Day-5, 19th August 2018, Jageshwar to Kathgodam.We visited Jageshwar at 6 AM which is in a narrow beautiful valley surrounded by a dense forest of deodar trees. It is considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and lies on the ancient route of Kailash Mansarovar. Jageshwar temple complex consists of 124 temples ranging between 7th - 18th century and are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Goddess Jageshwar, Mrityunjaya, Kedareshwar, Surya, Navgraha, Lakulish, Baleshwar, Pushti Devi, Kalika Devi etc. We can find many shops and stalls leading all the way to the temple complex. Legend has it that Lord Shiva came to Jageshwar to escape the severe winter of Mount Kailash.A little further up on the road on the right side we can see a board for Kuber temple dating back to 10th century. We started our return journey at 8.30 AM to Kathgodam via Almora and visited Chitai Golu Devta temple and Kasar Devi temple but before that we stopped at Khem Singh's shop in Almora to buy some Bal Mathai and Chocolate.Chitai Golu Devta Temple is about 10 Km from Almora and 4 Km from the main gate of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary. Golu Devta is seen in form of Lord Shiva, his brother Kalva Devta is in form of Bhairava and Garh Devi is form of Shakti. Golu Devta is also prayed as key deity (Ista/ Kula Devta) in many villages of Kumaon and Garhwal regions of Uttarakhand. It is popular belief that Golu Devta dispenses quick justice to the devotee. Devotees in turn offer bells after the fulfillment of their wishes. Thousands of bells of every size can be seen hanging over the temple premises. Many devotees file a lot of written petitions daily, which are received by the temple.Kasar Devi temple is about 10 Km from Almora and is situated on a hill top lined with dense forest. It dates to 2nd century. Swami Vivekananda visited and meditated here in 1890's. This temple has been found to be of special importance because the region around this temple has enormous geomagnetic field. This is because this temple comes under the Van Allen Belt. The causes behind the formation of this belt have been researched by NASA for the last two years. Two other famous places which have been found to have similar high magnetic field (Van Allen Belt) are Machu Picchu in Peru and Stonehenge in England.
Reaching NainitalFrom Delhi, there are many buses available that commute to the destination. You can even book your train and then transfer from Kathgodam or Haldwani. You have to further commute via bus or cab from Haldwani to reach Nainital. Many government buses are available at Haldwani bus station.Choose your mean and back your bag to explore the best of Nainital for your weekend trip.
Saturday, 11th Nov: Shatabdi train to Kathgodam.. We reached Kathgodam before 12pm.. We met Anand at the station, took charge of the Avenger and set off to Ranikhet..
Kathgodam, Almora: A less explored hill station at 6 hrs. from delhi. Almora came to news some time ago for being the electromagnetic center. Its said that Swami Vivekananda came here in the search of inner peace. He reached the state of inner calm and took the resolution to bring a new light to the world.Temple of Shivji at the distance of apx. 8 km from almora bus stand is a scenic place. Walking to the temple gives you a immense pleasure. At the same time you can loose yourself to the nature.#NatureAtItsBest #Nature #ScenicBeauty #Kathgodam #Almora #SargrahiTemple #Weekend&feature=youtu.be
We reached Kathgodam railway station at 4:30am on a freezing morning, and were greeted by a fleet of five taxis, arranged by Indiahikes, waiting there to take all of us to the basecamp at Lohajung. The 10-hour journey from Kathgodam to Lohajung could only be completed via road, and we were pleasantly surprised at how well everything seemed to have been managed."Lohajung, as the locals say, is the place where Goddess Parvati had a war (jung) with the demon, Lohasur. Hence, the name, which translates to war with Lohasur." Interesting indeed.