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Purola

A 12 km drive from Lakhamandal leads to Nowgaon from where a bifurcation through an iron bridge leaves the Yamuna river behind. The landscapes changes and pine adorned grassy valley appears. Purola, fed by the Kamal river, is undoubtedly the biggest terraced rice field valley in the entire state of Uttarakhand. The rice fields, primarily producing the rare red rice, stretch in an area more than 10 km dissected by the Kamal river. Purola is a fast developing market from where a passage leads to the ancient ASI site dating back to 2nd century B.C. The Yagya Vedica (burnt brick alter) is unique in its kind resembling a floating Garuda. During excavation a good number of Sunga-Kushana period (2nd century B.C.- 2nd century A.D.) red wares and coins belonging to the Kuninda rulers were discovered. Purola valley is the biggest divide between the Yamuna and the Tons Valley.