Kukuchina: Where Kriya Yoga Began

Kukuchina is a peaceful village in Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region, nestled between two mountains. It’s famous for being the birthplace of Kriya Yoga and is home to the Mahavatar Babaji Cave and Pandu kholi. People visit Kukuchina to meditate in the sacred cave of Mahavatar Babaji.

Kukuchina stands as a timeless sanctuary of spiritual significance and natural beauty. Nestled within the serene landscapes of Uttarakhand’s Kumaon region, this tranquil village holds the honor of being the birthplace of Kriya Yoga, a profound practice that has attracted seekers from around the world. The Mahavatar Babaji Cave, a sacred haven where Kriya Yoga took its roots, beckons pilgrims and meditators seeking inner enlightenment.

Joshi Guest House
Guest House Kukuchina

Where to Stay

Kukuchina’s charm extends beyond its spiritual allure. The village has managed to preserve its peaceful ambiance, shielded from the bustling modern world. Visitors are treated to unpolluted air, a simple way of life, and budget-friendly accommodations that offer solace from the demands of everyday life.

Guest House Kukuchina offers budget accommodation. For a bit more comfort, you can stay at the Vanaprastha Hotel or Dunagri Retreat which is close to Mahavatar Babaji’s Cave.

My Experience

My Experience When I visited, Kukuchina felt like a tranquil hideaway. No one else was around, just the sounds of birds and a nearby waterfall. We enjoyed their melodies and the sight of Panchashuli Peak.

Mahavatar Babaji Cave Kukuchina

Mahavatar Babaji Cave- Kukuchina

Top Places to See

  • Mahavatar Babaji Cave

Mahavatar Babaji Cave: A sacred cave where Kriya Yoga began. People from all over come here to learn meditation.

Pandavkholi Kukuchina
  • Pandu Kholi Ashram

Pandu Kholi: A peaceful place believed to be where the Pandavas hid during exile. It’s a secret spot they used before returning home.

Dunagiri Temple Kukuchina
Dunagiri Temple
  • Dunagiri Temple

Dunagiri Temple: A temple dedicated to goddess Durga, built thousands of years ago. There’s a story that Hanuman dropped a mountain here, and it’s a special place with healing powers.

  • Maniyan Temple:

This temple is dedicated to Maniyan Devi, a local goddess worshipped for protection and well-being.

  • Mrityunjaya Temple:

This temple stands for Lord Shiva, specifically to his form as Mrityunjaya, the conqueror of death. It’s a significant pilgrimage site for Shiva devotees.


Ultimately, Kukuchina is a realm where spirituality and nature intertwine harmoniously, offering a refuge for those seeking both introspection and connection with the universe. It encapsulates the essence of India’s spiritual heritage, inviting all who visit to discover the profound depths of the soul while basking in the serenity of its surroundings.


Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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