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Katarmal Surya Temple, Almora
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  • Beautiful collection of temples- lovely architecture and great location. It was a bit tricky finding it- there is a small board on the side of the road just before you reach the GB Pant Institute whil...  more »
  • We had read about this old temple, and decided to visit it during our trip to Ranikhet. The visit was indeed memorable. We had to stop our vehicle at a certain point on the winding roads, and travel b...  more »
  • Little off track, have to plan separately for The Sun Temple from Almora. But the ancient infra is more than worth reaching, that time the connecting road was getting constructed, hopefully it must be...  more »
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  • this is a magical temple located in a small village Katarmal. you have to take 1 KM hill treak to reach this temple. the Katarmal surya temple is very good and quiet temple and almost have 800 year's old structure, you will find here peace.
  • The Katarmal Sun temple, also known as the Varaditya temple, is an eighth century shrine is dedicated to the Sun God, and apparently one of the four Sun temples in the world. It is located at a distance of 70 km from Nainital. We decided to visit this site during our trip to Nainital – Kausani. The temple was located on top of a hill. Earlier, the only way to visit the temple was to climb for about 45 minutes to an hour. Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI’s) initiative to restore the temple has led to the building of a road till about 200 meters away from the temple. However the road is still kuccha, and the scary drive up should only be attempted by pros. The temple comprised of the main shrine and a cluster of smaller shrines around it. In the sanctum santorum, there was a stone statue of Surya perched on his regal chariot drawn by the seven horses. There were other broken pieces of idols as well and we could identify Ganesh, Vishnu and Shiv. We saw lamps and flowers and a priest. More importantly the cluster of shapely stone structures of varying sizes perched, quite high on top of this hill, secluded from civilization, basking in the brightness of the sun in all their regality, was serendipitous. Standing majestically against the mountain sky, this place left a deep impression on us. We spent about an hour there absorbing the beauty of the temple, its surroundings and clicking photographs. This is a hidden treasure in the ancient archaeological landscape of India. While we combined it with our trip to Nainital, the Katarmal Sun Temple near Nainital deserves a standalone trip as well.
  • Amazing Temple of Sun. Earlier there was no motorable road to Temple . Now while going from Almora to Ranikhet keep watching signs of Katarmal Temple, there is a left turn going up to Katarmal few kilometers before Ranikhet. Road is not paved, it is muddy, broken and narrow but still motorable. About 1km before the temple...there is a small trek going up taking about 20 minutes to reach Temple by foot. No photography allowed inside main Temple but outside many old small temples in compound..... no restrictions.
  • its a 900 year old temple of SUN(soorrya dev).I just love it.
  • Divine place