Island of Sedateness: Khirsu

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A Road less travelled: KHIRSU

Photo of Khirsu, Uttarakhand, India by Naresh Tomar

View of Pauri

Photo of Khirsu, Uttarakhand, India by Naresh Tomar

Kandoliya Temple

Photo of Khirsu, Uttarakhand, India by Naresh Tomar

Peak of himalayas from Khirsu

Photo of Khirsu, Uttarakhand, India by Naresh Tomar
Photo of Khirsu, Uttarakhand, India by Naresh Tomar

The trek route through forest

Photo of Khirsu, Uttarakhand, India by Naresh Tomar

Shattered light inside the forest

Photo of Khirsu, Uttarakhand, India by Naresh Tomar

Morning in Khirsu

Photo of Khirsu, Uttarakhand, India by Naresh Tomar

Specie of bird on my way to Khirsu

Photo of Khirsu, Uttarakhand, India by Naresh Tomar

Way to Pauri

Photo of Khirsu, Uttarakhand, India by Naresh Tomar

Sunset at Chaukhamba Viewpoint

Photo of Khirsu, Uttarakhand, India by Naresh Tomar
Photo of Khirsu, Uttarakhand, India by Naresh Tomar
Day 1

Words are less to define the hidden jewel of Garhwal: KHIRSU

In the second week of April, I went to explore the small hamlet in the hills of Garhwal. I started off on a monday morning and reached Pauri in about 9 hrs or so..

Being at Pauri, you need a different mindset. This place made me an introspective, closer to my natural self. I completely got immersed into the serene surrounding, the wind blowing around me was so refreshing that it made me connect to this place more and more...

Even after travelling for 9 hours, I completely feel fresh as soon as the winds first hit me...It not just only blow the cloud with them but my tiredness also. After searching for hotel here and there I finally summoned myself at HOTEL FRONTIER. As the little explorer inside me could not wait for too long.. so I headed to the KANDOLIYA TEMPLE( from whom the Pauri hills got it named). After visiting the temple and admiring the beauty of Gangwarsyum Valley, I headed to the CHAUKHAMBA VIEWPOINT- 'MOUNTAIN OF FOUR PILLARS', The view of Himalayas from this point is breathtaking as the sun was setting behind the mountains leaving a riot of colours with dominating tang of orange ,it was time to leave this beautiful place and head back to the hotel room. While walking down the road I was able to hear the sweet chirping of the birds, people buying their daily requirements etc etc . All around the place was filled with some magical spell. My day ended with a little tired body filled with the fresh aroma of nature.

Photo of Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India by Naresh Tomar

DAY 2 : TREK TO KHIRSU

Next day early in the morning, I enquired about khirsu from my hotel manager.

Day 2

It is hard to believe that just 19kms from the chaos of Pauri is an "island of sedateness", where we can either lie soaking in the sun or do some vigorous walking in the dense out forest named as KHIRSU.

As adrenaline rush flooded inside me so I decided to trek down the Kandoliya Hills of Pauri and reach this tiny hidden Garhwali Jewel. As i was walking in the pine forest, I couldn't see the sky above me only the shattered light from in between the trees gives a splendours view of the forest. The elegant spruce covered with ferns and bright green moss, apple trees, bunch of mushrooms in the dark and damp forest give me a fairytale like feeling. I was feeling like a 'ALICE IN WONDERLAND' where my wonderland lies in this journey... I could see my dreams come into reality.

Finally after dreaming( trekking) for about 1hrs, I reached the hidden jewel khirsu... and the place is seriously a hidden jewel... one can feel like being in heaven after reaching this place. It is far and far from the noisy pollution of the city and the village... it is somethings like we see in fairy tales...

Apart from journey the destiny was itself like a child's world.. As far as my I could see snow-laden mountains,different types of birds species.

I stayed for one day in khirsu at GMVN Tourist Rent House,Khirsu. I just visited the Ghandiyal devta and then just listened to the sounds of whistling of leaves and chirping of birds while lying and soaking in the sun.

Next morning I got up at 5am to see the beautiful morning of Khirsu and alass I was treated with the beauty which I could never forget in my life. It was all in front of me how clouds mixed with the sun rays and the whole place being painted in different colours slowly. I just got my camera prepared and started taking photographs of this unexplainable beauty.

Finally it was the time to leave this heaven and go back.. But the memories and experience of this trip will forever remain with me.....

In the end i could just say that Khirsu is a less travelled road as you can not find a Bisleri bottles, Coke cans or Chocolate and chips wrappers to disfigure the forest paths.

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It is really amazing, adventuring trip Naresh.. no words to describe your joyment there i guess...
Thu 01 19 17, 13:58 · Reply · Report
Excellent lucky to have gone through your story.... could very well relate to your feeling .... GREAT (y) .. Really inspiring !!!!
Wed 07 20 16, 14:53 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank u so much bhumika
Thu 07 21 16, 03:20 · Report
Island of seductness.. beautifully narrated.. and really inspiring...
Thu 07 14 16, 12:49 · Reply (1) · Report
Thanks bro.....
Fri 07 15 16, 03:49 · Report
Thank you... yaa.... its really a nice place to visit
Thu 07 14 16, 08:09 · Reply · Report
very well written... now i am more tempted to visit this seducted place : khirsu
Thu 07 14 16, 03:37 · Reply · Report
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