Syalsaur is a small hill station in Uttarakhand which is not found in the itinerary of any person who is heading towards the state of Uttarakhand. It is a place which would make its visitors halt and wonder about the place and what it has to offer.
Syalsaur is a place which needs to be visited by those who are seeking an adrenaline rush as well those who want to shut their doors behind to the world and spend some quiet time and dedicate themselves completely to Mother Nature.
It is generally considered as a stopover point for those heading to Badrinath, Kedarnath, Tunganath, etc. It is a place which is often considered to be a small town to be visited alone. Hence, it still remains away from the tourist crowd.
01. Best Time To Visit Syalsaur
The months from October to April are considered to be the best time to visit the place as the weather remains relatively pleasant, which helps one to explore the place.
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02. How To Reach Syalsaur
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport which is around 180 km from here. The airport has regular flights to all the major cities across the country with regular ones to Delhi.
The nearest railway station is the station at Rishikesh, which is approximately around 165 km from here. The station offers connectivity to all the major towns and cities across the nation.
Reaching Syalsaur by road is the best option. The place is well connected by roads which offer some breathtaking views. The famous town of Haridwar is at a distance of 186 km from here and Dehradun is at a distance of 206 km.
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1. Mandakini River
The river Mandakini looks really calm, but the calmness vanishes once monsoon starts. Mandakini in translation means she flows calmly. In Syalsaur the river is seen as the lifeline of the area. Camping at the riverside gives you a very unique experience and also you can try kayaking in the river.
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One of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus, the holy place is about 55 km from Syalsaur. The Kedarnath temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is said to be more than 1000 years old. The temple has some fine murals which depict various Hindu mythological stories.
An interesting factor is that though the temple is in North India, the chief priests of this temple are from Karnataka in South India, and one can observe that the mantras are chanted in Kannada.
3. Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary
The sanctuary is also known as the musk deer sanctuary, since the area is well known for the population of the endangered species of musk deer in plenty. It is also one of the richest biodiversity reserves in the world. The park is also home to the snow leopard and the Himalayan black bear.
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Located at an altitude of 3680 m, the valley is home to the famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva which is said to be around 1000 years old. The temple lies below a peak of the Himalayas called the Chandrashila.