If I had to remember my childhood days, I would love to go back to Kumaon. The beautiful mountain series, refreshing nature, flowing water all make e spellbound. After a long haul I was going to Almora and Kausani and it was really memorable trip. Though Me and my family planned this trip in a hurry as we had two days off.
Kausani is situated in the Bageshwar distrct of Uttrakhand state. Its a cool and serene place retaining the natural beauty.
Early morning at 7.30am we set off for the Kausani from Haldwani. We have already booked the cab but you can also found the direct bus from Haldwani.
Mountain's view started...
Famous bright red buransh flowers...greeted us all the way..
In next 25 min we reached kainchi dham. the Orange coloured dome of the temple of Baba Neem Karoli's Ashram was visible from the distance. We had refreshing nimbu shikanji and bread pakora. Nimbu shikanji here is a must have! :-)
After spending one hour we set off to Garampani. Our road goes along with Kosi river.
Abhilasha didi took some time to pose..
After reaching Garampani first thing we did is pet pooja!! Mumma is enjoying Kumaon's famous delicacy Aloo Gutke and Pahari raita (mixed with cucumber and mustard seeds). You will find this traditional dish every where in Kaumon..like Nainital, bhimtal, bhawali..
Around 1pm we reached Almora welcomed by vibrant and beautiful flowers.
At guest house...Tayiji and Mumma taking rest..
After having lunch we went to Nanda Devi temple in the Almora's main market Lal Bazaar.
Myself with tayiji...
We went to our ancestor's home as well...
Bought Almora's famous savoury Bal Mithai and Paan Kulfi akka Singaudi from the local shop.
Almora's beauty from distance.
We had taken a break for more clicks as the river goes along with us...
As soon as we arrived to the Kausani it started drizzling. The whole atmosphere became divine.
We reached to our Hotel Sagar enjoying the breath taking views enroute.
Last click of the day....with Neha Di.
Second day stared with the splendid view of the Himalayas at the dawn. The view was unparallel and 2nd to none. Mahatama Gandhi has rightly called the place " Swizerland of India"...
Sipping morning Tea with majestic himalays in the background..
First light and golden peaks..
View of Nanda Devi and Trishul from our Hotel ..
Myself and Abhi posing in bright sunlight..
Masti with my sisters...
After having heavy breakfast of Aalo parathas... we hit the road again for Jageshwar..
But we always have time for taking few snaps.. , Who doesn't have!! ha ha
Reached Jageshwar after 3 hrs of journey. Jageshwar is also popular for their immensely huge and old Deodar trees. Some of them are ore then 100 years old and it is ban to cut them in this area.
One of the Deodar in the premises of the temple has diameter of 8mts.
Hidden deep in the Jataganga valley, Jageshwar, is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. The oldest shrine is the 'Mrityunjaya Temple'. Here, Shiva is worshipped in the form of Nagesh/Jageshwar.
In the Joytirlinga temple has two dwarapalas in the form of armed Nandi and Skandi.
Final pics at the temple...At the background we can see numerous small temples...
Visited Golu Devta Chitai temple during our return to Almora. Golu Devta is the historical God of the Kumaun region. Two things are symbolic to temple are Large number of bells.....probably in thousands of varying size and lot of hand written letters.
As per locals Golu Devta grant your wishes if you write a letter and on fullfillment devotee has to tie the bell.