THE CAVE TEMPLE
Patal Bhuvaneswar is a natural cave temple of limestone and is first discovered by a King in Treta Yug. This place is not just a simple Temple or a simple Cave Temple this is a place where you can find the footprints of all the 33 crores or 330 million Gods and Goddesses ( Devi, Devata). The Sacred Bhuvaneswar Cave is 14 km from the Gangolihat in Pithoragarh district of Uttrakhand and is one of the major tourist destinations in Kumaun region of Uttrakhand.
ENTRY AND EXIT TO THE CAVE
Entry and exit to the Patal Bhuwaneswar cave are regulated as the same narrow path is used in both ways. Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a completely thrilling experience. If you are a devotee or an adventurer, its a fulfilling experience for both kinds of travelers and the place is well developed for the promotion of Uttrakhand Tourism.
A CAVE OF MIRACLE
The mouth of the Patal Bhuvaneswar Cave is very narrow and have to climb down about 100 feet just on straight rocks with the help of an iron chain. It looks like an obese person cannot pass through but the miracle of the Patal Cave is that everyone can pass through the Cave mouth easily. There is another world inside the Cave where you find naturally made structures like entire Shiva family including Lord Shiva, Ma Parvati, beheaded Ganesh, the Char Dhaams, the Mount Kailash, Adishesha Naag, creation of the universe, entire pantheon of 33 Koti Gods and Goddesses, the coming down of Ganga, sages in their deep penance and description of four yugas including the indicator when the present Kaliyuga will come to an end with destruction of the world and coming of Satyuga.
TIMINGS OF THE CAVE:
- 8 am-6 pm during Summers.
- 9 AM-5 PM during Winters.
- Closed during Monsoon.
NOTE: Batches of 60 allowed at a time (since entry and exit gates are the same).
Hotels and resorts in Patal Bhuvaneswar
There is a small market at the parking area and toilet facility is available. All these are maintained by registered local temple community. KMVN has a hotel near the cave temple. There are resorts available near the cave temple. However tourists usually return to Chaukori , Jageshwar or nearby places after visiting cave temple.
How to reach Patal Bhuvaneswar Cave
Cave Temple at Patal Bhubaneswar is one of the main attractions of Kumaon region. Located in Pithoragarh district this Cave is open from sunrise to sunset. It will take approximately one and a half hour to visit the cave temple and return. Inside the cave, it will take nearly 30 to 45 minutes. From the parking area, you have to travel nearly 100 meters to reach the entrance of the cave. This cave is one of the protected monument of Govt of India. Before entering into the cave full address of the tourist are to be entered in a register. Nominal entry fee is charged, it was Rs 90 for four persons.
To visit Cave temple of Patal Bhubaneswar you have to take a left turn at Guptari on the main road connecting Raiagar to Gangolihat. If you are traveling from Chaukori ( 0 Km ) then take right turn at Udaiyari Bend ( 2 KM ) ( left goes to Munsiyari ) and via BeriNag ( 10 KM), Raiaigar ( 18 KM ), you have to take left turn at Guptari ( 29 KM ) to travel towards Patal Bhubaneswar ( another 8 KM ). The total distance from Chaukori to Patal Bhubaneswar is 37 KM.
- Best is to have your own vehicle (can halt at any place, relax for a night and do the rest of the journey).
- For others (tough route): Direct bus from Haldwani bus depot (morning before 6 am) to Patal Bhuvaneshwar (runs thrice a week)- even the bus officials have no idea about this direct bus. another option (better) is to catch a direct bus from Haldwani to Gangolihat (6 am). This will drop you 8km short of the cave temple at a T point. From here you can go in the shared cab (Rs.20/pp) to Patal Bhuvaneshwar.
- Best journey by bus: Catch a bus to Almora (unlimited buses available- go for govt. bus). Stay for a day and do the rest of the journey the next day (bus reaches 9-9:30 am here for Gangolihat/ Patal Bhuvaneshwar)