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POKHARTAL CAMPSITE CENTRE
POKHARTAL/KAPHARKHAN, ALMORA (UTTRAKHAND)

New Delhi YMCA Campsite in Kumaon offers a clear view of snow peaks of the mighty Himalayas. It provides dormitory as well as double room accomodation, alongwith dining facilities. It is an ideal venue for a quiet getaway, and for retreats.
Thirty children from Emmanuel Seva Ashram stayed at the Almora campsite during summer for sixty days. This was a life time opportunity for children from broken families.

FACILITIES
New Delhi YMCA Pokhartal Theological Centre is ideal for Meditation, Photography, Workshops, Seminars & Leadership Programmes and also provides facilities for Camping, Day Camps, Retreats, Debates, Talent Contests etc.
Climate (Nov-Feb) In Winter the climate is cold and woolens are required. During Summer the temperature is moderate and cottons are recommended.
 
BOARDING AND LODGING
For 30 persons
3 Double Rooms (Attached Bath) @ per day
2 Dormitories with 12 bunk beds each @ per head per day
Simple Indian Cuisine
24 Hours water and electricity supply
Parking within premises
 
                   HOW TO REACH THERE
AIR
The nearest airport is Pantnagar about 127 kms from Almora.
RAIL
The nearest railway station is Kathgodam 90 kms from Almora.
Road
Alomra is well connected by Motorable Road.
  Almora - Kausani 52 kms.
Almora - Nainital 67 kms.
Almora - Kathgodam 90 Kms.
Almora - New Delhi 378 Kms.
 
PLACES OF INTEREST
Around the YMCA Campsite- Almora
Almora is endowed with exceptional natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, exquisite handicrafts, delectable cuisine and exotic wildlife.
This charming hill resort was the flourishing capital of the Chand dynasty. The region was earlier under the reigns of the Katyuri king Baichaldeo, who donated this area to a Gujarati Brahmin Sri Chand Tiwari. In 1560 the capital of Chand Dynasty was shifted to Almora (from Champawat) by Kalyan Chand. The beautiful town is set on a 6 kms long horse saddle shaped ridge. It affords breathtaking views of the snowy summits of Himalayas and is an excellent place for a peaceful holiday.
JAGESHWAR

Jageshwar near Almora is a prestigious Hindu religious location. There is a mythological belief that it is the abode of one among the twelve Jyothirlingas. The temple Jageshwar is the Siva temple has the legacy of one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Jageshwar assumes importance and is considered sacred as the rivers Surabhi and Nandini flow down and join at this place.

This place is renowned for having 124 temples and has many super statues demonstrating the craftsmanship during that period. The oldest temple is Mrityunjaya, and Dindeshwara carries the credit of being the biggest. Jageshwar temple, an ancient Shiva temple, is a highly revered temple complex, built between 8th and 18th centuries, housing 108 temples.

The temples are surrounded by the lusting greenery of pine and fur forests. The musical breeze brings a secluded atmosphere to this temple lawn. The Jageshwar Shiva temple has a special archaeological significance also as the architecture of this temple is exceptionally different and demands a closer look. The architecture and superb carvings reflect the cultural efficacy and Buddhists influence.

BINSAR

Set deep in the foothills of the Great Indian Himalayas, Binsar is a comparatively small wildlife sanctuary, covering only an area of 47.04 sq. kms. A small protected area, Binsar was designated as a wildlife sanctuary in 1988, following a long local movement for its establishment.

22 kms from Almora is Binsar Sanctuary (8000 ft asl) which is known for walks and bird watching around the reserve forest.
The area enjoy spectacular Himalaya views during winter (Oct-March) and excellent for walks around the area during Oct-June season.
Around Almora there is Kasaar Devi Temple, Jageshwar Shiva Temple and a number of view points.

Binsar is famous for it's views of the snow capped Himalayan mountain ranges, so one can sit back and enjoy the view while savouring your favourite drink. One can also go trekking with abundant nature trails available from Binsar. Binsar also houses a forest reserve with a rich diversity of flora and fauna with forests of oak and rhododendron with a large species of flowers and birds along with some wild animals. The famous temple of Binsar Mahadev is also nearby. One can also make a detour to nearby places like to Kausani, Ranikhet, Jageshwar or Chowkori.

KAUSANI

Kausani a God gift is nestled amongst deep pine forests, on a hill top where the view of the snow capped Trishul and Nanda Devi is so clear that one feels the snow is at a touching distanceStanding 1890 mts. above the sea level, Kausani is nature's own reserve. Even the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi had contemplated on the beauty of the region.l snow- capped peaks of the Himalayan range stand in a stately row, over 300 kms. in length, shining against the azure sky ,one can view these snow peaks at 180 degree The glory of the snow crowned Himalayan range reaches its pinnacle when the sunrays turn them into crimson and gold.

Mahatma Gandhi, who spent 12 days in 1929 at Kausani,called this place as “Switzerland Of India” penned his memorable commentary on the Gita-Ana-Shakti Yoga inspired by the scenic of this richly gifted spot. The guest house where the Mahatma stayed is now known as the Anashakti Ashram.

Hindi poet Sumitra Nandan Pant was born at Kausani. Some of his early poems composed here have described the nature. Kausani is ideal for those who seek to escape from the din and dust, hustle and bustle of big cities and wish to spend a quiet and peaceful holiday in the lap of nature. Enjoying the greenery and snow covered Himalayan view Indeed, Kausani is a veritable heaven of beauty

BALESHWAR

The main Baleshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva (who is also known as Baleshwar). There are two other temples in the compound of Baleshwar, one dedicated to Ratneshwar and other to Champawati Durga. The temple is an example of South Indian Architecture with magnificent stone carving works. Close to the Baleshwar Temple is a "Naula" (freshwater resource) which has now dried up. On the day of Mahashivratri, a very crowded fair is held in the Baleshwar Temple compound.

The exteriors of Ratneshwar and Champawati Durga temples are carved with the different posters of the local deities.

Baleshwar temples at Champawat has been declared an Indian National Heritage Monument and has been looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) since 1952.

BAIJNATH TEMPLE

Ninety kilometres from Almora is the commercial hub of Kumaon region called Bageshwar. Located on the bank of river Saryu, the place gets its name from the temple of Lord Bagnath here. It is a 14th century temple and close to Pindari glacier. These two reasons are enough to attract visitors here.

Situated around 90 KMs from Almora, Bageswer is now a new district headquarter and the centre of administration for the entire region called Danpur. The place is significant from both religious and tourist point of view. Situated at the confluence of the rivers Gomti and Saryu , Bageswer is the seat of the famous Uttaraini fair which is held every year in January.

The famous and ancient temple of Bagnath from which the township gets it’s name has been attracting thousands of devout Hindus year after year since the birth of history. It is believed that Markandey sage has lived at the place and that Lord Shiva, one of the most important gods of Hindus had wandered about as a tiger. Even for the adventurous tourist Bageshwer is a necessary destination since in order to reach the glaciers of Sunderdunga, Kafni and Pindari one has to necessarily cross Bageshwer.

KATHGODAM

The virgin forested town of Kathgodam is located in the Nainital district in Uttarakhand. It is considered the twin city of Haldwani and the beauty of Uttaranchal reflects in the town of Kathgodam. In 1942, the Haldwani- Kathgodam Municipal Council was founded and is still the second largest Municipal Council in the state.

Kathgodam means timber depot and in the early 1900s it was a hamlet with less than 400 people. It grew to be a stop over town, when railways were laid down in the early 19th century. The railway line was extended to Haldwani in 1884 and even today, it is the last railway station to Kumaon region and is the base station for visiting Nainital and other hills.

Tracing the history of this region, the 14th century Mughal history mentions Gyan Chand belonging to the Chand dynasty, who was awarded the BhabharTerai region till the Ganges River, from the Delhi Sultanate.

For Reservation/ Information Contact
Co-ordinator
New Delhi YMCA
Pokhartal Campsite,
P.O Dinapani, Village Malchor, Pokharthal, Almora, U.P.
Ph.:05962-251151, 251152,251153 & 251154
 
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