Activities in Bageshwar
Trekking – Some of the most breathtaking treks to the higher regions commence from Bageshwar. All you need is love for outdoors and respect for nature. Some medium grade treks like Pindari glacier, Sunderdhunga glacier and Kafni glacier trek have their starting point in and around Bageshwar. Moreover, hiking to nearby villages is also encouraged.
Village Tourism – One can also hike to a nearby village and interact with locals to know more about their culture, customs and way of life. Sonagoan is a hushed hamlet near Bageshwar which is surrounded with lush greenery and charming hills.
Camping – Camping is another good way to spend time with your family and friends to spend some quality time in the lap of nature. Being situated on the bank of river, Bageshwar is an ideal place to camp and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Staying in Bageshwar
Bageshwar has enough options for accommodation, however, if you are looking for luxury, Bageshwar may not have enough 3-star hotels, let alone a 4-star hotel. Being a small town, there are ample amount of 2-star hotels and budget guest houses in Bageshwar. The government has also set up a KMVN guesthouse at Bageshwar for the tourists.
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Bageshwar Food Guide
Being a small Kumaoni town, Bageshwar doesn’t have many dining optionsavailable. Unlike Nainital, finding a fancy restaurant would be almost impossible at Bageshwar. However, the place is swarming with local eateries and roadside food stalls that offer some of the delectable local cuisine you could gorge on. The iconic and regional favorite Bal Mithai will be available at every nook and cranny in Bageshwar.
History of Bageshwar
In 1997, Bageshwar was the tehsil of Almora district, which was later separated to give a distinguished identity. Hence Bageshwar became the capital of new Bageshwar district. During 1450 A.D. Bageshwar was ruled by the Laxmi Chand, the King of Chand Dynasty. He built the famous Shiva temple known as Baghnath, at the site where sage Markandey greeted Lord Shiva. At present, the temple is revered by many Hindu devotees.
Mythology of Bageshwar
Bageshwar finds its mention in the Skanda Purana, an ancient Hindu religious text. As per the Hindu mythology, Bageshwar is the place where several the Hindu gods and sages meditated to please Lord Shiva. Bageshwar is popular for its sacred Hindu temples, one of the prominent shrines include the Baghnath Temple.
According to a popular legend, Lord Shiva came to this place in his tiger avatar. Hence, the place got its name Bageshwar, which literally suggests 'Bagh+Ishwar'. The region is considered to be sacred and it is believed that those who die in Bageshwar attain salvation.