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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.
Pithoragarh is a Himalayan town with a Municipal Board in Pithoragarh district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is the largest organised semi-urbanised to urbanised town in the hills of Uttarakhand.The town has all the facilities including an airport.
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 constructed by the Gurkhas in the 18th century.
Activities In Pithoragarh
Trekking : Pithoragarh is the starting point for few treks into the kumaon region of Uttarakhand including the famed Kailash - Mansarovar Yatra.
Village Tourism : There are few villages and Hamlets which one can explore before starting their trek to the higher latitudes of kumaon Mountains.
Paragliding : Once you can also enjoy Paragliding in Pithoragarh as well.
Temple Visit : There are quite a few temples and Shrines in Pithoragarh which are revered by the locals as well as Pilgrims.
Best time to Visit Pithoragarh
The summer months are generally considered the best time to visit Pithoragarh due to the pleasant and accommodating weather conditions. Temperatures between April and June remain around 7-20 degree Celsius, making it perfect for trekking around and visiting historical sites. The monsoon season is another time to visit Pithoragarh but because temperatures generally tend to drop at night, it’s advisable to carry light woolen clothes. Between December and March Pithoragarh gets too cold for most tourists with temperatures dropping to 4 degrees Celsius and lower.
Places To Visit
Pancheshwar Mahadev Temple
Pancheshwar Mahadev Temple is a sacred temple of Lord Shiva located at foothills of the India - Nepal border, on confluence of river Sharda and river Kali near Lohaghat in Champawat district. This temple is also known as Chaumu (Isht Devta) by local people. Here locales worship the Jaat of Chaumu. The temple is mostly visited during the Chaitra Navratri, a festival celebrated in months of March-April by Kumaoni as well as Garhwali people.
Nakuleshwar Temple is a noted religious site, which is located at a distance of 4 km from the Pithoragarh town and 2 km from the Shiling village. The term Nakuleshwar is a combination of two words – nakul and eshwar. The Nakul statue of Mahishasur Mardini refers to the mighty Himalaya and "eshwar" is the Hindi word for "god". Therefore, it collectively refers to the god of the Himalaya (Lord Shiva).
The Pithoragarh fort is located on top of a hill on the outskirts of Pithoragarh. It was built by the Gorkhas back in the year 1789.
Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple
Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple is adorned in the luscious Soar Valley located near Takaura and Takari villages of Pithoragarh. The Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated about 10 metres inside a dark cave.
Thal Kedar Temple
A holy place dedicated to Lord Shiva is also known for its mesmerizing beauty and spell binding surroundings. Located 15 km from the town, this temple can only be reached by trekking either from Pithoragarh or from Nakuleshwar Temple.
Thal Kedar is situated at an altitude of 2000 m and attracts large number of devotees during Shivratri.
Naini Saini Airport
Naini Saini Airport is situated in a beautiful city of Kumon called Pithoragarh. This airport is also known as Pithoragarh airport or Pithoragarh Airstrip.
Currently goverment of Uttarakhand is operating this airport and is planning to upgrade it to Category 2C airport under Visual flight rules (VFR) conditions to facilitate operations of ATR-42 type of aircraft. Pithoragarh Airport was constructed in 1991 for administrative use and planned for Dornier 228 type aircraft.
Gangolihat is a small Himalayan hill town in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand, India. Gangolihat is famous for its Shakti Peeth of "Haat Kalika" dedicated goddess Kali.
People from across the region visit Lateshwar Mandir to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and its enthralling location makes it one of the most famous attractions of Pithoragarh region. The entire temple is coloured in red with ample space for holding yagnas, festivals, and religious gatherings.
How To Reach
Daily direct flights are available from New Delhi to Pantnagar airport. While Naini Saini Airport – also called Pithoragarh Airstrip is in the main city, yet it is not open to commercial airlines. There are no direct flight to Pithoragarh from Mumbai but Air India flies via Delhi. In fact, this is one of the only few direct flights to Pithoragarh, as most flights to Pantnagar are connecting flights. Air India is generally the airline that most travellers use for this route. From Delhi, flights to Pantnagar are around 1 hour long while from Mumbai, Kolkata and other major cities, flights are longer – around 4 hours or more – due to stop overs.
The major train stations near Pithoragarh are Rampur (146 km away), Bareilly (159 km away) and Moradabad (163 km). While these are the major railway stations in the vicinity, they are not the closest to Pithoragarh. The closest train stations are Tanakpur (58 km away), Banbasa (67 km away) and Chakrapur (71 km away).
From Delhi, one can take a bus from ISBT Anand Vihar with routes leading to Pithoragarh and the neighbouring locations of Almora, Tanakpur and Champawat. By bus, Pithoragarh is located approximately 460 km from Delhi. Buses originating from Delhi are either the state-run Volvo or non-air-conditioned buses that are a more economic option. If you decide to travel by bus from Delhi, it would be advisable to get down at Haldwani and take a taxi from Haldwani to Pithoragarh. From Haldwani, Pithoragarh is around 223 km away.
The city shares international boundaries with China and Nepal. It is the largest district in the hills of Uttarakhand. It comes under Kumaon division, the people are called as Kumaonis and the local language is Kumaoni Language. The summers are very pleasant with moderate climate and the winters are chilly days accompanied with heavy snowfalls. Known as Mini Kashmir of India, is one of the most beautify place not just the because of it’s scenic beauty but also because of the culture, the simplicity that the place has. It is one of the fastest growing city in Uttrakhand in terms of technology, education, culture.
Pithoragarh is called mini kashmir of Uttarakhand, its a beautiful hill station. You can fine all kind of weather in a same season. If we talk about the manth JUNE in city pithoragarh you will find a hot weather till 2 or 3 pm after that you can get a fine weather sometimes it rains heavily, in the same day a place of pithoragarh called Munshyari which is 120+ km from pithoragarh center there would be snowing…. Same day if you visit julaghat 35 km far from pithoragarh center you will find a hot weater.