Kainchi Dham, Famous For Neem Karoli Baba Ashram

Kainchi Dham Yatra

If you are looking for a peaceful place to refresh your mind, then you should pay a visit to kainchi dham in Nainital. The ashram is a major tourist attraction. People from all over the globe visit kainchi dham to attend peace. Scroll down to learn more and prepare to visit as soon as possible.

Kainchi Dham and Neem Karoli Baba

Neem karoli baba

The Kainchi Dham ashram was established in 1964, and the man behind this act was the enlightened Neem Karoli Baba. Neem Karoli Baba is possibly the greatest devotee of lord Hanuman. There are numerous anecdotes about Baba and his miracles.

Baba was born as Laxman Narayan Sharma in Firozabad district of Uttar Pradesh in 1900.He was married at the age of 11. Soon Baba left out to attend spiritual knowledge.

History of Kainchi Dham

Kainchi Dham ashram

In 1962, Neem Karoli Baba and other Yogis wanted to bring about a change as they wanted to find a specific place to organise a gas. On Maharaji’s advice, the forest was cleared and a chabutra was constructed.This is where a  yagyashala was built.

In the following years, the Hanuman temple was built over the platform and the Hanuman temple was built over the chabutra. Soon, many people visited the holy place. Baba’s popularity attracted many devotees. Therefore, a proper Hanuman temple was made and  Pran pratishtha was done on June 15.

About Kainchi Dham

The Dham is established close to the Shipra River. It is located in the Kanchi village on Nainital Almora road. Just like other holy ashrams, kainchi too is surrounded by green forests. Its location makes it even more special. The hills in Kumaon village make it a scenic spiritual hub. The Kainchi Dham is not specific to the Hanuman temples only.

You can find many temples in the vicinity. The natural beauty and spiritual temples make kainchi Dham a suitable vacation spot. If you want to visit Kanchi Dham, then plan the trip for Tuesday. Visits made on Tuesday are considered extremely sacred.

Places to visit near Kainchi Dham :

1. Nainital


The famous Naini Lake is a few kilometers away from Kainchi Dham. The lake is a major tourist attraction in India. It lies in the lake City of India – Nainital. Therefore, you can find various other beautiful lakes in this city. Visitors can also make a trip to the Naini Devi temple in Nainital. Tourists can avail of adventure boating experiences in Naini Lake as well. Overall, the place is very refreshing.

2. Mukteshwar


The ancient Mukteshwar temple is a drive away from Kainchi Dham. If you agree to travel another 50 km then you can have the luxury of visiting a 350-year-old Shiv temple in Mukteshwar. The town of Mukteshwar is surrounded by lakes and hills. Therefore, this place must be on your list if you are visiting Kainchi Dham

3. Ranikhet

3. Ranikhet

Ranikhet is located 70 km away from Kainchi Dham. The word ‘ Ranikhet’ means ‘ Queen’s field ‘ in hindi. This is also a hill station. The green fields and thick forests in Ranikhet are quite refreshing. You can also visit the Regimental Central Museum in Ranikhet.

4. Bhimtal


Bhimtal is a very unique place, located just near kainchi Dham. All of us know about the large and sacred Bhimtal lake. What makes the lake even more attractive is a small Island in its centre. The views from this Island are serene. After visiting the lake, you can also visit Bhimeshwar temple.

5. Almora


Almora is a hill town located just near Kainchi Dham. It is known for the Kasar Devi temple. The temple is surrounded by green hills. Every year, thousands of people visit Kasar Devi temple to offer prayers.

Here is a guide :

Kainchi Dham-Bhimtal, – 19KM

Kainchi Dham-Nearest Railway Station – Kathgodam (43 KM)

Kainchi Dham-Nearest Airport – Pantnagar (71KM)

Where do you want to stay?

The ashram is declared closed in the winter season. Extremely low temperatures in winter make it unsuitable for tourists to pay a visit. However, if you want to visit in warmer parts of the year, then there are two options.

(1) Outside ashram

Most of the tourists decide to stay outside the ashram and visit the temple during the day. You can find many places to stay in Nainital or Bhowali. Make reservations in either of these two towns and then visit the temple during morning and evening arati

(2) Outside ashram

Tourists are required to inform the authorities of the ashram if they want to stay inside the ashram. Officially, you have to write to the manager and produce these three :

  • Letter of introduction
  • picture of yourself
  • reference note from the older devotees

Even after all these procedures, you can stay only 3 days at the ashram


The Kainchi Dham ashram is one of the most famous ashrams in the world. You must have heard famous cricketers visiting the place. Recently, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma visited the ashram. The Dham is not limited to Indians. Famous personalities from other countries have been visiting the place too. People like Steve Jobs have made trips to the ashram. If you have decided to experience holiness, then you must visit  Kainchi Dham.


1. Can I click photographs in the Neem Karoli Baba ashram?

Tourists are permitted to take photographs of the beautiful hill scenery and ashram. Tourists are advised to ask for permission before clicking any photographs because the ashram is a sensitive place.

2. Is this place suitable for trekking?

Yes kainchi Dham and its surroundings are suitable for trekking. However, you need to tie up with local guides to trek comfortably. Hills can be dangerous so remember to take local people or guides along you.

3. When should I visit Kainchi Dham?

Since Kainchi Dham is located in a hilly area, you should avoid visiting the place in the winter. The climate can become extremely cold, making it uncomfortable for you. Therefore, the best time to visit the ashram is either during summer or spring

4. How can I reach Kainchi Dham from Delhi?

It takes about 6 to 8 hours to travel from Delhi to kainchi Dham. First, pick a train from Delhi to Kathgodam. Then you can move from Kathgodam to the ashram. The most simple way is to take a reserved taxi from Kathgodam to Kainchi Dham, or you can travel by bus.

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