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Uttarakhand Just got a New Summer Capital

Uttarakhand Just got a New Summer Capital
Garsain in Chamoli will be Uttarakhand's new summer capital, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Gairsain is located in Chamoli district between the Kumaon and Garhwal regions

OT Staff
March 05 , 2020
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As Uttarakhand is all set to celebrate two decades of statehood, it also gave its hill people the gift of a new summer capital: Gairsain. The state carved out of Uttar Pradesh will now have two capitals, retaining Dehradun as the winter capital. The announcement was made by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat in the state assembly this week. 

The demand for this capital had been raging since the 1990s, when the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal asked the Congress party for Gairsain as the to-be state’s capital. And to fortify their decision—and pay homage to their idol—they established Vir Chandra Singh Garwali’s statue there. “I dedicate the decision to hundreds of people who were martyred for (the statehood) Uttarakhand,” the chief minister told News18.

Infrastructural facilities are being gradually put in place. The duration for the functionality (number of months each year) of the capital is yet to be decided. 

Once celebrated as the Kedar Kshetra in ancient literature, the town has been ruled by the Nagas, Khasas, Kiratas, Kunindas, and Tunganas. Today, the picturesque Gairsain is an emerging tourist destination, connecting the Garhwal and Kumaon regions. Gairsain’s allure comes not only from its scenic offerings, but also its strategic location near the hill districts. About 280 kilometres from Dehradun, the new capital is also the source of the Ramganga River, near the Dudhatoli Parvat (mountain). The name Gairsain was derived from the Garhwali words 'gair' or 'at some depth' and 'sain', meaning 'rolling plains'. It is situated at an altitude of 1,750 metres above sea level, and at the eastern edge of the vast Dudhatoli mountain range. It is close to popular toursim spots like Ranikhet, Kasauni and Dehradun.

Gairsain is around 16 kilometres from the Almora district border along National Highway 87. The nearest railway station to Gairsain is Ramnagar, around 150 kilometres away. The nearest airport, Gauchar Airport, is approximately 54 kilometres away.


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