Kunjapuri

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Kunjapuri is the name given to a peak having an altitude of about 1,676 m above from the sea level. There is a holy temple named as Kunjapuri temple and one of the most visited places of Tehri district not because of just its story related to gods and goddesses but also for his panoramic view of Garhwal Himalayan peaks. It commands a beautiful view of the snow-ranges of the Himalayas like Swargarohini, Gangotri, Banderpunch and Chaukhamba and of the valley of the Bhagirathi like Rishikesh, Haridwar and DoonValley. It is 7 km far away from Narendra Nagar, 15 km from Rishikesh and 93 km far away from Devaprayag.

If you are a nature lover and want to do something different, trek from Hindolakhal village to the temple through the green forest will be more adventurous. It is about 5KM. Travelers also appreciate the sunrise and sunset view from the Himalayan peaks. After reaching to the temple, pilgrims can shoot photographs for their lovely moments spend with their loved ones and enjoy the surrounding beauty. The opening time of Kunjapuri Temple is from 6am to 8am. The best time to visit Kunjapuri Temple is  all round the year. Come here in Navratra season and get the chance to see the Hindu rituals and the beauty of the Indian culture here.

History:-

Kunjapuri is temple of Goddess Durga , as it being one of the thirteen Shakti Peethas (Power Centers) in Shivalik range and one of the three Shakti Peethas in Tehri district established by Jagadguru Shankaracharya. Other two Shakti Peethas in the district are Surkanda Devi and Chandrabadni. Kunjapuri, along with these two peethas form a holy triangle. Shakti Peethas are the places where body parts of Goddess Sati (incarnation of Goddess Parvati before she took birth as Parvati) fell down while Lord Shiva was carrying her dead body in his arms and roaming unconsciously through the Himalayan ranges of Bharatbarsh after Sati had flung herself in the yajna fires when some derogatory remarks were made about her husband by her father Daksha. The Durga temple at Kunjapuri receives thousands of visitors throughout the year but during Navaratras there is much flow of devotees.

How to Reach:

By Air

Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is closest situated airport at a distance of about 43 kms. Cabs and taxis are readily available for hiring to Kunjapuri and neighboring areas.

By Train

The nearest railway station is in Rishikesh. The Rishikesh railway station is at a distance of 27 kilo meters from Kunjapuri. Motorable roads are also well joined with Kunjapuri. The common connecting city is Delhi for most of the trains.

By Road

Kunjapuri is well connected with most of the major cities in the state, like Haridwar, Rishikesh and Dehradun. Buses and cabs are easily available from the major cities across the Grahwal region.