Khirsu – A serene and pristine hamlet in Garhwal, Uttarakhand

Table of contents for Garhwal travels

  1. Lansdowne – beyond being the HQ of Garhwal Regiment
  2. Khirsu – A serene and pristine hamlet in Garhwal, Uttarakhand

In my previous post, I shared how we reached Lansdowne, all that we saw and how it didn’t seem enough. Not satiated, we decided to not go back to the furnace called Delhi and moved on to this new place called Khirsu – A less visited idyllic tiny hamlet hidden in the woods of blue pines is around 100 km from Lansdowne in Pauri.

Entry to Kalpa Devi Temple

Entry to Kalpa Devi Temple

Kalpa Devi Shrine

Kalpa Devi Shrine

River flowing behind the Shrine

River flowing behind the Shrine

Since there is not much accommodation available in Khirsu, we contacted the TRH on phone to enquire about availability & booked two DBR. The road to Khirsu is throughout hilly but well tarred. On the way we stopped at a very revered shrine of Garhwal, “Kalpa Devi” for a bow. It was worth a visit. The temple is situated along a stream accessible through a flight of more than 200 stairs.

Way to Pauri

Way to Pauri

Wild entry to Khirsu

Wild entry to Khirsu

After a short stopover for meals I steered steadily till we reached at a diversion from where a right turn leads towards Khirsu and straight towards Srinagar. A left upside road is a shorter route to Pauri-Devprayag-Rishikesh. The road till here was alike common hill roads and smooth. The diverted road for Khirsu, further 20-25 km is gradually narrow, canopied and densely forested. The thrill of driving on such a track can only be imagined by experiencing it and no words can define the real feel.

Khirsu is also situated at 1700 m but much cooler than Lansdowne because the entire hamlet is surrounded by high hills and dense forest bearing tall pine, deodar & oak. It is perhaps one of the most pristine places in Uttrakhand. Less visited hence no touristy activities. No mall road, no shopping or eating joints and no spirit shop. Yet, very impressive, naturally wild and ideal for a laid back holiday in divine serenity.

TRH Khirsu

TRH Khirsu

Pine Forest around the TRH

Pine Forest around the TRH

Wild Contrast

Wild Contrast

All the rooms of the TRH faces the Himalayan Peaks, which on clear morning rewards the visitors with magnificent glimpse of snow-capped ranges. The lawn is lush and well maintained with plenty of flowering plants. The dense forest around the TRH garland it to provide a soothing sight to the residents. The cottages at the lower deck are also ideal privy accommodation but during cooler climates. Holidaying in solitude & silence can be experienced here. The place also inhabits various wild life and variety of birds. Birding however, need time, patience and passion.

TRH or FRH

TRH or FRH

Leisurely Ladies

Leisurely Ladies

We were very happy with our decision to plan for Khirsu instead of continuing in Lansdowne or returning Delhi. We were informed about a natural park close to the TRH but that was accessible till sunset hence, we planned to visit the park next morning. After refreshment we enjoyed our tea at the lawn relaxing on the velvety grass. You may also retire on the garden chairs.

Soothing Dusk

Soothing Dusk

Sunset View at Khirsu

Sunset View at Khirsu

Perfect Day-End

Perfect Day-End

Soon then, the sun started setting and the colour of the forest started deepening darker & darker. On the other end the sun appeared bigger but meagre minute by minute. The bright white ball magnified in size and then turned yellow to orange to red while trying to hide behind the bushes on the hills till totally blurred and diminished. How I wish I could capture the whole transformation moment by moment and live it for always. It was humbly fantastic & memorable.

We were so involved in capturing the transforming moments that we amazed to see another natural transformation occurred in the TRH Lawns during that period. The lawn was filled by array of beautiful yellow flowers which bloom only on sunset. We were overjoyed by the two consecutive amazing nature’s charisma.

Cluster of Colourful flowers

Cluster of Colourful flowers

Full Blooms

Full Blooms

The lawn with numerous flowers & rhododendrons was so endearing that we decided to live the charm till as long as possible. Thus we even relished our dinner at the lawn & found it more luscious.

Nature Park

Nature Park

Inside the Nature Park

Inside the Nature Park

Pair of Pines

Pair of Pines

Dil to Bachha Hai Ji

Dil to Bachha Hai Ji

Next morning we visited the nature park only next to the TRH. The park is at the foothill of a giant hill in its natural form with very little artificial alterations. A large area with lush greenery & flowering trees and plants in natural habitats is truly an eco-park. A long walkway is ideal for a full length stroll in the entire park. We enjoyed the gentle caressing of Mother Nature as enthusiastically as kids.

Step Farms in Pauri

Step Farms in Pauri

Vulnerable Constructions

Vulnerable Constructions

Beaches all the Way 2 Rishikesh

Beaches all the Way 2 Rishikesh

A view of Rishikesh

A view of Rishikesh

Helplessly, had to return via Pauri-Devprayag-Rishikesh-Roorkee-Delhi with a wish to venture the wilderness & nature soon again.

Nature

Nature

Dev Prayag

Dev Prayag

  • prasad

    pls let us know the condition of TRH khirsu.

    • AJAY SHARMA

      Mr. Prasad,
      The condition of the TRH is up to the mark. Location is awe-inspiring.

      Keep traveling
      Ajay

  • Going close to nature is always a peaceful and rewarding experience. Great that you managed time to relax in such a beautiful place. Great sunset view! Baccha Dil why not smiling?

    • AJAY SHARMA

      Bachha Dil was bitten by a wasp minutes before the shot. Thanks for your inspiring words Anupam!

      Keep traveling
      Ajay

  • Rajesh Rana

    Khirsu is really a very peaceful and serene place to unwind. It was great to see a beautiful article on khirsu with some nice pictures !!! Keep Travelling !!!!

    • AJAY SHARMA

      Nice to hear those inspiring words. Yes, indeed Khirsu is a great place to unwind, only after reaching I realised that.

      Keep traveling
      Ajay

  • I have heard about Khirsu in the past and could imagine the kind of place it will be, but after reading your log I now have a much better understanding of the place. The TRH seems to be pretty big.

    Do you think, they would be able to accommodate 50 odd people ? What about food ?

    • AJAY SHARMA

      The TRH is indeed big & I understand they have 20 odd DBR plus 5-6 huts. I am sure that is enough space for 50 odd persons to accommodate. Food I remember was simple & cooked as per orders both veg & Chicken. No bar but there is one authorised shop on the way in a small village on route, 3-4 km prior to Khirsu.

      Regards
      Ajay

  • Uday Baxi

    Dear Ajay Ji

    I really liked the photographs viz. “Dil to baccha hai ji”, “perfect day-end”, “pair of pines”.

    From the pictures, I can guess that your eyes do catch nature at its best.

    After a city’s life and hectic activities, some place as serene as Khisru are really worth to visit. Thanks for taking us to such a place.

    Regards

    • AJAY SHARMA

      Thanks Udai for your keen observation and liking the post and photographs. True! after a cosmopolitan life, we need to unwind in such sereneness.

      Keep traveling
      Ajay

  • Pat

    Seems you have a penchant for sunset pics.

    Thank you for introducing this beautiful place. Shall make a plan some time next year.

  • AJAY SHARMA

    Thanks for liking the post. Yes! I am kinda penchant about framing all natural happenings. Sun-Set & Sun-rise are one of the most beautiful natural transformation & always attract all nature crazies, I believe.

    Book accommodation in advance prior to visiting the place.

    Keep traveling
    Ajay