RKG Mesmerizing Journey of Kumaon

I have been travelling all my life to the different parts of the World and travelled almost 50 countries of the World and still planning to see many more in recent future.

I would like to share my most memorable journey of life till date which I recently concluded. The journey of God’s abode, The Kumaon.

As I studied in Birla Vidya Mandir School, Nainital in my childhood age the fascination increases for natural, scenic, calm Kumaon.  Later, I bought two acre picturesque piece of land in the Bhimtal region and built two cottages for myself to go there regularly and enjoy the serenity.

Few years back an idea came to my mind to develop a unique and exclusive book for travelers to this part of the world so that they can know the many touristic places and explore Kumaon along with distances from one place to another of Kumaon and beautiful photos of Kumaon, as there is no such book available in the market.

Kumaon region is divided in six districts and I had completed the book covering almost all touristic places in those districts but for real and creative photographs of those places I decided to pick my bag full of different four cameras and decided to capture the images with my perspective.

The journey started from Delhi and in next four days I covered the distance of more than 1200 kilometers in which approx. 650 kilometers are of Kumaon’s six districts majorly consisting of hills. It was the most memorable Journey of my life and a lifetime experience.

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The journey involved all weathers (Rainy, Sunny and Chilly) and the most beautiful part of it is the famous Temples covered in the auspicious days of Navratras with the grace of MAA.  Temples covered during the visit were Kainchi Temple, Someshwer Temple, Baijnath, Bageshwar, Jageshwar,Kalika, Kamakhya Devi Temple.

The most fascinating part of the journey was visit to Patal Bhuvaneshwar Mandir near Berinag.   Patal Bhuvaneshwar is not just one cave, rather a cave city. There is  1 km long cave in Patal Bhuvaneshwar. This is 90 feet below the ground level. Caves within caves, steps leading to another, each one unmasking deep secrets from within. You have to descend nearly 100 steps into this narrow cave, to reach the sanctum sanctorum, which gives an overwhelming feeling that you’re entering the centre of the earth. Each stone, each stalagmite within each cave or doorway, in magnificent erection reveal the story of Hindu pantheon in the shapes of Gods, Goddesses, saints and known mythological characters. 

Going down 90 feet below was very difficult as there was very less oxygen in this time of the year and adventurous for anybody.

During my journey I covered the following places Bhimtal-Kainchi Mandir-Khairna-Ranikhet (Golf)-Majkhali-Someshwar(Mandir)-Kausani-Bejnath Mandir-Bageshwar (Baijnath Mandir)-Chaukori-Berinag-Patal Bhuvaneshwar (Mandir)- Gangolihat (Kalika Mandir)-Pithoragarh-Kamakhiya Mandir-Jageshwar (Mandir)-Mukteshwar-Ramgarh-Jeolighat-Sukhatal-Khurpatal.

The complete Kumaon is full of rugged valleys, snow-covered mountains, endless hills, tremendous trees, variety of flowers, clean and curvy roads, different shades of sun, clouds and what not.

I had a chance of little dialogues with the people of Kumaon and found them very simple and honest and these people (known as  Kumaoni) lead a very simple and straight life and have variety of  delicious  but simple food.

Few of the photographs are being attached for my friends to enjoy the beauty of the Kumaon.  For complete gallery you have to wait as my book “Kumaon-The Land of God” will be published very soon.

Written By : Ravindra Kumar Gupta

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