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About Kunjapuri

Kunjapuri is located at an elevation of 1645 mts. It lends a panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks to the North and Rishikesh, Haridwar and the Doon valley to the South. Travelling towards Gangotri, about 6 kms, from Narendra Nagar the road separates at Hindola Khal, leading to the shrine, which is 5 kms further. Being a prime religious center, thousands of visitors come throughout the year especially during 'Navratras' (April and October). Grand Celebrations are held during the Dussehra festival.

Kunjapuri is a Hindu temple which is devoted to goddess Kunjadevi, a local deity that commands high respect from local population. The temple is mere 20-km drive from Rishikesh city and easily reachable. From the hill top where the temple is built one get a panoramic view of Indian Himalayan range with several well-known peaks like Chaukhamba and Sumeru which are visible from here.

The temple Kunjapuri is situated on the top of the hill Kunjapuri 1,676m. high, 7 km away from Narendra Nagar, about 15 km from Rishikesh and 93 km from Devaprayag. Kunjapuri temple is one of the must visited places of Tehri district not just because of its story related to gods and goddesses but also for the panoramic view of Garhwal Himalayan peaks like Gangotri, Swarga Rohini, Chaukhamba and Banderpunch to the north and Rishikesh, Haridwar and DoonValley to the south.

The best way to enjoy the surrounding region is by taking a walk to the temple from Rishikesh. If going uphill is hard then one can do a downhill trek as well and still enjoy the mountains and villages of Garhwal Himalayas.

Best time to Visit Kunjapuri Temple

The best time to visit Kunjapuri Temple is from May to October. One can visit the temple all round the year with suitable clothes and accessories. If you want to participate on special festivals, Navaratra is the best time for you. Navaratra generally falls on October-November. You will get a chance to peep through the Hindu festival celebration and enjoy the ceremony observing the cultural rituals and joy in the participants.

Kunjapuri Temple Tourism

Trek from Hidolakhal village to the temple through the green forest will be more adventurous to nature lovers. The distance is 5 km. The Char Dham pilgrims pay visit to Kunjapuri temple on their way from Rishikesh to Gangotri. Tourists appreciate the sunrise and sunset view from the Himalayan peaks. After reaching the temple, one can shoot photographs and enjoy the surrounding beauty.

Kunjapuri is temple of Goddess Durga , it is one of the thirteen Shakti Peethas (Power Centers) in Shivalik Range and one of the three Shakti Peethas in Tehri district founded 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 (embodiment of Goddess Parvati before she took birth as Parvati) fell down while Lord Shiva was carrying her dead body in his arms and wandering unconsciously through the Himalayan ranges of Bharat barsh. There are total of 52 Shakti Peethas around Nepal and India.

The Durga temple Kunjapuri receives thousands of visitors throughout the year but during Navaratras (April and October) there is much flow of devotees. In the Dusshera Festival, one can be part of the grand celebrations at Kunjapuri. The best time to vivit Kunjapuri is from May to October.

Places Nearby Kunjapuri Temple

Fresh and spotless, Chamba, the less treaded place in Tehri Garhwal district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand, is at the junction of roads connecting Mussoorie and Rishikesh with Tehri Dam reservoir. A beautiful hill town, 50 Km from Mussoorie, Chamba is 1600 meters above sea level. The scenic view of deodar and pine forests provide natural freshness and energy to refresh soul.

Chandrabadani Temple
Chandrabadani Temple is one among the holy triangle- Kunjapuri, Surkhanda Devi and Chandrabadani temples in Terhi Garhwal district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. Sati devi’s torso had fallen at the place when her husband lord Shiva was wandering unconsciously carrying Sati’s dead body on his arms after Sati drowned in the Agni (fire) kund being unable to tolerate the ill words of her father Dakshyaprajapati towards her husband lord Shiva. One can see the beautiful view of Kedarnath, Surkhanda Devi, and Badrinath peaks from Chandrabadani temple.

Surkhanda Devi Temple
Surkhanda Devi temple is one of the 51 shakti peethas of India and Nepal. When lord Shiva was unconsciously roaming around the Indian and Nepali hills with his wife Sati’s dead body on his shoulder, Sati’s head fell at the place and later, Surkhanda Devi temple was established there. Surkhanda Devi Temple is among three devi temples- Chandrabadani, Kunjapuri, and Surkhanda.

Narendra Nagar
Narendra Nagar derives its name from King Maharaja Narendra Shah who moved the capital city of Tehri Garhwal to this beautiful land in 1919 A.D., Narendranagar provides clear view of Rishikesh, Haridwar and enthralling beautiful view of holy Ganga flowing from mountains to the plane land of Haridwar. Narendra Nagar palace is about 3000 feet above sea level in Narendra Nagar is utilized as spa spot and named ‘Ananda-in the himalayas’ from where one can have a imposing view of Dehradun valley.

New Tehri
The district headquarter of Tehri Garhwal district, New Tehri town lies between 1,550 to 1,950 meters above sea level and is 16 Kms far from Old Tehri. The Tehri Dam basin controlling waters of Bhilangana and Bhagirathi rivers, is one of the world’s largest hydroelectric projects which is worth to visit. The planned city of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand, New Tehri attracts thousands of internal and external tourists throughout the year.

Sem Mukhem
Sem Mukhem is 64 Kms from New Tehri at an elevation of 2,903 meters above sea level and houses Nag Raja temple highly respected by the locals. The 7 Kms trek to Sem Mukhem from Khamba Khal will be fun and pleasing with greeneries, beautiful landscape and view of the attractive high peaks.

Tehri Dam
Tehri Dam is highest in India and is one of the tallest in the world, 260.5 meters high rock and earth fill embankment dam on Bhagirathi river- Tehri Dam is 575 meters long, 20 meters wide crest and 1,128 meters wide base. Tehri Dam was constructed in 2006, Tehri Dam has a basin for irrigation, municipal water supply and generation of 1,000 MW of hydroelectricity. Koteshwar Dam is about 22 Kms from Tehri Dam , the gravity dam on Bhagirathi river was completed in 2012.

Nag Tibba
Nag means serpent and Tibba means hill or peak, the name Nagtibba means Serpent’s peak. Dehradun district is about 57 Km from Mussoorie Hill station, Nag Tibba 3,022 meters above sea level is the highest peak in lesser Himalayan region. The name derives from the local belief of Nag Devata residing on the hill. Locals offer prayer to Nag Devata each year asking for the protection of their cattle.

How to reach Kunjapuri Temple

One first needs to reach Rishikesh and the journey begins to Kunja Puri. How To Reach Rishikesh .

By Rail
There is train facility between Haridwar and Rishikesh. Haridwar (24 km) connects Rishikesh to major cities of India such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Lucknow, Dehradun, Varanasi and other cities by train.

By Road
The road network to Rishikesh is well defined connecting it to Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. One can take the National Highway 58 passing through Muzzafarnagar, Roorkee, Modinagar, Khatauli, Raiwala and Haridwar to reach Rishikesh.

By Air
The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Jolly Grant Dehradun. Dehradun is connected to Rishikesh by train. One can hire a bus or taxi from the airport to reach Rishikesh.

Route to Kunjapuri Temple
• Dehradun - Rishikesh – Narendranagar - Kunjapuri Temple



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