Pauri is a heavily enriched district with natures phenomenon wonders like swift rivers, meandering valleys, snow peaks of Himalayas, intense forests, pines and deodars jungles and number of various outdoor activities. The magical beauty of Himalayas in the deep jungles full of pines and deodars, blessing rhododendrons along with rich wildlife, Pauri is rich in spectacular way. The Land of Pauri Garhwal is blessed with splendid view of snow-bound peaks of Himalayas, scenic valleys & surroundings, meandering rivers, dense forests and hospitable people with a rich culture.
The district of Pauri Garhwal varies from the foothills of the ‘Bhabar’ areas of Kotdwara to the soul-lifting meadows of Dhudatoli, sprawling at an altitude of 3,000 meters, which remains snow-bound during the winter months. Filled with places of tourist interest, most locations in Pauri Garhwal offer a breathtaking view of the snow laden Himalayan Splendor. It offers a panoramic view of the great Himalayas form its towns and villages. The majestic Himalaya and its mountain range can be seen from anywhere in the district. With various outdoor activities to do and chilly weather, Pauri is a paradise landscape to visit around.
History of Pauri Garhwal
Pauri Garhwal district was a part of the erstwhile Garhwal Kingdom ruled by the Pal (Shah) dynasty. The throne of the King was at Srinagar. In 1803 Gurkhas after many failed attempts, finally they succeeded in capturing Garhwal by defeating the army of King Pradyumna Shah. In 1816, the British defeated the Gurkhas in the Anglo-Nepalese War, and the Garhwal Kingdom was re-established from Tehri.
After independence it was known as Garhwal district and further divided into Pauri Garhwal and Chamoli districts in 1960.
Places to see in Pauri Garhwal
Kandolia Temple- The Shiva temple, also known as Kandolia Devta, is situated just two km from Pauri. The temple complex is surrounded by impenetrable Oak and Pine forests. The temple has Ransi, Asia’s highest stadium, as its neighbor. One can have a stunning observation of the city of Pauri and Gangwarsyun valley.
Binsar Mahadev– It is located at an altitude of 2, 480 meters, the Binsar Mahadev is situated about 114 km from Pauri. Binsar Mahadev is enclosed with thick forests of trees such as Birch, Rhododendron and Deodar. The resident deities of this temple are Hargauri, Ganesh and Mahisasurmardini.
Tara Kund- Tara Kund, situated at a height of 2, 200 meters, is a charming place amidst high and mighty Mountains in the Chariserh development area. A miniature lake and a prehistoric temple adorn the place.
Kanvashram- Kanvashram is situated on the bank of River Malini, about 14 km from Kotdwar. Also known as the Kanva Rishi Ashram, this place is famous for being the supposedly the foster home of Shakuntala, the heroine and muse for the epic poem Abhijanana shakuntalam.
Khirsu- Khirsu is located about 19 km from the main Pauri city. Since it is located at a height of 1, 700 meters, one can see many awe-inspiring high mountain peaks. Khirsu is absolutely pollution free so the oxygen laden will be the first thing that surprises you. One can spend the night here in the government made Tourist Rest House and Forest Rest House.
Chaukhamba View Point- Chaukhamba View Point can be defined as a perfect amalgam of city lights and lush green hills. This view point is located at a distance of 5 km from the town of Pauri and is covered with a dense network of forests all around it. Blessed with a beautiful blend of Himalayan peaks, oak green trees and city lights, Chaukhamba is the most picture-perfect destination in the entire town of Pauri.
As a tribute to this place, the snow clad mountain peaks that are visible from this view point have been named as Chaukhamba view point.
Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev Temple- Dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva, Kyunkaleshwar Temple can be appropriately described as a devotional center placed in the midst of thick green forests. This temple is situated a height of around 1800 meters above the sea level and is believed to have been built by Shankaracharya in 700 A.D.
Apart from its spiritual value, Kyunkaleshwar Temple also attracts visitors because of its unique location. The temple complex is surrounded by snow covered Himalayan peaks on one end and steep rocky treks on the other.
Best Time to Visit Pauri Garhwal
You will find pleasant climate here throughout the year accept winter thus there are no any time restrictions specified to visit this place excluding. At any point of time throughout the year you can enjoy the exceptional sightseeing and excursions of this place.
How to Reach Pauri Garhwal
By Air: The nearest airport for Pauri is Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun (155 km).
By Rail: Nearest rail head is Kotdwar (108 km). This station is connected to all major cities in the country.
By Road: Well connected by road with important town of the region. Delhi is 293 km while Haridwar is 170 km away from Pauri district.