Kalsi excursions include visiting the near-by places that are famous throughout the state of Uttarakhand. Some of the important excursions around Kalsi can be discovered on foot or through short drives.
One can easily take a walking trail through the quaint and peaceful road that runs along the ashram road past the boundary walls of Kalsi all the way upto Katta Patthar Village. This is the place where the Yamuna River first comes out of the mountains. The Katta Patthar village gets its name from the now extinct iron mines.
While walking down the road, one can see the magnificent view of the Chakrata Down below, there are patchwork of cultivated fields, which touch the bank of the Yamuna River. The water of the Yamuna is pure and crystal clear though during the monsoons it can turn to be muddy brown. Around the river banks are small little beaches where one can have picnics with their friends and family members.
A visitor taking a walk can either go through the wooden bridge located around the banks or go hunting for beautiful pebbles along the banks, past the water mill. One can take a vehicle and go all the way to Mussoorie and Chakrata as well. But, it is advisable to go armed with cameras as the view can really be breathtaking to say the least.
Drives and Picnics
One can drive around the beautiful places in Kalsi or have a nice, quiet picnic as well. There is an iron bridge located over the Tons River; once this is crossed, then the visitor will be in the Himachalís Simour district. The road, after crossing the bridge over Tons river leads to Koti where there is a beautiful waterfall and a very nice guest house for overnight stay. The place where the Tons and the Yamuna River merge presents a breathtaking view.
The wonderful drive from Asan Barrage towards Dak Patthar and further uphill offers an enchanting view and a wonderful environment, surrounded with green, lush pine forests. One can stop at Paonta Sahib and pay a visit to the Gurudwaras. While returning, a visitor can take the road via the serene Timli Pass.
Timli Pass is the place through which British soldiers once moved and assisted Major General Ochterlony, when he was retaliating against the Gurkha General Amar Singh Thapa. Situated just about 45 minutes away from the Timili Pass is the Queen of Hills herself, Mussoorie.
Another great option is to cross the iron bridge that is located over the Yamnua River, and go to Haripur and the Kalsi Bazaar, where a rocky path leads downwards towards the Ashokan Rock Edict. The Ashokan Rock is a 2,200 year old rock edict of Emperor Ashoka which was discovered by an Englishman named Forrester back in the year 1860. At first, when the rock was discovered, it was filled with grime, but after the dirt and grime was cleared, the surface of the rock was found to be as white as a marble.