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Harsil is located in Uttarakhand
Location in Uttarakhand, India
Coordinates: 31°02′N 78°44′E / 31.033°N 78.733°E / 31.033; 78.733Coordinates: 31°02′N 78°44′E / 31.033°N 78.733°E / 31.033; 78.733
Country India
 • OfficialHindi
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationUK
Ganges below Gangotri, near Harshil

Harsil is a village and an army area on the banks of the Bhagirathi River, on the way to the Hindu pilgrimage, Gangotri, in Uttarkashi district of the Indian state of Uttarakhand ).[1]

Situated at a height of 7,860 ft (2,620 metres.) from sea level, Harshil lies 73 km. from Uttarkashi, and 30 km away from Harshil lies the Gangotri National Park, spread over 1,553 square km.


Delhi-Hardwar-Harshil Ridge (DHHR), the basement ridge is a northerly extension of the Aravalli Mountain Belt, which also trends in a NNE-SSW direction and stretches from Amba Mata-Deri (Gujarat-Rajasthan) to Delhi via Ajmer and Jaipur.[2]

Harshil valley

[1] The Horns of Harshil]


Over the years, a small number of Jadhs, an ethnic group of the Bhotiyas, have settled here, and speak a language closely resembling Tibetan.


The idol of the Hindu River Goddess Ganga (Ganges) is brought down from the shrine at Gangotri in the upper Himalayas after Diwali and kept at 'Mukhba' village near Harshil. It remains there throughout the winter when Gangotri is snowbound and inaccessible.

Army Area[edit]

It is an army area, not a permanent cantonment. It is a base camp of "The Garhwal Scouts" and "Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)". Despite being a small army area, it is very important because of its nearness to China Border.

Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory[edit]

A detachment of the Defence Agricultural Research Laboratory run by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), was established here in May 1973.


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