Just 50 kms from the city of Dehradun is Kalsi. A little village perched at an altitude of 780 meters above sea level, Kalsi is located on the banks of river Yamuna and Tongs. With a pleasant and comfortable weather throughout the year, Kalsi is becoming a popular tourist destination. Travel here to find solace in the quiet natural environment and enjoy the unfamiliar.
The place is famous of its ancient monuments including Ashokan Rock Edict and an ideal destination for adventure sports and many picnic spots (Asan Barage, Dak Pathar and Katta Pathar).Ashoka Rock Edict: A must visit for history addicts, this is a rock onto which the fourteenth edict of the Mauryan King, Ashoka was engraved in 253 BC. The edict is a compilation of the king’s reforms and advice, in Prakrit language and Brahmi Script. The height and width of the structure is 10 ft and 8 ft respectively. Learn More on this historical landmark.
Asan Barange: is a dam located on the river Asan and Yamuna and is a famous picnic spot.
This place is popular for viewing migratory birds like mallards, red crested pochards, ruddy shelducks, coots, cormorants, egrets, wagtails, painted storks, open billed storks, brahminy ducks, pintails, gadwalls, common pochards, wigeons, common teals, tufted ducks, shovellers, night herons, pond herons, pallas fishing eagles, marsh harriers, greater spotted eagles, osprey and steppe eagles. Best Time: October-March
Katta Pathar: located at the border of Chakrata Hills and the Yamuna River, this place has been named from an iron mine located here, which is now on the verge of extinction.
Timli Pass: Ideal destination for a rejuvenating and refreshing car drive, Timli pass is a grassland and has stunning panoramic views. Plan a picnic and enjoy a break here. situated 620 meters in the Shivalik hills and the Mussourie hills enclosing the valley, Timli Pass is a great family trip destination for a quick outing/picnic.
Dak Pathar: is another picnic spot located on Dehradun-Chakrata road and has various water sports to enjoy a day trip. The view is beautiful as the river valley can be clearly seen from this point.
Kalsi is renowned world over for the significant number of important intuitions that includes the Botanical Survey of India, Zoological Survey of India, Anthropological Survey of India, Rashtriya Indian Military Academy (IMA), Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Indian Institute of Petroleum, Wildlife Institute of India, and Indian Institute of Remote Sensing to name a few.
Stay Options: Although Kalsi is ideal for a day trip, it also offers a good weekend getaway. So if you do plan to stay, the tourist complex being operated by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN) at Dak Pathar and Snow Lion Estate across the river from Kalsi village will be two alternatives that you will have to choose from.
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN): is at Dak Pathar is located on the Chakrata Road and was opened in the year 2000. It offers 14 rooms catregorized as Economic Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, A/C rooms, Dormitories and family suites.
Snow Lion Estate: It was built as a British Army officer’s forest lodge in the year 1870 and is Spread across 22 acres of land, surrounded by mango (Dussheri, Langda) & Leechi trees. The place hold a good collection of artifacts, pictures and sketches of different types of pistols and guns used in the days of yore. Phone No +91-9810076770
The accommodation includes 10 well-appointed rooms, some with wall-to-wall carpeting and some with attached private lounges. For corporate gettogethers, there is a spacious Conference Hall with a wooden tiled floor and a unique bar overlooking the river. There are also option to hire Swiss nylon Tents and Dormitories.
Chakrata: Coming Soon!
Paonta Sahib: Just 30 kms from Kalsi, Paonta Sahid is a religious place for Sikhs and all other religions. Located on the verge of the Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Harayana border, Paonta Saahib is situated on the banks of river Yamuna. This is the place where the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh stayed and wrote the Dasam Granth. The palki is made of pure gold and was donated by one of the devotees. Shri Talab Asthan and Shri Dastar Asthan are the vital places inside the Sikh shrine worth mentioning.There is a temple here devoted to Goddess Yamuna. Learn More about this place.
Kalesar National Park: Details Coming Soon!Distance from Dehradun: 50 kms
Distance from Chandigarh: 150 kms
Distance form Ludhiana: 238 kms
Distance from New Delhi: 267 kms
Distance from Ghaziabad: 247 kms
Distance from Gurgaon: 303 kms
- www.beyondlust.in who shares his biking experience to Kalsi