Kasar Devi is a peaceful destination near Almora in Kumaon Himalayan regioin, Uttarakhand. It is only 8 kms away from Almora district. It is known for its scenic beauty, peaceful location and the Kasar Devi temple, a Devi temple, dedicated to Kasar Devi.
It provides amazing views of Almora and the Hawabagh Valley. It alsoo offers the panoramic view of the gret Himalayan range from Bandarpunch peak on the Himachal Pradesh border to Api Himal in Nepal.
Kasar Devi Temple:
This shrine dedicated to Kasar Devi. The history of the temple dates back to the 2nd century CE.
This area is home to some of thee finest deodar and pine forests.
A large fair, known as Kasar Devi Fair, is hosted at the Kasar Devi temple on the occasion of Kartik Poornima, corresponding to November and December. Many devotees from across the country visit the temple to be a part of this fair.
Brief History of Kasar Devi:
The structure of the Kasar Devi tmple dates to the 2nd century CE. One of the greatest personalities of India, Swami Vivekananda visited Kasar Devi in 1890s.
And many western philosophers and seekers such as Sunyata Baba, Alfred Sorensen and Lama Anagarika Govinda has also visited the place many times.
There is a place just outside the village, which is also known for Crank’s Ridge, was popular destination during the Hippie movement of the 1960s and 1970s, and continues to attract trekkers, tourists and devotees not only from India but the whole world.
During 1960s and 1970s, the area was visited by personalities of the counter-culture, Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Cat Stevens, Western Buddhist Robert Thurman, and writer D. H. Lawrence, who spent two summers here.
Kasar Devi offers you a mellow vibe and clear Himalayan views. It’s a great place to chill and find inner peace.
Kasar Devi – Binsar Trek:
The trek passes through pine, oak, rhododendron and deodar forests in the Kumaon Himalayan hills. The Binsar forest is a treat for bird watchers.
The trek starts from Almora, which is the nearest city from Kasar Devi. Nearly about five hundred meters into the route you will see yourself surrounded by beautiful pine and deodar trees. These stay with you throughout the whole trek. You will realize why Swami Vivekananda choose Kasar Devi village for meditation.
The trail is a gradual climb on the hill. In an hour, you gradually begin to see the mighty Himalayan peaks. As the Binsar forest area starts, you will start to see a lot of migratory Himalayan birds such as Woodpeckers, Blackbirds, Forktail, Pheasant, Laughing Thrush, Kalij etc. These birds start arriving in this part of the Himalayas from early November.
How To Reach:
Kasar Devi is Located Only 8kms From Almora. Tourist Can Easily Reach Here Via Taxi Or Bus from Almora.
Nearest Railway Station To Almora Is Kathgodam Railway Station-94kms. Then visitors can get a cab or a bus.
Nearest Airport To Almora In Uttarakhand Is Pantnagar Airport-124kms
Nearest International Airport To Almora At Delhi is IGI- 352kms