Located 91 km from Pithoragarh on the way to BERINAG, at an elevation of about 1350 m, this highly revered shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Enshrined in mystery and mythology, PATAL BHUVANESHWAR is the hidden pilgrimage centre, near GANGOLIHAT the famous SHAKTIPEETH. It's popularly believed that the holiest cave is the abode of 33 cr. Gods and Goddesses, amidst the absolute Himalayan isolation. The forms of GANESHA, SHESH NAG, GARURH, SHIVLING etc. are distinctly visible to the believers. . The subterranean shrine of Lord Shiva is situated with sprawling interiors. Limestone rock 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 Goddesses of Hindu pantheon.
PATAL BHUVANESHWAR is a magical as well as a spiritual place renowned for its Shiva Temple cave. This place has several hidden and unexplored aspects to it. Located at an elevation of 1350m above the sea level. The cave is said to be home of about 33 cr. Gods and Goddesses. It is said that this place was discovered by the ruler of Sun Dynasty, King RITUPARNA. Lying amidst the dense cover of oaks and cedars, this beautiful place has a lots of myths attached to it. Do visit this place to explore the mystery attached to this place and enjoy the tranquillity it offers.
Caves within caves, one leading to another, each one unmasking deep secrets from within. The motor-able road ends half a km away from the cave entrance. You've to descend nearly 100 steps into this narrow cave, to reach the sanctum sanctorum, which gives an overwhelming feeling that you're entering the centre of the earth.
Each stone, each stalagmite within each cave or doorway, in magnificent erection revels the story of Hindu pantheon in the shapes of Gods, Goddesses, saints and known mythological characters. It is not just one cave, rather a cave city. According to a belief King RITUPARNA of the Sun dynasty (SURYA VANSHA) discovered the cave in 'TRETA Yuga'. ADI SHANKARACHARYA visited this cave in 1191 AD. Beyond PATAL BHUBANESHWAR, It has been described in the 'MANAS KHAND' of 'SKAND PURAN”.
1. GANGOLIHAT –
14kms from PATAL BHUBANESHWAR, GANGOLIHAT is rich in folk culture, music and religious traditions, and had been chosen by SHANKARACHARYA for the installation of MAHAKALI SHAKTIPEETH.
2. BERINAG & CHAUKORI -
27 km and 38 km respectively from PATAL BHUBANESHWAR, these places offer the breath-taking views of the Himalayan peaks Nanda Devi and PANCHCHULI.
3. GWALDAM -
The base for the trek to ROOPKUND. A sleepy Himalayan town surrounded by apple orchards
By Air: Taxis are easily available to PATAL BHUVANESHWAR from PANTNAGAR Airport. PATAL BHUVANESHWAR is well connected by motor-able roads with major towns of KUMAON. The nearest airport to PATAL BHUVANESHWAR is PANTNAGAR Airport. PANTNAGAR Airport is situated 244kms from PATAL BHUVANESHWAR.
By Rail: Taxis and buses are easily available from TANAKPUR Railway Station to PATAL BHUVANESHWAR, GANGOLIGHAT, and LOHAGHAT etc. The nearest railhead to PATAL BHUVANESHWAR is TANAKPUR situated at a distance of 154kms.TANAKPUR is well connected with major destinations of India like LUCKNOW, DELHI, AGRA and KOLKATA. Trains are frequent to TANAKPUR Railway Station.
By Road: Buses from ISBT ANAND VIHAR are available to TANAKPUR, CHAMPAWAT, Pithoragarh, LOHAGHAT and many other destinations from where you can easily hire a local cab or bus to reach PATAL BHUVANESHWAR. PATAL BHUVANESHWAR is well connected by motor-able roads with major destinations of UTTARAKHAND state.