in topography, the district of Pauri Garhwal varies from the foothills
of the Tarai of Kotdwar
to Srinagar valley, Lansdowne
& the soul- lifting meadows of Doonhatoli, sprawing at an altitude
of 3,000mts., Which remain snowbound during the winter months. Pauri
Garhwal is ringed by the districts of Chamoli,
and Tehri Garhwal. Filled with places
of tourist interest, most locations in Pauri offer a breathtaking
view of the snow - laden Himalayan splendour.
Is situated at an elevation of 1814mts. above sea-level on the northern
slopes of Kandoliya hills, Pauri is the headquarter of the district
Pauri Garhwal and the Garhwal Division. Pauri provides a panoramic
view of the snow clad Himalayan peaks of Bandar Poonch, Swarga-Rohini,
Jonli, Gangotri Group, Jogin Group, Thalaiya- sagar, Kedarnath,
kharcha Kund, Sumeru, Satopanth, Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Ghoriparvat,
Hathiparvat, Nandadevi & Trisul.
Area: 5 sq.kms.
Population: 20,397 (1991 census)
Altitude: 1,814 mts.
Climate: Cold in winter, Pleasant in summer and heavy rainfall
Season: Round the year.
Clothing Summer: Cottons/ light woolens,
Winter: Heavy Woolens
Languages: Garhwali, Hindi & English.
Siddhibali Temple, Durga Devi Temple, Medanpuri Devi Temple, Shri
Tarkeshwar Mahadev, Keshorai Math, Kamleshwar Temple, Shankar Math,
The snow-covered mountains of Khirsu offers a panoramic view of
the Central Himalayas and attracts a large number of tourists. From
here one can get a clear view of many named & unnamed peaks.
Located 19 kms. away from Pauri at an altitude of 1,700 mts., Khirsu
is a peaceful spot, free from pollution. The tranquility of the
adjoining thick Oak and Deodar forests and apple orchards, is broken
only by the chirping of birds.
The ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta in the vicinity is well worth
a visit. Accommodation is available at the Tourist Rest House and
Forest Rest House.
Doodhatoli situated at an altitute of 3100 mts., is covered with
dense mixed forests. Thalisain is the last bus terminus (100 kms.
from Pauri), from where Doodhatoli is at a distance of 24 kms. by
trek. One of the most picturesque places, it commands a panoramic
view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding area.
The indometable freedom fighter of Garhwal, Veer Chandra Singh Garwali,
was enamoured by the place. As was his last wish, a memorial in
his name has been erected here after his death. A humble but bold
memorial in his name creates a 'never say die' atmosphere under
the tall Oak trees.
It is one of the well known religious places of the entire division
and a large number of devotees come here round the year for darshan.
It is 34 kms. from Pauri on the main Pauri-Kotdwar road. Every year
during 'Navaratras', a special religious festival is held at Jwaladevi.
Binsar is situated at an altitude of 2480 mts. and is at a distance
of 114 kms. from Pauri. Set amidst dense forest of Oak, Deodar and
Rhododendron, it is a celebrated place of worship. The temple dedicated
to Lord Shiva is of archaeological significance. The central room
of the temple is beautifully adorned by the idols of Ganesh, Har
Gauri and Mardini. Thalisain, 100 kms. from Pauri, is the last bus
stop. From here a 22 kms. bridle path leads to Binasar.
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
devoid of the hustle & bustle of the town. There is a Forest
Rest House one can stay.
Situated at a height of 2,200 mts., Tara Kund is a picturesque spot
amidst lofty mountains in the Chariserh development area. A small
lake and an ancient temple adorn the place. The Teej Festival is
celebrated with great gaiety when the local people come here to
worship and pay homage to God.
Situated at a distance of 14kms. from Kotdwar, Kanva Rishi Ashram
is an important place from the historical and archaeological point
of view. It is believed that Sage Vishwamitra meditated here. Indra,
the king of Gods, was scared by his intense meditation, and sent
a beautiful heavenly damsel named Menka to disturb him. Menka finally
succeeded in diverting Vishwamitra's attention. After birth to a
girl she went back to heaven. The girl later became Shakuntala who
got married to the prince of Hastinapur and gave birth to Bharat,
the prince after whom our country is called Bharat. Accommodation
is available at tourist complex, Kanvashram.
22 kms. away from Kotdwar and at a height of 1,400 mts., Bharatnagar
abounds in immense natural beauty. It is mentioned in the ancient
Hindu texts that once this place was full of life giving herbs.
From here one can have a beautiful view of the Balawali bridge on
Ganga, Kalagarh dam and Kotdwar.
Just 32kms. from Rishikesh via Barrage and 22kms. via Ram Jhoola,
this place abounds in religious fervour, mythological significance
and picturesque surroundings. According to a legend, this place
derived its name from Lord Shiva. It is believed that it was here
that Lord Shiva consumed the venom which emanated durimg the ' Samudra
Manthan ' due to this, His throat became blue in colour, thus giving
Shiva the name of Neelkanth. Centuries old temples here reserve
in their fold the celestial aura and legendary ambience. At 926
meters, amidst three valleys (vishnukoot, Brahmakoot and Manikoot
) and on the confluence of Madhumati and Pankaja rivers awaits Neelkanth
mahadev. Neelkanth Mahadev is 22kms. from Swargashram. The 12 kms.
trekkable road is surrounded by dense forests, a sight every trekker
would love to behold.
Chila Wildlife Sanctuary a heaven for animal watchers is just 8
kms. from Hardwar and 21 km from Risikesh. Located on the banks
of river Ganga in the heart of Shivalik hills, Chila is a part of
the famous Rajaji National Park. The fauna include elephants, spotted
Deer, Stag deer, Neelgai bull, Wild beer, Fox, Porcupine, Jungle
fowls and Peacocks. Beside these, migratory birdsare also seen on
the river Ganga. There is a Tourist Rest House in addition to a
Forest Rest House.
Situated at a distance of 48 kms. from Kotdwar, Kalagarh is an ideal
places for nature lovers. The dam across Ram Ganga river is also
worth visiting. Accommodation is available at the irrigation &
Forest Rest Houses
Air: Nearest airport is Jollygrant (155kms.) via Rishikesh -
Nearest railway station is Kotdwar (108kms.)
Pauri is well connected to Dehradun, Rishikesh, Kotdwar and
other cities of the region.