Harsil is a beautiful valley and a cantonment area on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. This valley lies on the way to the Hindu pilgrimage, Gangotri. It is located at a height of 7,860 ft (2,620 metres) in Uttarkashi district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.
It lies 73 kms from Uttarkashi. 30 km away from this valley, there is Gangotri National Park, spread over the area of 1,553 square km.
History of Harsil Valley:
The amazingly beautiful valley became popular for the legend Pahari Wilson or Raja Wilson. Wilson deserted the British army after 1857 of Sepoy Munity. Wilson escaped into the Garhwal region and went to the King of Tehri to hide. But King refused to shelter him. Then Wilson ran to the mountains and hide. But the fortune of Wilson brought him into this valley located on the banks of the Bhagirathi River.
Things To Do In Harsil:
It is great place where you can enjoy activities like trekking, photography and sight seeing. The Bhagirathi River serves as an ideal companion for this sleepy town, and you can also visit the nearby region of Gangotri during your trip to this valley. Sattal, which has seven lakes, is also located near this valley.
Places to Visit in Harsil:
This small picturesque hamlet lies at 3 km from this valley. This place is well connected with roads.
It’s the home of the Hindu goddess Gangotri. Devotees from all parts of the country and outside make a visit. In winters there is heavy snowfall and it is not best time to visit.
Sattal has seven natural lakes that are a sight to blow your mind. A 3 kms trek from Dharali to Sattal is an ungorgettable journey.
Best Time to Visit Harsil:
Weather of this valley remains pleasant throughout the year. The best time to visit this valley starts from April and remain plesants till June ends and September to November.
The months of winters begin from October till January. The month of February brings pleasant weather.
In winters the region also receives a large amount of snowfalls, which makes it not a good time to visit this valley.
How to Reach Harsil:
Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to this valley, situated at a distance of 232kms. Harsil is connected by motorable roads with Jolly Grant Airport and Taxis are available to Uttarkashi, Tehri and Harsil.
The nearest railway station to this valley is Rishikesh, 215kms from Harsil. Taxis and buses are available from Rishikesh to Uttarkashi, Tehri and Harsil.
The valley is well connected by roads with major destinations of Uttarakhand. Buses and Taxis to this valley are easily available from all major cities of Uttarakhand. Harsil lies on NH-108.