Kainchi Dham, Uttarakhand: History, Location, Timings and more

You must have heard about the incident of Steve Jobs advising Mark Zuckerberg to pay a visit to a temple in India before he started Facebook. It was the Kainchi Dham. Jobs visited this temple during a low phase in his professional life. 

Only after he visited Kainchi Dham did he start doing well professionally. Since then, this temple has gained immense popularity. Today, it has a large number of followers in India and abroad. Devotees from distant places come here to offer prayer.

Let’s know more about the famous Kainchi Dham:

About Kainchi Dham 

Kainchi Dham, known as Neem Karoli Baba Ashram and Hanuman Temple, is located in Nainital, Uttarakhand. It is situated in the Kainchi Hills, 1400 meters above sea level in the Kumaon region. The temple was inaugurated in June 1964. It sees a large number of footfalls during its peak season.

Shri Neem Karoli Baba built this temple. He is a famous saint and a devotee of Lord Hanuman. He is said to have helped a lot of people through his miracles. After he died in 1973, his principal disciple Shri Ma, looked after the temple and the ashram. The visitors can only visit here in her presence.

Although the ashram is accessible to everyone, it is only available with prior bookings. One needs to inform the manager by writing a letter to live at the ashram. During your stay at the ashram, you must follow specific rules and regulations. 

The Hanuman temple is built on a rectangular platform. Every year many devotees of bab come here, especially on June 15. It is the day on which Pran-Pratishtha of idols were done in different years. This temple has a different meaning for other people. Thus, it is said that everyone should visit here at least once in their lifetime.

Location of Kainchi Dham

Shri Kainchi Hanuman Mandir and Ashram, P.O. Kaichi Dham, Nainital District, Uttarakhand, India

Timings of Kainchi Dham

The Kainchi Dham Temple is open daily from 6.45 AM to 8.30 PM. On Tuesday(s) it is open till 9.30 PM.

The morning aarti is performed at 7.00 AM, and the evening aarti is performed at 7.00 PM

(Note: The timings might differ due to restrictions because of COVID-19. Check the schedule before you visit the place.)

Best time to visit Kainchi Dham

The best time to visit the famous temple of Kainchi Dham is during the summer season. This area witnesses extreme winters, and it’s risky to travel. 

How to reach Kanchi Dham?

Kainchi Dham is located in a hilly region. That is why it is only accessible through roads. If you are travelling from other parts of the country, then you can reach here in the following ways-

  •  By Air

 If you are planning to travel by air, then the nearest airport to Kainchi Dham is the Pantnagar Airport. It is located at a distance of about 76 Km. Hire a cab or taxi and drive through National Highway Number 109 to Kainchi Dham.  

  •  By Train

 If you want to travel by train, the nearest railway station to Kainchi Dham is Kathgodam Railway Station. It is at a distance of about 45 Km from the temple. Hire a cab or take any local bus available to reach your destination.

  •  By Road

 This is the best way to reach Kainchi Dham. This area has a well-connected network of motorable roads. You can drive or hire a cab from all the country’s major cities to get here.

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Places to visit near Kainchi Dham

You can visit the following places sound Kainchi Dham

  • Nani Lake
  • Snow View Point
  • Mall Road Nainital
  • Tiffin Top
  • Eco Cave Gardens
  • High Altitude Zoo
  • Naina Devi Temple
  • Ramgarh
  • Local Market