bhagirathi and panoramic views of the beautiful mountains.
For the ones who enjoy nature from a close proximity, Harsil is a treat. The fresh mountain air is detoxifying and a stress buster as well. You will be spoilt with the many many trek options in this quaint village, the most popular being the trail till Gangotri. For the ones who like surprises, the local treks with rough trails are the best to explore the village. The Mukhwas village, at a distance of 1km from Harsil, is considered to have been the abode of Goddess Gangotri. You can also visit the neighbouring village of Dharali for its pretty, colourful surroundings and beautiful apple orchards.
A 7km trek from Harsil to Sattal will acquaint you with the enchanting cluster of seven lakes, which look picture perfect against the green backdrop. You can also indulge in meditation and yoga and make your experience at Harsil a rejuvenating one. Look for homestays at reasonable rates and experience the warm Tibetan hospitality.
Best time to visit Harsil is from April to June and October