Champawat Hill

Champawat is a beautiful town in Champawat District in the state of uttaranchal in northern India. Located about 76 km from pithoragarh beadquarters, champawat is a well known tourist place famous for its natural beauty and historical temples. A tour to champawat would essentially feature exploring the breathtaking landscapes and terraced fields dotting the land beside the ancient temple and forts. At Champawat you can enjoy almost evertthing ranging from pleasant climate to diverse wildlife and good trekking options. Nestled at about 1615 meters above sea level, Champawat was the earstwhile capital of the ruler of chan dynasty. The ruins of the ancient fort of the chand rulers are one of the prime attraction on tour to Champawat . This fort now houses the headquarters of the tehsil Office at Champawat. Your tour to Champawat will introduce you to the Baleshwar and Rataneshwar temples, noted for their marvelous architecture. Built by the Chand rulers in 16th century, Baleshwar Temple exhibits excellent works of stone carvings. The Nagnath temple at Champawat is also an excellent specimen of ancient architecture. The temple dedicated to Gwal Devta also known as Goril or Goll, is an important place to visit while on tour to Champawat. Gwal Devta is held in high esteem as a symbol of justice and this sacred temple at Gwarail Chaur attracts thousands of devotees to Champawat. 'Ek Hathiya Ka Naula'.

History and Mythology

Champawat District was named on the name of Champawati, daughter of King Arjun Deo. The district from beginning was part of District Almora and was transferred to Pithoragarh in 1972, finally on 15th September, 1997 Champawat District was declared as a separate district.

Baleshwar Mandir,Champawat
According to the historians Champawat is believed to as the origin of Kinnar, Naga, and Khas Kings from ancient time. The richness of the place can be seen in the archiological collection. Folk tales mentions that The Tarkeshwar Mandir (Champawat), Baleshwar Mandir (Champawat) ,Ghatotkasha temples and Sapteshwar Mandir (Sipti) are a part of period of Mahabharata. Some of the historical evidences says that king Brahma Deo and King Arjun Deo had their capital here. Earlier the place was under Chandra Vansha (Chand dynasty) and served as their capital, soon in 1790 Gorkharaj ended the Chandra Vansha .Later in 1814 by the entrance of the Britishers the Gorkhas were forced to leave the place.

The history of Champawat District states that Champawat endowed with many well known temples showing excellence of Kumaon ancient architecture. It is also believed the Lord Vishnu appeared as `Kurma Avatar’

Best Season / Best time to visit

Chamba in Uttarnchal is a place that can be visited all round the year.

Summers (March to June) are warm with maximum temperature about 30 °C and minimum temperature touching 14 °C. The season is preferred by all kinds of tourists.

Winters (November to February) are very cool. Minimum observed temperature is about 4 °C. Snow falls were occurring during January and February, but for the last some years there has been no snow.

Monsoons (July to October) offer low to medium rainfalls. Chamba looks beautiful in rains.

Best seasons to visit Chamba are all through the year, may avoid peak winter days.

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