The bird Himalayan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus) is the state bird of the state in Uttarakhand. Mostly elusive during the summer months, the probability of spotting this beautiful bird is much higher during the winter months. However, the winter months render most of the higher areas inaccessible. Here comes the Harsil Valley Monal Trail.
The Harsil Valley is easily accessible by road from Dehradun / Rishikesh. The monal trail starts from the village Purali in Harsil Valley. It is a 3km easy hike from Purali. The trail also has beautiful camp sites and one can also choose to camp here.
The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. The nearest railway station is Dehradun railway station. Harsil Valley is 220km from Dehradun and 240km from Rishikesh.
It takes around 7-8 hours to reach Harsil Valley from Dehradun / Rishikesh.