Katarmal Surya Temple, Almora

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  • Sun temple which is not a common site to witness. In katarmal, not so far from Almora, they have an old sun temple of the bygone area. A hidden gem, less to describe in words more to enjoy in person. ...  more »
  • this temple dedicated to the sun god is second only to konark temple in india. one needs about a day to and fro almora to visit this place but it is worth the travel.  more »
  • It is one of the few remaining Sun Temples in the world and is absolutely exquisite. Place is quite out of the way and you need to have proper information how to get there. We were going from Nainital...  more »
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  • When I visited this place for the first time I didn’t know this temple was built in 9th century so long before the Konark Temple which was built in 13th century. Architecture of both the temples is quite similar. Its surprising how the knowledge would have been passed from extreme northern place to eastern part of the country. The temple is situated in the top of the hill, from there you can see whole view of valley where Kosi and other villages are situated. There are somewhere around 44 small temples which are purely made of stones with beautiful carving on each stone. Apart from god Sun there are idols of Shiv Parvati and Vishnu. The whole complex is protected and curated by ASI. No hotels are available in nearby villages. So if you are in or around Almora or Ranikhet you can visit this place for some hours and then go back to your stay.
  • Great archeological treasure of India. Located about 1800 meters above sea level, it's one of the rarest temples of lord Surya, about 200 years older than konark temple. About 1.5 km mud road has to be negotiated to reach point from where again one need to treck about half a kilometer to reach this temple. Bonus when visiting this site is you can watch Himalayas from this spot. Please do visit this place
  • Located about 12 km from Almora near the Koshi (Kaushiki) river.its 9th century Sun Temple. The main Sun Temple is surrounded by 44 smaller temples .this temple for the beautiful wall carvings
  • Beautiful ancient piece of marvel uphill Kosi village. A short trek of around 1-1.5 km. One can easily reach, moderate trek. Apart from this, you get to see Himalayan flora and fauna which further increases the excitement. If it's a clear day, you might see a snow capped mountain range (I don't know its name). I suggest you carry a water bottle. On reaching the Sun Temple (Surya Mandir) you will see around 45 shrines in clusters, the main shrine is 'Triratha' which has idols of Lord Surya and many other dieties. The entire campus is neatly maintained by ASI.
  • Katarmal Sun Temple is one of the very few sun-temples around. It was built by Katyuri Kings in 9th Century. Presently this temple is under the care of ASI. Vehicles can go upto the the village. Thereafter a track is laid which is about a kilometer in length. Its a easy hike of 10 minutes and you will reach the magnificent sight of Katarmal Sun temple.

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