Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Camping In Bageshwar, Uttarakhand

Camping In Bageshwar, Uttarakhand

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.

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

The region experiences a semi humid type climate and the conditions are extreme during the different seasons. Summers are warm and the temperatures rise significantly only during the peak summer months. Winters are bitterly cold as the temperatures are below freezing point for many months. The monsoon season is similar to that in many other parts of the state and good rainfall is to be expected.
The summer season is from the month of April to the end of June. The conditions are pleasant for the most part. However one can expect temperatures to rise around the month of May. The maximum temperature that you can expect is around 36 °C. The lowest day temperature during the summer months is around 25°C.
The monsoon season is during the months from July to September. The climate is humid and this is not a good time to visit the place. The months of October and November are the beginning of the peak tourist season.
The winters are bitterly cold in the town and the temperatures can range from a low of -2°C to high of around 3°C. The months from December to February form the winter season. Heavy winter clothing is a must while travelling during the winter months.

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.

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: Situated 8 km from Bageshwar is a large cave, measuring 20 X 95 sq. m, housing the idols of Lord Shiva.

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.

Agnikund Temple
Nileshwar Mahadev Temple
Shitla Devi Temple
Trijugi Narayan Temple
Bhadrakali Temple
Gopeshwar Dham
Pratikshwar Mahadev Temple
Jwala Devi Temple
Veni Mahadev Temple

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 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.

At a distance of 30 km from Bageshwar, Vijaypur offers a fascinating view of the snow covered Himalayan range.

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.

According to the Mahabharata, the Pandavas and their cousins Kauravas fought here on the hilly stretch of around half a kilometer width, amidst forests and wilderness.

The nearest Airport is Pant Nagar, at a distance of 206 kms.

The nearest Railway station is Kathgodam, which is 190 kms.

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

Popular Campsite In Bageshwar: Camp Shaama

Accommodation in Stone huts,
Local cuisine,
Deep Relaxation,
Village Interactions,
Short & Long hikes,
Mountain biking,
Enjoying Himalayan views.

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