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This place was discovered by Britisher John Abbott (whose descendants now live in Jhansi) in the pre-independence era and he decided to name the hill after himself. He built 13 cottages here and some of these still survive. Panorama takes a new meaning as you treat yourself to views of peaks like Trishul, Nanda Kot, Nanda Ghunti and the Nanda Devi spanning in an arc in front of you across a valley. This is the place where you just walk around amidst the woods with no traffic or sounds, sip tea with clouds below and watch beautiful sunsets. There is a church built in 1942, locked now, where prayers are supposedly still held once or twice a year. You can even play a game of cricket on what is claimed to be the second highest pitch after Chail in Himachal Pradesh at just under 7,000 feet.
Where to Stay: The Abott Mount (Asian Adventures) is a very well managed cottage and just the place to stay when exploring this district. Where to Eat: At the cottage where you are staying. No real options otherwise.
The very first story of his first book (Man Eaters of Kumaon) is related to Champawat.
•Season :Round the year
•Clothing Summer: light Woolens or cotton, Winter: Heavy Woolens
•Language: Kumaoni, Hindi and English
•Local Transport : Jeeps/Taxis/Ponies/Dandi
•Area : 5 Sq. kms.