When you are close to Patal Bhuvaneshwar tour, you find yourself close to Nepal Border and course the Nanda Devi. Nanda Devi is the highest mountain in India. You could also take a look at Mount Kailash, the most sacred of all the mountains.
The half hidden village of Patal Bhuvaneshwar gives incredible vistas of the valley. There are just a few houses amidst huge dark fir trees. As you step in Patal Bhuvaneshwar, you feel like you have entered the different yuga altogether.
All this beauty and still Patal Bhuvaneshwar is visited for entirely different reasons by the most travelers. Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a pilgrimage. Even for someone agnostic like me, the sounds of the temple bells and mantras being echoed in the morning was calming and pleased.
Most noteworthy is the cave city of ‘Patal Bhuvaneshwar ’which is a hidden pilgrimage center enshrined in mystery and mythology. The place about 115 km from Almora and about 91 km from Pithoragarh the Patal Bhuvaneshwar is at an elevation of about 1350 meters and the shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. At a small distance of 14 km lies another small beautiful town and which is also a Shakti Peeth Gangolihat.
Patal Bhuvaneshwar History:
First of all coming to the history of Patal Bhuvaneshwar. Adi Sancharyacharya visited this cave in AD 1191. It was after that a temple was constructed here in 12 century AD by the Chand kings.
The cave is 160 m long and 90 ft deep from the point of entrance and after a descent of about 100 steps the sanctum sanctorum is reached. The cave has a narrow tunnel-like opening, which leads to some interlinked caves.
According to the mythology, King Rituparna of the Sun dynasty (surva vansha) discovered the cave in “Treta Yuga.” It has been described in the “Manas Khand” of “Skanda Purana”.
Furthermore it is even believed that Pandavas, the ‘Mahabaharata’ heroes proceeded towards their last journey in the Himalayas after Meditating here, in front of Lord Shiva.
Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave:
Furthermore, the legend has is that this cave enshrines Lord Shiva and 33 crore gods. Over time the lime rock has created various spectacular stalactite and stalagmite figures of different hues. Devotes the forms of Ganesha, Shesnaag, Garth, Shivling and Kal Bhairav are distinctly visible. Especially famous are the stone formations of Sheshnag who is seen holding the earth, heaven and the world beneath.
In addition to this, journey inside the cave has to be carried in feeble lights, holding protective iron chains. A guide needs to hired before going in the cave. These days the cave is fully illuminated, through photography is not permitted inside the cave.
Activities to do in Patal Bhuvaneshwar :
1. Mountain Viewing: One of the important things to do in Patal Buvneshwar and surrounding areas is to admire the beauty of the mighty Himalayas. You can spend hours gazing at these newly formed mountains in awe.
2. Meditation: Often the picture that comes up when one says the word meditation is ” A cross-legged monk with closed eyes.” Meditation is so much more. It is a practice of concentrated focus upon a sound, object, visualization, the breath, movement, or attention itself to increase awareness of the present moment. If you are walking and are walking alone not thinking of the bus back home or about someone, who wronged you. Patal Bhuvaneshwar provides just the energies to do so.
Places to Visit near Patal Bhuvaneshwar:
It is about 35 km from Chaukori; the famous temple of ‘Haatkalika’, devoted to goddess ‘Kali’ is perched here. Nestled between the thick Deodar trees, the temple has its charm. The Morning Prayer is worth watching.
It is situated 10 km before Chaukori. It is the primary market for the nearby areas, famous for local fruits and vegetables. And is a station for local taxis or other transport.
It is about 45 km from Chaukori, and falls on the way to Munsiyari. The town is situated on the banks of River Ramganga. One can go for angling or may sit on the banks of the river.
Chaukori is another hill station in its vicinity, having an elevation of 2,010 meters above sea level, offers a vast and panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks like Nanda Kot, Nanda Devi, and the Panchachuli sister peaks. The view of sunrise and sun set over the magnetic Himalayas seems breadth was taking from Chaukori.
Another place to visit in Patal Bhuvaneshwar is Sheraghat. The place falls about 50 km before, on the way to Chaukori. Sheraghat is famous for its king size fresh water fishes. The place is full of restaurants that serve various dishes of fish. The place is paradise for anglers.
Finally last place to visit in Patal Bhuvaneshwar is Munsiyari. It is about 110 km from Chaukori, and is famous for its magnificent view of Panchachuli sister peaks. The area is rich in Flora and Fauna.
Famous among Bird watchers, Munsiyari has a rich species of a variety of high altitude and rare birds such as Himalayan monal, rock bunting, snow pigeon, bearded vulture, griffon vulture and many other.
The place acts as the base for the trekker heading towards Milam Glacier. One may also have a day or two-day trek to Khulia top in Munsiyari. The top gives a heart touching view of the Himalayan peaks one may camp or return to Munsiyari.
Where to Stay in Patal Bhuvaneshwar Tour?
One can book a room in KMVN Tourist rest house the Phone number is 05964-242584. While one can even approach various private hotels and resorts.
How to Reach Patal Bhuvaneshwar?
Air: Pantnagar is the nearest airport, about 250 km away from Patal Bhuvaneshwar.
Rail: Nearest railheads are Tanakpur about 182 km and Kathgodam about 210 km from Patal Bhuvaneshwar
Road: Patal Bhuvaneshwar is well connected to various places like Almora, Pithoragarh, Chaukori, Bageshwar and Nainital.