Capital of the Kumaon Kingdom


Coordinates 29.33°N 80.10°E
Country India
State Uttarakhand
Division Kumaon
Districs Champawat
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Pin code
Vehicle registration UK-03
Avg. annual temperature 24.6°C(76.3°F)
Avg. summer temperature 32.1°C(89.8°F)
Avg. winter temperature 14.3°C(57.7°F)
Telephone code 91-05965
Local Language Kumaoni
Elevation 1615 m

Temples in Champawat

  • Kranteshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Ek Hathiya Ka Naula
  • Gwal Devta
  • Nagnath Temple
  • Chaumu Temple
  • Aditya Temple
  • Baleshwar Temple
  • Barahi Temple
  • Gurudwara Shri Reetha Sahib

Place To Visit In Champawat

  • Mayawati Ashram
  • Abbott Mount
  • Advaita Ashrama
  • Vivekananda Ashram Shyamla Tal
  • Banasur ka Kila
  • Mayawati Ashram



Welcome To Champawat

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Champawat City
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Bagwal Fastival Champawat
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Tea Fields Champawat
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Abbott Mount Charch Lohaghat Champawat
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Baleshwar Temple Champawat
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Champawat Culture
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Choliya Dance
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Grassland Champawat
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Man Eaters The Champawat Tiger
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Misty Mountains Of Champawat
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Stairs Farming Village Champawat
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Varansur Fort Of Lohaghat Above Karnkaryat Champawat

Champawat is a town and a Nagar Palika Parishad in Champawat district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is the administrative headquarters of Champawat district. The city was the former capital of the Kumaon Kingdom.
Champawat is believed to be the place where the Kurmavtar (the turtle incarnation of Lord Vishnu) took place.These days there is a temple which is called kranteshwar mandir which is dedicated to lord Shiva.
Champawat was formerly the capital of the Chand dynasty rulers of Kumaon. The Baleshwar Temple built by the Chand rulers in the 12th century is an excellent monument with marvelous stone carving works.
In Maurari (Banlekh) Village is a Famous Temple, Shaani Mandir (Manokamna Purn Mandir Kaula ). This Temple is near to Champawat, 10 km south of Main Market Champawat.


Due to its cooler temperatures Champawat is a popular conduit for tourists visiting Pithoragarh, Dharchula, Almora and other mountain towns. The long winding sealed roads leading up to Champawat through Tanakpur are a popular route for motorcycle enthusiasts. Champawat has multiple hotels and guesthouses for individuals visiting the town.

Places To Visit In Champawat

1-Banasur ka Kila -An ironically constructed relic, on the name of a boon bestowed Banasur, the man with a thousand arms, whereas the fort gives an air of amourous nature, and is the perfect spot to watch the origins of Lohaghati river. The only structure in the area said to have been constructed in the medieval time, Banasur ka Kila is about 20 kms from Champawat, and about 7kms from Lohaghat. What is interesting about this place, and similar to the Gwal Devta Temple is, that this is a place you visit for its legacy, than for its actual physical presence. Banasur ka Kila was constructed in the memory of Banasur, the eldest son of the mythologically famous King Bali, because he was assassinated here by Lord Krishna, when Banasur had tried to kill Krishna's grandson Aniruddha. To reach the fort, you must journey to Lohaghat, about 5 kms from Champawat and from Champawat to Karnakarayat which is about 6 kms from Lohaghat, and then it's a kilometer long walk to Banasur ka Kila, best taken with a generous dose of tales from the inhabitants.

2-Baleshwar TempleOne of the oldest temples in Champawat, Baleshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva was built around 10th century AD by the rulers of Chand Dynasty. Among the two temples in the campus, one is dedicated to Ratneshwar while the other is dedicated to Goddess Durga. An amazing example of architecture, the temple complex is mostly built of stone.

3-NagnathThe particular hilly towns of North India, worship Lord Shiva of the Hindu mythology as their chief deity. It is believed that Shiva is the conqueror of death, and delivers all his devotees from every possible trouble and makes their life peaceful and successful. A wooden carved double storey structure in the area that is also the oldest and the most well preserved shrine of Lord Shiva in Champawat. The Nagnath Temple, as said by the locals, worships Lord Shiva in his perpetual form of the wielder of the serpentine creatures, signifying his detachment to the world, but also his love for the outcast creatures. Nag, in English, is the Indian cobra, and Shiva is known to wear the snake around his neck and has a certain fondness for it. The Nagnath Temple was built by Guru Gorakhnath, a noted sage of the hills. Despite the destruction caused by the Rohilla and Gorkha tribes, the temple has been restored and sports a very intricately carved wooden doorway of the 18th century Kumaoni style architecture. Visit here, to breathe in the air of the old world and witness some exclusive Kumaoni style architecture.

4Gwal DevtaGwal Devta, more popularly known as Goll Devta or Goril Devta, is a deity of enormous significance in the area, and is known to deliver justice and instill faith in his populace as their ruler prince. However, he became a victim of his cruel stepmother's plans and was drowned in a river nearby, locked in an iron cage. His faithful people bullt the temple in his memory, and believe he still presides over the town and metts out justice to the helpless and the needy. The temple at Golchaurh receives quite a lot of pilgrims throughout the year and is held in high esteem by all devotees.

5-Ek Hathiya ka NaulaOne of those structures, that is known not only because of its uniqueness, but also for its creators. A single handedly carved architectural marvel, situated about 5 km away from Champawat, Ek Hathiya ka Naula is named so, because it was literally carved by an artisan who had only one hand, over the span of a single night. If you are a fan of collating information and knowing more about architecture that is set in a particular style or era, and more importantly, is different and stands out in terms of the artisans employed in creating the work, you should not miss Ek Hathiya ka Naula, and for once, talk to the locals who will give you a clearer insight into the history of the monument.

6-Shyama La TalSituated at an altitude of 1500 meters in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayas, Shyama La Tal is a beautiful lake town with umpteen amounts of greenery and freshness to it. Alongside the lake there is a Swami Vivekanand Ashram which is one of the highlights of the place and is a great for some meditation and self-exploration. The lake after which the place has been named is like a mirror to the sky reflecting its blue tint all over itself. Besides the lake there is an old ashram dedicated to Sri Vivekanand and managed by the Ramakrishna Mission. Sitting by the lake and staring in to the vast greenery and the Himalayan peaks one cannot help but be awestruck by the beauty of the place.

7-Kranteshwar Mahadev TempleIf you are fond of straying away from the usual mainstream tourist spots, you will choose Champawat. And if you're even more into the rustic exploration of the land where religion and spirituality culminate and originate for the rest of the country, you will visit Kranteshwar Mahadev. At a distance of about 6 kms from the district centre of Champawat, the temple is a small complex of stone made structures, and is locally known as the Kandev or Kurmapad. It is atop a hill at a height of 6000 meters, so you may want to be ready for a mini trek to it. What is more interesting, is the ever blooming red blossoms in the temple complex which provide a one of its kind visual treat. The panoramic view of the temple is simply majestic and worth your trip outside the town. it is the only picturesque temple of big religious significance in the locality perched on top of a hill, offering the most breathtaking sceneries.

8LohaghatLohaghat is an immensely popular town, about 14 km from Champawat, and is known for its extremely rich and unspoilt natural beauty and historical relevance. Lohaghat is a place that comes to its full natural maturity in summers, especially when, on the banks of the Lohaghati river, rhododendron blooms are in full strength. The Mayawati Ashram and the Abbot Mount here are places of extreme serenity, where spirituals around the world gather and meditate and celebrate the peaceful hillsides. Apart from this, the Bagwal fight carnival in Devidhura during Rakshabandhan, the river rafting in Pancheshwar and the ritha, or the soap nuts that grow around the Ritha Sahib Gurudwara are known widely for their sweetness. The Khadi Bazaar in Lohaghat is known in Uttarakhand for its variety of local handicrafts and woolens and is thronged by tourists aplenty.


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