Dehradun District | TOURISM

Kalsi Dehradun
Location Altitude (m) STD Code
30°32'14"N
77°50'44"E
780 0136
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Kalsi is a small beautiful village situated 780mts above sea level in Dehradun district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand State at the junction of Yamuna and Tons river. Kalsi is only 49km from Dehradun City, towards Chakrata Road. The village falls on the old route to Yamunotri, the origin of river Yamuna. Sitting quietly in between the gigantic hills and plateaus, Kalsi attracts the passersby with its majestic beauty. It is the buffer zone between Uttarakhand and Himanchal mountains.

Kalsi Village Tourism

The mesmerizing village Kalsi is entrance to the Jaunsaar-Baawar tribal belt, itself being one of the three blocks of Jaunsaar-Baawar tribal region of Dehradun. Other two blocks are Chakrata and Tiuni. The village thus bears significance to tribal studies and will be a major destination to those who desire to explore villages and work on human stories. People of Mundar, Khils and Bhutis communities reside here with their own folk songs, festivals and rich cultural heritage.

To the adventurer, walking through the rivers and rocks will definitely be a memory to treasure. Cycling is more fun in the wide roads of Kalsi which at some places dissect the forest separating Silver oak and Sal. You will have fun with angling of Mahseer, you need to take prior permission for it.

Kalsi also bears the historical significance; tourists to Kalsi do not miss to see the Ashoka rock edict which has an outline of elephant depicting lord Buddha’s descend from Tushita heaven.  The pear-shaped quartz rock is 10 feet high, 10 feet long and 8 feet wide. The inscriptions in Brahmi and Prakrit lipi have messages of non-violence along with love and responsibilities towards one’s fellow being. King Ashoka who once was a warrior later turned to be lord Buddha’s decent follower and made the rock inscriptions in various places so that they would be accessible to all his people.

Kalsi Dehradun | Adventure

Kalsi is gifted with pristine green locales and vast valley intersected by the Yamuna and its greatest tributary the Tons. Walks around Kalsi, like that of Katta Pathar, enable a venture through rivers and boulders. Angling of Mahseercan be fun for which prior permission has to be taken from the Snow Lion Estate. Cycling is heavenly on the tranquil wide roads around Kalsi which dissect at some places the jungle of silver oak on one side and sal on the other.

Kalsi Dehradun | Visit & Stay

Cool winter and mild summers make Kalsi an ideal destination for visitors throughout the year.Kalsi being a heavenly village with fascinating beauty, you will want to spend few days and refresh yourself from hectic schedule. It will be more fun to go in group, but Kalsi will leave lifetime memory to couples who want some private time with nature. If you are planning to stay at Kalsi, 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.

Tourist complex of GMVN has a swimming pool. Water skiing, boating, canoeing, sailing and hovercraft ride are other water sports. In the estate, there is beautiful tree garden where you can enjoy the eagles, foxes, kingfishers, mongoose, orioles and rabbits playing in the woods.

Kalsi Dehradun | Best time to Visit

Cool winter and mild summers make Kalsi an ideal destination for visitors throughout the year.  You can plan trip to Kalsi during Summer to escape the heat of Terai in India or elsewhere. Kalsi offers the best summer retreat as that of Mussoorie Hill Station or Chakrata Hill Station.

During winter, the cool air and cool weather rejuvenate you offering the best views of white snow laden Himalayas and enchanting experiences.

Kalsi Dehradun | How to Reach?

  • By air: Jolly Grant airport Dehradun with regular flight from Delhi is 68.6Km from Kalsi. Tourists hire taxi or car to Kalsi from Jolly grant airport.
  • By rail: Dehradun railway station Govind Nagar connected to all major parts of India is 43.5Km from Kalsi village. City bus, car or taxi are the options from Dehradun railway station.
  • By road: Dehradun ISBT connected to all major cities of Uttarakhand state is 45.5Km from Kalsi. Tourists can reach Kalsi through city bus running from ISBT and changing at places. Tourists if plan a faster method and want their own kind of journey, hiring taxi or car to Kalsi will be better option.

Kalsi Dehradun | Places Near By

  •  Vikasnagar: Once a tiny hamlet Vikasnagar today is one of the fastest developing towns of Uttarakhand yet retaining its cultural grandeur and scenic locales. At only a distance of 10 km from Kalsi, Vikasnagar lies on one of the very fertile deposition of the Yamuna and Tons river and the vegetation is distinctively rich.
  • Asan Barrage: The region that follows towards the west of Dehradun is known as Pachhuwa Doon. The road that leads to Paonta Sahib comes across a masterpiece of engineering where the Tons river is channeled through a tunnel inside a hill to feed the Kulhal power house.
  • Dakpathar: One of the pioneering schemes of modernization after independence, the Dakpathar hydroelectricity barrage is harvesting the waters of the Yamuna river. The canal nourishes the powerhouses at Khodri (120MW),Dhalipur (50MW), Dhakrani (33.75 MW) and Kulhal (30MW). The barrage is also a paradise for bird watchers and the waterways are being sighted as ideal for water sports.
  • Paonta Sahib: On the verge of the Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Harayana border, Paonta Saahib is a small town where the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh was sent after his father Guru Teg Bahadur was beheaded byAurangzeb. Guru Govind Singh spent a good span of time in Paonta Sahib hatching his vengeance for Aurangzeb by excelling in the skills of warfare. There are numerous Gurudwaras at Paonta Sahib which are related to the tenth Guru’s tryst with time and situation.
  • Timli Pass: On the route from Asan barrage back to Kalsi lays the serene Timli pass which was used by the Britishtroops to aid Major General Ochterlony in the battle against the gallant Gurkha General Amar Singh Thapa’s army in their bid to posses the Doon Valley.