Archives April 2018

Garur, Bageshwar, Uttarakhand

Garur is a town in the Bageshwar district of the state of Uttarakhand, India.

After Kausani, Garur is midway between Gwaldam and Bageshwar and is a major bus station for KMVN buses.
Nearby places include Kausani, Baijnath, Gwaldam and Bageshwar.

Around 5–6 km from Garur there is a temple of Bhagwati Mata (Kot Ka Mandir) (traces of Ma Bhramri can be found in the last two paragraph of Chapter Eleven of Durga Shaptashati Path – The most sacred Hindu Book equivalent to Gita and Ramayana), which once was a fort owned by the Katyuri Kings.
Also there is a myth that Adi Shankaracharya stayed on this temple overnight while en route to Badrinath.

The market of Garur is one of the oldest in the region (since pre-independence days of the British Rule in India, but the market expanded during 1970 to 2010 with the efforts of social worker and industrialist K D Pandey).

Pic: The sleepy hamlet of Garur as seen from Kausani.

Chaukori, Uttarakhand

Chaukori is a dream, surrounded by the towering Himalayan peaks and dense forests. As the name suggests, it’s like a bowl, cupped within the Himalayan heartland.

At a height of 2,010 m, and 173 km away from Nainital, Chaukori is not just another hill station. It’s for the very few, who want to be there, in the majestic proximity of the Himalayas for an unbound view of the Nanda Devi and Panchchuli peaks.

Chaukori is one of the few places in Kumaon, where you will find tea gardens. It is an idyllic holiday resort amidst unspoilt nature – a land bestowed with natural abundance, fruit orchards, and the forests of Pines, Oaks and Rhododendrons.

One of the most magnificent aspects of holidaying in Chaukori is the fabulous sunrise and sunset that you are treated to. The night sky is studded with a million stars that simply take your breath away. The charming little town of Chaukori is unlike any other hill station you have seen. Chaukori is a somnolent, peaceful hamlet in Pithoragarh district of the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand.

Pic: Nandadevi and Panchachuli as seen from Chaukori Hill Station.

LambiDher Mines, Mussourie, Uttarakhand

Type: Haunted Place

Story: THE WITCH OF LAMBIDHER MINES (must read)

Imagine a very old series of mines, dark tunnels standing amidst the peaks of mighty Himalayas, surrounded by thick forests with clouds touching down in the valley and you will get the idea. It’s an ideal setting for a horror movie which eventually made these mines notorious as haunted.

The legend is of a witch who has taken shelter in the mines and has been responsible for several deaths that occurred here.

Interestingly enough, this woman was also an unfaithful wife in her life. She was the wife of a local miner and mother of two. One day her husband found about her extra-marital affair and the wife, out of fear and guilt, unable to face her husband ran to the mines and hid there for days. Her husband and other villagers looked and looked for her but she couldn’t be found. What she didn’t know was that her lover had also taken off and it created an impression of both of them leaving the village together.

This further infuriated the husband and out of anger he killed both their children, not able to decide if they were his own or other man’s. Days later, the wife stepped out of the mines only to learn about the death of both her children. Ashamed of what she has done and how her acts destroyed her family, she ran to a nearby cliff and jumped off it.

Ever since, it is believed that her soul is still trapped in the mines and is getting violent day by day. People say that right after the death of the wife, strange happenings started to occur in the mines. People started to die in strange and freak accidents every other day. Then there came a time that everyone feared for their lives and not even a single person was ready to step in this mines which by them had earned the fame of being called a death pit.

Ramganga River, Chaukhutiya, Uttarakhand

Chaukhutia is a town in Almora district of Uttarakhand. It is located on the bank of the river Ramganga, and derives its name from a Kumaoni word “Chau-khut” which means four feet. In Chaukhutia’s context, ‘four feet’ means four ways or directions. The first way is towards Ramnagar, second towards Karanprayag, third towards Ranikhet and Almora and the fourth way is towards Tadagtaal, Kheera.

A group of small temples dating back to 9th century AD were found in CHHANI, a village 11kms from Chaukhutia, during an excavation in 2016-17.The temples, according to traditions of the architecture, were constructed around 9000 years ago.Some of the temples didn’t have roofs, but shivalingas inside the temples were still intact. These temples were considered to be a part of a large group of temples that were buried, perhaps, by debris of landslide long back.

National Highway 109 connects Chaukhutia to the cities of Almora, Dwarahat, Karnaprayag and Haldwani. Regular buses ply between Chaukhutia and Ramnagar making it a perfect getaway

P.S. : Perfect spot to set up your tent and enjoy the pious aura of nature.❤

Pic: Beautiful sunset near CHHANI, Chaukhutiya.

Chandak Hills, Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

The imposing Chandak Hills are famous mountain ranges in Pithoragarh or ‘Soar Valley’ that offers a stunning view of the gorgeous landscape of this place. Situated about 8 km away from Pithoragarh, Chandak is a small valley that is stretched till Nepal border. The weather at Chandak remains pleasant with comparatively cold nights.

How to reach : Chandak is 8km away from Pithoragarh market making it a 15 min drive.

Pic: Meghna Restaurant in Chandak during winters.

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