Champawat is a town in Champawat district, Uttarakhand, India. Earlier this place was acted as capital of Chand dynasty rulers. It is also beautiful hill station in the Kumaon region in Himalayan Ranges. Architecture styles of the temples located in this town are so beautiful. For the devotees of Vishnu, this is the important pilgrim place. Most beautiful attractions of this place are clean flowing river, lush green landscape and Snow Clad Mountains. Trekking activity is also most popular at this place. Trekking trails from this town leads to Kanteshwar Manch, Purnagiri, Vyasthura, Vasanur, Lohaghat, Tanakpur, Pancheshwar.
What to see in Champawat:
Nagnath Temple: It is one of the oldest shrines of the town. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Traditional Kumaoni Architecture style can be seen on the temple. This was constructed of 18th century. Temple was partially destroyed during the invasion of Rohilla and Gorkha invaders.
Baleshwar Temple: It is one of the oldest temples of the town. This was constructed by Chand Dynasty Rulers. It is famous for carvings on its ceilings. Other structural features of this temple are so attractive.
Mayawati Ashram: Other name of this Ashram is Advaita Ashram. Every year thousands of visitors come to this place. Visitors can experience peaceful and calm atmosphere. It is the major publication centre for books prepared by Ramakrishna Mission.
What to see around Champawat:
Ek Hathiya Ka Naula: It is situated 4kms away from Champawat. People believe that this was built by one handed artisan in one night.
Kranteshwar Mahadev Temple: It is located 6kms away from Champawat. Lord Shiva is worshipped at this place. This place is popularly known as Kurmapad and Kandev.
Abbott Mount: This was discovered by the Birtish officer John Abbott. Best Scenic view of surrounding places is possible from Abbott Mount. It is located 18kms away from Champawat.
Lohaghat: It is located 14kms away from Champawat. This is situated on the banks of Lohawati River. This place is known for Burans Flowers. These flowers blossom during the summer season.
Pancheshwar: It is located 49kms away from Champawat. Chaumu Temple is the major attraction of this place. In this temple, local inhabitants worship the Jaat of Chaumu.
Devidhura: It is located 56kms away from Champawat. This is one of the oldest towns of India. Major attractions of this place are deodar trees and Oak trees. Barahi Temple is one of the major attractions of this place. Raksha Bandhan celebrates so grandly at this place.
Barani Temple: It is located 58kms away from Champawat. Goddess Barahi is worshipped here. Huge stones can be seen at this place. These are used by Pandavas as balls to play games.
Banasur Ka Kila: It is located 20kms away from Champawat. This was constructed during the medieval age. People belive that this was built after Banasur. He was the eldest son of King Bali. This is the origin place of Lohawati River.
Getting to Champawat: Champawat is well connected with road. Both state run buses and private buses come to this place. From Haldwani, Tanakpur, Pithoragarh, Nainital etc buses come to this place. Nearest railway station is located at Tanakpur which is located 75kms away from the town. Major railway head is located at Kathgodam which is located 130kms away from Champawat. Plenty of taxis available to reach Champawat from Kathgodam. Nearest airport is located at Pantnagar which is located 155 kms away from Champawat.
Getting around Champawat: Best way to explore the town is on foot as it is very small. Taxis and buses are available to visit the surrounding places of Champawat.
Best time to visit Champawat: Best time to visit Champawat is October to March. Best avoiding time to visit this place is between July and September.
Where to stay in Champawat: Only limited accommodation are available to stay in Champawat. Along with budget and midrange hotels, few resorts are available to stay. Luxury hotels or resorts are not available.
Where to eat in Champawat: Only limited eateries are available to eat in Champawat. Hotels are having In-house restaurants. This is the best option to have food. Both Chinese and North Indian Cuisines are available.