Temples with Most Amazing Locations in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is famously known as the “Land of Gods” where religious and spiritual seekers come to find peace, ask for blessings, and know themselves. Apart from the significance of Uttarakhand in Hindu mythology, the prevalence of iconic temples dedicated to gods, goddesses, and sages contribute essentially to its revered stature.

Temples in Uttarakhand are located in picturesque locations, the views from which are hard not to swoon for. Here are 11 such temples of Uttarakhand that is an absolute go-to place for anyone seeking peace and solitude with Mother Nature.

Dhara Devi Temple – In the middle of Alaknanda River

Dedicated to Maa Dhara Devi, a manifestation of Goddess Kali, Dhara Devi Temple is located between Srinagar and Ridraprayag, in the middle of River Alaknanda. The guardian deity of Uttarakhand, Dhari Devi is considered the protector of Char Dham. The temple lies peacefully in the laps of Garhwal Himalayas with serenity residing all around it.

Best time to visit: During Navratra, Dusshera, Diwali, Kartik Purnima
Route: Delhi - Rishikesh - Deoprayag - Srinagar - Dhari Devi

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Dhari devi Temple in the middle of Alaknanda River.

A small suspension bridge near Dhari Devi temple.

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Garjiya Devi – In the middle of Kosi River

On the outskirts of Jim Corbett National Park, in the small village of Garjiya, lies the beautiful Garjiya Devi Temple. The most prominent feature of this temple is that it is situated over a large rock in the middle of Kosi River. Garjiya Devi Mandir is a Shakti shrine dedicated to Garjiya Devi. A statue of Lakshmi Narayan made from black granite dated to the 9th century lies inside the temple. Garjiya Devi Temple is one of the prominent temples in the Nainital district. You can visit the temple on all seasons except monsoons as the water level rises in Kosi River during monsoons.

Best time to visit: Kartik Purnima/Guru Nanak Jayanti
Route: Delhi – Moradabad – Ramnagar – Garjiya Devi Temple

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Rudranath Temple – Surrounded by Bugyals

The natural rock temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Rudranath Temple is a highly revered temple located at an elevation of 3,600mts near Gopeshwar in Chamoli district. It forms one of the Panch Kedars and is the third temple to be visited in the Panch Kedar circuit. The trek to Rudranath Temple is the toughest one among the Panch Kedars but the mesmerizing views of Nanda Devi, Trishul, and Nanda Ghunti Himalayan peaks followed by the calmness of the place makes it worthwhile.

Best time to visit: May, June, September, October
Route: Delhi – Rishikesh – Sagar village – Liti Bugyal – Panar Bugyal – Pitradhar - Rudranath

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Rudranath Temple & The great Himalayas in the background.

Small Dharamshalas near to Rudranath temple and Himalayas in the backdrop.

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Same location post rainfall.

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Kartik Swami Temple – On the ridge in Rudraprayag district

Dedicated to Lord Kartikeya, Lord Shiva’s elder son, Kartik Swami Temple is a popular Hindu temple set in a hilltop near Kanak Chauri in Rudraprayag. Situated at an elevation of 3050mts, Kartik Swami Temple is famous for its natural beauty, birds, and the panoramic views of the Himalayas.

During spring, you will find the 3km trek route to Kartik Swami Temple full of rhododendrons. The post monsoons will be full of greenery and freshness. Winters offer a clear view of the snow-clad mountains.

Best time to visit: Kartik purnima, Kailash yatra
Route: Delhi – Rishikesh – Rudraprayag – Saterakhal – Dursasar – Khadpatia – Ghimtoli – Kanakchauri – Kartik Swami Temple

 Saurabh Thapliyal via facebook
Kartik swami temple view and Chaukhamba with other Himalayan peak in the backdrop.

Someshwar Mahadev Temple – Located at traditional wooden village of Jakhol

Someshwar Devta Temple is made with deodar wood with the walls of the temple filled with amazing artwork. The shining stones in the door has interesting carvings in it. The beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Someshwar or Lord Shiva and lies in Jakhol village situated in Sankri range. The Swargarohini peaks in the backdrop adorn the temple. There is a saying that the temple is actually dedicated to Duryodhana and the only Duryodhan’s temple in the country. However, the villagers deny the claims.

Best time to visit: All year round except monsoons
Route: Delhi – Meerut – Roorkee – Chutmalpur – Dehradun – Sankri – Jakhol – Someshwar Devta Temple

Photo by Abhishek Tomar
Someshwar Mahadev temple of Jakhol

Kedarnath Temple – Amidst snow-clad mountains in Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary

One of the Char Dhams of India and Uttarakhand, Kedarnath Temple is located at a pristine location surrounded by snow clad mountains at an elevation of 3,586mts. It is the most important one of the Panch Kedars and a revered temple of Lord Shiva. The trek to Kedarnath is a difficult one but the exhilarating views of the Himalayan peaks surrounding the temple and the rejuvenating weather takes the exhaustion away.

Best time: April – Nov (Kedarnath Temple remains closed during winters due to extreme conditions)
Route: Delhi – Rishikesh – Devprayag – Rudraprayag – Gaurikund – Kedarnath

Photo: eUttaranchal.com
A distant view of Kedarnath temple and Kedarnath Dome.

Tunganath Temple – Situated in Chopta

The highest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva perched at an elevation of 3,680mts, Tunganath Temple is located at Chandranath Parbat in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. It is one of the sacrad Panch Kedars and is more than 1000 years old. The 4km trek leading to Tunganath Temple from Chopta is relatively easy and is worth taking for its breathtaking views and the ambience and essence of the temple.

Best time to visit: May – Oct
Route: Delhi – Rishikesh – Rudraprayag – Ukhimath – Chopta – Tunganath Temple

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Tungnath Temple (Highest Panch Kedar Mandir)

Nanda Devi Temple – With the view Panchachuli peaks in the background

Dedicated to Goddess Nanda, a manifestation of Goddess Parvati, Nanda Devi Temple is a sacrad Hindu temple in Munsiyari town frequently visited by pilgrims. The conical shaped façade of the small white temple stands beautifully against the backdrop of the mesmerising Panchachuli peaks.

Best time to visit: All year round
Route: Delhi – Moradabad bypass – Almora – Udiyari Bend – Kalamuni Top – Munsiyari – Nanda Devi Temple

Photo: Prashant Singh Via facebook
The divine temple of Nanda Devi at Munsyari.

Shani Dev Temple – Nestled in the beautiful Kharsali Village

Surrounded by the Garhwal Himalayas and nestled in the beautiful Kharsali village, the holy Shani Dev Temple is a popular pilgrimage site of Uttarakhand. The temple is believed to be built by the Pandavas of Mahabharata and is highly revered by the locals. Shani Dev Temple is the first temple site in the Char Dham Yatra circuit and you can visit it on your route to Yamunotri Temple too.

Best time to visit: All year round, during Char Dham Yatra
Route: Delhi – Rishikesh – Hanuman Chatti – Kharsali – hani Dev Temple

Photo by Deepak Saini via facebook
Kharsali Village of Uttarakhand.

One of the oldest Shani dev temples of India is situated in Kharsali Village of Uttarakhand

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Anusuya Devi Temple – In an open meadow surrounded by the mountains

Dedicated to Mata Sati Anusuya, Anusuya Devi Temple is one of the famous pilgrim places in Chamoli. Mata Anusuya was the wife of Sage Atri Muni and was devoted to him. Nestled in the laps of the Himalayas, Anusuya Devi Temple attracts a lot of pilgrims due to its peaceful environment. About 2kms from the temple lies Atri Muni Ashram which is in the form of a cave temple.

Best time to visit: Dattatreya Jayanti (December)
Route: Delhi – Rishikesh – Rudraprayag – Chamoli – Gopeshwar – Mandal Village – Anusuya Devi Temple

Atri Muni Ashram and Cave, Mandal Gopeshwar, district Chamoli Uttarakhand en-route of Anusuya Devi Temple.

Anusuya Devi Temple view.

Surkunda Devi Temple – near Dhanaulti hills

Located near Dhanaulti, Surkunda Devi Temple is a revered temple dedicated to Goddess Surkunda, a manifestation of feminine divine. Surkunda Devi Temple is famous for its architectural style and beautiful location. Surkanda Devi Temple forms one of the 51 Shakti Peeths located across Indian subcontinent and is a must-visit at least once in a lifetime.

Best time to visit: Throughout the year
Route: Delhi – Muzaffarnagar – Saharanpur – Dehradun – Mussorrie – Dhanulti – Kaddukhal – Surkunda Devi Temple

 Ravindra Tiwari via Facebook
Surkanda devi temple - one of the siddha peeth of Uttarakhand

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