(Last Updated on : 02/07/2010)
Tourism in Pauri Garhwal District includes a number of exploring options. Tourism in Pauri Garhwal District has developed tremendously making it one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country. Pauri Garhwal District is considered as nature's paradise and it attracts people through its charm and magnificence. The beautiful valleys, snow clad mountain peaks and the amazing vies of the nature are the key components that attract the travellers. Moreover, tourism in Pauri Garhwal District will be considered incomplete without paying a visit to its ancient temples. Some of the main places of interest in this district of Uttarakhand
are as follows.
The snow covered mountains of Khirsu offer a panoramic view of the Central Himalayas and attract a large number of tourists. From here one can get a clear view of many named and unnamed beautiful peaks. Located 19 kms away from Pauri
at an altitude of 1,700 metres, Khirsu is a peaceful spot, free from any hustle and bustle. Only the chirping of birds breaks the tranquility of the adjoining thick Oak
and Deodar forests and apple orchards. The ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta in the vicinity is well worth a visit.
Doodhatoli situated at an altitude of 3100 metres, is covered with dense mixed forests. One of the most picturesque places, it commands a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding area.
Binsar is situated at an altitude of 2480 metres and is at a distance of 114 kms from Pauri. Set amidst dense forests of Oak, Deodar and Rhododendron
, it is a celebrated place of worship and natural beauty. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva
is of archaeological significance.
Connected by a well-maintained 17 kms long road from Pauri, Adwani is an ideal picnic spot, as it is surrounded by thick forest and is devoid of the hustle and bustle of the town.
Situated at a height of 2,200 metres, Tara Kund is a picturesque spot amidst lofty mountains. A small lake and an ancient temple adorn the place. Teej Festival
is celebrated here with great gaiety and enthusiasm.
At a distance of 2 kms from Pauri, Kandoliya is a spectacular spot surrounded by dense forest. The temple of Kandoliya Devta, the local 'Bhumi-Devta', is located here. One can have a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks and Gangwarsyun valley. One can have a walk along 4 kms long road from Kandoliya to Buwakhal through oak and pine forest that is really refreshing.
Situated on the bank of river Malini at a distance of 14 kms from Kotdwara, Kanva Rishi Ashram is an important place from the historical and archaeological point of view. It is believed that Sage Vishwamitra
22 kms away from Kotdwara and at a height of 1,400 metres, Bharat Nagar abounds in immense natural beauty. It is mentioned in the ancient Hindu texts that once this place was full of medicinal herbs. From here one can have a beautiful view of the Balawali bridge of Ganga, Kalagarh dam and Kotdwara town.
Situated at a distance of 48 kms from Kotdwara, Kalagarh is an ideal place for nature lovers. The dam across Ram Ganga River is also worth visiting.
As the name suggest this place is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Shiva consumed venom which emanated during the Samudra Manthan. This place is 32 kms from Rishikesh and has a great religious, mythological significance among the devotees. The place is surrounded by the dense forest of Oak and Deodar and offers a panoramic view of the nature.
Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary
: Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary, a heaven for animal watchers is just 8 kms from Haridwar
and 21 kms from Rishikesh
. Located on the banks of the Ganga River
in the heart of Shivalik hills
, Chilla is a part of the famous Rajaji National park
. It is rich in diverse species of flora and fauna.
Dhikala tourist place is a part of famous Corbett National Park
. This part is famous for its bio-diversity and wildlife.
Pauri Garhwal District is also famous for offering scopes of adventure tourism. Pauri is a paradise of adventure seekers interested in sports like Trekking, Moonlight Trekking, Cycling, Jungle Camping, Wildlife Adventure, Aero- sports, Angling, Rock-climbing, Rafting, etc.