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The small hilly destination of Harsil became popular for the legend Pahari Wilson or Raja Wilson. Fredrick E Wilson escaped into the Garhwal region and went to the King of Tehri for a safe place. The King of Tehri was honest to the British so, he refused to shelter him. Then Wilson moved to the mountains and hides his self there for detection. But the fortune of Wilson brought him into Harsil a beautiful hamlet located on the banks of the Bhagirathi River. Wilson deserted the British army after 1857 of Sepoy Munity.

During that time Lord Visnu appeared there in the shape of a stone or Shila and absorbed their anger. From that time the place become famous by the name of Harsil. The region is located in Uttarakhand state of India. It is closer to Gangotri, one of the Hindu pilgrimage sites of Char Dham. The small town is perched at an elevation of 8600 ft above the sea level. The beautiful Harsil is still to be explored. Harsil is in the middle of the Kumaon Himalayas.

Weather of Harsil stays pleasant throughout the year. The best time to visit Harsil starts from April and remain plesants till June ends and September to November. The maximum temperature in Harsil ranges from 15 degree Celsius and the minimum is 10 degree Celsius. Summers will be the best place to visit. The months of winters begins from October and extend to January. The month of February brings pleasant climate. Maximum temperature in winters is 10 degree and goes down to 0 degree Celsius. In winters the region also receives a specific amount of snowfalls. So, during winters is not a good time to make a trip to Harsil.

The place is completely free from hustle and bustle of noisy cities. It is a very cool and calm destination for tourists. Those who want to spend some moment in solitude; Harshi is the perfect site for them. People can also enjoy trekking here as there are many trekking routes in the area of Harsil. The lush green scenery, deodar forests and gusting water of Bhagirathi attracts thousands of tourists around the year. There are many other places of interest as well which diverts minds of people all over India.

Top 3 Highlight To Visit Harsil


If you are a village tour freak, Dharali is a wonderful place to visit. The tiny but picturesque hamlet lies at 3 km from the town of Harsil. You won't face any difficulty in reaching this place, as it remains well-connected via road network.

Mukhwas Village

It's the abode of the Hindu goddess Gangotri. Devotees from all parts of the country and outside make a visit to this sacred site to seek the blessings of the goddess. It's not advisable to visit here during winters, as heavy snowfall is recorded during this time.


The word Sattal is a combination of two words - Sat (meaning seven) and Tal (meaning lake). As the name suggests, Sattal features seven natural lakes that are a sight to soak up. A 3-km-long trek from Dharali to Sattal is something you'll enjoy very much.