Dr. Aparna Chattopadhyay shares her wondrous experience as she descends to the dark underground cave temple of Patal Bhuvaneshwar
How to reach Patal Bhuvaneshwar:By air: The nearest airport is a Pant Nagar in Nainital. Take taxi or local bus to reach Patal Bhuvaneshwar via Nanital and Almora.
By rail: Kathgodam (90 kms) is the nearest railway station for Almora. It is well connected with Lucknow, Delhi, and Howrah. Take local or private taxis or buses to reach Almora from Kathgodam.
By road: Almora is almost 380 kms from Delhi and 466 kms from Lucknow. It is connected by road with most places of Uttarakhand. Route: Nainital-Bhowali- Almora-Barechina-Dhaulchina-Sheraghat-RaiAgar- Patal Bhuvneshwar.
• April to June and September to November are the best months to visit Patal Bhuvaneshwar.
• The cave is equipped with electric lights.
• There is one guesthouse run by KVMN (Kumaon Vikas Mandal Nigam) at a walking distance from the cave. There are also a few private lodges situated near by.
• No cameras (video or still) are allowed inside the cave temple.
• A guide is provided by the administration and is mandatory.
• Entry is controlled based on the number of people already inside the cave.
History of Patal Bhuvaneshwar
This natural cave is situated at a distance of about 500 metres away from village Bhuvaneshwar on the hill slope. It is a limestone cave situated 13 km from Gangolihat in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. It is believed that Shankaracharya also visited this place in the year 1191 AD. There is an inscription on the entrance, dating back to 14th century AD.
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