Activities in Gairsain
Nature Walks: Gairsain is known for its lush greenery and undulating verdant hills that surround this quiet town situated at the heart of Uttarakhand. Number of nature trails in and around Gairsain could be explored with family and friends.
Village Tourism: One can explore the rustic life of village folks and learn about their way of life, customs and cultures that could be quite an experience. The fairs and festivals tell a lot about the beliefs system of the people in hilly regions.
Staying in Gairsain
Finding an accommodation at Gairsain is quite difficult as the town is not a popular destination among the tourists. There are very few guesthouses available,that too, with limited amenities. The government plans to develop Gairsain as atourist place in future. For the time being, Gairsain offer little in terms of accommodation. Another option is to find accommodation at Chaukhutia which is30 kms from Gairsain.
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Gairsain Food Guide
Gairsain does not have fancy restaurants that serve variety of cuisines. Being a small town, only a handful of roadside dhabas and eateries are setup in Gairsain that serve North Indian cuisine and popular Chinese dishes. Apart from that, one may find local restaurants serving authentic Kumaoni dishes like Chainsoo, Gehat Dal, Sisunak Saag etc.
History of Gairsain
According to the ancient Hindu scriptures of Purana, Brahmapura has been mentioned as the powerful central Himalayan kingdom of Kedarkhand region (present Garhwal region), having Gairsain as its capital. Another historical source states that the Chinese traveller, Hiuen-Tsang visited Gairsain, the capital of Brahmapura Kingdom during the 7th century and citing the location of the Brahmapura Kingdom which was dominated by the female rulers.
In 2000, when Uttarakhand, a separate state was carved out of Uttar Pradesh, Gairsain was proposed as the temporary capital but due to the lack of facilities in the region, Dehradun was made the interim capital. However, it is speculated that Gairsain will be the future capital of Uttarakhand.