Udham Singh Nagar is a district in Uttarakhand that borders Nepal. The district was formed from the district of Nainital, that now neighbors the region. The district is dotted with snow laden mountains and lakes. The vicinity is shrouded in a feel of aplomb and easygoingness. This makes it an easy getaway from the mundane and mechanic city life, to spend time with one’s family.
1. Nanak Matta
It is believed that Guru Nanak once graced the place with his presence. Ever since the place has been an important pilgrimage centre for the Sikh community. Devotees come here in large numbers to visit Nanak Matta. Apart from that, the place is also known for the dam that is also in the vicinity. Boating and fishing for tourists are thus common activities for the tourists. The place is a common picnic spot frequented by the locals.
2. Purnagiri Temple
The temple is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Purnagiri a form of Parvati. It is among the many Sakti Peethas in the subcontinent. Shakti Peetha is the shrine where the bodily remains of the goddesses are venerated. The tale behind the formation of the various temples is one of devotion, love and sorrow. The legend behind the shrines is that the union of Sati and Shiva was not approved of Sati’s father. Not being able to take her father’s rejection Sati decided to cease her existence. The god could not bear the pain of separation from his wife and danced the dance of destruction, that is Tandava. To cease the havoc being created by Shiva, Vishnu used his Sudarshan-chakra and tore Sati’s corpse into pieces. These pieces fell at various locations in the subcontinent. One such relic was received by the Purnagiri temple. The sonority of the temple bells proves to be music to the ears. The daily prayers offered to the goddess with the background of the temple bells resonates the temple and even the nearby areas. It seems as if the whole area is coming together to venerate the goddesses.
3. Giri Sarovar
This is a picturesque site with a beautiful lake. Giri Sarovar provides peace and tranquility and is another common picnic destination. Visitors often find themselves boating in the azure clear waters. Another beautiful lake near this is the Drona Sagar. The lakes prove to be not just a respite from the city but a quite place to sit and think. The tranquil environment provides the perfect place to ponder and think upon various issues.
The city stands on the ruins of the historic city that predated the area. Kashipur is said to have been a prosperous and had a vibrant economy with a bustling trade network. The city then attracted many travelers and pilgrims. Today the area is an industrial sector that has still preserved its heritage. Thus, the city is the perfect blend of modernity and medieval past.
Jaspur shows harmonious coexistence of Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims. All four communities have their places of piety in close proximity. Populated with these communities the town is always in celebration mode. The town is always organizing festivities of the various communities with participation from all the member of the town. The town has many places of historic interests as well. Apart from that the town has some beautiful groves and orchards. The town also provides a striking scenic depiction of the snow clad Trishul peaks.
The district’s proximity to Nainital makes it like an add-on to any trip to the area. Alongside visiting Corbett, the visitors could visit the district, and alongside see the culture and heritage that the state has to offer. The picturesque sites and beautiful temples leave an everlasting impression on the visitors to the vicinity.