Ghorakhal (घोड़ाखाल) is the hilly place located in the Nainital (नैनीताल) district of the Uttarakhand (उत्तराखंड) state of India. The meaning of Ghorakhal is pond for water to horses. It is the attractive site at the altitude of more than 2000 mts. It is a nearest town to Bhowali and is the seat for Army school, known as Sainik School Ghorakhal, established in 1966 by Sainik School Society at the Ghorakhal on magnificent estate of the Nawab of Rampur. Ghorakhal is a small village, which is mainly known for the temple of Lord Golu worshipped by hill people alighted at an height of 2000 meters above the sea level.
Ghorakhal lies in Nainital District of Uttarakhand, it is about 17km away from Nainital , the lake district and at a distance of 3 Kms from Bhowali.Ghorakhal refers to ‘a pond for water to horses’. It is an attractive site, with

It lies in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, approximately 15 km away from Nainital the Sarovar Nagri and at a distance of 3 Kms from Bhowali. Ghorakhal literally means ‘a pond for water to horses’. It is a picturesque site, with natural beauty, peaceful environment and placidity. Golu Devta (गोलू देवता) Temple is one of the famous attraction in Ghorakhal that is constantly in news for the unique and rare rituals or traditions performed there. One such rare ritual is that devotees of Golu Devta make appeal at the temple, using stamp papers and application, to seek desired act in dispute or any case. With the accomplishment of their wish, the god is shown appreciation or praise by hanging bells or making animal sacrifice.

The temple is distinguished by the large number of bells hanging in the premises. These bells are hung by the devotees as offerings making a wish or in thanksgiving on the fulfillment of one’s wish.

Sacrifices of goats are offered to the deity which was, at one time, a sort-of law court, that decided several pleas received from the troubled people of the region. Golu devta is considered as a

People from all over the region consider Golu Devta, the managing deity of the temple, to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva (शिव) and ‘The God of Justice’.

Sainik School : Sainik School, Ghorakhal is a Sainik School established by the Sainik Schools Society in 1966. It is located in the midst of the serene Beauty of the Great Himalayas at Ghorakhal, 4 Kilometers next to the town of Bhowali, in Nainital district of the state of Uttarakhand, India. The school prepares its students academically, physically and psychologically for efficient handling of whatever awaits them in the outside world at the end of their schooling. Another one of its principle purposes is to impart public school education to its students at affordable expenses, which is fulfilled by dividing the fee structure based solely upon the financial latitude of the student’s guardians along with their own academic performance. For the past five decades, the institute has been credited with providing top servicemen and upstanding citizens to the country.

Along with its 24 sibling institutes scattered across the nation, the school has been termed as one of the principle institutes to march the youth towards a better future. A leading magazine article put the school at 12th place among top twenty boarding schools in India.


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