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Dwarahat, Ranikhet Overview

Dwarahat is an ancient town full of beautiful temples and breathtaking sceneries, that also serves as 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 region's great past and its architectural prowess.

Besides being historically significant, these temples house some of the most revered deities in Hindu Mythology and hence are frequented by devotees from all over the country and outside as well. Perched at an altitude of 2000 meters, Dwarahat provides scenic views of the mighty Himalayan peaks such Kailash Mansoravar, Dunagiri and others. Dwarahat is a place where one can rejuvenate themselves, away from the tourist rush at most of the other hill stations.

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Dwarahat Ancient Temples and Dunagiri Devi Temple are some of the must places to visit, while you are in Dwarahat.

Take a day trip to Dwarahat from Ranikhet. Visit the Dwarahat Ancient Temples and Dunagiri Devi Temple, here.

  1. Avoid the monsoons season as roads can get blocked during this time, due to frequent landslides.
  2. Make sure to advance book your accommodation to avoid any trouble upon reaching the location.

Travelling within the city is largely by foot.

  1. Mild trekking and village exploration can be enjoyed here.
  2. Because Dwarahat is a historic town, you can experience the glorious past of the region, when it was a part of a flourishing kingdom.
  3. You can also try out some fantastic Garhwali and Kumauni cuisines such as aloo ke gutke, gahat, chainsoo and kaapa. Riverview Restaurant, Mayur and Royal Retreat in Ranikhet are some of the restaurants you can try while you're there. 

Except for an ashram, Dwarahat doesn't have anything to offer for accommodation. You should seek accommodation in Ranikhet which is 37 km away from Dwarahat and has great accommodation options at reasonable rates.

Dwarahat can be visited anytime of the year except for the monsoons (August-September). The weather is great for the rest of the year with ample opportunities for sightseeing. The town looks beautiful throughout especially during winters when it receives snowfall.

  • Air: The nearest airport is Pant Nagar airport. One can easily take a cab for Dwarahat from the airport, the ride takes about 5-6 hours. Public buses are also available for Almora from where you can change for Dwarahat.

  • Rail: The nearest rail head is the Kathgodam Railway Station which is 150 km away from Dwarahat. The cab ride takes about 4 hours to reach Dwarahat and goes through some picturesque hills and lakes. One can also find public and private buses for Dwarahat from the railway station.

  • Road: Dwarahat lies in the intersection of the Kausani-Ranikhet route and Almora-Badrinath route so is well connected to different parts of the state with motorable roads. Public and private buses provide frequent connectivity to nearby regions of Dwarahat.

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