Once an important bustling township in the province of Jaunsar-Bawar, Kalsi has now become a reclusive tourist place for a vacation in Uttaranchal
. Located amidst the vivacious river of Yamuna in the state of Uttaranchal is a stretch of land clad with rich history and nature. Clothed with dense oak and pine forests, Kalsi has its own pride. In Kalsi, King Ashoka erected myriad pillars and sculpted many stones with words that taught people goodness, sincerity and honesty. On the other hand in another age, King Shilavarman performed several violent sacrifices to show off his power and strength of his kingdom. The mystical history of Kalsi is an amalgam of both violence and goodness.
Must See Places in Kalsi
Kalsi is a blend of undulated plateaus, intimidating cliffs, vivaciously bubbling waters of Yamuna, scintillating landscapes, cascading waterfalls and dense clothing of trees. Nature is at its best here at Kalsi! You can try rock climbing, mountain biking, nature trail, kayaking, boating, jungle safari, night camping, angling and also boating and fishing on the first day! Kalsi is not only an adventurer’s haven since it’s the rich history allures historians and archaeologists from all over the world. On the second day look out for the pillars or rocks on which the King Ashoka inscribed his preaching are of great historical value. These lifeless rocks talk about human value, goodness to other people and animals and about honesty and sincerity. And during the nights enjoy the tune of the bustling breeze with the flames of the bonfire dancing for you. Kalsi with its tranquillity and magnetizing power allures many couples for honeymoon. This silent town is full of surprises!
Jolly grant airport of Dehradun is the closest domestic airport to Kalsi (73 km). The nearest international airport is Delhi (285 km from Kalsi). A cab from Jolly grant would cost around Rs 1500. The closest on rail is the Dehradun railway station, which is about 49km from Kalsi and cab would cost around Rs 1000. Kalsi is well connected to the major cities on road. Luxury buses charge around Rs 3 per kilometer. State buses charge less than Rs 1 per kilometer and when in Kalsi, a trip to Dehradun
Food & Accommodation
Most of the hotels in Kalsi are economical. These come under the budget category. Budget hotels in Kalsi are Drury Inn and Ameryhost- Baymont Inn. Multi cuisine restaurants offer variety of food types. So food wouldn’t be a problem in Kalsi. Miniature Models of the Ashokan pillars are best souvenirs you can take home.
All in all Kalsi is the best fun filled, educating and refreshing tour package Uttaranchal can offer. The budget estimate for a couple for this trip would be around Rs 5000. Now that’s very much affordable and worth enjoying a vist to Kalsi in North India tours
Planning your Trip
Garhwali, Hindi and to a certain extent English are the languages spoken in Kalsi. The best time to come here is during the summer season. You can see the waters of Yamuna bubbling during the monsoon. Kalsi celebrates Dussera, Holi and Diwali with great fervor and enthusiasm. Blessed with pleasant climate throughout the year, Kalsi is the favorite chill out destination for many!