Bhimtal Lake, Bhismeswara Temple and Dam in the Lake District

Bhimtal Lake is a “C” shaped lake at Bhimtal in  Nainital district. It is situated in the “Lake district of India” in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state, India. The lake is habitat for a variety of fish species.IT is the largest lake in Nainital  district.

Bhimtal Lake
Bhimtal Lake, dam and temple.

There is  a dam at an altitude of around 1,375 meters in the lake, which was built in 1883.  It has a height of 14.8 meters, 48.5 feet. It has a length of 150 meters (500 feet).

A perennial stream water feeds the lake from the western side. There is a peripheral road along the banks of Bhimtal lake. You can watch the rich aquatic life of the lake, while going through this road. There is a small island in the middle of the lake, which is developed into a tourist destination. An aquarium is also there in this island.

Bhima, one among the five brothers known as “Pandavas” of the Great epic of Mahabharata, is believed to have visited this place.  During the 17th century, Raja Baj Bahadur Chand of Kumaon Regime built a temple and named it as Bhismeswara temple. It is named after Bhima.

The stored water from the dam is released through an outlet into the Gola River. It is used to supplement the flows of the Bhabar canals.

A shopping center is situated on the southern shore of the lake.There are a lot of residential areas along the banks of the lake. The lake water is being polluted due to the residential complexes which sprang along the lake banks.

At the northern end of the lake, there is a prison camp. It was established in 1902, to house Second Boer War (11 October 1899 – 31 May 1902) prisoners.

Wildlife Around Bhimtal Lake

Barking deer is a wild animal commonly seen in this area. Some of the birds seen are  Kalij pheasants, Koklass pheasants, white capped laughingthrush, etc. Migratory ducks and geese also flock to the lake.

How Do I Go to Bhimtal Lake?

Bhimtal  is at a distance of around 21 kilometers from Nainital town. Haldwani town is at around 27 kilometers from the lake.

Bhimtal Hotels and Bhimtal Resorts

There are cottages and hotels in the forest area, situated along the western side of the lake.

Cracking The Secrets Behind Panch Kedar Pilgrimage to Madhyamaheshwar Temple

Madhyamaheshwar temple is a famous  Lord Shiva temple, situated at an altitude of 3497 meters (11,473 feet) above sea level  in Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand state in India.  Surrounded by alpine meadows and snow filled Himalayas, this temple attracts a lot of pilgrims. It is the fourth temple to be visited among five temples of Panch Kedar pilgrimage tour.
Madhyamaheshwar Temple Trek
Madhyamaheshwar Temple.

Stomach (nabhi), the middle portion of a bull, which is considered as a divine form of God Shiva, is work-shipped at this temple. This deity is believed to be built during the time of Pandavas, the great heroes of the great epic, Mahabharata.

Secret Behind Panch Kedar Pilgrimage

Panch Kedar pilgrimage includes visiting five Lord Shiva temples. They are Kedarnath temple, Tungnath temple, Rudranath temple, Madhyamaheshwar temple  and Kalpeshwar temple to be visited in the same order, all located in Garhwal Himalayas.

It is believed that  to atone for the sins of killing Kauravas (Pandavas cousins) and  the priest class during the epic Mahabharata war, Pandavas begged for God Shiva’s pardon. God Shiva was annoyed at the behavior of Pandavas during the Kurukshetra war.

To avoid  Pandavas, Lord Shiva took the form of a bull (nahdi) and went to Garhwal Himalayas. Pandavas saw this bull gazing there .They tried to hold this bull by its tail and hind legs. The bull all of a sudden disappeared and reappeared as five parts of a bull at Panch Kedar temples.

Hump  is work-shipped at Kedarnath temple. Arms (bahu) are work shipped at Tungnath temple. Face is work shipped at Rudranath temple. Stomach (nabhi) is work-shipped at  Madhyamaheswar temple and hair (jada) at Kalpeshwar temple.

How Do I Go to Madhyamaheshwar Temple alias Madmaheshwar Temple?

Madmaheshwar  Mandir (Mandir means temple) is situated in Mansoona village, which is not connected by roads. Ransi Village is the nearest village up to which roads are available.

The nearest railway station is at Dehradun, around 230 kilometers distance. From Dehradun you can hire a cab reach Ransi village. From Ransi village, you need to trek around 16 kilometers to reach Madhyamaheshwar temple.

The nearest airport is Joly Grant airport at DehraDun.

Jageshwar Temples at Jageshwar Dham

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Jageshwar Dham temples are a group of over 100 temples built between the 7th and 12th centuries, in Uttarakhand state, India.These temples were built using cut stones. Apart from the 100 plus ancient temples, many new temples have also come up in the area, making a total of more than 200 temples in this area.

Jageshwar Temples at Jageshwar Dham
Jageshwar Temples at Jageshwar Dham

Many of the  temples are small, whereas a few ones are comparatively bigger ones. Most of the temples were built in the Nagara style of architecture, a north Indian style of architecture. Few South Indian and Central Indian architecture styled temples are also in this group of 100 plus Hindu temples. Most of the temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva. 124 Lord Shiva temples are situated in this area.

This town and its surrounding areas are a pilgrimage center and is called Jageshwar Dham (Dham  means pilgrimage region). Jageshwar Dham  is a protected area. This Dham is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Some of the protected monuments situated here in Jageshwar  Dham includes Jageshwar Temple, Dandeshwar Temple, Chandi-ka-Temple, Nanda Devi or Nau Durga, Kuber Temple, Mritunjaya Temple,  Nava-grah temple, Surya Temple and a Pyramidal shrine.

Jageshwar Dham is situated midst the magic setting of Himalayan forests lined with cedar trees.   Kumaoni heritage  can be seen in these  temples. (Kumaonis are a group of people of this area, in Uttarakhand state.)

Jageshwar Monsoon Festival in July- August is the main festival of Jageshwar.  Maha Shivratri Mela (Shivratri festival) is also celebrated here.

People of the Himalayan states consider this area as sacred. Many people conducts last rites for their dear ones at Jageshwar temple site here.

There are other temples also with the same name in the same state. Notable among them is Jageshwar temple at Dalash.

How Do I Go to Jageshwar Temples or Jageshwar Dham?

Jageshwar  town is at around 36 kilometers northeast of Almora. There are many  hotels at Almora.

The nearest railway station (rail head) is at Kathgodam, at around 125 kilometers away. Jolly Grant airport at the capital city of the state in Dehradun town is at around 369 kilometers away.

Jageshwar Archaeological Museum

There is an Archaeological Museum at Jageshwar, run by Archaeological Survey of India. It houses more than 150 sculptures recovered from this area. These  sculptures dates back to  9th to 13th century AD.

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Pauri Town Known for Paragliding, Trekking and A Nature Lovers Paradise

Pauri is a hill station town situated at an altitude of around 1,814 meters in Pauri Garhwal district, Uttarakhand state, India. The town offers excellent view of the snow-covered Himalayan mountains.

View of the pauri situated at Garhwal Himalayas
View of the Pauri situated at Garhwal Himalayas

Himalayan mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Trisul, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Kharcha Kund, Chaukhamba, etc, can be seen from here. You can trek to nearby Deodar or pine forests and listen to the chirping of birds.

This city and surrounding areas offers much to paragliding, trekking and adventure sports. Chaukhamba View Point is at around 5 kilometers from the city center. Tara Kund, the highest tourist spot, is at an altitude of 2250 meters.

Kandoliya Temple, Hanuman Mandir, Nag Dev Mandir, Kyunkaleshwar Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Sita Mata Temple, etc, are some of the temples here. More than 100 year old Methodist Church is there at Chopra. Catholic Church is there at Gadoli.

How Do I Go to Pauri?

This hill station town is connected to other parts of the country by NH 119. Buses are available to other cities of the state. There are regular buses from New Delhi to Kotdwar and Pauri.

Kotdwar railway station at around 100 kilometers distance, is the nearest major railway station, which is well connected with other major cities of the country. Jolly Grant airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport at arounf 155 kilometers distance.

Kashipur – Historic City with Army Public School & Sixth Century Settlement Ruins

Kashipur is a historic city dating back to the emperor Harshavardhana’s period who reigned during 606-647 AD. It is situated at Udham Singh Nagar district ,Uttarakhand state, India.

Ruins of Panchayatan temple at Kashipur
Ruins of Panchayatan temple at Kashipur.

This historic city was known as Govishan, during the preiod of emperor Harshavardhana or Harsha. The Great Chinese Traveler, Monk, scholar, and translator, Yuan-Chwang, on his seventeen year long visit to India, visited this place. The ruins of the buildings and other structures of those days are still to be seen near to this historic city. Ruins of the ancient 6th century Panchayatan temple can be seen at Kashipur.

The city is named after Kashinath Adhikari. He was the governor of the region under the Chand Kings of Kumaon Dynasty. He is the founder of the current township, which was laid in the 16th century. In 1801, Kashipur ceded to The British. In 1815, after the Anglo-Gorkha war, the Treaty of Sugauli was signed between the Kumaon and the British, which resulted in Kumaon ceding to The British .

Kashipur is now an important industrial township. HCL Technologies, Flexituff International Ltd, Videocon Pasupati Arcylon Limited, IGL, etc, are located here. Many Paper and sugar mills are also located here. The city is now famous for its seed plants, supplying High quality seeds to country.

Army public school is situated at Hempur, Kashipur, at around 15 kilometers distance from the town.

How Do I Go To Kashipur?

Kashipur is well connected by roads. NH 74 and NH 121 passes through the city. The city is connected to all major nearby cities like Bajpur, Bareilly, Delhi, Gadarpur, Haldwani, Jaspur, Moradabad, Nainital, Ramnagar, Rudrapur, etc, by roads.

Kashipur Junction railway station connects the city with the rest of the country by rail network. Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport, at around 72 kilometers away. New Delhi International airport is at around 215 kilometers distance from Kashipur town.