Lohaghat

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Lohaghat
लोहाघाट
city
Lohaghat is located in Uttarakhand
Lohaghat
Lohaghat
Location in Uttarakhand, India
Coordinates: 29°25′N 80°06′E / 29.42°N 80.10°E / 29.42; 80.10Coordinates: 29°25′N 80°06′E / 29.42°N 80.10°E / 29.42; 80.10
Country  India
State Uttarakhand
District Champawat
Area
 • Total 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi)
Elevation 1,754 m (5,755 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 31,000
 • Density 6,900/km2 (18,000/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official Hindi
 • Native Kumaoni
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
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Lohaghat is a town and a nagar panchayat (Notified Area Council, N.A.C.) in Champawat district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This is a hill station with many tourist spots around.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[1] Lohaghat had a population of 5828. Males constitute 56% of the population and females 44%. Lohaghat has an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 75%. In Lohaghat, 14% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Tourism[edit]

Lohaghat on the banks of Lohawati River in Champawat district is one of the important places for its beautiful temples. Located at an altitude of 1706 mts, Lohaghat is a few kilometers from Pithoragarh. This ancient town of Lohaghat has immense 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 areas 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 viilage.

It is famous for Bagwal fight carnival which takes place at Devidhura (In Maa Baarahi temple) on auspicious day of Raksha bandhan day.Devidhura is 45 km.away 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 :- Tanakpur Railway station is 89 km away from Lohaghat.

Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati, a branch of the Ramakrishna Math, founded in 1899, 9 km from Lohaghat.

Tourist Attractions of Lohaghat:

Mayawati Ashram :- Located at a distance of 9 km from Lohaghat this is famous for the Advaita Ashram which attracts pilgrims and tourists from all over the world.

Advaita Ashrama at Mayavati is not only a tourist place but it also a Holy place for Bengalies in summer season. Most Bengalies came here to know abaout the mission of Swami Abhedananda,a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, and a favourite brother-disciple of Swami Vivekananda.It was Swami Abhedananda who founded the Mayawati Ashram and lived there for many years. There is a huge library with literature available about Swamis Abhedananda and Vivekananda, and a mission hospital.

Abbot Mount :- Situated at a distance of 7 km from Lohaghat this is one of the most serene locales near Lohaghat. Spend a few moments amidst serenity in Abbot Mount.

Overview[edit]

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 is also remains of the fort of Banasur, Varansur fort (Vanasur-Ka-Kila), nearby, 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.

Transport[edit]

The nearest railhead is at Tanakpur, approximately 90 km away. Naini Saini Airport is the nearest airport.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  2. ^ KV Lohaghat

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