Uttarakhand the hill state of India also referred and popularly known as Devbhoomi is popular for its Temples, Scenic glory, Mesmerizing places and definitely the beautiful hill stations( Nanital, Mussoorie, Rishikesh, Kausani etc. ) you like to visit during New year and Christmas Eves. But the sad part is that there are many more underrated beautiful destinations which are much more beautiful and exquisite than the so called mainstream locations in the state. Hidden amidst the clouds and alpine mufflers, one of such underrated places in the state is Munsiari town also called as “Himnagri” (Himalayan town ) by localities.
I came across this "Himanagri" last year while I was planning for my next photography tour to a place which is unexplored and not much commercialized and figured out that Munsiari would be the best place to be.
Munsiari a sub Division in the Pithoragarh District in the hill-state of Uttarakhand, is almost about 600km from Delhi lies at the base of the great Himalayan mountain range, at an elevation of about 2,200 m (7,200 ft.) and is a starting point of various treks into the interior of the range.
You can reach the city by two ways from Delhi. You can either take a bus from Delhi directly for Pithoragarh or can travel by train/bus to the same via Haldwani which is almost about 550kms . From Pithoragarh you can find any private transport or cabs for Munsiari which will not take more than 250 INR and the journey will take upto 5 hours.
On reaching Munsiari after a backbreaking journey from Delhi with breathtaking views all along, Panchchuli peaks greet you invigoratingly, which I had always heard from my family as how magnificent they were. Being a media student and a big photography enthusiast, the knack of capturing moments through my lenses and documenting it to the world out there has always been my first priorities that I am such passionate about.
After discussing with my hotel staff and some local people around the hotel area, I got to know about Mr. Sher Singh Pangtey, the founder of the museum called the "Tribal Heritage Museum", which is about 2kms from the main city is the only individual who has seen Munsiari and know about its history from India's Independence to this Era of Globalization. Retired history professor, built the museum 16 years ago with his sole dedication and hard-work to preserve the culture. After a 2km walk to the museum from the hotel, I finally got to meet Mr. Pangtey and asked him to enlighten about the history and he was happy to do so.
Munsiari - The Old Days