Friday, August 8, 2014

The Hidden Places of Uttrakhand – CHAKRATA & LAKHAMANDAL (Day -3)

Next day morning again I got up at 5.00 am to watch the sun rise but the weather was too bad , worst than the previous day. We got ready by 7.30am as we planned but soon it started raining but we didn’t have any choice , none of us want to leave Chakrata without seeing Tiger fall which is the main attraction of Chakrata. We waited for one hour, now rain was not too heavy so our driver said that due to heavy rain in night & morning the mud must be washed off the road hence he suggested to start our journey towards Tiger fall . It was still drizzling. We left it over god and started our journey , by the time we reached close to tiger fall rain stopped.After 20 kms of drive we had to trek for 2 kms downhill. 

Tiger Fall - CHAKRATA

The major attraction around the Chakrata is Tiger fall , it is located on Lakhamandal road. As soon as you get out of your car you will be greeted by the village small kids who will offer to guide you to the Fall. Although there are cemented stairs for tiger fall still we hired a guide who was hardly 10 years old. I was not able to say no to him because of his smartness & the way of style of communicating in such a young age.

Staring point (Tiger Fall)

Village House on the way to Tiger Fall

potato field on the way to Tiger fall
After a trek for half an hour we reached downhill where the falling water gets collected where visitors can bathe and enjoy under the Fall. As we reached early & it was cold after the rainfall we could not enjoy by taking a bath.

Way to Tiger fall

Way to Tiger fall

On the way to Tiger fall
The view of the Tiger fall was breathtaking. The 312 feet fall is the highest fall of the state. Because of the roaring sound of the Fall while falling it is known as Tiger fall.

Tiger fall

Our Guide "Chetan Singh Rawat" 
While returning from the fall we felt tired as the stairs were steep.We reached near our car and thanked to our Guide “Chetan singh Rawat” & offered him soft drink which he easily accepted & asked for a wafer’s packet for his younger brother.He handed over the money to his father who was a farmer which he earned from us as a guide.We were extremely touched by his caring & respectful attitude towards his family which can be seen only in villages. We had our tea there & proceeded for Lakhamandal which was about 50 kms from tiger fall. 

Village Kwansi - on the way to Lakhamandal
The condition of roads to Lakhamandal is too bad , we were thankful to God for the nice weather other wise anything could be happened. In the stretch of this 50 kms we hardly saw 4-5 cars/jeep. Around 1:30pm we reached Lakhamandal.

Village Goraghati - on the way to Lakhamandal
Lakhamandal is 70 kms from Chakrata & 62 kms from Mussoorie.

Entrance gate - Lakhamandal 
It is to be believed that this is the place where Duryudhan built “Lakhsha Grah” to kill Pandavas but fortunately Pandavas escaped from there by running away through a Cave .The next end of the cave can be seen at a distance of 2 kms from Lakhamandal temple.

Local House on the way to lakhamandal
Lakhamandal Temple is accessible from the main road by passing through the narrow road (Gali). This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva & Parvati.

Narrow road (Gali) going towards Lakhamandal

stairs to Lakhamandal
One of the Temple caretaker informed us that this temple was first discovered by a cow who used to drain her milk on the Shivling everyday .One day owner of the cow followed his cow to check & found this temple. This temple is replica of Kedarnath.

Out side the temple there are two Nandi at the both side of the gate.

Entrance - Lakhamandal Temple with two nandi
There are two shivlings with different colour / Shape also near the gate of the temple. Dark green Shivling belongs to Dwapar Yug & red one belongs to Tritiya Yug.

Inside the temple one can see the foot mark of baby Parvati on a rock other than that there were idols of Shiv , Parvati , Kartikey , Ganesha, Vishnu & Bajrangbali. Photography is prohibited inside the temple.

Beside the temple there is a big Varandha & at the centre of that a huge Shivling on a platform.

Shivling on a platform
It is to be believed that this temple was built by Yudhishter .Localites call it “Mundku Devaru” means “a temple broken from Head”.

Near to this temple one can see two 6 feet statues , they are called as gatekeeper of the temple. Other than that there are lot of broken parts of pillars of temple & Shivlings with different shape / colour can be seen.

Gatekeeper's of temple

Gatekeeper's of Temple



At some distance there is a stone shivling which shines after pouring water on it , one can see his/her own image also while pouring water. It was found in 1963 by a localite while constructing his house.

There is a museum also with a collection of staues & Shivlings of different shapes.

side view - Lakhamandal
On the way we saw that cave which was used by Pandava’s to escape from Lakhsagrah. The cave is not maintained at all. There was no arrangement of light.


After visiting this all we further proceeded towards Dehradun Via Barni Ghat , Damta , Yamuna Bridge .From here one road goes to Mussoorie – Dehradun & other Vikasnagar – Dehradun. We preferred to take Viakasnagar – Dehradun to avoid the Mussoorie rush. We reached Dehradun around 9.30 PM.

In this way our entertaining as well as informative journey got over................


  1. Wow, truly awesome Mahesh....

  2. As usual, a lovely place. And the photos do a justice to it. :)

  3. A lovely discovery! I have nominated you for an award. Please check

  4. Mahesh no new posts in a long long time?

    1. Sorry for late reply.

      Ya i know due to some busy schedules not able to write. Working on Bali post, hope by Nov mid series on Bali will be ready followed by Aurangabad , Ajanta & Ellora.


  5. Nice post and pics.
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  6. Jai Utrakhand........nice pictures

  7. Greetings from Taiwan! I came here to check if there is any new post. See, how eagerly people wait for your posts. :)

    1. Readers like you only encourage us to write .....due to some official commitment not able to give much time these days ....working on BALI , hope series will be ready by Jan 2105 and you will love it. :-)

    2. Waiting for January then. :)

    3. Arrey! Ab to naya post le aayie ji. :)

      How many times I'll comment here? :-)

  8. Great series of pics. I haven't been to this place yet , but your pics virtually transported me there.

    1. Thanks Indrani for your kind words & appreciation.

  9. You both have great travel passion. Only few people have such type of travelling passion. Your blog is a treasure house contains very valuable information about several travel places across india with beautiful photographs. Please continue to share many more travel posts which are useful to many travellers.

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    1. Thanks for going through the post and leaving comment.

      I will love to read ur post on Indian heritage.

  10. I watched about Lakhamandal just today on EPIC channel and remembered your post on the same. Thank you for sharing your travel experience to that place..

    1. Thanks Meghana for going through the post and leaving your comment.

  11. Had a nice virtual tour.Thanks for sharing.

  12. बढ़िया महेश जी। मेरे को इस क्षेत्र में दुबारा जाना ही पड़ेगा। काफी कुछ और रह गया है देखने के लिए।

  13. महेश जी बहुत मजा आया आपकी इस यात्रा में, नन्हा गाईड को भी देखा, लाखामंडल व टाईगर फॉल के फोटो अच्छे लगे।
    मै भी टाईगर फॉल गया आज के कई साल पहले जब वहा तक कोई रास्ता नही जाता था, कई खेत ओर पानी की छोटी छोटी नालियो से चलते हुए गया था, आपकी इस पोस्ट ने वह यादें ताजा कर दी।

  14. wow. This is really amazing place. sightseeing is really very nice. Thank you.

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