Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh

Located in

Kumaon

Recommended stay

     1 days

Best time to visit

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec,

Railway Station

Tanakpur Railway Station,138 kms

Nearest Airport

Pantnagar, 241 kms

Famous for

Hill station, Trekking Destinations

Pithoragarh | Uttarakhand

Pithoragarh is a Himalayan city with a Municipal Board in Pithoragarh district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is the fourth largest city of Kumaon and the largest in Kumaon hills, larger than Almora and Nainital.The town has all the facilities including an airport

Top 10 places to visit in Pithoragarh – Divine Travels

Pithoragarh is a scenic hill station that was carved from the Almora district in Uttarakhand and is a beautiful paradise for the visitors. It lies in the centre of Soar valley and has been entitled as the miniaturized Kashmir valley. It is the gateway to the famous pilgrim spot Om Parvat, holy river Manasarovar and Kailash and is revered for being one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand.

Pithoragarh is known for its surreal beauty and alluring landscapes that pacify the soul of the visitors. It has fascinating forests and cascading waterfalls that amplify the aesthetic beauty of this place in multifold amounts. It also nestles the mighty peaks of Nanda Devi on the East and West.

This hill station is home to some of the most splendid attractions that you must visit. Chandak is the most popular attraction over here that is a hilltop that houses a temple dedicated to Manu, who is a Hindu deity. Askot Sanctuary is another popular spot here that is home to diverse species of flora and fauna. You can also visit Ralam glacier over here that is the most popular trekking route in Uttarakhand.

Pithoragarh offers some of the most enthralling activities to the visitors for a fun-filled experience. You can try trekking and camping over here to test your limits and to explore the daredevil within you. Another popular activity that you can try over here is river rafting at the Kali river.

Pithoragarh experiences generally mild and temperate climate all round the year. The average temperature over here is around 16.3 degrees Celsius, and it receives 59.1-inch rainfall per year. During summer, it experiences temperature ranging from 7 to 20 degrees Celsius, and during winter, the temperature drops down to around 4 degrees Celsius.

Pithoragarh - The Little Kashmir

Pithoragarh is the easternmost district of Uttaranchal in north India, surrounded by Nepal to the east and Tibet to the north.It is popular for its exquisite natural beauty and is widely known as the “Little Kashmir“.

Located at an altitude of 1,650mts above sea level, Pithoragarh is a small valley about 5kms long and 2kms wide. Kumaoni, Hindi, and English are the three main languages spoken in this region. Pithoragarh district is named after the Pithoragarh town of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand.

Why Visit Pithoragarh?

Pithoragarh has a lot of historical importance. It was one of the main centers of power during the rule of Chand Rajas of Kumaon. From this region, pilgrims begin their journey to the holiest shrines of Mansarovar and Kailash. You can get an excellent view of the snow-capped mountains of Nanda Devi, Panchachuli and Appi of Nepal from Chandak Hill located a height of 2000 mts.

Pithoragarh has quite a number of important places of interest to attract tourists. A magnificent fort, the Pithoragarh Fort stands tall in Pithoragarh construted by the Gurkhas in the 18th century. Located on the outskirts of the city is a cave temple known as Kapileshwar Mahadev is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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Activities in Pithoragarh

Trekking: Pithoragarh is the starting point for few treks into the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand including the famed Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra. The mesmerizing natural beauty that surrounds the valley of Pithoragarh is sublime.      

Village Tourism: One can walk around the villages and learn about their way of life, customs and festivals of the locals. There are few villages and hamlets which one can explore before starting their trek to the higher latitudes of Kumaon Mountains.

Temple VisitThere are quite a few temples and shrines in Pithoragarh which are revered by the locals as well as pilgrims. Nakuleshwar Temple and Kapileshwar Mahadev Temples are well-known temples in Pithoragarh. 

ParaglidingOnce you can also enjoy Paragliding in Pithoragarh as well.

History of Pithoragarh

Pithoragrah has been referred as ‘Rai Pithora‘ by the dynamic Rajput King, Prithviraj Chauhan. In 1364, after being defeated by Bhartpal, the Rajwar of Uku (now in Nepal), Pithoragarh was reigned for the rest of 14th century by the three generations of the Pal dynasty and the kingdom was annexed from Pithoragarh to Askot. 

According to the old scriptures, Pal dynasty based out of Askot was soon uprooted by the Chands in 1420. At that time Vijay Brahm of the Brahm dynasty (from Doti) ruled the region as the King. It was after the death of Gyan Chand in a conflict with Kshetra Pal that the Pals were able to reclaim the throne. It is believed that in 1445, Bharti Chand had defeated the ‘Bams’ or Brahms who were the rulers of Pithoragarh and the Chand dynasty dominated the Pithoragarh town.

You can get a wonderful view of the Soar Valley and the surrounding Himalayan peaks from this place. Pithoragarh is also famous for its hills like Nanda Devi East, Nanda Devi West, Trishul, Rajrambha, Hardeol, Bambadhura, Nandakhat, and the Panchchuli group. Pithoragarh also boasts of some impressive glaciers like Ralam, Milam, Namik, Meola and Balati glaciers. Pithoragarh is famous for wooden, woolen and acne handicrafts.

What is Pithoragarh famous for?

Pithoragarh is famous among tourist as Hill station, Trekking Destinations.

Pithoragarh is popular destination for following activities/ interests – Business Hub, Hill Station, Paragliding.