Pithoragath is the easternmost district of Uttaranchal. Bound by Tibet in the north and Nepal in the east, it is strategically an important location. Pithoragarh is in the inner Himalayas at a height of 1,851 meters in a spectacular valley, called “Little Kashmir” The pilgrim route to Kailash- Mansarovar (a mountain and lake highly revered by the Hindus), traverses through this region.
The district of Pithoragarh was carved out of the district of Almora. On the south, Pithoragarh district touches the Tarai area of Nainital. Pithoragarh has many temples and ruined forts to testify to its erstwhile position as a stronghold of the Chand rulers.
Pithoragarh is gateway to the marvelous Milan Glacier, Chota Kailash and Namik. The strategic importance of the Pithoragarh lies in the fact that six passes to Tibet are in this district. Pithoragarh is famous for its cultural-religious fairs. The Valley about 8 km in length and 5 km in breadth, resembles Kashmir valley on a miniature scale.
Tourist attractions in Pithoragarh
We recommend following Popular Sightseeing spots in Pithoragarh area:
Baleshwar : Baleshwar is 76 kilometers from Pithoragarh on the Tanakpur road. Its temples are the best examples of hill architecture. They were constructed by the early Chand rajas in the 8th century. At Gangolihat, 77 kilometers from Pithoragarh, is a Shakti peeth established by Adi Shankaracharya.
Lohaghat : About 62 km from Pithoragarh, is Lohaghat, an important historical center. About 2 km from here one can visit Abbot Mount and Mayawati. Abbot Mount is noted for its exceptional view of the northern hill ranges.
Chandak : Chandak, 7 km from Pithoragarh, is a beautiful location, commanding a panoramic view of the Pithoragarh valley. It is 1.830 meters in altitude. An important fair is held at the Mostmanu temple in August.
Dhwaj : Dhwaj, 28 km from Pithoragarh, commands a wide view of the majestic snow-peaks of the north. It is also important for temples devoted to Lord Shiva and Maa Jayanti.
Champawat : Champawat, 76 km from Pithoragarh, was once the capital of Chand Rajas, whose fort now houses a government office, the town has many architecturally beautiful temples.
Punyagiri : Punyagiri is at a distance of 20 km from Tanakpur. Punyagiri temple, devoted to Maa Punyagiri, atop a rocky pinnacle is a noted pilgrimage.
Shiva temple : The Shiva temple at Rameshwarghat, 36 km from Pithoragarh, at the confluence of Ramganga and Sarju rivers is held in great reverence.
Thal Kedar : At a distance of 15 kms. From Pithoragarh, this place is of much religions importance. A large fair is held every year during Shivaratri.
Dharchula : 96 kms. From Pithoragarh, on the banks of river Kali, it's a transit pint, to Kailash Mansarover and Adi Kailash. It's a major wool and woolen products center.
One can enjoy rafting and canoeing at areas close to Pithoragarh. There are also possibilities for hang-gliding and other adventure sports. Khaliya Top and Batulidhar are perfect was skiing and other sports. Trout fishing can be enjoyed at the rivers in the district.