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Harsil – A Tranquil Interland


Harsil is a small village located in the state of Uttarakhand, at a height of 2620 m above sea level. It is located on the banks of the river, Bhagirathi, around 72 km away from Uttarkashi. It is believed that during Satyuga, the Hindu River Goddesses, Bhagirathi and Jalandhari, had a heated argument regarding who among them is more significant.

Seeing this, the Hindu Lord Vishnu, also called Hari, took the form of a ‘shila’, a stone tomb, and absorbed their fury. Owing to this, the village derived its name ‘Harsil' or 'Harishila’. Moreover, since then, both the rivers are believed to have been flowing less turbulently.

Tourist Places In And Around Harsil

The village is situated close to Gangotri, one of the four Hindu pilgrimage centres or Char Dham. It is home to various tourist attractions, including the Gangotri National Park, which is located at a distance of 30 km from the destination.

Some of other the popular attractions here are the Mukhba Village and the Gangotri National Park. The Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory (DARL), established in May 1973 in Harsil, is also visited by many tourists.

How To Reach Harsil

Harsil, being a small village, does not have its own airport or railway station. The nearest airport to the destination is the Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. The Rishikesh Railway Station serves as the closest rail link to Harsil.

Best Time To Visit Harsil

Tourists mostly visit this holy place between the months of April and June as well as September and November.

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How to Reach Harsil

  • By Road
    Travellers planning a trip to Harsil can reach the destination by road. Buses for Harsil are available regularly from places like Uttarkashi, Dehradun, Barkot, New Tehri, and Rishikesh.
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  • By Train
    The Rishikesh Railway Station is the closest rail link to Harsil, which is well connected to other cities of the country by regular trains. It is situated at a distance of about 239 km from the destination. Tourists can avail bus service or hire a taxi to reach Harsil from here.
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  • By Air
    The closest airport to Harsil is the Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun. It is located at a distance of around 253 km from the destination. This airport is connected to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi by regular flights. Taxis are available from the Jolly Grant Airport to Harsil.
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