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Champawat

City : Champawat
Location : North India
Language : Kumaoni, Hindi and English



Know About Champawat


Originally the capital of Chand Raja of Kumaon, Champawat situates 1,615 m above sea level. It was at Champawat that Lord Vishnu is said to have appeared in Kurmavatar hence Kumaon came to be known as Kurmanchal. Temples of Baleshwar, Champadari, Ratneshwar, Durga and a small fort deck the city. Champawat is famous for historical and archaeological splendour.

Champawat is a far-familiar historical spot that is popularly known for its temples and mesmerizing architecture. Champawat is a town situated in the district of Champawat in the state of Uttarkhand in India. Champawat is a place which is conceived to an abode, a place where Kurmavtar came about. Moreover, Champawat is the former capital of the Chand rulers. The Baleshwar temple was constructed by the Chand rulers during the sixteenth century. This temple is an outstanding monument, which is popularly known for its sculpture and statuette work. Most of the tourist make their visit to Champawat and foresee the mesmerizing beauty of the temple.



History


Champawat once been the capital of the Chand Dynasty is a historical place of Kumaon. Besides its historical importance, its very famous for the beautiful architecture and carvings on the temples, Baleshwar Temple being one of them. Champawat is a beautiful town with breathtaking landscapes and terraced fields, which cover the valley. A river snakes past these landscapes and fields forming a beautiful picture. Champawat offers the tourists with virtually everything they expect from nature, ranging from pleasant climate to varied wildlife and good places to trek.

Champawat district nurtures many other places of historical, cultural and religious importance. Devidhura, Pancheshwar, Poornagiri, and Baleshwar temple are a few to name.

Champawat is well connected by road with other parts of Kumaon. Hotels and Dharamshalas are available for night stay at Champawat.

 

Attraction

Champawat
Champawat is a far-familiar historical spot that is popularly known for its temples and mesmerizing architecture. Champawat is a town situated in the district of Champawat in the state of Uttarkhand in India. Champawat is a place which is conceived to an abode, a place where Kurmavtar came about. Moreover, Champawat is the former capital of the Chand rulers. The Baleshwar temple was constructed by the Chand rulers during the sixteenth century. This temple is an outstanding monument, which is popularly known for its sculpture and statuette work. Most of the tourist make their visit to Champawat and foresee the mesmerizing beauty of the temple.

Fishing
One of the most exciting attractions while taking a trip to Abbott mount is fishing. Fishing here at Mahaseers will be a classy exciting spot but fishing here will be greatly tricky to catch. The minor four to six pounders are simpler to fish lure. Right from the beginning of March to the outset of the Monsoons, a few of the most excellent Mahaseer fishing in India will be set up the Kali River in Rameshwar and Pancheshwar. People visiting the place can have great fun and spend a good time in fishing with their lure. Due to this classy attraction, tourists make their visit to the place during their trip.


Lohaghat
Lohaghat is a town which is situated some 14 kilometers away from Champawat, Uttarkhand, India. This town is greatly familiar for its historical and mythological values. Posed at an altitude of 5,597 feet beyond the sea level, the town covers an area of 4.5 square kilometer. It is placed on the banks of the river Lohawati. Visitors can enjoy the pleasant smell and odor of the burans flowers, when they take a trip during summer. Here people speak Hindi, Kumaoni, and English, so tourists can easily communicate to meet their needs. This place will be really exciting and enjoyable to visit, as the landscape is dearly beautiful.

Baleshwar Temple
Baleshwar temple is dedicated to lord Shiva. It was built by the Chand rulers. Baleshwar Temple is a marvelous symbol of stone carving work. There isn't any historical manuscript that dates the Baleshwar temple, however it is believed to be built between 10 - 12 century A.D. Baleshwar Temple Photos

Nagnath Temple
It is another excellent example of ancient architecture of Kumaon.

Ek Hathiya Ka Naula
It is 5 kms from Champawat and is believed to have been constructed in just one night by the one handed artisan.

Kranteshwar Mahadev
The sacred shrine atop a hill to the east of Champawat is also called as Kurmapad or Kandev.

Around Lohaghat
Mayawati Ashram (9 kms)
The ashram amidst scenic surroundings attracts large number spiritualists from all over the world. Swami Vivekanand decided to shift the publication office of 'Prabuddh Bharat' from Madras to Mayawati during his visit to Almora in 1898.

Abbot Mount (8 kms)
The beautiful site offers a peaceful and secluded holidays. It affords breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks.

Devidhura (45 kms)
The charming site is known for the Varahi temple, where a unique tradition of Bagwal (organised stone throwing between two groups) is practiced on Raksha Bandhan. Jim Corbett's tale 'Temple Tiger' is associated with the Devidhura temples. It is also an excellent site for trekking. More about Devidhura

Pancheshwar (40 kms)
It is located at the confluence of river Kali and Saryu on the Nepal border. Pancheshwar is famous for the Shiva temple of Pancheshwar, where Jaat of Chaumu is worshipped as protector of animals. Large number of devotees visit the shrine during the fair and take a dip at the holy confluence. The region affords excellent views of the Himalayan grandeur and has fine trails and treks for adventure seekers.

Vanasur-Ka-Kila (7 kms)
This fort built during the medieval times is said to be associated with legendary Vanasur, who was assassinated here. The Lohawati river originates nearby.

Meetha Reetha Saheb
This important Sikh pilgrim centre is 72 kms from Champawat. It is said that Guru Nanak, the first Guru of the Sikhs came here and had spiritual discussions with Gorakhpanthi Jogis. The Gurudwara here stands at the confluence of Lodhiya and Ratiya rivers, near village Deyuri. There are trees of Reetha (Sapindus emarginatus) in the Gurudwara premises, which according to legends have become sweet due to the miraculous touch of the Guru. Adjoining the gurudwara is the temple of Dhernath. A fair is held here on 'Baisakh Poornima'.

Purnagiri Temple
The sacred shrine atop the Poornagiri hill is 20 kms from Tanakpur and 92 kms from Champawat. Large number of devotees visit the shrine from all over the country, especially during the Chaitra Navratri in the month of March - April. The area reverberates with the holy chants of devotees climbing the hill. River Kali flows from here and is known as Sharda in the plains. A motorable road is built upto Thuligarh, which is 14 kms from Tanakpur. From Thuligarh one has to trek upto the temple. The temple affords awe-inspiring views of the expanse of river Kali, its islands, the township of Tanakpur and a few Nepali villages.

Shyamlatal
It is 56 kms from Champawat and is famous for the Swami Vivekanand Ashram on the banks of the beautiful Shyamlatal lake. The blue waters of the lake sprawl over an area of 1.5 sq. kms There are also some ruins dating back to early Chand rulers and some of them are even associated with the legendary Pandavas. The Jhula fair held here is also very popular.

 

 

How to reach Champawat

By Air
The nearest airport for Champawat is Naini Saini, Pithoragarh (80 kms). However, the nearest operational airport is at Pantnagar, Udham Singh Nagar.

By Rail
Nearest rail head for Champawat is Tanakpur at a distance of 75 kms

By Road
Champawat is well connected by road. Nainital (233 kms), Haldwani (193 kms), Pithoragarh (75 kms) and Tanakpur (75 kms)