Information about Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh is situated at a height of 5,396 feet in a beautiful valley surrounded by mighty mountains in all directions and shares borders with Nepal. Pithoragarh is a lesser known tourist destination that commands attention from two kinds of people-mountain lovers and country servers (Indian Army). As Pithoragarh shares its border with Nepal, it serves as an important halt for those heading towards the sacred Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet and Adi Kailash in India. On the way to Pithoragarh you will cross many pretty little Kumaon villages. These villages with their customary white walls blue windows and doors, cobbled stone streets and citrus fruit orchards are straight out of a picture postcard. During winter season, the orchards take on hues of orange and yellow from their ripe orange, malta and other similar fruits. Pithoragarh is a cool place in which there are less tourists, no pilgrims and tourist guides. In its environment, you can paraglide, hang glide, mountain bike, river raft, ski and trek. The mountainous terrain and swift rivers are ideal for these activities. The Nanda Devi and Panchchuli ranges of snow clad peaks can be seen from Pithoragarh. Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Ltd. has major plans of developing Pithoragarh as an upcoming adventure destination in the near future.

Tourist Attractions in Pithoragarh

The various tourist attractions in Pithoragarh are Pithoragarh Fort, Chandak, Pancheshwar, Askot Sanctuary and Chaukori.

The Kali river meets the Saryu river at Pancheshwar. There is the Chaumu Temple in Pancheshwar which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A mela is also held here during Shivratri each year. The devotees from the villages nearby gather here to make merry and worship Lord Shiva. At this time, a dip at the river is believed to be spiritually more effective than any other time during the year. The rest of the year, the temple is deserted. The areas near Pancheshwar offers excellent Himalayan views, trails, treks and is excellent for angling. The rivers situated here are also good for rafting.

Chaukori is a beautiful spot which is situated at a height of 6,595 feet. Chaukori offers great views of snow capped mountains and extraordinary sunrise and sunsets. The entire area is covered with tea gardens and fruit orchards that are simply great for walking around. This place is devoid of tourists and known for its quaint peaceful walk.

Pithoragarh Fort

The Pithoragarh Fort is situated on the outskirts of the main town of Pithoragarh. This fort is set on the top of a hill, and built by the Gorkhas when they took over the town in 1789.

Chandak is a beautiful hill from where you can get the best view of the Himalayan ranges. The local people here strongly believe in the religious strength of the Musht Manu Temple which is situated here. A fair is also held in August, every year.

Askot Sanctuary
The Askot Sanctuary is located in Pithoragarh. This sanctuary is set in picturesque surroundings and offers magnificent mountain views from its height of 5,412 feet. Snow leopard, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, snow cock, tahr, bharal, monal, pheasants and chukors are the various animals and birds which can be seen in this sanctuary. There are also a few temples that dot this lush green secluded forest.

Excursions from Pithoragarh

Patal Bhuvneshwar
Patal Bhuvneshwar is situated about 94 kms. from Pithoragarh. There is a 1 Km long cave. The cave has beautiful statues. This place is also described in Skandpuran. Some of people believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati lived in these caves. Inside cave, on the walls, images of Lord Shiva's hair can be seen, from which water drops are falling continuously. On the right side, it has statue of Lord Ganesha. Little ahead is Badrinath and Kedarnath. It also has Ranidwar, Papdwar, Dharmadwar, Mokshdwar and Bhuvneshwari Kund. The feathers of Jatayu can be seen a little ahead from here. Near the cave is Sumeru Hill, which has image of Sumer at the top. A little distance from here, the Mahaling statue of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh can be seen. On crossing the narrow cave there is a statue of Shiv and Parvati. It is said that Shiva hide in this cave to save himself from Bhasmasur. On back to cave, there is a pond, whose water is pure and clear.

The town of Jhulaghat shares its border with Nepal formed by the Kali river. There is a small market on the either side of the border. There is a hanging bridge on the river, known as Jhulaghat. After crossing the bridge you can enter Nepal and visit it without any extra cost or official documents like passport and visa. 

Narayan Ashram

Narayan Ashram is situated north of Pithoragarh, after Dharchula and Tawaghat. The Narayan Ashram was established by Narayan Swami in a shady green nest, and housed in a striking edifice. It has a school for local children and runs training programmes for local youth and economic development. The ashram also has a library, the swami’s samadhi sthal and a meditation center.

Dharchula is located about 94 km from Pithoragarh. Dharchula is an important camp along the Kailash Mansrovar, Adi Kailash and Narain Ashram routes and the gateway for Darma, Chaudans and Byans regions. 

Munsyari is situated at a distance of about 127 km from Pithoragarh. Munsyari is the center as well as the gateway to the Johar region. From here, one can see the Panchchuli range from very close quarters. It is also the base camp for trekkers going to Milam, Ralam and Namik glaciers. 

Jauljibi is situated about 76 km from Pithoragarh, at the confluence of the Gori and Kali rivers. Jauljibi borders Nepal and is an important trading center. During the autumn season, Jauljibi pulsates with important trade fair which is an indicator of the cultural and commercial prosperity of the region.

How to get here

By Air: 
The nearest airport is Naini Saini.

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is Tanakpur.

By Road:
Pithoragarh is linked with various places like Nainital, Almora and Ranikhet and other places in the Kumaon and Garhwal region.


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