A famous Hanuman temple located in the womb of Kumaon mountains is the Kainchi Dham. The place offers a perfect combination of beauty and spirituality. Surrounded by mountains and forests with a river flowing alongside, Kainchi Dham is a heaven for people who seek peace and calm.
The temple was established by a local and very profound saint, Neem Karoli Baba in 1960s. It is also an ashram of Neem Karoli Baba who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Hanuman. Devotees claim to feel the divine presence of Lord Hanuman and Neem Karoli Baba at the ashram.
The ashram gets its name corresponding to its location which makes a scissor-like (Kainchi in Hindi language) shape as the two hills, between which the ashram is located, cut and cross each other. Neem Karoli Baba took samadhi in the year 1973, and since then is considered as the incarnation of Lord Hanuman.
The Kainchi Dham got famous when in the year 1973, Steve Jobs, Ex-CEO of Apple Inc, visited the temple. Going through a stressful time in his career, Jobs came to India looking for a place where he could find answers to his questions and attain the ultimate truth of life, Nirvana, and Prajna. Jobs meditated at the ashram and went back enlightened. Later on, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, also visited the Kainchi Dham in search of peace and enlightenment.
Every year on Neem Karoli Baba's birthday, 15th of June, a fair is organized at the ashram which is highly visited by both locals and tourists. Located at a height of 1400 meters above sea level, this ashram on the Nainital-Almora road is picturesque and is among the most prominent pilgrimage sites in India. The ashram was initially built as a dedication to Sombari Maharaj and Sadhu Premi Baba who used to offer Yajnas at the place.
How to Reach Kainchi Dham
The Kainchi Dham ashram is located 18 km away in Bhowali area from Nainital city and is well connected by motorable roads. You can drive to the Kainchi Dham or hire a taxi cab to reach here.
Kathgodam is the nearest railway station for people traveling by train. Located 45 km away from the Kainchi Dham, one can hire a shared or private taxi from the railway station. There are also buses running between the two places.
For air travelers, Pantnagar airport is the nearest one, 76 km away. You can reach Kainchi Dham via NH 109 by hiring a taxi cab from the airport.
Best Time to visit Kainchi Dham
Kainchi Dham welcomes its devotees during all times of the year. The summers here are a splendid one, making it a pleasant time for the visitors and devotees. The winters here are extremely beautiful as you get to experience the splendid beauty of snow-covered peaks,and the coziness this offers, in temperatures below 0 degrees.
Monsoon, however, can be a little tricky due to jammed roads and heavy downpour but offers the most mesmerizing look of this place with all colors coming out in their purest natural form after being washed by the rains.
Image Gallery of Kainchi Dham Nainital
Entry Fee and Timings to visit Kainchi Dham
There is no entry fee for visiting the temple and ashram. You can come here on all days of the week including public holidays between 5:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Things to do around Kainchi Dham
Shop at the local market of Bhowali for some local art and craft and some of the choicest fruit juices, jams and pickles.
Visit the Shyamkhet Tea gardens, just a km away from the city center, Bhowali.
Around 14 km away from Bhowali is a place called Ramgarh which is well-known for its fruit orchards.
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