Diverse in topography, the district of Pauri Garhwal varies from the foothills of the Tarai of Kotdwar to the soul-lifting meadows of Dhanaulti, sprawling at an altitude of 3,000 m, which remains snowbound during the winter months. Pauri Garhwal is surrounded by the districts of Chamoli, Nainital, Bijnor, Haridwar, Dehradun, Rudraprayag and Tehri Garhwal. Filled with places of tourist’s interest, most locations in Pauri offer a breathtaking view of the snow-laden Himalayan splendour.
Pauri City Is situated at an elevation of 1814 m 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 Bander Punchh, Swarga-Rohini, Jonli, Gangotri Group, Jogin Group, Thalaiya-Sagar, Kedarnath, Kharcha Kund, Sumeru, Satopanth, Chaukhamba, Neelkanth, Ghoriparvat, Hathiparvat, Nandadevi and Trisul.
Population: 6,96,851 ( 2001 census).
Area: 5 sq km.
Altitude: 1,814 m.
Climate: Cold in winters, pleasent in summers and heavy rainfall in monsoons.
Season: Round the year.
Clothing Summers: Cottons / light woollens.
Winters: Heavy woollens
Languages: Garhwali, Hindi and English.
Shopping Centres: Upper Bazar, Lower Bazar, Dhara Road.
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 peaks. Located 19 km away from Pauri at an altitude of 1,700 m, 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 worth a visit. Accommodation is available at the Tourist Rest House and Forest Rest House.
Situated at an altitude of 3100 m, Doodhatoli is covered with dense mixed forests. Thalisain is the last bus terminus (100 km from Pauri), from where Doodhatoli is at a distance of 24 km by trek. One of the most picturesque places, it commands a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding areas. The indomitable 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.
Jwalpa Devi Temple
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 km from Pauri on the main Pauri-Kotdwar road. Every year during 'Navratras', a special religious festival is held at Jwalpadevi.
Connected by a well maintained 17 km long road from Pauri, Adwani is an ideal picnic spot, as it is surrounded by thick forests and devoid of the hustle and bustle of the town. There is a Forest Rest House one can stay in.
22 km away from Kotdwar and at a height of 1,400 m, 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.
Binsar is situated at an altitude of 2480 m and is at a distance of 114 km from Pauri. Set amidst dense forests of oak, deodar and rhododendron, it is a celebrated place of worship. The temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is of archaeological significance. The central hall of the temple is beautifully adorned by the idols of Ganesh, Har Gauri and Mardini. Thalisain, 100 km from Pauri, is the last bus stop. From here a 22 km bridle path leads one to Binsar.
Just 32 km from Rishikesh via the Barrage and 22 km 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 came out of the ocean during the 'Samudra Manthan'; due to this his throat became blue, thus giving Shiva the name of Neelkanth. Centuries old temples here, reserve in their folds the celestial aura and legendary ambience. At 926 m, amidst three valleys (Vishnukoot, Brahmakoot and Manikoot), and on the confluence of Madhumati and Pankaja rivers awaits Neelkanth Mahadev. Neelkanth Mahadev is 22 km from Swargashram. The 12 km trek is surrounded by dense forests - a sight every trekker would love to behold.
Situated at a height of 2,200 m, 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 gaiety when the local people come here to worship and pay homage to God.
Situated at a distance of 48 km from Kotdwar, Kalagarh is an ideal place for nature lovers. The dam across Ram Ganga River is also worth visiting. Accommodation is available at the Irrigation and Forest Rest Houses.
Chila Wildlife Sanctuary, a heaven for animal watchers is just 8 km from Haridwar 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. Besides these, migratory birds are also seen on the river Ganga. There is a Tourist Rest House in addition to a Forest Rest House.
Situated at a distance of 14 km from Kotdwar, Kanvashram is an important place from the historical and archaeological point of view. It is believed that Sage Vishwamitra meditated here. Indra, the King of sub Gods, was scared by his intense meditation. So he sent a beautiful heavenly damsel named Menaka to disturb him. Menaka finally succeeded in diverting Vishwamitra's attention. After giving 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 Bhrat, the prince after whom our country is named. Accommodation is available at tourist complex, Kanvashram.
According to legend, this was the place where the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati was solemnized. In front of Shiva temple, is an eternal flame, which is said to be witness of the marriage. It can be reached after a 12 km drive from Sonprayag.
Located at top hill in Pauri, Kandoliya Temple looks like as giving protection to the Pauri town. From the temple premises one can witness a panoramic view of Pauri market area and far away hills with snow capped mountains. Kandoliya Park surrounded the temple with pine forest. Devotees often enjoys the park after darshan of the deity. There are some slides are also there for kids.
Kandoliya park is best place for picnic due to its soothing environment. Visitors also like to visit nearby area of the temple. One can see scenic Gagwarsuin valley and Asia's Highest Sports Ground is some distance from Kandoliya Temple.
Danda Nagraja Temple
One the lap of mountains, Danda Nagraja temple is visible from far away places and many pilgrims from across the country visit this holy place every year. As per the legends, Lord Krishna came here for the first time in the snake form. he crawled all way up the ridge to reach at top of hill, where temple is now standing.
Priests and locals still beliefs about Lord Krishna presence in the temple and if prays sincerely, it fulfils all wishes of devotees. On 13-14 April of every year, a big fair is organised at Danda Nagraja temple known as 'Danda Nagraja Fair' which is attended by a large crowds of devotees.
According to the custom, devotees offers Jaggery (gur) as prasad before the deity of the temple and take a round (parikrama) of the temple after the darshan. There are some restaurants and shops offers refreshment and prasad outside the premises of the temple.
Chaukhamba View Point
Chaukhamba View Point is a vantage point located about 4 km from Pauri Garhwal. One can have a breathtaking view of the misty Himalayas from this point. The dense oak and rhododendron forests sprawling over the Chaukhamba View Point allures many tourists to elope in nature. The surreal landscape and the varied flora and fauna found at this place attract the tourists for picnicking here.
Bhairavgarhi - Hanuman Garhi
Nearest airport is Jolly Grant, 155 km via Rishikesh-Srinagar.
Nearest railway station is at Kotdwar (108 km).
Pauri is well connected to Dehradun, Rishikesh, Kotdwar and other cities of the region.
Kotdwar, Ph. No. : 01382-225630.
Neelkanth, Ph. No. : 135.
Chilla, Ph. No. : 01382-266678, 266697.
Srikot, Ph. No. : 01346-252499.
Khirsu, Ph. No. : 01346-228509.
Pauri, Ph. No. : 01368-222359.