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The wooden temples found prominently west of River Yamuna in Uttarakhand are a manifestation of the religious and social life in the Himalayas. They are an amalgamation of various philosophies and ideas that have permeated the Himalayas over the centuries. The Pahari Architecture of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh is an indigenous style of temple building traditions that has been nurtured for centuries. The scenic setting of these far flung temples amidst beautiful villages of the hills is complemented by the exciting mythology associated with them. Unlike the Nagara temples of Central and Eastern Uttarakhand, many of the deities that grace these temples have very interesting origins and a distinct local flavour.

Departure & Return Location

Dehradun

Price Includes

  • Transport during itinerary
  • Accommodation in a homestay/lodge
  • Tour Guide
  • Breakfast
  • Activities like star gazing, heritage walks, nature walks etc

Price Excludes

  • Personal Expenses not mentioned above
Highlights
  • Made primarily from wood and locally sourced stones the temples blend into the contours of the Himalayas.
  • Simple in design and execution yet in synergy with the environment, sturdy and aesthetically rich - an extension of the social realities of life in a Himalayan village where life is tough but the immense natural beauty and customs/traditions add colour to daily troubles.
  • These are living temples where customs and traditions have been preserved over time and so offer an opportunity to study the interaction between the customs and the temple structure.
  • The art of temple building has been passed down the generations and still many gifted artisans hone their skills during regular temple renovations and building of new temples. This provides a unique opportunity to interact with people who breathe life into these exquisite expressions of art and devotion.
  • The temples belong to different types – canopied composite roofed, multi-tiered pyramidal, tower type, gable roofed and Nagara style with wooden components. This variation in the character of these temples depends on local conditions and availability of building materials.
  • These wooden temples have largely escaped attention due to their remoteness but steadily as the road network has improved they have become more accessible. Literature regarding these temples is scarce and very few dedicated studies have been done on these. This offers a challenging but unique chance of exploring these hitherto unknown treasures of art.
Itinerary

Day 1Dehradun - Barkot - Pujaili - Barkot | Drive 170 kms

Leave Dehradun early morning and have breakfast en route. A number of temples can be found around the town of Barkot in villages like Paunti, Molda, Pujaili and Gair of different styles like composite gabled roof and tower type. We will visit the Raghunath Temple in Pujaili and Bhadrakali Temple in Paunti to get an idea of the temple building traditions of this region.

Day 2Barkot - Hanol - Sankri | Drive 120 kms

Visit the Mahasu Temple in Hanol and Thadiyar in the morning. There is plenty to see and learn about the rich mythology of the region and its representation in its temples. Thereafter drive to Supin Valley to explore some unknown yet fascinating temples .

Day 3Sankri - Dehradun | Drive 200 kms, 8-9 hrs

Return to Dehradun. If time permits will visit the Shiva Temple in Lakhamandal en route.

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