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Mercy Jacob Mar 06 2014

Which are the famous things to see and do in Abbott Mount?

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Not even the breathtaking vistas of the forested drive to Champawat District from Kathgodam can prepare you for the beauty that greets you in Abbott Mount. Even though this pretty hill station has its own moments of tranquility and quietude, there are loads of famous things to see and do in Abbott Mount which are worth exploring and experiencing. The panoramic view will dominate your time in Abbott Mount, for every cottage and the cricket pitch, where everybody congregates, has been oriented towards the mountains. Here is not-to-miss list when you are here:

The Mount

Visit Abbott Mount’s cricket pitch on the summit of the hill. At just under 7,000 ft, Abbott Mount’s is reputed to be the world’s second highest cricket pitch, after Chail, one of the famous cities in Himachal Pradesh. At the eastern end of the pitch, follow the trail down to the tiny church where JH Abbott lies buried, forever facing his beloved mountains. The church, sadly, is inexorably falling into ruin. Any number of trails lead down the mount from the pitch. Follow these and come across the wildflowers of Kumaon and fat mushrooms that you should not even dream about eating.

Photo of a scenic spot (by parth joshi)


Abbott Mount is visited as a base for Pancheshwar, a pleasant 36-km drive away via Lohaghat. This village oversees the confluence of the Kali and Sarda rivers, both rich with mahseer. Carry your equipment along. Abbott Mount Cottage and quite a few of the operators in the ‘Fishing in Kumaon’ story offer angling packages for Pancheshwar.

Photo of Sharda River (by Arshadhs at en.wikipedia)


The district headquarters, 22 km from Abbott Mount, is a historic town filled with wood-carved houses, and an old fort which now houses the tehsil office. Its undisputed glory, however, is the Sri Baleshwar Temple Complex, whose delicate beauty has endured since the 10th century CE. The roofs and outer walls of the four shrines here are splendidly carved. The inner sanctum of the main shrine is small and intimate. The temple is a few steps from Champawat’s main bazaar on the road in from Lohaghat, located on the hill behind Chaudhury’s cloth shop. Pick up bal mithai at the many sweet shops here.

Photo of Champawat Town (by rajkumar1220)

Now you know that there are a whole world of famous things to see and do in Abbott Mount on your trip.

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