Champawat Travel Guide

Champawat is an important religious destination, it is said Vishnu, the Hindu God appeared here in the incarnation of a tortoise (Kurma Avatar). Also that Pandavas from Mahabharata spend some time of their 12-year exile in the town as well. The Chand Rulers who made Champawat their capital also constructed many temples here, which can be seen still in the town. The Baleshwar Temple, Nagnath Temple, and Kanteshwar Temple are some of the major tourist places in Champawat town. Apart from the temples, the town of Champawat flaunts greatly its natural beauty. It is believed that 65 percent of the entire district is covered in rich flora. Teak, Sagoon, Jamun, Babul are some of the trees that cover the forest areas in the district.

A rich fauna also inhabits the region around the main town. Champawat is ideal for a quiet holiday amidst the nature and sanctity of temples.

Expect to be mesmerized with the simplicity of the place and the unspoiled terrains. Champawat as a district is yet another gem of the crown called Uttarakhand. A holy seat and a nature lover's paradise, the district of Champawat is a lovely place for spending a holiday. One of the most popular places to see in the district is the Purnagiri Temple that is said to be an ideal pilgrimage place for Hindu devotees. The lovely towns of Lohaghat and Abbot Mount make for some great escape during the summer season.

Tour My India presents Champawat travel guide that can assist in planning an organized tour in the city. It is here complete information on places to visit, things to do and shop, places to eat and how to reach are articulately provided. Information on varied holiday packages in Champawat is also dissimilated so that one can pick out the best for himself.

Best time to visit Champawat

Champawat is a place to visit round the year. But the most favourable time is between March and June. When the temperature is not so high not so low and rain will not stop you from relishing any activity that town has in store for you.

  • Summer

    The temperature in Champawat in the summer season remains between 15 °C and 30 °C. This time of the year in Champawat is favourable for trekking and sightseeing tour.

  • Monsoon

    The monsoon season starts from July and ends in the month of September in Champawat. During this time, the place receives heavy rainfall that can sometimes lead to landslides and roadblocks. Therefore, it is advised to check the weather forecast before planning a trip during this season.

  • Winter

    Winters are chilly in Champawat with intermittent snowfall between December and February. The mercury also dips low from 4 °C to sub zero.

Top Tourist Attractions in Champawat

Champawat is a destination for both nature lovers and devotees. The place is dotted with a few temples and is of course adorned with the best of nature. It makes an incredible place for photography enthusiasts as some short treks can lead them to places with breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

  • Baleshwar Temple

    Baleshwar Temple is an ancient Shiva Temple located in the Champawat region of Uttarakhand. It is about 75 km from Pithoragarh and is one of the best specimens of Kumaoni architectures. Documented proof of the precise period of its formation has not been found yet, but it is believed to have been constructed between 10th and 12th century AD.

  • Ek Hathiya Ka Naula

    Ek Hathiya Ka Naula' actually means 'water reservoir of a one-handed man'. This Naula (water reservoir) is located at about 4km from Champawat. The stone structure around the reservoir displays excellent carvings. A legend associated with Ek Hathiya Ka Naula states that once an artisan, named Jagannath Mistri, got a temple built for a ruler of Chand dynasty.

  • Kranteshwar Mahadev Temple

    Kranteshwar Mahadev Temple is located 6 km to the east of Champawat town in Uttarakhand. The beautiful shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and lies at the top of a tall hill. Kranteshwar Mahadev Temple is also known as Kurmapad or Kandev among the locals.

  • Lohaghat

    Tucked away about 14 km from Champawat, Lohaghat is a lovely hill station to spend some wonderful time and reinvigorate. Mesmerized by its beauty, Mr. P. Barron, a European merchant and hunter, said, "Why go to Kashmir? If there is heaven in the world, so it's in Lohaghat."

  • Patal Rudreshwar

    Patal Rudreshwar is a 40 metres long and 18 metres wide naturally formed cave. It is believed that Lord Shiva meditated in the calm and undisturbed atmosphere of the cave. This holy cave came to be discovered when, it is said, Goddess Durga appeared in the dreams of one of the villagers and told him about the location of the blessed cave. Several saints and ascetics have sought this cave to meditate in order to seek salvation.

Where to Stay in Champawat?

Champawat has a handful of accommodations which offer decent services to their guests. There are a few hotels in the budget category that make sure to cater to all the basic needs of the tourists. For better accommodation facility, one can choose the nearby Lohaghat, which has a plethora of hotels in varied budget categories.

How to Reach Champawat?

Champawat is well connected to cities like Tanakpur and Haldwani by roadways and railways. The airport seems to be a bit far located in Pantnagar which is some 160 km away.

  • By Air

    The nearest airport to this place is the Pantnagar Airport which is 160 km from here. When you get down at Pantnagar which is in the Nainital District then you have to take a taxi to Champawat.

  • By Rail

    When coming by rail, you can get down at the Tanakpur Railway Station which is 60 km from Champawat and then from there you have to book a taxi or take a bus.

  • By Road

    Champawat is well-connected by road with Tanakpur and Haldwani from where state-run buses and taxis are available for it. The two cities have good road and rail connectivity with major cities and town of India.

Uttarakhand Travel Information at a Glance