(Last Updated on : 30/06/2010)
Tourism in Champawat District will include visits to several places of religious as well as historical interest. Champawat District is mainly known for its scenic beauty and this aspect enhances the charm of travelling. There are few ancient forts that offer the visitors a glimpse of the rich history associated with the district. Some of the major tourist attractions of Champawat District are as follows.
Pilgrimage Tourism in Champawat District
It is located at a distance of 72 kms from Champawat. Guru Nanak
is said to have visited this place and have had spiritual discussions with Gorakhpanthi Jogis. The Gurudwara was constructed in 1960 at the confluence of Lodhiya and Ratiya rivers, near village Deyuri. A fair is held at the Gurudwara on Baisakhi Purnima.
At distance of 45 kms from Lohaghat, Devidhura is famous for its Barahi temples. A very unusual fair, which attracts people from distant places, is held every year at the temple of Barahi Devi on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan
. During this festival, known as Bagwal, two groups of dancing and singing people throw stones at each other, while they try to protect themselves with the help of large wooden shields. The famous hunter, Jim Corbett's tale 'Temple Tiger' is associated with the Devidhura temples. Devidhura is situated amidst tall deodar and oak trees surrounded by beautiful native flora and fauna. This is a wonderful place for trekking.
Purnagiri is 20 kms from Tanakpur, 171 kms from Pithoragarh
and 92 kms from Champawat. Purnagiri temple is visited throughout the year by large number of devotees from all parts of the country, particularly during Chaitra Navratri in the month of March and April. The surrounding valleys echo with the holy chants of the devotees climbing up to the top for darshan, creating an atmosphere of spirituality. From Purnagiri, also known as Punyagiri, Kali River
descends into the plains and is known as Sharda.
22 km from Champawat and 9 km from Lohaghat, this ashram is situated at an altitude of 1940 metres. Mayawati shot into prominence after the establishment of Advait Ashram here. The ashram attracts followers across the country as well as abroad. Amid an old tea Estate, is the Advait Ashram of Mayawati. During his third visit to Almora
in 1898, Swami Vivekananda
decided to shift the publication office of 'Prabuddh Bharat' to Mayawati. The only presence that has become a part of the peace and solitude of Mayawati is that of the mighty Himalaya in its entire splendor. There is also a library and a small museum at Mayawati.
40 kms from Lohaghat at the confluence of river Kali and Saryu, Pancheshwar is famous for the temple of Chaumu, its fair and a dip at the confluence is considered to be very sacred. The temple at Pancheshwar is devoted to Lord Shiva
Leisure Tourism in Champawat District
Vanasur Ka Kila:
This is a fort at an elevation of 1859 metres, 7 kms from Lohaghat and 20 kms from Champawat. The names of Shonitpur and Lohawati are linked with the myth about the assassination of Vanasur at this place. The fort seems to be a construction belonging to the middle ages, but the story of Vanasur was probably associated with the spot even before the construction of the fort. Lohawati River originates near this place.
Nature Tourism in Champawat District
Lohaghat, which is situated on the bank of river Lohawati, is a centre of historical and mythological importance. Further, in summer season, Lohaghat is full of Burans flowers, which are worth seeing.
Shyamlatal is 132 kms from Pithoragarh and 56 kms from Champawat. Swami Vivekananda Ashram is located here at the bank of the lake. The blue coloured lake of Shyamlatal is spread over an area of about one and a half sq km. This place has some ruins dating back to the days of the early Chand rulers and others which were associated with the Pandavas
. Shyamlatal is also famous for its Jhula fair. Different varieties of roses also attract the travellers here.
Abbot Mount is situated amidst a thick forest of oak and deodar and is one of the main tourist attractions of Champawat District. From Abbot Mount one gets a breathtaking view of the Himalayan peaks.
These are some of the main attractions of Champawat District that are worth exploring. With these tourist interest places and amazing scenic beauty, Champawat District holds a prominent position in the tourist map of the country.