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The Ultimate Munsiyari Travel Guide for Tourists & Travelers

Rachita Saxena

Have you heard about a place called Munsiyari in Uttarakhand? Or are you planning to travel to Munsiyari in Kumaon on your next Himalayan sojourn? Well, this Munsiyari travel guide will help you get answers to all your questions about planning a memorable Kumaon trip.

The Ultimate Munsiyari Travel Guide

I went to Munsiyari a year back in April. As much as I would like to settle in this quaint place, I also want urge to other travelers to not miss out on this beautiful place.

This article is a step by step Munsiyari travel guide detailing a perfect itinerary, where to stay, and how to reach Munsiyari. I will also provide details on trekking routes that one can commence from here and details on ATMs and mobile connectivity.

Let's quickly dive into the details:

Munsiyari Travel Guide

Munsiyari is one of those gorgeous places which lies in the uppermost part of India, the Kumaon hills of Uttarakhand. It is the most picturesque place I have been too and the alluring valley surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan peaks is something which everyone should experience at least once in their life.

Sure, reaching such places is difficult, but it is also equally fruitful nonetheless. The view is gorgeous, there is serenity everywhere, and people are kind here. There is a reason that Munsiyari tops our list of offbeat places in Kumaon – Uttarakhand .

Trekking in Munsiyari Region

Why visit Munsiyari

Nestled deep in the remote corner of Uttarakhand, Munsiyari is well known for its quaintness and sunset-sunrise on Panchchulli Peaks. It offers the best views of these five sister peaks of the Himalayas where you can easily travel by road.

Apart from offering an offbeat experience away from the crowd, there are numerous Himalayan treks that start from Munsiyari. Hence, people also call it a trekker’s paradise. Whether you are a novice into trekking or an expert trekker, Munsiyari offers many distinct difficulty level treks.

So, if you are looking to watch a golden Himalayan sunrise or sunset sitting in the balcony of your hotel, you should pack your bags and plan a trip to Munsiyari. Similarly, if you are into trekking, hiking, or camping, you will be surprised by the charm of this little hamlet in Kumaon.

Lying in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, Munsiyari height is 7,590 feet or 2300 meters approximately. The best part about this offbeat place in Uttarakhand is the views of snow-capped Himalayan peaks. It falls on the ancient trade route of Tibet and also acts as the entrance to Johar valley.

It is also entitled to the ‘Little Kashmir.’ From here, one can see the gorgeous ranges of ‘Panchachuli Peaks,’ which is a group of five peaks and also one of the most important tourist attractions of Munsiyari.

Munsiyari Weather

Weather in Munsiyari is mostly pleasant all around the year. The Summer months are a delight, while the Spring and Fall seasons offer cool mornings and cool evenings. In the winter, Munsiyari experiences snowfall. Sometimes the road also gets closed at Kalimuni top due to the presence of snow. Hence, Munsiyari has a special mention in our list of places to experience snowfall in winters in Uttarakhand .

But, overall, Munsiyari temperature is very pleasant and a delight to the senses. Expect a maximum of 25 degrees Celcius in the summer season and the coldest winter months experience around -5 to 10 degrees Celcius.

On that road trip in Kumaon (Dheeraj & his wifey)

Best time to visit Munsiyari

Munsiyari can be visited at any time of the year. But again, it depends on what backdrop and season you want to experience. Tourists mostly come from March to April. During these months, one can witness rhododendron flowers along with pleasant weather and bustling streets. Since the weather is clear, reaching during these months is not a problem and the view of distant peaks is clear as well.

However, if you want to experience snow and see the long stretches of white throughout the place, the best time to visit Munsiyari for you will be from November to February. During this time, you may also spot many couples can who come here to celebrate their honeymoon in the Himalayas . However, others come during this time to also have an absolute thrilling skiing experience as well.

One should avoid planning a Munsiyari trip during the monsoon because reaching Munsiyari in monsoon becomes difficult due to rains. Since the road is really steep, the problem of landslides becomes prominent as well in some sections from Delhi to Munsiyari. Furthermore, sightseeing can also become difficult and restrictive if the weather is not clear during your trip to Munsiyari.

Hence, the best time to visit Munsiyari is anytime between September to June period. I also like to travel to Munsiyari in November – December, particularly year-end when you find rush everywhere else in the Uttarakhand and Himachal .

Snow around Kalamuni Top

How to reach Munsiyari

The distance from Munsyari to Delhi is 560 km. You cannot reach Munsiyari from Delhi in one day unless you plan to drive 15-16 hrs in a day. Most people spend a couple of nights in Kumaon at places like Pangot-Nainital then to Binsar or Chaukori and finally reaching Munsiyari on the third day. However, you can travel from Delhi to Munsiyari in two days.

The nearest airport to Munsiyari is Pantnagar Airport, which lies in the Nainital region of Uttarakhand. The distance from Pantnagar to Munsiyari is 315 km approximately. You can take a taxi directly to Munsiyari from Pantnagar. Or if you want to reduce the cost, you can take a taxi till Almora, and from Almora, you can take a Munsiyari bus or a shared taxi.

The nearest train station to Munsiyari is Kathgodam, which is 278 km away. There are two trains from Delhi to Kathgodam daily, as this is a gateway for the Kumaon region. It is advisable to book your train seats well in advance because the train fills fast.

From Kathgodam there are frequent buses leaving for Almora and Pithoragarh. You may get a shared jeep to Munsiyari from Kathgodam or book a private taxi as well.

Munsiyari – Delhi by Road Trip

You can make a road trip Munsiyari from Delhi on your private vehicle, car or bike. However, it will take at least two days to reach Munsiyari. There are no direct buses to Munsiyari. A private taxi is also an option; however, if you want to reduce costs, a shared taxi would be the most feasible option.

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Munsiyari by Bus or Public Transport

There is no direct bus to Munsiyari from Delhi. You can take a bus to Almora from Delhi ISBT (Anand Vihar) and then travel to Munsiyari by another bus. There are buses available from Delhi to Pithoragarh, as well. Then you can take a shared jeep or bus to Munsiyari from Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand . Another option for you would be to take a bus to Haldwani. Buses from ISBT Anand Vihar frequently runs till Haldwani.

So, you need to break the journey to Munsiyari by bus in two days anyways when traveling by public transport. If you are coming from Garhwal or Haridwar side, I am not sure about any direct Haridwar to Munsiyari bus. However, you can travel to Almora or Bageshwar from Haridwar to take a bus to Munsiyari further.

Bird’s eye view of Munsiyari

Munsiyari Sightseeing – Top things to do

Munsiyari is a trekker’s paradise. It is also the base camp for Nanda Devi trek. However, apart from the trekking spots , there are several sightseeing places near Munsiyari which makes this place a perfect Kumaon getaway. This section will answer your questions about tourist attractions in Munsiyari.

Panchachuli Peaks

Mythology: ‘Chuli’ in the word Panchachuli means Chulah, which means cooking hearths. Some say that the last meal cooked by the Pandavas of Mahabharata was in Munsiyari before they went to heaven. Hence the name Panchachuli was given to the five mighty peaks.

These peaks are visible from all over Munsiyari. One can also witness the beautiful sunrise as the sun rises right behind these peaks. Furthermore, if you are lucky, you can also see the moonrise right after the sunset just behind these peaks.

Mountains right beside the Panchchuli Peaks

Birthi Falls

This hidden Birthi waterfall near Munsiyari lies about 32 km away towards Chaukori. One can easily trek to this place. It lies amidst the forest area, and the ideal time to visit this place is from September to June. When the monsoon time ends in July-August, the flow of the Birthi waterfall is more as compared to the other months.

Balanti Potato Farm

These farms are closest to the Munsiyari bus stand itself, and from here, the view of Panchachuli peaks is spectacular. One has to commence a 2 km trek to reach this place and can see the vegetation of potatoes and apple in this farm.

Travel Tip : If you are planning a trip to Himachal instead of Uttrakhand, you can check these 12 must-visit offbeat places in Himachal .

Khaliya Top

Tourists who come to Munsiyari should not miss this easy trek. Khaliya top trek is fairly easy, and one can also witness the snowline from here during the summer season, as well. International tourists carry their tents to camp.

They love it because witnessing the sunrise from the Khaliya top would be altogether a different experience. One can as well see the sunrise from the town itself, but due to the height of the Khaliya top, the view during sunrise is even better. Since it is at a gradient height, the view of Panchchuli peaks becomes even more mesmerizing from here.

Do I need a guide for Khaliya top trek?

It is better to take a guide or a local with you since a defined path to the top has not been laid out. Although the trek is comparatively easy, the path is not defined, and one has to cross the forest area to reach the top. Hence, it is always best to travel with a guide or a local villager in the Himalayas.

I took a guide to this place since there are no defined paths to reach the top. The guide charged a minimal amount of INR 500/- after bargaining.

Munsiyari is the base camp to reach the Nanda Devi temple. This temple can be reached after trekking for 3 km from Munsiyari’s main market itself.

View from Khaliya Top

Famous Treks from Munsiyari

Munsiyari is famous for its trek, both short and long ones. Khaliya top is one of the shortest treks from Munsiyari, along with the trek to Nanda Devi temple. Some of the long treks are to – Milam Glacier, Namik Glacier, and Ralam Glacier .

Milan Glacier Trek

This glacier is one of the largest glaciers in the Kumaon region. Munsiyari is the base camp for this trek, and one can see the beautiful river flowing of the Gori Ganga River. The total duration of the trek is nine days.

Ralam Glacier Trek

This glacier is also located in the Kumaon region and is divided into two – lower Ralam and upper Ralam. It is about 15 km from Munsiyari. The total duration of the trek is 8 days.

Namik Glacier Trek

This ten-day trek is located in the Kumaon region, and one can see the Nanda Devi peaks, Nanda Kot and Trishul. It is one of the least explored regions in Uttarakhand and is about 40 km from Munsiyari, which acts as the base camp for this trek. One can also witness saltwater springs in this region.

Tourist Places Near Munsiyari

There are several other places near Munsiyari that can be explored by tourists. Let us look at them one by one and see if we can cover some of these tourist attractions in our most common itinerary of Munsiyari trip.

Chaukori is a colorful little hill station of the Pithoragarh , Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. This sleepy town is shaped like a bowl (hence the name) and enveloped by Himalayan peaks all around.

Farther from Munsiyari, this is a very beautiful hilltop located about 165 km from Munsiyari. Even this hill station offers the majestic view of various snow-capped mountains and is a perfect place to explore a lesser touristy spot.

Bageshwar – Baijnath

This place is closer to Mukteshwar and is again famous for its temple – Baijnath. It is situated on the banks of the Gomati river . This place is very religious significance and is rich with ancient history. During the Hindu festivals, this place is worth a site since the entire town celebrates the festivals with pure joy.

Nestled on the border of Kumaon and Garhwal hills, lies this sleepy unknown hill town of Gwaldam. At an altitude of about 5577 feet, this place is like heaven for those who are tired of city life. It offers one of the best and closest views of Trishul peaks. The distance from Munsiyari to Gwaldam is 170 km.

You can easily plan to travel further from Chaukori to Munsiyari if you have a couple of days in hand. It will take about 4 hrs of a drive to cover a distance of 98 km between Chaukori and Munsiyari.

If you go farther away, almost 195 km away from Munsiyari lies another peaceful town, Binsar. This offbeat place in Kumaon is famously known for its Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary . It also houses a Lord Shiva temple.

Views on the way to Munsiyari

Munsiyari Trip in 4-5 Days – Best Itinerary

There is a lot to travel from Delhi to Munsiyari road trip. You cannot reach Munsiyari in just one day from Delhi unless you want to be on a very hectic trip. Hence, it is better to make a trip with at least 4-5 days in hand to make some sense out of it.

I hope the below itinerary of the Munsiyari trip will help you make a memorable trip to this offbeat place in Uttarakhand.

If you have enough days in hand, then you can always check my most recommended itinerary for the Kumaon region .

Day 0 – Delhi to Haldwani / Almora

Take an overnight bus from Delhi, from Anand Vihar ISBT bus stop. Since there are no direct buses to Munsiyari, the best would be to catch a bus to Haldwani or Almora. From Haldwani or Almora, there are several buses/shared taxis that run till Munsiyari

Day 1 – Haldwani / Almora to Munsiyari

After reaching Haldwani or Almora early in the morning, catch another bus or a shared taxi for Munsiyari. You can also hire a private taxi from here, but if you are traveling solo or has a budget set in mind, buses will be the feasible option. The bus to Munsiyari from Haldwani leaves at 6:30 AM. So it would always be better to reach Haldwani as soon as you can. Otherwise, a shared taxi can do wonders if you miss the bus.

You will reach Munsiyari late in the evening since the distance between the Haldwani and Munsiyari is about 9-10 hours. The roads are rough in between. Since you will reach after a long ride, best would be to take rest today and marvel at the Panchachuli peaks from your hotel room. You can also go out in the market during the night to have dinner and soak in the peaceful vibes of the place.

Day 2 – Munsiyari Attractions

Today, you can start with sightseeing activities. You can go to Khaliya top first, early in the morning after breakfast. The trek to Khaliya top takes an hour to two hours, depending on your speed.

You can spend as much time as you wish on the top before starting back to Munsiyari. The view from the top is breathtaking. Come back to the town by afternoon and after having lunch explore the rest of the places, like, Balanti Potato Farm.

Day 3 – Munsiyari to Birthi Falls to Chaukori

Today, get up early in the morning to see the sunrise. You can start the journey back towards home to split the long route into two days. The best option is to travel to Chaukori, which offers one of the best sunrise and sunsets in the entire Kumaon region. While traveling to Chaukori from Munsiyari, you can stop for some time at Birthi waterfall as well.

Day 4 – Chaukori – Haldwani – Delhi

Take the bus back to Haldwani early in the morning after watching the sunrise. You may need to travel to Bageshwar or rely on shared jeep. The other option could be to pre-book a seat in the shared taxi a day in advance. Both buses or shared cabs leave from Chaukori-Bageshwar early in the morning. So start your day early and have breakfast in the hotel or homestay itself.

Sunrise right behind the Panchachuli Peaks

Where to stay in Munsiyari

Well, nothing beats the location of Munsiyari KMVN but then if you have stayed at KMVNs then you know what to expect from them.

I stayed in Martolia Family Guest House in Sarmoli. It had parking facilities and also provided with homely food. But this is not it, the best part of this homestay was that the Panchachuli peaks were right in front of this peak. Thus, I was able to enjoy the sunrise right there from my little room. The washroom was clean and had a TV set installed in the room.

The hospitality was commendable, and since the guest house lies a little far away from the market, the peace was very welcoming and enriching. I think this has to be the best accommodation in Munsiyari for being so picturesque.

Where to eat in Munsiyari

There are local shops in the village offering really nice local food. You will not find lavish restaurants but most Munsiyari hotels and guest houses serves food as well. KMVN at Munsiyari also serves food to guests and visitors. Do try the local delicacies when up there in the lap of Himalayas .

You should always carry your water bottle and refill it as many times as you need water. It will not only keep you hydrated always, but you will also help in saving the Himalayas from plastic garbage. Remember, every tiny step counts and your step in this direction can help save the Himalayas too !! 🙂 🙂

Right outside Martolia Family Guest House

ATM Availability

Munsiyari has ATM availability, as it is slowly becoming a tourist spot. The market area has ATM stoppages for financial needs.

Mobile Connection

The network connectivity is good here, however, Vodafone’s internet connection is very slow. The best is BSNL as a service provider. Data Connectivity was almost always available wherever the signals were present though it was mostly slow.

Pro Travel Tip : Do not forget to check my list of things to carry on Uttarakhand trip .

Khaliya Top

In my opinion, a 5-day trip to Munsiyari is ideal for someone who wants peace and serenity at the same time. If you are a trekking enthusiast and have more days in hand, then this place is again a perfect place to commence your adventures. With so many trekking spots and glaciers to explore, it offers the perfect start point to trekking enthusiasts.

From here, one can witness snowline routes and the five peaks which offer the best sunrise and moonrise views.

I hope this travel guide of Munsiyari will help you plan a perfect trip to the Kumaon region in the upcoming season.

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Rachita Saxena is from Delhi, India and has been travel blogging for the past three years. She loves to explore new places, both alone and with friends and then pens down her experiences to share with others. She run her own travel blog and Youtube Channel by the name of Nomllers with her best friend, Radhika Sharma. Their travel blog caters to budget travelers and aims to inspire others to leave their comfort zone and experience the unknown.

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Hi Dheeraj, I did have Munsiyari trip in my mind since last year and a half but somehow am not able to get through the trip. Finally, it seems that I will get some leaves in the month of May so I was planning for Munsiyari in those days. Do you know how are the road conditions in Last week of May/First week of June? If not, what would be the cut off date I need to keep in my mind to complete the trip without getting too much trouble on roads.

I do not know driving, so I am planning to hire a cab for my whole trip. Below is a rough itinerary I have drafted based on whatever research I have done for my trip.

Day 1 – Take early morning flight from Mumbai to Delhi and after landing catch a cab to New Delhi to catch Kathgodam shatabdi at 6am. Reach Kathgodam by afternoon and take the cab from Kathgodam to Bhimtal. Remaining of the day, rest in Bhimtal Day 2 – Sightseeing in Bhimtal (Potetially a day trip to Sattal) Day 3 – Leaving for Chaukori and sightseeing on the way (I believe this will be very helpful since we need to take a rest before we go higher) Day 4 – Leaving for Munsiyari and sightseeing on the way Day 5 – Day to enjoy the Natural beauty in Munsiyari Day 6 – Enjoy another day with Mountains in Munsiyari or Take a return journey to Abott Mount and spend a night at Abott Mount hill station. Not sure if we have any stay options in abott. (Can you suggest any if you know) Day 7 – Come back to Bhimtal and enjoy the rest of the evening. Day 8 – Take a return journey to Mumbai via Kathgodam shatabdi till Delhi and then fly back home with happy memories.

Happy to take your suggestions if you feel any modifications are required to the itinerary.

Again, I am more worried about the dates in may so it would be of great help if you know what date i can consider as CUT-OFF beyond which the roads will go in bad shape. Thanks and regards, Darshak Trivedi

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Hi dheeraj.. Can we visit munsiyari in April 19. We have total 10 days and we will be self driving from Delhi. What would be the road conditions.Could you suggest some nice places we could cover( kausani we have recently visited )

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You can plan a trip to like below:

1. Delhi to Nainital / Pangot / Mukteshwar 2. Nainital / Pangot / Mukteshwar – Chaukori via Sheraghat route 3. Chaukori – Patal Bhuvanehwar – Chaukori So returned to udiyari bend and took a room in shah hotel for 400 bucks. I had stayed here in October 2014 4. Chaukori – Munsiyari 5. Munsiyari rest day 6. Munsiyari rest day 7. Munsiyari – Bageshwar – Kausani/Gwladam (long drive so start early) 8. Kausani/Gwladam rest day 9. Kausani/Gwladam – Delhi

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I was looking for the trek info to kaliya top on various forums but finally found your info which could make a good sense to me.. I hope as u suggested we could complete the uphill trek to khaliya top in about 2-3 hours time.

I am glad it was helpful

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Now you can fly to pithoragarh and avoid the grueling 9 to 10 hours drive to munsiyari. You can now fly from Dehradun to Pithoragarh, Munsiyari is only a 4 hours drive from Pithoragarh.

You can also visit nearby Chaukori which is only 2 hours from Pithoragarh.

Great, thanks for sharing the info.

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I am planning go there on 9jan to 10jan.. How much time will take to up and down khaliya top.. If we start our journey at 7am?.

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How are the roads Dheeraj? How long is the drive actually?

The roads are pretty decent Aman barring few patches in between. The drive is two day long with halts at Binsaor Chaukori

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Rachita you missed the two beautiful trek of Munsiyari, one is Maheshwari Kund trek which is around 1.5km & another is Thamri kund trek which is 3km & both are very good.

Thanks a lot Vipin, I will add them to the article.

Although it is late for you Niti, but yes you can plan a trip to Munsiyari for that many days in a hatchback car with kids. I did it with my 4 yr old and friend’s 2 yr old kid in December end, January period.

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Dear Dheeraj ji,

Can I plan Munsiyari trip between 29th Sep – 2nd Oct 2018 by self drive car (Grand i10) with wife & 6 years old daughter. Please suggest?

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Often referred to as "Little Kashmir", Munsiyari is a cosy hamlet located in the Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand. Situated at an altitude of 2298 metres, the pretty little hill town is known for its panorama of snow-capped Himalayan Range and some adventurous trekking trails.

Perched between the borders of India, Tibet and Nepal, Munsiyari is a base for three glaciers namely Namik, Milam and Ralam Glaciers. The scenic village is often seen romancing with brilliant weather throughout the year and the stunning backdrop of Panchachuli (the five peaks), Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot. Also dubbed 'Gateway to Johar Valley', Munsiyari is the starting point of Johar Valley which was the ancient trade route between Tibet and India.

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Munsiyari: The Gateway to the Mighty Panchachuli Peaks

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Munsiyari is located in the Kumaon Hills and is known for its scenic beauty and untouched landscape. This small hill town in the Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand and is often compared to Kashmir for its natural beauty.

Situated at 2298 meters above sea level, this gorgeous hill station boasts breathtaking views of the Panchachuli Peaks, including Nanda Devi and Nandakot. Its scenic surroundings and picturesque landscape make it a sight to behold!

Munsiyari offers natural beauty and adventurous activities in the Kumaon Hills. Visitors can enjoy trekking on lesser-known trails, taking in scenic views, skiing, and even embarking on a Snow Leopard Trek during winter .

This travel destination is the ‘Gateway to Johar Valley’, home to famous explorer Nain Singh Rawat.

Munsiyari, located between the borders of India, Tibet, and Nepal, serves as a base for three glaciers: Namik, Milam, and Ralam Glaciers. The village offers picturesque views and pleasant weather all year round, with the stunning backdrop of Panchachuli, Nanda Devi, and Nanda Kot. Additionally, Munsiyari marks the beginning of the Johar Valley, which historically served as a trade route between Tibet and India.

Our Munsiyari travel guide is filled with information on the top places to visit and things to do, making it essential for travellers seeking a flawless travel experience.

Places to see in and around Munsiyari

View Of Panchachuli Peaks From Munsiyari

Munsiyari is known for its snowy landscapes, making it an exciting destination. The town of Munsiyari offers a beautiful landscape for nature lovers to enjoy. It also provides great opportunities for adventure enthusiasts, especially during the winter season when it is covered in snow and offers activities such as skiing and snow leopard sightings.

Madkot Hot Water Springs

Madkot is a hamlet 22 km from Munsiyari and a popular destination for photography enthusiasts. In addition to its picturesque surroundings and diverse plant life, Madkot is renowned for its healing hot springs. 

Madkot hot water spring is a must-visit spot. It is situated on the banks of the Gori Ganga River, between Jaulijibi and Dharchula. The spring is believed to heal various ailments such as joint pain, muscle pain, skin eruptions, fibrous tissues, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. So, if you are in Munsiyari, why not take advantage of the healing properties of the Madkot hot water spring?

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The Nanda Devi temple is a magnificent and sacred place of worship for pilgrims seeking blessings. It is an ancient temple, around 1000 years old, dedicated to Ma Nanda Devi, also known as the ‘Destroyer of Evil’. According to popular belief, Nanda Devi is the Goddess of the Chand Dynasty, which ruled the Kumaon region for many years.

Temple is located in Dharanaula – Almora city, Uttarakhand. It is just 3km from Munsiyari and can be reached by a short trek. The temple sits at an elevation of 7,500 ft. You can see the Panchachuli peaks directly from the entrance, making it a beautiful sight.

The Nanda Devi temple has a captivating architecture with conical shape walls, stone carvings, wooden roofs, and life-like figures. There is also an annual Nanda Devi fair in late September where you can interact with many people.

In addition, Almora is renowned for its historical temples and beautiful landscapes that are worth a visit.

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Khaliya Top is famous for its breathtaking hiking and trekking destination . You’ll be treated to stunning panoramic views of valleys and peaks like Nanda Devi, Hardeol, Panchachuli, Nandakot, and Rajrambha.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the awe-inspiring 360-degree views of snow-capped mountains from Zero Point, which sits at an impressive altitude of 4000m. And if that’s not enough, you might spot exotic Himalayan animals like the Bharal and barking deer.

Khaliya Top is considered a great tourist destination due to its adventurous activities such as paragliding and skiing. Many people would enjoy experiencing these daring activities in life.

Birthi Falls

Near Munsiyari, there are several waterfalls, but the most impressive and accessible one is Birthi Falls. To reach it, you can take a short trek from Kalamuni Pass. Birthi Falls is 14km from Tejam and 35km before the Munsiyari-Thal road in Pithoragarh district.

Birthi Falls has a height of 126m. The stunning Himalayas, picturesque views, and lush green forests surround it. This attracts many tourists, both national and international. If you enjoy taking photos, Birthi Falls offers the perfect views to capture.

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Dharchula is a city or town in Bijou that shares borders with India and Nepal, making it a unique location. It is situated 95km away from Munsiyari.

It is situated on the banks of the Kali River in Pithoragarh district. The route of the Kailash Mansarovar and Chhota Kailash Yatra passes through here. The river is also called Sharda River or Kali Ganga in Uttarakhand. It is located at an elevation of 940m above sea level. You can enjoy breathtaking views of surrounding peaks, such as Panchachuli Peak in the west.

Dharchula is known for its diverse culture and traditions, with various ethnic groups such as the Kumaoni and Shauna, also known as Bhotiyas. They are typically reserved and friendly, offering a unique cultural experience worth exploring.

Milam Glacier

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Milan Glacier is a glacier treks in Uttarakhand. It is accessible and beautiful. It is ideal for those interested in glaciers and trekking. The glacier is located 60km away from Munsiyari. The altitude gain ranges from 3,870 meters to 5,500 meters. The Gori Ganga River originates from Mila Glacier and flows into the Kali River. Mount Trishuli’s core is also found here. The trek covers about 120km and takes approximately 8 hours to complete. It is considered a moderate to difficult trek.

The route leading up to Milam Glacier passes through various terrains and landscapes, including forests, villages, snow-covered areas, bridges, rugged paths, waterfalls, streams, grasslands, and mountains.

Peaks such as Deo Damla (6,640m), Sakram (6,255m), Mangraon (6,570m), and Hardeol (7,150m) are visible from Milam Glacier, offering breathtaking views that are awe-inspiring.

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Chaukori is a beautiful destination in Uttarakhand, India. It is located at an elevation of 2010m in the Kumaon Region of Pithoragarh District. This charming place is just 97 km away from Munsiyari. If you love nature, Chaukori is the perfect place for you . You will be mesmerized by the stunning views of Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi and Panchachuli Peaks.

Chaukori has a lot of major attractions. You can visit the Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple, Nag Mandir of Berinag, Gangolihat’s Mahakali Temple, Ghunsera Devi Temple, Arjuneshwar Temple, and Chineshwar Waterfall. Don’t forget to explore the Tea Estate and the beautiful tea gardens of Chaukori.

Chaukori is a must-visit destination near Munsiyari, offering breathtaking views of sunsets and sunrises. Don’t miss out on this beautiful experience while you’re there!

Tribal Museum

The Tribal Heritage Museum was established in 2000. You can locate it in Nanasen Village on Surender Singh Pangtey Road. Surender Singh Pangtey is the creator and owner of the museum. You can reach the museum easily by taking a short trek, just 2 km from Munsiyari’s main market. There is no entrance fee to explore this museum.

The Tribal Heritage Museum is known for its collection of artefacts, including wooden utensils, brass hookahs, yak skin bags, spoons, bowls, kettles, cooking pots, saucers, dispensers, Tibetan Brick tea, and Himalayan flowers.

Darma Valley

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Darma Valley is located between Kuthi Yangti Valley and Lassar Yangti Valley, offering direct views of Panchachuli Peaks at an altitude of 3,470m.

The Darma Valley has a village called Dawe at its base. It is located on the Sino-Indian Border. The village has a small population of less than 1000 people. They mainly engage in rearing, trading, and farming. Due to the low population, you can experience rural diversity more clearly. The valley is surrounded by rich biodiversity, abundant flora and fauna, and various flowers and orchids.

Darma Valley is famous for its scenic landscapes, vibrant meadows, and camping sites. Perfect for short treks and creating unforgettable memories.

Thamri Kund

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Thamri Kund, also known as Thamri Taal, is a small lake or pond in the Munsiyari region’s dense forests. It is about 10 km from Munsiyari and can easily be accessed through a short trek or hike.

Tharmi Kund offers great serenity and is considered one of the best places to rejuvenate your spirits . It takes you through various landscapes, including lush green vegetation, forests, and snow-clad mountains, particularly the Panchachuli Peaks.

Activities in Munsiyari

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Adventure and leisure activities, such as river rafting in the Gori Ganga River, skiing in Khalia Top, trekking, bird watching, and camping, are available.

Trekking in Munsiyari

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Munsiyari is a paradise for high-altitude trekkers. It offers a variety of treks, ranging from moderate to high altitude. It serves as the base for numerous majestic Himalayan mountain ranges.

Munsiyari offers some incredible treks that are worth exploring. Some of the famous treks in Munsiyari are:

• Khalia Top Trek – via Balanti ( Half Day ) • Khalia Top – via Kalamuni (same-day return ) • Nanda Devi Temple Trek – via ITBP Danadhar Ridge ( 3-4 Hours ) • Thamri Kund ( 3-4 Hour Trek ) • Masterjis Museum & Darkot Handicraft Village ( 3-4 Hours ) • Maheshwari Kund Trek ( Half Day ) • Madkot Hot Water Spring ( Half Day trek to Matkot Village ) • Kalika Pass Trek ( 2700 meters ) • Trek to the alpine meadows of Chiplakot Bugyal ( 30 km )

Long treks from Munsiyari

• Milam Glacier ( 8 days ) • Ralam Glacier ( 8 days ) • Nanda Devi East Base camp ( 8 days )

Where to Stay in Munsiyari?

Munsiyari has only a few hotels; However, camping is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a unique experience.

The best place to stay for tourists is in Pithoragarh. You can enjoy the cosy atmosphere and excellent hospitality in the town. Waking up in the morning and seeing the hills from your room is a captivating experience.

Pithoragarh offers accommodations ranging from 3-star to 1-star, with good amenities and a great experience. Camping is also possible in Pithoragarh and the surrounding areas, where you can enjoy the open sky filled with stars and the beautiful Himalayan range.

Best time to visit Munsiyari

The best time to visit Munsiyari is between March and June and September and October. During these months, the temperature is pleasant, with October being a beautiful month to witness the different shades of the fall season.

In summer, Munsiyari experiences pleasant temperatures with a maximum of around 27°C during the day and a minimum of around 7°C at night.

The monsoon season in this area occurs from July to September, resulting in the suspension of many activities due to heavy rainfall. The month of August typically experiences the highest levels of rainfall. Following the monsoon season, the weather conditions in October and November are pleasant, and the temperature remains low.

The winters in Munsiyari are characterized by extremely low temperatures, occasionally dropping to -3°C. However, if the sky is clear during the daytime, the temperature can rise to 15°C, making the daytime relatively warm.

How to Reach Munsiyari?

Munsiyari is conveniently connected to nearby towns such as Pithoragarh, Lohaghat, Champawat, Tanakpur, and Almora through roadways. Travelling by road is the most suitable option to reach this destination.

Pithoragarh has an airport called Naini Saini, which is currently under development and will be operational in the near future. The closest airport to Munsiyari is Pantnagar, approximately 188 km away. To reach Munsiyari from Pantnagar, one must arrange for transportation, such as booking a cab.

There are two nearest railheads to Munsiyari: Kathgodam and Tanakpur. The distance from Kathgodam railway station to Munsiyari is 276km, and from Tanakpur railway station to Munsiyari is 285km.

There are three daily direct trains available from Delhi to Kathgodam.

  • Shatabdi Express
  • Uttar Sampark Kranti Express
  • Ranikhet Express

There is one daily train from Delhi to Tanakpur.

  • Delhi Tanakpur Express

Taxis, personal vehicles, or public transport can be hired from Kathgodam or Tanakpur to Munsiyari.

The road connectivity in the area is satisfactory, and state-run buses are available to Pithoragarh that operate regularly from Haldwani/Kathgodam and Delhi. Taxis are also a convenient option for reaching Munsiyari.

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The beauty of the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand lies in its scenic villages. The farther you go, the more you will explore the magnificence of the Himalayan mountains and the hidden valleys. Munsiyari is the farthest point in Kumaon that tourists often visit on their trips. Beyond that is more of a trekkers’ zone. But if you can manage to come to Munsiyari, you will be blessed with the grand view of the Panchachulli Peaks and other adjacent peaks.

Munsiyari has everything a nature lover would dream of – proximity to the Himalayas, camping under the star-studded sky, trekking to the hidden valleys and meadows, living with the locals and exploring their culture, tasting the authentic Kumaoni cuisines.

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About Munsiyari

Munsiyari is a hill town in the Pithoragarh district of Kumaon region in Uttarakhand, located at 2200 metres height from sea level. The name Munsiyari literally means “place with snow”. It is situated beside the Goriganga River that bifurcates the Johar Valley. Munsiyari is the gateway of Johar Valley and was an important trade stop in the old Indo-Tibet silk route. Now the town is famous as an offbeat tourist destination that offers one of the closest and best views of the Panchachulli Range of peaks.

Apart from tourism, the economy depends on agriculture, animal husbandry, and related activities. In summer, the meadows and valleys are covered with flowers, while the slopes are cultivated for crops, and in winter, the whole place gets covered with thick sheets of snow. Munsiyari has become a favourite destination for skiing enthusiasts and honeymooners during winter.

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How to reach

The distance between Nainital and Munsiyari is 260 kilometres and takes 10-12 hours to reach. Delhi is a little above 600 kilometres from Munsiyari, and you need to take a night stop in between before going to Munsiyari.

Two routes will take you to Munsiyari from Delhi or Nainital – one goes via Kapkot and the other via Thal and Chaukori. You can take the road to Bageswar, and from Bageswar, take either way to Munsiyari. Both roads meet at Dhekuna; thereafter, a common road goes to Munsiyari.

The road that goes via Chaukori is a well-known route that most tourists prefer. The route via Kapkot is less taken and is a narrow road alongside the vertical cliff. The road is very adventurous. It will remind you of India’s most difficult Himalayan roads, but the views are mindblowing.

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How to reach by road

There are no direct buses available from Delhi. You can reach Nainital or Almora, from where you will get a bus or shared cab to Munsiyari.

How to reach by train

The nearest railway station to Munsiyari is Kathgodam which is 270 kilometres away. You will get buses to Almora or Bageswar from Kathgodam. From Almora or Bageswar, take another bus or cab to Munsiyari.

How to reach by air

The nearest airport to Munsiyari is Pantnagar which is 350 kilometres away. Air India has flights from Dehradun and Delhi to Pantnagar. Delhi Aiport is 630 kilometres away from Munsiyari.

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Things to see

Panchachulli peaks.

The main attraction of Munsiyari is the up-close view of the Panchachulli Peaks. The peaks look massive from most of the places in Munsiyari. Panchachulli has five peaks from Panchachulli I to V. During sunset, when the golden light hits those peaks, they look like burning chulhas (cooking hearth). According to a mythological story, it is believed that when the Pandavas from Mahabharata ascended to heaven, they stopped at this place and Draupadi, the wife of all five Pandavas, cooked food for the five brothers on those five peaks. That’s why they are called chulhas or chullis .

The altitude of the Panchachulli peaks varies from 6334 metres to 6904 metres. Panchachulli 2 is the tallest among them, although Panchachulli I looks like it. Apart from Panchachulli III, all other peaks are climbed to the summit at different times.

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Nandadevi Temple

Nandadevi temple is located on a hilltop near Munsiyari. The temple is dedicated to Devi Nanda or Parvati. It is a small structure with a conical facade with a backdrop of Panchachulli peaks. This temple is one of the oldest temples in the Pithoragarh district.

The temple is located 3 kilometres away from the main town, which was once to be hiked from the market area. Now a motorable road connects up to the temple, and only a 200-metre walk is needed to reach the temple. The locals near the gate collect a nominal entry fee for the temple. You can spend an entire day sitting on the meadow behind the temple and looking at Panchachulli peaks.

Tribal Museum

The Tribal Heritage Museum in Munsiyari is the personal property of Mr Sher Singh Pangtey, who is the owner and curator of this museum. It is located in a building beside his own residence. This museum has a good collection of artefacts that reflects the art, culture and lifestyle of the Bhotia people residing in the upper Himalayan valleys in Kumaon. The collection consists of household items; traditional dresses for men and women; pottery items; pieces of jewellery; fabrics; seeds; personal items like typewriters and radios; currencies of different countries; manuscripts of articles on Kumaon and its people; books and photographs. The museum is located in Nanasen village near Munsiyari at a distance of 2.5 kilometres. There is a ₹20 entry fee to visit the museum.

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Maheswari Kund

Maheswari Kund or Mesar Kund is near Munsiyari town and can be visited on a day hike. The stone-laid trail goes through oak and rhododendron forests and ends at a meadow where the Kund is located. You can have your packed breakfast and lunch here with your family and spend some memorable time in nature.

Thamri Kund

Thamri Kind is another short hike that can be done from Munsiyari. The hike starts 10 kilometres from Munsiyari. The hike from the entry gate is 3 kilometres, which takes around 40 minutes. The trail is narrow at the beginning, and there are stairs at most parts of the trek.

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Khaliya Top

Khaliya Top is the best day trek that can be done from Munsiyari. The hilltop offers an enchanting view of the snow-capped mountains like Panchachulli, Nanda Devi, Nandakot and others. The trek starts from Balati Bend, which is 12 kilometres, before reaching Munsiyari. The ascend takes around 4 hours and has a steep climb in between. The alpine meadows that are covered with snow until late spring is a visual treat for hikers.

Kalamuni Top and Temple

Kalamuni Top is a pass that needs to be crossed before reaching Munsiyari. There is a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali at Kalamuni Top. Kalamuni Top offers a beautiful view of Panchachulli Peaks. Many Rhododendron trees near the temple bloom with red and pink Rhododendron flowers in Spring. It often snows on Kalamuni Top during cloudy weather, and if you are lucky, you may get snow at Kalamuni Top even in summer.

Birthi Falls

Birthi Waterfall is a vast cascading waterfall on the way to MUnsiyari. The water jumps from 400 feet and is visible from a substantial distance. To reach the base of the waterfall, one has to hike for 20 minutes from the Thal-Munsiyari road. The distance between Munsiyari and Birthi Waterfall is 33 kilometres.

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Betulidhar is 9 kilometres away from Munsiyari on Munsiyari-Madkot Road. It is famous for its mountain slopes that are ideal for skiing from December-February. A large Rhododendron garden in Betulidhar can be visited during spring. As Betulidhar is at mote altitude than Munsiyari, the views of snowcapped mountains also look fantastic from here.

Munsiyari is a base camp for many trek routes in Kumaon Himalayas. A day trek like Kahliya Top, Maheshwari Kund or Thamri Kund can be done from Munsiyari. There are a few more famous treks, like Milam Glacier, Ralam Glacier, Namik Glacier and Nandadevi base camp, that start from Munsiyari. The best time to do these treks are between May-September.

Famous treks that start from Munsiyari

Milam Glacier Trek

Milam Glacier Trek is among the most popular treks in the Kumaon Himalayas. This trek takes 15 days to complete. Milam Glacier originates from Kohli and Trishul peaks. This trek covers beautiful hilly hamlets, lush green meadows and mesmerising Johar Valley, which used to be the trade route between India and Tibet.

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Ralam Glacier Trek

Ralam Glacier trek is a challenging trek that takes around 19 days. The trek route goes up to the Ralam Glacier, 3-4 km ahead of Ramam village. Ralam Glacier, perched at 4000 metres altitude, originates from Ralam Dhura and comes under Great Himalayan National Park.

Namik Glacier Trek

Namik Glacier Trek is an offbeat trek that offers mesmerising views of Panchachulli Peaks, Pindari, Kafni and Sunderdunga Glaciers. It takes ten days to complete this trek, most of which involves walking on alpine meadows.

Nandadevi Base Camp trek

Nanda Devi East Base Camp Trek is one of the most challenging treks in the Himalayas and takes 10-12 days to complete. The route goes via Martoli village, a deserted village on the route. The trekking trail includes grassy hills, rocky zones, muddy patches, slippery snow trails and alpine meadows that offer mesmerising views of Himalayan Peaks.

amping is a favourite activity for many travellers in Munsiyari. One can camp at Khaliya Top or near Betulidhar, from where the unobstructed and enchanting views of Panchachulli Peaks and other snow-capped Himalayan peaks like Rajrambha, Nagalaphu, Nanda Devi, Nanda Kot are available.

Photography

Munsiyari is an excellent place for nature photographers. The landscapes of Himalayan peaks, the orange hues over the snow-clad mountains, the warm and smiling villagers and their lifestyle, and the farms and fruit orchards all are great for photography. The trek to Khaliya Top also offers the scope of photographing wildlife and Himalayan birds.

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Best time to visit

The best time to visit Munsiyari is between March-June and the end of September- early November when the weather is pleasant and trek routes are open. Days are sunny with temperatures above 20 degrees, while the nights are cold and enjoyable.

Between July and early September, monsoon prevails in Munsiyari and other areas of Uttarakhand, which causes moderate to heavy rain, and roads are in bad condition, with landslides frequently occurring. It is better to avoid visiting Munsiyari at this time unless you are planning for a trek to the upper Himalayas.

From December to February, Munsiyari gets covered with snow, and the weather is chilling cold. Honeymooners and the ski-lovers visit Munsiyari during this time. The roads are usually kept open, and accessibility is not a problem usually.

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Where to stay

There are hotels, homestays and camping facilities in Munsiyari and nearby areas. Hotels in upper Munsiyari offer clear views of snow-capped mountains and are usually preferred by tourists. Most of the rooms are mountain-facing, with basic amenities and an in-house restaurant. The hotels in the main market are relatively cheaper, with mountain views only from upper-floor rooms.

If you want to live with locals, you can opt for the homestays, where you will get local Kumaoni foods. Recently a few camping and glamping options get opened in Munsiyari and nearby areas so that travellers can experience nature more closely.

We stayed in KMVN Tourist Rest House , which has an excellent location with upper-floor rooms offering views of Panchachulli Peaks from the attached balconies. The other good options are Hotel Milam Inn and Hotel Vijay Mount . There are quite a few hotels near the market which are relatively cheaper. You can also stay in a camp and enjoy a glamping experience in Munsiyari.

Pandey Lodge is a budget hotel near the Munsiyari taxi stand, which is very popular among Bengalis, as Bengali food is available there. I tried a meal there, and I was very disappointed with the quality of the food. It was not fresh and could only please Bengalis who morbidly craved home-like foods.

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Where to eat

Munsiyari, a little town, has few options for restaurants and cafes. There are a few roadside eateries close to the market. It is better to have your meals in the hotel itself. The restaurant in KMVN rest house provides tasty food. You must place your order in advance to get the food cooked.

What to buy

The best place to buy Kumaoni shawls and sweaters is the Saras Market in Munsiyari. It has two stores selling winter clothing, bags, and souvenirs made by local women. I heard that prices are low compared to other areas in Kumaon. But I did not find it cheap. The woollen items are mostly hand-woven, although the options are limited.

Mobile connectivity

Munsiyari has good mobile connectivity in the town. I did not have any issues with Vodafone and Jio networks.

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How to plan an itinerary for Munsiyari

Munsiyari is one of the last destinations in Kumaon for conventional tourists if not a trekker. Although the roads are in good condition, it takes 12 hours to reach Munsiyari from Nainital. So, not every tourist who is visiting Nainital, Kausani or Mukteswar travels this far for an up-close view of Panchachulli. But if you do, you will feel blessed when you witness the sunrise and sunset on Panchachulli Peaks. It is purely magical. You can plan your Munsiyari visit as per the below itinerary.

Day 1 – Arrive from Nainital/Kausani/Almora/Binsar/Chaukori, stop at Kalamuni Top on the way, and night stay at the hotel.

Day 2 – Visit Thamri Kund in the morning, Tribal Museum. Then have your lunch and go to Nandadevi Temple to see the sunset from there.

Day 3 – Day trek to Khaliya Top.

Day 4 – Check out from your hotel and drive back to other destinations. Stop at Birthi Waterfall on the way.

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Places en route where you can take a break

Kausani is 162 kilometres from Munsiyari and takes nearly 7-8 hours to reach. Kausani is a quaint hill station in the Bageswar district that offers a panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayas. Kausani also has tea gardens and shawl factories where you can spend some time. The Anashakti Ashram, associated with the memory of Gandhiji, is a must-visit place in Kausani. The Baijanath temple complex near Kausani is also a place that you should not miss during your stay at Kausani.

Bageswar is a holy town at the confluence of the Gomati and Saryu rivers. It is also a district headquarters, so comparatively a bigger town located in a valley. Most cities in Uttarakhand are well connected to Bageswar. Two roads go to Munsiyari from Bageswar. One is through Kapkot, and the other one is via Chaukori.

Bageswar Dham has many temples in the town. Among them, Bagnath Temple is the most visited by devotees. According to mythology Bagnath Temple is the site where sage Markendeya worshipped lord Shiva. Pleased with the prayer, the Lord appeared in his Tiger Avatar here.

The temple has existed at this place since the 7th century, and the present building was constructed by Chand ruler Laxmi Chand in 1450 AD. You should not miss it if you travel via Bageswar or take a break here. Bageswar is 125 kilometres from Munsiyari and takes 6-7 hours to reach either way.

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Chaukori is a village in the Pithoragarh district that comes on the way to Munsiyari if you travel via the Thal-Munsiyari road. Chaukori is 100 kilometres from Munsiyari and takes around 5 hours to reach from Munsiyari.

Chaukori offers an up-close view of snow-capped peaks like Mt Trishul, Mt Nandadevi, Mt Nandakot etc. The old tea estates in Chaukori, the Berinag Temple, Patal Bhubaneswar cave and Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary are other places to visit if you are in Chaukori.

Read more: Chaukori In Kumaon | Upclose With The Himalayas

Binsar is a hamlet inside the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary that is popular for its forest and the panoramic view of the Himalayas. The view from Binsar expands from Bandarpunch Peak in Garhwal Himalaya to Nepal Himalayas in the east. The forest trails inside Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary are a great way to explore wildlife and birding. The forest is mainly of Oak, Deodar, Pine and Rhododendron trees. In spring, the paths are covered with Rhododendron flowers at places.

The Binneswar Mahadev Temple and the Golu Devta Temple are other attractions the locals frequently visit. Binsar is 184 kilometres from Munsiyari and takes 8-10 hours to travel. Two roads go to Munsiyari from Binsar. One is via Bageswar, and the other is via Dhawalchina and Chaukori, a less-taken road. You can visit Jageswar Dham and Patal Bhubaneswar on the way if you travel by the second route.

Read more: Binsar In Uttarakhand | A Majestic Panoramic View Of The Himalayas

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Book your trip : Resources

Use Skyscanner or Google Flights to book your flight.

Tripadvisor and Agoda are perfect for booking your hotel. If you want to stay in a hostel, then Hostelworld would greatly help you find one at your convenience.

World Nomads is perfect for travel insurance. You can get comprehensive protection from them. Let them take care of unexpected situations while you concentrate on your trip.

You can book a package tour from G-Adventures and Viator . They are a reputed company arranging small group tours and customising them per your requirements. You can also use Get Your Guide to book your private transport, city tours, heritage walks, food walks and other experiences like a cooking lesson or a Yoga session.

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Munsiyari

Munsiyari is a small town located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. It is situated at an altitude of 2,290 meters above sea level in the Kumaon Himalayas. Munsiyari is known for its beautiful views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas and is a popular destination for trekking and hiking. It is also home to the Khaliya Top, a high-altitude meadow that offers stunning views of the Himalayas. Some other popular attractions in Munsiyari include the Birthi Falls, the Thamri Kund hot springs, and the Maheshwari Temple.

History of Munsiyari

The region around Munsiyari has a long history dating back to ancient times. The region was an important center of trade and commerce in the past and was visited by a number of ancient travelers and scholars, such as Harsha, the renowned Buddhist monk and scholar. The region was also home to a number of powerful rulers, such as Raja Kalyan Chand, who ruled over the region of Kumaon in the 16th century.

British rule: During the British rule, the region of Kumaon, of which Munsiyari is a part, was an important center of resistance. The region was home to a number of freedom fighters who played a significant role in the freedom struggle of India.

Post-independence: After independence, the region of Kumaon was merged with the state of Uttar Pradesh. In 2000, the state of Uttarakhand was formed, and the region of Kumaon became a part of the new state. Today, Munsiyari is a popular tourist destination known for its natural beauty and rich cultural and historical heritage

Notable historical figures and events associated with Munsiyari

Munsiyari has a rich history dating back to ancient times. Here are some notable historical figures and events associated with the region:

  • Raja Kalyan Chand: Raja Kalyan Chand was a powerful ruler who ruled over the region of Kumaon in the 16th century. He was a patron of art and culture and is credited with building a number of temples and other landmarks in the region.
  • Harsha: Harsha was a renowned Buddhist monk and scholar who visited the region of Kumaon in the 7th century. He is credited with spreading the teachings of Buddhism in the region and establishing a number of monasteries and temples.
  • Freedom struggle: Munsiyari played a significant role in the freedom struggle of India. During the British rule, the region was an important center of resistance and many freedom fighters were active in the area.
  • Mountaineering: The region around Munsiyari has a number of high peaks and is a popular destination for mountaineering. The first successful ascent of the Nanda Devi peak, the highest peak in the region, was made by an expedition led by Eric Shipton in 1936.

Festivals and customs

  • Kumaon Holi: The Kumaon Holi is a popular local festival that is celebrated in Munsiyari and other parts of the Kumaon region. The festival is celebrated to mark the arrival of spring and is characterized by the use of bright colors, music, and dance. During the festival, people participate in traditional activities such as playing with colored powders and singing and dancing to traditional songs.
  • Phool Dei festival: The Phool Dei festival is a local festival that is celebrated in Munsiyari and other parts of the Kumaon region. The festival is celebrated to mark the end of the winter season and is characterized by the use of flowers and other natural materials in traditional rituals and decorations. During the festival, people participate in activities such as offering flowers and other natural materials to deities, singing and dancing to traditional songs, and preparing special dishes.

Local customs and traditions

  • Hospitality: Hospitality is an important custom in Munsiyari and is considered to be a mark of respect and honor. When visiting someone’s home, it is customary to bring a small gift such as sweets or flowers as a sign of respect. It is also important to follow the customs and traditions of the host, such as removing your shoes before entering the home.
  • Religion: Religion plays a significant role in the daily life of people in Munsiyari and is an important part of the local culture and traditions. Hinduism is the dominant religion in the region and is practiced by the majority of the population. Other religions that are practiced in the region include Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism.

Places to visit in Munsiyari

Birthi falls.

Birthi Falls is a picturesque waterfall located near the village of Birthi, about 32 kilometers from Munsiyari. The falls are formed by the Gori Ganga river, which cascades down a rocky cliff from a height of around 50 meters. The falls are surrounded by dense forests and offer a tranquil and serene setting.

Location: Birthi Falls is located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, about 32 kilometers from Munsiyari. It can be reached by hiring a taxi or taking a bus from Munsiyari.

Flora and fauna: The area around Birthi Falls is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. The forests around the falls are home to a variety of trees, including oak, pine, and rhododendron. The region is also home to a wide range of animals, including leopards, Himalayan black bears, and various species of deer and birds.

Tips on how to reach the falls and what to bring: Birthi Falls can be reached by hiring a taxi or taking a bus from Munsiyari. The falls are a little over an hour’s drive from Munsiyari and can also be reached by trekking from the village of Birthi. It is advisable to carry water and snacks, as there are no shops or restaurants at the falls. It is also a good idea to wear sturdy shoes and bring a camera to capture the beautiful surroundings.

Thamri Kund hot springs

Thamri Kund is a group of hot springs located near the village of Thamri, about 35 kilometers from Munsiyari. The springs are located in a natural setting surrounded by lush forests. The water in the hot springs is believed to have medicinal properties and is believed to be beneficial for various ailments such as arthritis, joint pain, and skin disorders.

Location: Thamri Kund hot springs is located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, about 35 kilometers from Munsiyari. It can be reached by hiring a taxi or taking a bus from Munsiyari.

Medicinal properties of the water: The water in the Thamri Kund hot springs is rich in minerals and is believed to have medicinal properties. It is believed to be helpful in relieving joint pain and arthritis, as well as improving skin health. It is also believed to have detoxifying properties and can help improve digestion.

Tips on how to reach the hot springs and what to bring: Thamri Kund hot springs can be reached by hiring a taxi or taking a bus from Munsiyari. The hot springs are a little over an hour’s drive from Munsiyari and can also be reached by trekking from the village of Thamri. It is advisable to carry water and snacks, as there are no shops or restaurants at the hot springs. It is also a good idea to wear swimwear if you plan to take a dip in the hot springs, and to bring a towel and a change of clothes.

Khaliya Top meadow

Khaliya Top is a high-altitude meadow located in the Kumaon Himalayas, about 25 kilometers from Munsiyari. The meadow is situated at an altitude of 3,660 meters above sea level and offers stunning views of the Himalayas. The meadow is surrounded by dense forests and is a popular destination for trekking and camping.

Location: Khaliya Top meadow is located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, about 25 kilometers from Munsiyari. It can be reached by hiring a taxi or taking a bus from Munsiyari, and then completing the remainder of the journey on foot.

Flora and fauna: The area around Khaliya Top meadow is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. The forests around the meadow are home to a variety of trees, including oak, pine, and rhododendron. The region is also home to a wide range of animals, including leopards, Himalayan black bears, and various species of deer and birds.

Tips on how to reach the meadow and what to bring: Khaliya Top meadow can be reached by hiring a taxi or taking a bus from Munsiyari and then completing the remainder of the journey on foot. The trek to the meadow is moderate in difficulty and takes about 4-5 hours to complete. It is advisable to carry water and snacks, as there are no shops or restaurants at the meadow. It is also a good idea to wear sturdy shoes and bring a camera to capture the beautiful surroundings. If you plan to camp at the meadow, don’t forget to bring a tent and other necessary camping gear.

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Religious sites

Maheshwari Temple: The Maheshwari Temple is a popular Hindu temple located in Munsiyari. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Maheshwari, who is believed to be an incarnation of the goddess Durga. The temple is visited by a large number of devotees, who come to offer their prayers and seek the blessings of the goddess. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture and peaceful atmosphere, and is worth a visit for those interested in exploring the religious sites of the region.

Birthi Temple: The Birthi Temple is a Hindu temple located near the village of Birthi, about 32 kilometers from Munsiyari. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Birthi, who is believed to be an incarnation of the goddess Parvati. The temple is surrounded by dense forests and offers a peaceful and serene setting.

Kandoliya Temple: The Kandoliya Temple is a Hindu temple located in the village of Kandoliya, about 14 kilometers from Munsiyari. The temple is dedicated to the goddess Kandoliya, who is believed to be an incarnation of the goddess Durga. The temple is known for its beautiful architecture and peaceful atmosphere, and is worth a visit for those interested in exploring the religious sites of the region.

Activites in munsiyari

Munsiyari, Uttarakhand is a popular destination for a variety of activities, including trekking, hiking, sightseeing, and camping. Here is a list of some of the popular activities in Munsiyari:

  • Trekking: Munsiyari is a popular destination for trekking, with a number of trails ranging from easy to challenging. Some popular trekking routes in the area include the Khaliya Top trek, the Milam Glacier trek, and the Ralam Glacier trek.
  • Hiking: The surrounding hills and forests of Munsiyari offer a number of hiking trails, ranging from easy to challenging. Some popular hiking destinations in the area include the Khaliya Top meadow and the Birthi Falls.
  • Sightseeing: Munsiyari is home to a number of attractions that are worth a visit, such as the Maheshwari Temple, the Birthi Falls, and the Thamri Kund hot springs.
  • Camping: The region around Munsiyari offers a number of campsites, making it a popular destination for camping. Some popular camping spots in the area include the Khaliya Top meadow and the Ralam Glacier.
  • Skiing and snowboarding: During the winter months, the slopes around Munsiyari are ideal for skiing and snowboarding.

The best time to visit Munsiyari

Summer (March to June): The summer season in Munsiyari is pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 25°C. The weather is warm and sunny, making it a good time to go trekking and sightseeing. The summer season is also a good time to visit the Birthi Falls and the Thamri Kund hot springs.

Monsoon (July to September): The monsoon season in Munsiyari is characterized by heavy rainfall, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C. The weather can be quite wet and cloudy during this time, but the region is lush and green, making it a good time for activities such as bird watching and rafting.

Winter (October to February): The winter season in Munsiyari is cold, with temperatures ranging from 5°C to 15°C. The region is covered in snow during this time, making it a good time for activities such as skiing and snowboarding. The winter season is also a good time to visit the Khaliya Top meadow for stunning views of the Himalayas.

Overall, the best time to visit Munsiyari depends on the type of experience you are looking for. If you are interested in trekking and sightseeing, the summer season is a good time to visit. If you enjoy activities such as bird watching and rafting, the monsoon season is a good time to visit. If you are interested in skiing and snowboarding, the winter season is a good time to visit.

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How to reach munsiyari

  • By air: The nearest airport to Munsiyari is the Pantnagar Airport, which is located about 270 kilometers away. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Munsiyari.
  • By train: The nearest railway station to Munsiyari is the Kathgodam Railway Station, which is located about 280 kilometers away. From the railway station, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Munsiyari.
  • By road: Munsiyari is well connected by road to major cities and towns in the region. You can take a bus or hire a taxi to reach Munsiyari from cities such as Dehradun, Haridwar, and Rishikesh. The journey by road takes about 8-10 hours depending on the starting point.

Stay / Hotels in Munsiyari

If you are planning a trip to Munsiyari, here are a few options for accommodation:

  • Hotels: There are a number of hotels in Munsiyari that offer a range of accommodation options, including budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels. Some popular hotels in Munsiyari include the Hotel New Paradise, the Hotel Snow View, and the Hotel Kumaon Palace.
  • Homestays: Homestays are a popular accommodation option in Munsiyari and offer a more authentic and local experience. Homestays in Munsiyari are usually run by local families and offer a range of amenities such as private rooms, bathrooms, and access to common areas. Some popular homestays in Munsiyari include the Treehouse Homestay and the Tripti Homestay.
  • Guest houses: There are also a number of guest houses in Munsiyari that offer a range of accommodation options, including private rooms and dormitory-style rooms. Guest houses in Munsiyari are a budget-friendly option and often have a more relaxed and informal atmosphere. Some popular guest houses in Munsiyari include the Gola Guest House and the Kanchan Guest House.

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Embedded in the crown of Kumaon Hills, is a precious gem called Munsiyari whose beauty is in its serenity and untouched landscape. Munsiyari is said to be the sub-division headquarters in Pithoragarh District of Uttarakhand and is often compared to Kashmir for its natural beauty. This picturesque hill station is situated at 2298 m and is home to breathtaking view of the Panchachuli Peaks which include Nanda Devi and Nandakot. Munsiyari apart from an ideal destination for nature lovers, is a destination for those seeking some adventure in the Kumaon Hills, apart from trekking on lesser trodden paths and viewing sightly views, an adventurist at heart can enjoy skiing and can even go for an exhilarating Snow Leopard Trek in the winter season.

This must-see travel destination is also dubbed the 'Gateway to Johar Valley,' which though lesser known, is extremely beautiful and is home to famous explorer, Nain Singh Rawat.

Our Munsiyari travel guide is overflowing with information on best places to visit and amazing things to do, which makes it quite essential for the travellers looking for an impeccable travelling experience. Also, handcrafted for you are the varied holiday packages by Tour My India that ensure a vacation unlike any other.

Best time to visit Munsiyari

The best time to visit Munsiyari is between March and June and then September and October. During these months, the temperature is pleasant, with October being a beautiful month to witness the different shades of the fall season.

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Munsiyari in summer remains quite pleasant with maximum temperature staying around 27°C, which means warm daytime. The minimum temperature is around 7°C that certainly beckon chilly nights.

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The monsoon season is from July to September and during this time most of the activities are suspended due to the heavy rainfall. The highest rainfall recorded in this area is in the month of August. Then, during the month of October and November, the conditions are pleasant and temperate remains low.

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Winters are extremely cold in Munsiyari as the temperature sometimes dips down to -3°C. During the daytime, if the sky is clear, the temperature rises to 15°C, keeping the day hours relatively hot.

Top Tourist Attractions and things to do in & around Munsiyari

Munsiyari is a paradise for nature lovers who can relish being amidst the beautiful landscape. However, the place also makes a great place for adventure aficionados who can enjoy the maximum in the winter season when the place is covered in the blanket of snow and that skiing and snow leopard sighting opportunities are at their best.

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It is a hamlet which is located 22 km from Munsiyari and is a great spot for those who want to indulge in photography. Apart from its scenic beauty and rich flora, Madkot is also known for its hot springs that have curing qualities.

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Birthi Falls

Birthi Falls is just 35 km away from Munsiyari and is easily accessible by a short trek. This waterfall is at a height 400 m above the sea level and also can be reached from Kalamuni pass.

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About 93 km from Munsiyari is a place named Dharchula which is situated on the bank of River Kali and is an important town on the route to Kailash Mansarovar. Apart from the flora, this place is also known for its strong historical background. It was known to be an ancient trading town for the trans-Himalayan trade routes... Read more

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Narayan Ashram

Established in the year 1936 by Narayan Swami which is situated at the height of 2,734 m, Narayan Ashram is a renowned spiritual and socio-economic centre in the region. Narayan Ashram is about 41 km from Munsiyari.

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Milam Glacier

It is 53.5 km from Munsiyari and the only way to reach Milam glacier is by trekking along the Gori Ganga River. En route, Bugdiyar to Rilkot is a thickly forested area from where the land opens to the Gori Ganga Valley.

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Chaukori is a district in Pithoragarh which is about 96.6 km from Munsiyari Village. Chaukori is more likely to be visited by those who are much of a devotee but then it also has a lot for nature lovers too... Read more

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Munsiyari boasts the 53.5 km trek to the Milam glacier. While travelling to the glacier, when you cross the Gori Ganga River and the Burfu village, you can witness the Nanda Devi and Hardeol peaks.

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The 2 spots in Munsiyari which is the hideout for the ski enthusiasts are Khaliya Top and Betuli Dhar. These two spots are newly opened and they have been an active ski point since then.

Where to Stay in Munsiyari?

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Munsiyari has handful of hotels, however camping here is an ideal thing to do. The best accommodation for the tourists will be in the Pithoragarh. One can luxuriate in the cozy ambiance and relish hospitality offered in the town of Pithoragarh. The morning bliss can really be captivating when you look out from your room and witness the view of the hills. From 3 star to 1-star, all of them come up with decent amenities and best in class experience. Camping is also a possibility in Pithoragarh and places around where the open sky is filled with stars and the surroundings are adorned with beautiful Himalayan range are perfect spots.

How to Reach Munsiyari?

Munsiyari is well connected to the neighbouring places which are Pithoragarh, Lohaghat, Champawat, Tanakpur, Almora via roads. It is apparent that the best way to reach here is by road.

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Pithoragarh has an airport, Naini Saini, which will be operational in some time. The other nearest airport to Munsiyari is at Pantnagar, which is almost 188 km from Munsiyari. One has to book a cab to reach Munsiyari from Pantnagar.

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The nearest railhead is Tanakpur which is 286 km from Munsiyari. You will have to take a bus till Pithoragarh or book a direct taxi from here to reach Munsiyari.

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The road connectivity is good enough and you can find state-run buses to Pithoragarh that go on a regular interval from Haldwani/Kathgodam and Delhi as well. Taxis are always the convenient option to reach Munsiyari.

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Munsiyari is a picturesque hill station nestled in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. Situated at an elevation of around 7,200 feet (2,200 meters) above sea level, it’s renowned for its stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including the Panchachuli range. The name “Munsiyari” translates to “a place with snow,” and it aptly describes the snowy vistas it offers.

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Mythology About Munsiyari

The region itself holds numerous tales from Hindu mythology that are linked to the Himalayas. The Himalayas are revered as the abode of the gods in Hindu mythology, and many stories revolve around various deities and their interactions with these majestic mountains.  The mighty peaks are believed to be the home of Lord Shiva, one of the principal deities in Hinduism. According to mythology, it’s where Shiva sits in meditation and performs his divine dance, the Tandava. The rivers originating from these mountains, including the Ganges, have their own mythological significance and are considered sacred in Hinduism.

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History of Munsiyari

Historically, Munsiyari was an important stopover on the ancient salt route that connected Tibet with the plains of India. Traders would traverse these routes to trade salt, herbs, and other goods. This strategic location contributed to Munsiyari’s cultural diversity, as it became a melting pot of various cultures and traditions. The region has been inhabited by the indigenous Shauka tribe for centuries. They have played a crucial role in shaping the identity of Munsiyari. During the British colonial era, Munsiyari served as a gateway for expeditions into the high Himalayas. The town gained prominence as a base for explorers, mountaineers, and researchers venturing into the region.

Activities In Munsiyari

Munsiyari, nestled in the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand, offers a plethora of activities for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Here are some activities you can enjoy in Munsiyari:

Trekking: Munsiyari is a gateway to various treks, including the Milam Glacier Trek, Nanda Devi Temple Trek, and the Khalia Top Trek. These treks offer stunning views of the Himalayas and an opportunity to explore the region’s natural beauty.

Bird Watching: The area is rich in birdlife. Birdwatchers can spot a variety of Himalayan avian species in and around Munsiyari.

Exploring Waterfalls: Visit Birthi Falls, a picturesque waterfall near Munsiyari, to enjoy the serene surroundings and the beauty of cascading water.

Camping: There are several camping sites around Munsiyari that offer a chance to experience the raw beauty of the Himalayas. Camping under the stars in this region is an unforgettable experience.

Sightseeing: Explore the local attractions such as the Maheshwari Kund, Thamari Kund, and the tribal villages around Munsiyari to get a glimpse of the local culture and lifestyle.

Photography: Munsiyari offers stunning landscapes and panoramic views of the Himalayas, making it a paradise for photographers.

Nature Walks: Take leisurely strolls around the town or in nearby forests to soak in the natural beauty and serenity of the place.

Adventure Sports: Depending on the season, activities like skiing, snowboarding, and snow trekking are available in winter, while in summer, you can indulge in activities like river rafting, paragliding, and mountain biking.

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It is well-connected by road to major cities and towns in Uttarakhand. You can either drive or take a bus from places like Kathgodam, Almora, Nainital, or Haldwani to Munsiyari. The road journey offers stunning views of the Himalayas but involves traveling through winding mountain roads.

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Top Tourist Attractions to check out in Munsiyari Tourism

Munsiyari is a Precious gem embedded in the crown of Kumaon Hills . This place is often compared to Kashmir for its natural beauty . Munsiyari means ‘a place with snow’. It is mainly known for a destination for nature lovers is also a place for adventurous people as who are seeking to do trekking on lesser-trodden paths, skiing and even they can also enjoy snow leopard trek, especially in the winter season. Munsiyari Tourism comprises a beautiful hill station away from crowds and rich in diverse flora and fauna. The best  time to visit this place is between March and April as the entire forest area changes into red with rhododendron flowers and with the snow-capped Himalayas make it a wonderful site for visiting. The forests that cover the lower reaches are stunningly amazing with chromatic mountain vegetation. The inferior range comes alive at some point in spring with birds and blossoms.

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Madkot is also known for its hot water spring which is cures rheumatism, aching pains, and skin eruptions. The hot water spring is situated on the Shore of the Gori Ganga River . It is a hamlet located near Munsiyari. It is a great spot for those who want to indulge in photography. Apart from this , it is rich in flora and fauna. This place is blessed with scenic splendor as it is rich in vegetation.

2. Birthi Falls Munsiyari Tourism

Birthi Falls is about 35 km away from Munsiyari . Falling from 126m , this waterfall makes an extremely refreshing and energetic experience. This place is covered by green surroundings in various chromatic. This place is located in the dense forest and provides spellbinding sight of the Himalayas. The beauty of the Waterfall is the main reason for the attraction of tourists. September and June is the best time to plan a visit to Birthi Falls

3. Maheshwari Kund

Maheshwari Kund people also named it Messar kind. It is just a few km away walk from Munsiyari . A very beautiful location attached to a fascinating legend. This place is surrounded by magnificent and amazing mountain peaks with various kinds of Rhododendrons with flowers and flashy colors.

4. Panchachuli Peak

Panchachuli Peak is the five peaks as the star attraction point among tourists. “chuli’ means chulha or cooking hearths. One can experience a bright sunrise during the morning and also an amazing view of the moonrise after sunset. Its five peaks add charm to the beauty of the delightful Johar valley . These snow-capped Himalayan peaks are the main wonderful point of attraction and act as heaven on earth.

5. Thamari Kund

Thamari kind is a small pond surrounded by natural beauty in abundance. This place is popular among trekkers and other visitors for its calmness and as a relaxing point. Thamri Kund itself is a treat for tourists as it takes visitors amidst lush green and amazing forests. It provides a magnificent and wonderful view of the Himalayan’s snow-clad peaks. Tourists find it as a hidden gem in Munsiyari which gaining attention slowly.

6. Khaliya Top:

Khaliya Top is a popular trekking destination located near Munsiyari. It offers panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges and is surrounded by lush green forests. The trek to Khaliya Top is a moderate one, taking about 4-5 hours to complete, and is a great opportunity for nature lovers to immerse themselves in the beauty of the region. The trek begins from the village of Khaliya and passes through dense forests and scenic meadows before reaching the summit. The views from the top are breathtaking, and it is a popular spot for camping and bird watching.

7. Goriganga River:

The Goriganga River is one of the main tributaries of the Alaknanda River and originates from the glaciers of the Panchachuli peaks. It is considered to be one of the cleanest and purest rivers in the region and is a popular destination for rafting and kayaking. The river flows through the picturesque village of Munsiyari and is surrounded by lush green forests and snow-capped peaks. It is a great place for adventure enthusiasts to experience the thrill of white-water rafting and to admire the natural beauty of the region.

8. Nanda Devi Temple:

The Nanda Devi Temple is a Hindu temple located in the heart of Munsiyari. It is dedicated to the goddess Nanda Devi, who is considered to be the patron deity of the region. The temple is believed to have been built by the Katyuri kings and is a popular place of worship for the locals. The temple is surrounded by lush green forests and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges. It is a great place for tourists to experience the cultural heritage of the region and to gain a deeper understanding of the local beliefs and customs.

9. Zero Point:

Zero Point is a scenic viewpoint located near Munsiyari. It is situated at an altitude of 4,312 meters above sea level and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The viewpoint is surrounded by lush green forests and snow-capped peaks, making it a popular destination for tourists seeking breathtaking views and peaceful surroundings. The trek to Zero Point is a moderate one, taking about 2-3 hours to complete. It is a great place for nature lovers to immerse themselves in the beauty of the region and to admire the panoramic views of the Himalayan ranges.

10. Thamari Kund:

Thamari Kund is a natural water body located near Munsiyari. It is situated at an altitude of 2,750 meters above sea level and is surrounded by lush green forests and snow-capped peaks. The kund is a popular destination for trekking and camping and is a great place for adventure enthusiasts to experience the thrill of outdoor activities. The trek to Thamari Kund begins from the village of Kharkiya and passes through scenic meadows and dense forests before reaching the kund. The natural surroundings and the serene atmosphere make it a popular spot for camping and picnicking.

11. Nanda Devi National Park:

Nanda Devi National Park is a protected area located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is situated at an altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush green forests. The park is known for its diverse flora and fauna and is home to a variety of species of animals and plants. Some of the popular animals found in the park include the Asiatic black bear, the Himalayan musk deer, and the snow leopard. The park is a popular destination for trekking and mountaineering, and it is a great place for nature lovers to experience the beauty of the region.

12. Ralam Glacier:

Ralam Glacier is a snow-covered glacier located near Munsiyari. It is situated at an altitude of 4,500 meters above sea level and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush green forests. The glacier is a popular destination for trekking and mountaineering, and it is a great place for adventure enthusiasts to experience the thrill of outdoor activities. The trek to Ralam Glacier begins from the village of Munsiyari and passes through remote villages, scenic meadows, and dense forests before reaching the glacier. The views from the glacier are breathtaking, and it is a great place for nature lovers to admire the beauty of the region.

13. Chaukhamba Viewpoint:

Chaukhamba Viewpoint is a scenic viewpoint located near Munsiyari. It offers panoramic views of the Chaukhamba mountain range and is surrounded by lush green forests and snow-capped peaks. The viewpoint is a popular destination for tourists seeking breathtaking views and peaceful surroundings. The trek to Chaukhamba Viewpoint is a moderate one, taking about 2-3 hours to complete. It is a great place for nature lovers to immerse themselves in the beauty of the region and to admire the panoramic views of the Chaukhamba mountain range.

14. Milam Glacier:

Milam Glacier is a snow-covered glacier located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. It is situated at an altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush green forests. The glacier is a popular destination for trekking and mountaineering, and it is a great place for adventure enthusiasts to experience the thrill of outdoor activities. The trek to Milam Glacier begins from the village of Munsiyari and passes through remote villages, scenic meadows, and dense forests before reaching the glacier. The views from the glacier are breathtaking, and it is a great place for nature lovers to admire the beauty of the region.

How to reach

Munsiyari can be reached by air, train, and road.

By Air: The nearest airport to Munsiyari is Pantnagar Airport, which is located about 220 km away. From the airport, one can hire a taxi to reach Munsiyari.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Munsiyari is Kathgodam Railway Station, which is located about 205 km away. From the railway station, one can hire a taxi to reach Munsiyari.

By Road : Munsiyari is well connected by road and can be easily reached by road from major cities in Uttarakhand and nearby states. There are regular buses and taxis available from Haldwani, Almora, and Pithoragarh to reach Munsiyari. The journey by road is scenic and offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Munsiyari is from April to June and from September to November . During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the temperature ranges from 15°C to 20°C, making it ideal for outdoor activities such as trekking, camping, and sightseeing. The skies are clear, and the views of the surrounding mountain ranges are at their best.

The summer months of July to August are ideal for those who love adventure activities as the glaciers and high-altitude lakes are accessible during this time. However, one should be prepared for the high altitude, cold weather, and strong winds that are common during this time.

The winter months of December to March are extremely cold in Munsiyari, and heavy snowfall is common during this time. This is the best time to visit if you are looking to enjoy the snow and the winter sports that come along with it. However, it is important to note that some of the tourist destinations and trekking routes may be closed due to heavy snowfall.

Q: Is Munsiyari a safe place to visit?

A: Yes, Munsiyari is generally considered safe for tourists. However, it is always advisable to take necessary precautions and to be aware of your surroundings, especially when trekking or visiting remote areas.

Q: What is the best time to visit Munsiyari?

A: The best time to visit Munsiyari is from April to June and from September to November. During these months, the weather is pleasant, and the temperature ranges from 15°C to 20°C, making it ideal for outdoor activities.

Q: Is it necessary to get a permit to visit Munsiyari?

A: No, it is not necessary to get a permit to visit Munsiyari. However, if you are planning to visit restricted areas such as the Ralam Glacier or the Milam Glacier, you may need to get a permit from the local authorities.

Q: Can I find ATMs and other banking facilities in Munsiyari?

A: Yes, there are a few ATMs and banking facilities available in Munsiyari. However, it is always advisable to carry sufficient cash as ATMs may not be easily accessible in remote areas.

Q: What kind of food is available in Munsiyari?

A: Munsiyari offers a variety of local and regional cuisine, including traditional Indian, Tibetan, and Chinese dishes. You can find both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options in local restaurants and street stalls.

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Situated in the  Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, Munsiyari  is probably best known for the arduous albeit thrill-seeking treks that lead to the inner region of the Kumaon Himalayas. It is the base camp for most of the glacier treks present in the region. Some of the well known and popular treks in Uttarakhand have commenced from the quaint and hushed town of Munsiyari. Some of the famous treks from Munsiyari are listed below:

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Milam Glacier Trek  – 9 days

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The majestic Milam glacier is situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand and is one of the largest glaciers in the Kumaon region. Located in one of the remotest regions, this 16-km trek has its base camp in Munsiyari . The trail to the beautiful glacier lies alongside cascading Gori Ganga River and takes one through lush green forests, undulating valleys, and refreshing rivers streams. The majestic peaks of Hardeol (7,150 m), Mangraon (6,568 m) and Deo Damla (6,637 m) can be viewed from close quarters.

Ralam Glacier Trek – 9 days

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Located an elevation of 2,290 meters, Ralam Glacier is located in Munsiyari  tehsil of Uttarakhand, some 15 kms away from the Munsiyari town. It is located near Ralam Dhura in the Kumaon region and is divided into two parts – Upper Ralam and Lower Ralam. Apart from that, three other glaciers meet in Ralam glacier namely Kalabaland, Sutela, and Yangchar glaciers. The best time to visit Ralam glacier is April-June and September-November.

Nanda Devi Base Camp Trek – 8 days

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Since the prohibition of entry to the Nanda Devi Inner sanctuary region, Nanda Devi East base camp is the closest admirers can get to the revered twin peaks of Uttarakhand – Nanda Devi (7,816m) and Sunanda Devi (7,434 m). The hushed town of Munsiyari is the base camp of the trek. While the trek is considered difficult, the rewards at the end outweigh everything else. The mere sight of snow-clad Nanda Devi, and Trishul from close quarters is once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Namik Glacier Trek – 10 days

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Namik Glacier is located in the Kumaon Himalayas at a height of 3,600 meters and is enveloped by the enormous peaks such as Nanda Devi (7,848 m), Nanda Kot (6,861 m), and Trishul (7,120 m). Aptly named ‘Namik’ due to the presence of saltwater springs, the glacier’ is 40 kms away from its base camp which is located at Munsiyari . It is one of the lesser-explored regions in the Kumaon Himalayas in Uttarakhand.

Khaliya Round Trek – 03 days

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Khaliya Top trek is a popular trek in Munsiyari that is preferred for its short duration and ease of access. This 6-km trek commences from Balti Farm near Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The vantage of Khaliya Top offers an uninterrupted view of snow-clad Himalayan Mountains such as  Panchachuli , Rajrambha, Hardeol, and Nanda Kot to name a few.

Apart from the popular treks mentioned above, there are other lesser-known treks in the Pithoragarh district that commence from Munsiyari such as Kulka Kund trek  and Nagnidhura trek.

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I was once asked by a friend to suggest him some of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. I was not really able to answer this question then and I do not think I have an answer to it still. Why? Because the entire state is a tourist destination in itself. You can start driving in any direction and every town or village you come across can be termed as a tourist spot. What is more? All of these places are equally scenic and picking one over another is really tough. Some of these are very well known like Mussorie, Rishikesh, Nainital, Dehradun, and Gangotri, etc. However, there are numerous other tiny hamlets that may be smaller in size but are a giant in natural beauty. One such offbeat and lesser known town of Uttarakhand that I will talk about in this post is Munsiyari.

Located about 100 kilometers from India Nepal border, Munsiyari is one of those places that is bound to leave you charmed and wanting to come back for more. Nestled in the snow-capped peaks at an altitude 2,298 meters, it is a paradise for nature lovers and adventurous souls; offering splendid vistas and mesmerizing views all around. The name Munsiyari literally translates as “Place with snow” due to which, it is often termed as “Little Kashmir”. It also serves as a base for trekking to Milam and Ralam Glaciers and Nanda Devi peak; and a center for skiing and other winter sports.

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Where is munsiyari located.

Munsiyari is located at a distance of 135 kilometers from Pithoragarh, 200 kilometers from Almora and about 600 kilometers from Delhi. It is considered as the gateway to the Johar valley of inner Himalayas and sits at an ancient trade route between India and Tibet.

Why visit Munsiyari

Munsiyari is not really for everyone. There are no shopping malls here, no fancy restaurants to eat at and no large markets to go shopping in. If your idea of a vacation is places like Shimla and Manali then Munsiyari will definitely disappoint you. But if you are someone who likes to visit offbeat destinations and not so crowded places then Munsiyari will suit you just fine. It is a perfect destination for anyone interested in photography, trekking, enjoying snow, skiing or just relaxing in a serene and tranquil place. Surrounded with mighty snow-capped peaks and dense forest, Munsiyari offers natural beauty at its best without asking its visitors to go too remote.

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How to reach Munsiyari

Until some time ago, Munsiyari was a restricted area due to its close proximity with the border. But now it is emerging as a popular offbeat destination and connectivity also has improved tremendously. Depending on your preference, you can reach here either by your own vehicle or public transport.

How to reach Munsiyari from Delhi by Road

I will begin by first explaining the journey for someone traveling by their own vehicle. For the sake of the route, I will assume Delhi as your starting point. However, even if you were coming from a different city, the information below should still be able to help you understand the best way to reach Munsiyari.

Starting from Delhi, the route to Munsiyari will be as mentioned below.

Delhi – Ghaziabad – Amroha – Bazpur – Nainital – Almora – Binsar – Kapkot – Munsiyari

There can be several different variations of this route but the one I suggested above is the quickest one. Traveling this way, total distance covered will be about 580 kilometers and it will easily take you 15-16 hours to cover. If you were coming from a place around Chandigarh (or from that direction); you will have to take the route via Paonta Sahib, Dehradun, Srinagar, and Bageshwar. From Chandigarh, Munsiyari is about 630 kilometers and 19-20 hours journey. From Dehradun, it is 450 kilometers and around 15-16 hours of travel time.

How to reach Munsiyari by Bus

There are regular buses to Munsiyari from nearby towns of Pithoragarh, Almora, and Haldwani but the frequency is very less. In most cases, it is just one bus a day and if you missed that, shared cabs will be the next choice. These are easily available, are more regular but charge way more than a Bus. Also, the shared cab will not move unless it is has been stuffed breathless, no matter how long that takes.

If you were coming from Delhi, you can first board an overnight bus for any of these three towns and then catch a bus to Munsiyari from here. Another option would be to board a shared taxi which too is easily available and even more frequent than a Bus. It will cost about Rs. 200 from Pithoragarh, Rs. 400 from Haldwani and Almora for a shared cab to Munsiyari.

As far as I know, due to the distance and long journey, there are no direct buses from cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, etc. to Munsiyari. Your journey must be broken into parts and you will have to change buses. There is a daily morning Bus from Munsiyari for Haldwani.

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How to reach Munsiyari by Train

Nearest railway station to Munsiyari is located at Kathgodam at a distance of about 270 kilometers. The next closest train station is at Tankapur at a distance of about 290 kilometers. From both these places, you can get buses and taxis for your final leg of the journey.

Nearest airport to Munsiyari

The nearest airport to Munsiyari is at Pantnagar at a distance of 250 kilometers. You can get private taxis for Munsiyari from the airport itself. For budget travel, you can take a cab from the airport to Almora and then board a Bus for Munsiyari from there. The nearest international airport, however, is in Delhi, 580 kilometers away.

Best way to reach Munsiyari

The best way to reach Munsiyari would definitely be by your own vehicle and breaking the journey in 2 days. If traveling by Bus, best would be to board an overnight bus for Pithoragarh and then travel to Munsiyari from there. For moving locally in the region from one town to another, shared cabs are the best option.

Best Vehicle

I have been to Munsiyari in a Maruti Swift so there is really no vehicle required as such. I have seen local here riding around on automatic scooters like Activa as well. All that is needed is that your vehicle is well maintained and serviced.

Local Transport

Munsiyari is just a small town best covered on foot. You do not really need a mode of transport to move within the town here.

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What to see in Munsiyari

Munsiyari maybe just a tiny hamlet but there are plenty of places for sightseeing here. If you were visiting here for 2-3 days, then rest assured that your schedule will remain full and you will hop from one place to another all day long. Mentioned below is a list of a few must-visit places in Munsiyari. I will recommend all of them but how many you are able to cover will entirely depend on your mode of travel and time in hand.

Panchchuli Peaks

It is a series of five snow-capped high mountains that is visible from everywhere in Munsiyari. The altitude of the peaks ranges from 6,334 meters (20,781 ft) to 6,904 meters (22,651 ft). The word ‘Chuli’ here means Chulha, a cooking hearth. So Panchchuli literally translates as ‘Panch Chulha’. It is said that this is where the Pandavas cooked their last meal before reaching heaven and hence the name. The imposing peaks are a sight to behold and the greatest attraction of Munsiyari. The best view is at the time of sunrise when the sun comes up from behind the peaks.

Birthi Falls

It is a huge waterfall located about 35 kilometers from Munsiyari on Munsiyari – Thal road. To reach the waterfall, you will have to leave your vehicle near KMVN Tourist lodge before the village of Birthi and walk a short and easy trek. The waterfall is surrounded with thick forest and is a popular tourist spot.

Balanti Potato Farm

Also simply known as Balanti Farm, it is more of a viewpoint for tourists. It is actually both potato and apple farm and you will have to trek for about 2 kilometers from Munsiyari bus stand to get here. This is the best spot in all of Munsiyari to get the best and a spectacular view of Panchachuli peaks.

Maheshwari Kund

It is a small lake located on Munsiyari – Madkot road. To get here, you will have to walk an easy trek of about 30 minutes from the main road. It is said that in ancient times, this lake was home to a Yaksha who fell in love with the daughter of the sarpanch of the village. The sarpanch, however, denied him his daughter’s hand in marriage and got the lake dried up. The Yaksha then cursed the village and a drought fell upon the region for many years to come. The villages later apologized to the Yaksha after which the drought ended.

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ThamrI Kund

Thamri Kund, also known as Thamri Tal, is another small lake located about a 3 kilometers long trail from Munsiyari. It is not much of a lake to be honest but more of a small pond. The trek, however, is a very scenic one and is worth trying if you had the time. The small lake and the nearby areas are also famous as a natural habitat of Musk deer which can be of interest to wildlife enthusiasts.

Khaliya Top

Khaliya Top is a mix of many things in Munsiyari. It is an easy trek, viewpoint, a camping ground, a beautiful meadow, and a sunrise point. The meadow is surrounded by snowy peaks and provides a stunning view of the majestic Panchachuli, Rajrambha, Hardeol and Nanda Kot peaks. It is a 6 kilometers long trail that starts from Balanti Farm and climbs gradually. You can attempt the trek on your own as well but the forest at some places quite dense and the path is not well laid out. It would be better to hire a local as a guide for a few hundred bucks for this trek.

Nanda Devi Temple

This is a temple dedicated to Goddess Nanda or Parvati and can be reached after an easy trek of 3 kilometers. Apart from a sacred and important Hindu religious site, it also provides a great view of the peaks around. It is a very small temple built on the edge of a cliff, offering a great view of the slopes and surrounding mountains. This is one of the most important temples in Munsiyari and the trek starts from the main town itself. Just ask any of the locals and they will point you in its direction.

Kalamuni Temple

This is a temple dedicated to Goddess Kali and is located about 16 kilometers from Munsiyari. There is no trekking involved to get here and a motorable road leads all the way to the entrance of the temple.

If you were visiting Munsiyari in winter, then a trip to Betulidhar cannot be missed. It is a large garden full of Rhododendrons that serves as an ideal skiing slope in winters. It is also an ideal spot for viewing both sunrise and sunsets, showcasing beautiful hues of nature.

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What to do in Munsiyari

Apart from the sightseeing at all of the above-mentioned places, listed below are some other activities that you can indulge in while visiting Munsiyari.

As you can guess from the details above, Munsiyari is a heaven for trekkers. There are all sorts of treks starting from this small town, including short ones that can be covered in a matter of hours to long and serious ones that can last for a few days. Khaliya Top and Nanda Devi Treks are the two most popular easy ones. If you are into trekking and needs a bit more of a challenge, then you can try the treks leading to Milam and Ralam Glaciers. Another 10 days long but tough and least explored trek is the one leading to Nandadevi East Base Camp.

This is another great activity that people look forward to while visiting Munsiyari. The best place to get camping here is Khaliya Top.

Photography

I think this one goes without saying. It does not matter what kind of a photographer you were, you will have ample of opportunities to click thousands of pictures including natural landscape and wildlife both. The pollution-free clear skies of Munsiyari provide great opportunity to click some stunning night skies and star trails.

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Where to Stay in Munsiyari

Munsiyari may not be one of the crowded ones but still is a well-known tourist destination. There are numerous hotels here and you will easily find one suiting your need. There are numerous hotels near the Bus stand itself as a matter of fact. During the tourist season, expect the price to be around Rs. 1500 (could be higher depending upon the hotel). During the off-season, you can easily get a room anywhere between Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000, depending on your negotiation skills.

Camping in Munsiyari

Khaliya Top is again the best camping spot if you were carrying your own gear. Surprisingly I did not notice any campsites here but I visited in the off-season so that could be the reason. There may be operational campsites in the tourist season but I cannot really confirm that.

What & Where to Eat

Like shopping, options to eat at Munsiyari too are limited. There are no fancy restaurants here and the food you can get will be quite basic. You can either eat at your hotel or in any of the small restaurants. Some of the local items that you can try are rice and mutton curry, runny gravy, Bhang Ki Chutney, Kukla and Bhuta Aalu. Other than this, almost every simple north Indian dish can be made on order.

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What to Buy in Munsiyari

Shopping in Munsiyari is not really a choice because it is not much of a shopping destination. It is just a small town with shops selling some day to day commodities and groceries. If you do want to buy something as a souvenir for your trip, you can buy some handicraft items like shawls and caps, hand-woven carpets and woolen items.

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Due to its high altitude, the weather of Munsiyari ranges from being pleasant to very cold. It snows here in the month of January and February and at such times, the temperature drops close to 0 degrees at night. Spring arrives towards the end of March and officially marks the beginning of tourist season in Munsiyari. The following months of April, May, and June are considered to be the best time for a trip because the weather in these months is very pleasant. Days will remain moderately warm and nights will be pleasantly cool.

July and August is the time of monsoon and it rains here a lot in these months. Sometimes the rain continues for days altogether causing landslides and can force you to remain indoors throughout the duration of your trip. The rain gods depart in the month of September but leave plenty of greenery behind to enjoy.

October is when the Autumn season begins and all that was green in September now turns orange. This is another good month to visit but the weather starts to get cold again by the end of the month. The months of November and December is the driest time of the year during which the temperature again drops below 5 Degrees Celsius. Snowfall starts towards the end of December and lasts until early February.

Temperature

Below is how the temperature in Munsiyari ranges. Please note though that these are just average numbers and the temperature can vary during noon and at night. The months of May and June are the warmest time of the year and January is the coldest.

  • Munsiyari in Winters: The average temperature in the months of November, December, January, and February ranges between -5 Degrees Celsius at night; and 15 Degrees Celsius in the day.
  • Munsiyari in Summer: In the months of May and June, the average temperature ranges between 20 to 30 Degrees Celsius. It gets a little warm here at this time and you may not even need a jacket during the day.
  • Munsiyari in Monsoon: The average temperature in July and August ranges between 15 to 25 Degrees Celsius.
  • Munsiyari in Spring Season: This is the most pleasant time of the year with temperature fluctuating between 10 to 20 Degrees Celsius in March and April. Weather remains clear with sunny skies and clear views of the peaks around.
  • Munsiyar in Autumn Season: The temperature in September and October too ranges between 10 to 20 Degrees Celsius.

Best time to visit Munsiyari

Now considering the information above, I think it is safe to say that the months of April, May, September, and October are the best times to visit Munsiyari. But it also will depend on your reason to visit. For example, if you wanted to see snow and possibly catch a live snowfall as well; then you should plan in January and February. For a family trip, April and May are the best time to go. For photography, September will be a good time but if you are ready to risk the rain, July and August will be the best months.

November is generally considered a bad month to go because the vistas at this time are very dry and dull; and there won’t even be any snow around. For a budget trip, plan in July, August, November or December. If you do not like the cold weather; do not go between October to March. If you are not too fond of the rainy season; then avoid the period between late June to early September. If you want to visit when there aren’t many people around, then you should not plan in April, May or June.

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Clothes to Pack

What clothes you should be packing on the time of your travel. For a trip from April to September, just carry your regular cotton clothes with some light woolens or a jacket; and that will suffice. For July and August, pack clothes that can dry faster, like Polyester. For a trip in winter, from October to March, you must bring heavy woolens, windproof jacket, cap and gloves. Also pack other items like some basic medicines, lip balm and cold cream etc.

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Munsiyari Tour Itinerary

Let me also suggest an example of an itinerary that you can follow for visiting Munsiyari. For the sake of the itinerary, I will assume Delhi as your starting point. However, if you were coming from a different place, only the journey on 1st and last day will be different. Rest of the details will still apply.

Delhi to Nainital / Almora / Binsar / Haldwani – Day 1

Delhi to Munsiyari by road is about 16-18 hours of drive, depending on your speed and breaks. So unless you started from your home in Delhi by midnight and are ready to drive non-stop, getting to Munsiyari in a day will be very difficult. Hence, you will have to break your journey at either of the 4 places I mentioned above. I personally will recommend that you stay for the first night at Binsar which is about 11 hours’ drive from Delhi. If you were traveling by Bus, then the best way is to catch an overnight Bus for Haldwani. This starts from ISBT Delhi by evening and drops you at Haldwani early in the morning the next day.

Nainital / Almora / Binsar / Haldwani to Munsiyari – Day 2

Start early in the morning and drive to reach Munsiyari by evening. If you were traveling by Bus, then on this day, you will catch the morning 6.30 bus from Haldwani. This Bus will drop you at Munsiyari sometime in the evening. If you missed the Bus, then the next best thing is to board a shared cab from the Bus stand itself. The roads will be a mix of good, bad and ugly. Arrive at Munsiyari, check into a hotel and relax. You can step out to have dinner outside and just walk leisurely in the place.

Sightseeing in Munsiyari – Day 3 & 4

Spend 2 days in Munsiyari and visit places that I listed above. On Day 3, you can trek to Khaliya Top and return by noon. Have lunch and then you can explore places like Balanti Farm and drive to Kalamuni Temple. Or if you were up for some more trekking, you can visit Birthi Falls. On Day 4, trek to Nanda Devi temple in the morning. Later in the day, you can go to Maheshwari Kund.

Munsiyari to Nainital / Haldwani – Day 5

If you were traveling in your own car, I will recommend driving down to Nainital and spend the evening there. If you were traveling by Bus, then catch the early morning Bus from Munsiyari to Haldwani. It will drop you at Haldwani Bus stand by late evening and from there you can then immediately board another overnight bus for Delhi.

Nainital to Delhi – Day 6

Spend some time in Nainital. Visit the lake and the local market and drive back to Delhi.

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Time Needed

A minimum of 2 days of stay is what I will recommend to explore Munsiyari and nearby areas. 3 days will be an ideal and even better time. And then you will have to add days that you will spend in reaching Munsiyari and then going back home. So for example, if a person was coming from Delhi, he would have to keep at least 5 days in hand for visiting here. Any less than this and most of the time will be spent on the road only and you will barely touch Munsiyari before heading back.

Also Read: Uttarakhand Roadways Bus Time Table

Places Near Munsiyari

If you had additional time in hand, then you can extend your trip to cover a few other nearby places as listed below.

Binsar: Binsar will be on your way to Munsiyari and I will highly recommend spending a day here either while on your way to Munsiyari or while returning. It is a very peaceful and scenic town known best for Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Bageshwar: This is another town located close to Munsiyari which is religiously very important. It is known for the Bagnath Temple and attracts a lot of devotees all year long.

Kausani: About 165 kilometers and 6 hours’ drive from Munsiyari is the scenic town of Kausani which is an awesome offbeat tourist destination. It offers a majestic view of various snow-capped mountains and is a great place to spend a few days in peace and serenity. Mahatma Gandhi visited here in 1929 and is said to have been very impressed and fascinated by the scenic beauty of Kausani.

Pithoragarh: Pithoragarh is also known as “Little Kashmir” and is a greatly scenic small town located with Nepal to its east and Tibet to the north. It is located about 135 kilometers from Munsiyari and is perfect for extending your trip for a couple of days more.

A couple of other nearby places are the village of Darkot, known for its weavers; and Mudkot, famous for a hot water spring with healing properties.

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Below is some other useful information above visiting Munsiyari.

Banks and ATM

There are Banks and ATMs located in Munsiyari. I noticed ATMs of SBI and PNB when I was there and both were functional. However, I will still recommend that you completely rely on the ATM here and carry sufficient cash.

Mobile Network in Munsiyari

BSNL provides the best coverage here including the main town and nearby areas. However, other networks like Airtel and Vodafone too work fine, both prepaid and postpaid. Internet and Data connectivity was a little slow though.

Hospital in Munsiyari

There is a community Health center (Samudayik Swastha Kendra) in Munsiyari where you can seek medical assistance if required.

Petrol Pump / Mechanics

There is an HP petrol pump located in Munsiyari. You can find mechanics as well but only for some small fixes.

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FAQs about Munsiyari

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about Munsiyari.

1. Is Munsiyari worth Visiting?

Yes, Munsiyari is definitely worth visiting. The distance may sound a little too much but it is worth it.

2. Is Munsiyari safe?

Yes, Munsiyari is a very safe place to visit as long as you act responsibly and do not take any unnecessary risks or put yourself in harm’s way. It is a popular tourist destination that gets a lot of visitors including families and couples. The locals are very simple-minded and humble people.

3. When does it snow in Munsiyari?

It snows in Munsiyari between last week of December to early February.

4. Is there a taxi for local sightseeing available?

Yes, you can book a local cab in Munsiyari to show you around. It is greatly beneficial for people who arrived in Munsiyari by Bus. How much the cab will cost will entirely depend on how many places you wish to cover.

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I hope the information above on visiting Munsiyari, what to see there and the best way to plan your journey was of help. If you have any questions; or need any other details; please feel free to ask in the comments section below; or at our Community Forum ; and I will be glad to answer.

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You are funtastic after seeing your beautiful writing on tourisum it looks I was there. Thanks Ramesh

Thanks Ramesh Bhai

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Hi Mr Khan greetings from London i think this is one of the best ( if not THE BEST) detailed description about Munsiyari , Pithoragarh. I and a friend of mine are planning to be there in the 3rd / 4th week of March 2022. Can you please recommend any birding guide who we can contact and retain his services for bird watching .Thanks a lot in advance. if you wish you may reply to my e mail id [email protected] Best wishes sammy London

Hello Mr. Satsangi – Thank you for your kind words. Unfortunately, I do not have any contacts to recommend. Sorry.

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Hii..will it be safe to travel with our daughter who will turn 1&1/2 years old in may. We are thinking of travelling in May 2021

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Pls tell me another places like Munsiyari ,long drive.not too much rush.small places are very beautiful like munsiyari.pls tell me where i can go like Munsiyari place.Only in Uttarakhand.

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Perhaps the best info on the web on Munsiyari. Appreciate the minute details covered in the article. Please keep sharing mire info on off the track tourist places

Thank you Brajesh Bhai

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Yes Kapil has planned v good. I do agree. I will follow similar. Kathgodam to Almora to Chaukor, to Munsiyari.

May be I will hire innova car or if er r 10 then tempo traveller . Are KMVN rest houses are easily available or other places. I found that kmvn test houses r located on a good scenic place. Although I had been to Almora, Bhimasen Pithoragarh during my Kailash mansarovar yatra in 2022

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Hi Vargis, I will be travelling to Uttarakhand this March just wanted some help planning the itinerary.. I will be der for 10 days planning to start at Rishikesh.. I just wanted to know how can I get to Munsiyari from auli using public transport ? And Can I get a bus from Jim Corbett to Delhi??

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Hi Vargisji pls help me with my itineary. Planning a 10 days trip to Garhwal. Haridwar (2), Rishikesh, Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Chopra, Khirsu, Pauri, Lansdowne, back to delhi and mumbai. Pls advise is this possible. Priority is divine destinations and himalayan view.

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Hi, Vargis Ji,

Your blogs are always helpful to us while planning our trips to Himalayas. This year March 2nd week we are planning to visit Munsiyari and Chaukori and we need your suggestion. we are 1 couple (back packers)

this is our plan for 5 days. plz suggest if it is ok or not day 01- Arrival haldwani bus stop early morning, take shared taxi for Almora. rest of d day exploration around. night stay at Almora. day 02- Almora to munsiyari by shared taxi/ bus( we have no idea whether direct taxi /bus available or we need to break journey in 2- 3 places but we need to reach same day to munsiyari, please advise). night stay munsiyari. day 03- munsiyari/ kaliyatop/ . night stay munsiyari. day 04- Munsiyari to chaukori (shared taxi/ bus). night stay at chaukori. day 05- chakori to kathgodam/ haldwani by shared transport.- night bus to delhi.

pleas advise if it is possible in 5 days. is bike rental available in almora??

Thanks, Binita

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I am not Vargis but since I returned from a trip to Kumaon last week, I am reply with my inputs in case you find it useful. I am sure Vargis ji can add more useful information.

My experience with shared taxis has not been very good in all my trips to Uttarakhand. They try to overload the Sumo as much as possible with more passengers than one is supposed to carry. In one stretch, an 8 seater was carrying 13 people believe it or not. The journey was extremely painful for 2 hours. Besides, shared taxis will make you wait until all seats are filled up which can take a long time depending on the place. So my suggestion is to take bus wherever possible as journey is very comfortable and not like in the cities. They are rarely overcrowded and they don’t waste any time here and there.

If you start from Haldwani very early morning, you can get direct bus to Munsiyari but you will have to endure a 13 hour journey. If you want to avoid that, atleast try to reach Pithoragarh on the first day and not Almora. You can break at Almora but then the next day journey will be really long and hectic. From Pithoragarh, you can get bus to Munsiyari. Always start early morning. If you can’t get direct bus anywhere, keep moving forward by doing break journeys by whatever means of transport available. Don’t get stuck at a place by waiting endlessly for direct transport.

Chaukhori to Haldwani is doable but again it will be a very long and tiring journey and as far as I know there is no direct means of transport from Chaukhori to Haldwani either by bus or taxi. You have to reach Bageshwar by shared taxi to further get connecting bus to Almora. You may even have to break at Udiyari Bend to reach Bageshwar as shared taxi from Chaukhori to Bageshwar may not be available. From Almora, you can easily take bus to Haldwani. Try to stay overnight in Almora this time if journey becomes too hectic. This will also allow you to start late from Chaukhori and explore the place a little more.

Lastly, I would like to say that Munsiyari is too far away and you can never really appreciate the place unless you keep atleast 7 days with you for the vacation. 4 days are spent on the road just to travel from Haldwani to Munsiyari and back. What will you do there in just 1 day? That’s not the kind of vacation I would recommend to anyone. If you cannot spare more than 5 days at any cost, then you pick from places like Bhimtal, Sattal, Mukteshwar, Nainital and Pangot instead.

Dear Anjan Bhai, Thanks a lot for your valuable suggestions. yes even I have same experience with shared vehicle while travelling to Garhwal region. But Uttrakhand Road journeys are so beautiful that i can spend whole day in travelling. 😀

Is direct taxi/ buses available from haldwani for pithoragarh ( 6- 7 am) and how long does it takes. Is direct transport available from udiyari bend to almora/ haldwani. ( our return bus for Delhi is at 10 pm) Is Bike rental available in Almora.

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Hi Vargis. This is a very informative and detailed post. I’m planning to do Nanda Devi East basecamp trek in May 22 for which I need to reach Munsiyari (the base for trek). My plan is to take overnight train from Delhi to Kathgodam/Haldwani which reaches at 5am and then leave from Haldwani by private taxi around 6am and aim to reach Munsyari by 6pm.

I wanted to ask if this is feasible in your view. I also wanted to ask if you can share contact details of any cab service from Kathgodam/Haldwani to Munsyari. Thanks

Thanks Anjan Bhai. I really appreciate you takin the time to drop a note.

Hello Binita Ji – For 5 days, I will not recommend Munsiyari at all, especially by public transport. You must plan for somewhere else or add at least 3 more days.

Hi Vargis Ji, and Anjan Ji,

Thank you so much for your valuable suggestions. Will re plan the trip.

You are welcome !!!

I really love how you mention the options to travel by public transport. This is a key piece of information that is missing in almost all other blogs as they assume all tourists will take a private cab. I am someone who prefer to travel by bus and shared taxis because I am always on a budget and this allows me to travel more throughout the year. Knowing how to do break journeys and where to get off and how much it costs is invaluable information and I am really grateful to you for providing this information. Quite often in the mountains, unless you know bus timings in advance, it’s impossible to catch them as frequency is very less.

Your blog posts are also the most comprehensive of any travel blogs I have found on the Internet. You present information in such a clear and concise manner instead of narrating your own story that it really makes for easy reading.

Thank you so much Anjan. I really appreciate your kind words.

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मुनस्यारी बहोत ही खूबसूरत हिल स्टेशन है पूरा मुनस्यारी हिमालय से घिरा है 3 बार जा चुका हूं 4 बार लास्ट दिसंबर 2019 को

Thanks Arman

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Thanks for such a quick reply! My tentative itinerary is as below- Day 1 – Reach Nainital from Pantnagar and hire a bike Day 2 – Nainital to Binsar, visit Binsar wildlife sanctuary and stay at Binsar overnight Day 3 – Binsar TO chaukori and stay at Chaukori Day 4 – Chaukori to munsyari, local sightseeing and overnight at Munsyari Day 5 – Visit Khaliya top, stay at Gmvn guest house on top overnight Day 6 – Visit nanda devi temple and birthi falls and stay at Munsiyari overnight Day 7 – Ride to Kausani, local sight seeing and overnight at Kausani Day 8 – Ride from Kausani to Nainital via almora Day 9 – Return to Dehradun

Let me know how the itinerary sounds and also if I can include something else since I have one more day in hand! Thanks in advance!

Hi Kapil – Your itinerary is perfect brother, I couldn’t have planned it better myself. Don’t add anything more, it will just make the trip hectic.

Hi Vargis bhai, I am planning to visit Munsiyari in first week of December. I am planning to hire a bike from Nainital and complete the journey in 2 days (first night half at Chaukori). Is the bike ride safe considering condition of roads there? I will be travelling with my wife. Also, if I travel upto Munsiyari by bus, .can I get bike on rent at Munsiyari for local sight seeing? I am planning to spend 3 days there. I would appreciate any inputs from your side!

Hi Kapil Bhai,

I do not think you can get a bike on rent in Munsiyari. At least I didn’t notice. You should get it from Nainital only but just be prepared for the cold. It will be OK if you have decent enough riding experience.

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Explore Munsiyari

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Plan Your Trip to Munsiyari: Best of Munsiyari Tourism

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Munsiyari Is Great For

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  • Himalayan Glamping By Ahaan Himalaya
  • KMVN Tourist Rest House Munsiyari Hill Station
  • Hotel Milam Inn
  • Vijay Mount View Resort
  • Hotel Pandey Lodge
  • Khaliya Top
  • Panchchuli Peaks
  • Birthi Falls
  • Nanda Devi Temple
  • Kalamuni Temple

Are you tired of the mundane city life and ready for an adventure? Look no further than Munsiyari, a small town situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. This hidden gem is known for its breathtaking views of the Himalayas, challenging treks, and warm hospitality.

But let's be real, we all know why you're really here - to escape the never-ending Zoom calls and indulge in some delicious local cuisine. And boy, does Munsiyari deliver. From piping hot momos to finger-licking thukpa, your taste buds will thank you.

But don't just take my word for it. The town's name itself translates to "place with snow", giving you a hint of what's in store. With trekking routes like Khaliya Top and Milam Glacier , be prepared for some serious cardio (and stunning views) as you make your way up the mountain.

But fear not, if hiking isn't your thing, there are plenty of other activities to keep you entertained. Explore the local markets and pick up some handmade souvenirs or visit Birthi Falls for a refreshing dip.

So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags (and stretchy pants) and get ready for an unforgettable experience in Munsiyari. Trust me, your Instagram feed will thank you.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

History and Culture of Munsiyari

How to reach and getting around munsiyari, weather of munsiyari, places to visit in munsiyari, food options and local cuisine of munsiyari.

  • Best areas for Accommodation in Munsiyari

Shopping in Munsiyari

Nightlife in munsiyari, festivals and events in munsiyari.

  • Tips for Travelers travelling to Munsiyari

Munsiyari is a tiny town located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. The town is surrounded by the beautiful Himalayan mountain range and is known for its breathtaking views. The history of Munsiyari dates back to the 12th century when it was known as Gunji. Legend has it that the Pandavas from the epic Mahabharata passed through this town during their exile.

Over time, Munsiyari became a popular trading center for Tibet and India. Traders would come to this region to exchange goods, spices, and other items. The culture of Munsiyari is deeply rooted in its traditions and customs. The people here are known for their hospitality and warmth towards visitors.

One of the most interesting aspects of Munsiyari's culture is its folk music and dance. The people here perform dances like Changphula, Langvir Nritya, and Jhora with great enthusiasm during festivals and celebrations. The town also has a unique cuisine that includes dishes like Bhatt ki Churkani, Madua ki Roti, and Gulgula.

Munsiyari is also famous for being the starting point for several treks like Milam Glacier Trek, Ralam Glacier Trek, and Namik Glacier Trek. Adventure enthusiasts from all over the world come here to experience trekking on these routes.

In conclusion, Munsiyari is a hidden gem in the Himalayas that offers visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in its rich history and culture while enjoying stunning views of the mountains.

Munsiyari is well-connected to major cities in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The most popular route is from Delhi to Munsiyari via Haldwani, Almora, and Bageshwar. One can either take a bus or hire a taxi to reach Munsiyari. The drive through narrow but beautiful roads is an experience in itself.

The nearest railway station to Munsiyari is Kathgodam, which is around 275 km away from the town. From Kathgodam, one can take a taxi or bus to reach Munsiyari. The journey by train is comfortable and scenic, as the train passes through beautiful valleys and mountains.

The nearest airport to Munsiyari is Pantnagar Airport, which is around 300 km away from the town. From Pantnagar Airport, one can take a taxi or bus to reach Munsiyari. The aerial view of the Himalayas during the flight is breathtaking.

For adventure enthusiasts, trekking to Munsiyari can be an unforgettable experience. The trek starts from Balati Farm near Almora and covers around 100 km in six days through dense forests, beautiful meadows, and snow-capped peaks. The trek offers stunning views of Nanda Devi and Panchchuli peaks.

For those who love biking, riding on the narrow roads leading up to Munsiyari can be an exhilarating experience. The route offers scenic views of the Kumaon region and takes around 2-3 days depending on the starting point.

No matter what mode of transportation you choose, reaching Munsiyari will surely be a memorable journey filled with natural beauty and adventure.

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Munsiyari is a picturesque hill station located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. The weather in Munsiyari is pleasant and moderate throughout the year, making it an ideal destination for tourists. However, the best time to visit Munsiyari is from April to June and from September to November .

During these months, the temperature ranges between 15°C to 25°C, making it perfect for outdoor activities like trekking, camping and sightseeing. In April and May, the weather remains pleasant with clear skies and blooming flowers all around. September and October are also great months to visit Munsiyari as the monsoon season ends by mid-September leaving behind lush greenery and clear skies.

The winters in Munsiyari can be very harsh with temperatures dropping below freezing point. The months from December to February witness heavy snowfall which makes it difficult for tourists to travel around.

To sum up, if you want to experience the beauty of Munsiyari at its best then plan your trip in either April-June or September-November when the weather is pleasant and offers a wide range of outdoor activities.

Khaliya Top - This is a must-visit place in Munsiyari for those who love trekking. Khaliya Top is located at an altitude of 11,500 feet and offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. It takes around 4-5 hours to trek to the top from Munsiyari.

Birthi Falls - The Birthi Falls is a stunning waterfall located near Munsiyari that should not be missed by nature lovers. The water plunges down from a height of 126 meters and makes for a picturesque sight.

Nanda Devi Temple - Dedicated to the goddess Nanda Devi, this temple is one of the most famous religious sites in Munsiyari. The temple is believed to be over 1000 years old and attracts devotees from all over the country.

Maheshwari Kund - Maheshwari Kund is a natural hot water spring that has medicinal properties and is believed to cure ailments like skin diseases and arthritis. It’s surrounded by lush greenery and offers a peaceful ambiance.

Milam Glacier - Milam Glacier is one of the largest glaciers in Kumaon region and attracts several trekkers every year. It’s located at an altitude of 3,580 meters above sea level and offers stunning views of the Himalayas.

Betulidhar - Betulidhar is a meadow that’s located just outside Munsiyari town and offers stunning views of Panchachuli peaks. It’s an excellent spot for nature walks, camping, and picnics.

Darkot Village - Darkot Village is known for its woolen shawls, blankets, caps, and other handicrafts that are made using traditional techniques passed down through generations. The village also boasts beautiful wooden houses with intricate carvings.

Thamri Kund - Thamri Kund is a natural lake located at an altitude of 3,500 meters above sea level that’s surrounded by rhododendron trees and alpine meadows. It’s believed to have healing properties and attracts several tourists every year.

Kalamuni Top - Kalamuni Top is located at an elevation of 3847 meters above sea level and offers panoramic views of the Himalayas along with scenic landscapes comprising forests, meadows, rivers, etc.

Madkot Village - Madkot Village is known for its natural hot water springs that are believed to have medicinal properties that can cure various ailments like skin diseases, arthritis etc., making it an ideal spot for tourists looking for some relaxation amidst nature's bounty.

Adventures Activities

  • Skiing in Munsiyari
  • Khuliya Top Trek
  • Trekking in Kafni Glacier

Relaxing Retreats

  • Birthi Falls

Hilly Regions

Local Cuisine in Munsiyari

Munsiyari offers a wide range of local delicacies that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. The cuisine of Munsiyari is a perfect blend of Garhwali and Kumaoni traditions. Some of the popular dishes include:

  • Bhang Ki Chutney : This chutney is made with hemp seeds, garlic, and red chili powder. It is usually served with steaming hot rice.
  • Aloo Ke Gutke : This dish is made with boiled potatoes that are sautéed with spices like mustard seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, and red chili powder.
  • Madua Ki Roti : This roti is made with ragi flour and is usually served with ghee.

Dining Options in Munsiyari

Munsiyari has a few options for dining out. Here are three restaurants/cafes that you must try:

  • Maa Anandmayee Restaurant : This restaurant serves delicious Indian and Chinese food. The ambiance is cozy and the staff is courteous.
  • Johar Hilltop Restaurant : This restaurant offers a stunning view of the Himalayas. The food served here is lip-smacking and the service is prompt.
  • Milam Inn Restaurant : This restaurant has a homely ambiance and serves tasty vegetarian food. The portions are generous and the prices are reasonable.

Best areas for accommodation in Munsiyari

Munsiyari is a small and scenic hill station located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The town is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, lush green forests, and beautiful valleys. It is a popular destination for adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers, and those seeking peace and solitude. If you are planning a trip to Munsiyari, here are some of the best areas for accommodation:

Munsiyari Bazaar: This is the main market area of Munsiyari and has several hotels, lodges, and guesthouses. It is a convenient location as it is close to restaurants, shops, and other amenities.

Balati Farm: This area is about 5 km away from Munsiyari Bazaar and offers stunning views of the Panchachuli peaks. There are some resorts and homestays in this area that offer comfortable accommodation.

Sarmoli Village: Sarmoli Village is about 15 km away from Munsiyari Bazaar and offers a peaceful stay in the lap of nature. There are some eco-friendly homestays in this area that offer an authentic experience of living in a mountain village.

Here are three properties for accommodation in Munsiyari:

Milam Inn Resort (Luxury): This resort offers luxurious rooms with modern amenities such as attached bathrooms, TV, Wi-Fi, etc. It also has an on-site restaurant that serves delicious food.

Johar Hilltop Resort (Budget): This budget resort offers comfortable rooms with basic amenities such as attached bathrooms and hot water. It also has an on-site restaurant that serves Indian and Chinese cuisine.

Zostel Munsiyari (Hostel): This hostel offers dormitory-style accommodation with shared bathrooms. It also has a common room where guests can socialize with each other. The hostel provides free Wi-Fi, board games, books, etc., to keep its guests entertained.

Overall, Munsiyari offers a variety of options for accommodation depending on your budget and preferences. Whether you want to stay in the heart of town or away from the hustle-bustle in a peaceful village setting, there's something for everyone!

Munsiyari, a beautiful hill station situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, is known for its scenic beauty and adventure activities. However, the town also offers a unique shopping experience to tourists. From handmade woolen clothes to wooden artifacts, Munsiyari has something for everyone. Here are some things to buy, markets to visit and things to avoid while shopping in Munsiyari.

Things to Buy

  • Handmade woolen clothes like shawls, sweaters and gloves
  • Wooden artifacts like keychains, showpieces and furniture
  • Local tea and honey
  • Himalayan herbs and spices

Markets to Visit

  • Main Bazaar: This is the main market of Munsiyari where you can find all kinds of shops selling local handicrafts, clothes and other souvenirs.
  • Tribal Market: This market is held on Sundays where local tribes sell their handmade products like woolen clothes and wooden artifacts.
  • Kalamuni Top Market: This is a seasonal market that opens during summers where you can find fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables.

What to Avoid

  • Buying fake or low-quality products from street vendors
  • Visiting markets during peak tourist season as prices may be inflated
  • Buying wildlife products like fur or ivory as it is illegal
  • Overpaying for goods without bargaining

Munsiyari is a small and serene hill station nestled in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, India. Though it is known for its tranquil ambiance and breathtaking natural beauty, the nightlife in Munsiyari is equally enchanting. The town may not have sprawling nightclubs or bustling bars, but there are still plenty of activities to keep one engaged after sunset.

Here are three places with activities for spending the night in Munsiyari:

Stargazing : The clear skies of Munsiyari provide a perfect opportunity for stargazing. One can head to the Maheshwari Kund or Darkot Village to witness the mesmerizing sight of constellations and shooting stars.

Bonfire : Many hotels and resorts in Munsiyari organize bonfires at night. It is an excellent opportunity to sit around with friends, enjoy some music, and savor some delicious snacks.

Night Trekking : For adventure seekers, night trekking is an exciting activity. One can embark on a trek to Khaliya Top or Thamri Kund under the guidance of experienced guides.

Apart from these activities, one can also indulge in local cuisine at dhabas or cafes that stay open until late at night. However, it is essential to note that Munsiyari is a small town with limited options for nightlife. It is advisable to plan accordingly and ensure safety while exploring after dark.

In conclusion, while Munsiyari may not be a party destination, it has its unique charm when it comes to nightlife. Whether you want to stargaze or indulge in adventure sports, there's something for everyone after sundown in this beautiful hill station.

Outdoor Activities in Munsiyari

Munsiyari, located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, is a hidden gem for adventure enthusiasts. The place offers a wide range of outdoor activities that will leave you spellbound. From trekking to camping and river rafting, Munsiyari has it all.

Trekking is the most preferred activity among tourists. The town is surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush green valleys, making it an ideal location for trekking. You can choose from a variety of treks ranging from easy to difficult depending on your fitness level.

Camping is another popular activity in Munsiyari. The town has many campsites near the riverside where you can spend a night under the stars. Camping in Munsiyari is an experience in itself as you get to witness the breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

River Rafting is also gaining popularity among adventure enthusiasts. The Gori Ganga river that flows through Munsiyari offers some thrilling rapids that are perfect for rafting.

Apart from these activities, you can also indulge in other adventure sports like rock climbing, rappelling, and paragliding. In addition to these activities, Munsiyari also has several scenic spots like Khaliya Top and Maheshwari Kund that are worth exploring.

Overall, Munsiyari is a perfect destination for those who seek adventure in the lap of nature.

Festivals and events are an integral part of the cultural fabric of Munsiyari. These celebrations reflect the vibrant traditions and customs of the region and provide a glimpse into the local way of life. The festivals and events in Munsiyari are celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor, attracting tourists from all over the world. Here are some of the popular festivals and events in Munsiyari:

Makar Sankranti (January) : This festival is celebrated with great zeal in Munsiyari, marking the beginning of the New Year according to the Hindu calendar. People take a dip in the holy waters of Gori Ganga river to purify their souls.

Bikhauti Mela (March) : It is one of the most significant festivals celebrated in Munsiyari with much fanfare. It is a week-long celebration where locals dress up in colorful attire, dance to traditional music and participate in various cultural activities.

Nanda Devi Raj Jat Yatra (September) : This event is held once every twelve years, attracting thousands of devotees from across India. The yatra involves a pilgrimage to Nanda Devi Temple, situated at an altitude of 3,800 meters.

Kumaon Regimental Centre Raising Day (October) : This event marks the founding day of Kumaon Regimental Centre, which was established in 1974. The day is celebrated with military parades, cultural programs, and other activities.

Basant Panchami (February) : This festival marks the arrival of spring season and is celebrated by worshipping Goddess Saraswati – deity for knowledge, music and art – with much devotion.

These festivals offer an opportunity for travelers to witness firsthand the rich culture and heritage of Munsiyari while also enjoying various traditional cuisines on offer.

Tips for Travelers while travelling to Munsiyari

Pack Warm Clothes: Munsiyari is situated at an altitude of 2298 meters above sea level, which means it can get quite chilly even during the summer months. So, make sure you pack enough warm clothes to keep yourself comfortable throughout your trip.

Stay Hydrated: Due to its high altitude, Munsiyari has dry weather conditions that can lead to dehydration. Travelers are advised to carry a water bottle and keep drinking water at regular intervals to stay hydrated.

Carry Cash: While there are ATMs in Munsiyari, they tend to run out of cash quickly. It's best to carry enough cash with you for your entire trip as there may not be many opportunities to withdraw money.

Be Prepared for Trekking: Munsiyari is a popular destination for trekkers and hikers. If you plan on exploring the surrounding hills and valleys, make sure you pack comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for trekking. Additionally, it's always wise to carry a first aid kit in case of any injuries.

Respect Local Customs: Munsiyari is home to several indigenous communities with their own unique customs and traditions. As a traveler, it's important to respect these customs and avoid any behavior that may offend the locals. Try learning a few words of the local language as it can go a long way in establishing a positive relationship with the people.

What is Munsiyari?

Munsiyari is a small town located in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. It is situated at an elevation of 2,200 meters above sea level and is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas.

How do I reach Munsiyari?

The nearest airport to Munsiyari is the Pantnagar Airport, located 314 kilometers away. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam Railway Station, 279 kilometers away. From there, you can take a taxi or bus to reach Munsiyari.

What are some popular tourist attractions in Munsiyari?

Munsiyari is known for its breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks such as Nanda Devi, Panchachuli, and Rajrambha. Other popular attractions include Birthi Falls, Maheshwari Kund, Thamri Kund, and Khaliya Top.

What is the best time to visit Munsiyari?

The best time to visit Munsiyari is from March to June and September to November. During these months, the weather remains pleasant with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C.

What kind of accommodation options are available in Munsiyari?

There are various accommodation options available in Munsiyari ranging from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxurious resorts. You can choose from hotels like Milam Inn, Hotel Johar Hilltop Resort and Wayfarer Mountain Resort.

What kind of adventure activities can I enjoy in Munsiyari?

Munsiyari offers various adventure activities such as trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing and camping. You can also enjoy skiing during winters on Khaliya Top or explore glaciers on foot.

Is it safe to travel to Munsiyari?

Yes, it is safe to travel to Munsiyari. However, it's always advisable to take necessary precautions while travelling like carrying ample warm clothes during winters or wearing comfortable shoes while trekking or hiking.

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Munsiyari is a rustic and exquisite hill station surrounded by snow-capped peaks. It is situated at an altitude of 22oo meters(munsiyari height in feet 7,200 ft) above sea level. The drive to Munsiyari will give you a panoramic view of the natural landscape, dazzling mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls, and vivid mosaic of fauna and flora. It is an ideal place to restore, re-energize and rejuvenate; Its salubrious surroundings will fill you with complete peace and calm. Munsiyari is a fast-developing destination and has a lot to offer.

Munsiyari

Munsiyari is a delightful village located in the district of Uttarakhand state, nestled in the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas, This place offers a spectacular view of natural beauty. The literal translation of Munsiyari is a place with snow, and it is often referred to as “Little Kashmir”. Also called the ‘Gateway to Jauhar Valley’, Munsiyari is the starting point of Jauhar Valley which was the ancient trade route between Tibet and India.

This beautiful hill station is situated at an altitude of 2298 meters above sea level. The pretty little hill town is known for its panorama of the snow-capped Himalayan range and some adventurous trekking trails. Situated between the borders of India, Tibet, and Nepal, Munsiyari is the base of three glaciers named Namik, Milam, and Ralam glaciers.

The beautiful village is often seen romancing with splendid weather throughout the year and the stunning backdrop of Panchachuli (Five Peaks), Nanda Devi, and Nanda Kot.

Places To Visit in Munsiyari

Birthi Falls

Birthi Falls

Falling from a height of 126m, Birthi Falls offers an extremely refreshing experience. With lush green surroundings blooming in various colors, is a must-visit place, it makes for an ideal place to sit and enjoy tea and lunch. Situated at a distance of 34 km from Munsiyari, do visit this spectacular place.

Panchachuli Peak

Panchachuli Peak

A prominent peak that is visible from all the main points of Pithoragarh district, Panchchuli Peak looks majestic from this place. How captivating is the beauty of the five peaks lying in the Johar Valley; It adds charm to this already idyllic spot.

Nanda Devi Temple

Nanda Devi Temple

The Kumaoni culture almost always relates everything monumental in the city to Gods. There is a huge culture of deity worship, and the number of those deities can be dizzying. But all the mythology and stories make up for a believable and memorable story to take back with you.

The Nanda Devi temple is your iconic structure of typical Kumaoni architecture. It is dated back to 1000 years, and naturally, is well preserved. The Nanda Devi Fair, which started in the 16th century, continues here, and falls every August, much to the delight of all the lovers of lesser-known mythologies.

A 3km trek from Munsiyari will take you to one of the ancient and oldest temples established in earlier days. Nanda Devi temple, a pure epitome of creativity and architecture, is regularly visited by devotees in large numbers.

Betulidhar

Situated at a height of 9000ft, the Betulidhar area is covered with red Rhododendrons in full bloom. However, the most salient feature of this place is absolutely gorgeous sunset and sunrise with an entrancing view of the snow-covered Himalayas and Balati and Ralam Glaciers.

Maheshwari Kund

Maheshwari Kund

A beautiful place with a very fascinating legend attached to it, Maheshwari Kund is just a few kilometers’ walks from this place. Once cursed by a Yakshi who use to live in a small lake there, the place faced drought for several years. After the villagers apologized to the Yakshi for not letting him marry the sarpanch’s daughter and emptying the lake in the form of revenge, the ritual is practiced even today. However, today one will find a pond there offering nature in its absolutely raw form and an incredible view of Panchachuli Peak.

Activities To Do at Munsiyari

Bird watching:-.

Munsiyari is a destination for the bird watcher, approx 300 species of birds are found here.

Homestay Experience & Rural Tourism:-

This place has many homestays. In these homestays, the visitors can enjoy experiencing authentic local rural life & savor the taste of regional cuisine.

Photography:-

The place is laced with gorgeous natural attractions like splendid mountain vistas, stunning towering snow-clad peaks, dense mixed forest, and diverse Himalayan wildlife & birds. Photographers can try their hands to capture the clicks of all these stunning sights.

Munsiyari is a base camp for many short & long treks to famous snow hills & glaciers. It has many soft treks for the first-timer also.

“Did you know facts” about Munsiyari

Munsiyari rajma:-.

Munsiyari Rajma(Kidney Beans) Got the GI(Geographical Indications) tag in the year 2021. Munsiyari Rajma is a popularly grown high-cash crop in the North-Western Himalayan hills of India. Nearly 80% of women are engaged in the cultivation process of Rajma in the Munsyari and recognize as women farmers.

Thulma(Blanket) Got the GI(Geographical Indications) tag in the year 2021. A very thick woolen handmade blanket, woven with hand-spin woolen and cotton threads on traditional throw fly shuttles. Dharchula and Munsiyari are the main clusters of Thulma production.

Note:-  GI is a Geographical Indication used to identify commodities with unique qualities that originate in a certain geographical location.

Gateway to the Himalayan Treks

Famous for indescribable beauty, the town of Munsiyari is used as a base camp by mountaineers, glacier enthusiasts, high-altitude trekkers, and nature lovers as it provides the gateway to the Milam, Ralam, and Namik glaciers. The place is a delight for trekkers as it offers several moderate to high-altitude treks.

While you are at this place, be sure to take a short trek to the Nanda Devi Temple. It is situated at a distance of 3 km and offers the most beautiful view of the Panchachuli hills. Khaliya Top Trek, Thamari Kund, and Maheshwari Kund are among the other famous treks in Munsiyari.

Best Time To Visit Munsiyari

With splendid weather throughout the year, the  summer season  offers its visitors a good chance for crystal clear views of the peaks and plenty of trekking options. It welcomes you with a cool climate that will pull you away from the scorching heat. Adventurers can visit this spectacular place to find their piece of heaven, as Munsiyari is home to some of the most challenging trekking trails, river rafting, and hiking trails.

Winters  (November-mid March) is the time when the entire place is covered with a blanket of snow, making it an ideal destination for couples and honeymooners. Skiing and other snow sports can be enjoyed in this season.

When it comes to monsoons, heavy rains, and landslides can ruin your entire trip, and thus avoid traveling during this season.

How To Reach

By Road:- Munsiyari is connected to many major cities of Uttarakhand as well as neighboring states through a well-maintained network of roads. 

 Since the journey from Delhi to Munsiyari is quite long, it is advisable to break your journey at various stops and change buses at Almora or Pithoragarh at the end.

By Train:- Kathgodam (278 km) and Tanakpur (274 km) are the two best options of the nearest railway head to reach Munsiyari via rail. These stations are well connected to many major cities via a good rail network. Cabs and buses can be hired from outside the station till this place.

By Air:- Naini Saini Airport serves as the nearest airport to Munsiyari lying at a distance of 125 km. however, the flight is not that frequent from this airport.

Pantnagar Airport (370km from Munsiyari) is the other option. Connected with daily flights from Delhi, it is easy to commute from the airport to the village by taxis available outside the airport.

NOTE:-  In this article, we cover all the important details regarding Munsiyari, Uttarakhand like the best time to visit and Activities you can do in this place, Still If you have any other queries you can visit the gov  official website of Uttarakhand Tourism . And If you want to know the best places to visit in Uttarakhand then visit our website  uttarakhandeyes.com .

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    The temple is situated very near to Munsiyari at an altitude of about... 7. Darkot. 13. Historic Walking Areas. By RajeevDr. this village is 6km from Munsiyari . take a taxi as the road is completely a dirt track. please remember to contact... 8. Tribal Museum.

  15. Munsiyari

    Munsiyari is a picturesque hill station nestled in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. Situated at an elevation of around 7,200 feet (2,200 meters) above sea level, it's renowned for its stunning views of the Himalayan peaks, including the Panchachuli range. The name "Munsiyari" translates to "a place with snow," and it aptly describes the snowy vistas it offers.

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    Top Tourist Attractions to check out in Munsiyari Tourism. Munsiyari is a Precious gem embedded in the crown of Kumaon Hills.This place is often compared to Kashmir for its natural beauty.Munsiyari means 'a place with snow'. It is mainly known for a destination for nature lovers is also a place for adventurous people as who are seeking to do trekking on lesser-trodden paths, skiing and ...

  17. Treks From Munsiyari

    Khaliya Top trek is a popular trek in Munsiyari that is preferred for its short duration and ease of access. This 6-km trek commences from Balti Farm near Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The vantage of Khaliya Top offers an uninterrupted view of snow-clad Himalayan Mountains such as Panchachuli, Rajrambha, Hardeol, and Nanda ...

  18. Munsiyari Travel Guide

    Due to its high altitude, the weather of Munsiyari ranges from being pleasant to very cold. It snows here in the month of January and February and at such times, the temperature drops close to 0 degrees at night. Spring arrives towards the end of March and officially marks the beginning of tourist season in Munsiyari.

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    from $21/night. Hotel Milam Inn. 177. from $14/night. KMVN Tourist Rest House Munsiyari Hill Station. 88. Vijay Mount View Resort. 73. from $17/night.

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    Discover the hidden gem of Munsiyari, a quaint hill station tucked away in the lap of the Himalayas. Our blog takes you on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes, unique culture and adventure activities that make Munsiyari a must-visit destination. From trekking to skiing, wildlife spotting to exploring ancient temples, there's something for everyone in Munsiyari.

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    Munsiyari is a destination for the bird watcher, approx 300 species of birds are found here. Homestay Experience & Rural Tourism:-This place has many homestays. In these homestays, the visitors can enjoy experiencing authentic local rural life & savor the taste of regional cuisine. Photography:-

  22. How to plan a perfect trip to Munsiyari in Uttarakhand?

    Prominent attractions: Munsiyari is a small hill town, surrounded with ample natural beauty. There are several places for sightseeing if you are visiting for 2-3 days.

  23. Munsiyari Tourist Places

    In this video we covered the Munsiyari Tourist Places with Munsiyari Tour Guide.We stayed in Hotel Bala Paradise in Munsiyari. Ph: 06397200278We did trek to ...