Champawat is a district in Uttarakhand in Northern India. Champawat is situated at an altitude of around 1,610 metres above sea level. It was earlier part of Almora district before becoming an independent district on itself. Champawat is surrounded Pithoragarh district on the north, Nepal on the east, Udham Singh Nagar on the south and by Nainital districton the west. It derives its name from Champawati, Arjun Deo’s daughter. Important towns in Champawat district are Champawat, Tanakpur, Lohaghat and Banbasa.
Champawat has a wide variety of fauna and flora as almost 65 per cent of the district is covered with fauna and flora. Teak, Babool, Ecliptus, Sagon Bail and Jamun are some of the important trees found in the district. A large variety of minerals are ores are available in the hills of Champawat. Champawat is regarded as the place where Kurmavtar or the turtle incarnation of Lord Vishnu took place. Champawat is also noted as the home of the Champawat Tiger. It was formerly the capital of the rulers of Chand dynasty.
Prime Attractions of Champawat
Baleshwar Temple :
Nagnath Temple : This is yet another ancient temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple bear a tragic past as it was demolished by the invaders of Rohilla and Gorkha tribes, during 8th century. The temple proudly showcases a magnum doorway carved excellently. The edifice is a double-storied wooden structure that is the sole remnant now. The Nagnath temple is a brilliant specimen of the traditional Kumaoni temple architecture.
Reetha Sahib Gurudwara :
Lohaghat : is a very important historical as well as a mythological center in the region. Many ancient stories are associated with this place. The river Lohawati flows past Lohaghat making it a beautiful sight for the nature lovers. It is also a very popular excursion spot. It is at a distance of 62 kms from Pithoragarh and 14 kms from Champawat.
Tanakpur : is a town and a municipal board in Champawat district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Known in the northern part of India as the gateway for the Famous Purnagiri Temple (around 30 km from here), Tanakpur is a calm and small town located on riverside of Sarda River. It is located at the foothills and is the last plain area on the road to Kumaoun zone of Uttarakhand. It acts as a junction for the Kumaon District”s mountainous part. It is also the first point in the Kailash Manasarovar Pilgrimage. Gradually benefitting from the nationwide progress, Tanakpur is growing steadily into a buzzing town.
Vanasur-ka-Kila : This fort is situated at an elevation of 1859 mts., 7 kms. from Lohaghat and 20 kms. from Champawat. (Lohaghat to Karnakarayat is 6 kms. by bus and Karnakarayat to Vanasur-ka-Kila 1 km. by foot.
Purnagiri Temple: 15 km from tanakur. Well connected by bus and private taxis. Boom: a place near on the way to poornagiri, famous for its white sand beach/river bank where Pilgrims takes a holy dip in river Sharda. Banwasa: NHPC electricity plant.
Mayawati Ashram :
Ek Hathiya Ka Naula : It is a beautifully carved work on stone. Ek Hathiya ka Naula is situated 5km from Champawat and it was constructed in just one night by a one handed artisan.
Gwal Devta :
Kranteshwar Mahadev : This sacred shrine is situated on the top a hill to the east of Champawat. This place is also known as Kurmapad or Kandev.
Abott Mount : Situated at an elevation of 6500mts Abott Mount offers a peaceful and picturesque environment. The enchanting snow clad Himalayan peaks can be seen from Abott Mount. Abott Mount is located away from the city and there are only 13 secluded cottages spread over this hill. Abott Mount is situated in 24kms from Champawat.
Devidhura : It is situated 45km from Champawat offering the beauteousness of nature and its pristine beauty. There is a famous Varahi temple here which holds great importance amongst the localites. Devidhura is also an adventurous site for trekking. There is a unique tradition of Bagwal at this place (organised stone throwing between two groups) is practiced on the festival of Raksha Bandhan. The tale ‘Temple Tiger’ of the famous Jim Corbett is associated with the Devidhura temples.
Accommodations Hotels in Champawat
There are KMVN rest houses in Champawat where you can enjoy a comfortable stay at affordable prices. Akashdeep Hotel, Keshav Hotel, Baleshwar Resort and Mount View Hotel are also better places to stay in Champawat. There are other hotels and rest houses available at Champawat.
By Air: Naini Saini is the nearest airport to Champawat situated 78kms away in Pithoragarh. Taxis are easily available from the airport to Champawat and other popular destinations of Uttarakhand.
By Rail: Nearest railway station from Champawat is Tanakpur from where taxis and buses are easily available to Champawat. Champawat is situated 60km from Tanakpur.
By Road: Champawat district is very well connected by motorable roads from all the major towns of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state like Nainital, Pithoragarh, Udham Singh Nagar etc. Taxis and buses are easily available to Champawat from these destinations. Champawat is situated 386kms from Delhi, 155kms from Nainital, 76kms from Pithoragarh and 130kms from Almora.