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