Picturesque Pithoragarh town is delight for mountaineers, trekkers, adventure seekers, botanists, pilgrims as well as sightseers. It is an important halt on the famous Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route. The rivers originating from the Pithoragarh mountains are perfect for water sports, while the lush jungles here teem with rich variety of flora and fauna.
This eastern most district of Uttarakhand popularly called as 'Miniature Kashmir', shares international boundary with China (Tibet) on the north and Nepal on the east. The northern parts are studded with majestic peaks like Nanda Devi (east), Nanda Devi (west), Trishul, Nandakot, Rajrambha, Panchachuli group etc. The alpine meadows and glaciers below these majestic mountains has made the district a virtual paradise for nature lovers.
Area 7110 sq km
Total Population :462,300 approx.
Places to Visit in Pithoragarh
It is set atop a hill on the outskirts of the town. The fort was built by the Gorkhas in 1789.
Kapileshwar Mahadev (3 kms):
The cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva affords fine view of the Soar valley and lofty Himalayan peaks.
Chandak (8 kms) :
The beautiful hill affords a fine view of the Himalayas. The Manu Temple here is highly revered by the locales.
This famous shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Maa Jayanti and is 10 kms by road and 4 kms on foot from Pithoragarh. It also commands a breath taking view of the snow capped peaks.
Thal Kedar (16 kms) :
This Shaivite pilgrim site is also known for its scenic splendour. During the annual fair of Shivratri large number of devotees flock to Thal Kedar.
Nakuleshwara (10 kms):
It is believed that Nakuleshwara Temple was built by Nakul and Sahdev (two brothers of Pandavas). The place is located at Athgaon Shilling area.
The scenic sanctuary 54 kms from Pithoragarh nestles at a height of 5412 ft. in Kumaon Himalayas and is popular among wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is a safe haven for snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, musk dears, snow cocks, tahra, bharals, mona/s, chirs, koklas, pheasants and chukors. The lush sanctuary area dotted with temples is also a fine place to view the beauty of the Himalayas.
This small town on the Indo-Nepal border is named after a hanging bridge on the Kali river. One can enter Nepal through this bridge. The small market here deals in Nepali goods and other electronic items.
Chaukori Trekking Routes. Following are the three popular trekking routes.
1. Chaukori - Berinag - Patal Bhuwaneshwar - Gangolihat (3 days).
2. Chaukori - Kotbaniya - Dharmghar - Gangolihat (3 days).
3. Chaukori - That - Pithoragarh (2 days)
How to reach Pithoragarh
The nearest airport for Pithoragarh is at Naini Saini (5 kms). However, the nearest operational airport is at Pantnagar, Udham Singh Nagar.
The nearest rail head is at Tanakpur (151 kms)
Pithoragarh is well connected by road with important towns of the region and other states as well.