LOHAGHAT, the scenic town in the KUMAON region of UTTARAKHAND is still an unspoilt beauty! The Sikh shrine MEETHA REETHA sahib, en route NAINITAL and ALMORA is another tourist attraction. 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.
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. 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.
LOHAGHAT is a place of immense historical relevance with forts and medieval temples dotting its landscape. The hill station is beautifully located near River LOHAWATI offering a peaceful and calm place to relax. Situated on the banks of LOHAWATI River and at an altitude of 1800 meters, LOHAGHAT is a place of religious and historical importance, blessed with immaculate beauty and surroundings. LOHAGHAT is a place to just be and enjoy the peace and serenity it offers, being highly rated among travellers to UTTARAKHAND. The summer sees the place turn into a landscape of countless hues due to Rhododendrons spread over the town.
1. MAYAWATI ASHRAM-
He came here in 1898 with his European disciples to establish the 'ADVAITA Ashram'.9kms from LOHAGHAT, at an altitude of 1940 m, this place holds importance in the spiritual journey of SWAMI VIVEKANAND.
2. MEETHA REETHA SAHIB –
At a distance of 62 km from LOHAGHAT. A Sikh shrine is built here at the confluence of LADHIYA and RATIYA rivers. Guru Nanak DEV visited this place and held spiritual discussion with GORAKH PANTHI Yogis.
3. PURNAGIRI TEMPLE-
Major festivals are held during CHAITRA (March) and the NAVRATRAS (October/ November) 106kms from LOHAGHAT, it is one of the 108 SIDDH PEETHS.
4. VANASUR FORT –
7kms from LOHAGHAT by bus and 2kms 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.
By Air: The nearest airport is NAINI Saini, Pithoragarh (66 km). It is not a regular commercial airport though.
By Rail: Nearest Railhead is TANAKPUR (89 km).
By Road: LOHAGHAT is situated on the main motor-able road and is well connected with state highways.