Bageshwar

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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.

City Facts

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

Distances

  • Lucknow to Bageshwar 506 km
 

Best Season / Best time to visit Almora

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.


Bagnath Temple

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.


Chandika 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.


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.


Other Temples

  • Agnikund Temple

  • Nileshwar Mahadev Temple

  • Shitla Devi Temple

  • Trijugi Narayan Temple

  • Bhadrakali Temple

  • Gopeshwar Dham

  • Pratikshwar Mahadev Temple

  • Jwala Devi Temple

  • Veni Mahadev Temple