Almora is full of temples, some near some far. Kasar Devi temple is a pleasant and easy walk from Almora, some 7-8 KM away from the town. The temple here is old, dated back to the 2nd century AD. But the temple has a history that was made quirkier in the latter half of the 20th century when it became a spot on the map of the counter-culture movement or, hippies. Kasar Devi became a part of the international 'hippie trail', and has seen people like Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Robert Thurman and his daughter Uma Thurman (as a child) visiting here. As a result, it’s quite aptly called the 'hippie hill' and less often referred to as Crank's Ridge after Leary streaked through the place!
Jhula Devi Temple
The Jhula Devi temple is a very important place of attraction at the Ranikhet hill Station. Its settled at a distance of seven kilometer far from the city of Ranikhet close to Chaubatia Gardens in Almora district within the Indian state of Uttarakhand. The current Temple complicated was made in 1935. The myriad bells that loiter around the temple compound area unit an affidavit to the divine and also the healing powers of "Maa Jhula Devi" .It is aforementioned that the Temple is sort of 700 years old. Leopards and Tigers accustomed attack individuals and remove their placental mammal, individuals felt scared and therefore prayed to "Maa Durga" for their protection from the harmful wild animals. it's aforementioned that "The Goddess" Ma Durga appeared in a shepherd's dream and asked him to get your hands on a selected place wherever he would realize an idol and she or he wished a temple to be made at that web site.
Golu Devta Temple
Golu Devta is generally considered God of Justice. Most devotes worship the immortal and elicit the justice on behalf of the injustice are done to them or with their family. Devotes worship at Golu Devta with the means that of White material, Pagri and White scarf. Individuals believes that God asks for in propitiation could be a bell, as is clear from the thousands of bells arrange across the temple premises. Anyone will even get Gollu Devtas divine intervention by writing to him. Stacks of letter area unit stapled everywhere the temple alongside bells. It absolutely was his belief that every one thirty three crores gods and Goddesses area unit present in an exceedingly single temple. Golu devta have siblings Kalva Devta, in kind of Bhairava and Garh Hindu deity within the kind of Sakti. In villages of Chamoli that area unit terribly near Kumaon, Golu Devta is additionally worshiped as key immortal Kull Devta.
Dunagiri is a district in Kumaon, associate unbelievably lovely settled at the amazingly beautiful Himalayas. Touching associate astounding 8,800 feet, the luxurious forest setting overlooks beautiful snow peaks and a dramatically serene landscape.Situated four hundred kilometer North of metropolis, it takes 10-11 hours to achieve Dunagiri from metropolis. a hundred kilometer from Nainital, Dunagiri is forty three kilometer from from Ranikhet and concerning fifty kilometer from Kausani. One will visit Rishikesh/Haridwar from Dunagiri in twelve and a half hours. And it is easy to travel from Dunagiri to Badrinath, to depression of Flowers National park or to the revered Hemkund European .Dunagiri is additionally intimately related to Mahavatar Babaji and Kriya Yoga. it absolutely was at Dunagiri in 1861 that Shyamacharan Lahiri, higher called Lahiri Mahashaya, was given initiation into Kriya Yoga and therefore the discipline of Kriya Yoga was re-established within the world when having been lost for hundreds of years.
Kausani Tea Estate
After the Ashram visit we walked down the mountains for some 4-5 Kms towards the Kausani Tea Estate. This is the place where you find the tea plantations. However it's not really been given alot of importance but that's what draws a lot of attention for tea lovers here. The plantations here is not that great as compared to Darjeeling and other destinations.
Chevron Rosemount has been hosting travellers in the hills for more than the last 100 years. This luxurious retreat is still gloriously pristine with louvered balconies looking out to the hills, arched windows on stone walls and rooms furnished with taste. Your stay at Rosemount will include a host of amenities and excursion experiences at Chaubatia Gardens, Manila, Haidakhan Temple, Jhula Devi Temple and Upat Golf Course.How to reach: The distance between Delhi to Ranikhet is 350km and direct trains are available everyday from Delhi to Kathgodam. Kathogodam railway station is located 72km from Ranikhet and taxis run all day long on the route.To know more, follow Chevron Rosemount on Instagram and Facebook.
How to Reach: Located 36 kms east of Almora, the place can easily be reached by bus and car/taxi.Mythology: This group of famous temples in India date from 8th century to 18th century. According to locals, "Shiva selected this place to be his abode. During the tapasya by Shiva, demons obstruct his penance. Then God "Sam" come into being as Trinetra and send his ganas to kill the demons. It is believed that Sam will come to Kot Linga temple premises to save humanity and Jageshwar in Kalyuga. Adi Shankacharya tried to build the maim temple at Kotlinga but to no avail as Sam wanted Kotlinga to be specifically reserved for the meditation of Shiva. Old ruins of a temple structure can be found near Kotlinga. Local people still believe that Sam or Lakulisha, the Lord with a stick shall come and built the real Jageshwar temple near Kotlinga and thus save the mankind from adversities of Kalyuga." (Credits Wikipedia)
It was once that the Father Of Nation " Mahatma Gandhi" visited Kausani back in 1929 and stayed here for 2 weeks. Gandhi was so overwhelmed with the natural beauty of this location that he fell in love with the pristine beauty that he termed this location as the " Switzerland of India ". Theres not much to see here but yes, you can find a few pictures of Mahatma Gandhi and also a small prayer room. The real picture is outside the Ashram which gives you a view of the Nandadevi. And yes the locals believe it if you are lucky enough you can also get a glance of Kailash Parbat.
CHAUBATIA GARDEN"Chaubatia Garden" is the best place in Ranikhet to get the lovely views. It's 2 kms walk around!! 9 kms from Ranikhet ,situated at Cantt area. Chaubatia Garden is full of apple, apricots, peach trees. It's pretty place to stroll and enjoy. The sky was clear, the fluffy clouds were floating......seemed they offering me a ride.
Kausani Shawl Factory
Factory as the name suggests I wondered if we were heading to a factory, I expected a huge building with smoke chimneys, though of course how a chimney fits a shawl no thoughts. Probably the stereotype mentality. The factory wasn't a factory but a shop it's exactly opposite to the Kausani Tea Estate. The shopkeeper upon request takes you to a guided tour of the factory, which is ideally like 6 looks connected together. The Kausani Shawl Factory has been going on for a lot of years. It's the hardworking​ people doing it for a living no wonders it's a bit expensive but we don't really think like that while buying a brand like Calvin Klein or Gucci, do we ? Consider this also a brand of long running tradition and don't hesitate to buy one. We headed back around our hotel locality and enjoyed some really good Veg Momos and some hot and spicy soup. One thing I love about the mountains is the Maggi and the other is some spicy soup which the locals cook deliciously amazing. In the mountains days are really short and it was just 6.00 Pm and it was dark we consulted the locals and headed towards an amazing small time restaurant the food was delicious and you gotta finish your food quick. We returned to our hotel and relaxed outside in the open no wonder it was freezing cold but you would never miss stargazing or would you ? It was 8 pm absolutely quite and you could see a whole galaxy of stars outside. The view was something to die for you could see shooting stars, constellations and what not. Imagine a glass of scotch in your hand and your best friend's by your side talking about how long the journey has been together, isn't that something you crave ? I am sure you would definitely want that to happen and don't let this become a dream. Pack your bags and just leave.
By the time we started our drive to Ranikhet from Almora, it was already late evening. This drive is one unforgettable one. While cutting through mountains, the roads were so dark that it scared the hell out of us. With less or none traffic at most patch, the drive was just getting better and better as we started entering the jungle.
Dedicated to the work and immense contribution by the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, this ashram was initiated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on May 10th in the year 1963. One can expect to find a number of writings and compositions and as well of photographs of Gandhiji here. There are 8 oil canvas paintings that depict the life of this Indian hero and the place has regular shows on his life. The ashram also has a library where one will find some films on the life and teachings of the man. This gallery is a tribute to Gandhiji and one should pay a visit here.