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As told by the locales once King Chand saw a cow milking itself on a stone while he was going for a battle. On further checking the place a ‘Shivling (holy symbol of Lord Shiva)’ was revealed. After returning victorious from the war, King Chand constructed this temple. Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, also houses a status of Lord Ganesha.
Try taking road to Vridh Jageshwar to cherish the vibrant natural beauty of the place.
Being situated on the topmost point in the Jageshwar valleys, the spot offers fascinating views of the nearby hills. If there are no clouds the snow-capped Nanda Devi peaks are clearly visible from this point.
Heavenly peace and beautiful landscapes; pilgrimage as well as adventures…Amazing Almora. Trekking enthusiasts can take a trek back to Jageshwar, this is the 3 km. trek from the back of Vridh Jageshwar temple…
And the last nearby spot was the Dandeshwar temple complex, dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is the biggest shrine of all the 500 temples in Jageshwar. Contrary to custom the Shivling here is a natural uncut rock. Flowing water steam and adjacent hills provide a fantasy tale setting to this temple.
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By late afternoon we were back at Jageshwar, the evening was totally reserved for exploring the Jageshwar temples and take part in the evening worship, AARTI at the temple.
There are around 500 temples spread across the hills surrounding the Jageshwar Dham. Keep on exploring the beautiful surroundings, keep on counting the temples. This is the most beautiful complex of temples in Almora or temples in India, I have come across.
Uttarakhand is called as देवभूमि, Land of the Gods. At Jageshwar there is no doubt Gods must have stayed or still are staying at this place. There is also a museum, 50 m. from the Jageshwar Dham, which carries an intricate treasure of beautiful statues. Do take some time to visit this, you will be astonished by the art...
Photography is strictly prohibited inside the museum...
The Aarti finishes by 6:30 PM and thereafter the Jageshwar town goes to sleep. That finished our Day 3 as well in Jageshwar. Perfect harmony with nature Jageshwar.
Day 4: After early morning worship at the temple, we set out for return journey to Kathgodam. We had night train from Kathgodam, so we had sufficient time to cover the Katarmal Sun temple and Bhimtal.
Katarmal is 16 km. from Almora town and hidden inside cluster of hills. Visit here is all joys and curiosity how such a gigantic construction took place at this spot. Once in year, the first ray of sun falling on temple enlightens statue of Sun God in the temple and many devotees from the nearby places visit this temple. Katarmal is one of the perfect offbeat attractions in Uttarakhand.
It will take around 1.5-2 hours to cover. Read more about Katarmal…
While cruising via Almora, do try the delicate sweets of this region. Bal Mithai (बाल मिठाई) is a brown chocolate-like fudge, made with roasted khoya (thickened/ dried milk by heating), coated with white sugar balls. Singori or Singauri is a sweet made with fresh Khoya and wrapped in maalu leaf.
In the way we came across a spot called “Frog Point”. Out of curiosity we stopped the car and went ahead on the suspension bridge to see this place. A huge rock resembling the shape of frog is lying at the river bed and most of the visiting vehicles stop at this point. Check out…
Finally, towards the end of our journey we arrived at Bhimtal. Prominent attraction here is the Bhimtal lake which is named after Bhim, the most powerful of the Pandavas. A huge lake with an island at the centre is a major attraction. One can enjoy boating in the lake, horse riding, mountain biking and hang gliding at Bhimtal.
Bhimtal is the place which connects Kathgodam to the Kumaun region and to Nepal and Tibet. It might have been the part of the famous ancient silk route. There is a big market nearby to lake and one can enjoy every cuisine in this market.
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Keep travelling Guys...
February 1, 2017
Day 1: Delhi-Kathgodam-Kainchi Dham-Almora-Lakhudiyar-Jageshwar Dham
Day 2: Jageshwar – Pithoragarh (Gangolihat – Patal Bhubaneshwar) – Jageshwar
Day 3: Jageshwar and nearby temples
Day 4: Jageshwar – Almora – Katarmal Sun Temple – Bhimtal–Kathgodam -Delhi
This is the same place which Steve Jobs had advised Mark Zuckerberg to visit in order to find way ahead. You will love the atmosphere and surroundings of this spot. After having some snacks in the roadside eateries, we again started our drive to Jageshwar.
Exceptionally picturesque drive with dense vegetated hills and accompanying river streams was resulting in frequent halts for photography. So we decided to skip the Katarmal Sun temple (16 km. from Almora town) and not to stop in the way anymore before our next destination, Chitai Golu Devta Temple (52 km. from Kainchi Dham, 89 km. from Kathgodam). It was built during 12th century and is characterised by countless bells hung in the temple premises.
Chitai temple is 6 km. from Almora town and is dedicated to Golu Devta, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Golu Devta in the most worshipped God in Kumaun region and has reputation of granting every wish, if requested with a clear conscience. People from far off places come here and convey their wishes/ problems written on a paper which are tied around the temple premises. We came across many official stamp papers hanging around with details about the litigations.
Once their wishes have been fulfilled, people come back and tie around a bell in the premises as thanksgiving to Golu Devta. Even people who have not got justice in court of law come here to seek the true justice and they have got the divine justice from Golu Devta. Now we realised why thousands of bells are hung around the temple premises. We too prayed and requested the all mighty for fulfilment of our wishes.
Well this heap is fodder for animals for winter, when fodder is not available on the hills due to snowfall. This has been tied a little above the ground to avoid animals finishing this in summers itself.
Finally, we reached our destination for the day, Jageshwar Dham. Inside a small valley, adjacent to meeting point of 2 river streams (Nandini and Surabhi) and hills covered with Deodar forests, something out of the regular world. This was our destination for next 2 days. Main temple complex at Jageshwar Dham consists of 127 small and big temples. Most prominent being Mritunjaya Temple, Nagesh Jyotirlinga temple and Dandeshwar complex of temples. And yes we reached in time to attend the worship at Jageshwar Dham.
91 km. from Jageshwar we reached at Gangolihat in Pithoragarh district. Haat Kalika Mandir an important pilgrimage centre and is worshipped as one of the Shakti Peeths. The temple is the abode of Goddess Mahakali, who is believed to shift her place from West Bengal to Gangolihat. The temple is much visited by the Indian Armed Forces as well and is maintained by Kumaun regiment.
This is the place where the severed head of Lord Ganesha fall. On request of Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha was bought back to life. Lord Brahma had sprinkled holy water from his divine 8 petalled lotus (visible in stone) to keep sustain the body till the time head of elephant was implanted.
One has to get down 30 m. underground to reach the magnificent world of Patal Bhubaneshwar Cave. Vow, it was one of the best experiences we had in our lives. Thanked Gods for such an opportunity to visit this heavenly place. Will surely come at least once more to this cave temple, that’s a promise. By the time we returned to Jageshwar it was pretty late in night. That was our wonderful Day 2.
Please note that there is a filling station just at exit of Jageshwar. And there is no petrol pump/ filling station for next 70 km. till Gangolihat. Make sure you do not run out of fuel.
Route map for Day 1 and 2, click here...
Continue reading for Day 3 and Day 4...
State of Uttarakhand consists of two regions Kumaun and Garhwal. Kumaun region is made up by districts of Almora, Bageshwar, Champawat, Nainital, Pithoragarh and Udham Singh Nagar. It is bounded on the north by Tibet, on the east by Nepal, on the south by the state of Uttar Pradesh, and on the west by the Garhwal region.
Nearest major centres and railway stations are Haldwani (88 km.) and Kathgodam (85 km.). Regular bus services are available from Haldwani to Almora. If you are coming by train get down at Haldwani station as most of the buses start from Haldwani.
By Road: Almora is well connected by bus services from Delhi and other nearby cities.
By Air: Nearest airport is at Pantnagar, 149 km. However very few flights operate for Pantnagar.
Continue reading for Day 3 and Day 4...
January 13, 2017
The life in North Goa have so much to offer that you need to plan your itinerary carefully to make the best of your trip.
We would like to present you with a complete guide on the best places to visit in North Goa to help you plan a memorable itinerary.
The area of North Goa is also very popular for the amazing churches. No matter the spirituality beliefs, there’s a certain sense of calm that is experienced by one and all. Some well-known churches that are a must visit are the Mae De Deus Church known for its impeccable architecture, Reis Magos church, Church of Lady of Miracles, and church of Nossa Senhora. One very interesting Hindu temple to visit is the temple of Bogeshwara. A masterpiece in its own right, the temple offers a mesmerising charm that captivates your senses.
3. For partying and entertainment
Goa and parties are synonymous to each other. From the upmarket crowd hangs of the Candolim area to the discos of the Baga- Calangute stretch, every night is a night to remember in goa.
While in Candolim, don’t forget to enjoy at SinQ beach club located right opposite Taj Holiday village and the LPK waterfront near Nerul market. Alongside the stretch between Baga and Calangute, you can enjoy Cape Town café, Cock’s Town beach shack, and Club Tito’s.
If your night stay is around the Vagator beach, don’t forget to pay a visit to the Hill Top. No, it’s not a mountain, it’s the most happening area for the perfect psy- trance parties. Some other names like the Club Cubana near Baga beach, Paradiso near Anjuna, and AZ.U.R. of Marriott resort are some of the most legendary names in Goa party circuit.
4. For shopping
Shopping in goa is great fun but not when it’s about branded clothing and super stores. Goa shopping is all about hippie clothing, funky jewellery, and gothic accessories in a variety that’s hard to find anywhere else. You’ll love shopping here if you know the art of bargaining. Go to the Mapusa market and walk through the brilliant flavouring agents of the delicious Goanese cuisine. Yes, find delectable variety of spices, vintage, textiles, conventional handicrafts, Goan earthenware, exotic fruits, and more.
Another market bustling with tourists is the Anjuna flea market. Held every Wednesday, the place has amazing handicrafts, junk jewellery and accessories. Beware of the high prices and don’t buy without proper haggling. If earthen jewellery excites you, the Calangute market square will make you super happy. Buy a beer and a plate of fried prawns from one of the stalls and go on a shopping and leisure spree.
How to reach North Goa:
By Air - Fly from any main city of India to the Dabolim airport located at just 30kms from Panjim. From Panjim you can travel easily by taxi, rented vehicles or bus as well.