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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Where to stay and eat, Tourist Offices at Pauri : Honeymoon Place - 3

Where to stay:

Pauri is hardly visited by pilgrim traffic and rarely has the GMVN Tourist Rest House (Tel.: 01368-222359; Tarrif: Rs. 175 – 400) been full – this is also your best option for stay. There are a few private establishments here, including Sun ‘n’ Snow (Tel.: 222242, Tarrif: Rs. 150-600) and Hotel Frontier (Tel.: 222270, 223234; Tariff: Rs. 200), both near the bus stand. Hotel Shivalik (Tel.: 222442, 223719; Tariff: Rs. 125, dorm Rs. 50) is a very cheap option on the Mall. It has its own restaurant, but offers only shared loos.

Where to eat:

At Pauri, there are quite a few choices. The Tourist Rest House runs a mess which offers passable fare. Avoid the places close to the bus stand and look for the joints favored by the locals. The best options are Madhuban and Relish on the Mall.

Around Pauri:

Srinagar (30 kms):

The former capital of Tehri Garhwal, Srinagar on the banks of the glorious Alaknanda River is an important junction, with roads from Rishikesh, Kotdwar and Badrinath all passing through. The town is also the seat of Garhwal University. There are many picturesque spots from which you can view the Alaknanda, or even set up a picnic by its banks. Do visit the Keshoral Math, Kamleshwar and Shankar Math temples here. GMVN runs a tourist guest house in Srinagar.

Khirsu (45 km):

Like a fairy tale crafted by the Brothers Grimm, just a short 19-km trek down the Kandoliya Hills from Pauri, is Khirsu, a tiny Garhwali jewel hidden in a pine forest. Descend past evergreen pines and elegant spruce covered with ferns and bright green moss, apple trees and mushrooms in the damp and dark undergrowth. Emerge all too soon in tiny Khirsu. In this tiny hamlet, the mountain experience is all yours – and yours alone.

A special treat if you make it the trek in spring is the fragrance of flowers filling the crisp mountain air. Only a handful of tourists visit Khirsu, so no Bisleri bottles or deformed Coke cans disfigure the forest paths. There is also a motorable and road from Pauri if you can’t be bothered to walk.

Stay at the GMVN Tourist Rest House (Tel.: 01368-228509; Tarrif: Rs. 350-600, dorm Rs. 120), which has clean, comfortable rooms. Simple meals are available, or you can drive up to Pauri for food.

Best time to visit:

March to June and again from September to November

Tourist Offices:

01. GMVN Tourist Rest House, Pauri, Tel.: 01368-222359

02. GMVN, 102, Indraprakash Building, 21, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, Tel.: 011-23350481; Website: gmvnl.com

03. Forest Rest House, Rooms 2, Tariff: Rs. 300-1500, Pauri Reservations Divisional Forest Officer, Tel.: 01368-222566, 222215

Route to Pauri from Delhi:

Rail:

Nearest railhead: Kotdwar (110 kms and 3 ½ hrs.) A taxi to Pauri costs about Rs. 1200 (Shared Rs. 70-80 per head)

Road:

A 2-lanes well-tarred mountain road gets you to Pauri from Kotdwar. Keep a close watch on the bends; some of them are really sharp. UP Roadways has an overnight service to Pauri from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate.

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