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Kasar Devi, Almora Overview

The amorous view of Himalayas, from Nanda Devi to 5 snow capped peaks of Panchachuli unwraps the Kasar Devi temple near Almora.The place is famous for a temple by the name of Kasar Devi. It has structures dating from 2nd century CE. In 1890's Swami Vivekananda visited the place and meditated here for days. This was the first time when people got to know more about the place. The nearby area is home to pine and deodar trees. it gives a panoramic view of the Himalayas along with the eye pleasing view of Hawabagh Valley.

A large fair known as Kasar Devi fair is organised every year on Kartik Poornima according to the Hindu calendar. The temple is special as the area nearby has a large geomagnetic field. This is so as the temple comes under Van Allen Belt. The two other places discovered by NASA with the same magnetic field are Machu Picchu in Peru and Stone Henge in England. Also, it is predominant that the people who have meditated here at Kasar Devi Temple have shown higher degrees of rejuvenation and peace. A single road runs up high with 200 dotting houses on each side. The village derives its name from the namesake deity Kasar Devi.

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History of Kasar Devi

The place provides immense peace and is visited by many famous personalities and explorers. Swami Vivekananda visited the place in 1890's and also mentioned his experience in his diaries. Walter Evans-Wentz, a pioneer of Tibetian Buddhism also stayed here. In 1930s Danish mystic, Sunyata Baba came here and stayed for 3 decades. Slowly the spiritual seekers started visiting the place. Anagarika Govinda, born as Ernst Lothar Hoffmann, a Tibetan Buddhist Lama also visited the place. Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Cat Stevens and Allen Ginsburg are some other famous personalities to land their feet over the place. Later during the Hippie Movement, it became a part of Hippie trail.

More information about Kasar Devi

The place is great for the spiritual seekers. You can attain mesmerising mildness in the soothing weather of Uttarakhand. Thousands of devotees visit here every year. The place is well known among the westerns as well those who wish to attain peace. It is famous for its quiet and secluded atmosphere with a spellbinding view from Kashyap Hill. The place has limited yet very good accommodation options. It is a place of high spiritual powers. You can have a village walk through the quaint pathways of pahadi villages which is yet another spellbinding thing.

Tips For Visiting Kasar Devi

The village walk is a very good activity to do there as the path of the village runs from the forest.

How To Reach Kasar Devi

It is located on the ridge of Almora-Bageshwar highway and hence could be reached by 8 km hike from Almora or 10 km by road. Also, it is 12 km from Lala Bajar, Almora. Local buses to Almora are available in Kumaon region. The cabs are easily available from Almora bus station.

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