Dwarahat is an ancient and beautiful town situated in Almora district of Uttarakhand. It is situated a distance of 34 km from Ranikhet and 77 km from Almora.
Dwarahat literally means “Way to Heaven”, was ruled by Katyuri kings. Their empire was stretched from the Satluj River in the west to Gandak river in the east from the hilly areas to the plains, including the whole of Rohelkhand. Later it was ruled by the Chand Kings of Kumaon in the 16th century.
What is Dwarahat Famous For:
Dwarahat is famous for its ancient temples which were constructed mainly by the Katyuri kings. These are now maintained by ASI. Dwarahat has 55 ancient temples of exquisite architectural excellence. These are divided into 8 groups.
About These Ancient Temples:
These were constructed in the Indo-Aryan, Maru-Pratihara or Nagara type. The temples are constructed mainly of masonry blocks of Pre-Cambrian granite available in the nearby area. Instead of mortar, iron clamps and dowels have been used to tie adjoining blocks. Hence, these temples now have great archaeological value.
Some of These Ancient Temples are:
- Badrinath Group of Temples
- Bandeo Temple
- Gujar Deo Temple
- Kacheri Group of Temples
- Maniyan Group of Temples
- Mritunjaya Group
- The Ratan Deo Temple Complex
Fairs and Festivals:
Hindu festivals such as Makar Sankranti, Basant Panchami, Harela, Bhaitauli, Olgia (Ghee Sankranti), Khatarua, Bat Savitri and Ganga Dussehra are celebrated popularly in Dwarahat. Some fairs are also held at Dwarahat. These are Doonagiri Mela and Syalde Bikhauti Mela which is held on Vishuwat Sankranti day.
How to Reach:
The nearest airport for Dwarahat is Pantnagar Airport. It is situated 112 kms from Dwarahat. Taxis are available to Dwarahat, Ranikhet, Haldwani, Nainital and Almora from Pant Nagar Airport.
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Dwarahat. It is situated at a distance of 88 kms. Taxis and buses are easily available from the Kathgodam to Dwarahat.
Dwarahat is well connected by roads to all major cities of Uttarakhand and northern India. Taxis to Dwarahat are easily available from major destinations of Uttarakhand.