Uttarakhand has something for everyone: unbelievably beautiful landscapes, charming towns, crystal-clear rivers, rare wildlife in its conservation parks, and the warmest of people. Often referred to as the Land of the Gods, the state witnesses more than a fair share of pilgrims visiting places like Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath, and Badrinath each year. With pilgrimage experiences often marred by the sheer volume of people visiting, seekers of true solace have begun looking elsewhere.
Here to answer their prayers is the quaint town of Dwarahat, tucked away in the lap of the stunning Kumaon hills in Almora district. ‘Dwarahat’ literally means ‘Way to Heaven’ in the local dialect here. It would be difficult to disagree with. If there was ever a hallowed gateway to finding God, Dwarahat, with its surreal beauty and serenity would definitely be it! This picturesque town is renowned for its ancient temples constructed by the Katyuri Kings.
Both the history enthusiast and spiritual sojourner in you will be mesmerized by a group of eight temples in Dwarahat, dating back as far as the 11th Century. A sacred group of eight, the Mritunjay, Dhwaj, Badrinath, Durga, Duijar Deval, Ratan Dewal, Maniyal, and Kachri temples are sites not to be missed here.
Continue your heavenly quest at the Maa Dunagiri Temple. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and each night is a celebration of her nine different forms. Legends speak of the time when Hanuman was tasked to carry the mountain with 'Sanjiwani Buti' for Laxman. It is believed that a piece of it fell here and ever since the location has been called 'Dunagiri' ('giri' meaning fell).
The Mahavatar Babaji cave, where the origins of Kriya Yoga began is a fantastic location for both Kriya Yogis and other pilgrims looking for spiritual enlightenment. The cave marks the spot where Yoga Guru Lahiri Mahasaya received Kriya Yoga teachings directly from his Guru, Mahaavatar Baba Ji.
Pay your respects at Lakhanpur Temple, another revered religious site built by the Katyuri Kings around 800 to 1100 AD. The Badrinath temple is a fine example of architecture that is characteristic of the regions of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. This group of three temples contains a black stone idol of Lord Vishnu in the main temple.
The caves of Pandukholi are nestled within the stunning hills of Dunagiri. Named after the Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata, take the scenic route here for the stunning landscapes and some fascinating history.
The Experience of OYO Hotels in Dwarahat
OYO residences offer services across the spectrum such as free Wi-Fi, AC and non-AC rooms, running cold and hot water, 24-hour room service, and complimentary breakfasts. All these services are accompanied by in-house restaurants and access to conference rooms and banquet halls.
The OYO hotels in Dwarahat perfectly complement the town’s peace, beauty, and spirituality. Aesthetically designed and clean, with essential amenities and security round-the-clock, the OYO hotels are your home-away-from-home in the offbeat town of Dwarahat.
Couples traveling together are more than welcome at the OYO residences in Dwarahat. Both local and outstation IDs, except PAN Cards, are accepted during check-in at the majority of hotels.