My Visit To Munsiyari


Munsiyari is a tiny hamlet situated at an elevation of 7200ft in Uttarakhand, India. Want to experience the romance of the soft twirls of woolly clouds and the panoramic snow-capped Himalayan peaks? Munsiyari is surely the place to be.

Image 1- Panoramic view of snow-capped peaks of Himalayas (as seen from the Helipad ground)

The Panchchuli peaks seem to be located at a stone’s throw away. The Himalayan peaks are omnipresent and stand as an eternal force that shapes the flora and fauna of Munsiyari. Munsiyari allows you to bask in the beauty of pristine nature when you suddenly realize that the Himalayan range is so near, yet so far.

Image 2- A close-up shot of one of the Himalayan peaks (as seen from the Helipad ground)

Image 3- A tale of romance- The clouds and the Himalayan peaks

After a long and hectic journey across the terrains of Kumaon, we reached from Kausani to Munsiyari and it took almost the whole day! The ride along the narrow meandering paths carved out of the mountains is a thrilling experience- the thrill stems out of the panoramic view of vales and dales.

Image 4- Birthi Falls

Well, of course, there are different sights to be seen. The ancient Baijnath Temple steeped in history, the gorgeous Birthi Falls gushing down the crevices and the beautiful  Nanda Devi temple on a far-flung hill surrounded by a carpet of lush greenery- Munsiyari is much more than what meets the eye.

Image 5- Baijnath Temple

Image 6- Nanda Devi temple

Amidst the tall pines and rhododendrons galore, birds seek their refuge. That is why Munsiyari allows you the scope for bird watching as an exciting activity on a lazy afternoon. Walk along the winding path to explore the happiness of watching birds that chirp away in the boughs and peck at that fruit camouflaged by leaves.

Image 7- Bird watching

I visited Munsiyari in the month of May. This time happens to be the best time for bird watching and village tourism. However, I would also love to soak in the beauty the place has to offer in the winters when there is snowfall all around.


Image Courtesy: Siddhartha Mukherjee

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  1. June 13, 2017

    […] Early in the morning, the sun’s rays shot through the magnificent Panchachuli range. The tall trees, the flowers, the birds and the mountains seemed to come alive as soon as the golden rays of sun fell on them. With a cup of hot steaming coffee, I basked in the beauty that nature had to offer. Soon it was time for me to get ready and start my journey to Munsiyari. […]

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