Pauri is a tiny hill station in Pauri Garhwal District of Uttarakhand
State. Also the head quarters of the Pauri Garhwal District and the Garhwal
Division, it is situated in the northern slopes of Kandoliya Hill Ranges
of middle Himalayas. Perched at an elevation of 1650 mt above the sea
level, it commands an excellent views of surrounding Himalayan ranges
from the upper ridge- starting from Chaukhamba to Nandaghunti Peaks.
A quiet and calm hill station, Pauri became headquarters
of the district Garhwal in 1840 A.D., and the Garhwal Division in 1969
A.D. Diverse in topography, pine and deodar trees, valleys, meandering
rivers, silent forest and breezy wind from all around envelop Pauri.
The Messmore College and other British era buildings etc still keeps the
charm of the bygone period. Like other hillstation, Pauri too has
Mall Road, Lower Bazaar and Upper Bazaar.
Things to see
Kandoliya Shiva Temple
It is situated 2 km from Pauri on the road to Lansdowne. Kandoliya
Shiva Temple is a temple of the local deity, Kandoliya Devta, but the
presiding deity here is Lord Shiva. Often referred as the Kandolia Devta
Mandir by the locals, the temple is located in a thick forest. Kandolia
Devta is the protector of Pauri and the surrounding villages. Inside the
temple, there is a black stone idol of her.
One gets stunning views of Himalayan peaks as one moves towards the temple.
Also can enjoy the Oaks and Pine Trees, Deodars, Rhododendrons, Gangawarsyun
Valley and the bird's eye view of the town below. Just below the Kandoliya
Temple is a beautiful park known as Kandolia Children's Park A tranquil
place filled with devoutness and serenity, Kandolia is quite famous for
holding Asia's highest sports stadium.
Located 4 km towards Lansdowne from Kandoliya is a tiny village
Bubakhal. It has several minor roads snake across to the many villages
on the slopes of the Kandoliya hills. The walk along this roads through
oak and pine forest is really refreshing.
Chaukhamba (Mountain of Four Pillars) Viewpoint
Located 4 km from Pauri, this ridge overlooks the Idwal valley
and Chaukhamba Peak. From here, one can get the fine view of the snowy
Himalayan peaks. Behind the Chaukhamba lies Gangotri glacier , source
of the river Ganga. The dense forest of Dwarikhal here is rich in a wide
variety of flora.
It is located Just below the Mall Road. It boasts a huge open
air theatre with a stage where Ramlila and other public programmes are
The 8th century Shiva temple has established by Sankaracharya during his
visit to Pauri. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it has a small idol of Parvati,
statue of Nandi and an ancient drum. The pillars have some intricate carving
on them. The sanctum sanctorum contains an ancient Shivling above which
a cooper kalash is suspended. There is a Sanskrit School near to this,
runs by the temple authorities. The school follows the ancient guru-shishya
paramapara. Students of the school participate in aartis that are held
at 6.30 am and 7 pm every day. From Kyunkaleshwar Temple site, one
can have the stunning views of the snow-clad peaks, Srinagar valley and
other small places around Pauri.
Nag Devta Temple
Located in the Buakhal area of Pauri, it is situated amdist a
dense forest. The temple has an ancient idol of Nag Devta. A Nagdev Fair
dedicated to Lord Hanunman is celebrated in this temple which attracts
a large number of devotees.
Located on the main Laxmi-Narayan Temple Road, this temple is
one of Pauri’s oldest temples. The temple was destroyed and rebuilt
it in the early 19th century, with an addition of a Shiv temple in1916
and the installation of a Hanuman idol in 1930. Below to this, there is
a natural water source across the road.
It is located at a distance 2.5 kms. from the town. One of the highest
points in Pauri, Ransi is a beautiful picnic spot. It has a Sports Stadium
- the second highest stadium in Asia where games and tournaments are frequently
organised. An ideal picnic spot, the stadium set amidst deodar trees.