Pauri is a small town surrounded by with pines and deodars jungle and attractive woodland walks and views of the Himalayas up on the ridges, including that of Nanda Devi.
These include the 8th Century Mahadev Kyunkaleshwar Temple (that includes a festival during Maha Shiv Ratri), the Kandoliya Devta and, within the town itself Messmore College, a cantonment. The combination of these cultural landmarks and the beautiful Dwarikhal forests and mountain views, suggest that some local ‘soft’ trekking or walking circuits could be organised, providing clearly marked walking trails and information boards. These could bring in more tourists to the area for which Pauri town itself could respond to by building more small hotels and guesthouses within the urban envelope of the town. This should be accompanied by local urban regeneration of the town, providing a clean and attractive setting for the accommodation, and as a consequence encouraging small businesses to develop and sell services and goods for tourists.
Khrisu is a serene place with pristine forest for nature lovers and environmentalist. It is located 20 km from Pauri town and 30 km from Srinagar at an elevation of 1790m above sea level. Only the chirping of birds breaks the tranquility of the thick Oak and Deodar forests.It is an ideal place for peaceful holiday in the midst of Himalayan forest the majestic peaks of Nanda Devi, Neelkanth, Kamet and many more can be seen at a stones throw distance. It offers an excellent opportunity for enjoying nature, interpretative trekking and bird watching. The ancient temple of Ghandiyal Devta in the vicinity is well worth a visit. Although there are only a few lodges and guesthouses, supported by a few shops the town is a good stepping-stone to short treks, such as to Ulkagarh and Pheda Khal.
Diverse in topography, the district of Pauri Garhwal varies from the foothills of the Tarai of Kotdwar to the soul-lifting meadows of Dhanaulti, sprawling at an altitude of 3,000 m, which remains snowbound during the winter months. Pauri Garhwal is surrounded by the districts of Chamoli, Nainital, Bijnor, Haridwar, Dehradun, Rudraprayag and Tehri Garhwal. Filled with places of tourist’s interest, most locations in Pauri offer a breathtaking view of the snow-laden Himalayan splendour.
Pauri provides a panoramic view of the snow covered Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi and Trisul, Gangotri Group, Thalaiya-Sagar, Nilkantha, Bandar Poonch, Swargarohini, Kedarnath, Kharcha Kund, Satopanth, Chaukhamba, Ghoriparvat, Haathi Parvat, Sumeru, etc. The errand across Kandoliya-Tekka stretch along evergreen deodar trees is worth walking. The town is visited by tourists, researchers and students from across the world. The place is paradise for trekkers, paragliding enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Places to Visit
Kandoliya Mandir – Kandoliya devta is the local deity, referred in the local language as the bhumi devta. The temple has been in the area for years, amidst thick pine forest. In the region, it is a custom to begin every auspicious work with the blessings of Kandoliya thakur. Every year, a bhandara(feast) is held in the month of May–June in the temple. It is attended by lakhs of devotees.
Nag Dev Mandir – Nag Dev is a small temple located in the Pine and Rhododendron forest region. The temple belongs to the nag devta(the snake god). Located away, from the hustles and bustles of town, the place offers solace to the tired soul.
Kyunkaleshwar Temple – This is an 8th Century old, Shiv temple believed to be raised by Adi Shankracharya. The presiding deity of the temple are Shiva, his wife Parvati and sons, Ganesha and Kartikeyan. The temple in itself is popular as a historic shrine and therefore visited by thousands of Shaivaites. Kyunkaleshwar temple is known for the artistic stone work done in the temple premises. The temple also has a Sanskrit Vidyalaya and Gurukul where young children come to learn Veds and Purans.
Laxmi Narayan Temple – Located on the main Laxmi-Narayan Temple Road in the main city and is visited by locals round the day. The temple is named after Lord Laxmi Narayan or Vishnu. It also houses a Shiv temple, Hanuman temple, Durga temple, Ganesha Temple.
Hanuman Mandir – The Hanuman Mandir in Pauri is located in the Deodar Forest. It is located around 2 km from the main city.
Methodist Church, Chopra – The church is over 100 years old and is located in the lower chopra region of the town. The church is located a stone throw away distance from MIC Pauri.
Catholic Church, Gadoli – The church belongs to the catholic community based in Gadoli region.
Khirsu – It is located 15 km away from the Pauri city. This small, tourist village has Apple orchards and huge gardens which remains filled with flowers and fruits in Spring. The region is known for offering a spectacular view of Himalayas.
Chaukhamba View Point – It is located 4 km away from Pauri and overlooks the Idwal Valley and Chaukhamba Peak. It is situated in the dense forest of oak and rhododendron.
Ransi Ground – It is located at a distance 2.5 km from the town. One of the highest points in Pauri, Ransi is a beautiful picnic spot. It has a
Sports Stadium the second highest stadium in Asia where games and tournaments are frequently organised. An ideal picnic spot, the stadium set amidst deodar trees.
Kandolia Ground – Most of the local sports are organized in this ground.
District Library – The library is open round the year for enthusiasts and houses a variety of books.
Karvav Ashram is 9km from from Kotdwar.It is throught Motadhang-Haldukahata-Kalaghati.Famous Maharishi Karnav Ahram was here, student at large number used to come here for studies.It is to be believed birth place of Shakuntal and Bharat.It is situated on side of river Malini. Its is covered with trees and look very baeutiful .It is easily acccesible from kotdwara.
On Basant panchmi a very big fair is organised and thousands of people visit this fair.
Sidhbali temple is 1.5 km from kotdwara on the bank of river Khoh. People comes from differnt places .Bhandara is organized on every Saturday whose advance booking is full from . On Basant panchmi a fest is organsied at this place.