Pithoragarh - Uttarakhand's Little Kashmir

Pithoragarh Hill Station

Pithoragarh is a minuscule hill station stretching 5 km in length and 2 km in width. It is in Uttarakhand State located in the lower Himalayan hills at 1,650 metres above sea level. It has inherited the best of the valleys, meadow, forests, waterfalls, glaciers, and springs from the nature. Its rich ecosytem are a breeding ground for different types of flora and fauna. It acts as the perfect gateway for the Mansarovar pilgrimage. It is touching Nepal to the east and Tibet to the north.

Pithoragarh is an ocean of treasure for trekkers, historians, pilgrims and botanist. With the bounty of lush green forest, rivers, and waterfalls, one can take any kind of adventure tourism. It is also blessed with lakes, temples, and a climate other cities would always vie for. It has so many attractions that it is right called the 'Little Kashmir.' The great thing about Pithoragarh hill station is that it can be visited any season of the year, except rainy season where there is lots of land sliding.

Besides sightseeing and river rafting, trekking, fishing and canoeing, tourists can also take pleasure from shopping. The hill station offers beautiful Kumaon handicrafts. The woolen clothes manufactured here are very famous and must to buy. Then, there are herbs, pickles and spices to taste and care for your well-being.

Places to See

Pithoragarh Fort

Pithoragarh fort is one of the few remains that bear testimony to the history of the town. It is now in a sorry condition, but still worth to visit. It was built in 1789 by the Gorkhas after capturing the town.

Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple

Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is 3 km at the outskirts of the town. The locals come here every morning and evening to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. The location of the temple is best to look at the Soar Valley and the snow-clad mountains.

Dhwaj Temple

Dhwaj Temple is another most visited temple in Pithoragarh. The temple complex has two shrines. One is dedicated to Lord Shiva and another to Goddess Jayanti. The complex is at 2100 metres above sea level that helps tourists to have a look at the Himalayan peaks.

Thal Kedar

Thal Kedar is another temple in the town dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is 8 km from Pithoragarh. It is an important pilgrimage site visited by the followers of Shiva. It is at 2000 metres above sea level and is accessible by trekking on a narrow pathway. The locals celebrate Shivratri here every year religiously.

Chandak

Chandak is the name given to a mountain, which is situated 8 km from Pithoragarh. The hill offers an excellent trekking opportunity, and a splendid view of the soar valley towards its north. It is also a holy place since a temple dedicated to Sage Manu is built here. The height of the hill and the wind blowing at the top is perfect to hang-gliding.

Jhulaghat

Jhulaghat is a village 36 km from Pithoragarh on the Indo-Nepal border. Either side of the border has one village each. There is no difference in terms of pronunciation, except the spelling. The village on the Indian side of the border is called Jhulaghat, and on the Nepal's side is called Julaghat. A suspension bridge connecting both sides of the border is an attraction here.

Narayan Ashram

Narayan Ashram is set amidst beautiful dense forest at the base of the hill. It was built in 1936 by Narayan Swamy. It is built at a height of 2734 metres above sea level. It is 44 km from Pithoragarh and can be reached via Ogla, Jaulijibi, Dharchula and Tawaghat. It is now a socio-educational centre.

Excursion

Pithoragarh has many places within 100 to 150 km that are suitable for excursions while enjoying the trip. A trip to Baleshwar from the Pithoragarh hill station is 76 km on the Tanakpur Road. At Baleshwar, you can see the 8th century temples built by the Chand dynasty. You can also visit a Shakti Peeth at a distance of 77 km. This Shakti Peeth was buuilt by Adi Sankaracharya. Travelling 2 km from here, is the Chanmunda Devi Temple. An interesting journey awaits you if you are to the Patal Bhubaneshware Temple. Lohaghat is 62 km from Pithoragah. It is a quiet town preserving that has received natural greenery in legacy. You can visit some of the colonial bungalows at Mount Abbot, 2 km from Lohaghat.

How Reach Pithoragarh

By Air

The nearest airport to Pithoragarh is at Patnanagar, which is 249 km from Pithoragarh.

By Rail

There is no railway station in Pithoragarh. One has to get down at Tanakpur Railway Station that is 152 km.

By Road

The road that leads to Pithoragarh passes through lofty mountain, and mostly takes a curvaceous shape after a short distance. The road route is only meant for an experienced driver.

Pithoragarh hill station has all the resources to make your vacation worthy of preserving for a lifetime. When you stay for a few days in this hill station, you will agree why it is called 'Little Kashmir.'