The serene temple town of Bageshwar is nestled in a lush valley of the Kumaon region. Home to the well-known Shiva temple Baghnath (Bagnath), the town stands at the confluence of the Saryu and Gomti rivers, while the mighty Bhileshwar and Nileshwar mountains stand guard. It is said Bageshwar has been in existence since the times of the epic Mahabharata and it's also said that the Baghnath temple was built by a Kumaon king. The otherwise peaceful town, Bageshwar becomes a hub of colors and activities during the annual Shivratri festival, during which thousands of devotees gather at the Baghnath temple complex. During the rest of the year, the town, which is also the headquarters of the Bageshwar district, sees a steady stream of tourists and trekkers.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
September to June is the best time to visit Bageshwar. In winter, the town is covered in snow.
What To Do
A halting point for some of the most exhilarating treks in Uttarakhand to sites such as Pindari, Sunderdhunga and Kafni glaciers, Bageshwar is an important destination for adventure tourism. The Pindari Glacier trail provides for a 90 km round-trip trek and includes other adventure sports like ice climbing and mountain biking. Perhaps the best known trekking route in Kumaon passing by the Pindari, Sunderdhunga and Kafni glaciers, this route follows the Pindar river. The other popular trek is to the Namik glacier. The lush grasslands surrounding Bageshwar make for excellent camping sites as well.
Being a temple town, devotess, pilgrims and visitors can visit some of the revered shrines here like Bhadrakali Temple, Jwala Devi Temple, Agnikund Temple and Shitla Devi Temple, and soak in the devotional atmosphere.
How to reach
The nearest airport is Pantnagar, about 206 km away from Bageshwar.
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