Overview About Bageshwar:-
Bageshwar is a town and a municipal board in Bageshwar district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. It is located at a distance of 470 km from the National Capital New Delhi and 332 km from the State Capital Dehradun. Bageshwar is known for its scenic environment, glaciers, rivers and temples.
Nestled amidst misty hills, located at the confluence of the Gomti and Saryu rivers, at a height of 960 meters 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.
Famous for/as: Temples
Best Season: Oct-May
Weather: Summer 30 to 40°C,
Winter: 10 to 22°C
Altitude: 1004 m
Places To Visit in Bageshwar:-
Pandusthal:- According to the Mahabharata, the Pandavas and their cousins Kauravas fought here on the hilly stretch of around half a kilometre width, amidst forests and wilderness.
Vijaypur:- At a distance of 30 km from Bageshwar, Vijaypur offers a fascinating view of the snow-covered Himalayan range.
Kanda:- This picturesque place situated at 1500-1900 m above sea level is a treat for nature lovers and is at a distance of 25 km from Bageshwar. An ancient Bhadrakali temple stands very close to Kanda.
Bagnath Temple:- At the junction of rivers, Gomti and Saryu stand 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 the goddess ‘Chandika’, the temple stands at a distance of about half a kilometre from Bageshwar. Every year thousands of devotees congregate here to offer obeisance to the deity, during the Navaratras.
Gauri Udiyar: 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.
- Some Other Temples to be visited:-
- Agnikund Temple
- Nileshwar Mahadev Temple
- Shitla Devi Temple
- Trijugi Narayan Temple
- Bhadrakali Temple
- Gopeshwar Dham
- Pratikshwar Mahadev Temple
- Jwala Devi Temple
- Veni Mahadev Temple
Baijnath:- Lying in the Katyuri valley, 19 km from Kausani and 26 km from Bageshwar is the small and ancient town of Baijnath. Situated on the bank of River Gomti, at an altitude of 1126 m, Baijnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It houses a famous temple complex, dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. The main 10th-century temple houses a beautiful idol of Goddess Parvati. It is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were married here.
How To Reach:-
By Flight:- 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 Cab/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).
Best Time to Visit Hills and Valleys from March to Mid of July and from October to November. These months are pleasant and sunny days.
March to April and September to October are considered as the best time to visit Uttarakhand. The state has wonderful weather all through the year. Trekking, Paragliding and The Char Dham Yatra are the most popular activities during Summer, which is also the Peak Season in Uttarakhand.
Winter Season:- from October to December, January and February these three months are the most chilly months of winters for hills to enjoy the snow view for everyone (Especially for Honeymoon Couples or newly Married people, and For Youth ).
Spring or Summer Season:- March till June is summertime for kids, children, especially for families and for Senior Citizens.