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Jageshwar is a Hindu pilgrimage town located in Almora district, Uttarakhand. This place is managed by the Archeological Survey of India. According to the Shavanism traditions, it is considered to be one of the dhams so there comes a name Jageshwar dham. There are nearly 125 Jageshwar temples which are very ancient, dating back to the 7th – 14th century. The architecture of these temples is common with the Nagari style of North India and a few South Indian and Central Indian dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples are believed to be built by Adi Shankaracharya and are nearly 1,400 years old. According to the historical texts, Jageshwar is also called Yageshvara.

Places To Visit While Travelling To Jageshwar

Jageshwar is located near the Ganga valley surrounded by beautiful mountains covered in snow giving a mesmerising view to the visitors. This place is considered to be very sacred for the Hindus because it is believed that Lord Shiva would come here to meditate. There are also many meditation centres to have a peaceful time. Here are a few places to keep in mind while travelling to Jageswar for a knowledgeable and amazing trip.

1. Nanda Devi Temple


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Nanda Devi temple located in Almora, Uttarakhand is famous for its Goddess Mata Nanda Devi. It is a very ancient temple that is over 1000 years old, with beautiful sculptures around it. The view of the mountains from the temple is breathtaking. Mata Nanda Devi is the patron Goddess of the Chanda dynasty who is considered to be the daughter of the Kumauni people and also saved them.

The architecture of this temple is very famous because of its beautiful carvings that come into real life and the monument of the temple decorated with a stone crown and built with a wooden roof. People of this area believe in the Goddess that she will always be protecting her people. A fest is held here once in 12 years that is Nanda Devi Raj Jat. In this festival, a sheep is decorated with various jewellery items and offered food and clothing. Various folk dances and songs are performed to celebrate the festival.
The temple is open from 6 am – 8 pm. The dressing style should be modest.

Distance From Jageshwar: 33 km
Best Known For: Architecture, patron goddess, mountain views
Best Time To Visit: March – June and September – November

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2. Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

Trees of Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary located in Uttar Pradesh was built in 1988 by the Britishers. It has nearly 200 species of birds. Binsar is the topmost point of the town Almora with fantastic views of mountains covered with snow and lush green forests. From the highest point of the mountain, places like Kedarnath and Nanda Devi are also visible. The century has nearly 7 types of grasses, 24 types of bushes and 27 types of trees. It is a home for a lot of flora and fauna.

There are many animals in the sanctuary like leopard Musk deer red fox flying squirrel black bear and there are also birds like black birds monal birds eagles woodpeckers and many more. There are also many butterflies and reptiles found in the sanctuary. The mountains of the sanctuary are covered with red Ruby rhododendrons and tall oak trees. There is also a Binsar Mahadeva temple which is believed to be constructed nearly in the 16 century by the locals.
Distance From Jageshwar: 51 km
Best Known For: Flora and Fauna, jeep safari, mountain views
Best Time To Visit: February – April

3. Katarmal Sun Temple

The Katarmal Sun Temple structure which is the best temple in Jageshwar

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Katarmal Sun temple located in Almora district, Uttarakhand is one of the rarest Surya temples dating back to the 9th century built by the Katyuri kings. The temple gives a lot of significance to architecture where the temple buildings are constructed with a mixture of lentil paste and lime for sticking them together. There are also 44 other temples dedicated to God Surya Burhaditha or Vridhadita. There are also other gods inside the temple like Shiva and Parvati and Lakshmi and Narayana.

The doors and walls of the temples have been placed in the national museum and been secured. It takes nearly 3 hours to explore the whole temple and the other temples nearby. There is no entry fee for this temple. There are beautiful designs on the doors of the temple which is one of the most beautiful shrines after the Konark Sun temple in India. People visiting here mostly want to experience the ancient architecture and the history of kings visiting the temple to observe the wave monuments being built and to also seek blessings from the Sun temple.

Distance From Jageshwar: 48.9 km
Best Known For: Architecture, sun temple, history and culture
Best Time To Visit: March – November

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4. Mukteshwar

Embrace the Beauty of Mukteshwar in Uttarakhand

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Mukteshwar Shiva temple is a very famous place which is nearly 350 years old temple of Lord Shiva. It is located on the highest point of the town. There is also a Cliff hanging place known as Chawli ki Jali where many adventures are conducted like Rock climbing, rappelling and trekking to get some of the most beautiful views of the mountains and the values. Mukteshwar is also famous for its many waterfalls located such as Bhalughat, Tarikhet, Rudra Dhari and Dhokane waterfalls. While tracking, tourists can find many types of trees and forests and it is most famous for fruit or charts and lucky lush green forests with narrow lanes. There are also adventures like camping, paragliding and other activities. Since Mukteshwar has Rocky hills it is a bit more adventurous and thrilling to trek.

The climate in Mukteshwar is moderate with cool summers and cool winters and it has heavy rainfalls during monsoons there is also slight snow sometimes in the month of December or January. The views From the mountains of Mukteshwar are immensely beautiful during early mornings, sunsets and also during night many people prefer to go to the place for an amazing and peaceful time to spend.

Distance From Jageshwar: 77.3 km
Best Known For: mountain views, adventures, trekking, forests
Best Time To Visit: March – June

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Now that you have a list of things to do and beautiful places to visit, plan an amazing trip to Uttarakhand to have a fun, thrilling and knowledgeable trip. Don’t forget to book your tickets to Jageshwar in advance for a hassle-free trip.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Jageshwar

How is the climate in Jageshwar?

The temperature from October - March is very cold and recommended to carry thick clothing, from July - September it receives heavy rainfalls and from April - June it continues to rain with a cool climate.

How to reach Jageshwar?

You can reach Jageshwar through roadways, railways and airways. By road, there is a bus stand in Almora where only one bus is available. Tourists can hire taxis if they miss the bus. It's the same with railways, the last stop in Almora. By airways, the airport is in Patnanagar which is 150 km away from Jageshwar.

Are there any activities to do in Jageshwar?

Yes, there are many activities like trekking, paragliding, fruit picking, jeep safari, camping, sightseeing and many more fun activities.

What are some places to visit in Almora?

There are many places like Kasar Devi Temple, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, Jageshwar Temples, Bright End Corner, Katarmal Sun Temple, Deer Park and many more.

Are there trekking options in Almora?

There are many trekking and viewpoints on the mountains with beautiful views of nature. There are also the highest viewpoints of the town with a thrilling trek experience.

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