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Temples

Look around the temples, there's always someone pleased enough to take you around the temples for a mantra (and a donation).

Dandeshwar

Jageshwar main temple group

Temple top

There's a museum in Jageshwar with some old artefacts from the temples inside.

Walks

Great walks to try-

Wander the Cedar forest around Jageshwar- lots of small paths that are fine just to wander on although no way-marked walks. Nice walk up to the ridge at Briddh Jageshwar, and if you're lucky you may get to see the mountains from the top.

Walk the river

Cedar aka Deodar

More trees

Temples in the trees

 

Briddh Jageshwar to Binsar. There's a few place to stay on the ridge above Jageshwar now. It can be a great place for a view in the mornings, when the Himalaya view is often at its clearest. If you're lucky enough to be up here at dawn on a clear day you can watch the snowy peaks light up with the sunrise. Then you could follow the ridge line to Binsar. It's not way-marked but fairly obvious if you've got a sense of direction and don't mind going all day. About halfway along the ridge drops down to the road at Dhaulchina where you'll find a few Dhabas for a great lunch of Dhal, Veg, Rice, Chapati. If you walk to Binsar there's a government guesthouse where you can eat and stay at the end, but no easy way back to Jageshwar- you'll have to walk the way you came or drive back via Almora, but with a bit of waiting you should find a vehicle heading that way.

Temple at Briddh Jageshwar

Briddh Jageshwar

View from the top

Temple view

This is the route from Jageshwar to Binsar (.kmz file)

Loads of breathtaking treks further up in the mountains to glaciers (these don't start from Jageshwar). Most of the popular treks do not require a guide in my opinion- if you're an experienced walker and know your limits you should be fine. However, there are no roads or ease of medical assistance. The mountains are steep and rock falls common place. The treks from Lokharket are quite well supplied with Dhabas and lodges. The valley and treks around Munsyari are stunning, although I found some of the Munsyari locals appalling last time I was there, rather worryingly the worst of the bunch was the local policeman who seemed to want to extract baksheesh from me. The treks around Dharchula are less easily accessible as you're supposed to have a permit to go near to the Chinese/TIbetan border. I tried to get a permit in Dharchula and had no luck in doing this unless I paid for a guide to go with me. It's fine to have a walk up to the Ashram and back without a permit (see my pictures). This is near the starting point for the Mansarovar Yatra into China/Tibet to Kailas.

Panwali Dwar. First you'll have to get to Bageshwar. I stopped there overnight and then got a shared taxi for an hour up the road to Loharket. There are lots of people here who will offer to guide you whether you want that or not. I didn't want that and went by myself. I was pretty fit and had to camp overnight twice on the way to Panwali Dwar where I camped for a third night. Coming back I just had the one overnight camp and one stop in someone's house. You need your own tent and food after about half way. If you go up the valley immediately east instead, towards the Pindari Glacier, there are guest houses all the way.

 

This is the route from Loharket to Panwali Dwar (.kmz file)

Talks

Meet the locals and sip chai.

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