A journey to the heaven
Far away from the busy and polluted city life, high up in the Himalayas with the stunning backdrops of mighty snow-capped Panchachuli peaks lies a small, sleepy town known as Munsiyari. With an imposing height of 2250mts above the sea level in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, this enchanting yet un-spoilt beauty is situated on the banks of the Goriganga River, 650 Kms from New Delhi, 260 kms from the nearest rail head Kathgodam and 125 Kms from Pithoragarh. Wedged between borders of India, China and Nepal, Munsiyari was a restricted area till recently.
You can either approach Munsiyari through Pithoragarh-Madkot-Jauljibi or Almora-Bageswar-Thal route. Both the routes are picturesque with narrow winding paths, thick woods of Pine, Spur, Chir and Rhododendrons, high mountains and deep gorges. Thal is the last big town in this route from where the river Goriganga flows all through the valley with its transparent blue water. Just 35 kms before Munsiyari you can experience the cascading waterfalls at Birthi falling from a great height of 400 metres amidst lush green mountains.
History & Myths
According to mythology it is said that the Pandavas had set out for their final journey to heaven from Munsiyari and the five peaks of Panchchuli represent the five chimneys where Draupadi had cooked the last meal for her five husbands. Munsiyari also falls on the ancient salt route from Tibet and is at the entrance of the Johar Valley, which extends along the path of the Goriganga River to its source at the Milam Glacier.
Munsiyari is a trekker’s paradise. Many arduous yet adventurous high altitude treks start from here like trek to Milam, Namik and Ralam Glaciers. Otherwise you can trek just 8 kms one way to Khaliya top to witness a panoramic view of the captivating Himalayan ranges which will surely leave you speechless.
Best time to visit
March to June and September to October are the best time to visit Munsiyari. The place receives very heavy snowfall during winter and very heavy woollens are required. Monsoons should be avoided.
In springs from March to April the lower reaches of forest are ablaze with vibrant hues of rhododendrons and a wide species of mountain birds like whistling thrush, wag tail, hawk, cuckoo, falcon, serpent eagle can be sighted where as wild animals like Leopard, Panther, Mountain bear, Musk deer are also spotted in Munsiyari Jungles.
Places to visit
At Munsiyari you can visit the Nandadevi temple just 3 kms from the main market area. This temple is beautifully located on a lush green meadow facing the enchanting Panchachuli. A short drive from here will take you to the Tribal Heritage Museum which has a vivid collection of Kumaoni art, crafts and ancient preserves. The town of Munsiyari has a handful of shops, houses, a few offices, a bus depot, a stable, a few medicine shops, local eateries and a very few hotels.
Where to stay
One of the good options to stay in Munsiyari is the KMVN tourist rest house strategically located at the backdrop of the mesmerising Panchachuli offering moderate facilities.
The stunning views of the Panchachuli with changing hues at different hours of the day blended with tranquility makes Munsiyari a dream destination for those who seeks for inner peace and solace to the heart.
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