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A travel guide to Jageshwar

Jageshwar is a temple town in the Almora district of Uttarakhand, with over 100 stone temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, which inspired the town’s common name, “Valley of the Gods”. Some small and remarkable temples feature the most incredible architecture and are set against the backdrop of lush green mountains and the beautiful Jat Ganga stream.

The temple complex, a cultural site protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), contains more than 125 temples and around 174 sculptures, including the statues of Lord Shiva and Parvati. More than 25 inscriptions have been discovered on the walls and pillars of several of these temples.

Best time to travel

The best time to visit Jageshwar is from April to June and from September to November. Spring and the first monsoons are the most incredible times to visit, simply because of the good day and night weather, which is suitable for visits.

Places to visit

Jageshwar Archaeological Museum

Established by ASI, this museum has two galleries displaying an exquisite collection of ancient idols dating back to the 9th and 13th centuries. It is worth a visit if you are curious about ancient history. The ‘Dancing Ganesha’ and the highly detailed depiction of ‘Uma/Maheshwar sitting on Nandi’ with decisive snake action are among the highlights.

Virdh Jageshwar

A 1.5 km hike uphill from Jageshwar takes you to the top of a ridge where this ancient temple is located. This place is also dedicated to an ancient form of Lord Shiva and is the origin of the Jata Ganga river.

Sri Mahamrityunjaya Temple

Lord Shiva is revered as the savior from death at this temple, the largest and oldest in the complex. His stone linga (this one-of-a-kind lingam features an eye-shaped opening. The recitation of the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is believed to cleanse an individual of all negativity) is perched between the openings of an eye and is known for its single carving.


High Jhandhi

This place is a hidden gem, especially for mountain and hiking enthusiasts. When you reach the top, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views and a feeling of being one with nature. You can even camp there or have a picnic with your tribe.


Kubera Temple

This group of temples has only three temples and stands on a hill. Its Linga stone of Lord Shiva is made of natural rock and has no carving like other lingas in Jageshwar complex.


Dandeswar Temple

This temple is located a little further upstream from the Jageshwar temple complex. The Dandeshwar temple complex is in poor condition, with many artifacts totally destroyed. This place is 200 meters from the beginning of Jageshwar temples in Artola village.

What to do

Trek

The entire temple complex stretches for about 3.5 kilometers along the Jata Ganga River. Trekking or hiking is the perfect way to see the whole complex on foot while exploring the beautiful river forest.

stargazing

Nestled in a valley surrounded by deodar trees, the location provides an ideal backdrop for camping and stargazing by the river. Bright night skies and pollution-free atmosphere provide different options to experience the beauty of nature.

How to reach

By train: Kathgodam, approximately 125 kilometers away, is the nearest railhead.

By Road: Jageshwar connects all major cities via motorable highways.

By Air: Pantnagar Airport is approximately 150 kilometers away.