Abode of twelve Jyotirlings

35kms from Almora, Jageshwar is believed to be the abode of the twelve Jyotirlings. It is situated in a beautiful narrow valley surrounded by magnificent Deodar trees. The complex consisting of 124 temples and hundreds of statues, is famous not merely for its exquisite craftsmanship but also for its Swayambhu Linga named Nagesh. In Jageshwar, fairs are held during Shivaratri and in the month of ‘Savan’ (July-August). The place is visited by both religious as well as nature loving tourists. Jageshwar Dham, boasts of more than 200 big and small temples, at the height of about 1,900mt above sea level. The Deodar trees and the fragrant sandal wood plantation land an ethereal aura to the site. The main temple in the complex is dedicated to Bal Jageshwar, or Shiva the child. There is another one dedicated to Vridh Jageshwar, situated on the higher slopes. The story goes that as Lord Shiva was meditating at this spot, the village women left their household chores and other duties and walked to watch him. As if in a trance. One can also visit the Goludevta Temple at Chitai, which is a unique seat of justice for the locals. People actually file their complaints at a designated spot by attaching photocopies of their judicial papers and beg for divine intervention and mercy. Upon redressal of their cause, most people offers a sacrifice to thank the Lord.

What to see

Vridh Jageshwar: For splendid Himalayas view and an old temple for the interest of the tourist.

Mritola Ashram: A centre of spiritual and natural beauty, this ashram lures many foreign disciples. It is a 10kms.trek from Jageshwar to Shokiathal and Mritola Ashram. One can reach Mritola Ashram by road till Vridh Jageshwar trek 2kms. The patoria farm is part of this complex.

Beyond Jageshwar:


Jalna: This is a picturesque venue with fruits like apple, apricot, Plum etc, in the Himalayas. From here just three Kilometers in Banadi Devi Temple. This temple is surrounded by trees from all sides.

Height: Jalna is 1570mt. from Sea Level.

Distance: 35kms.from Jageshwar.

Almora: Almora a picturesque district in the Kumaon region, East of Uttarakhand in India, with a breathtaking panoramic view of Himalayas, summons tourists worldwide to its alluring grandeur of natural beauty. Famous for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, delicious cuisine and magnificent wildlife, coupled with an easy accessibility, Almora promises is tourists a visit full of fun and unforgettable memories.

How to Reach

Rail: Nearest head is Kathgodam 125kms.

Road: Directly link with Almora-35kms, Haldwani-131kms. Pithoragarh-88kms, and Kathgodam private jeeps and taxis are also available.

 Where to stay

  • K.M.V.N Tourist Rest House
  • Forest Rest House
  • Paying Guest House

There is one Tourist Rest House and a few Dharamshalas here and about 2kms by trek from here is Vridh Jageshwar which provides a splendid view of the Himalayas from this old temple.


Kainchi Dham- The Abode of Neeb Karoli Baba

The Date June 15, Which Is Observed As The Day Of Neeb Karori Baba, Saw Thousands Of Devotees Throng The Kainchi Dham, And They Shared Some Interesting Anecdotes And Tales Related With The Place And Baba Too………

Nestling snugly in a valley at a distance of 17 km from Nainital on the Almora Highway is the Kainchi Ashram. It haskainchiachieved spiritual recognition owing to being the abode of Neeb Karori Baba and the temple of Lord Hanuman established by him. Kainchi is surrounded by mountain ranges covered with forests. A river flows along its eastern and southern boundaries known as Uthar Vahini. To the east of Kainchi, across the river, lies the Gargachal range, where the sage Garga undertook penance. Kainchi has attracted seers and sages since time immemorial and saints like Sombar Giri Maharaj, Kamlagiri and Premi Baba sojourned here to attain spiritual realisation.

Senior citizen BL Sah, who has devoted his life to Baba, said, “Neeb Karori Baba came to Kumaon in the 1930s and during his spiritual perambulations, visited Kainchi for the first time in 1942. He met a local resident Poorna Nand Tewari and told him that after 20 years, he would re-visit this place.”

Baba came to Kainchi again in May 1962 with Siddhi Ma and Tularam Sah. They were on their way to Shitla Khet when Baba suddenly said that Shyam Lal was a very good man. He used ‘was’ instead of ‘is’ and this was a matter of grave concern for Siddhi Ma and Tula Ram as. Shyam Lal was their son’s father-in-law. In Ranikhet they received a telephonic call about the sad demise baba_neeb_karoliof Shyam Lal. Baba said that they should return to Nainital immediately. On the way back they stopped at Kainchi. Then he sent for Poorna Nand and the memory of the event of 20 years was revived. Baba was told about the ‘Havan Kund’ (sacred fire pit) where Sombari Maharaj and other saints performed havan and Baba expressed his desire to see that place. He crossed the river with Siddhi Ma on May 26, 1962, and thus put his sacred feet on the spot on which Kainchi Ashram stands today.

He is known as Neeb Karori Baba owing to a miraculous incident which occurred during the British rule. Satish Mungali, a devotee, avers, “After pur-chasing a first-class ticket, he boarded the Tundla bound train in Farukkabad. At the village Neeb Karori, an Anglo-India ticket checker compelled him to go out of the compartment. Babaji graciously obliged but even after the green signal, the train did not budge an inch. The engine and the whole train were thoroughly checked; everything was in order. Finally after being advised by some Indian passengers, the railway authorities apologised and requested the seer to board the train. As soon as he entered the bogey, the train started moving. “After this incident he became famous as Neeb Karori Baba and a railway station was made in the village with the same name.

MP Singh, the In-charge of Hanumangarh Temple in Nainital is of the view, “He is popularly known as the wonder mystic of India and widely accepted as the incarnation of Lord Hanuman. Baba initiated the construction of Hanuman temples in Kumaon and the first temple constructed by him was the Hanumangarh Temple on the outskirts of Nainital in 1953.” The other important shrine was the Kainchi Ashram.

Vinod Joshi, In-charge of Kainchi Dham, opines, “Baba was told about the place in Kainchi where Sombari Baba and Premi Baba performed havans. He visited the site and after clearing the grass foliage, got it covered with a raised platform. The same day he committed Lord Hanuman to platform and concomitantly, through his Sankalp Shakti the temple came into existence on a spiritual plane. However, in physical form, its consecration ceremony was held on June 15, 1965. A miracle according to eye witnesses occurred on that day when Baba made Lord Hanuman drinks a bucketful of milk with his own hands.”

The other shrines came up in the Kainchi Ashram later and they too were consecrated on June 15. This day was also fixed for the annual bhandara and ‘mal puas’ are given as prasad. Now every year, lakhs of devotees visit Kainchi to pay obeisance on June 15.

Kainchi is the wonder of wonders, the light amongst lights and the power of powers. Debki Bisht, a devotee, sums up, “ There is nothing higher than the true knowledge transmitted by Kainchi to the believers, who will hand the torch of divinity from one generation to another in the service of the Almighty and awaken a feeling of reverence towards all faiths and religions,”

….. from Haridwar Plus (16th June, 2013)


Location: Almora is one of the five districts of Uttarakhand and a very popular hill station. At an elevation of 1,646 m above the sea level, Almora is based on a 5 km long horseshoe shaped ridge. It is at a distance of 90 km from Kathgodam, 103 km from Nainital and 378 km from Delhi.

Sight Seeing:Almora is popular among tourists as a summer getaway for the much require break from the heat waves of the plains of north India. It is a small town built on the Kashaya Hill according to the Skanda Purana. Four hill ranges, namely, Banari Devi, Kasar Devi, Shyahi Devi and Katarmal, surround the town of Almora. Unlike most of the hill stations, Almora was not discovered by the British but was already an established town with a long history. Besides the scenic beauty to offer, Almora is famous for several temples some which date back to as early as 8th century AD. Kasar Devi Temple is 6 km from the town. The temple is on the Kalmatiya Hill and is famous because Swami Vivekananda meditated at this place. Nanda Devi Temple or the Udyotchandeshwar Temple is located in the busy market of the town. The Government Museum near the bus Station displays some very unique collection of the Katyuri and Chand period. Bright End Corner, 2 km from the town, is the most frequented corner of the city. It offers a majestic view of the Himalayas. Jageshwar is renowned as being one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. It is 35 km from Almora and has temples ranging from 7th century AD to 12th century AD. Katarmal, another small village famous for the 800-year-old Sun Temple is 17 km from the main town.

General Information
Area:11.9sq.kms.(city area)
Population: 53.507 (1991census)
Altitude: 1646 meters (5400feet)
Temperature: 4.4 to 29.4
Rainfall: Average 828mm(33”)
Summer- Cottons/ light woollens
Winter – Heavy woollens
Languages: Hindi, English and Kumauni

How to Reach

By Air: Nearest Airport is at Pantnagar in the district of Nainital, which is 127 km away.

By Rail: Nearest Railway Station is at Kathgodam, which is 90 km away. Direct trains connect it to Delhi, Lucknow and Agra.

By Road:Almora is well connected by road with important tourist places as well as major cities like Delhi, Moradabad, Nainital, Kausani, Ranikhet, and Pithoragarh

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