Kasar Devi Temple (Uttarakhand)
Kasar Devi Almora, this peaceful spot about 8km north of Almora has been luring alternative types for close to 100 years. Attracted by the abundance of marijuana that grows wild here, the list of luminaries who've visited, some for extended stays, includes Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg and Swami Vivekananda, who meditated at the hilltop Kasar Devi Temple. Today, the village (known back in the day as Crank's Ridge) is a low-key backpacker destination, with a mellow vibe and clear-day Himalayan views.
Every year in winter, on the occasion of Kartik Poornima, a large fair is held at the Kasar Devi Temple. There are a few special reasons for the importance of this temple. The region around Kasar Devi has an enormous geomagnetic field. The reason behind this is, the temple comes under the Van Allen belt. The causes behind the formation of this belt have been researched by NASA for the past two years.
The hilly region is perfect to unwind and spend time meditating. Adventure driven people can come here for long hikes and treks on hills and surrounded by greenery.