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Champawat

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Champawat Tourism

Champawat is an intrepid town in Champawat district, Uttrakhand. Perched 5,299 feet above the sea level, this quaint town of Champaran is a perfect composite of adventure, religion and history. The place holds historical and religious significance attracting many drifters and pilgrims throughout the year. As the legend goes, Lord Vishnu incarnated in his Kurma Avatar in this region.

Champawat, to many people, remains one of the least developed and least populated districts of Uttarakhand. The sacredness of Champawat was personified in quintessential temples and carvings dating back to the Chand Rule. A gripping journey of self-exploration and challenging terrain, Champawat is not your usual retreat. You'll be pushed to your physical and mental limits, because this place gives you a lot to explore, without having to deal with any over intrusive and money gobbling guides around.

Champawat is an exciting and adventurous getaway as well as a spiritual and religious site. With nature showering its bounty upon it, Champawat and its famous Bal Mithai never fail to overwhelm the visitors. 

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Things to Do in Champawat

Sightseeing: Some of the main attractions of this town are beautiful temples like Baleshwar Temple, Naganath Temple, Varahi Temple and Purnagiri Temple. The littoral of the Shyamlatal Lake preserves the profundity and calm of Swami Vivekananda in the Swami Vivekananda Ashram.

Trekking: Champawat offers the tourists to trek to Meetha Reetha Saheb, a Sikh pilgrimage site situated at the Sangam of Lodhiya and Ratiya rivers. Lohaghat, a town 14 kilometres away from Champawat, is considered to be an ideal trek, given the chance to witness the rich biodiversity of the area along with the tranquillizing effect of the Kumaon Himalayan range and several tributaries.

Suggested Itinerary for Champawat

While in Champawat, on the first day, you will want to tour around in the city and visit the Nagnath temple and the Gwal Devta Temple. Next day, you will want to head out of town. If not, then maybe tour around the city looking at the minor structures and the town in general. If you wish to spend the second day out of town, you can visit Ek Hathiya ka Naula and Kranteshwar Mahadev, about 6 km away from Champawat. On the third day, you'll have to pack your bags, and head way out and bid goodbye to Champawat and visit Banasur ka Kila in the morning, Reserve your afternoon and evening and possibly the next day to explore the culture and history heavy town of Lohaghat.

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FAQs on Champawat

What is famous about Champawat?

Exquisite view of the surroundings. Negligible pollution.

What is not so good about Champawat?

During the monsoons, the roads become slippery and landslides tend to occur. Lack of ATMs.

Who should visit Champawat?

Champawat is a destination suited for all kinds of tourists as it has almost everything ranging from pleasant climate, diverse wildlife and great trekking options. It can be visited by families, groups and couples.

What is the best time to visit Champawat?

Champawat can be visited all round the year except the monsoons. Champawat has your ideal tourist destination weather around the year, with a pleasant summer, and a soft winter, with temperatures rarely dipping below 4 degrees Celsius. The climate in Champawat can mostly be described as a sub tropical one, with a very wet monsoon. Summers are not too hot, and just right, varying from a minimum of 20 degrees to a maximum of 30 degrees Celcius. If you're travelling to Champawat in winter, you may want to carry moderately warm clothes, since the temperatures hit a high of 15 degrees Celcius and afternoons are sunny and warm, but the nights tend to get a bit nippy. The months of July, August and September should be avoided at all costs, since the heavy downpour make commuting in the area almost impossible.
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What is the local food in Champawat?

Champawat is a reflection of the usual Uttaranchali cuisine - easy to prepare, high on nutrients and prepared with local ingredients. Aloo-puri, Gauhat lentil and soup, chapattis made of mandua/ragi (finger millet).
While Champawat is a small town and not many eating out options are available, you can have the local delicacies in your own hotel. The people here are very hospitable, or at the smaller dhabas that you can spot on your journeys around the town.
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What is the best way to reach Champawat?

Owing to the high altitude and rough terrain, Champawat has limited connectivity and is well-connected to the rest of India road only. Regular bus services ply to and fro Champawat, connecting the site to major cities of the region such as Dehradun, Haridwar, Mussoorie, etc. There is no direct flight or rail connectivity. Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun is the nearest airport with multiple connections, around 408 km away from Champawat, while Kathgodam Junction is the nearest accessible railway station, approximately 180 km away.

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What are the things to do in Champawat?

The top things to do in Champawat are Banasur ka Kila, Baleshwar Temple, Lohaghat, Kranteshwar Mahadev Temple, Nagnath, ShyamLa Tal (Vivekananda Ashram). You can see all the places to visit in Champawat here

What are the places near Champawat?

The top places near to Champawat are Nainital which is 61 km from Champawat, Almora which is located 50 km from Champawat, Auli which is located 141 km from Champawat, Pithoragarh which is located 30 km from Champawat, Ranikhet which is located 72 km from Champawat

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Pallavi Siddhanta 2 years ago
- Carry ample woolens if you are planning on a winter trip.
- Travel costs may go high, since most of the tourist destinations are far off from the main town, carry extra cash. Not many ATMs are available around town.
- Carry a camera without fail, the views are exquisite.
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