Get Awestruck By The Charm Of These Offbeat Villages In Uttarakhand

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Decorated with mighty snow-peaked Himalayas and home to India’s holiest river Ganga, Uttarakhand is the epitome of natural beauty and divinity. This amazing Himalayan state offers something to every type of traveller. Unlike popular hill retreats like Nainital and Mussoorie, Uttarakhand contains a plethora of quaint and serene villages where you can escape from hullabaloos of urban life. Blessed with virgin beauty, a relaxing stay at these small hamlets will give a memorable experience of eco-tourism.

Tired of those usual touristy places and want to have experience something fresh and offbeat? Then add the below mentioned fascinating villages in Uttarakhand to quench your wanderlust.

(Dist: Pithoragarh) - With mighty snow-clad peaks in backdrop, Chaukori is a hidden gem in Uttarakhand. Adorned with the refreshing aroma of tea plantations, this small village in Kumaon region is just perfect for peace seekers. Chaukori village also houses few temples dedicated to regional Gods and Goddesses that are worth visiting.

How to get here-

Road: Chaukori is well connected by motorable roads. Interstate buses are available from Delhi to reach Pithoragarh. You can even hire a taxi towards Chaukori.

Air: Nearest airport is in Pant Nagar. Take a local bus or taxi to reach Chaukori.

Rail: Nearest railhead is at Kathgodam. Take a local bus or taxi to reach Chaukori.

Best time to visit-

The best months to visit Chaukori are March to June and September to November. Since the weather is pleasant during these months. Avoid going during rains (July-August).

Where to stay-

Ojaswi Resort, 1 BR Boutique Stay

(Dist. Dehradun) - Positioned on the junction of Yamuna and Tons River, Kalsi is peacefully settled between lofty Garhwal hills. Blessed with ethereal beauty, this small village in Uttarakhand falls on old route to Yamunotri. Kalsi is still undiscovered by the travellers and offers so many things to go such as mountain cycling, village walks or just relaxing along Tons River. Give a visit to the edicts carved in stone by Ashoka at Ashoka Rock Edict.

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Photo of Kalsi, Uttarakhand, India by Sahil Singh

How to get here-

Road: Kalsi is well connected by motorable roads. You can hire a taxi from Dehradun or take an interstate bus from Delhi to Chaukori.

Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. Take a private taxi or local bus to reach Kalsi.

Rail: Nearest railhead is at Dehradun. Take a local bus or taxi to reach Kalsi.

Best time to visit-

All the months are good except during Monsoon season (June-September) if you don’t like rains.

Where to stay-

Since Kalsi is a small village. Hence accommodations are available in and around Mussoorie only. JW Marriott Mussoorie, Hotel SunGrace

(Dist. Rudraprayag) - Named after Lord Kartikeya (eldest son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati), Kartik Swami village offers a 360 degree view of Himalayan range. A temple dedicated to Lord Kartikeya is also situated here which is highly revered by the locals of this quaint village in Uttarakhand. Adorned on a narrow ridge, Kartik Swami village offers something to every type of traveller.

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Photo of Kartik Swami Temple, Malkhi, Uttarakhand, India by Sahil Singh

How to get here-

Road: Kartik Swami Village is well connected by motorable roads. Interstate buses are available from Delhi to reach till Rudraprayag. Take a shared jeep towards Kanak Chauri followed by a 3 km trek till Kartik Swami Temple.

Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. Take a taxi till Rudraprayag and then a shared jeep till Kanak Chauri.

Rail: Nearest railhead is at Haridwar and Rishikesh. Take a local bus or cab till Rudraprayag and then a shared jeep till Kanak Chauri.

Best time to visit-

All the months are good except during Monsoon season (June-September) as rain disrupts the trek and damage the roads.

Where to stay-

Since Kartik Swami is a small village. Hence accommodations are available in and around Rudraprayag only. Hotel Tulsi, Hotel Mandakini

Kalap

(Dist. Uttarkashi) - Nestled in the upper Garhwal Himalayas, Kalap is a fairytale village in Uttarakhand, still untouched by the hands of urbanisation. Maintaining its old charm, this beautiful village can only be reached by trekking from Netawar (a small village near Dehradun), passing through lush grasslands and forest area. If you are not an adventure junkie, you can just relax and explore the Garhwali architecture, interact with villagers and learn about organic farming. Try out Garhwali cuisines while staying with the locals. The fascinating view of snow-clad Himalayan range as seen from Kalap village cannot be described in words.

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Photo of Get Awestruck By The Charm Of These Offbeat Villages In Uttarakhand by Sahil Singh

How to get there-

Road: Kalap is well connected by motorable roads. Interstate buses are available from Delhi to reach till Uttarkashi. You can even take a cab towards Netawar followed by a 4 hour trek till Kalap.

Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. Take a private taxi or local bus to reach Netawar followed by a 4 hours trek till Kalap.

Rail: Nearest railhead is at Dehradun. Take a local bus or taxi to reach Netawar in Uttarkashi.

Best time to visit-

Being located at an altitude of 7,500 ft, the weather is extremely cold during Winters (November-February). Best time to visit Kalap village is from March to October when the climate is pleasant.

Where to stay-

Traditional wooden houses are available for visitors to stay in this village. More accommodations are present in and around Uttarkashi. Shikhar Nature Resort, Hotel Inder Place

(Dist. Pauri Garhwal) - A charming village set in the pleasant and pollution free environment, Khirsu is a hidden gem in Uttarakhand. This less visited hamlet is blessed with unmatched beauty of Himalayas and thus an ideal place where you can relax and unwind amidst the nature’s bounty. If you are a bird lover, then Khirsu is just best fit for you. Holidaying in this picturesque village of Uttarakhand will relieve you from all the urban stress. Don’t forget to seek blessings at an ancient temple dedicated to Ghandiyal Devi when in Khirsu village.

How to get there-

Road: Khirsu is well connected by motorable roads. Interstate buses are available from Delhi to reach till Pauri. You can even take a cab towards Khirsu from Pauri.

Air: Nearest airport is Jolly Grant in Dehradun. Take a private taxi or local bus to reach Khirsu.

Rail: Nearest railhead is at Kotdwar. Take a local bus or cab till Khirsu.

Best time to visit-

The best months to visit Khirsu are from April to October since the weather is pleasant during these months.

Where to stay-

GMVN Khirsu, Jatra Heights

Uttarakhand is full of hidden gems and the above interesting villages are worth visiting if you are planning for peaceful getaway. So, take a break from the chains of city life and head out to these fascinating villages in Uttarakhand and get rejuvenated.

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