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Overview of Bageshwar
Bageshwar is home to many ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is found in the district with the same name - Bageshwar in Uttarakhand state. This is a holy town that is situated at the place where the sacred rivers of Sarayu and Gomti intersect. The town of Bageshwar is considered to be very holy by the Hindu devotees as they believe that this place is immensely blessed by Lord Shiva himself. Bageshwar is covered by the holy peaks of Bhileshwar and Nileshwar on its east and west and by Suraj Khund and Agni Kund on its north and south corners respectively.
History of Bageshwar
Bageshwar is the epitome of religious significance in the entire state of Uttarakhand. The mythological puranas of India have stressed that Bageshwar had the power to wash away the sins of the people who come here, which is why even today, millions of Hindu devotees come to the Bagnath temple every year. This temple that was constructed during 14th century by Lakshmi Chand is overcrowded during the festival of Shivarathri.
Bageshwar in the Uttarakhand state is at a height of 1004m or 3294 feet above sea level. It is located at 29.85 degrees towards the North and 79.77 degrees towards the East.
How to reach and local transport
Air- Pantnagar Airport, at a distance of 180km, is the nearest to Bageshwar.
Rail – Kathgodam Railway station, at a distance of 160km, is the nearest to Bageshwar.
Road – Bageshwar is well connected with the main districts of Uttarakhand like Pithoragarh, Chamoli, Almora, Champawat and many more and other neighbouring states by a frequent network of buses and taxis.
Local transport – Taxis, local buses and trekking are the local modes of transport available in Bageshwar.
Tourist attractions and things to do
Bagnath Temple is the main Lord Shiva shrine of Bageshwar. The other temples that are in the vicinity of this place are Chandika, Nileshwar, Gopeswhar, Ram Ghat, Shitla Devi, Hanuman, Trijugi Narayan, Kukuda Mai, Jwala Devi and Agni Kund. Loknath Ashram, Amitji Ashram and Radha Krishna temple, Veni Mahadev temple, Suraj Kund, Praktishwar Mahadev and Golu Temple are some of the other places nearby. Kanda and Pindari Glacier offer a brilliant view of the majestic Himalayas. Apart from trekking and pilgrimage, there are no major activities that tourists can do here.
Places to eat and local cuisine
Milan, Samrat, King Kong Dhaba, Mangal Sweets and Krishna Confectioners are some of the decent restaurants that are found in Bageshwar. Vegetarian food occupies dominance here. Burnt Roti, Dalma, Moong Dhal curry and Kulfi are the local delicacies here.
Places to stay
The KMVN Tourist Guest House is a 2-star accommodation option whereas ROSE Kanda is a single star hotel in Bageshwar. Both of these are budget accommodation that give tourists real value for their money.
STD, PIN code and Emergency contact numbers
The STD and PIN codes of Bageshwar are 05963 and 263679 respectively. Police, Fire and Ambulance services can be availed by dialling the 24/7 helpline numbers of 100, 101 and 102 respectively.
Banks, Hospitals and Tourist Office
State Bank of India
Bageshwar district, Uttarakhand – 263641, Ph: 05963 250012
1 - City Nursing Home
Bazpur Road, Kashipur, Bageshwar district, Ph: 05974 275165
2 - Arora Bone Hospital
Kichha US Nagar, Bageshwar district, Ph: 05944 264062
District Tourism Development Office of Bageshwar
Contact person – Mr. Rajendra Singh Airy (District Adventure Sports Officer),
Ph: 05963 221562, 09997305528