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Lohaghat

Lohaghat

Lohaghat is a town and a nagar panchayat (Notified Area Council, N.A.C.) in Champawat district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. Lohaghat is a very beautiful hill station with many tourist spots around.

As of the 2011 India census, Lohaghat had a population of 7000. Males constitute 48% of the population and females 52%. The literacy rate of Lohaghat city is 80%. Male literacy is 82%, and female literacy is 78%. Population of children with age of 0-6 is 1057 which is 15 % of total population of Lohaghat (NP).

It is a place of mythological importance, and dedicated to Hindu God, Lord Shiva. P. Barron on his visit had said,”Why go to Kashmir, if there is heaven in the world, so its in Lohaghat”. This place has a historic importance as well. There are also remains of the fort of mythological demon king Banasur, who was killed by Lord Krishna.

Apart from being a favourite destination for tourists, this place is famous for its celebration of Holi and Janamashtmi.The Khadi bazaar of the town is an added attraction, and the scenic Galchaura.

Tourism

Lohaghat on the banks of Lohawati River in Champawat district is one of the important places for its temples. Located at an altitude of 1706 metres, Lohaghat is a few kilometers from Pithoragarh. This ancient town of Lohaghat has historical and mythological importance which attracts a number of tourists. Mostly devotees and pilgrims from all over drop into Lohaghat before visiting Advaita Ashram which is also called the Mayawati Ashram. A sleepy little town of Uttaranchal it shot to fame because of the beautiful temples and fascinating locales nearby.

Spread over an area of 4.5 km2, Lohaghat is one of the most beautiful places in Uttaranchal specially made popular because of its historical and mythological associations.

Situated 13 km from Champawat, and 62 km away from Pithoragarh on way to Tanakpur. Lohaghat is close to several tourist spots in the region, Shyamla Taal, Devidhura, Gurudwara Ritha Sahib, Abbot Mount (8 km), Vanasur fort (Vanasur-Ka-Kila) (7 km), Mayawati Ashram (Advaita Ashrama) (9 km), Galchaura, Suin(Pawa), and the Forti village.

It is famous for Bagwal fight carnival which takes place at Devidhura (In Maa Baarahi temple) on auspicious day of Raksha Bandhanday. Devidhura is 45 km from Lohaghat.[2]

Nearby Ritha-Sahib is a famous Sikh gurudwara and sweet Rithas that are unique in the world and Pancheshwar is famous for river-rafting and adventurous sports. 20 km far from Lohaghat, there is scenic tourist spot called Pati.

Nearest railhead is Tanakpur Railway station is 89 km away from Lohaghat.