Patal Bhuvaneshwar


Enshrined in mystery and mythology, Patal Bhuvaneshwar is the hidden pilgrimage centre, near Gangolihat the famous Shaktipeeth. Located 91 km from Pithoragarh on the way to Berinag, at an elevation of about 1350 m, this highly revered shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The subterranean shrine of Lord Shiva is situated with sprawling interiors. Limestone rock formations have created various spectacular stalactite and stalagmite figures. The way to the cave temple is through a long, narrow tunnel. Inside the cave, the limestone formations have taken shape of many Gods and Goddesses of Hindu pantheon. The forms of Ganesha, Shesh Nag, Garurh, Shivling etc. are distinctly visible to the believers.

It’s popularly believed that the holiest cave is the abode of 33 crore Gods and Goddesses, amidst the absolute Himalayan isolation.

City Facts

State: Uttarakhand
District: Kumaon
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Kumaoni, Hindi
Best Season: Mar – Oct
Weather: Summer 19-47°C,
Winter 4-25°C
Altitude: 1350 m


Best Season / Best time to visit

Patal Bhuvaneshwar experiences a mild and pleasant climate through the year and one can visit the place at any point. The rainfall is quite extensive during the monsoon season and this might make travel difficult. The summers are very pleasant and the temperatures are rarely extreme. The winter season is also a popular time to visit and the conditions are refreshing.

The summer season is from April to June and the temperatures range from a minimum of 19°C to a maximum of 36°C. The humidity is limited and the place is generally dry during this period. The hottest month of the year is May.

Monsoon season in the region is from July to September and the place gets rainfall from the South West Monsoon. Rainfall is generally scattered over this period and the humidity also increases significantly during this time. The post monsoon months of October and November are pleasant and a good time to visit the place.

The winter season starts in the month of December and ends in February. Temperatures can be expected to fall to around 4°C during this time. Maximum expected temperatures during the winters season is around 25°C.