District Name : Bageshwar

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Nestled in the heart of Uttarakhand, India, Bageshwar (Kumaoni: Bāgshyār) stands as a captivating town and municipal board within the scenic Bageshwar district. The town, positioned 470 km away from the National Capital, New Delhi, and 332 km from the State Capital, Dehradun, is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, glaciers, meandering rivers, and ancient temples. Notably, Bageshwar serves as the administrative hub of the district.

Situated at the confluence of the Saryu and Gomati rivers, Bageshwar is encircled by the majestic Bhileshwar and Nileshwar mountains to the east and west, with the Suraj Kund to the north and the Agni Kund to the south completing its natural boundaries. Historically, Bageshwar played a pivotal role as a prominent trading center connecting Tibet and Kumaun. Bhotia traders once flocked to its markets, engaging in the exchange of Tibetan goods, wool, salt, and Borax for local products such as carpets. However, the trade routes were shuttered post the Indo-China War of 1962.

This town holds immense religious, historical, and political significance, deeply rooted in the puranas where it is associated with Lord Shiva. The annual Uttrayani fair, a significant cultural event in Bageshwar, drew approximately 15,000 attendees in the early twentieth century, standing as the largest fair in the Kumaon division. It also became the focal point of the Coolie Begar Movement in January 1921. Notably, Bageshwar derives its name from the revered Bagnath Temple, adding another layer to its cultural tapestry. While Hindi and Sanskrit claim official language status, Kumaoni resonates widely among the local populace.

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