How to Reach Mahavatar Babaji Cave?
To reach the Mahavatar Babaji Cave in Kukuchina village, Uttarakhand, there are two possible routes. One starts from Delhi and passes through Nainital, Kainchi Dham, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram, Ranikhet, Dwarahat, and finally, Kukuchina and the cave. The other route begins from Rishikesh and goes through Devprayag, Rudraprayag, Karnprayag, Adi Badri, Gainsain, Dwarahat, Kukuchina, and then the cave.
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Kathgodam Railway station
If you’re starting from Kathgodam Railway Station, you have a few options. The most affordable way is to take a shared public taxi to Ranikhet (about 5 hours), and then another shared taxi to Dwarahat (around 2 hours). From Dwarahat, you can hire a local taxi to Kukuchina and then trek to the cave. The cost for the shared taxis from Kathgodam to Dwarahat should be around 450-600 rupees.
Alternatively, you can book a private taxi from Kathgodam Railway Station for a more comfortable journey. Once you reach Dwarahat Town Square, you can take another shared taxi to Kukuchina (about 50 minutes) for around 150 rupees. From Kukuchina, it’s a 5 km journey to the cave, with 2 km on an off-road road and a 3 km moderate trek.
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Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Ashram
The Yogoda Satsanga Sakha Ashram is a spiritual retreat center and ashram located in Dwarahat. It was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda, the author of “Autobiography of a Yogi,” and is affiliated with the Self Realization Fellowship and Yogoda Satanga Society.
Shree Home Stay
During your visit, you can consider staying at Shree Homestay in Dwarahat. It provides comfortable accommodation, including beautiful cottages, with basic amenities such as hot water and clean bedding. The guesthouse is surrounded by lush greenery and offers stunning mountain views. They also have home cooked serving of delicious vegetarian food.
Kukuchina village is known for its connection to the Mahavatar Babaji Cave and offers a serene and authentic experience. The villagers mainly engage in agriculture and animal husbandry.
Pandvkholi or Pandavkholi
For a more adventurous experience, you can opt for Pandavkholi Dharamshala. Located on top of a hill, it requires a 3 km hike through a dense forest to reach. The accommodations are simple, but the hospitality of the people is warm. The panoramic views from the top make the trek worthwhile, but please note that this option may not be suitable for everyone, especially those with mobility or health concerns.