Harsil: India's Own Switzerland


Harsil: India's Own Switzerland

Planning a holiday in the mountains, we suggest choosing a place that is less crowded so that you can spend quality time alone and with family. We are going to introduce you to one such very beautiful place through this article, the name is Harsil.

Harsil, a village in the foothills of the Himalayas, who feels the magnetic power. Once you reach there, it keeps on pulling you towards itself without any buts. After reaching Harsil, you have reached the world of dreams. For mountain-loving people, this place is no less than a paradise. There is a different kind of intoxication in the food.

Where is Harsil?

Harsil is located in Uttarkashi district of Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. From here the distance of Gangotri remains only 21 kilometer, which is one of the main religious places of Hindus. The road till Gangotri is so beautiful in itself that it will not fill your mind once.

Harsil: India's Own Switzerland

History of Harsil

Harsil was discovered by Fredrick Wilson, an Englishman working in the East India Company. He liked this place so much that he left his job and started living at this place. Later he married a hill girl and completely became Harsil.

The first apple tree was brought to England by Fredrick Wilson in Harsil, since then apple cultivation and trade started there. A species of apple named Wilson is still very famous in Harsil. It was Wilson who gave the title of Switzerland to Harsil. The shooting of Bollywood's super-duper hit film Ram Teri Ganga Maili was also done here.

Harsil's specialty 

Snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, dense forests of deodar and poplar spread far and wide, the uninterrupted stream of Bhagirathi flowing vigorously beneath it, and fine roads snaking like snakes, will take you to all the places you want to visit in Harsil. Huh. 'Harsil has been my favorite stop in my journey so far, which has engulfed me like a drug that I will never want to recover from.' In Harsil, you will get to see that shade of natural colors, colors that humans could hardly have imagined. The wide valleys there seem as if God himself has made a painting with his own hands and has filled all the colors in it, which cannot be absorbed in your eyes. The apples here are also famous and if you go then definitely eat them. You will get a different taste. Carry it for the way as well. Also bargain. Even small apples are of great taste.


Harsil: India's Own Switzerland

Where can you roam?

 Harsil is a small place, but it is very big to visit. There are many such places here, which are religious, then there are many such places, which can be visited only for sightseeing. Some of the main places here are as follows- 

Gangotri National Park 

It is in the upper basin area of ​​Bhagirathi river, about thirty km from Harsil. This place is known for its alpine trees, narrow valleys and glaciers. Gaumukh glacier also comes in this basin which is the main center of Hindu faith. Fifteen species of animals and 150 species of birds are found here.  

Gangotri Dham 

Gangotri Dham is one of the four Dhams of Uttarakhand. It is about 21 kms from Harsil. There is a temple of Ganga ji here, in which her statue is kept. 

Dharali Gangotri 

It is believed that Bhagirath did penance at this place to bring Ganga ji to earth. There is also an ancient temple of Shiva in Dharali Gangotri. Dharali tourist place is also famous for apple orchards and red beans. It is only 2 km from Harsil.


Harsil: India's Own Switzerland


Mukhwas Village 

Mukhwas is considered to be the home of Ganga ji. It is a very beautiful village situated at a distance of one kilometer from Harsil. Two days after Deepawali, after the closure of the doors of Gangotri Dham, Ganga ji is placed in the temple here. 

Sattal means group of seven lakes 

At some distance from Harsil, there is a place called Sattal, where there is a group of seven lakes. People know these lakes as Panna, Naldamayanti Tal, Ram, Sita, Lakshmana, Bharat Sukha Tal and Oaks. This place is at a distance of 3 kms from Harsil. 


This place is considered to be the home of the maternal grandmother of Ganga ji and once in a year Ganga ji comes to her maternal grandmother's house. Apart from this, there is a hot water pool here, where a place has also been made for the bathing of women and men. You should visit this place only while proceeding from Rishikesh. From here Harsil remains 26 km. 

Harsil: India's Own Switzerland

How and when to reach Harsil? 

One can proceed from Rishikesh to Uttarkashi and from there towards Harsil and Gangotri. You can go there from April-June and September to November. You can take a private taxi from your starting point, even take your own car. Local trains also go from Uttarkashi.  


You can check your budget lodge and homestay in Harsil for your stay. If you can't bear the very cold, then it would be better to stay in the villages below.

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