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Overview of Champawat
Champawat district in Uttarakhand state stands tall at 1610m above sea level and is home to many interesting tourist spots. When the Chand Rulers reigned control over the Kumaon region, they chose Champawat as their first capital. This is one of the most cultural districts of the state as it is deep rooted in culture and traditions. The tribal community people who live here celebrate the festivals with the same fervour and joy as they did during the 10th century. Champawat, which was earlier an important part of Chand dynasty, is now home to a few ancient temples. Kurma, the turtle avatar of Lord Vishnu and one of the ten Avatars of the Lord is believed to have happened here. This place is believed to contain around 65 different species of plants and trees.
History of the place
King Arjun Deo was an important ruler in the Chand dynasty. He had a daughter named Champawati. The district is named after this princess. She was the celebrated little sister of the Nag kings and the site where she used to pray in the olden days, is where a Baleshwar temple is situated today. Champawat, which was known as Chamapwatpuri in the days of Chand rulers, was the capital of these Nag Kings and continued to thrive under their rule. According to the epic of Mahabharata, the five Pandav kings remained in Champawat for a while during their 12-year exile period. The world-renowned Champawat tiger is from here.
Champawat a big town and capital of Champawat district in Uttarakhand state has a height of 1610m above sea level. It is located at 29.33 degrees towards the North and 80.10 degrees towards the East.
How to reach and local transport
Air – Pantnagar Airport is the closest to Champawat at a distance of 160km.
Rail – Tanakpur railway station, at a distance of 60km, is the nearest to Champawat.
Road – There are lots of luxurious and normal buses that are operated by the Delhi and Uttarakhand Governments and other private operators to
Champawat from other main cities of Uttarakhand and the national capital of Delhi. Taxis are available to Champawat town from the airport and railway station on a frequent basis.
Local transport – Local buses and rental taxis are available for getting around the Champawat town.
Tourist Attractions and things to do
Baleshwar temple, Kranteshwar Mahadev and Patal Rudreshwar are some of the famous temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in Champawat. In addition to this, some of the must-see places are EK Hathiya Ka Naula (intricate stone-work that was completed in a night’s time by a sculptor who had just one hand), Meetha Reetha Sahib (Gurudwara) and Lohaghat. Tourists can indulge in trekking and paragliding activities during their trip to Champawat.
Places to eat and local cuisine
Tripti Restaurant is one of the most recommended restaurants in Champawat. Situated close to Baleshwar temple, this hotel serves excellent South Indian and international cuisine like Chinese, Continental and Thai, in addition to the authentic North Indian delicacies of Roti, Dal, Dalma and chaas.
Places to stay
KMVN Tourist Rest House is one of the budget accommodation facilities available in the district of Champawat. The other great place to stay is the Cedar Valley which is a 2-star resort in Champawat.
STD,PIN code and Emergency contact
The STD and PIN codes of Champawat are 05965 and 262523 respectively. The helpline numbers that are applicable across India for Police (100), Fire (101) and Ambulance (102) apply to Champawat as well.
Banks, Hospitals and Tourist Office
State Bank of India
Champawat district, Uttarakhand – 262523, Ph: 05965 230024
Tanakpur, Champawat Head Office, Champawat district – 262523, Ph: 05965 265499
Mayavati Charitable Hospital,
Mayavati Post Office, Through Lohaghat, Champawat – 262524, Ph: 05965 234234.
District Tourism Development Office of Champawat
Contact person – Mr. SS Yadav (Assistant Tourism Officer),
Ph: 05965 230866, 09412998518