Jageshwar Temples

Jageshwar Temples, also referred to as Jageswar Temples or Jageshwar valley temples, are a group of over 100 Hindu temples dated between 7th and 12th century near Almora, in the Himalayan Indian state of Uttarakhand. The valley has a number of temple clusters such as the Dandeshwar and Jageshwar sites. Some locations have attracted construction of new temples through the 20th-century. Together these clusters over the valley consist of over 200 structural temples built from cut stone. Many are small, while a few are substantial. They predominantly illustrate North Indian Nagara style of architecture with a few exceptions that show South and Central Indian style designs, many are dedicated to god Shiva, while others in immediate vicinity are dedicated to god Vishnu, Shakti goddesses and Surya traditions of Hinduism.

Chauli Ki Jali

Chauli Ki Jali also known as Chauthi Jali is a visitor’s attraction located behind the cliff of Mukteshwar temple. It is located at a distance of 250 metres from the Mukteshwar temple. ‘Chauli’ means rock and ‘Jali’ means hole.

This place is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Many people visit this place for sightseeing and having an adrenaline pumping rock climbing experience. One can have a mesmerising view of the Himalayan range and Kumaon Valley from the edge of Chauli Ki Jali.

BHALU GAAD WATERFALLS

Bhalu Gaad is a hidden treasure in Mukteshwar, which shouldn’t be missed. Drive 7 km from Mukteshwar to Dhari Village, from where the trek starts. It’s a beautiful walk of around 30-45 minutes through dense forests and mountain streams. It’s an exciting raw trek and in case you are not very confident, you can take a person from the village who can guide you to reach the falls. It’s a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers. The falls are about 60 ft high that fall in natural clear water pool. Come prepared with an extra pair of clothes so that you can have fun. Bhalu means Bear and Gaad means Stream in Kumaoni language. It’s named such because of sightings of Bears (Bhalu) in the area. The place is not frequented by many travellers, but you might find many locals if you go on a weekend.

Dhokane Fall

Dhokane Fall and surrounded by a calm environment is a memorable experience. Dhokane waterfall is located in Almora district of Uttarakhand state in India. Dhokane waterfall is a hidden treasure in Himalaya. This prestigious and magnificent waterfall is important and must visit place for all those who are planning t0 visit Almora. The Dhokane waterfall is popular among the local people of Almora, there is not enough crowd to see.

Mukteshwar Dham

Mukteshwar Dham is situated on top of a hill. The stone stairs lead you to the deity’s abode. It is believed the lord Shiva killed a demon here and granted him salvation (Mukti), hence the name Mukteshwar. Mukteshwar Dham was an abode to Saint Shri Mukteshwar Maharaj ji, who lived here in a cottage. One of his disciples, Swami Sanshudhanand ji, now stays there. The temple complex is an ideal place for meditation. You can either drive to the temple or chose to trek. It’s not a well paved trekking trail but a narrow mud path through the fruit orchards and coniferous forest that locals use. A beautiful nature walk of around 2 hours will take you to hill top. It’s an easy trek and can easily be done by the beginners. When I visited in June, the forest was lush green and the path was covered by brown dry pine needles that made it slippery. So we needed to be extra careful. On the way many wild berries can be found. I was intrigued by the range of flora on this trek.