Today's goal is the Kasaar Jungle Resort near Almora and Binsar.
EXCURSIONS FROM KASAAR
Monday, 9 November to Wednesday, 11 November
We spend two nights at Kasaar Jungle Resort. The place has a good hotel standard and is located in the midst of fantastic scenery, overlooking the mountains and valleys below.
The village of Kasaar has a fascinating history related to more or less well-known personalities. This is what Wikipedia writes:
"In the 1960s and 1970s, luminaries of the counter-culture, including Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens made pilgrimages to the ridge to visit these established inhabitants. In 1962, Allen Ginsberg came with Peter Orlovsky, Gary Snyder and Joanne Kyger to visit Lama Govinda. Ginsberg commented in a letter to John Kelley that "Rishikesh and Almora were not unlike the Catskills readily accessible, only more spiritual." In late 1964, Ralph Metzner visited Lama Govinda on the ridge and was later joined by Timothy Leary on honeymoon with his wife Nena von Schlebrügge. The marriage did not last long. Leary wrote much of Psychedelic Prayers, a psychedelic version the Tao Te Ching composed from nine English translations of the book, on the ridge. Later in the decade Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), visited the ridge as a part of his own pilgrimage. Scottish psychiatrist, R. D. Laing spent some time there in the early 1970s; as did Robert Thurman, the Buddhist scholar, who spent six months with his wife Nena von Schlebrügge and family, including their 3-year-old daughter Uma Thurman, studying with Lama Govinda as a part of his doctoral dissertation over the summer of 1971."
Bibliophiles will be interested to know that D. H. Lawrence, author of Lady Chatterley's Lover, also sought spiritual and creative inspiration at Kasaar Devi.
The location of our hotel is ideal for exciting excursions.
Together we visit Almora town with old wooden buildings with carvings. Although much is gone, it nevertheless provides a glimpse of traditional architecture in the mountains. We walk through the markets and take in the ambience.