Tehri Garhwal District

Kunjapuri Temple
Location Altitude (m) Head Quarter
1645 Uttarakhand,India

Kunjapuri temple is one of the must visit places of Tehri district not just because of its story related to gods and goddesses but also for the panoramic view of Garhwal Himalayan peaks like Swarga Rohini, Gangotri, Banderpunch and Chaukhamba to the north and Rishikesh, Haridwar and DoonValley to the south it provides to the visitors. The temple Kunjapuri is situated on the top of the hill Kunjapuri 1,676m. high, 7 km away from Narendra Nagar, around 15 km from Rishikesh and 93 km from Devaprayag blessing the passersby.

Kunjapuri Temple Tourism

Trek from Hidolakhal village to the temple through the green forest will be more adventurous to nature lovers. The distance is 5km. The Char Dham pilgrims pay visit to Kunjapuri temple on their way from Rishikesh to Gangotri. Travelers appreciate the sunrise and sunset view from the Himalayan peaks. After reaching the temple, one can shoot photographs and enjoy the surrounding beauty. Kunjapuri temple is open from 6am to 8am.

Kunjapuri is temple of Goddess Durga , as it being one of the thirteen Shakti Peethas (Power Centers) in ShivalikRange and one of the three Shakti Peethas in Tehri district established by Jagadguru Shankaracharya. Other two Shakti Peethas in the district are Surkanda Devi and Chandrabadni. Kunjapuri, along with these two peethas form a holy triangle.

Shakti Peethas are the places where body parts of Goddess Sati (incarnation of Goddess Parvati before she took birth as Parvati) fell down while Lord Shiva was carrying her dead body in his arms and roaming unconsciously through the Himalayan ranges of Bharat barsh. There are total of 52 Shakti Peethas around Nepal and India.

The Durga temple Kunjapuri receives thousands of visitors throughout the year but during Navaratras (April and October) there is much flow of devotees. In the Dusshera Festival, one can be part of the grand celebrations at Kunjapuri. The best time for Kunjapuri visit is from May to October.

Kunjapuri Temple | Best time to Visit

Months May to October are considered best time for Kunjapuri Temple visit considering the warm Sun in the hill top. You can visit the temple all round the year with suitable clothes and accessories packed on your bag. If you want to participate on special festivals, Navaratra is the best time for you. Navaratra usually falls on October-November. You will get a chance to peep through the Hindu festival celebration and enjoy the ceremony observing the cultural rituals and joy in the participants.

Kunjapuri Temple | How to reach?

One first needs to reach Rishikesh and the journey begins to Kunja Puri. We here discuss how you can reach Rishikesh.HOW-TO REACH

  • By air :The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Jolly Grant Dehradun. Dehradun is connected to Rishikesh by train. One can hire a bus or taxi from the airport to reach Rishikesh.
  • By rail : There is train facility between Haridwar and Rishikesh. Haridwar (24 km) connects Rishikesh to major cities of India, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun and other cities by train.
  • By road : The road network to Rishikesh is well defined connecting it to Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. One can take the National Highway 58 passing through Modinagar, Khatauli, Muzzafarnagar, Roorkee, Haridwar and Raiwala to get to Rishikesh.

Route to Kunjapuri Temple

  • Dehradun –  Rishikesh – Narendranagar – Kunjapuri Temple

Kunjapuri Temple | Places Nearby

  • Surkhanda Devi Temple: Surkhanda Devi temple is one of the 51 shakti peethas of India and Nepal. When lord Shiva was unconsciously roaming around the Indian and Nepali hills with his wife Sati’s dead body on his shoulder, Sati’s head fell at the place and later, Surkhanda Devi temple was established there. Surkhanda Devi Temple is among three devi temples- Surkhanda, Chandrabadani and Kunjapuri.
  • Chandrabadani Temple: Chandrabadani Temple is one among the holy triangle- Kunjapuri, Surkhanda Devi and Chandrabadani temples in Terhi Garhwal district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. Sati devi’s torso had fallen at the place when her husband lord Shiva was roaming unconsciously carrying Sati’s dead body on his arms after Sati drowned in the Agni (fire) kund being unable to tolerate the ill words of her father Dakshyaprajapati towards her husband lord Shiva. You can see the beautiful view of Surkhanda Devi, Kedarnath and Badrinath peaks from Chandrabadani temple.
  • New Tehri: The district headquarter of Tehri Garhwal district, New Tehri town lies between 1,550 to 1,950 meters above sea level and is 16Km far from Old Tehri. The Tehri Dam reservoir controlling waters of Bhagirathi and Bhilangana rivers, is one of the world’s largest hydroelectric projects that you will definitely want to visit. The planned city of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand, New Tehri attracts thousands of internal and external tourists throughout the year.
  • Chamba: Fresh and spotless, Chamba, the less treaded place in Tehri Garhwal district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand, is at the junction of roads connecting Rishikesh and Mussoorie with Tehri Dam reservoir. A beautiful hill town, 50Km from Mussoorie, Chamba is 1600 meters above sea level. The picturesque view of pine and deodar forests provide you with natural freshness and energy to revitalize your soul.
  • Tehri Dam: The highest in India and one of the tallest in the world, 260.5 meters high rock and earth fill embankment dam on Bhagirathi river- Tehri Dam is 575 meters long, 20 meters wide crest and 1,128 meters wide base. Constructed in 2006, Tehri Dam has a reservoir for irrigation, municipal water supply and generation of 1,000 MW of hydroelectricity. 22Km from Tehri Dam is Koteshwar Dam, the gravity dam on Bhagirathi river completed in 2012.
  • Nag Tibba: Nag meaning serpent and Tibba meaning hill or peak, the name Nagtibba means Serpent’s peak. 57Km from Mussoorie Hill station in Dehradun district, Nag Tibba 3,022 meters above sea level is the highest peak in lesser Himalayan region. The name derives from the local belief of Nag Devata residing on the hill. Locals offer prayer to Nag Devata each year asking for the protection of their cattle.
  • Narendra Nagar: Deriving its name from King Maharaja Narendra Shah who moved the capital city of Tehri Garhwal to this beautiful land in 1919 A.D., Narendranagar provides clear view of Rishikesh, Haridwar and enchanting beautiful view of holy Ganga flowing from mountains to the plane land of Haridwar. Narendra Nagar palace 3000 feet above sea level in Narendra Nagar is utilized as spa spot and named ‘Ananda-in the himalayas’ from where you can have a majestic view of Dehradun valley.
  • Sem Mukhem: Sem Mukhem is 64Km from New Tehri at the height of 2,903 meters above sea level and houses Nag Raja temple highly respected by the locals. The 7Km trek to Sem Mukhem from Khamba Khal will be fun and pleasing with greeneries, beautiful landscape and view of the fascinating high peaks.