Bageshwar lies at the confluence of Saryu and Gomti rivers with the blessings of Lord Sadashiv, the redeemer of all sins. There are numerous famous temples dedicated to Gods and Goddesses in the proximity of Bageshwar.
Bageshwar is a place of extreme religious and historic significance. The Bhileshwar and the Nileshwar mountains border the east and the west of Bageshwar while the north and south are surrounded by Suraj Kund and Agni Kund respectively. According to the puranas, this place has the power to liberate one from shackles of births and deaths. For the entire state, Bageshwar has been the symbol of faith. Bageshwar is the base camp for treks to popular glaciers like Pindari, Kafni and Sunderdhunga.
The most important temple of Bageshwar is Bagnath temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated at the heart of the city and thousands of devotees throng the temple on the occasion of Mahashivratri. The temple was constructed by Laxmi Chand around 1450 AD.
The temples of Baijnath are located on the left bank of Gomti. The main temple which is just below the house of Mahanta is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Since the construction of the temple is similar to the Tailihata group, it can be said that it belonged to the same period as Tailihta. About half a kilometre of Bageshwar lies the Chandika temple dedicated to Goddess Chandika. The Sriharu temple is located 5kms from Bageshwar and every year on Vijaya Dashami a large fair is organised here. The Uttaryani Fair is the most important fair of Bageshwar held on the occasion of Makar Sankranti on January 14th. The lace is considered to be as holy as the Ganga at Varanasi and therefore the fair attracts hundreds of devotees.
Bagnath Temple: Bageshwar got its name from an ancient temple of Lord Shiva situated in the heart of the town. According to myths and legends, sage Markandey was visited by Lord Shiva in the disguise of a tiger. This sacred shrine was built by the rulers of Chand Dynasty in 1602A.D. A fair is held every year on the auspicious day of Shivratri. This sacred temple is visited by thousands of devotees every month, throughout the year and especially during the period of ‘Shravan’. Bagnath temple holds the idols made from 7th to 16th century.
Chandika Temple: The deity of this sacred shrine is Goddess Chandika. The temple is situated very close to the Bageshwar town. Chandika Temple is flooded by devotees during ‘Navratras’.
Shri Haru Temple: It is situated at a distance of kms from Bageshwar town. On the auspicious occasion of ‘vijay dashmi’ a large fair is held at Shri Haru Temple. The people of Kumaon have strong belief in this sacred temple.
Gauri Udiyar: It is situated 8kms from Bageshwar. There is a huge cave in Gauri Udiyar enshrining the ancient idols of Lord Shiva.
Other temple near Bageshwar: Agnikund temple, Nileshwar temple, Kukuda Mai temple, Shitla Devi temple, Trijugi Narayan temple, Hanuman temple, Jwala Devi temple, Radha Krishna temple, Bhileshwar Dham, Suraj Kund, Golu temple and Praktishwar Mahadev.
By Air: The nearest airport to Bageshwar is Pantnagar Airport situated 180kms away in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand state. Taxis and buses are available from Pantnagar Airport to Almora and Bageshwar.Pantnagar is connected to Delhi with daily flights. Pant Nagar Airport is well connected by motorable roads with Bageshwar.
By Rail: The nearest railhead to Bageshwar is Kathgodam situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand state. The distance from Kathgodam Railway station is situated at a distance of 149kms from Bageshwar. Taxis and buses are easily available from Kathgodam to Almora and Bageshwar. Kathgodam is well connected with major destinations of India like Lucknow, Delhi and Kolkata. Trains are frequent to Kathgodam as it is the gateway of Kumaon region.
By Road: Bageshwar is well connected by motorable roads with major destinations of Garhwal and Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state. Buses from ISBT Anand Vihar are available to Almora, Nainital, Haldwani and many other destinations from where you can easily hire a local cab or bus to reach Bageshwar. Taxis and buses are easily available to Bageshwar from major destinations of Kumaon region.