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Katarmal Sun Temple

From Hotel Shivalik a 3 kms trek takes you to the Katarmal Temple. Katarmal is 800–years old Sun Temple dedicated to the Sun God. The only other temple in India dedicated to Sun is the Konark temple in Puri, Orissa. The temple is a monument of historical importance, though presently the structure is in a decayed state. The temple has some unique architectural style and the images carved on the walls are very intricately done. Though amidst ruins, it still stands as a major point of attraction in the region and many devotees visit here to offer prayer to the Sun God. The first rays of the sun falls straight on this Sun Temple. Sun temple in Katarmal built in the 9th century Katarmal near by Almora has the Second important Sun Temple in the country. The deity of the sun temple in Katarmal is known as Burhadita or Vraddhaditya (the old Sun God). The temple, noted for its magnificent architecture, artistically made stone and metallic sculptures and beautifully carved pillars and wooden doors, has a cluster of 44 small, exquisitely carved temples surrounding it.

Dunagiri Temple

Dunagiri is a historic area in Almora district in the state of Uttarakhand in India. Approximately 400 km (250 mi) from Delhi, a cluster of six small villages forms the place that is variously known as Dunagiri, Drongiri and Doonagiri. According to the local tradition, the town has been regularly visited by sages of India who established their ashrams here in the midst of nature. Ashram of Garg Muni was at Dunagiri after whom river Gagas is said to have been named. Sukhdev Muni’s ashram was also here, at a place now known as “Sukh Devi”. During their period of anonymous travel, the Pandavas of Mahabharata took shelter at Dunagiri. Pandukholi is said to be the place near Dunagiri where they stayed for a period of time. Pandav’s Guru Dronacharya also did tapasya at Dunagiri. Dunagiri is mentioned in Manas khand of Skanda Purana. Dunagiri Devi is described as Mahamaya Harpriya. Manaskhand of Skandpuran bestows Dunagiri with the title of Brahm-parvat. This Shaktipeeth in its essence has been influenced over time by Shaiva, Vaishnav and Shakt practices.

Chitai Temple

This temple is known for virtual law court. Diety came here to beg from worry. Goats are sacrificed here as offering in the temple. The most popular story about Gwalla talks of a local king who, while hunting, sent his servants to look for water. The servants disturbed a woman who was praying. The woman, in a fit of anger, taunted the king that he could not separate two fighting bulls and proceeded to do so herself. The king was very impressed by this deed and he married the lady. When this queen got a son, the other queens, who were jealous of her, placed a stone in its place and the child in a cage and put the cage into the river. The child was brought up by a fisherman. When the boy grew up he took a wooden horse to the river and on being questioned by the queens he replied that if women can give birth to stone then wooden horses can drink water. When the king heard about this, he punished the guilty queens and crowned the boy, who went on to be known as Gwalla devata.

Nanda Devi Temple

Famous for its Nanda devi Rajjat which comes after every 12 year. It is very beatiful temple of which symolize the Chand Dynasty. Located in the town above the mall. During the period of Chand kings, Nanda Devi worship took the shape of a fair. Prior to that, Nanda Devi was being worshipped, but at that time only an idol of Nanda Devi used to be worshipped. The custom to make two idols started from the period of Baj Bahadur Chand. Even today, only one idol is prepared in the remote villages. The reason for this addition appears to be because the goddesses Nanda and Sunanda together took birth as princesses in the royal family and to mark this new reincarnation, the practice of celebrating a festival for both sisters together was introduced in which a story of from their life is enacted.The twin peaks of the Nanda Devi and Sunanda Devi Mountain are said to be the abode or represent the two goddesses. These graceful peaks are visible from most of Kumaon division of Uttarakhand province of In.

Ramkrishna Kutir (10 Kms)

Bright End Corner, Almora – 263601, Uttarakhand, India. Phone : 05962-254417, Email : : A branch centre of the worldwide Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission. This is a Himalayan monastery for spiritual practices of the true seekers of God. Swami Vivekananda, the patriot saint of India, had the desire to establish a retreat centre in the Himalayas, the Devabhumi (Land of Gods) at Almora, exclusively for spiritual practices (Japa and Meditation) and scriptural studies. Therefore Swami Turiyananda and Swami Shivananda, direct disciples of Sri Ramakrishna, established a monastery, in 1916, on the outskirts of Almora town. This ashrama popularly known as “Ramakrishna Kutir” commands a snow-range view of the Himalayas and is free from the din and bustle of town life. At present, monastics, lay devotees, and admirers of Sri Ramakrishna and true seekers of God are allowed to enjoy the ashrama facilities for practising sadhana in the spiritual atmosphere of this ashrama.

Kasaar Devi temple (15 Kms)

Kasar Devi temple is a serene spot to visit. There a several Hindu and Budhhist temple with a small cave in Kasar Devi. The Bhddhist scholar Lama Govinda Anagrika and his painter wife Li Gotami used to live around. It is believed that this temple was built by a king named Rudrak. Kasaar Devi Temple is mentioned in Skanda Purana. Kasar Devi is a temple on the Kashyap Hills, 7 km North from Almora, where Swami Vivekananda once came to meditate in the late 19th century. This place is also famous for magnificent view of Himalayas and the breathtaking night view of Almora city. The area is home to deodar and pine forests. It also provides views not just of Almora and the Hawabagh Valley, but also of the panoramic view of the Himalayas from Bandarpunch peak on the Himachal Pradesh border to Api Himal in Nepal. A large fair, known as Kasar Devi Fair, is held at the Kasar Devi temple on the occasion of Kartik Poornima in the Hindu calendar, corresponding to November and December.

Ranikhet (38 Kms)

About 40 Kms from Kosi – the quiet and beautiful cantonment township of Ranikhet is famous for its salubrious climate, balmy breeze captivating and panoramic Himalayan View and soothing and pollution free greenery of pines and oaks. It is also famous as the regimental center of the Kumaun Regiment of Indian Army- one of the most prestigious and the most decorated of all. The Kumaun Regimental museum and amicably maintained grassy and green golf course are memorable experiences even for the most experienced tourists. From Ranikhet, a four km sojourn takes you to the Chaubatiya gardens famous for its sprawling orchards of delicious apples, plums, peaches and apricots. It is the result of the pioneering efforts of a Briton who settled here some 150 years ago. In and around Ranikhet are some famous temples. Jhoola Devi Mandir, Ram Mandir, Herakhan Mandir, Kalika Temple and Binsar Mahadeva are a few of them.

Kausani (40 kms)

Situating amongst thick, dense pine forest, atop a narrow ridge and separated from the towering mountains of the Nanda Devi range by low, medium mountians of the Nanda Devi range by low, medium mountians; at kausani the grandeur of the Himalayan scenery comes alive. The view of the snow-covered Trishul and Nanda Devi is so clear that one gets a feeling of the snows being within touching distance. Mahatma Gandhi, who spent 12 days in 1929 at Kausani, penned his memorable commentary on the Gita-Ana-Shakti Yoga inspired by the scenic grandeur of this richly gifted spot. The guest house where the Mahatma stayed is now known as the Anashakti Ashram. One place that any tourist must visit on a trip to Kausani is its famous tea garden, called Giria Uttaranchal Tea Estate. It is located 5 km from the town, on the Bageshwar Road, perched 1200 to 1800 m above sea level.