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.
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. It is home to some 55 odd ancient temples built in the medieval ages by the Katyuri Kings.
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. The famous capital of the Katyuri Kingdom in the medieval era of Indian history, Baijnath today is full of ruins belonging to that bygone era.
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.
Situated at the confluence of three rivers, namely, Saryu, Gomti and latent Bhagirathi, lies the holy township of Bageshwar. It is also revered as the pious land associated with Lord Sadashiva, said to be the redeemer of all sins. 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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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.
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.
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.
A small village in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand, Kalsi is known as the gateway to the Jaunsar-Bawar tribal region. 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.
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.
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