A quaint old town, Abbott Mount is located in the Kali Kumaon region of Champawat district, Uttarakhand. Here, one can witness the charm of a bygone British colonial era through a marvellous church and 13 isolated cottages across the hill.
Established during the early 20th century by a British businessman - John Harold Abbott, Abbott Mount is a place that remains more or less unchanged. Perched at an elevation of 7000 ft. above sea level, it offers ravishing views of the snow-clad Himalayas and tranquil surroundings, bringing peace as birds chirp through the wispy breeze.
The place experiences excellent weather almost throughout the year, making it ideal for activities like trekking, angling, bird watching and photography. Enriched in flora & fauna and bound by thick forests of pine and deodars, Abbott Mount is a must-visit - away from the screeching noises of the city.
The Abbot Mount of Champawat in Uttarakhand is the place that holds moderate weather in summer but is extremely foggy during winters. So it's better, you visit here during summer or fall. Any time between March to October is ideal.
Major Attractions in and Around Abbott Mount
1. Mayawati Ashram
Mayawati Ashram is a popular nearby place to visit. It is situated at an altitude of1, 940mts above sea level. Mayawati Ashram is popular amongst the spiritualists. Swami Vivekananda also shifted the publication office of ‘Prabuddh Bharat’ from Madras to here. The Ashram also provides board and lodgings to the visitors on their requests. Mayawati Ashram also has a library and a small museum to spend your time in.
Lohaghat is a popular destination in the Kumaon region situated 8km from Abbott mount at an elevation of 1745mts above sea level. Lohaghat holds great historical and mythological importance and it is situated on the banks of Lohawati River. During summers the area is covered with ‘Burans’ Rhododendron, the state flower of Uttarakhand.
3. Vanasur Ka Kila
It is situated at an altitude of 1,859mts above sea level. Vanasur ka Kila is located 9kms from Lohaghat of which you have to cover 7kms by bus or taxi and the rest 2km on foot. It is believed that this place was the capital of demon Vanasur, who was defeated by Lord Krishna in a face to face battle.
Pancheshwar is famous for the Temple of Chaumu, its fair and the sacred confluence. Chaumu is worshipped as a protector of animals with bells and milk as its offerings. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva at Pancheshwar.
How to Reach Abbott Mount
Abbott Mount, Uttarakhand is home to snow-capped mountains, surreal sight of pine forests, rich biodiversity, and adventurous activities. You can visit this hill station at any time of the year to spend a memorable vacation. From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru, you have to cover a distance of 430km via NH9, 1600km via Mumbai-Agra NH, 1300km via NH19, and 2200km via NH44, respectively.
If your preferred travel option is airways, then you have to terminate your air travel at the Pantnagar Airport, Uttarakhand and is the nearest airport to Abbott Mount. The airport regulates the arrival and departure of flights run by airlines like AirIndia and IndiGo. From the airport, you may use any public transport to reach the hill station.
Delhi - Board AirIndia flight from Delhi. The airfare starts from INR 5,000
Mumbai - Board AirIndia flight from Mumbai. The airfare starts from INR 8,000
Kolkata - Board AirIndia flight from Kolkata. The airfare starts from INR 9,000
Bengaluru - Board AirIndia flight Bengaluru. The airfare starts from INR 8,000
If you are planning a train journey, then you have to deboard at the Tanakpur Railway Station. The station is 91km away from Abbott Mount and is well-connected via train network to nearby cities. After deboarding the train at Tanakpur station, you can choose any public transport to reach your desired destination in this hill station.
The geographical belt in which Abbott Mount is situated is surrounded by scenic vistas, ravishing landscapes, and well-maintained highways that make a road trip to this place a must in a lifetime. You may reach here via tourist buses or drive to this hill station in your vehicle. Both ways, you will get to witness the countryside beauty and culture.