Long Weekend with Family in Pious Land of Gods—Uttarakhand

by - 2/13/2018

Located on top of a huge rock in the middle of Kosi River, Garjiya temple near Jim Corbett National Park is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. This temple is a Shakti Peeth and is, therefore, one of the most famous holy shrines in Uttarakhand.

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The temple and its existence are associated with a legend that has many versions. The most popular version says that around 150 to 200 years ago, there was a flood in Kosi River and in that flood, a rock came tumbling towards the Garjiya Village. It is believed that Bhairav Dev stopped the rock and ever since, Goddess Parvati, worshipped as Girija Devi in the village, has been residing in the rock.
Another version goes like this: when Kosi River flooded, a devotee of Lord Shiva asked his sister Garjiya to marry the river and reside in it. Obeying his wish, Garjiya married Kosi and started residing at the rock, which stopped the flood. The locals say that since then, there has never been a flood in Kosi River. You may get to hear these legends and many other stories about the village and its famous temple on your family vacation to Jim Corbett. Make sure that your kids are with you when a local is narrating these stories; after all, who enjoys stories more than children!
The sobriquet Land of Gods aptly defines the state as the number of sacred places to visit in Uttarakhand is exceptionally high. However, that isn’t all you get to see here. Among the places to visit in Corbett, many heritage sites are also included that teach kids a great deal about history and culture.

How to reach

Situated on the outskirts of Jim Corbett National Park, the renowned Garjiya Temple is about 75km from Nainital. It is located in Garjiya Village near Ramnagar. The nearest railway station is in Ramnagar, which is about 12km from the village. If you choose to travel by air, the nearest airport is located in Pantnagar.

Best time to visit

Apart from monsoon, you may visit the temple anytime of the year. However, the best time would be during the months of November and December as every year, on Kartik Purnima, there is a grand festival held at the temple. This festival attracts tourists from all over the country who come here to seek blessings from the goddess.
Where to stay

Enjoy a unique blend of bare nature and modern comfort even in the wilderness at Club Mahindra Corbett resort, Uttarakhand. Imagine the joy on your kids’ faces when they get to spend a few days amidst dense jungles in this Club Mahindra resort—priceless, isn’t it? Your comfort is ensured by world-class amenities provided to you in the rooms at the resort. Just ask the travel desk to help you with Corbett sightseeing and the staff will gladly oblige. Read through these Club Mahindra reviews of Corbett resort & know how our happy members are spending their family vacations. Also, keep some time in hand to visit the heritage sites dating back to the Colonial era.

Start planning soon and let Club Mahindra create a perfect family holiday for you in the abode of the majestic tiger!

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  1. This temple looks so cool!! Glad you're having a great time babe!! <3

    XO, Jessi