Bageshwar Districts of Uttarakhand at a Glance

Lok Sabha Constituencies in Bageshwar district, Uttarakhand (MP Constituencies) Almora
MLA Assembly Constituencies in Bageshwar district, Uttarakhand Bageshwar

About Bageshwar Districts :

The district of Bageshwar is located in the northern parts of province of Uttaranchal in India. In east lies the district of Pithoragarh bordering Tibet and it’s west lies the district of Chamoli and it’s North lie the the Great Himalayas and in the South there is the district Bageshwar. The Bageshwar town is the headquarter of the district. 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. The places of tourist interests in the districts are Kausani, Baijnath, Kanda, Pandusthal, Vijaypur, Baijnath Temple, Bagnath Temple, Chandika Temple, Sriharu temple, and Gauri Udiyur.

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Tourist Places :


Lying in the Katyuri valley, 19 KMs away from Kausani and 26 kms 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 KMs from Baijnath on the Gwaldam road is lies the famous Kotkimai temple. One can also visit Pandusthal which lies nearby.


This picturesque place is a treat for nature lovers and is situated at a distance of 25 kms from Bageshwar. An ancient Bhadrakali temple stands very near to Kanda.


International Rural Home Tourism-Eco/Bio Tourism in the Kumaon Hills .Kanda , Bageshwar, Uttaranchal, India.

The beautiful hill station, and home of peace (Shantinikitan ) Kanda is situated at 1500-1900m above sea leave. 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.

Tourist Host Village Sonargaon (kanda), Bageshwar, Uttaranchal

From 1988 tourists of different nationalities have come to stay at the center for paying guests and ecotourism as volunteers. During their stay at Sonargaon, which can last from a few days to several months, visitors watch, join and enjoy community life. They also gain a good understanding and knowledge of Kumoani culture and way of life and of the deep spiritual and religions beliefs, and so have a unique and enjoyable experience.

Visitors can learn about local food preparation techniques, which is done using specific spices and locally grown organic vegetables. Experiencing this local cuisine can be one of the highlights of life at Kanda.

In their leisure time, visitors enjoy the stunning natural environment. The sweet fragrance of local flowers, the deep chattering of beautiful birds and the colourful butterflies make life here deeply calming. This experience can give a new personal strength to visitors, and the peace and calm can provide an opportunity for the stresses and pressures of life to crumble away and give peace of mind with the deep effect of this intellectual meditation. Many visitors take advantage of the calm atmosphere by practicing yoga.

Heritage Building, Kanda, Market, Bageshwar, Uttaranchal

Visitors can explore on foot the area surrounding Sonagaon cillage and see the members of the local community carryout their daily tasks, and so gain an insight into this way of life.

Another wonderful experience to be gained by a visit to ROSE is learning about the religious aspects of community life. There are different religious events, some held in the temples and others n people’s homes. Events of religious significance include celebrating various Hindu deities such as the celebration of Ramayana, Bhagwatgita, and Shivachana(worship of lord Shiva), the religious speeches of the priest and the nine days of Nawabriti (where there is worship everyday). These rituals give meaning to peoples lives and also serve as entertainment. During their stay, visitors may observe various religious customs and traditions, such as marriage ceremonies, the naming ceremony of a baby, and Rakhi, the ceremony of sacred thread. Rakhi is an important ceremony whereSiblings tie thread around each other’s wrists, and by doing so, sistyers are assured of their brother’s support and protection. There are many small and extraordinary religious events, including Jagar, the Kumoani folk songs, and the classical dance Chaachari, to name but a few. The women wear many different types of Jewelry, made from Gold and Silver, such as nose and ear studs/rings, necklaces, toes rings, anklets, and many colouful bangles on their wrists.

International Tourists Watching Himalya from Vijaypur (Kanda), Bageshwar, Uttaranchal

Kumoani people inherit a long tradition of culture and local environmental knowledge. They have a great understanding of the area, and are able to put the land to good use growing various different crops at different times of the year. They are also very skilled at animal husbandry, and many families own cows, buffalo, poultry and goats, as well as dogs and cats as pets. Creative knowledge regarding local arts and crafts is taught to the younger generations, and many are skilled in artistic pursuits such as dried flower decoration and painting special designs and patterns on the houses, which is called Alpana and Rangoli. Visitors are able to observe and participate in many of these activities and through this gain a deep understanding of the local heritage. If so inclined,Visitors can use their time here to conduct detailed studies of local culture, mythology, architecture and artwork, and so students of many disciplines make good use of the opportunities for study here at Kanda.

Making of woolen blanket

Participation in the organic farming is enjoyed by visitors at ROSE. Some people come here as part of the international Willing Work on Organic Farms scheme. Students of geography, biology, or those who are simply interested, can learn a great deal about local biodiversity and organic farming. ROSE operates many schemes to provide eco-friendly and sustainable energy, such as biogas for cooking that comes from cattle manure. Anyone with an interest in ecological issues, or anyone who has any ideas and proposals about sustainable development, will find plenty of scope to explore these ideas further here in Kanda.

US visitor doing practical on solar light system

While visitors stay here at ROSE , they can use their own personal skills to contribute to toe community, and take on the roles of eco/bio tourist. Ecotourists staying here are able to learn about the area while contributing to the host community, for example by teaching English, helping with construction projects, or with environmental projects such as reforestation. Through these activities ecotourists can satisfied their aims of sharing their skills with the community and positively contributing to the lives of the rural poor, whose environment and culture the tourists come to experience. Visitors can also spend some time learning Hindi and the local language Kumoani, can learn how to cook Kumoani food and mix the unique and medicinal herbs and species, and learn about traditional farming and building technologies.

Tourist attractions in the 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:

a) Badrinath Narayan, 500m from Kanda

b) Kalika Mandir in the center of Kanda market.

c) Gopeshwar Mahadev, 7km from Kanda market by road.

Religious temples at Kanda:

a) Kalika Mandir-center of market.

b) Golu mandir Sokhula-1km.

c) Jawala Devi Mandir-1km.

d) Annpurna Mandir-2km.

e) Dholinag Mandir-5km.

f) Hanuman Mandir- 2km.

g) Pheninag Mandir- 15 km..

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