Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : No entry fee
The only structure in the area said to have been constructed in the medieval time, Banasur ka Kila is about 20 km from Champawat, and about 7 km 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. Vanasur ka Kila is a must-do for lovers of mythology. It is believed to be the capital of demon Vanasur who faced his defeat at the hands of Lord Krishna.
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 km from Champawat and from Champawat to Karnakarayat which is about 6 km from Lohaghat, and then it's a kilometre long walk to Banasur ka Kila, best taken with a generous dose of tales from the inhabitants.
The qila or fort is indeed an ironically constructed relic, which is based on the name of a boon-bestowed Banasur, the man with the thousand arms; whereas the fort gives an air of disintegration and dilapidation. The Lohawati River also originates from this site and is located alongside the Bhowali Road. In fact, this fort is the perfect spot to watch the origins of the Lohaghati River and to revel in the beauty of nature as well as man's creations.
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