Try to visit the cave early, if its a peak season. Although the crowd is well controlled by the authorities, with alarm and lights signalling people going in and coming out. Around 9-9.30 will be best. Hve breakfast before the visit as it will take around 2-3 hrs in the cave.
There is enough parking space around the cave.
Hire a pujari guide as he will help you with the puja inside the cave. There is no fixed charges, you can pay him as you wish. Donation can also be generously given to support the authorities.
There is a almariah where you have to hand over all your belongings like mobile phones and cameras, so better carry essentials. Even shoes and chappals are to be kept here. Photography is not allowed inside.
Not for claustrophobic people
There are some small dhabas outside the temple serving you fresh cooked food.
The cave has mud and dirt which can make your feet and clothes dirty. Some stones are slippery so be careful inside.
There is a tap and a man to help you wash your feet, after you exit the cave. You can give him a small token of thanks.
Avoid monsons and festival times esp shivratri
No entry fee for foreigners too.
The TRH at Gangolihat is a good option for stay as the cave is just 13 kms away. There are other hotels around patal bhuvaneshwar.
There are other caves like Shaileshwar & Bholeshwar cave which require trekks. Locals can guide you.
Hat Kalika temple in Gangolihat is a must visit, it is a mahakali shaktipeeth installed by Adi Shankaracharya. Animal sacrifice is still practised here. Monkey menance is high so beware your belongings.
Deenapani/Dinapani and Almora
Deenapani has log huts which offers good views of the himalayas which is viewable on clear days. Rooms are neat and clean. Service is nice. Co-operative staff.
Kasar devi temple is just a walk away. It is located on the Kashyap hill, Goddess parvati is said to have appeared here as 'kaushaki', to slay the demons sumbha and nishumbha. It is at a height, reached by a flight of steps. The views around the place is stunning.
Binsar is around 22 kms from deenapani.
The Himalayan peaks – Nandagunti (20,700 ft), Trishul (23,360 ft), Nanda Devi (25,645 ft), Changoch (20,714 ft) and Nandakot (21,690 ft) can be seen from here.
Simtola Eco park is a picnic spot 5 kms from Almora, from where one can view the beautiful mountains covered with pine and deodar trees.
18 kms away in th Almora-Ranikhet highway is the Katarmal Surya Temple, 9th Century is the second in importance after the Sun Temple of Konark in Orissa. The main temple facing the east is the tallest temple in Kumaon.
Nanda devi temple is in the town of Almora, above the mall road and is one of the sacred temples here. The temple traces back to 1000 years, and designed in Kumaoni architecture.