Kainchi Dham

a comprehensive guide


This is a journey within the lap of the Himalayas and Mother Nature, that too in a place like Uttarakhand which is known as the God’s Land. The mystical diversity of this region can surprise every traveler, in some or another way for sure. On one hand where the Traditional, Cultural and Mythological significance simply spellbinds this region within divinity and spirituality.

While on the other hand, the vastness of Flora and Fauna that encloses this region is simply a magical blessing from Mother Nature.

Such is the significance of this divine place called Kainchi Dham, situated at an altitude of 1400meters and surrounded by Nature’s blessings in the form of river streams and forests. Kainchi Dham is surrounded by various towns, where the mesmerizing scenic views simply leave you awestruck.

A traveler’s journey to this mystical land within the lap of the Himalayas, where one gets an opportunity to calm their mind and body within the river streams. A place that became a hub for tourists from all over the globe, as they were attracted towards the serenity of this pilgrimage site founded by the Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba. The divinity of Kainchi Dham remains a mystery to many, as it is situated very remotely in the lap of the Himalayas. As the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba started to gain fame when a few famous people visited the Kainchi Dham.

Along with the divine and holy energy of this region, scenic beauty has also been a major highlight of this region. Being surrounded by Culturally inspired places like Almora, Nainital, and even Kasar Devi where one can witness the beautiful diversity of Nature and Wildlife. 

Kainchi Dham, a divine place enclosed within such precious gems of Mother Nature, offers something for every kind of traveler from, trekkers, wanderers, and devotees. 

As of now, this region has been home to travelers from all over the Globe. Where some visit as devotees and others simply visits for the pleasure of being enclosed within the serene wilderness.

Such is the rejuvenating beauty of Kainchi Dham and the memories you make here.

Key Highlights of Kainchi Dham & Nearby Areas

A place where not the inside of the Kainchi Dham but also the surroundings that reeks of divine and magical beauty. Such is the power of Nature hand in hand with the human faith.

  • A delightful treat for devotees, as they get to have a first-hand experience of Neem Karoli Baba’s teachings.
  • As a traveler, if you are in search of peace and solitude but have no time to visit faraway remote regions. You have come to the right place, where it is not just the divine energy but the serene nature that leaves you mesmerized. 
  • If it is the Flora & Fauna that inspires you as a photographer, then make sure to pack up a few extra batteries as you might not get an opportunity to look away from the viewfinder of your camera. 
  • Such is the magnificent beauty of Kainchi Dham, where the birdwatchers can put their mind at ease as the vastness of different species of birds might just leave you awestruck. 
  • The holy temple of Kainchi Dham is known all over the globe as it hosted people like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and even Julia Roberts. 
  • It is not just the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba but also the mystical energy of Kainchi Dham that attracts so many and leaves them enchanted. 
  • For the ones who are here solely because they were passing by, make sure to explore the magical vibes of Kainchi Dham. Along with the captivating rivers streams and the forests that enclose this region mystically. 
  • One can indulge themselves in activities like Boating at the Nainital Lake which is situated 5kms from Kainchi Dham. 
  • Another interesting place one can visit is the Eco Cave Gardens, situated on the Kaladhungi Road which is nearly 4-5kms from Kainchi Dham.
  • At 5-6kms from Kainchi Dham, one can witness the majestic and mystical snow-capped Himalayas from Mt. Trishul till Panchachuli Peaks.
  • If you are a trekker and are passing by this region just as a stoppage, make sure to visit the Kainchi Dham and start your journey with positive calmness of the riverside Hanuman Temple of Neem Karoli Baba at Kainchi Dham.
  • Well, if you feel there is still something missing, make sure to visit the Temple of Countless Bells, also known as the Chitai Golu Temple.

Historical & Traditional Tales On Kainchi Dham

The Origin of Kainchi Dham goes way back, even a few years before Independence. In the year 1942 when Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba proposed for building an Ashram dedicated to Sombari Maharaj and the Sadhu Premi Baba, who used to do Ritual Practices here at the same spot. Once they proposed this idea, it remained only an idea for another few decades. 

As we all know that every dream has its way of coming true, and Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba’s dream was becoming a reality. This was the year 1963 when the forest areas were getting shaped and the process of building an Ashram was starting, that is the Kainchi Dham we know today. 

Neem Karoli baba passionately followed Lord Hanuman and was a true devotee. Such were his beliefs as well when it came to his teachings that were spreading all over the world.

While the Kainchi Dham and the Ashram were being constructed, adjacent to it was the process of building a Hanuman Temple. Slowly with time the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba and the Mystical energy of Kainchi Dham started attracting numerous tourists.

At Kainchi Dham, the never-ending cycles of Kirtans, Bhandara, and Bhajans started as there were devotees from everywhere. According to the Pran-Pratishtha idols of Lord Hanuman, along with the Birthday and Foundation Day of the Ashram on the 15th of June. On this day every year, a fair is organized at the Kainchi Dham and the entire place is surrounded by devotees, where some are helping around and all of them are getting the Prasad.

Along with setting themselves free within the bell chimes and the religious chants. 

The year 1973 when the Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba left his physical body and passed on, his ashes were kept in the Kainchi Dham. 

This was the time when the construction work for the Ashram and the Temple started and volunteers from all over the globe started coming to help build the place. 

In The year 1976 when the time came for the sthapna of Maharaj Ji’s murti and the yajnas and aartis began. On 15th June, a date was decided by the Neem Karoli Baba. On this day massive Bhandaras are organized every year. By the time, the Yajnas were over, one could feel the mystical and divine energy around the region. As the Kainchi Dham and the temple were enclosed within spiritual flags and bells, spreading positivity everywhere.

In due time there were many temples created in the whole country, dedicated to the Neem Karoli Baba. At present, there are over 100 Temples dedicated to Neem Karoli Baba and his teachings. 

Here at Kainchi Dham, a place surrounded by mystical and divine energy where one can experience a journey inwards as well. Felling what it is like to reach the center of yourself and being one with the essence of the place. 

Such is the divine history and traditional tales of the Kainchi Dham. Make sure to interact with the locals of this region and the people managing the Temple and the Dham as they tell you tales and stories of the days gone by.

Now, the Kainchi Dham is known for numerous spiritual and meditation camps, taking you on a journey close to the essence of life and yourself. There was a time when Neem Karoli Baba would visit a cave near the Kainchi Dham Temple, where he used to meditate and spend time worshiping as a devotee. Hence, people till today visit the same cave to pray or simply to just sit and feel the essence behind the teachings of Kainchi Dham Temple.

A note for fellow travelers who are willing to explore more destinations with such vital historical and mythological significance, make sure to visit and fell the essence of a Magical place surrounded by the freshness of oak trees, known as the Jageshwar Dham.

Must-Visit Attractions Around the Kainchi Dham

Kainchi Dham is situated in such a divine and beautiful location. Surrounded by precious jewels of nature, in the form of river streams and waterfalls along with the dense forests.

As a traveler, if you are making a trip specially to visit the Kainchi Dham, make sure to visit the nearby regions as well. 

As in the nearby region, one can experience Nature at its peak along with the traditional and cultural significance.


A town enclosed within some of the finest scenic views that send blissful shivers down the spine. A place where one can indulge themselves in various activities like Boating and Ropeway. Along with the scenic beauty of the Himalayan views that simply compliments your journey. Imagine being in a place surrounded by waterfalls and lakes. Along with the divinity of temples enclosed so beautifully within nature. A sight like that is worth visiting as it offers something for every traveler who passes by.


On this journey to the Kainchi Dham, if you save time left to spare a few days to visit a town that has been crowned by the beauty of Culture and Heritage.

As one gets to witness those chaotic Old Bazaars of Almora, where the culturally inspired old infrastructure will simply leave you in a state of awestruck.

From Almora, there are many enchanting places you can visit if you have more time to spare. Where the divinity of Chitai Golu Temple surrounds you with holy energy. While Nature and Wildlife that encloses Kasar Devi and Binsar will simply convince you to stay here for longer than you expected.

Such is the diverse beauty of the Kainchi Dham and those enchanting places that surround the Home of Maharaj Neem Karoli Baba at the Kainchi Dham.

If you are willing to make the most out of your journey by exploring the surrounding place that just adds on to the essence of Kainchi Dham. When you read our blog on the Katarmal Sun Temple, you will know why you should not miss on the opportunity of visiting the enchanting beauty of this sun Temple.

How To Reach Kainchi Dham?

The Neem Karoli Baba’s Ashram and Temple is located in the Nainital District, making this region well connected to the road. 

Your mode of transportation will depend on where you are coming from if it is a nearby or a faraway state.

Via Airways

If you are coming from a faraway place, then you can easily book a flight ticket for New Delhi Airport. Once you reach Delhi, you can book another flight taking you to the Pantnagar Airport. Which is just 76kms from your destination, one can easily hire a cab or shared taxi towards the Kainchi Dham

Via Railways

There is also an option of booking a train ticket for the Kathgodam Railway Station, which is just 45kms from your destination. 

If you are coming from a faraway state, you can book two tickets, first one will take you to the New Delhi Railway station and the second one will take you to the Kathgodam station from Delhi.

Via Roadways

The roads are well connected to your destination, one can easily book a bus ticket taking you to Kainchi Dham. Although, you might have to change busses at the Kathgodam or the Haldwani Bus stand. If you are coming via your vehicle, you can easily reach Haldwani and from there your destination is just 50kms towards Almora. 

We hope your journey remains fruitful

Why Kainchi Dham Should Be on Everyone’s Bucket List

An all-season divine place like Kainchi Dham can be visited any time of the day or year. That is the underline benefit of being well-connected with the road. Now it all comes down to deciding, during which season you would like to visit the Kainchi Dham. As every season brings along a special kind of treat for everyone. 

A divine and mystical place like Kainchi Dham, where one just does not travel outwards but also an inwards journey taking you close to yourself. This place not only welcomes the devotees but every other traveler or family with open arms. Nature and Wildlife work hand in hand with the holiness and the beauty of Kainchi Dham Temple and Ashram.


A humble request from our team, to clean up after yourself and maintain the sanctity of Kainchi Dham.

Until Next Time!