Kalsi is a beautiful tourist destination perched at an altitude of 780 m above sea level in Dehradun District of Uttarakhand. This place, which serves as the gateway to Jaunsar-Bawar tribal region is situated at the meeting point of the rivers, Yamuna and Tons. This place is famous for various ancient monuments, adventure sports and picnic sites. Ashokan Rock Edict, an important monument in the history of Indian epigraphy is one of the popular tourist attractions of Kalsi. This is a rock onto which the fourteenth edict of the Mauryan King, Ashoka was engraved in 253 BC.Approximately 5 kms from Dakpathar, is an Ashoka Pillar Rock Edict, built in 450 B.C., which represents the post-warfare era when king Ashoka converted himself to the Buddhist faith.
The edicts ever aimed at the moral elevation of his people. One such edict at Kalsi is made of quartz which is 10ft long and 8ft broad. ‘Gajottam’ meaning ‘the most excellent elephant’ is inscribed on the right side of the rock and is engraved in Brahmi script in the eatern dialect of Magadhi, the then official language. The National Archaeological Department has taken the responsibility of preserving the edict having a high historical significance. The scenic beauty around Kalsi is picturesque. From the Yamuna upto Kalsi the land on the western bank of the river is formed in tow successive ledges, each about 30 metres high. Near the foot of the upper ledge is the Kalso stone containing one of Ashoka's Edicts.
The edict is a compilation of the king’s reforms and advice, in Prakrit language and Brahmi Script. The height and width of the structure is 10 ft and 8 ft respectively.The ashoka proclamation in kalsi inscribed the human approach post war when ashoka accepted buddhism. The edicts of ashoka depict the policies for the pledge of non-violence and control of war.The ashoka was built in 450 bc where a quartz stone of 10 ft in length and 8ft in breadth was used in the script. Presently, the edict is preserved under the archaeological department of india. Kalsi is being betrothed with lush and pristine valley that is intersected by the yamuna and its greatest tributary