Khirsu: Hidden gem of Pauri Garhwal.

Tripoto
16th Apr 2017

I'm not Alice but this was surely a Wonderland.

Photo of Khirsu, Uttarakhand, India by Priyanka Bansal

Surfing through the net for a weekend getaway in the lap of nature away from the humdrums of routine Delhi life, I came across Khirsu. Situated at an altitude of 1700 metres at Pauri Garhwal district of Uttrakhand, the place silently promised for soul rejuvenating experience. Though not much information was given about this place and it was repeatedly mentioned “the place is not much explored”, it rather made it more captivating, somewhere I was willing to go..

Captivating terrace fields from my balcony.

Photo of Khirsu: Hidden gem of Pauri Garhwal. by Priyanka Bansal

As always, there was no prior bookings done and I got a big NO at GMVN tourist lodge for on the spot room availability on reaching Khirsu. I kept up the hope and after half an hour of exploring, I finally got a room at Taj Himalaya tourist rest house. The view from my balcony was too enchanting with terrace fields and minimal huts in the sight. The silence was too deciphering and was broken only by the hustles of the chirping birds.

Oak and Pine forest trails in Khirsu.

Photo of Khirsu: Hidden gem of Pauri Garhwal. by Priyanka Bansal

I followed a narrow trail from my rest house which was heading in to the village followed by the dense forests of pine and oak, a beautiful park and forest reserve nursery. There are not many tourist spots to explore at Khirsu and it’s kind of gem of its own. After walking a mile into the village I came across an old school building and a large playground.

Nostalgic school playground of Khirsu.

Photo of Khirsu: Hidden gem of Pauri Garhwal. by Priyanka Bansal

Being Sunday the school was closed and I was able to intrude the playground and reached Ghandiyal Devta temple. The aura here was too peaceful and after spending few moments there, I headed towards park which was too clean and green and to my surprise very well maintained by the management.

Clean and Green park at Khirsu.

Photo of Khirsu: Hidden gem of Pauri Garhwal. by Priyanka Bansal

After filling my lungs with ounces of oxygen, I happened to come across the forest reserve nursery and my heart was filled with immense gratitude for the local villagers working there. Putting their sweat and blood in maintaining the flora and fauna of this green jewel, they are serving their best for the mankind, in fact the whole ecosystem for that matter.

Dedicated soul preserving the flora of Khirsu. Big Respect!

Photo of Khirsu: Hidden gem of Pauri Garhwal. by Priyanka Bansal

Forest reserve nursery at Khirsu.

Photo of Khirsu: Hidden gem of Pauri Garhwal. by Priyanka Bansal

Witnessing the simple living of the blessed souls in this part of the earth makes one wonder that how naturally gifted the people living in Khirsu are. So untouched, so contended, so lucky to be away from the rat race of cities... I mean really, Touch Wood! And thank you so much God for considering me to be a part of this paradise may be for a while.

In every walk with nature, one receives more than one seeks.

Photo of Khirsu: Hidden gem of Pauri Garhwal. by Priyanka Bansal
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