Dwarahat is a town located in the Almora District of Uttaranchal. The town has much historical significance from an archaeological point of view. Dwarahat is located at a distance of 37 km from Ranikhet, on the Ranikhet and Karanprayag Road and is popular for a group of 55 ancient temples and surrounding landscapes. The closest tourism destinations to this place are Ranikhet, Kausani and Almora.
In the local language, the meaning of Dwarahat is ‘Way to Heaven’, where ‘Dwara’ means way and ‘Hat’ means heaven. The town, once the capital of the Katuyari royal clan of Kumaon, is home to several temples dedicated to Mrityunjaya, Badrinath, Maniyan and Kachri Devtas. In spite of being a small place, Dwarahat houses a government engineering college, two other engineering colleges and a polytechnic college.
The ancient temples of Dwarahat are located in the central part of its market. These temples were constructed by the Katyuri kings and their architecture was inspired by the Gurjari School of Art.
There is a temple on top of a hill, called Maa Dunagiri Temple, located at a distance of 20 km from the central part of Dwarahat. According to legends, the hill on which the temple is situated, was brought to this place by Hanuman. To reach the temple, 500 steps have to be climbed.
The place attracts many visitors at the time of the Syalde Bikhauti Fair. The Bikhauti Fair is held here every year in the month of April. The fair is conducted for commemorating an ancient victory on the day of Vishuwat Sankranti. Another fair, held at Dwarahat Bazar at the onset of Vaishakh month, is called the Syalde Fair. Combined, both the fairs are called the Syalde Bikhauti Fair. Folk dance and music is the main part of this festival. Like the entire Kumaon region, people here celebrate festivals like Makar Sankranti, Basant Panchami, Herala, Olgia, etc.
The nearest major railway station to Dwarahat is Kathgodam (KGM), situated at a distance of 88 km from this place. The place is well connected to the other regions of Garhwal and Kumaon by motorable roads. The nearest airport to this place is Pantnagar, which is located at a distance of 112 km from Dwarahat.
One can visit Dwarahat at any time of the year as the climate stays hospitable throughout the year.
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