Kharsali is a popular picnic spot with a number of Springs and Waterfalls.The Yaunotri shrine becomes inaccessible during winters due to heavy snowfall, therefore the Deity is brought here for worshipping every year on the occasion of Bhai Duj or Yam Dwitiya which are the two days after Diwali. The temple has unique ancient architecture which has withstood many natural calamities in the form of earthquakes.
Karsali houses the oldest Shiv Temple of India which is depicted in his Someshwar form. There is an idol of Lord Shiv with Nag Devta, Chaaya and Sangya. There are two urns kept here which are not to be touched by anyone as it is said it may cause unseen danger to self or family. Bonfire at night with camping is a great opportunity for adventure seekers.
It is believed that the Shiv Temple in Kahrsali was built by the Pandavas.
There is no motorable road to the Hamlet Kharsali and hence one has to trek a distance of 1 kilometres where there is Janki Chatti which is well connected by other places.