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Bageshwar District at a glance
Geographical Area ( in 1991 ) 1695.7 Sq Km
Population ( in '000 Census 1991 )  
Male 111.14
Female 117.27
Total 228.41
Rural 222.64
Urban 5.77
Schedule Cast 55.93
Schedule Tribes 1.82
No. of Literates ( in '000 Census 1991 )  
Total 102.83
Male 69.17
Female 33.66
No. of Tehsils ( 1999 ) 2
Development Blocks ( 1999 ) 5
Nyay Panchayat ( 1999 ) 35
Gram Sabha ( 1999 ) 344
No. of Village (1991 )  
No. of habitated Village 865
No. of Inhabitated Village 51
Forest Village 4
Total No. 916
Town and Cities (1991 ) 1
Nagar Palika Parishad ( 1998-99 ) 1
Police Station ( 1998-99 )  
Rural 2
Urban 1
Bus Station/Bus Stop ( 1998-99 ) 83
Post Office ( 1998-99 )  
Urban 2
Rural 142
Telegraph Office ( 1998-99 ) 33
Telephone Connections ( 1998-99 ) 848
Commercial Branches (1998-99 )
Nationalised Banks 13
Others 4
Rural Bank Branches 15
Co-operative Bank Branches 4
Fair Price Shops ( 1998-99 )
Rural 330
Urban 3
Bio-gas Plants ( 1998-99 ) 84
Agriculture '000 Hect ( 1997-98 )  
Net Sown Area 36
Net Irrigated Area 4
Gross Irrigated Area 7
Agriculture Production ( 1997-98 )  
Food Grains 41 Thous. M.Ton
Potato 6 Thous M.Ton
Irrigation ( 1998-99 )  
Length of Canal 349 Km
Total Live Stock 1993 270282 No.
Veterinary Hospital 10 No
Live Stock Service Center 18 No
Artificial Breeding Center 4 No
Artificial Breeding Sub-Center 8 No
Co-operative ( 1998-99 )  
Primary Co-operative Agriculture Loan Societies 17 No
Members of Societies '000 22
Industry ( 1998-99 )  
Small Scale Industries 1651 No
Workers 4067 No
Education ( 1998-99 )  
Junior Basic Schools 551
Senior Basic Schools 84
Higher Secondary Schools 58
Degree Colleges 1
Industrial Training Institute 1
Hospitals ( 1998-99 )  
Allopathic 16
Ayurvedic 8
Homeopathic 2
Primary Health Center 11
Family Welfare Center 7
Family Welfare Sub-Center 70
Length of Metal Road ( 1997-98 ) 478 Km
Total Length of Road constructed by PWD 435 Km
Electricity ( 1998-99 )  
Total Electrified Villages 626
Total Electrified Towns/Cities 1
Electrified Schedule Caste localities 426
Entertainment ( 1998-99 )  
Cinema Halls 1
Total No. of seats in Halls 400

Bageshwar Township

Situated at the confluence of rivers Saryu, Gomti and latent Bhagirathi, lies the holy township of Bageshwar; also revered as the pious land associated with Lord Sadashiva, the redeemer of all sins. As the puranas state, this undoubtedly is a place capable of liberating one from the eternal bondage of births & deaths. With the east and west flanked by the Bhileswar and Nileshwar mountains and surrounded by Suraj Kund in the north and Agni Kund in the south, this land of Lord Shankar is of great religious, historic and political significance. Since time immemorial, this place has been the symbol of faith for the entire Uttranchal region. Because of its spiritual magnetism, it has attracted many saintly men and numerous patriots who have always been ready to lay down everything for the sake of their revered motherland.


Katyuri Market
Dug Bazar
Chowk Bazar
Mall Road

Important Telephone Numbers

District Magistrate Tel.: (O) 22386, (R) 22330 Fax: 22386
Superintendent of Police Tel. : 22382


Pindari Glacier

This world famous glacier is a trekker's paradise, as it is easier to visit than most other glaciers. This glacier is situated between the snow capped Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot mountains. The river Pindar originates from this glacier. The glacier is at an altitude of 3353 m. The entire trekking route is filled to the brim with natural beauty.

Kafni Glacier

It is situated at an altitude of 3853 m. Many breathtaking views of the mighty Himalayan ranges are visible during the trek.

Sundar Dhunga Glacier

Located at an altitude 3880 m, the place is full of natural beauty, with picturesque view of many Himalayan ranges. The entire trek route is a treat for the eyes with beautiful locales strewn all over. Trekking routes remain open from April to October, though the best period is considered to extend from April to June, and from mid-September to November.

How to reach

By Air

Nearest Airport is at Pant Nagar which is 206 kms away.

By Train

Nearest railhead is at Kathgodam which is 180 kms away.

By Road

Bageshwar is well connected with all the major towns of the state. Taxis are available for local transport.

Distance from Bageshwar to :
Nainital 153 km
Delhi 470 km
Ranikhet 110 km
Haridwar 447 km
Kausani 40 Km
Dehradun 502 Km
Almora 90 Km
Bareilly 295 Km
Pithogarah 149 Km
Saharanpur 462 Km
Moradabad 294 Km
Kathgodam 180 Km
Haldwani 186 Km
Gwaldam 40 Km
Dwarahat 83 Km
Bageshwar at a glance
Area 8.2 sq Kms. (city area)
Population 70,000
Altitude 960 m
Temperature Max -34.5 °C & Min - 3 °C
Rainfall Average 900 mm
Season Round the year
Clothing Summer- Cottons/ light woolens, Winter - Woolens
Languages Hindi, English and Kumaoni.

Places of Interest in Bageshwar


Bagnath Temple

At the junction of the rivers, Gomti and Saryu stands a large temple with it's conical tower. Here is the shrine of Bageswar or Vyagreswar, the, "Tiger Lord", an epithet of Lord Siva. This temple was erected by the Kumaun king, Laxmi Chand, about 1450 A.D., but there is an interesting Sanskrit inscription there of a far earlier date. Th temple is flooded with devotees on the annual occasion of Shivratri. This place has a cluster of temples. Prominent amoug these temples are the Bairav temple, Dattatrey Maharaj, Ganga Mai temple, Hanuman temple, Durga temple, Kalika temple, Thingal Bhirav temple, Panchnam Junakhara and the Vaneshwar temple.


The temples at Baijnath proper are situated on the left bank of the Gomti. On the way to the main temple, just below the house the Mahanta, is the temple of Bamani (A corrupt form of Sanskrit Brahmani). Tradition of the place says that it was built by Brahmin widow and was dedicated by her to God Shiva. Another story states that a Brahmin woman who was kidnapped by a Kshatriya built. The temple in favour of Shiva for the expiation of her sins. There is an idol of Shiva inside the temple. It has no inscriptions. The construction of the temple does not differ from that of the Tailihata group, so it may also be said to belong the same period. The main temple, dedicated to Baijnath or Vaidhyanatha (a name of Shiva), which gives its name to the present village is situated near the Gomti. The temple is approacehed from the riverside by a flight of steps made of stones constructed by the orders of Katyuri queen. The place was and is a bathing place of the inhabitants who have now made a Kachha pond near the temple. Baijnath is 19 KMs away from Kausani and 26 kms from Bageshwer. One it used to be the capital of the Katyuri dynasty of kings and the place was then called Kartikyapura.

Chandika Temple

A beautiful temple dedicated to Goddess Chandika stands at a distance of about half a ilometre from Bageshwar. Every year, the temple bustles with activity as the devout congregate here to offer pujas to the deity during the Navratras.

Sriharu Temple

Another important temple, the Sriharu temple, is situated at a distance of about 5 kms. from Bageshwer. The devotees believe that prayers for wish fulfilment here never go in vein. Every year, a large fair is organised on the Vijya Dashmi day following the Navratras.

Gauri Udiyar
This is situated 8 kms from Bageshwer. A large cave, measuring 20 X 95 sq mts is situated here, which houses the idols of Lord Shiva.

Other Temples near Bageshwar

Rambagh Temple
Agnikund Temple
Ramji Temple
Loknath Ashram
Nileshwar Mahadev
Ashram of Amitji
Kukudamai Temple
Jwaladevi Temple
Sitladevi Temple
Venimahadev temple
Trijuginarayan Temple
Radha Krishan Temple
Hanuman Temple
Bhileshwar Dham
Nileshwar Dham
Suraj Kund
Siddhartha Dham
Gopeshwar Dham
Golu Temple
Praktishwar Mahadev

Places of Interest around Bageshwar


Kausani is situated at a distance of 53 km to the north of Almora. This place is a picturesque hill station famous for its scenic beauty and its spectacular Himalayan view. It is situated at a height of 6075 ft above sea level, atop a narrow ridge. Thickly forested, and separated from the soaring Nanda Devi ranges by low mountains, the place displays an exotic view of the Himalayan ranges that have a charm of their own. The glory of the snow crowned Himalayan range reaches it's pinnacle when the sun rays turn them into crimson and gold. Mahatama Gandhi, who spent 12 days in 1929 at Kausani, penned his memorable commentary on the Geeta-Ana-Sakti yoga inspired by the scenic grandeur of this richly gifted spot. The guest house where the Mahatama stayed is now know as Anasakti Ashram. Hindi poet laureate Sumitranandan Pant was born at Kausani. Some of his early poems composed here have described nature in it's myriad manifestations. There is small museum to earmark that sacred spot. The famous folk singer Gopidas was also inspired by the beauty of Kausani. Pinnath (10KMs), Bura Pinnath (5KMs) and Bhakot are the highest points near Kausani. Kausani is ideal for those who seek to escape from the din and dust, hustle and bustle of big cities and wish to spend a quiet holiday in the lap of nature.

How to reach

By Train

Nearest railway station is at Kathgodam, 142 km away. Some of the important train connections for Kathgodam are: Shatabadi Express, Howrah Express (3019/3020), Ranikhet Express (5013/5014), Rampur Passenger (1/2 R.K. Passenger and 3/4 R.K. Passenger), Nainital Express (5308/5307).

By Road Kausani is linked to several other hill stations road routes.

Distance from Kasauni to :

Almora 54 km
Ranikhet 62 km
Pithoragarh 107 km
Gwaldam 39 km
Nainital 117 km

Kausani at a glance

Area 5.2 sq. km  
Population 4046 (1991 census)  
Altitude 1890 m above sea level  
Summer Max 26 deg C Min 10 deg C
Winter Max 15 deg C Min 2 deg C
Rainfall Max 3048 mm Min 1777 mm
Language Hindi, Garhwali  
Festivals Hindi, English, Kumaoni  


Lying in the Katyuri valley, 19 km away from Kausani and 26 km from Bageshwar, is the small but ancient town of Baijnath. It was once upon a time the capital of the Katyuri dynasty of kings and the place was then called Kartikyapura. In Kumaun socio cultural region, Baijnath is one among remote antiquity and of historical importance. The remnants of those glorious days lies at the bank of the Gomti river in the form of a group of temples. The temple is famous for it's ancient and magnificent stone idol of the Hindu goddess Parvati. Around 8 km from Baijnath on the Gwaldam road is lies the famous Kotkimai temple. One can also visit Pandusthal which lies nearby.


According to legends, Pandusthal was the battle ground where 'Kauravas' and 'Pandavas' had fought. There exists a natural ground half a km in breadth. The Himalaya is so near that one can get an excellent view of the ranges. To reach Pandusthal, a bus service is available from Garur to Jakheda. From Jakheda it is 20 km trek through the mountains.


It is situated at a distance of 30 kms from Bageshwar town. One can have a panaromic view of the snow capped Himalayan range from here. Because of it's high altitude the view is breath taking.


The beautiful hill station, and home of peace (Shantiniketan ) Kanda is situated at 1500-1900 m above sea level. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and terraced fields it captivates the senses and imaginations of the locals and visitors alike. Both the local people and the visitors appreciate the beauty here and benefit from the pure air and healthy environment that mountain scenery presents. According to legends, and the older inhabitants, there once lived a local caste of Kanyal. Kanda is named after this caste. The hills of Kanda are very attractive to foreign visitors, and is often likened to the Swiss Alps.

Things of Interest in Kanda region

- Sunning views of the Himalayan peaks, an ideal location for bird spotting and animal watching in their natural environment. These include: Ghigaratola, Dhapoli, Dhallan, Chandrapur, Annapuran, Vijaypur, Kandamaidan and Kabashna.

Ancient temples of Kanda's heritage, and of the surrounding areas

Badrinath Narayan, 500m from Kanda
Kalika Mandir in the center of Kanda market.
Gopeshwar Mahadev, 7km from Kanda market by road.

Religious temples at Kanda

Kalika Mandir-center of market.
Golu mandir Sokhula-1km.
Jawala Devi Mandir-1km.
Annpurna Mandir-2km.
Dholinag Mandir-5km.
Hanuman Mandir- 2km.
Pheninag Mandir- 15 km.

Regional fairs of Kanda

Dashara fair at Kanda market, 10 days, 5 sacrifices.
Shiva Ratri-Lord Shiva worship, Gopeshwar.
Panchami fair Dholinag in September/October.
Bashi Jagaran, 11days celebration, Golu and Ganganath temples.
Dashahara-5 sacrifices of 9 night celebration in other temples.

Local Kumaoni festival

Harela (Greenary) April-July-September.
Fooldaie (flower presentation on doors), March.
Basant Panchami (welcome of spring), March/April.
Ghee San Kranti (use of butteroil in the first day of the month), August.
Rakhi (sacred thread from sister to brothers wrist), August.
Krishna Janamastami, (Lord Krishna's Birthday), August.

Regional customs and traditions

Marriage ceremonies.
Ceremony of the sacred thread.
Ceremony of naming a child.
Daily worship.
The religious rite Sharaad.

Rural culture and tradition

Rural folk songs and group singing - Chaachari.
Dholnagara - drums, music and dance.
Choliya dance.
Huraka Baden - small hand drum bcating.
Bansuri -flute.
Jagar, Bashie, nawabriti.
Astabali, Panchabali - goat and buffalo sacrifice.

Religious customs

the tradition of fasting.
Pilgrimage - to religious temples.
Group songs and dance by women.

The cultural heritage

The designs on the houses are beautifully carved into the doors and window shutters, which are opened daily.
Local uses of silver, bronze and copper.
Grains are stored in buildings made of well-cut stones, which open into paved courtyards.
The main doors of the houses are decorated with welcoming carvings.
Daily life includes worshipping deities, working in the terraced hills, ploughing the fields, and using the water mills.
The decorations and carvings on the houses sometimes signify aspects of daily life, such as gods and goddesses, wildlife and the natural environment.

Painting on the houses which is called Alpana and Rangoli.

Kumoani culture

Local language, style of dress way of life.
Local people farm the land and raise animals.
There is a division of labour between men and women.
Men inherit property.
Families eat together.
There are many religious events in the community, e.g. weddings, funerals.
People prepare their own food, and grind grain, pulses and spices.
Food is usually prepared by the mother of the family and given to the family with her love, and hospitality is offered to guests to enjoy this food.
Guests are treated like God in Kumoani homes, with much respect.
There are celebrations when people part.
Worship of Tulisi (Basil, the holy plant in the courtyard).
Compost is produced, bio-agriculture used and the fields are well irrigated, and the cow dung and urine are used as antiseptic and are considered holy.
Respect is given to elders, and from children to their parents.

Tea gardens

The tea gardens Vijaypur and Saniudayar were established in the time of British rule. They are 5km from Kanda, and the tea is completely organic.

Musk deer farm

Situated along the route of Kotmania Dharamghar, 20km from Kanda organized by the Indian Government department of ayurvedic treatment for research.

The experience of meditation and concentration

The calm and peaceful atmosphere and natural environment, of flowers and birds, and the views from the hills, create an opportunity for meditation and can enhance psychological peace and well-being.

An opportunity for education

There are opportunities for national and international visitors to study various subjects relating to culture, architecture and organic farming, and all can experience and learn about fieldwork.

Opportunity for cultural exchange.

There are many chances for visitors to interact with the local community, and also to talk about their own culture, so there is a learning experience for everyone.

Outdoor pursuits

Trekking, mountaineering, paragliding, golf.
Wildlife spotting.
Bird watching and butterfly spotting.
Enjoying the wonderful scenic views in the region, and seeing the Himalayan peaks in the distance.