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. Various pilgrimage site attracts devotees to this exotic land, Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev Temple one being them. Popular festivals like Uttarayani, Bhandara and Sharadostav in the district are celebrated with pomp and show. With various outdoor activities to do and chilly weather, Pauri is a paradise landscape to visit around.
Pauri District Stats
- District Headquarters: Pauri
- Area: 5438 sq km
- Total Population: 6,86,572
- Literacy: 77.99%
- Altitude: 1814m
- Languages: Garhwali, Hindi
- Best Season: Mar – Jun, Sep – Dec
Places of Interest
- Kandoliya (2 kms): The temple dedicated to Kandoliya Devta, a folk deity is located on the Lansdowne road amidst scenic surroundings.
- Chaukhamba Viewpoint (4 kms): The ridge overlooks the splendid Idwal valley and Chaukhamba Peak.
- Kyunkaleshwar Mahadev: The 8th century Shiva temple affords stunning views of the snow-clad peaks.
- Khirsu (19 kms): The serene site at a height of 1,700 metres affords a fine view of the snow-clad mountains. The ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta is worth visiting.
- Jwala Devi Temple (34 kms): The pilgrim site lies on the main Pauri Kotdwar road. During ‘Navaratras’, a special festival is held here which is attended by large number of devotees.
- Tarakund: The charming site has a small lake and an ancient temple. It is also known for the Teej Festival.
- Srinagar: This erstwhile capital of the Garhwal kings is set on the banks of Alaknanda river about 30 kms from Pauri. Srinagar was an important centre for art and architecture. The Garhwal University is located here.
- Keshorai Math: The temple was perhaps built in 1682, and is noted for its architectural beauty.
- Kamleshwar Temple: This ancient Shiva temple is associated with an interesting legend. It is said that Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva here with thousand Lotus flowers.
- Shankar Math (3 kms): The shrine with unique architecture is said to be built by Adi Shankaracharya.
- Devalgarh (19 kms): It was set up by king Deval of Kangra. Main attractions – The Laxmi Narayan temple, Gauri, Devi temple & Rajrajeshwari temple. The site is also of archaeological value.
- Dhari Devi (16 kms): Pilgrim centre. Devotees assemble here to worship Goddess Dhari.
How to Reach Pauri
- By Air: The nearest airport for Pauri is Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun (155 kms).
- By Rail: Nearest rail head is Kotdwar (108 kms). 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 Pauli district.