The Temple City of Uttarakhand
Named after a folklore on Lord Shiva who visited this place in the form of a Tiger, Bageshwar is your one-stop for absolute exploration of culture, adventure and nature. Located at the eastern region of Kumaon in Uttarakhand, it is situated at an elevation of 1004 metres bedecked on the confluence of Gomati and Saryu Rivers. Bageshwar is a paradise for nature lovers attracting tourist from all over the world. The place is surrounded with breathtaking scenic landscapes, snow-covered mountain peaks and mesmerizing valleys. Along with it, devotees from the country come to visit the holy shrine of Bagheshwar Mahadev which counts as one of the most important Hindu Pilgrimage temples. Other than that, the district has an array of Hindu Temples that includes Panchnama Junnarka, Dattatreya Maharaj Temple, Hanuman Temple, Bhairav Temple and Kalika Temple. Bageshwar shares its border with three other districts that are Chamoli, Pithoragarh and Almora making it an easy access for extended sightseeing tours and vacations. Bageshwar is known for its adventure trips that provide awe-inspiring trekking points to Sunderdhunga, Pindari and Kafni Glacier. The best time to visit Bageshwar will be between September to February.
Located in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand, Bageshwar has a rich culture and heritage that are inspired by the Kumaon clan. The locals follow a strict rule of maintaining the customs and traditions as an essential part of their life. Festivals and social gatherings with a cultural exhibition in a platform of religious heritage is the medium of expression for the natives in Bageshwar. The annual fairs known as ‘Mela’ are very popular in the region making a connection of religion, faith and hereditary customs. One of the oldest and prominent festivals is the Vishuvati celebration that is held during the day of solstice termed as Mesh at the Bageshwar Temple ground. The day is celebrated majorly by the clans of Shilpkars, Brahmins and Kshatriyas. The festivity has entertainments that include, colourful fairs, traditional cuisines, folk dances and music. A very special meal known as Bara is enjoyed during the festivity. Along with it, a number of other festivals are celebrated here that also includes the famous Uttaraini Festival held during the month of January and continues for a week.
How to reach
Located in hilly terrains, Bageshwar is mainly connected by road with the rest of the country. There are airports and Railway Station in the nearby cities which are accessible and connects Bageshwar with the rest of India.
How to Reach by Flight
The Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is one of the nearest airports for Bageshwar at a distance of 176 km. Along with it the Pantnagar Airport at a distance of 180 km in Udham Singh Nagar District of Uttarakhand also serves as the second nearest airport for Bageshwar. Both of the airports get regular flights from Delhi and few other major cities of the country.
How to Reach by Train
Bageshwar doesn’t have any Railway Station of its own, the nearest one is Kathgodam Railway Station situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The station is at a distance of 180 km and gets regular trains from Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata.
How to Reach by Bus
Bageshwar is connected by well-maintained roads with all major destination of Kumaon and Garhwal region. The State Transport Buses and few other private buses can be taken from ISBT Anand Vihar in Delhi to Nainital, Almora, Haldwani etc., from where local cabs or buses can be taken to reach Bageshwar.
How to Reach by Road
The nearest major towns to Bageshwar are Ranikhet and Almora that is about 98 km away which will take approximately 2 hours to reach it. Whereas the National Highway 9 connects Delhi with Bageshwar at a distance of 472 km.
How to travel within
The scenic town of Bageshwar can be explored while walking or taking Cabs and Taxis that are available with ease in the city. It is suggested to bargain before hiring the services of local cabs to avoid overpricing.
Although you might not find any fancy restaurants and many options on dishes in Bageshwar, it still gives out the best collection of traditional Kumaon cuisines. The staple food being wheat, the locals preferred high fibre with coarse grain mainly in their dishes. Gaahat ki Dal, Lesu, Ras, Sisunak Saag and Madua ki Roti along with sweet dishes and snacks like Singauri, Singal and Jhangora ki Kheer etc is available in the local cuisine of the town. The popular sweet dish known as Bal Mithai that is prepared with Khoya can be found in abundance around the city. The few famous and good restaurants found in Bageshwar are:
- Hotel Narendra Palace
- Pratiksha Himalayan Retreat
- Annapurna Restaurant
- Mouchak Restaurant
- Karan Restaurant
Day 1: Landing at the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun, hire a cab to take you to Bageshwar town which is a ride of around 4 hours. After checking in, head out in the town to explore the untouched beauty of this scenic place having tea at the banks of Saryu River. Visit the Baghnath Temple and explore the 7th Century architecture of the Nagara Styled work. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple has a unique religious aura that gives an unrealistic peace of mind. Take your dinner and get back to your room to start an early day.
Day 2: The next morning get up early and finish your breakfast and kick start your day by going to Bajinath to visit the famous temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. From there take a detour to Bigul for exploring the most breathtaking landscapes. While returning stop at Vijaypur for shopping and getting some fresh Green Tea and other local products. If left with few hours, visit the temple of Kalika in Kanda. Getting back to the hotel, have an early night, to start your journey back home the next day.