Patal Bhuvaneshwar

Patal Bhuvaneshwar: The Cave temple of Uttarakhand

Patal Bhuvaneshwar

Located in Bhuvaneshwar village of Uttarakhand, Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a 160-meter-long and 90 feet deep limestone cave situated at an elevation of 1350 meters above sea level. Inside the cave, you will see naturally formed structures of the entire 33 Koti Devi Devta including Shiva Parwati Parivar, Shesh Naag, Char Dham, Kal Bhairav, etc.

It is said Patal Bhuvaneshwar discovered by the famous sage Adi Shankaracharya and is now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Embodied in mystery and mythology, Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a hidden pilgrimage site near Gangolihat (13km) - the famous Shaktipeeth of Uttarakhand.

There is a description of Patal Bhuvaneshwar in the Manas Khand of Skanda Purana. It is said that inside the Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave there are four entrances, namely Randwar, Paapdwar, Dharamdwar, and Mokshadwar. The Paapdwar was closed after the death of Ravana and the Randwar was closed after the war of Mahabharat. At present only the two remaining doors are open.

Patal Bhuvaneshwar is a thrilling experience for both a devotee as well as an adventure seeker. It is said by many that paying visit to Patal Bhuvaneshwar Cave Temple is equal to visiting Char Dham of Uttarakhand. It is believed that the Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave is linked to Mount Kailash through an underground way. The entrance to the Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple is little challenging

How to Reach Patal Bhuvaneshwar

Patal Bhuvaneshwar is situated at a distance of 110 km from Almora and 197 km from Haldwani. Jageshwar to Patal Bhuvaneshwar distance is approx 115 km. It is well connected by motorable roads with all the nearby destinations of Uttarakhand. 

Patal Bhuvaneshwar by Air

The nearest airport to reach Patal bhuvaneshwar is Pantnagar Airport which is at a distance of about 224 km. You can hire a taxi/ cab from the airport to reach Patal Bhuvaneshwar.
Regular flights of Indigo, Air India, and Spicejet operate between New Delhi and Pantnagar.

  • Time taken by the fastest flight is: 2h 15m approx

Regular flights of Air India operate between Mumbai and Pantnagar.

  • Time taken by the fastest flight is: 7h approx

Patal Bhuvaneshwar by Rail

The nearest railway station to reach Patal Bhuvaneshwar is Kathgodam Railway Station which is at a distance of 191 km approx. Cab/ Taxi is easily available from the station to reach Patal Bhuvaneshwar.
Regular trains from New Delhi to Kathgodam are Ndls- Kgm Shatabdi Express, Ranikhet Express, Uttranchal Sampark Kranti Express, etc
Train from Mumbai to Kathgodam is BDTS- RMR Weekly SF Express, etc

Patal Bhuvaneshwar by Road

Patal Bhuvaneshwar is well-linked with many destinations of Uttarakhand such as Nainital, Almora, Haldwani, Pithoragarh, and so on. The government, as well as private buses, regularly operate from these places to Patal Bhuvaneshwar. You can also hire cabs/taxis to reach Patal Bhuvaneshwar.

Best time to visit Patal Bhuvaneshwar

Patal Bhuvaneshwar Temple timings are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during summers and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during winters. People are  allowed in batches of nearly 20 -30people at a time to enter the cave. April to June (summertime) and October to February (wintertime) are the best time to visit Patal Bhuvaneshwar. It is advisable to avoid visiting the Patal Bhuvaneshwar cave during monsoons.

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