Munsiyari is a hill station in Uttarakhand, which is also called “Little Kashmir”. The awe-inspiring views of the Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Panchchuli, and Nanda Kot from Munsiyari are what make this, one of the Best Hill Stations in Uttarakhand. Munsiyari is close to both Tibet and Nepal. Munsiyari is the starting base for treks to Johar Valley, Namik, Milam, and Ralam Glaciers.
This hill station in Uttarkhand is beautiful both in summers and winters. During summer, Munsiyari is carpeted in rolling meadows, lush green valleys, and dense alpine forests. The icy cold waters of the Goriganga River flow down the valleys of Munsiyari. Winter in Munsiyari brings with it a carpet of soft snow, which turns Munsiyari into a white snow land. Rare Himalayan wildlife is seen in Munsiyari, such as musk deer, leopard, mountain bear, etc.
You can make a Munsiyari tour plan with Shrine Yatra. We have so many Uttarakhand tour packages which you can book if you want to visit Munsiyari. Here are some of the top Munsiyari sightseeing places that you should include when making a Munsiyari tour itinerary.
1. Munsiyari Tulip Garden & Eco Park
Munsiyari is the best place in India to see the gorgeous tulips in full bloom. Tulip Garden has over 25000 tulips in a dazzling array of colors. The Panchchuli peaks can be seen very clearly from Tulip Garden & Eco Park. There is the pure white Royal Virgin and the snowy white Hakuum tulip here. Other varieties include the cream-colored ‘Purissima’ tulip and the deep red ‘Queen of the Night’ tulip.
2. Birthi Falls
Tourists will have to trek a short distance to reach this spectacular Birthi Falls. This is one of the most wonderful waterfalls in Munsiyari. The Birthi Falls is 400 m high, and the cascading waters can be seen from a long distance. Birthi Falls is surrounded by green hills and serene valleys. The presence of butterflies in this area makes it even more exciting to visit Birthi Falls.
3. Panchchuli Peaks
Munsiyari offers fantastic views of Panchchuli peaks. Johar Valley is the best place in Munsiyari to see the Panchchuli peaks. These five peaks also look golden at the time of sunrise. At the time of moonrise, these five peaks look as if they were shining with soft white light, reflected from the moon. According to legend, the Pandavas cooked their last meal here at Panchchuli peaks before going to the heavens.
4. Lichen Park
Tourists can visit the most famous places in Munsiyari and Lichen Park is one of the most wonderful. Tourists can study lichens in this park and come to know how important they are to the Himalayan ecology and environment. The Lichen Park in Munsiyari is the first national park about Lichen in the whole of India. There are more than 150 different types of lichens that tourists can view in this park.
5. Balanti Potato Farm
Balanti Potato Farm is one of the best places to visit in Minsiyari Uttarakhand. Farm has apple orchards and high-quality potato is cultivated here on this farm. Tourists can view scenic mountain ranges of the Himalayas from Balanti Potato Farm.
6. Madkot Village
Madkot Village is a tiny hamlet in Munsiyari which is famous for its hot springs. These hot springs are said to have special healing properties. Madkot village is full of pine forests, gently sloping lush green valleys, and rich animal and birdlife. This is a very scenic place in Munsiyari, and a must-visit if you want to see all the sightseeing places in Munsiyari.
7. Darkot Village
A short trek from Munsiyari will bring you to this tiny village called Darkot. Darkot Village is famous for its Kumaon houses, which are traditional in the Kumaon region. The wooden doors carved with exquisite carvings, and traditional rustic style of architecture is a most fascinating thing to watch out for in Darkot Village. Tourists can shop for hand-woven Pashmina shawls and Angora shawls here in Darkot Village.
If you want to do skiing in Munsiyari, the best place to visit is Betulidhar. In summer and winter, Betulidhar looks wonderful and is full of scenic views. Betulidhar is a garden during the summer season, where you can see rhododendrons flowers carpeting the landscape. During winter, the landscape turns into snowy white, where you can ski on the snowy slopes. Betulidhar commands the most awesome views of the Himalayas, Balati, and Ralam Glaciers.
9. Maheshwari Kund
One of the best Munsiyari tourist places is Maheshwari Kund. This is a small lake that has an interesting mythological legend associated with it. It is believed that a Yaksha, a demi-god in Hindu mythology, fell in love with a sarpanch’s daughter. When the villagers came to know of it, they dried the kund. Yaksha came to know of it, he cursed the villagers that they will face drought for years. When the villagers apologized to the Yaksha, he set the lake free of the curse. Maheshwari Kund offers the most breathtaking views of Panchchuli peaks.
10. Khaliya Top
If you want to do trekking in Munsiyari, you can find such a beautiful meadow-like Khaliya Top. This place is also among the most beautiful Munsiyari sightseeing attractions. Khaliya Top is a high-altitude meadow that is surrounded by alpine forests. Khaliya Top offers magnificent views of Panchchuli peaks, Hardeol, Rajrambha, Nanda Kot peaks. Trekking to Khaliya Top will give you a chance to spot Himalayan wildlife like Himalayan Monal, Mountain Goat, yellow fronted marten, barking deer among others.
11. Nanda Devi Temple
Nanda Devi Temple in Munsiyari is an iconic temple dedicated to Goddess Nanda, an incarnation of Devi Parvati. The conical structure of the temple is very fascinating to watch. The Himalayan mountain ranges, covered in ice and snow, look very beautiful from Nanda Devi Temple. Tourists can reach Nanda Devi Temple on a short trek from Munsiyari. Nanda Devi Temple is estimated to be 1000 years old and is also one of the Famous Temples in Uttarakhand.
12. Kalamuni Temple
One of the most famous temples in Munsiyari is Kalamuni Temple. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali and is also one of the trekking places in Munsiyari. There are idols of Ganesha, Shiva Linga inside the temple. The views of the icy peaks of the Himalayas can be seen from Kalamuni Temple.
13. Thamri Kund
Thamri Kund is a natural lake in Munsiyari. It is a must-visit place and is surrounded by the most stunning natural beauty. There are alpine forests, which are home to many species of birds and animals. Thamri kund is one of the best places to go trekking in Munsiyari. The beautiful location of this lake, its surrounding natural beauty, and the trek to Thamri Kund, all make Thamri Kund the most scenic location in Munsiyari. If you are lucky you might spot a musk deer grazing on the soft grass.
14. Tribal Heritage Museum
In Munsiyari, Tribal Heritage Museum is an interesting place to visit. Here there are various photographs and documents about the Bhotiya tribe, their culture, and their lifestyle. This is a private museum in the residence of a retired school teacher.
15. Narayan Ashram
Narayan Ashram is a spiritual place in Munsiyari. This place is a great place to meditate in the serene calmness of nature. Narayan Ashram offers accommodation to tourists and also is an important stop for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra.
16. Kalimuni Top
Kalamuni Top is famous for its views of the Panchchuli mountain range. Kalamuni Top is one of the best tourist places in Munsiyari Uttarakhand. It comes on the way to Birthi Falls and is 15 km from Munsiyari. Kalamuni Top has a famous Kali temple and is surrounded by a dense pine forest.