Writing about our trip to Almora-Binsar-Kausani circuit.
March 5th 2016
We started early morning by the train Shatabdi express which took us up to Kathgodam. Train was on time and we reached in 5 hrs.
Now we have to look out either for a shared cab or bus. Thinking of the same we came out of the station. Plenty of taxis were available for hire out from the station BUT BARGAINING IS THE RULE NO. 1.
After bargain with some, a driver agreed upon 500 rupees to drop us to Almora. I’d like to mention here that there are no direct taxis available for Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary in case if you are thinking to skip Almora. So if Binsar is in your itinerary, you need to go by personal cab.
There was another couple who shared cab with us and they told us about various places to visit nearby and Patal Bhuvaneshwar was one of those, it’s a phenomenal place located in Pithoragarh district. Talking to them was really delightful. Our journey continued through scenic and beautiful landscape. In 3 and a half hours we reached the Almora covering 90 Kms distance.
It is a big town in Uttarakhand which is situated at an elevation of 1646 mts from sea level. It is famous for temples, natural beauty and kumaoni food.
In the evening we came out to explore local market. I couldn’t find anything special except the one Baal Mithayi that is a tasty chocholate sweet. You must try it if you are nearby.
We were in search for taxi stand to book a cab for our next 2 days trip. Again reminding the rule of bargain we booked a taxi for 2 days.
In the morning we started for sightseeing & headed to Jageshwar temple first. It is situated admist dense forest of Cedar and lies on 1870 meters above sea level.
We reached there in an hour.
It believes that this place is considered to be the one from twelve Jyotirlings. I read somewhere that many years before, this place used to be a pilgrim halt to the very famous Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra.
This place depicts its ancient beauty & culture. We clicked several photographs and spent a very good and peaceful time there and further moved to see more attractions of Kumaon.
Chitai Golu Temple
Next, We went Chitai Golu Devta temple. I rather would prefer to call it a temple of Bells and Wishes. I had never seen so many bells and wish letters in any temple before. It was fascinating.
It is believed that people from all over India come to this place, write their wishes on a paper and hang it with a bell believing that Golu Devta will fulfill it very soon. When their wishes are fulfilled, one has to come again to tie another bell into temple. Everywhere you will see these bells in every size.
Kasar Devi Temple
Third attraction was Kasar Devi, another ancient yet beautiful temple near Almora. The temple is an easy uphill climb. As you reach the top, Your eyes will have a treat, one can see stunning 360 degree view of mountains from there. One can also see snow capped mountains on a clear day. Views are beautiful enough to make you stay there for hours to spent time with yourself or your loved ones. We stayed for a good time and then returned back to the hotel.