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MYSTICAL PAURI

Rating :
''Must visit to view snow-laden mountain peaks, meandering rivers and dense forests''

LOCATION : In Pauri Garhwal, Uttarakhand state, India.

GETTING THERE : The district of Pauri in Uttarakhand is well connected to other key destinations in the state.

By Air:
Nearest airport is Jollygrant, Dehradun. From here, one can hire a cab or hop on to a bus for Pauri, which is about 155kms from the airport.

By Rail:
From Delhi, one can get on to a direct train to either Kotdwar, Dehradun or Haridwar. Luxury buses and private taxis can be taken from these places to Pauri town.

By Road:
One can catch buses from ISBT Kashmir Gate, Delhi to Kotdwar and Pauri city or even drive down. National highway number 119 also connects Pauri with most of the towns of Uttarakhand. Buses and taxis are available from Dehradun, Haridwar, Kotdwar, Mussoorie and Rishikesh.

PLACES OF INTEREST : KANDOLIYA TEMPLE:
Surrounded by dense pine and oak forests, Kandoliya temple is located 2kms away from main Pauri town. One can easily drive down from the town to this temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It’s also a sunset point and gives breathtaking view of Pauri town on one side and Gangwarsyun valley on the other. There’s also a park adjacent to the temple, where families come for picnic often.

RANSI:
Close to Kandoliya temple is Ransi, Asia’s highest stadium.

BAIKUNTH CHATURDASHI:
A fair takes place here every year during the Baikunth Chaturdashi, when women can be seen lighting lamps on their palm the whole night and seek blessings for a baby.

DUDHATOLI:
It’s a 12 kms and one of the most beautiful treks from Baikunth Chaturdashi. Trekkers can have view of mighty mountains, waterfalls and bugyals (pastureland) on their way to Dudhatoli plateau, incorporating parts of Lansdowne, Pauri and Karanprayag. Dudhatoli was the dreamland of great freedom fighter Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali and every year on 12th June a big cultural fair is organised here in his memory.

KYUNKALESHWAR MAHADEV:
This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva was built by Adi Sankaracharya during his visit to Pauri in an effort to revive Hinduism. The temple also has idols of Parvati, Ganesha, Karthikeya, Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita. This place offers magical view of snow laden Himalayas along with Alaknanda Valley and Pauri town.

CHAUKHAMBA VIEW POINT:
A popular picnic spot for tourists, this point overlooks the magnificent Idwal valley and Chaukhamba peaks. It is about 4kms from Pauri town. Surrounded by dense oak and rhododendron forests, Chaukhamba viewpoint is known for offering mesmerising scenic view of Himalayan peaks and glaciers.

KHIRSU:
This place is a must visit for its tranquility and picturesque beauty. About 15 kms from Pauri, Khirsu is a pollution free place and one can even stay overnight here in the government owned Tourist Rest House and Forest Rest House. The place is full of apple orchards, oak and deodar trees and offers captivating views of the imposing Himalayan range. Devotees and followers frequently visit shrine of Ghandiyal Devta here.

JWALPA DEVI:
Located about 34 kms from Pauri, this famous Shakti peeth is dedicated to Goddess Durga. A large number of devotees flock here especially during navratras every year for the fulfillment of wishes. One has to walk down about 300 metres from the motorable road to reach the temple. According to legend, the demon king Pulom’s daughter, Sachi wanted to marry the king of heaven-Indra. She prayed to Jwalpa Devi who appeared to her in the form of Deptiman Jwaleshwari and her wish was fulfilled.

TARAKUND:
It’s a picturesque town located amidst mighty mountains in the Chariserh Development Area. A small lake and an ancient temple adorn the place. Its scenic grandeur will certainly leave you spellbound. To get to Tarakund, one needs to drive upto Padani which is about 44 km from Pauri. From Padani, Tarakund is a 5 km trek. The Teej festival is celebrated with great enthusiasm in this town.

NAGDEV:
The temple dedicated to snake god Nag is located on Pauri- Bubakhal road and is 5kms from the bus stop. One can reach there by a trek of about a km. It is located in between dense forests of pine and rhodendron and on the way to temple one can also stop over at an observatory from where one can get a gigantic and thrilling view of magnificent Himalayan ranges like Chaukhamba, Gangotri Group, Banderpoonch, Kedardom, Kedarnath etc.

SITA MATA TEMPLE:
Dedicated to Goddess Sita , this temple is about 15 kms from Pauri town. A 3-day fair is organised here every year in the May month when a small rock comes out from nearby land. Tourists in large numbers come to see this miracle. Legends says that on this place Sita Mata went under the earth.

STAY OPTIONS : V Resorts Pauri, Devprayag Road, Pauri Garhwal. Ph: +91 99 53 001152

Mumukshu Resort, Devprayag Road, Pauri Garhwal. Ph: +91 85 27 691622

Dreamz Resorts, Starting of Kandoliya Road, Near Agency Chowk, Pauri town. Ph: 09897809898, 09761124499.

Hotel Shail Shikhar , Near Circuit House, Kandoliya Road, Pauri town. Ph: +91 96 34 572007

Swasteek Resort, Devprayag Road, Pauri Garhwal. Ph: 09557558545

GMVN Pauri Garhwal, Tourist Bunglow. Ph: 01352740896, 2746817, 2749308, 2748478.

Riverside Resort, Maletha, Rishikesh-Badrinath Highway, Devprayag, Pauri Garhwal. Ph: 0 9412950433

Deep Dinky Dine Hotel, Srinagar Road, Pauri. Ph: 01368222000

Hotel Frontier, Pauri Town. Ph: 01368222270

Hotel Delux. Ph: 01368223987

Archid Green Guest House, Khirsu. Ph: 01368228545

Hotel Madhuban Lodge & Restaurant. Ph: 01368223322


Source / Review By : Pramugdha Mamgain Nautiyal

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