Places to See in Chaukhutia
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Pandukholi: Pandukholi is situated 10kms from Doonagiri and is popular for the caves built by Pandavas and where they lived during their exile period. An easy trek of 5km will lead you to these picturesque caves having a sense of mystery around them.
Taragtal: Taragtal or Tarag Lake is around 2kms in length and 0.5km in breadth. Taragtal is one of the hidden jewels of Uttarakhand state and the virgin beauty of Taragtal is what it makes it special. Taragtal has potentials of being developed as a tourist attraction centre. Presently the Lake dries down in summers and the villagers reap a good harvest of wheat and mustard from this dried out lake.
Dwarahat: Dwarahat is a nagar panchayat or a town area in the town of Almora and is at a distance of 18kms from Chaukhutia, Dwarahat is located en route Karnaprayag and is popular for a group of 55 ancient temples. As the name suggests, Dwarahat means way of Heaven where Dwara means way and Hat means Heaven. A visit to this mystical place will gives you a feeling of closeness with God. Though it is not a very popular education center of the region, it houses a government engineering college called Kumaon Engineering College. Dwarahat is famous for its ancient temples which were constructed mainly by the Katyuri kings and its architecture resembles the Gurjari School of Art. Maa Doonagiri temple located at a distance of 20km from Dwarahat belongs to the mountain resided by Pavandev (the Wind lord).
Lakhan Pur Temple: Lakhanpur temple is situated just 6kms from Chaukhutia on Jorasi-Chaukhutia road. This temple was constructed by the Katyuri kings and currently a small fair is also held at Lakhanpur temple every year in the month of October and November.
Rudeshwar Mahadev Temple: Rudeshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and it is situated at Sanana on Bhikiasain-Chaukhutia Road along the banks of Ram Ganga River. This is one of the historic temples of Lord Shiva in Kumaon region. It is believed that Lord Rama had worshipped in this temple that's why the river flowing from nearby is named after Lord Ram as 'Ram Ganga'. It is also evident from the marks on the temple's walls and Shivling that is worshipped here that this temple have been at this place since a long time. For past few years, Almora's biggest Shivratri Mela is also held at this temple.