Sites of cultural significance in Uttarakhand
Baghnath that literally suggests the ‘Tiger Lord’ is a temple after which the Bagheswar city is named. This famous Hindu temple is a Shaivism site dedicated to Lord Shiva the transformer within the ‘Trinity’ namely Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva himself). This ancient shrine is adorned in the Bageshwar city of Kumaon and is flooded with devotees during the shivratri festival.
Anasakti Ashram is a peaceful place in Kausani famous for the stay of Mahatma Gandhi for two weeks in 1929. Also known as Gandhi Ashram, this place was described by Gandhi Ji himself as the Switzerland of India, after falling in love with its pristine beauty. In the same place he treatise and practised the Anasakti Yoga. There is a small prayer room in this ashram where prayers are held every morning and evening.
Abbott Mount Church
In the solitary hill station of Abbott Mount perched at 6,400 feet above sea level, withstands an old rustic church called Abbott Mount Church built in 1942.
Baijnath is famous for its ancient temples, located at an altitude of 1126 mts, on the banks of the Gomti River in the Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. The town draws its name from the Baijnath temple. It is one of the important places to visit in Bageshwar (Kumaon region) because of its historical and religious importance.
Admist the main city of Champawat is the historical “Baleshwar Temple”. Built by the rulers of Chand Dynasty, Baleshwar Temple is a marvelous symbol of stone carving. There isn’t any historical manuscript that dates the Baleshwar temple, however it is believed to be built between 10 – 12 century A.D.
Banasur Ka Kila
This medieval-era fort was built in the memory of Banasur, thousand-armed son of mythological king Bali who was slayed by Lord Krishna. The fort, situated 7kms from Lohaghat in Champawat district offers a perfect vantage to view the majestic Himalayan peaks in its full glory. Vanasur Ka Kila also known as Banasur Ka Kila.
Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple
Named after the powerful Mahabharata character Bhim, Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple is situated at Bhimtal. According to the Skandpurana, once upon a time Bheem travelled to Himalayas all by himself.
Jageshwar – Abode of Twelve Jyotirlings
Jageshwar is situated at an elevation of 1,870 mts above sea level and at a distance of 37 kms from Almora. Jageshwar is an important tourist destination of Kumaon and receives thousands of visitors every year. It is situated amidst dense Deodar forest with a stream flowing at its backyard.
Katarmal Sun Temple
The Katarmal Surya Temple is a 9th-century temple built by Katarmalla, a Katyuri King, exhibiting the architectural style of the ancient artisans. This Hindu temple is perched at an elevation of 2,116 meters above sea level and is situated at a distance of 19 kms from Almora.
Lakhudiyar Rock Painting
The Lakhudiyar Walls located in the Barechhina village of the Almora district of Uttarakhand. It is a marvelous piece of history that is preserved in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. It depicts the life of the early man during the times of Stone Age. The Lakhudiyar is located at the banks of the Suyal River in Almora. These caves have the paintings of animals, humans and also tectiforms done with fingers in black, red and white. It has become a historical sight and also a piece of history to be preserved as it is an archaeological rock for India.
Nanda Devi Temple Almora
In the tranquil vistas of Kumaon, lies a sacred temple of Nanda Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu Goddess Durga. This holy shrine is located in the heart of Almora city. Many Hindu pilgrims religiously visit this temple as Nanda Devi is considered to be the “Destroyer of Evil” and the saviour of the denizens of Kumaon as well as other regions of Uttarakhand.
Dating back to Megalithic Age, Pariyadeva Pashan is a popular tourist attraction, especially to archeology enthusiasts. This famous archeological site is known for its ancient relics like long stones with cup-marks that date back to megalithic age (1500 BC to 500 BC).
St Johns Church
A Roman Catholic Church in Lansdowne, St John’s Church is the only running Church in Lansdowne. Located on the Mall Road, between the way to to St Mary Church, St John’s Church was established in 1936. Beautiful interiors and serene atmosphere makes its a must visit place in Lansdowne.
Kalsi is a small town located in between Chakrata and Dehradun near Dakpatthar on the banks of Yamuna river. Kalsi town is known for its heritage importance. Famous Mauryan Emperor, Ashoka’s inscriptions as rock edicts is present in Kalsi. It’s importance rises as it is the only Ashoka’s Rock edict located in North India. The language used in these edicts is Pali.
Jagatram is a historically significant and heritage site near Vikasnagar, Dehradun. Jagatram is located at 6 km from Vikasnagar, famous for ancient horse sacrifice site. This historic site is now under care of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).