Lohaghat, the scenic town in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand is still an unspoilt beauty! It has a rich historical past. Once the cultural capital of the Chand dynasty, Lohaghat is fast emerging as a major tourist centre in the newly formed district of Champawat.
On the bank of river Lohawati, Lohaghat is a destination of historical and mythological significance. One can go for fishing and water sports activities from here to Pancheshwar. The sikh shrine Meetha Reetha Sahib, en route Nainital and Almora is another tourist attraction.
In the nineteenth century, the British were so overwhelmed by its beauty that they proposed to develop it as summer capital of the then British empire.Set amidst tall range of Deodars and snowy peaks of the Himalayas, Lohaghat is a heaven. A city with a remarkable past, amidst natural abundance and a mystic aura of hill romance and new found resurgence, the whole area is an exquisite combination of natural beauty, historical importance and healthy atmosphere.
Famous for/as: Historical
Best Season / Best time to visit
The climatic conditions in the town of Lohaghat are similar to climate of many hill stations in the state. The conditions are pleasant in the summer and hence it is the peak tourist season. Rainfall can be expected throughout the year. However the maximum amount of rainfall is experienced during the short monsoon season.
Winters are cold and the temperatures often drop to around then freezing point. The summer season is from March to June. The average temperature during these months is around 15°C. Temperatures rarely rise beyond the 25 degrees Celsius mark during the summer season.
The month of June is the hottest part of the year and the average temperature in June is around 19°C. The short monsoon season is from July to September. The maximum rainfall is received during the month of August. The average temperature during the monsoon season is around 17°C. The month of October is mild with temperatures averaging around 15°C. The winter season in the hill town is generally cold and the lowest temperature is 0°C. The average temperature during the winter season is around 8 degrees Celsius. January is the coldest month of the year.
Attractions & Places to Visit and Explore in Lohaghat
Lohaghat is surrounded by destinations that come to the tourists as sheer delights. All these are a single day sojourn from Lohaghat. One could enjoy peace and serenity of Abbot Mount, 9 km away at a height of 2001 m, dotted with British period bungalows. The place is amid thick Oak and Deodar forest. A stroll down the charming landscape of Champawat, or a spiritual journey to Devidhura and Metha Reetha Sahib will give you memories to cherish for a lifetime.
9 kms from Lohaghat, at an altitude of 1940 m, this place holds importance in the spiritual journey of Swami Vivekanand. He came here in 1898 with his European disciples to establish the ‘Advaita Ashram’.
Meetha Reetha Sahib
At a distance of 62 km from Lohaghat. Guru Nanak Dev visited this place and held spiritual discussion with Gorakh Panthi Yogis. A Sikh shrine is built here at the confluence of Ladhiya and Ratiya rivers.
Purnagiri Temple: 106 kms from Lohaghat, it is one of the 108 Siddh Peeths. Major festivals are held during Chaitra (March) and the Navratras (October/ November).
7 kms from Lohaghat by bus and 2 kms by walk at a height of 1,859 m, this fort is believed to be the capital of Demon Vanasur, who was defeated by Lord Krishna, in a face to face battle.
How to Reach Here
By air: The nearest airport is Naini Saini, Pithoragarh (66 km). It is not a regular commercial airport though.
By road: Lohaghat is situated on the main motorable road and is well connected with state highways.
By rail: Nearest Railhead is Tanakpur (89 km).
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