Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, A Haven for Nature Lovers

The world belongs to humans as much as it does to wildlife, birds, plants, and other living beings. However, due to our modern lifestyles, humans often neglect or fail to pay attention to conserving nature and ecosystems. This is why humans have realized the need to create reserve forests to protect these natural resources. And one such place, built on this concept, is located in the heart of Kumaon, Almora.  Less than an hour’s drive from Almora district headquarters lies the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

How to reach Binsar:

Bus: The nearest major bus station to reach Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is in Almora (25 km away). Regular buses are available from Kathgodam (110 km away) and Haldwani (144 km away) to Almora. Taxis or bike taxis can be hired from Almora to Binsar Sanctuary.

Train: The nearest railway station is Kathgodam (110 km away). Taxis or buses are available from Kathgodam to Almora.

Airplane: The nearest airport is Pantnagar (144 km away). Taxis or buses are available from Pantnagar to Almora.

Binsar Trip: Although the road from Haldwani to Almora via Binsar is scenic, the natural beauty becomes even more enjoyable after Almora towards Binsar.

About 17 km from Almora: The entrance to Binsar Sanctuary at Ayarpani, located on the Almora – Takula – Bageshwar Road.

Entry: Permission can be obtained at the Forest Department barrier at Ayarpani Binsar Gate from 7 am to 5 pm. The entry fee for vehicles and individuals can be seen in the picture.

Entry fee Binsar

Entry fee Binsar

Year of Establishment: This wildlife sanctuary was established in 1988 with the aim of conserving the shrinking forest of broad-leaved oak trees. Along with this, Binsar is home to many rare trees, medicines, bio-birds and wildlife.

Inside Binsar Sanctuary: Initially, pine trees are seen while entering the Binsar Sanctuary gate. The cool, soft and fresh air fills you with enthusiasm as you enter the sanctuary. As you move along this path, they are replaced by dense broad-leaved trees.

Binsar Map: This map can be used to understand how Binsar Sanctuary is spread out and where what is.

binsar map

Binsar map

Binsar Sanctuary Road: This narrow road passing through the wildlife is rough due to the forest area. Driving on this road, which is full of turns and sometimes very bumpy, also requires some skill.

Road in Monsoon: During the monsoon, vehicles may have difficulty moving on this road due to slippery soil and potholes. Keep this in mind.

Bird Watching: Different trails of different distances are set up inside Binsar Sanctuary for bird watching. Visitors can get an opportunity to see birds closely while walking peacefully. There are also boards marking such different trails.

Birds in Binsar

Birds in Binsar

Trekking: Trekking enthusiasts forget everything while wandering in the dense forest area of Binsar. And in this peace, the melodious music of trees and birds takes them to another world.

Accommodation: There are only 5 or 6 resorts in Binsar Sanctuary. New constructions are not allowed here as these are reserve resorts. The location of these resorts, including the KMVN guest house, can be seen in the map. Apart from this, there are also some villages inside Binsar First, where you can reach by walking, there are some home stays there too.

Resorts/Homestays:

More information about some resorts/homestays to stay in Binsar, click the link here popcorntrip.com/binsar

Places to stay outside Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary:

There are many good resorts and guest houses in Kasardevi and Paparseli. Most tourists stay here and visit Binsar.

Important things related to Binsar Sanctuary:

  • More than 62 km of trekking route has been made in this wildlife sanctuary, where you can come and roam around anytime throughout the year.

Note: If you are planning trekking, then go only with a person or guide familiar with this forest. Forests are more mysterious than we guess. You may find many poisonous plants or may encounter predatory animals who do not like the presence of any other in their area, animals who do not see any difference between peeling meat and peeling oranges.

  • Binsar is spread over an area of about 45 square km in the Central Himalayan region, with an altitude ranging from 1500 to 2500 meters above sea level From the 11th to the 18th century, Binsar was the summer capital of the Katyuri and then the Chand kings. The serene and picturesque location makes Binsar one of the most beautiful places in Kumaon, Uttarakhand.

  • Must-Visit Points/Activities in Binsar Sanctuary:

    • Bineshwar Mahadev Temple: Located about 8 km from the Binsar Sanctuary Gate, the Bineshwar Mahadev Temple is situated in the center of this sanctuary and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The name of this place comes from the name of this temple itself, Bineshwar, which the Britishers could not pronounce and the name of this place was read Binsar.Bineshwar is an ancient temple, established during the time of the Chand and Katyuri kings. This temple is situated at the edge of an open green field. Coming here, one experiences immense joy and peace. The locals have deep faith in this temple.

      Bineshwar Mahadev Temple Almora

      Bineshwar Mahadev Temple Almora

    • After spending time at Bineshwar Temple, you might also want to visit Binsar’s highest point, Jhandi Dhar, also known as Zero Point. From here, you can also see the vast ranges of the Himalayas, if there’s no mist in the hills. Winters are generally the best time to see them.
    • Trekking: You can also trek from Bineshwar Mahadev Temple to Zero Point if you’re interested in trekking. However, if you haven’t been before, it’s advisable to go with a guide, as this forest is also home to many carnivorous animals who don’t like unnecessary interference in their territory. Guides have knowledge of wildlife locations and their behavior.

    • Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam (KMVN) Rest House: Continuing on our journey by vehicle, we travelled on a road lined with various species of trees including rhododendron, oak, and others. About 3-4 km from Bineshwar Temple is the Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Rest House.

      Here, we met Bhoj ji, who informed us that he is a registered nature guide with the Forest Department of this sanctuary. You can hire guides to explore Zero Point and various forest trails.

    • PWD Rest House: A little further from this KMVN guest house is the PWD rest house, which was once the residence of Henry Ramsay, the Kumaon Commissioner during the British era. Swami Vivekananda also stayed here. Apart from him, many other famous Indians have stayed in this bungalow.

    • Biodiversity: This sanctuary is home to over 150 species of birds along with animals like leopards, barking deer, goral, and spotted deer. Additionally, there are many varieties of oak, rhododendron, deodar, pine trees, and several medicinal herbs found here.

    • Experiencing Rural Uttarakhand: Along with witnessing biodiversity, those who want to experience rural life in Uttarakhand get everything here at once. Since human intervention is minimal due to it being a protected forest area, many valuable medicinal plants get the opportunity to flourish freely here. This is what makes this place special.

    • Walking Trails: Binsar Sanctuary can also be reached by trekking from nearby villages bordering the Binsar wildlife area – Jageshwar, Dhaulchhina, Baasoली (Baasolly) etc.

    What Season is Best for What?

    • Summers: May-June is when most tourists visit Binsar in the summer. This is the time when ripe Kafal, a small and delicious fruit found in the hills, are available. The entire jungle is filled with Kafal trees.In summers, dry leaves like pine needles falling from pine trees can sometimes pose a threat to wildlife in the forest.

    • Monsoon: July to September is the rainy season. During this time, the paths can be a little slippery and damaged, and the greenery is at its peak. Be careful while walking during this season.

    • Autumn: The cold starts increasing from October onwards, which lasts till February and sometimes March. This is the best time to see clear views of the Himalayas.

      Buransh Flower

      Buransh Flower

    • Winter: It snows several times between December and February. The night time temperature can also drop below freezing.

    • Spring: In March-April, you can witness the beautiful flowers of rhododendron along with various other flower species blooming here. The scattered Rhododendron flowers on the ground look like a red carpet laid out by nature. This is also a good time for butterfly watching and bird watching.

    Overall, Binsar offers a unique blend of natural beauty, historical significance, and diverse wildlife. Whether you’re interested in trekking through dense forests, admiring breathtaking Himalayan views, or simply experiencing the tranquility of a remote mountain sanctuary, Binsar has something for everyone.

    So pack your bag, lace up your hiking boots, and get ready to discover the magic of Binsar! Here are some additional tips for your trip:

    • What to pack: Pack comfortable clothes and shoes suitable for hiking and walking on uneven terrain. Don’t forget warm layers for the evenings, even in summer, as temperatures can drop significantly. If you’re visiting during the monsoon, pack rain gear. Sunscreen, a hat, insect repellent, and a camera are also essentials.

    • Things to do besides trekking: If you’re not a big trekker, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy Binsar. Relax at your resort and take in the stunning views. Go for bird watching walks with a guide. Visit the Bineshwar Mahadev Temple and learn about its history. You can also explore nearby villages like Jageshwar, known for its ancient temples.

    • Responsible tourism: Remember, Binsar is a fragile ecosystem. Be a responsible tourist by following park rules, staying on designated trails, and minimizing your impact on the environment. Pack out all your trash and avoid disturbing wildlife.

    • Booking your stay: It’s best to book your accommodation in advance, especially during peak season (summer and autumn). Consider staying at the KMVN or PWD guest house for a historical experience, or choose one of the private resorts for a more luxurious stay.

    With a little planning and these tips in mind, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience at Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy your trip!

Top 10 Cool Escapes in Uttarakhand this Summer

Uttarakhand, nestled in the north of India, is a dream come true for travelers. From scenic hill stations to breathtaking landscapes and spiritual sites, it has something for everyone. And what better time to explore this wonderland than during the hot summer months, when Uttarakhand transforms into a cool and refreshing escape?

Here’s a deeper dive into the top 10 summer destinations in Uttarakhand, each offering a unique experience:

Nainital: Imagine a charming town cradled around a beautiful emerald lake. Nainital is exactly that! Take a leisurely paddle boat ride on Naini Lake, enjoying the cool mountain air. Ascend to Snow View Point by cable car for panoramic vistas of the Himalayas. Explore the vibrant local markets overflowing with souvenirs, traditional garments, and local delicacies.

Mussoorie: Often called the “Queen of Hills,” Mussoorie boasts breathtaking Himalayan views that will leave you speechless. Visit Kempty Falls, a cascading waterfall surrounded by lush greenery, perfect for a refreshing dip on a hot day. Stroll along the Mall Road, a bustling hub lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants, soaking in the lively atmosphere. Take a romantic cable car ride to Gun Hill for stunning 360-degree panoramas of the valleys below.

Rishikesh: This spiritual town on the banks of the holy Ganges is a haven for yoga and meditation enthusiasts. Rishikesh exudes an air of serenity, perfect for those seeking inner peace. Feeling adventurous? Take your adrenaline up a notch with white-water rafting on the Ganges, or try bungee jumping for a heart-pounding experience. Hike through the scenic Himalayan foothills surrounding Rishikesh for stunning views and a chance to commune with nature.

Haridwar: Another holy town, Haridwar is a must-visit for those seeking spiritual experiences. Witness the magical Ganga Aarti (river worship ceremony) performed every evening at Har Ki Pauri, a mesmerizing spectacle with flickering lamps illuminating the Ganges. Take a dip in the holy Ganges, believed to wash away sins, and experience a sense of spiritual renewal. Visit the Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi temples, perched on top of hills, offering stunning views and blessings for devotees.

Dehradun: The capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun offers a welcome respite from the summer heat with its pleasant climate nestled in the Doon Valley. Explore Robber’s Cave, a natural limestone cave formation said to have been a hideout for robbers in the olden days. Visit Sahastradhara, a scenic waterfall surrounded by lush greenery, perfect for a picnic or a refreshing dip. Immerse yourself in Tibetan Buddhist culture at the Mindrolling Monastery, one of the largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in India, known for its intricate architecture and peaceful atmosphere.

Auli: Calling all adventure lovers! Auli is a popular skiing destination during winters, but its cool summer months are equally inviting. Nestled amidst stunning Himalayan slopes, Auli transforms into a verdant paradise in summer. Take a thrilling cable car ride from Joshimath to reach Auli and explore its meadows bursting with wildflowers. Enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities like trekking, nature walks, and mountain biking in the fresh mountain air.

Almora: This serene hill station nestled amidst the Kumaon Hills is a paradise for nature lovers and art enthusiasts. Explore ancient temples like the Nanda Devi Temple and the Chitai Golu Temple, significant Hindu pilgrimage sites. Trek through serene pine forests offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas and a chance to spot local birds. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Almora by shopping for beautiful handloom fabrics, handcrafted souvenirs, and traditional artwork.

Lansdowne: Craving peace and quiet? Lansdowne is a hidden gem, untouched by the crowds, offering a tranquil escape. Surrounded by a blanket of oak and pine forests, Lansdowne is ideal for nature walks and bird watching. Hike up to Tip N Top, the highest point in Lansdowne, for breathtaking panoramic views. Explore Bhulla Lake, a scenic spot perfect for boating or a leisurely stroll. Visit St. Mary’s Church, a beautiful heritage church built in the Gothic style.

Pithoragarh: Nicknamed the “Little Kashmir” of Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh offers stunning scenery reminiscent of Kashmir. Explore the majestic Pithoragarh Fort, a historical monument that served as an administrative center during British rule. Visit the Askot Sanctuary, a wildlife reserve known for its diverse flora and fauna, including rare birds and animals like musk deer. Hike up Chandak Hill for breathtaking, unobstructed views of the majestic Himalayas.

Ranikhet: Tranquil Ranikhet is a paradise for those seeking serenity and breathtaking natural beauty. Lush greenery carpets the hills, offering a feast for the eyes. Explore Chaubatia Gardens, sprawling with fruit orchards like apricots, peaches, and plums. Visit the Jhula Devi Temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to the goddess Durga, known for its intricate carvings and peaceful atmosphere. Take a serene boat ride on the Rani Lake, surrounded by picturesque hills, for a truly calming experience.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head to Uttarakhand this summer! With its diverse destinations catering to all interests, Uttarakhand promises an unforgettable escape. Whether you seek adventure, spiritual experiences, cultural immersion, or simply want to relax amidst breathtaking scenery, Uttarakhand has something special waiting for you.

 

Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary Uttarakhand

देश की यह एक ऐसी अकेली वाइल्ड लाइफ सेंचुरी Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary है जहां 62 किलोमीटर से अधिक के ट्रैकिंग रूट्स हैं। यहां 200 से अधिक बर्ड्स की स्पीशीज species देखी गई हैं इस जगह का अपना समृद्ध इतिहास रहा है 11वीं से 18वीं सदी तक कुमाऊँ के चंद राजा गर्मियों में यहां रहना पसंद करते थे। सन 1880 में इसे रिजर्व फॉरेस्ट घोषित किया गया था। उसके लगभग 100 वर्ष पश्चात सन 1988 में यहां वाइल्ड लाइफ सेंचुरी एस्टेब्लिश हुई। उद्देश्य था – मध्य हिमालय क्षेत्र में कम होती जा, रही चौड़ी पत्ती वाली ओक ट्रीज Oak Trees को संरक्षित करना।

साथ ही बिनसर में अनेकों दुर्लभ वृक्षों, औषधियों, पक्षियों और वन्य जीवों का आवास है। शांत और सुरम्य स्थान बिनसर उत्तराखंड में कुमाऊँ के सबसे सुंदर स्थानों में से एक माना जाता है। हमने पॉपकॉर्न ट्रिप की इस यात्रा में सर्दियों की शुरुआत में, बिनसर रिज़र्व फॉरेस्ट को एक्सप्लोर किया।

यह दुनिया जितनी मनुष्यों की है उतना ही वन्य जीवों, पक्षियों, वनस्पतियों आदि की भी है। लेकिन मानव अपनी आधुनिक जीवन शैली के कारण प्रकृति और इकोसिस्टम को संरक्षित करने की सामान्यतया परवाह नहीं करते, या ध्यान नहीं दे पाते, तब मानवों द्वारा ही इन्हें संरक्षित करने के लिए रिजर्व फॉरेस्ट को तैयार करने की जरूरत समझी गई, और इस अवधारणा पर बना एक स्थान कुमाऊ के हृदय स्थल अल्मोड़ा में स्थित है।

बिनसर कैसे पहुंचे?
बिनसर वाइल्डलाइफ सैंक्चुरी तक पहुंचने के लिए नजदीकी प्रमुख बस स्टेशन बिनसर सैंक्चुरी के गेट से लगभग 17 किलोमीटर दूर अल्मोड़ा मे है। नजदीकी रेलवे स्टेशन, काठगोदाम 110 किमी एवं नजदीकी एयरपोर्ट पंतनगर 144 किलोमीटर दूर है। काठगोदाम और उससे लगे शहर हल्द्वानी से अल्मोड़ा के लिए नियमित अंतराल में बस और टैक्सी मिलती हैं। इसके बाद अल्मोड़ा से बिनसर सैंक्चुरी पहुंचने के लिए टैक्सी या बाइक हायर की जा सकती है। हल्द्वानी या काठगोदाम से बिनसर तक का रूट खूबसूरत प्राकृतिक दृश्यों से घिरा है।

अल्मोड़ा के बाद बिनसर की ओर आते हुए प्रकृति का वैभव और भी खुशनुमा एहसास से भर देता है।

अयारपानी में बिंसर सेंचुरी के गेट से लगभग 1 किलोमीटर पूर्व गैराड़ में जंगल के मध्य में गोलू देव का भव्य और दिव्य मंदिर स्थित है, जिन पर क्षेत्रवासियों की गहन आस्था है। स्थानीय लोगों की मान्यता है कि इन जंगलों में डाना गोलू देव यानी पहाड़ियों में रहने वाले गोलू देवता भी निवास करते
हैं। जो वन संपदा पशुओं और मनुष्यों की रक्षा करते हैं।

बिनसर सेंचुरी के गेट से प्रवेश करते हुए चढ़ाई मिलने के साथ आरंभ में चीड़ के वृक्ष नजर आते हैं। और साथ ही शीतल नर्म ताजी हवा सैंक्चुरी के अंदर आते हुए उमंग भर देती है। इस रास्ते में आगे बढ़ने के साथ चीड़ के वृक्षों की जगह चौड़ी पत्ती वाले घने वृक्ष ले लेते हैं।

वाइल्ड लाइफ सेंचुरी के बीच से गुजरती यह सड़क सँकरी है, और फॉरेस्ट क्षेत्र होने के कारण रफ भी। मोड़ों से भरी और कहीं-कहीं ज्यादा ही ऊबड़-खाबड़ सड़क में ड्राइविंग के लिए भी

थोड़ा कुशलता की आवश्यकता होती है। बरसात में इस सड़क में फिसलन भरी मिट्टी और गड्ढों में वाहनों को इस सड़क से आगे जाने में समस्या हो सकती है।

विस्तार से देखने के लिए देखें ऊपर दिये वीडियो को, या यहाँ क्लिक करें।।

Resorts in Binsar, Almora

KMVN Tourist Rest House Binsar

Binsar Zero Point Road, Binsar, Regariya, Uttarakhand 263628

Phone: 08650002537, Web: kmvn.in


Mountain Resort, Khali Estate

Ayarpani, Almora, Uttarakhand 263601

Website: www.khaliestate.com


Grand OAK Manor

Binsar Estate, Bageshwar, 263601

Mob. 9412909518


Binsar Forest Retreat

Binsar, Almora, Uttarakhand

Mob. 9910345220, Web: binsarforestretreat.com


Simba Cafe/ Cottage

Mob. 093157 19825

Opp. Bineshwar Mahadev Temple, Binsar


Home Stay in Binsar

Idyllic Haven in Dallar & Satri Village

Address: Gaunap (Gonap) Village, Binsar, Almora Uttarakhand – 263681

Contact : 9410590980 (Sunder Singh), Email: [email protected], Web: www.idyllichaven.com

Shakshi Home Stay Village: Dalar, Binsar
Mob. 9410121557, 6399931557

 

Chaukori Hotels

Ojaswi Resort Bounded by beautiful lagoons, snow-covered peaks of mountains, and dense forests, Chaukori is a dream weekend getaway from Nainital for people who admire the exquisite beauty of nature and enjoy absolute peace and tranquillity.

Nestled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas is Chaukori’s best holiday resort – the Ojaswi Tea Garden Resort. A home away from home to travellers seeking some time exploring the beauty of nature, this hill resort in Chaukori is a handy base and a gateway to another land with absolute serenity. If you have been dreaming of a peacefully relaxing and utterly charming holiday, Ojaswi Tea Garden Resort in Chaukori, set amidst lush green tea gardens, is the perfect place for you.

Contact No: +91 9639121420 Email: [email protected]

KMVN Tourist Rest House

Chaukori is a small hamlet situated in the Pithoragarh district of Uttrakhand state. Tibet lies to the north of Chaukori and to the south is Terai. Chaukori is perched at an astounding elevation of 2,010mts above sea level affording splendid and invigorating views of nature’s beauteousness. Chaukori is famous for its tea gardens established by the British. Chaukori is considered as heaven in Kumaon by the travelers. The virgin beauty of Chaukori is unaffected by pollution and crowd. Chaukori is a peaceful hamlet showering us with enchanting views of the heavenly Himalayas. The benign peaks of Nanda Devi, Chaukhanba, Trishul, Nanda Kot and the Panchachuli are distinctly visible from Chaukori. Breathe the salubrious mountain air, listen the chirping of birds rather than hearing city horns and watch the crimson sunrays kissing snow laden Himalayas.

Contact No: +91 8650002542

Gaurav Resort

The Gaurav Resort offers you a perfect stay at this picture perfect destination providing you with all the modern amenities one can ask for. The retreat is perched at an average height 6000 feet amongst the wandering clouds in the middle of untamed wilderness yet providing you with a homely and hospitable ambience for a memorable stay along with deliciously cooked food at your service. We provide three categories of rooms fitted with all the modern comforts and features in a picture perfect location. Witness a destination untouched by the crowds, a sanctuary where the peace of mind is preserved and get lost in stargazing to find yourself. Come join us on a holiday and watch the mystical come to life under a night sky full of a million stars.

Contact Nos: +91 9250006770, +91 1204819200

Hotel Himshikhar

Hotel Himshikhar is situated at Chaukori District Pithoragarh Uttrakhand. Chaukori situated at 7000 feets above from the sea level. Himshikhar Hotel located in the majestic Himalayan ranges. The hotel has been restored to its original grandeur with well furnished wooden cottages and rooms and an inviting ambience. Built around a beautiful atrium, the rooms offer splendid views of the mountains and valleys.

Hotel Himshikhar is situated in the heart of Chaukori. Himshikhar build in 2008, with fabulous views across the valley, Himshikhar is a perfect base from which to explore the spectacular mountain scenery, cedar forests & destination.

A place for children’s activity centre and many opportunities for nature walks, make this luxury resort an all season destination.

Contact Nos: +91 8006660235, +91 9412057808 Email: [email protected]

Chestnut Grove Himalayan Lodge

Nestling amongst tall Pine and Chestnut trees, next to the highway and overlooking the Himalayas, Chestnut Grove Himalayan Lodge is a small complex of aesthetically constructed hill cottages constructed from stone, wood bamboo and thatch. At present there are four huts and two rooms, all tastefully furnished, with attached toilets and running hot and cold water.

Vijaypur, a tiny Himalayan village, located between Bageshwar and Chaukori is known to only a few travellers. On a clear day the place offers one of the most breathtaking views of the entire range from Trishul, Nanda Devi, NandaKot to Panchachuli and Appi peaks. Tea gardens carpet the slopes of Vijaypur while the surrounding ridge is completely covered by rows of Pine, along with Chestnut, Oak Kafal and Rhododendron.

Contact Nos: +91 9891429965, +91 8006702718 Email: [email protected]

Sadbhavna Resort

Placed at a distance of 16 km from Tripuradevi Temple, Sadbhavna Resort is a budget accommodation offering a decent stay to its patrons. The property is accessible from the Chaukori Bus Stop, which is 0.5 km away. The property in Pithoragarh accommodates a total of 16 well-maintained rooms that are equipped with essential requisites. Rooms have an adjoining balcony offering a view of the locale. Apart from good accommodation in Pithoragarh, the property has front desk (limited hour) and car parking space within its premises.

Guests are offered room service for limited hours during their stay. Sadbhavna Resort is close to tourist spots like Pherinaag Temple (12 km) and Saraswati Temple (13 km). Travel hubs include Udyari Band Bus Stop (4 km) and Naini Saini Airport (80 km).

Contact No: 05964-244686

Hotel Godawari Palace

Hotel Godawari Palace is located on the main road facing the Himalaya Mountain in quite side of Chakouri, we have well furnished 4 double bedded and 2 four bedded rooms and we serve homely food.

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Aangan Resort

Aangan Resort is ideal for those who seek to escape from the din and dust, hustle and bustle of big cities and wish to spend quiet holiday in the lap of nature. our Hotel is located in the main Market of Chaukori. Travel through the place and let yourself be seduced by the colours and aromas of a land blessed by the most spectacular scenery, this beautiful place is so rich in history that few can resist the temptation to return again and again.

We certainly can help you to design your travel itinerary which suits you the best. We are professionals in our work and known for our quality. Our greatest reward is the feeling of satisfaction in the eyes of our customers. Not only we provide you a memorable stay, we also offer you a superb holiday package to motivate you.

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The Misty Mountains Retreat

The Misty Mountains Retreat is Destiny’s child. We chanced upon the location after actively looking for a project site for 3 years. There was no road, no electricity, no water when we first saw it. But then, there was a little piece of heaven, a little piece of a childhood fantasy, unparalleled solitude, nature’s bounty, and so much space! I still remember the first time we walked to the orchard where Misty now stands – we missed a live deer kill by a leopard by a matter of seconds! It was such a thrill.

Contact Nos: +91 8607750974, +91 9910345220

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पिथौरागढ़ से धारचूला की यात्रा

इस लेख में है –  पिथौरागढ़ से धारचूला की सड़क यात्रा का विवरण। धारचूला जहां पंचाचुली, आदि कैलाश और ओम पर्वत आदि यात्राओं के लिए मेडिकल जाँच होती है, और इनर लाइन पास बनता है। धारचूला से ही नेपाल विजिट भी किया जा सकता है, एक सेतु को पार कर।

देखिए अल्मोडा से पिथौरागढ़ का सफ़र

1,627 मीटर (5,338 फीट) की ऊंचाई पर स्थित पिथौरागढ़ से 940 मीटर (3084 फीट) ऊंचाई वाले धारचूला के लिए उतरने लगे। जैसे-जैसे हम आगे बड़े मौसम थोड़ा गर्म होने लगा, ऊंची पहाड़ियों से घिरी हुई घाटी नुमा स्थान की सड़कों के बीच से। पिथौरागढ़ से धारचूला तक यह यात्रा 92 किलोमीटर की थी, जिसे तय करने में सामान्यतः तीन से चार घंटों समय लगता है। 

पिथौरागढ़ शहर के केंद्र से लगभग 5-6 किलोमीटर बाद, बायीं ओर, एक सड़क थल होते हुए बागेश्वर और मुनस्यारी के लिए जाती मिली, हम दाहिनी ओर मुड़ गए जो हमें धारचूला के की और ले जाती थी।

आह, घुमावदार पहाड़ी रास्तों पर यात्रा करने का आश्चर्य! यद्यपि पहाड़ी सड़कों में यात्रा थकान पैदा कर सकती है, लेकिन प्रकृति के बदलते दृश्य एकरसता से बोर नहीं होते देते।

जैसे ही हमने अपनी आरामदायक सीट की खिड़की की सीट से बाहर देखा, विचारों की एक लय हमारे दिमाग में नाचने लगी। प्रकृति के साथ रहने पर तृप्ति का भाव होता है, जैसे सब कुछ पास है, और प्रकृति से दूर होने पर भौतिक जीवन के जितना पास जायें और कितना कुछ भी हो लेकिन फिर भी दिखता है सिर्फ़ अभाव। 

पहाड़ी सड़कों में मार्ग घुमावदार तो होते हैं, लेकिन प्राकृतिक दृश्य हर कुछ किलोमीटर के बाद बदलते रहते है, और जिससे एकरसता या बोरियत नहीं होती,  प्राकृतिक दृश्यों के आकर्षण, सफ़र की थकावट को भी कम करते रहते है। 

हरे-भरे हरियाली के बीच से झांकते अनोखे पहाड़ी आवास, हमें उनकी दीवारों के भीतर रहने वाले जीवन और कहानियों की कल्पना करने के लिए प्रेरित करते हैं। 

अपने परिवेश की अलौकिक सुंदरता में खोए हुए, हमने पहाड़ियों के मध्य बनाने वाली आभासी आकृतियों की खोज करनी शुरू दी, जैसे कि प्रकृति स्वयं हमारी कल्पनाओं के साथ लुका-छिपी का एक आकर्षक खेल खेल रही हो। 

लेकिन जैसे ही हम इन मनमौजी सोच में डूबने लगे, एक आती हुई गाड़ी के तेज हॉर्न ने हमें हमारी ख़यालों से झकझोर दिया। चौंककर, हम वर्तमान में लौट आए, लेकिन फिर प्रकृति का नया रंग देखने को मिला जिसने हमारा ध्यान आकर्षित किया। प्रकृति, कितनी अद्भुत क्रिएटर है – जो नए मनोरम रूप दिखाने के साथ, मौसम और रंग बदल कर हर पल ऐसा दृश्यों का ऐसा संयोग प्रस्तुत करती है, जैसा पहले किसी ने न देखा हो, और शायद दोबारा भी नहीं देख पायेगा।

हमारी यात्रा हमें कनालीछीना क़स्बे तक ले आयी, पहाड़ियों के बीच ये एक खुला स्थान है, पिथौरागढ से लगभग 25 किलोमीटर दूर। यहां, व्यस्त बाजार और एक सुविधाजनक आवासीय क्षेत्र के बीच, यह छोटा खूबसूरत स्थान बहुत खुला होने के कारण यहाँ रहने के लिए भी सुविधाजनक है, यहाँ का आवासीय क्षेत्र देखकर ऐसा लगता है। कनालीछीना पिथौरगढ़ जनपद की एक तहसील भी है। कनाली छीना पिथौरागढ़ के बाद पिथौरागढ़ धारचूला रोड में सबसे बड़ी बाज़ार। 

आबादी क्षेत्र समाप्त होने के बाद कनालीछीना से 1 किलोमीटर बाद, बायीं और सड़क है देवलथल के लिए जो कि यहाँ से १६ किलोमीटर है। कुछ किलोमीटर सड़कों में चलने के बाद ओगला मार्केट ने जल्द ही अपने जीवंत माहौल से आकर्षित किया। 

मार्ग में है जौलजीबी, जो कि पिथौरागढ़धारचूला मार्ग का एक प्रमुख पड़ाव। सड़क से नीचे की और काली नदी और गोरी नदी का संगम, उस पार अपने पड़ोसी देश –  नेपाल का भू भाग, सुंदरता पूरे परिदृश्य में बिखरी हुई है। 

जौलजीबी की बाज़ार और टैक्सी स्टैंड। मार्केट के एक सिरे पर पोस्ट ऑफिस। मार्केट से कुछ आगे बढ़ने पर सड़क से नीचे दायी  ओर जौलजीबी  का राजकीय इंटर कॉलेज का गेट। 

जौलजीबी छोटा सा खूबसूरत एवं सुंदर क़स्बा, इस स्थान का सांस्कृतिक और व्यापारिक महत्व भी है, यहाँ काली और गोरी नदियों का संगम है। यहाँ हर वर्ष नवम्बर में भारत नेपाल के बीच बड़ा व्यापारिक मेला भी आयोजित होता है, जिसमे बड़ी संख्या में देश विदेश से लोग पहुँचते है।

इस रोड से आगे बढ़ते हुए, बलुवाकोट पहुँच गये। प्राकृतिक सौंदर्य की पृष्ठभूमि में यह हलचल भरा बाजार, यहाँ अस्पताल, पुलिस स्टेशन, स्कूल, डिग्री कॉलेज और बैंक जैसी सुविधाएँ है। सड़क के समानांतर नीचे की ओर काली नदी बहती है, और नदी के दूसरी और अपनी सुंदरता से नेपाल भी मन मोहता रहता है।  

पहाड़ों पर हम सड़क बना सकते है, लेकिन बारिश को कई बार यह आता, और ऊपर से कुछ मलबा या बोल्डर सड़क में आकर अवरोध के रूप में आ जाते है, और इस सड़क में मलवा आने की वजह से कुछ देर मार्ग अवरुद्ध रहा, रास्ता खोलने के लिए काम करते श्रमिकों और जेसीबी/ मैकिनिकल मशीनों के सहारे मार्ग को पुनः सुचारू कर दिया। धूल का ग़ुबार सड़क पर चलते काम की वजह से 

कुछ आगे जाने पर, फिर से सड़क में ट्रैफिक में ट्रैफ़िक रोका गया था, लेकिन यहाँ सड़क में अवरोध नहीं नयी सड़क का काम चल रहा था, बधाई हो, जिन्हें भी इससे लाभ मिले।

फिर मिला कालिका। और उसके बाद निंगालपानी।

धारचूला से लगभग 1 किलोमीटर पहले बायीं जाती सड़क – तवाघाट – लिपुलेख रोड, जिससे नारायण आश्रम, पंचाचुली, आदि

कैलाश, ओम पर्वत आदि स्थानों के लिए जा सकते है। लेकिन उससे पहले इनर लाइन परमिट होना ज़रूरी है, जिसे धारचूला से बनाया जा सकता है। वैसे यह ऑनलाइन भी बन जाता है, प्रक्रिया को जानने के साथ, इस ट्रिप में कितना खर्च होता है, किस समय यात्रा करनी होती है, क्या सावधानियाँ रखनी चाहिए, क्या चुनौतियाँ आ सकती है, सहित आदि कैलाश की यात्रा करेंगे अगले भाग में।

हम बढ़ रहें है नेपाल मार्ग में, अपने गेस्ट हाउस में चेक इन करने। हमारी बुकिंग KMVN के धारचूला स्थित गेस्ट हाउस में थी, जो की नेपाल रोड में स्थित काली नदी के तट के समीप स्थित है। हम KMVN के आदि कैलाश यात्रा 16वे ग्रुप के यात्रियों में शामिल थे।

 

गेस्ट हाउस से नेपाल का भूभाग भी दिखता है, यहाँ से नेपाल का हिस्सा जो दार्चुला नाम से जाना जाता है, पुल पार कर पहुँचा जा सकता है, धारचूला और दार्चुला पर लेख फिर कभी। अभी चेक इन के बाद लंच और फिर मेडिकल और इनर लाइन पास के लिए प्रक्रिया होनी है। कैसे होती है, जानेंगे अगले भाग में। अब रोमांच और अध्यात्म के अनोखे अनुभव को हमारे साथ जानने के लिए रहिए तैयार। लेख पढ़ने और इस सीरीज का हिस्सा बने रहने के लिए धन्यवाद, अगर आपने पिछले दो भाग भी देखे है, तो कमेंट में बताइएगा।

धन्यवाद।

अल्मोडा से चितई व जागेश्वर मंदिर दर्शन करते हुए पिथौरागढ़ का यात्रा वृतांत

अल्मोडा उत्तराखण्ड का सांस्कृतिक, ऐतिहासिक मायने से महत्वपूर्ण नगर और उत्तराखंड का सीमांत जनपद पिथौरागढ़ जो अपने विविध महत्वपूर्ण पर्यावरणीय संपन्नता समेटे हुए है। पिथौरागढ़ से कई उच्च हिमालयी क्षेत्रों और ग्लेशियर्स के ट्रैक्स किए जा सकते हैं, river sports के लिए अनुकूलता लिए नगर। इस लेख में है, इन दोनों नगरों की सड़क यात्रा की जानकारी।

पिछले लेख में, हल्द्वानी जो कि कुमाऊँ का प्रवेश द्वार के नाम से जाना जाता है, जहां से कई पहाड़ी क्षेत्रों जैसे अल्मोडा, पिथौरागढ़, बागेश्वर, रानीखेत, मुक्तेश्वर, बिनसर सहित अन्य कई स्थानों के लिए मार्ग है, और अल्मोडा जो उत्तराखण्ड का सांस्कृतिक और ऐतिहासिक स्मृति चिन्ह समेटे हुए है, पहुँचने का यात्रा वृतांत था, अब आगे।

अल्मोडा नगर के धारानीला स्टेशन से पिथौरागढ़ को नियमित जाने वाली बस और टैक्सी आदि मिलती है।

अल्मोड़ा के नाम से जुड़ी है बाल मिठाई, चाकलेट और सिंगौड़ी को अलमोड़ा की मुख्य बाज़ार के अलावा यहाँ से ख़रीद सकते है, इनको बनानें में मिल्क प्रॉडक्ट्स का उपयोग होता है, तो इनके बेस्ट टेस्ट के लिए इन्हें 2-3 दिन के अंदर कंज्यूम करना ठीक रहता है।

धारानौला में रात्रि विश्राम करना हो, यहाँ कुछ होटल भी मिल जाएँगे, यहाँ ख़ान पान के लिए भी कई रेस्टोरेंट है।

चलने फिरना पसंद करते हो, तो  धारानीला से पटाल बाज़ार तक 15 – 20 मिनट में चढाई में ट्रेक कर पहुँच सकते है। और पटाल बाज़ार –  अल्मोडा की मुख्य बाज़ार है, लगभग 2 किमी लंबी बाज़ार में टहलते – टहलते शॉपिंग का भी आनद ले सकते है और अल्मोड़ा की ऐतिहासिक भवनों को देखते हुए, कुमाऊँ के इतिहास को अपने सामने देख कर महसूस कर सकते हैं।

अल्मोड़ा से पिथौरागढ़ 114 किलोमीटर है। धारानौला का बाज़ार का क्षेत्र ख़त्म होने के तुरंत बाद एक तिराहा दिखता है – सिकुड़ा बैंड, यहाँ से यू टर्न लेती दाहिनी ओर को जाती सड़क से जलना, लमगड़ा और उससे आगे जा सकते हैं, और सीधे आगे जाती सड़क से पिथौरागढ़ की ओर, यहाँ से सड़क हल्की चढ़ाई लिए है। इसी सड़क में मिलता – एक सुंदर व्यू पॉइंट है – फ़लसिमा, जहां से देख सकते है – अल्मोडा का विहंगम दृश्य और दूर तक फैली घाटियाँ। फ़लसीमा बेंड को पार करने के बाद दिखता है एक कलात्मक भवन – जो जाना जाता है –  उदयशंकर नाट्य अकैडमी के नाम से।

इस रोड पर आगे चलते हुए NTD तिराहे – बाद सड़क से ऊपर, बायीं ओर है, अल्मोड़ा  का जू, यहाँ तेंदुए, मृग सहित वन्य जीव देखे जा सकती हैं।

अल्मोड़ा  नगर से लगभग 8 -9  किलोमीटर की दूरी पर स्थित है –  स्थानीय निवासियों के धार्मिक आस्था का पवित्र स्थल चितई, जो अपने न्याय के लिए प्रसिद्ध गोलू देव को समर्पित है।

अलमोड़ा – पिथौरागढ़ रोड से लगा, मंदिर का मुख्य प्रवेश द्वार, मंदिर के बाहर सड़क के किनारे प्रसाद, पुष्प, घंटियाँ अन्य सामग्री ख़रीदी जा सकती है। चितई में जलपान के साथ ठहरने के लिए कुछ गेस्ट हाउस दिखते है।

चितई मदिर स्थित गोलू देवता न्याय के देवता के रूप में जाने जाते हैं, लोग यहाँ अपनी प्रार्थनापत्रोंचिठ्ठियों में लिख, यहाँ टाँगते हैं, जो बड़ी बड़ी संख्या में देखी जा सकती है, मान्यता है किपवित्र और सच्चे हृदय से लिखी गई प्रार्थनाएँ यहाँ अवश्य स्वीकार होती हैं, श्रदालु यहाँ घंटियाँ, चुनरी भी अर्पित करते हैं।

इस मंदिर के चारों और अनगिनत घंटियाँ लगी दिखती हैं। कई विशेष अवसरों पर भक्तों द्वारा यहाँ भंडारा भी आयोजित कराया जाता है। मंदिर से कुछ मीटर आगे जाकरवाहनों के लिए बड़ा पार्किंग स्थल है। 

चितई से आगे सड़क ढलान लिए है, चितई से आगे 6 किमी बाद हैं –  छोटा सुंदर क़स्बा पेटशाल, पेटशाल से लगभग 1 किलोमीटर पर लखुउडयार शैलाश्रय prehistoric cave। यहाँ गुफानुमा चट्टान में की गई चित्रकारी आदि काल के मानवों द्वारा की गई है। लखुउडयार पर बना डेडिकेटेड वीडियो YouTube.com/PopcornTrip में देख सकते हैं।

अलमोड़ा – पिथौरागढ़ मार्ग में अगला स्थान मिलता है  – बाड़ेछीना। समुद्र तल से 1,415 मीटर की उचाई पर स्थित यह आस पास के गाँव के लिए बाज़ार हैं। बाड़ेछीना में बुनियादी ज़रूरत का सभी समान उपलब्ध हो जाता है,  यह एक उपजाऊ क्षेत्र है यहाँ ग्रामीणों द्वारा खेती होते देखी जा सकती है।

बाड़ेछीना के बाद मिलने वाले एक तिराहे से बायीं से धौलछीना, शेराघाट, बेरीनाग, चौकोड़ी, मुन्स्यारी आदि स्थानों को जा सकते है, और सीधी जाती सड़क है पिथौरागढ़ के लिए।

बाड़ेछीना से 11 किलोमीटर की दूरी पर पनुवानौला, यह घनी आबादी वाला क्षेत्र हैं, यहाँ काफी दुकानें, रैस्टौरेंटस आदि हैं।

पनुवानौला से लगभग दो किलोमीटर आगे हैआरतोला। यहाँ तिराहे से बायीं और जाती सड़क से 3 किलोमीटर की दूरी पर है भगवान शिव को समर्पित प्रांचीन जागेश्वर धाम और सीधा जाती सड़क पिथौरागढ़ के लिए है।

जागेश्वर मंदिर से समीप एक म्यूजियम भी है, जहां मंदिर से जुड़ी मूर्तियाँ और मंदिर से जुड़े विभिन्न प्रतीक रखे गये हैं।

जागेश्वर कई छोटे बड़े मंदिरों, जो कि  नौवीं से ग्याहरहवीं सदी के बीच, कत्यूरी शासन काल में निर्माण हुआ था का समूह है। इनमें से कुछ हैं महामृत्युंजय मंदिर, श्री जागेश्वर ज्योतिर्लिंग। यहाँ मंदिरों में काफी बारीक, उत्कृष्ट और आकर्षक नक्काशी की गई है। ये मंदिर प्रागण में एक ताल, जिसमें ब्रहम्मकमल के फूल दिखते हैं।

 

जागेश्वर मंदिर समूह के साथ ही यहाँ जागेश्वर मंदिर से समीप ही कुबेर देवता और चण्डिका देवी को समर्पित मंदिर भी स्थित हैं।  जागेश्वर आने वाले श्रद्धालु यहां भी अवश्य आते हैं। कुबेर भगवान धन और संपदा के प्रदानकर्ता माने गए हैं।

जागेश्वर मंदिर में कुछ समय व्यतीत कर, लंच जागेश्वर के कुमाऊँ मण्डल विकास निगम के गेस्ट हाउस में लिया।  आदि कैलाश यात्रा की यह यात्रा हम KMVN के १६ वे ग्रुप के साथ कर रहे है,  वापस लौटे अपना सफ़र जारी रखने के लिए। और मार्ग में फिर वही दण्डेश्वर मंदिर जिसे हमने आते समय भी देखा था। श्रद्धालु यहाँ भी रुक इस मंदिर के दर्शन करते हैं।

जागेश्वर मंदिर के दर्शन कर, उसी मार्ग से ३ किलोमीटर वापस आरतोला लौट अलमोड़ा पिथौरागढ़ मार्ग में फिर से अपना सफ़र जारी रखा। यहीं से एक सड़क के बायीं ओर झाकरसैम मंदिर, इस पर बना वीडियो भी PopcornTrip में देख सकते है।

आरतोला  से ४-५ किलोमीटर पर स्थित ये छोटा सा गाँव हैं गरुड़ाबांज। यहाँ सड़क के बाँज और अन्य चौड़ी पत्तियों वाले वृक्षों इस स्थान को अब तक के सफ़र में दिखने वाले वन क्षेत्रों से अलग बनाते हैं।

मार्ग में आने वाले कुछ स्टेशन है ध्याड़ी, बसौलीख़ान, पनार आदि। पनार में रामगंगा नामक नदी बहती है। पनार – पिथौरागढ़ मार्ग में पिथौरागढ़ से लगभग १३ किलोमीटर पूर्व गुरना माता का मंदिर है। यहाँ इस मार्ग से आने जाने वाले वाहन यहाँ माँ का आशीर्वाद प्राप्त कर अपने गंतव्य की और बड़ते हैं।

पिथौरागढ़ उत्तराखण्ड का सबसे लंबा अंतर्रास्त्रीय सीमा वाला ज़िला है, जिसकी सीमाएँ नेपाल और तिब्बत जो अब चीन का हिस्सा है, से लगी है।

देखें इस पर बना वीडियो 

आपको यह यात्रा सीरीज कैसी लग रही है, कमेंट करके बताइएगा।

Uttarakhand: Discover 50 Captivating Reasons to Visit the Land of Natural Splendor

Uttarakhand, also known as the “Land of the Gods,” is a beautiful state in northern India. It is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, serene mountains, holy pilgrimage sites, and adventure opportunities. Here are 12 top reasons to visit Uttarakhand:

  1. Majestic Himalayan Range: Uttarakhand is nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, offering breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, including Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Kedarnath. It’s a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
  2. Char Dham Yatra: Uttarakhand is home to the sacred Char Dham Yatra, comprising four holy shrines—Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath. Undertaking this spiritual journey is believed to cleanse the soul and attain moksha (liberation).
  3. Rishikesh: Known as the “Yoga Capital of the World,” Rishikesh is a spiritual hub and a gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas. It offers yoga and meditation retreats, ashrams, and the opportunity to experience the divine Ganga Aarti (river worship ceremony).
  4. Jim Corbett National Park: Uttarakhand is home to the famous Jim Corbett National Park, India’s oldest national park and a tiger reserve. It provides an incredible wildlife experience, with the chance to spot tigers, elephants, leopards, and various bird species.
  5. Valley of Flowers: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a mesmerizing alpine valley filled with colorful flowers, lush meadows, and gushing streams. It’s a paradise for botany enthusiasts and nature photographers.
  6. Nainital: The picturesque hill station of Nainital, nestled around the emerald Naini Lake, offers stunning views, pleasant weather, and boating opportunities. The town’s bustling bazaars and colonial-era buildings add to its charm.
  7. Haridwar: Haridwar is a sacred city situated on the banks of the holy river Ganges. It is famous for the Kumbh Mela, held once every 12 years, and the evening Ganga Aarti, where thousands of devotees gather to witness the spiritual ritual.
  8. Dehradun: Dehradun, the capital city of Uttarakhand, is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas. It offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and urban amenities. Visit attractions like Robber’s Cave, Sahastradhara, and Tapkeshwar Temple, and explore the vibrant markets and local cuisine.
  9. Auli: Auli is a popular skiing destination in Uttarakhand, known for its pristine slopes and panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks. It offers skiing and snowboarding experiences for both beginners and experts.
  10. Mussoorie: Often referred to as the “Queen of Hills,” Mussoorie is a charming hill station renowned for its pleasant climate, scenic beauty, and colonial architecture. The Mall Road, Kempty Falls, and Gun Hill are some of its popular attractions.
  11. Adventure Sports: Uttarakhand is a hub for adventure sports like river rafting, trekking, paragliding, camping, and rock climbing. Rishikesh and Uttarkashi are particularly famous for their adrenaline-pumping activities.
  12. Spiritual Retreats: Uttarakhand is dotted with numerous ashrams, meditation centers, and yoga retreats that provide a serene environment for spiritual seekers. These places offer a chance to rejuvenate, introspect, and learn ancient practices.
  13. Panch Kedar Pilgrimage: Uttarakhand is home to the Panch Kedar, a group of five ancient Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Embarking on this pilgrimage takes you through breathtaking landscapes and offers a deep spiritual experience.
  14. Kausani: Known as the “Switzerland of India,” Kausani offers panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi and Trishul. It is an ideal destination for nature lovers, trekkers, and those seeking tranquility.
  15. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary: Binsar is a wildlife sanctuary and bird watcher’s paradise, located amidst dense forests. It is home to a variety of flora, fauna, and numerous bird species, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts.
  16. Pithoragarh: This picturesque town is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and offers stunning views of the snow-capped peaks. It is known for its ancient temples, quaint villages, and the Pithoragarh Fort, which provides a glimpse into the region’s history.
  17. Lansdowne: Tucked away in the Garhwal hills, Lansdowne is a serene hill station known for its colonial-era charm and panoramic views. It offers opportunities for nature walks, boating, and exploring the tranquil surroundings.
  18. Uttarakhand’s Cuisine: Uttarakhand is famous for its delicious Kumaoni cuisine. Indulge in traditional dishes like Bhatt ki Churdkani, Bal Mithai, Aloo ke Gutke, and Singodi, which offer a unique culinary experience.
  19. Rajaji National Park: Rajaji National Park is a tiger reserve and wildlife sanctuary that spans across three districts of Uttarakhand. It is home to various wildlife species, including elephants, tigers, leopards, and over 400 bird species.
  20. Hemkund Sahib: Situated at an altitude of 4,632 meters, Hemkund Sahib is a Sikh pilgrimage site with a gurudwara (Sikh temple). It is surrounded by stunning snow-clad peaks and a crystal-clear glacial lake, attracting devotees and nature lovers alike.
  21. Bageshwar: Bageshwar is a small town known for its ancient temples and religious significance. It serves as a base for various treks and offers panoramic views of the Trishul and Nanda Devi mountain ranges.
  22. Kedarkantha Trek: The Kedarkantha trek is a popular winter trek that takes you through pristine forests, snow-clad landscapes, and offers breathtaking views from the summit. It is a thrilling adventure for trekking enthusiasts.
  23. Tehri Lake: Tehri Lake is the largest man-made lake in Uttarakhand and offers a serene setting surrounded by mountains. It provides opportunities for water sports such as jet skiing, boating, and kayaking, making it a perfect spot for adventure enthusiasts.
  24. Jageshwar Temples: Jageshwar is a cluster of over 100 ancient Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. These intricately carved stone temples showcase exquisite architectural marvels and hold immense religious significance.
  25. Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary: Located in the Garhwal Himalayas, the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary is a sanctuary for various wildlife species, including musk deer, snow leopards, and Himalayan black bears. It offers a chance to explore the rich biodiversity of the region.
  26. Gaumukh Glacier: Gaumukh is the source of the sacred river Ganges and is considered a highly revered site by Hindu pilgrims. The trek to Gaumukh offers mesmerizing views of the Gangotri Glacier and an opportunity to witness the birth of the holy river.
  27. Chopta: Known as the “Mini Switzerland of Uttarakhand,” Chopta is a picturesque hill station surrounded by lush meadows, dense forests, and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. It serves as the base camp for the popular Tungnath and Chandrashila treks.
  28. Mukteshwar: Mukteshwar is a serene hill station known for its panoramic views of the Himalayas and apple orchards. It offers a tranquil escape, perfect for nature walks, meditation, and enjoying the beauty of the surrounding landscapes.
  29. Pauri: Pauri is a scenic town situated in the Garhwal region, known for its panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. It offers a peaceful and idyllic setting, with opportunities for nature walks, photography, and immersing in the local culture.
  30. Champawat: Champawat is a historic town located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It is known for its ancient temples, including the Baleshwar Temple and the Kranteshwar Mahadev Temple. The town offers a glimpse into the region’s rich cultural heritage and is surrounded by scenic landscapes.
  31. Ranikhet: Ranikhet is a picturesque hill station renowned for its panoramic views of the Himalayas. It is known for its lush green meadows, oak and pine forests, and serene ambiance. The town offers a perfect escape for nature lovers, trekkers, and those seeking tranquility.
  32. Kainchi Temple: Kainchi Temple is a famous temple located near Nainital, dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is known for its tranquil setting amidst the hills and attracts devotees seeking spiritual solace. The temple gained popularity due to its association with Steve Jobs, who visited the temple in the 1970s.
  33. Almora: Almora is a charming hill town known for its scenic beauty, rich cultural heritage, and magnificent views of the Himalayas. It offers a perfect blend of nature, spirituality, and traditional Kumaoni architecture. Explore the ancient temples, stroll through the vibrant markets, and enjoy the serene atmosphere of the town.
  34. Nanda Devi National Park: Nanda Devi National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its diverse flora and fauna. It is home to the elusive snow leopard, as well as numerous species of alpine flowers and birds, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers.
  35. Kumaoni Festivals: Experience the vibrant and colorful culture of Uttarakhand through various Kumaoni festivals celebrated throughout the year. Festivals like Holi, Baisakhi, and Nanda Devi Raj Jat attract visitors from all over to witness the traditional dances, music, and rituals.
  36. Patal Bhuvaneshwar: Patal Bhuvaneshwar is an underground cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed to be the abode of several Hindu deities and holds immense religious significance. Exploring the intricate rock formations and stalactites within the cave is a unique experience.
  37. Rudranath Temple: Rudranath is one of the Panch Kedar temples and is known for its religious significance and stunning location amidst the Himalayas. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and offers a serene atmosphere for spiritual seekers.
  38. Chaukori: Chaukori is a small hill station known for its panoramic views of the Himalayas and tea gardens. It offers a tranquil escape away from the bustling city life and is a perfect spot for nature lovers and birdwatching.
  39. Gomukh Tapovan Trek: The Gomukh Tapovan Trek takes you to the source of the Ganges River, the Gomukh Glacier, and the scenic meadows of Tapovan. It is a challenging but rewarding trek that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks.
  40. Deoria Tal: Deoria Tal is a serene lake located at an altitude of 2,438 meters, offering reflections of the surrounding snow-capped peaks. It is a popular trekking destination and provides an opportunity for camping amidst the tranquility of nature.
  41. Khirsu: Khirsu is a hidden gem nestled in the Garhwal region, known for its pristine beauty and panoramic views of the Himalayas. It offers a peaceful retreat away from the crowds and is an ideal spot for relaxation and rejuvenation.
  42. Munsyari: Munsyari is a scenic hill station located in the Pithoragarh district, offering panoramic views of the snow-clad peaks. It serves as the base camp for various treks, including the Milam Glacier Trek, and is a paradise for nature and adventure enthusiasts.
  43. Har Ki Doon: Har Ki Doon is a beautiful trekking destination located in the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. It is known for its picturesque landscapes, alpine meadows, and views of Swargarohini, a group of peaks revered in Hindu mythology.
  44. Chakrata: Chakrata is a quaint hill town surrounded by dense forests, waterfalls, and picturesque valleys. It is known for its pleasant weather, panoramic views, and the famous Tiger Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in India.
  45. Gwaldam: Gwaldam is a serene hill station located at the confluence of the Pindar and the Nandakini rivers. It offers panoramic views of the Himalayas and serves as a base for exploring nearby attractions like Roopkund and Bedni Bugyal.
  46. Adi Kailash Trek: Adi Kailash Trek is a challenging and spiritually significant trek in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. It takes you to the sacred Adi Kailash (also known as Chhota Kailash), which is believed to be the earthly abode of Lord Shiva. The trek offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, serene landscapes, and an opportunity to explore remote villages and witness the region’s rich cultural heritage.
  47. Pindari Trek: Pindari Trek is a popular trekking route that takes you to the stunning Pindari Glacier, located in the Kumaon region. The trek offers breathtaking views of snow-clad peaks, lush meadows, and cascading waterfalls. It is a moderate trek, suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers, and provides an opportunity to experience the beauty of the Himalayas up close.
  48. Milam Trek: Milam Trek is a challenging and adventurous trek in the Johar Valley of Uttarakhand. It takes you through picturesque landscapes, dense forests, high-altitude meadows, and eventually leads to the Milam Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in the Kumaon region. The trek offers magnificent views of the surrounding peaks, including Nanda Devi and Trishul, and provides a thrilling experience for seasoned trekkers.
  49. Madmaheshwar Trek: Madmaheshwar Trek is a spiritual and offbeat trek in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It takes you to the serene and secluded Madmaheshwar Temple, which is one of the Panch Kedar pilgrimage sites dedicated to Lord Shiva. The trek offers a serene and spiritual experience as you traverse through scenic landscapes, dense forests, and picturesque valleys.
  50. Dodital Trek: Dodital Trek is a captivating trek that takes you to the pristine Dodital Lake, situated at an altitude of 3,024 meters (9,921 feet) in Uttarkashi district. The trek offers mesmerizing views of the Himalayan peaks, lush meadows, and dense forests. Dodital is also known for its abundant trout population, making it a favorite spot for fishing enthusiasts. The trek provides a serene and peaceful environment, away from the bustling city life, and is suitable for beginners.

Uttarakhand offers a perfect blend of spirituality, adventure, natural beauty, and cultural richness, making it an ideal destination for all types of travelers.

Rudranath Temple: A Sacred Himalayan Journey in Uttarakhand

The Rudranath Temple, situated in the awe-inspiring Himalayan peaks in Uttarakhand

Nestled amidst the majestic Himalayan peaks, Rudranath is a testament to India’s rich spiritual heritage. As one of the Panch Kedars, this ancient temple holds immense significance for both devotees and trekkers. Join us on a captivating journey to Rudranath, where spirituality, natural beauty, and adventure converge.

Unveiling the Legend: According to mythological tales, Rudranath is believed to be the sacred spot where Lord Shiva’s face manifested after eluding the Pandavas who sought atonement for the Kurukshetra war. This divine abode is revered as a place where the divine energy of Lord Shiva coexists harmoniously with the tranquil Himalayan surroundings.

Sacred Pools and Serene Ambiance: Surrounding the temple are sacred pools known as Kundas, each with its own significance. Surya Kund, Chandra Kund, Tara Kund, and Mana Kund create a serene ambiance that enhances the spiritual experience for devotees and pilgrims.

Trekking Routes to Rudranath: The journey to Rudranath is as enchanting as the destination itself. Various trekking routes originate from Gopeshwar village, offering adventurers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the enchanting beauty of the Himalayan landscapes. These routes include a trek from Sagar village, an uphill trail from Gangolgaon, and a scenic route from Mandal via the Anasuya Devi temple.

Architectural Marvels: As you approach the temple, prepare to be mesmerized by its architectural splendor. Intricate stone carvings, ornate sculptures, and the ancient allure of the temple narrate tales of devotion and showcase the craftsmanship of ancient times. Each element of the temple’s architecture stands as a testament to the devotion and skill of its builders.

Spiritual Reverence and Rituals: Inside the temple, the air is thick with spirituality. Devotees engage in prayers, meditation, and rituals, seeking blessings and a deeper connection with Lord Shiva. The tranquil atmosphere creates an ideal setting for introspection, spiritual growth, and finding inner peace.

Nature’s Embrace: Rudranath is surrounded by awe-inspiring natural beauty. The snow-capped Himalayan peaks, verdant valleys, and cascading waterfalls create a picturesque backdrop for this divine abode. The trek itself offers breathtaking views and the opportunity to witness the diverse flora and fauna of the region.

Rudranath Temple beckons both spiritual seekers and adventure enthusiasts with its deep-rooted history, architectural grandeur, and the sublime beauty of the Himalayas. Embarking on this sacred journey promises a transformative experience, where one can explore the union of divinity and nature. Come, embark on this spiritual odyssey and discover the mystical charm of Rudranath – a place where the divine and the earthly realm converge.

To reach Rudranath Temple, follow these steps:

  1. Start from Gopeshwar town: Gopeshwar serves as the main starting point for the pilgrimage to Rudranath. It is located in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, India.
  2. Choose Your Trekking Route:
    • Route 1: Sagar Village Trek – From Gopeshwar, take a 5-kilometer road journey to Sagar village. Then, embark on a scenic 20-kilometer trek through forests and landscapes to reach Rudranath Temple.
    • Route 2: Gangolgaon Trek – Another option is a 3-kilometer road trip from Gopeshwar to Gangolgaon. From there, undertake a challenging 17-kilometer uphill trek to reach Rudranath.
    • Route 3: Mandal and Anasuya Devi Temple Trek – From Gopeshwar, travel 13 kilometers by road to Mandal. From Mandal, trek 6 kilometers to the sacred Anasuya Devi Temple, and then continue for another 20 kilometers to reach Rudranath.
  3. Consider Alternative Routes:
    • Joshimath: If you prefer a different starting point, you can consider starting from Joshimath, which is approximately 45 kilometers away from Rudranath.
    • Kalpeshwar: Another alternative is to begin from Kalpeshwar, another revered site in the region.
  4. Trekking Essentials:
    • Carry essential trekking gear such as sturdy footwear, warm clothing, rain gear, a first-aid kit, and ample food and water supplies.
    • It is advisable to travel with an experienced guide or join a reputable trekking group for safety and guidance.
  5. Plan for the Journey:
    • Ensure you are physically fit and prepared for the trek, as it involves varying levels of difficulty and endurance.
    • Check the weather conditions and plan your journey accordingly.
    • Respect the environment and follow responsible trekking practices to preserve the natural beauty of the region.

Remember, the pilgrimage to Rudranath Temple is a sacred and adventurous journey. Take your time, embrace the spiritual essence of the place, and savor the breathtaking landscapes along the way.

Where to stay:

During your pilgrimage to Rudranath, there are limited accommodation options available in the vicinity of the temple. Here are a few suggestions for places to stay:

  • Gopeshwar: As the starting point for the pilgrimage, Gopeshwar offers some guesthouses and small hotels where you can find basic accommodation facilities. It is advisable to book in advance, especially during the peak pilgrimage season.
  • Guesthouses and Dharamshalas: Along the trekking routes, you may come across guesthouses and dharamshalas (pilgrim rest houses) in villages like Sagar and Mandal. These provide basic accommodation and food facilities for pilgrims.
  • Camping: Another option is to carry your own camping gear and camp at suitable locations along the trekking routes. However, ensure you follow responsible camping practices and obtain any necessary permits or permissions.
  • Nearby Towns/Villages: If you prefer more comfortable accommodation, you can consider staying in nearby towns such as Joshimath or Chamoli. These towns offer a range of hotels and guesthouses to suit various budgets.

It’s important to note that the availability and quality of accommodation may vary, especially in remote areas. It is advisable to plan and book your accommodation in advance, especially during peak pilgrimage seasons, to ensure a comfortable stay during your visit to Rudranath.

Nearest Airport/Railway Station:

The nearest airport to Rudranath Temple is the Jolly Grant Airport, located in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. It is approximately 220 kilometers away from Rudranath. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Gopeshwar village, which serves as the starting point for the pilgrimage.

The nearest railway station to Rudranath is Rishikesh Railway Station, situated in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. It is approximately 200 kilometers away from Rudranath. From Rishikesh, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Gopeshwar village.

Please note that after reaching Gopeshwar, you will need to proceed further on foot or by trekking to reach Rudranath Temple, as it is not accessible by road.