Champawat, for many, remains one of the least known, explored, populated and developed districts of Uttarakhand. Since long, the prognosis has passed that it is one of the most inconvenient places to holiday in, for any traveler. What many people fail to understand about Champawat is how it is not a usual holidaying spot and how it differs from other Uttaranchali tourist spots. This place is about crudeness, with a major missing of guides who will push brochures, handbills hard into your face.
A fascinating journey to testing terrain and self exploration, Champawat is a rare retreat. The place is already set to challenge oneâ€™s physical and mental limits. The alluring region has in store a lot to explore, without having to handle any over obtrusive and money gulping guides around.
Here, youâ€™ll find the sculpted, the augmented, the embellished temples and riverside tourist spots. Sure, an adventure like Champawat will leave you with a blush in your cheeks and a gush in your heart.
It is a place rich in cultural heritage that are still practiced like the same vigor and zeal as from in 10th century. One of the easternmost town of Uttarakhand states, having large variety of fauna and flora (65%) it is perched at 1,670mts above sea level.
Some of the medicinal quality possessing trees found here includesâ€” Sagon, Babool, Eucalyptus, Teak, Bail and Jamun. A wide collecting of different types of ores and minerals are available in the hills of Champawat.
Champawat Tourism includes local Sightseeing, adventure activities and kidâ€™s attractions.
What you can do at Champawat Tourism?
Champawat Adventure Activities
Standing at the banks of the popular Mahakali River in Kumaon, the Pancheshwar fishing recoil is an unusual terminus that assures unmatched experiences for 'anglers', 'rafters', bird viewers and adventure admirers. Pancheshwar is a calm greenery place at the foothills of India and Nepal border, near Lohaghat in Champawat district in Uttarakhand.
One of the most loved air activities for adventure seekers, Champawat offers a place in sky to make playground. This exciting sport made name for itself during 1980s and since allows gliding high in the air.
With their massive open areas, above the snowline, the Kumaon and Garhwal hills of Uttarakhand, renders a profusion of ski settings. For a vivacious skier, cross - country runs of 10-20 km are now available, with a trump card of fresh powder snow.
About voyage on River Sarda while asking for River Mahakali rafting, as the two names mean the same river; and both are actually the names of MAA Kali, whose temple is situated in Kalapaani, on the border of India and Nepal, offers an unforgettable experience of the sport in the district.
Steering across the exuberant green lands, pristine fields, and remote villages woodlands is The Pithoragarh Sin La Trek further linking Bidang in Darma Valley to Jolingkong Lake in the Kuthi Yankti valley.
Champawat Kids Attractions
Ek Hathiya Ka Naula which is based at a distance of 5 kms from Champawat is a spectacular carving created on the stone within a span of 1 night by a one handed artisan.
Places to Visit in Champawat
Banasur Ka kila (Fort of Banasur)
15 km far from Champawat, and 4 km from lohaghat, on a ridge at the passageway of the valley is perched at a height of 1920 metersâ€” Banasur Fort.
Devoted to MAA Kali, the spot is a panoramic. The picturesque views of the snow draped Himalayan peaks from here are like a health-giving tonic. It is 5kms far from champawat district.
If history is believed, Lord Shiva used to meditate at this serene cave. Presently many monks meditate in this cave to attain salvation. The cave was discovered in the year 1993 when Goddess Durga came into the dream of a local boy and assisted him with the location of Patal Rudreshwar. It has a length of about 40 mts and width of 18mts.
Meetha Reetha Sahib
72kms far from Champawat, Reetha Sahib Gurudwara is a significant Sikh pilgrim centre.
One of the famous destination situated 13kms from Champawat at an elevation of 1745mts above sea level, Lohaghat bears immense mythological and historical momentousness.
Located at the backdrop of the high Himalayan Mountains, 58 km from Lohaghat is an old townâ€” Devidhura which collides with the 3 districts of Champawat, Pithoragarh and Almora . The destination is full of dense forests of deodar & oak trees.
Roosted at an elevation of 3000 m above the main sea level rests a town Punagiri. It is 20 km far from Tanakpur and 92 km from the Champawat district headquarters. The tourist spot became popular for a festival held during Chaitra Navratri between March and April.
Also called the Advaita Ashram, this ashram is settled 22km from Champawat. Round the year it attracts a large numbers of tourists from India and abroad in search of redemption and finding way to a divine life.
Built by the rulers of Chand Dynasty in the 16th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the most eloquently erected temple of Kumaon region with precise and unique stone
Various other temples of religious importance includes:-
- Nagnath Temple
- Chaumu Temple
- Barahi Temple
- Gwal Devta
- Aditiya Temple
HOW TO REACH CHAMPAWAT
There are regular flights to Dehradun Airport(DED), instead of Champawat. It is the nearest air base to Champawat at a distance of 223 km away.
The other is Amausi Airport (LKO), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh which is 290 km away from Champawat.
The Nearest train station is Tanakpur (TPU), Uttarakhand, which is 30kms away from Champawat. Other is Banbasa (BNSA), Banbasa, Uttarakhand, 38kms away from Champawat. There are no systematic trains from other major cities to Champawat on regular basis.
Champawat is well connected to major cities of the country on regular buses, with base Bus Station(s) itself at Champawat.