The Himalayan beauty, Uttarakhand has always been the honeypot for the adventure addicts and nature worshippers, who like to explore its lesser known and remote locations. But do you know that Uttarakhand also boasts a rich history? and has been the refuge for Kols in the 2nd century B.C. Celebrated as the ‘Land of Gods’, Uttarakhand has been a famous meditational ground for many great sages and hermits who attained enlightenment here. It was also a trading hub as many merchants used to trade salt with Tibet. Chand and Katyuri, the two cardinal dynasties of that period contributed immensely to the history of Uttarakhand. The state also takes great pride in housing several eminent Hindu and Sikh shrines in India. And till date many are aloof with the fact that there are places in Uttarakhand where the Kauravas are worshipped and polyandry is practiced.
1. Dwarahat, Almora district
The celestial hamlet of Dwarahat located about 34 km from Ranikhet is a small town that was once the seat of Katyuri Kingdom. Dwarahat literally suggests the ‘Way to Heaven’ and is famous for its ancient temples which have an influence of Gurjari School of Art. The history buffs can visit the town and witness the 55 remarkable temples that have been standing tall since ages. The credit for the architectural grandeur of these temples goes to the Katyuri Dynasty who ruled over Kumaon for a significant period of time.
How to reach Dwarahat:
The travellers can board a train to Kathgodam about 88 km from Dwarahat and then hire a taxi or take a bus to Dwarahat.