Bageshwar

  • District: Bageshwar
  • Famous for/as: Temples
  • Languages: Hindi, English
  • Best Season: Oct–May
  • Weather: Summer 30 to 40°C,Winter: 10 to 22°C
  • Altitude: 1004 m
  • Pincode: 263642
  • STD code: 05963

Nestled amidst misty hills, located at the confluence of the Gomti and Saryu rivers, at a height of 960 m above sea level lies the holy town of Bageshwar. This 1695.7 sq. km. land of ‘Sadashiva’ has attracted saints and devotees through ages. As described in the ‘Puranas’, this is the ultimate place that liberates one from the bondage of birth and death.

The temple of Baghnath (Lord Shiva), situated here is venerated by one and all. Devotees gather here on ‘Shivratri fair’ to worship the lord.Apart from its religious sanctity, Bageshwar is also a trekker’s paradise. Adi Shankaracharya, who trekked in the Himalayas in the 8th century A.D., was a pioneer who opened trekking routes in this part of India. The mountain adventure season which till recently was confined to the summer months in this region, now covers almost the full year including winters. Bageshwar is the entry point to the most popular trekking routes like Pindari, Kafni and Sunderdunga Glaciers.

Sightseeing

Bagnath Temple

At the junction of rivers Gomti and Saryu stands a large temple with conical towers. It is the shrine of ‘Bageshwar’ or ‘Vyaghreshwar’, the Tiger Lord, an avatar of Lord Shiva. Temple was erected by the Kumaon king Laxmi Chand in about 1450 AD. The temple complex has a cluster of temples, prominent among them being Bhairav temple, Dattatray Maharaj, Ganga Mai Temple, Hanuman Temple, Durga Temple, Kalika Temple, Thingal Bhairav Temple, Pancham Junakhara and the Vaneshwara temple.

Chandika Temple

Dedicated to goddess ‘Chandika’, the temple stands at a distance of about half a kilometer from Bageshwar. Every year thousands of devotees congregate here to offer obeisance to the deity, during the Navaratras.Gauri Udiyar is situated 8 km from Bageshwar is a large cave, measuring 20 X 95 sq. m, housing the idols of Lord Shiva.

Shikhar Temple

Named after the God Mool Narayan, Shikhar Temple is located at the Shikhar Mountain. It can be reached by an 18 km motorable road from Kapkot to Sopra followed by a 5 km bridle trek.

Getting there

By Air: The nearest Airport is Pant Nagar, at a distance of 206 km.

By Train: The nearest Railway station is Kathgodam, which is 190 km.

By Road: Bageshwar is well connected by roads with all the major towns in the area. Taxis are available from Almora 90 km, Nainital 137 km, Kathgodam 180 km and Pant Nagar 206 km.

Distance

  • Lucknow to Bageshwar: 506 km