CHAMPAWAT TRAVEL GUIDE
Champawat, situated at an elevation of 1670 metres above sea level, is a town and a district in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India. It used to be the capital of Kumaon kingdom.
The whole district of Champawat is well-known for its important ancient temples, including the Baleshwar temple, Kranteshwar temple and the Nagnath temple. These temples are known for their remarkable architecture.
Who Should Visit Champawat:
Champawat is known for its pleasant weather and temples. It has pleasant summers and in winters there is no heavy snowfall. This is what makes it a perfect destination for people who want a quiet getaway in the lap of the nature. it is a bliss for travellers who do not like crowded places.
According to the legend, Champawat is the place where the Kurmavatar (the turtle incarnation) of God Vishnu came into the Earth.
Another legend states that after the death of Ghatotkacha (son of Bhima and Hidimba) in the war of Mahabharata, his head fell here. There is a temple called Gahtku mandir, which is dedicated to Ghatotkacha.
Champawat was once ruled by the Chand rulers of Kumaon. It was the capital of Chand dynasty.
The Baleshwar temple was built in the 12th century by the Chand kings. Baleshwar, Poornagiri, Devidhura and Pancheshwar temple are few architectural temples which were built by Chand kings.
Bagwal Fair of Devidhura:
Bagwal is type of traditional and cultural fight played between different people from different villages in Devidhura temple. These groups are known as “Khams” in local language. These Khams are: Lamgariya Kham, Valig kham, Chamyal Kham and Garahwal Kham. After each kham has done the parikrama of the temple, they go to each diferent corner of the field with sicks and stones. They do not stop until they hear the soound of the Shankh. After the Fight ends, fighters of each Kham hug each other.
Places To Visit :
Champawat District Stats:
District Headquarters: Champawat
The Geographical area: 1,766 km2
Coordinates: 29.3361° N, 80.0910° E
Total Population in 2011: 259,648
Literacy rate: 91.69%
Altitude: 1,610 meters
Language: Hindi, Kumaoni
Summer temperature: 30°C to 20°C
Winter temperature: 15°C to 4°C
How to Reach:
The closest airport to Champawat is Pantnagar Airport, which is 160 kms away. Pant Nagar Airport is well connected with this place. Another option is Naini Saini Airport, Pithoragarh but flights are not rugular here.
The nearest railway station to Champawat is Tanakpur at a distance of 60 kms from Champawat. Taxis and buses are easily available from Tanakpur to this place..
Champawat is well connected with major cities of Uttarakhand and Delhi. Buses from ISBT Anand Vihar and ISBT Dehradun are available to this place.