Enshrined in mystery and mythology, Patal Bhuvaneshwar is the hidden pilgrimage centre, near Gangolihat the famous Shaktipeeth. Located 91kms from Pithoragarh on the way to Berinag, this highly revered shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The sub-terranean shrine of Lord Shiva is situated with sprawling interiors. Limestones rocks formations have created various spectacular stalactite and stalagmite figures. The way to the cave temple is through a long narrow tunnel. Inside the cave, the limestone formations have taken shape of many Gods and Goddess of Hindu pantheon. The forms of Ganesha, Shesh Nag, Garurh, Shivling etc. are distinctly visible to the believers.
It’s popularly believed that the holiest cave is the abode of 33 crore Gods and Goddess, amidst the absolute Himalayan isolation.
BEYOND PATAL BHUVANESHWAR
Gangolihat: 14kms from Patal Bhuvaneshwar. Gangolihat is rich in folk culture, music and religious traditions, and had been chosen by Shankaracharya for the installation of Mahakali Shaktipeeth.
Berinag & Chaukori: 27kms and 38 kms from Patal Bhuvaneshwar, these places offer the breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks Nanda Devi and Panchachuli.
Gwaldam: A sleepy Himalayan town surrounded by apple orchards. The base for the trek to Roopkund.
HOW TO REACH
Air: Nearest airport is Pantnagar,
Rail: Nearest railhead are Tanakpur 182kms., Kathgodam 210kms.
Road: Patal Bhuvaneshwar can be reached from Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Gangolihat or Chaukori. 14kms from Gangolihat.