Gairsain, situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand was declared as the summer capital of Uttarakhand after the governor Baby Rani Maurya had given her assent on June 8, 2020. With this the charming mountain state now has two capitals; Gairsian for the summer season and Dehradun for the winter. Besides Uttarakhand; Jammu & Kashmir, Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh have two capitals each. With the declaration of Gairsain as the summer capital of Uttarakhand, the hill state became a part of this two capitals club . There had always been a demand for considering Gairsain as the capital of the state when Uttarakhand was formed from Uttar Pradesh on November 9, 2000. But Dehradun was declared as a temporary capital for being situated in the plain region. Where is Gairsain? Gairsain is a very charming town located almost at the centre of the state connecting the two regions, Kumaon and Garhwal. It acts as a bridge between the two regions and therefore is the first choice of many to consider it as a permanent capital of Uttarakhand. The town is located approx 270 kms from Dehradun. Gairsain was envisaged as the state’s capital even during the agitation. Later the Dixit commission formed by the state government to search for the perfect capital location, noted Dehradun as its interim capital in its report. They considered Dehradun to be more suitable as the permanent capital citing factors like distance from the national capital, Delhi, being in a plain area and to be less prone to natural calamities. Some interesting facts you need to know about Gairsain, the summer capital of Uttarakhand: The demand for Gairsain to be declared as the capital is not a new agenda. Many state activists were demanding this from 2000, the same year in which the state was formed. But why? The main reason for this demand is its geographical importance. Gairsain is located almost in between the two regions of the state; the garhwal and the Kumaon region. It is located almost at the center of the state acting as a bridge between the two regions; the Garhwal and Kumaon region. This mountain town is located at an altitude of 1750 metres above the sea level. The name Gairsain consists of two words in Garhwali; Gair & Sain. Gair means at some depth and Sain means rolling plains. The summer capital lies on the edge of Dudhatoli mountain ranges. Gairsain was celebrated as the Kedar Kshetra in ancient literature. It is the source of the Ramganga river. Garsain & Dehradun: The two capitals (A traveller’s perspective) Uttarakhand has always been loved by backpackers from all across the globe and more specifically by the adventure enthusiasts who love to explore the off beats. Dehradun is the first choice as a base station for anyone travelling for exploring. This capital city has everything that any Indian state capital has. However, the connectivity to other regions is quite good from Dehradun, mainly the garhwal region. You can easily commute between the three most famous locations in the Garhwal region namely Dehradun, Mussoorie and Rishikesh. Also read: Landour Mussoorie: The peanut butter capital of India. However, Before being announced as Uttarakhand capital; Garsain was not known to many. After being introduced as the summer capital of Uttarakhand, this mountain town is now getting attention from the travellers too. Hopefully this decision will result in further development works in the region. If you want to explore Uttarakhand, you can go through this itinerary that I followed during my solo trip to Uttarakhand last year. Trip to Uttarakhand: Best itinerary to plan 7 days for your Uttarakhand trip Also read: What is winter line? Why is the winter line phenomenon visible only from Mussoorie & Switzerland?