Khirsu, a hill station in Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand is situated at an altitude of 1700 m. It lies at a distance of 11 KM towards north from Pauri and 92 KM from Dehradun city towards west. Khirsu is famous for its scenic background. From this hill station one can see spectacular 300 km-wide panoramic view of the Himalayas, including snow-crested Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nandakot and Panchchuli peaks.
Being at Khirsu needs a different mindset. This place makes you introspective, closer to your natural self. Leaving behind your city life, your urban existence like a mere slough, get yourself immersed completely, into the serene surrounding.
Even on a sunny day one can’t see the sky above, as one descends through the thick forests of Pine, Oak and Deodars, past elegant pathways covered with bright green moss and fascinating growth of fern. You will pass through an unknown world amidst numerous apple trees, bunches of Mushrooms grown in the dark underneath, refresh your mind with the fragrances of nameless wild flowers and exotic herbs, listen to the songs of the nature, accompanied by chirping birds.
A well-known religious centre on Pauri - Kotdwar road. Open round the year. A big religious festival is held every year, during the Navaratras.
Ghandiyal Devta Temple
The ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta is a major attraction, in the area.
Located on way to N.H. 58 on the bank of river Alaknanda was once the capital of Garhwal Kings. Centre of Garhwal University, it is the biggest township in the area.
One of the important Garh capitals of Garhwal. It is situated 16 km away from Khirsu towards Srinagar. Raj Rajeshwari & Gauri Devi Temples are the important attractions here.
3 km from Khirsu (Chaubattakhal) Ulkha-Garhi is known for small Ulkeshwari temple and ruins of Garh-capital.
District Headquarter of Pauri Garhwal and Commissioner's Headquarter of Garhwal region is situated here. Pauri is 20 km from Khirsu and 32 km from Srinagar. It is also an attractive hill station. A tourist Bungalow and a number of Private Hotels are available here for stay. It is another big township in the area.
The nearest airport is Jolly Grant (Dehradun), at a distance of 174 km.
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The railhead is Kotdwar, 127 km.
A motorable road connects Khirsu with Pauri, the nearest town. Pauri is well connected through roads with Dehradun, Rishikesh and Kotdwar. But, a trek from Pauri, down the Kandoliya hills offers the most exciting alternative route to Khirsu.