Lohaghat, the scenic town in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand is still an unspoilt beauty! It has a rich historical past. Once the cultural capital of the Chand dynasty, Lohaghat is fast emerging as a major tourist centre in the newly formed district of Champawat.
On the bank of river Lohawati, Lohaghat is a destination of historical and mythological significance. One can go for fishing and water sports activities from here to Pancheshwar. The sikh shrine Meetha Reetha Sahib, en route Nainital and Almora is another tourist attraction.
In the nineteenth century, the British were so overwhelmed by its beauty that they proposed to develop it as summer capital of the then British empire.Set amidst tall range of Deodars and snowy peaks of the Himalayas, Lohaghat is a heaven. A city with a remarkable past, amidst natural abundance and a mystic aura of hill romance and new found resurgence, the whole area is an exquisite combination of natural beauty, historical importance and healthy atmosphere.
Lohaghat is surrounded by destinations that come to the tourists as sheer delights. All these are a single day sojourn from Lohaghat. One could enjoy peace and serenity of Abbot Mount, 9 km away at a height of 2001 m, dotted with British period bungalows. The place is amid thick Oak and Deodar forest. A stroll down the charming landscape of Champawat, or a spiritual journey to Devidhura and Metha Reetha Sahib will give you memories to cherish for a lifetime.
9 kms from Lohaghat, at an altitude of 1940 m, this place holds importance in the spiritual journey of Swami Vivekanand. He came here in 1898 with his European disciples to establish the 'Advaita Ashram'.
Meetha Reetha Sahib
At a distance of 62 km from Lohaghat. Guru Nanak Dev visited this place and held spiritual discussion with Gorakh Panthi Yogis. A Sikh shrine is built here at the confluence of Ladhiya and Ratiya rivers.
Purnagiri Temple: 106 kms from Lohaghat, it is one of the 108 Siddh Peeths. Major festivals are held during Chaitra (March) and the Navratras (October/ November).
7 kms from Lohaghat by bus and 2 kms by walk at a height of 1,859 m, this fort is believed to be the capital of Demon Vanasur, who was defeated by Lord Krishna, in a face to face battle.
The nearest airport is Naini Saini, Pithoragarh (66 km). It is not a regular commercial airport though.
Nearest Railhead is Tanakpur (89 km).
Lohaghat is situated on the main motorable road and is well connected with state highways.