Champawat District

Champawat the smallest district of Uttarakhand, is a popular tourism destination with gasconade historical significance, nature thunders, pilgrimage locations, and various outdoor activities. The district headquarter of Champawat is Quaint. The pages of history describe, this town was the capital of Chand Rulers and preserves ancient fortress of centuries ago.

Except for its historical importance, this place is also very famous for the beautiful architecture and engravings on the temples, Baleshwar Mahadev is on eating them. Champawat is a beautiful town with blown landscapes and terraced fields, which covers the valley. Champawat offers the tourists virtually everything they expect from nature, ranging from pleasant climate to varied wildlife and good places and treks. Lofty Himalayan Peaks offers heart-touching views and many plenties of things to do in Champawat.

According to the mythological legends, that Lord Visnu appeared here as ‘Kurma Avtar'(the tortoise). The story of Golu Devta is also associated with Gorilla Chaur of Champawat. Jim Corbett the famous hunter came here in the 1st decade of the 20th century to hunt for man-eating tigers. His first book, “Man-eaters of Kumaon” is related to Champawat district.


champawat district
Champawat District

Stats of Champawat District

District Headquarters: Champawat
Population of Champawat: 2,59,315
Literacy Rate: 71.11%
Languages are spoken in Champawat: Kumaoni, Hindi
Area: 1781 sq Km
Altitude: 1610 m
Best Season to visit Champawat: Throughout the year

Top 10 Best Places to Visit in Champawat


Baleshwar Temple: The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was built by Chand Rulers. Baleshwar Temple is a marvelous symbol of stone engraving work. There isn’t any historical calligraphy that dates to the Baleshwar Temple. It is believed that the temple was built between the 10-12th century A.D. Baleshwar Temple Photos.

Ek Hathiya Ka Naula: 5Km from the main Champawat city and it is believed that it was constructed in just one night by the one-handed artisan.

Nagnath Temple: Another excellent example of the ancient architecture of Kumaon.

Lohaghat: It is a historical town 14 Km from Champawat, set on the banks of River Lohawati, and is noted for its natural beauty and mythological legends.

Abbot Mount: This beautiful city is just 8Km from Champawat city, offers a peaceful and secret holiday time. It offers a blown view of Himalayan peaks.

Mayawati Ashram(9 Km): The Ashram amidst scenic surroundings attracts a large number of spirituals from all over the country and world. Swami Vivekanand decided to shift the publication office of “Prabuddh Bharat” from Madras to Mayawati when they visit Almora in 1898.

Kranteshwar Mahadev: The sacred shrine on top of a hill to the east of Champawat is known as Kandev or Kurmapad.

Devidhura(45 Km): The entrancing site is known for the Varahi Temple, where a unique tradition of Bagwal(stone-throwing between two groups of peoples) is practiced on Raksha Bandhan. Jim Corbett’s book tale “Temple Tiger” is associated with the Devidhura temples. An excellent site for trekking. Know more about Devidhura.

Vanasur Ka Kila(7 Km): This fort was built during medieval times is said to be associated with the legendary Vanasur, who was killed here. The Lohawati River originates nearby the fort.

Shyamlatal: 56 Km from Champawat city and is famous for Swami Vivekanand Ashram on the bank of the beautiful Shyamlatal Lake. The bluish water of the lake sprawls over an area of 1.5 sq. Km.


How to Reach Champawat – Travel Guide Champawat


By Road: Champawat district is well connected to all the national highways and other branched roads of Uttarakhand. 

Road Routes from Champawat

Champawat to Nainital – 233 Kms,
Champawat to 193 Kms, 
Champawat to Pithoragarh – 75 Kms, 
Champawat to Tanakpur – 75 Kms

By Train: Nearest railway station for Champawat is Tanakpur(75 Kms)

By Air: The nearest airport for Champawat is Naini-Saini, which is in Pithoragarh(72 Kms). The nearest operational airport is at Pantnagar at Udham Singh Nagar

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