Kasar Devi is a small village named after the famous Kasar Devi temple situated 8 km North of Almora. The panoramic view of Himalayas from Nanda Devi to the five snow-capped peaks of Panchachuli unfurls just above Kasar Devi. It’s indeed one of the most beautiful views I have seen so far. Kasar Devi has structures dating from 2nd century CE.
The reason i called Kasar Devi a peaceful place is because it’s not only me who found peace in Kasar Devi but many great personalities came here and meditated for years. Even NASA claims the same.The temple is special as the area nearby has a large geomagnetic field. This is so as the temple comes under Van Allen Belt. The two other places discovered by NASA with the same magnetic field are Machu Picchu in Peru and Stone Henge in England. Also, it is predominant that the people who have meditated here at Kasar Devi Temple have shown higher degrees of rejuvenation and peace.
Kasar Devi came into limelight when Swami Vivekananda visited the place in 1890’s and meditated here. He was so impressed by the peace and tranquility of the place that he mentioned this place and his experience in his writings. Then in 1930’s Danish Mystic Alfred Sorenson (also known as Sunyata Baba) came here and loved Kasar Devi so much that he ended up spending over three decades here, as did Ernest Hoffman,who became Tibetan Buddhist Lama Anagarika Govinda. This lead many western spiritual seekers to this place.
During the Hippie movement, Kasar Devi became a part of the Hippie trail.Crank’s Ridge also known as hippie hill became a popular destination. It became home to several bohemian artists, writers and western Tibetan Buddhists. Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Cat Stevens and Timothy Leary are some other famous personalities to land their feet over the place.
Thousands of devotees visit here every year. The place is well known among the westerns as well those who wish to attain peace. It is famous for its quiet and secluded atmosphere with a spellbinding view. You can have a village walk through the quaint pathways of pahadi villages. By now you must have understood if you are looking for eternal peace, which is the place to go for.
How to Reach:-
- Nearest Airport:- Pantnagar is the closest airport and Air India operates flights from Delhi thrice a week.
- Nearest Railway Station:- A Shatabdi runs daily from New Delhi to Kathgodam, from where one can hire a taxi to Kasar Devi; or share a cab to Almora and take another one to Kasar Devi.
Things to do:- Village Walk, Bird Watching, Yoga and Meditation.
Places to stay:- There are a numerous no. of budgeted stays in Kasar Devi and if you are an adventure lover like me, you can also stay in camps.