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Champawat

Champawat

Champawat is believed to be the place where the Kurmavtar (the turtle incarnation of Lord Vishnu) took place.These days there is a temple which is called kranteshwar mandir which is dedicated to lord Shiva. It is also believed that the head of ‘Ghatotkacha (son of Bhima and the Rakshasi Hidimbi ) fell here after he died in battle of Mahabharata. The Gahtku mandir is the temple dedicated to Ghatotkacha.

Champawat was formerly the capital of the Chand dynasty rulers of Kumaon. The Baleshwar Temple built by the Chand rulers in the 12th century is an excellent monument with marvelous stone carving works.

Mythology

Champawat was formerly the capital of the Chand dynasty rulers of Kumaon. The Baleshwar Temple built by the Chand rulers in the 12th century is an excellent monument with marvelous stone carving works. In Maurari (Banlekh) Village is a Famous Temple, Shaani Mandir (Manokamna Purn Mandir Kaula ). This Temple is near to Champawat, 10 km south of Main Market Champawat.

Climate

Champawat has a Humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with distinct wet and dry seasons. Due to its high elevation, Champawat usually enjoys a more moderate climate throughout the year. The average temperature for the year in Champawat is 24.6 °C (76.3 °F). The warmest month, on average, is June with an average temperature of 32.1 °C (89.8 °F). The coolest month on average is January, with an average temperature of 14.3 °C (57.7 °F). The average amount of precipitation for the year in Champawat is 1,239.5 millimetres (48.80 in). The month with the most precipitation on average is July with 358.1 millimetres (14.10 in) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is November with an average of 2.5 millimetres (0.098 in). There are an average of 43.8 days of precipitation, with the most precipitation occurring in August with 10.9 days and the least precipitation occurring in November with 0.6 days.

Tourism

Due to its cooler temperatures Champawat is a popular conduit for tourists visiting Pithoragarh, Dharchula, Almora and other mountain towns. The long winding sealed roads leading up to Champawat through Tanakpur are a popular route for motorcycle enthusiasts. Champawat has multiple hotels and guesthouses for individuals visiting the town. Bal Mithai of Champawat is famous for its unique taste.