Munsiyari is a hill locked town in the state of Uttarakhand, falling under the tehsil of the Pithoragarh District. The town rests at the foothills of the great cascading Himalayan mountain range, at the ingress of the Johar Valley, andlying along the flow path of river Goriganga and extending to the Milam Glacier (source of river Goriganga). It is also considered that the great Himalayan town once formed the part of ancient salt route making the entry through the Tibet.
Tourist Attaractions :
Munsiyari is located at an altitude of around 2,200 m (7,200 fts.) above sea level, and has popularly been adulated as the "place with snow", amongst the laity and the tourist. The amazing and celestial town is rapidly transforming itself as hot tourist destination of North India. For the mountain and glacier trekkers, Munsiyari is just the place they would have never dreamt in their faintest of dreams. The town also attracts nature trailers from different parts of India as well as abroad. Munsiyari is considered is the source of trekking point to Khalia Top.
The small and amazing town is more liked and preferred by the tourists from India and across the globe primarily because of its beautiful scenic surroundings, pristine alpine forests. Enjoying the picturesque view of snow riding swiftly down the mountains in a completely heart rending climate and weatheris what attracts the tourists more than anything else.
The popular festivals celebrated in Munsiyari are Jauljibi, Phool De, Olgia and Khatarua. All these festivals mark the onset of new season and hold special place in the hearts of laity around.
Best Time to Visit Munsiyari :
It is pleasant in the months of March to June and mid-September to October and November are considered ideal for visiting Munsiyari. During these months, it is great to set the feet on trekking in the nearby mountain ranges. November is time when the winters are knocking the door around. In December and January, the temperatures dip quite drastically and there is heavy snow fall too. It is the time to carnival in tranquility by sitting before the fireplace and enjoying your stay.
How to Reach :
The tourists can reach Munsiyari via road from Delhi following NH 24. The hill town is around 650 kms. from Delhi and approximately 260 kms. from Kathgodam Railway station. Munsiyari is approximately 290 kms. from Nainital.