Bageshwar - The Land of Shiva

The city of Bageshwar bedecked on the confluence of Saryu and Gomati rivers and is situated at an elevation of 1004 metres with numerous famous temples dedicated to Gods and Goddesses in the proximity of Bageshwar.

Bageshwar is a place of extreme religious and historic significance. The towering mountains of Bhileshwar and Nileshwar are dotted on the east and west side of Bageshwar, while the north and south are marked by the Suraj Kund and Agni Kund respectively.

Why Visit Bageshwar?

Bageshwar is a home to several holy shrines and temples, having mythical background such as the Bagnath temple from which the city got its name, Chandika temple dedicated to Chandika Devi, Sriharu temple where the wishes of the devotees are fulfilled and Gauri Udiyar, featuring a colossal cave of 20*95 square metres also housing Lord Shiva's idol. 

Some of these temples bustle with activity during the auspicious Hindu festivals, making the aura lively. The visitors can also delight themselves with the enthralling folk dances such as Hurka, Baul, Jhora-Chanchri, Jhumaila and Chholiya that will leave you spellbound. 

Bageshwar is also a trekker’s paradise and serves as the entry point of some of the heart throbbing trekking routes like Pindari Glacier, Kafni, and Sunderdunga Glaciers. So while visiting Bageshwar don't forget to quench your wanderlust. 

The wave of holiness at Bageshwar

Hailed for its sanctity and religious significance, the lively city of Bageshwar is named after the famous Bagnath temple of the region. Bageshwar is a home to prominent Hindu shrines and has become a popular place of worship for the Hindu devotees.

  • If you are looking for a lot of sightseeing options with monuments or specific points, then Bageshwar is not the place to be.
  • Taxi services are widely available in and around Bageshwar and a good price bargain are always on the table, as taxi services often tend of overcharge unwary customers. 
  • The local populace is very welcoming and friendly in all of Kumaon region and one can easily interact with them and understand their culture, customs and way of life.

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.

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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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.

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.

Bageshwar is famous for?

Bageshwar is famous among tourist as Temples, Trekking Routes.

Bageshwar is popular destination for following activities/ interests - Base Camp (Trek), Business Hub, Temples.

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