Summer capital of Uttarakhand
Bhararisain is located in Uttarakhand
Location in Uttarakhand, India
Bhararisain is located in India
Bhararisain (India)
Coordinates: 30°05′53″N 79°15′55″E / 30.0981215°N 79.2651987°E / 30.0981215; 79.2651987
Country India
2,390 m (7,840 ft)
 • OfficialHindi and Sanskrit
 • RegionalGarhwali
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code01363
Vehicle registrationUK-11
Lok Sabha constituencyGarhwal
Vidhan Sabha constituencyKarnaprayag

Bhararisain is the summer capital of the Indian state of Uttarakhand.[1] It is located in Chamoli district's Gairsain tehsil, around 14 km from the town of Gairsain.[2]


On Uttarakhand's statehood, some activists considered Gairsain an ideal location for the capital of the new state.[3] But Dehradun became the temporary capital. V. N. Dixit commission, set up to decide the location of a permanent capital, rejected Gairsain as too prone to earthquakes.[1] In 2012, due to local demands, then Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Vijay Bahuguna held cabinet meetings in Gairsain and started construction of an assembly building in Bhararisain.[2]

Vidhan Sabha complex

Covering 47 acres (19 ha), the assembly building is estimated to have cost ₹150 crores. In the summer, officials travel from Dehradun along with documents to Bhararisain for the assembly session. Complex is kept closed during the snowy winters.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Gairsain Declared as the New Summer Capital of Uttarakhand". TheQuint. IANS. 8 June 2020. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Explained: Why Uttarakhand will have a second capital in Gairsain". The Indian Express. 9 June 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Areas between Gairsain, Bhararisain to be developed as smart". Business Standard India. PTI. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2021.