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 District Headquarters  Champawat
 Area                                 2004 sq km
 Altitude                            1615 meter
 Longitude and Latitude  29°20'N : 80°06'E
 Total Population    224,542 (as per 2001 census)

 

Champawat, the ancient capital of the Chand rulers, is well known for its temples and natural beauty. Champawat was declared as a separate district on 15 Dec. 1997 by then CM of UP Ms. Mayawati, then it was a part of UP. The mythological legends suggest that Lord Vishnu appeared here as 'Kurma Avatar' (the tortoise incarnation). Champawat is known for its beautiful architecture and carvings on the temples, Baleshwar Temple being one of them. Champawat is a beautiful town with breathtaking landscapes and terraced fields, which offers the tourists with virtually everything they expect from nature, ranging from pleasant climate to varied wildlife and good places to trek. Champawat district nurtures many other places of historical, cultural and religious importance. Devidhura, Pancheshwar, Poornagiri and Baleshwar temple are a few to name. Champawat mainly consists of mountain ranges, large valleys, uneven landscapes, breaked cliffs, rivers and rivulets. Baleshwar Temple, one of the most important shrines, is noted for its architecture and exquisite structural features. Nagnath Temple is also an excellent example of ancient architecture of Kumaon. Purnagiri Temple of Maa Durga is the sacred shrine atop the Purnagiri hill and it is 85 Kms away from District Headquarter. A large number of devotees visit the shrine from all over the country, especially during the Chaitra Navratri in the month of March-April. Devidhura is famous for unique tradition of Bagwal (organised stone throwing between two groups), practiced on Raksha Bandhan. Reetha Saheb is a well known Sikh pilgrim center and a large number of Sikh devotees used to come here every year.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Ek Hathiya Ka Naula, Kranteshwar Mahadev, Lohaghat, Meetha Reetha Saheb, Pancheshwar, Abbot Mount, Vanasur Ka Kila, Shyamlatal.

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