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Top 10 Historical Places in Uttarakhand that Stood the Test of Time

Devbhoomi Uttarakhand is replete with scenic marvels and natural wonders. Having said that, its splendid beauty and charming vibes are famous all over the world and which is why every year, thousands of tourists flock here to revel in the lap of nature and partake in cherished moments for a lifetime. Along with exploring an array of ancient temples, tourist places and indulging in exhilarating activities, tourists can also consider visiting the best heritage places in Uttarakhand that are strategically positioned on its breathtaking landscape. Rightly reckoned as paradise for history buffs, this spectacular hill state has everything to satiate your wanderlust.

So if you wanna delve into the glorious past and experience something exceptional, this blog will certainly give you major travel goals. Check out the list of Top 10 Historical Places in Uttarakhand that stood the test of time.

1. Katarmal Sun Temple

Located in Katarmal village, this revered temple sits beautifully at the height of 2,116 meters above sea level. Dedicated to Hindu God Sun, this ancient temple dates back to the 9th century and is therefore listed among best Uttarakhand historical monuments worth visiting. Built by a Katyuri ruler named Katarmalla, there are 45 more shrines, apart from the main temple, dedicated to the omniscient Lord Shiva. It is also devoted to his consort, Goddess Parvati along with Lakshman and Narayan. The spectacular shrine and its pristine location looks ethereal during sunrise, so make sure not to miss the first ray of Sun here.

Best Time to Visit: November to February

2. Baijnath Temple

Seated in the Garhwal hills, Baijnath Temple dates back to the 12th century and is the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Shiva. This heritage temple is well-maintained and is visited by a large number of Shiva devotees from all across the country. The temple has no particular opening and closing time; however, it closes just before sunset. So do pay a visit to this iconic temple which is one of the significant Uttarakhand historical monuments that speak tall about its glorious past. 

Best Time to Visit: October to March

3. Bageshwar

Bageshwar is the confluence of three prominent rivers - Saryu, Gomti, and Bhagirathi. It is the famous town of Uttarakhand that is home to many significant temples from ancient times that are visited by a large number of devotees and tourists from across the globe. A few prominent temples that are worth visiting include Sriharu Temple, Bagnath Temple, Chandika Temple, Temple of Bamani, and Gauri Udiyar. Besides being a heritage town, Bageshwar is also famous in the trekking circuit as there are many trekking trails such as Pindari Glacier and Pandusthal. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes while exploring this popular tourist place in Uttarakhand.

Best Time to Visit: October to March

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4. Ghuddauda

Located in Almora District, Ghuddauda is the only historical town in Uttarakhand that is distinctive in its own way. The town is named after a horse race that took place there during British rule. Locals believe that the race was usually held in a large field with a lot of glam and glitz. Another exciting fact about this race was that the winner could choose anything as a prize.

This small town is a precedent of people's enthusiasm for adventure sports, and the fact that travel junkies across the globe visit here goes on to prove it. Today, Ghuddauda is a peaceful, sleepy town and an offbeat destination in Uttarakhand.

Best Time to Visit: Between October to March

5. Dwarahat

The erstwhile capital of the Katyuri Kingdom, Dwarahat is approximately 34 kilometers away from Ranikhet. Etymologically, Dwarahat means "Way to Heaven," and all the ancient temples of this town are well-known. Marked by the Gurjari School of Art, these temples fall under the must-see monuments of Uttarakhand. Despite 55 temples, you can easily explore this small town in a day. The Katyuri dynasty, credited with the construction of temples here and is considered to be the most powerful dynasty in the Kumaon area of Uttarakhand. Before their defeat by the Chand rulers, Katyuris contributed significantly to the architecture of the Garhwal region.

Best Time to Visit: Between October to March

6. Badrinath