Champawat is one of the 13 districts of Uttarakhand state covering an area of 1613sqkms. Earlier Champawat was only the tehsil of Pithoragrh district but in was constituted as state district on 15th September 1997. The district is named after King Arjun Deo’s daughter Champawati. According to myths and legends Champawat is the place where the turtle incarnation ‘Kurmavatar’ of Lord Vishnu took place. Champawat is also famous for its man eating tiger on which the famous book of Jim Corbett ‘Man eater of Kumaon’ is based. Champawat was the Capital of Chand Dynasty in the 16th Century and the famous and artistically crafted Baleshwar Temple was built here during this period. Champawat is situated at an elevation of 1615mts above sea level offering panoramic scenery. Champawat is the home of numerous temples like Karanteshwar, Sun Temple, Narsing Danda, Hidimba Ghatotkach Temple, Hingla Devi and Maneshwar. The topography of Champawat varies from terai areas to high mountains, valleys and uneven landscapes. The climate of the Champawat region also varies as per regions; it is cold in the hills and the temperature is hot in the terai regions relatively. The place is rich in varied flora and fauna and also an ideal spot for bird watching.
Location of Champawat
Champawat is surrounded by Nepal on the east and is covered by four districts of Kumaon region. Pithoragarh, Almora, Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar are the districts connected with Champawat. Champawat is situated at an elevation of 1615mts above sea level covering an area of 1613sqkms. Champawat is located 386kms from Delhi which can be covered in 11 to 12 hour drive.
Places to see in Champawat
Baleshwar Temple: Baleshwar temple was built by the rulers of Chand Dynasty in the 16th century. The deity of the Baleshwar temple is Lord Shiva. Baleshwar Temple is one of the most artistic temple of Kumaon region with innovative and precise stone carving work.
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.
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.
Lohaghat: Lohaghat is a popular destination in the Kumaon region situated 14km from Champawat at an elevation of 1645mts above sea level. Lohaghat holds great historical and mythological importance and it is situated on the banks of Lohawati River. During summers the area is covered with ‘Burans’ Rhododendron, the state flower of Uttarakhand.
Abbot 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.
Shyamlatal: It is beautiful lake situated 56km from Champawat at an astounding elevation of 1500mts above sea level. There is a Swami Vivekananda Ashram on the banks of this emerald lake. The lake is spread over an area of 1.5sqkms. The famous Jhula Fair of Kumaon region is held at this place. The ruins of the Chand Dynasty can still be seen at Shyamla Tal.
Nainital: Nainital is a district named after an emerald eye shaped lake situated in the Kumaon region at an elevation of 1938mts above sea level. Nainital is one of the 13 districts of Uttarakhand state. Nainital is given the epithet of “Lake District” because it dotted with five lakes Nainital, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Khurpatal, Sattal. During night it feels like there’s a city underneath the stagnant water of Nainital. The perimeter of Nainital is approximately 3.5kms.
Pithoragarh: Pithoragarh is situated 76kms from Champawat and it is also one of the 13 districts of Uttarakhand state. The altitude of Pithoragarh is 1515mts above sea level. The valley where Pithoragarh town lies is very similar to Kashmir Valley. Pithoragarh district is connected with Nepal in the east and Tibet on the north. Pithoragarh is fampous for its trekking excursions as there are numerous glaciers in this district. Pithoragarh affords the celestial beauty of nature and lakhs of tourists and adventure lovers visit this place throughout the year.
What to do in Champawat
Enhance your photography skills by capturing the pictures of mountains, fields, villages and villagers. Explore the pastoral life of the villages of Champawat and travel to its nearby places and popular ancient temples.
Accomodations 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.
Best time to visit Champawat
Champawat is visited by tourists throughout the year. Champawat can be visited any month of the year to enjoy the scenic splendors of nature.
How to reach 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.
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, Almora, 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.