Bageshwar: The confluence of Sarayu and Gomti rivers

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Fateh Veer Singh Guram, Travel @ The Hush Post: A city of great religious and historical significance, Bageshwar in Uttarakhand sits on the confluence of the Sarayu and Gomti rivers. Associated with Lord Shiva, this town has been mentioned in the Puranas, and was an important market place for exchange of good with Tibet.

The town was an important and strategic place, as the Nepalese and Kumaonis fought several wars for control over this town.

Places to Visit:

Bagnath Temple:

The name literally translates to ‘Tiger Lord’. As per legend, the sage Markandeya was visited by Lord Shiva, who was in the form of a tiger. Believed to have been built by Chandeesh, the servant of Lord Shiva, the Bagnath Temple of Bageshwar is mentioned in the Manaskhand of the Shiv Purana.

Constructed in the year 1450 by the then Kumaoni ruler, Laxmi Chand, the temple stands at the meeting point of the Saryu and Gomti rivers.

A fair is held in the memory of the sage every year, and thousands of devotees visit the temple to take a dip in the holy waters of the ‘sangam’.

Bagnath Temple at Bageshwar
Bagnath Temple at Bageshwar

Chandika Temple:

Dedicated to Goddess Kali, who is also known as Chandika Mai in the local dialect, this temple is of tremendous importance to the people of the region. A large number of devotees visit the place during Navratras, and the temple also offers splendid views of the Himalayas.

Gauri Udiyar Cave:

Housing a famous cave temple, this place lies at a distance of 8 kilometres from Bageshwar. The cave temple contains several idols of Lord Shiva. A must visit for devotees, this place offers spiritual and mental bliss to all those who visit.

The sangam of Saryu and Gomti rivers in Bageshwar
The sangam of Sarayu and Gomti rivers in Bageshwar

Binsar:

A small, sleepy hamlet nestled in the Kumaon Himalayas, Binsar in Uttarakhand is a nature lover’s delight. Home to the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary, this place should definitely make it to your bucket list if you are an avid bird watcher and love wildlife. Boasting of panoramic views of snow capped peaks of the Himalayas, this serene village is an ideal place to for a digital detox.

Binsar, near Bageshwar, is famous for its wildlife sanctuary
Binsar, near Bageshwar, is famous for its wildlife sanctuary

Located at a height of 2,412 metres, Binsar was the summer seat of the erstwhile Chand rulers, who ruled over much of Kumoan. The region is also said to be the site of a mythological battle between the King of Binsar and Golu Devta.

Kausani:

If you have reached a writer’s block and need a quiet place to head to, Kausani in Uttarakhand is there for you. Apart from the magnificient view of the Trishul, Nanda Devi and Panchachuli peaks, you can get all the peace and quiet to pen the book of your dreams here. Colours of the sky range from deep orange to red gold in this scenic hill station.

Kausani
Kausani

Best Time to Visit:

Since Bageshwar is situated at a comfortable height of 1,000 metres, it experiences pleasant summers. Winters tend to become a little chilly, but the region hardly receives any snowfall due to its low altitude. Thus, the city of Bageshwar can be visited throughout the year. Those who wish to enjoy snowfall can make this city as their base and venture out to other, less explored places during winters.

How to Reach:

The nearest railway station to Bageshwar is in Kathgodam, located at a distance of 154 kilometres. The Pantnagar airport, located at a distance of 188 kilometres, is the nearest airport.

Dehradun, the state capital, is located 322 kilometres away.

The cities of Chandigarh and New Delhi are located at distances of 487 kilometres and 422 kilometres, respectively.

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