Kunjapuri is located at an elevation of 1645 mts. It lends a
panoramic view of the Himalayan peaks to the North and
Rishikesh, Haridwar and the Doon valley to the South.
Travelling towards Gangotri, about 6 kms, from Narendra Nagar
the road separates at Hindola Khal, leading to the shrine,
which is 5 kms further. Being a prime religious center,
thousands of visitors come throughout the year especially
during 'Navratras' (April and October). Grand Celebrations are
held during the Dussehra festival.
Kunjapuri is a Hindu temple which is devoted to goddess
Kunjadevi, a local deity that commands high respect from local
population. The temple is mere 20-km drive from Rishikesh city
and easily reachable. From the hill top where the temple is
built one get a panoramic view of Indian Himalayan range with
several well-known peaks like Chaukhamba and Sumeru which are
visible from here.
The temple Kunjapuri is situated on the top of the hill
Kunjapuri 1,676m. high, 7 km away from Narendra Nagar, about
15 km from Rishikesh and 93 km from Devaprayag. Kunjapuri
temple is one of the must visited places of Tehri district not
just because of its story related to gods and goddesses but
also for the panoramic view of Garhwal Himalayan peaks like
Gangotri, Swarga Rohini, Chaukhamba and Banderpunch to the
north and Rishikesh, Haridwar and DoonValley to the south.
The best way to enjoy the surrounding region is by taking a
walk to the temple from Rishikesh. If going uphill is hard
then one can do a downhill trek as well and still enjoy the
mountains and villages of Garhwal Himalayas.
Best time to Visit Kunjapuri Temple
best time to visit Kunjapuri Temple is from May to October. One
can visit the temple all round the year with suitable clothes
and accessories. If you want to participate on special
festivals, Navaratra is the best time for you. Navaratra
generally falls on October-November. You will get a chance to
peep through the Hindu festival celebration and enjoy the
ceremony observing the cultural rituals and joy in the
Kunjapuri Temple Tourism
from Hidolakhal village to the temple through the green forest
will be more adventurous to nature lovers. The distance is 5 km.
The Char Dham pilgrims pay visit to Kunjapuri temple on their
way from Rishikesh to Gangotri. Tourists appreciate the sunrise
and sunset view from the Himalayan peaks. After reaching the
temple, one can shoot photographs and enjoy the surrounding
Kunjapuri is temple of Goddess Durga , it is one of the thirteen
Shakti Peethas (Power Centers) in Shivalik Range and one of the
three Shakti Peethas in Tehri district founded by Jagadguru
Shankaracharya. Other two Shakti Peethas in the district are
Surkanda Devi and Chandrabadni. Kunjapuri, along with these two
peethas form a holy triangle.
Shakti Peethas are the places where body parts of Goddess Sati
(embodiment of Goddess Parvati before she took birth as Parvati)
fell down while Lord Shiva was carrying her dead body in his
arms and wandering unconsciously through the Himalayan ranges of
Bharat barsh. There are total of 52 Shakti Peethas around Nepal
The Durga temple Kunjapuri receives thousands of visitors
throughout the year but during Navaratras (April and October)
there is much flow of devotees. In the Dusshera Festival, one
can be part of the grand celebrations at Kunjapuri. The best
time to vivit Kunjapuri is from May to October.
Places Nearby Kunjapuri Temple
Fresh and spotless, Chamba, the less treaded place in
Tehri Garhwal district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand, is at
the junction of roads connecting Mussoorie and Rishikesh
with Tehri Dam reservoir. A beautiful hill town, 50 Km
from Mussoorie, Chamba is 1600 meters above sea level. The
scenic view of deodar and pine forests provide natural
freshness and energy to refresh soul.
Chandrabadani Temple is one among the holy triangle-
Kunjapuri, Surkhanda Devi and Chandrabadani temples in
Terhi Garhwal district of Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand. Sati
devi’s torso had fallen at the place when her husband lord
Shiva was wandering unconsciously carrying Sati’s dead
body on his arms after Sati drowned in the Agni (fire)
kund being unable to tolerate the ill words of her father
Dakshyaprajapati towards her husband lord Shiva. One can
see the beautiful view of Kedarnath, Surkhanda Devi, and
Badrinath peaks from Chandrabadani temple.
Surkhanda Devi Temple
Surkhanda Devi temple is one of the 51 shakti peethas
of India and Nepal. When lord Shiva was unconsciously
roaming around the Indian and Nepali hills with his wife
Sati’s dead body on his shoulder, Sati’s head fell at the
place and later, Surkhanda Devi temple was established
there. Surkhanda Devi Temple is among three devi temples-
Chandrabadani, Kunjapuri, and Surkhanda.
Narendra Nagar derives its name from King Maharaja
Narendra Shah who moved the capital city of Tehri Garhwal
to this beautiful land in 1919 A.D., Narendranagar
provides clear view of Rishikesh, Haridwar and enthralling
beautiful view of holy Ganga flowing from mountains to the
plane land of Haridwar. Narendra Nagar palace is about
3000 feet above sea level in Narendra Nagar is utilized as
spa spot and named ‘Ananda-in the himalayas’ from where
one can have a imposing view of Dehradun valley.
The district headquarter of Tehri Garhwal district,
New Tehri town lies between 1,550 to 1,950 meters above
sea level and is 16 Kms far from Old Tehri. The Tehri Dam
basin controlling waters of Bhilangana and Bhagirathi
rivers, is one of the world’s largest hydroelectric
projects which is worth to visit. The planned city of Dev
Bhoomi Uttarakhand, New Tehri attracts thousands of
internal and external tourists throughout the year.
Sem Mukhem is 64 Kms from New Tehri at an elevation of
2,903 meters above sea level and houses Nag Raja temple
highly respected by the locals. The 7 Kms trek to Sem
Mukhem from Khamba Khal will be fun and pleasing with
greeneries, beautiful landscape and view of the attractive
Tehri Dam is highest in India and is one of the
tallest in the world, 260.5 meters high rock and earth
fill embankment dam on Bhagirathi river- Tehri Dam is 575
meters long, 20 meters wide crest and 1,128 meters wide
base. Tehri Dam was constructed in 2006, Tehri Dam has a
basin for irrigation, municipal water supply and
generation of 1,000 MW of hydroelectricity. Koteshwar Dam
is about 22 Kms from Tehri Dam , the gravity dam on
Bhagirathi river was completed in 2012.
Nag means serpent and Tibba means hill or peak, the
name Nagtibba means Serpent’s peak. Dehradun district is
about 57 Km from Mussoorie Hill station, Nag Tibba 3,022
meters above sea level is the highest peak in lesser
Himalayan region. The name derives from the local belief
of Nag Devata residing on the hill. Locals offer prayer to
Nag Devata each year asking for the protection of their
How to reach Kunjapuri Temple
first needs to reach Rishikesh and the journey begins to Kunja
Puri. How To Reach Rishikesh .
There is train facility between Haridwar and Rishikesh.
Haridwar (24 km) connects Rishikesh to major cities of India
such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Lucknow, Dehradun, Varanasi and
other cities by train.
The road network to Rishikesh is well defined connecting it
to Garhwal, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. One can take the National
Highway 58 passing through Muzzafarnagar, Roorkee, Modinagar,
Khatauli, Raiwala and Haridwar to reach Rishikesh.
The nearest airport to Rishikesh is Jolly Grant Dehradun.
Dehradun is connected to Rishikesh by train. One can hire a bus
or taxi from the airport to reach Rishikesh.
Route to Kunjapuri Temple
• Dehradun - Rishikesh – Narendranagar - Kunjapuri Temple