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“Basic hotel with a great view” 3 of 5 stars
Review of GMVN Khirsu

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Khirsu, Pauri, India   |  
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Ranked #3 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Pauri
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“Basic hotel with a great view”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

GMVN in Khirsu is the only hotel of stay as of now though I saw couple more coming up. The hotel is very basic as you would expect in a GMVN hotel. There are two types of rooms. Few rooms at the main building and few are in the cottages. Irrespective of where you stay the grand Himalayan snow picks will be in front of your eyes the moment you open you door that is to say if the weather is in your favour.

Considering the advantageous location it has, the upkeep of the hotel is poor. There is a remnant of an amphitheater; the lawns are undulating, the stairs are broken, some of the cottage floors have sagged and there is permanent water logging in some of the cottages toilets. But the negatives are balanced by the ever smiling and helpful staffs of the hotel many of whom are actually on daily wages.

The food will remind you of home made food. There is water crisis in Khirsu and water supply is very irregular. So it is recommended to carry few crates of water bottels along with you. There is a small village market just outside and a bigger one 2.5 kms away where you can expect to get everything of daily needs.

But if you can ignore all the discomforts then you will have a very scenic and relaxing vacation in the lap of Rhododrendon and Deodar trees with lot of known and unknown birds and the majestic Himalaya. Do not miss the nature park just outside the hotel. In a long time I have not seen such a clean and well maintained nature park surrounded by jungle and hills on all the sides.

If you are taking cottages then remember to check the views from the rooms as some of the cottages on the left side has no direct view. Also make sure you check the gap between floor and the main door and the toilets for water logging. I think you will not have any such problem in the rooms. Generally they offer to show you the room before allocating so accept the offer.

So fellow travelers, do not give Khirsu a miss if you are looking for a few days of absolute peace.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

GMVN tourist lodge is a classic example of a Governmental effort with a social objective but totally losing sight of the potential profitablity of the property. As a result, the GMVN employs people but the upkeep and maintenance are tardy. Despite a monopoly in the market, the prices of accommodation are relatively cheap and as if as a corollary, services are slow and bureaucratic.The food and room services are just about the common minimum requirements. The location is golden but the potential is not realized in full. May be an implementation of a PPP (Public Private Partnership) business model could lead to a better deal for customers who would like to pay for a real pleasure for travel and unwinding.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Khirsu is a fantastic place to spend 2-3 days relaxing in the lap of nature. It provides a great view of the snow clad himalayas, (specially chaukhamba and Mt kedarnath). The serene mountain village is full of forested walks and rich birdlife.


Now coming back to GMVN - the location is awesome, they have the best view in Khirsu.

The main building rooms are damp, avoid them. Go for the delux huts, which are spacious, clean.

There is water scarcity in Khirsu. You will get water (hot or cold) only between 6-9 am and from 6-8 p.m. So plan your arrival based on that.

The staffs are helpful. They inform you immediately whenever they start the water supply, or they have the food ready. That too in person.
The food is tasty. I mainly stick to dal, veg dish and omlette. The baigan bharta and sukha alu gobi is really good.

All in all a nice place with warm hospitality if you can ignore its limitations.

Room Tip: Select the Delux Huts, all of them have great views
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We spent a couple of days in Khirsu in Oct 2012.No doubt about this place being beautiful,charming and an ideal place for unwinding yourself by gazing at the vast himalayan range but sorry to say GMVN Khirsu is not at all up to the mark. The rooms are fine (with no wardrobes),cottages looked good (we were discouraged to stay in cottages since two cottages use one single water tank). As a whole Khirsu has problem in running water which is understandable but the GMVN service is just pathetic.Neither do the staff respond to your basic needs (read drinking water,hot water) nor they are polite.If you just ignore these,still you are trapped since the food they prepare is just horrible.No non-veg.We were told that we need to order atleast 3-4 plates of chicken only then they can serve you !!Eggs are available.No variety of food,only rice,dal and alu is all you'l get.Evening snacks is just alu pakora.But if you are a real nature enthusiast then dont miss Khirsu.Also let me inform there is a forest rest house in Khirsu which is very well kept.Also the small market in Khirsu offers quite good food (atleast you'l get to eat local vegetables and chicken).A nature park offers brilliant views of himalaya and also offer tents for camping.Next time I visit I would surely give GMVN a miss.

Room Tip: The deluxe rooms on the second floor are the best you can have in GMVN,prices at 1500,other rooms ha...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

A fantastic heavenly stay in the remote Himalayan village, Khirsu. Those who wish to spend some time in the midst of nature, this may be a perfect place for them. Only GMVN guest house is available here in this village. The rooms are fantastic. Cottages are also available, you will get mind-blowing view from the cottages. Fresh oxygen, nice environment and uninterrupted view of many peaks of Himalaya. The food quality is too good and surprisingly cheap. Non-vegetarian food also available. Very much neat and clean. No ice-cream parlour, no shopping mall, no continental restaurant and bar, only nature, chirping birds, lovely sunrise and sunset, pure drinking water, rain, cloud, rainbow, plenty of oxygen, pleasant temperature during summer, pine trees, gorgeous Himalayan view and very simple people around. Take a taxi from Kotdwar to reach this place. During winter you may experience snow-fall and ice also. Too good. I will spend here some days every year.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Khirsu, Pauri, India
Location: India > Uttarakhand > Pauri
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Ranked #3 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Pauri

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