Historical Places in Uttarakhand For A Himalayan Heritage Tour

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Historical Places in Uttarakhand

Due to the vast number of historical places in Uttarakhand, it is also referred to as Dev Bhoomi or the Land of Gods. The state has been ruled by the Kushanas, Kudinas, Kanishka, Samudra, Guptas, Pauravas, Katuris, Palas, Chandras, Pawaras and the British. After Independence, the Tehri princely state was merged into Uttar Pradesh state, while Uttarakhand composed the Garhwal and Kumaon Divisions. The term Uttaranchal came into use when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) initiated a new round of state reorganisation in 1998 and introduced its preferred name.

Here is the list of 13 Historical Places in Uttarakhand For A Himalayan Heritage Tour

1. Dwarahat, Ranikhet

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An ancient historical place in Uttarakhand full of beautiful temples and breathtaking sceneries, Dwarahat is a wonderful retreat in the Kumaon Mountains. Situated in the wondrous Almora district of Uttarakhand, Dwarahat is a place of special inheritance and of religious importance. Home to some 55 odd ancient temples built in the medieval ages by the Katyuri Kings, Dwarahat is the representative of the regions great past and its architectural prowess.

2. Narendranagar, Tehri Garhwal

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Located in the proximity of Tehri Garhwal, Narendranagar is a tourist attraction where one can enjoy the beautiful sights of River Ganga and Doon valley. Located 16 kms from Rishikesh on Gangotri and Yamunotri route, the place is fun to visit.

3. Lohaghat

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Lohaghat is a beautiful hill station located in the Champawat district in the state of Uttarakhand. This ancient town is an important place for temples and is flocked by tourists due to its historical and mythological significance. This sleepy little town is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The serene climate, pine and oak trees and verdant greenery are what beckons people to this exquisite location.

4. Bageshwar

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Situated at the confluence of three rivers, namely, Saryu, Gomti and latent Bhagirathi, lies the holy township of Bageshwar, which is also revered to as the pious land associated with Lord Sadashiva, said to be the redeemer of all sins. If we were to believe the Puranas, this undoubtedly is a historical place in Uttarakhand capable of liberating one from the eternal bondage of births & deaths. With the east and west sides of the town being flanked by the Bhileswar and Nileshwar mountains, and surrounded by the Suraj Kund in the north and the Agni Kund in the south, this land of Lord Shankar is of great religious, historic and political significance.

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5. Pithoragarh Fort, Pithoragarh

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Pithoragarh Fort is one of the most sought after historical places in Uttarakhand. Located in the proximity to the place, this fort affords spectacular views of the Kali Kumaon. As per the records, this fort was established in the year 1789 by Gorkhas after the invasion of town.

6. Banasur ka Kila, Champawat

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An ironically constructed relic, on the name of a boon bestowed Banasur, the man with a thousand arms, whereas the fort gives an air of amourous nature, and is the perfect spot to watch the origins of Lohaghati river.

7. Piran Kaliyar Sharif, Rishikesh

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The resting place of the Sufi saint Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir, Piran Kaliyar Sharif is a famous dargah located in Kaliyari village near Haridwar. It is a historical place in Uttarakhand of great spiritual energy as well religious unity with both Hindu and Muslims being ardent visitors to the dargah. It is one of the most important Muslim shrines in the India and is equally cherished by the Hindu populace of the region.

8. Vijaypur, Bageshwar

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In the days of the Raj, the place went by the name of Ora. It was a tea estate set up by the British more than a hundred years ago. Much later, this historical place in Uttarakhand was acquired by Vijay Lal Shah, a Gujarati trader, who self-importantly renamed it after himself.

9. Kalsi

A small village in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand, Kalsi is known as the gateway to the Jaunsar-Bawar tribal region of the Dehradun District. It is located between Dehradun and Chakrata hill station along the banks of the river Yamuna and is the confluence of the rivers, Yamuna and Tons. Here lies a pear-shaped quartz rock onto which the fourteenth edict of King Ashoka is inscribed. The Pali language and the Brahmi script is used in these edicts which reflect upon the humane nature of Ashoka as a king and his concern for the welfare of his subjects. The names of five great Greek kings can be found engraved on the edict which conclusively dates it back to 253 BC.

10. Katarmal Sun Temple, Almora

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Being the second most important Sun temple, this 800-year-old temple has one main temple and 45 smaller shrines. The main deity of the Sun temple in Katarmal is called Burhadita or Vraddhaditya (the old Sun God). The idols of Shiva-Parvati and Lakshmi-Narayana are also found in this temple. Presently, much of the temple stands in beautiful ruins reminiscent of the bygone era of glory.

11. Baijnath, Bageshwar

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A beautiful ancient town tucked in the eastern half of the Garhwal Himalayas, Baijnath is popular for the Baijnath Temple and other ancient temples, a lot of which are now in ruins. Situated in the easternmost corner of Uttarakhand on the banks of River Gomti Baijnath is a wonderful little town with rich history and heritage. The famous capital of the Katyuri Kingdom in the medieval era of Indian history, Baijnath today is full of ruins belonging to that by gone era with the crowning jewel being the Baijnath Temple.

12. Ghuddauda

Ghuddauda in Uttarakhand is a historical destination known for horse racing during the British Raj. Grand races were conducted in a large field here that attracted people from all around the region. Whoever won the race would have the choice to pick his prize. Modern-day Ghuddauda is an off-beat destination for those interested in exploring history & culture.

13. Chaukhutia

A town of religious importance, Chaukhutia is known for extensive excavations in 2016-17 that led to the discovery of 9000-year-old temples. A small fair is held here ever October-November commemorating the historic culture and the remnants of the Katyuri kingdom.

Which of these historical places in Uttarakhand have you visited? Let us know in the comments below!

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