The easternmost district of Uttarakhand, neighbouring Nepal in the east and Tibet in the northâ€”
Pittoragarh is regarded as identical to heaven on the Earthâ€” Kashmir. It is so called â€œLittle Kashmirâ€ because of its exquisite natural beauty, marvelous landscapes, tree laden pathway and tranquility that all is hinged in the habitat of Kashmir.
This eye-pleasing hilly town with tantalizing woodlands surrounding it is situated at an imposing elevation of 1,645 m and is snuggled in a small valley. This town in Kumaon region of uttarakhand is a historical landmark and had been a major center of power at the dominion of the Chand Kings in Kumaon.
This is the point from where pilgrims head their journey to the sacred shrines, Kailash and Mansarovar located at Mount kailash. This valley also snugs down the snow-draped pinnacles Nanda Devi West (7,817 m) and East (7,434 m).
Highlights of Pithoragarh Tourism
The town of Pithoragarh is encircled by enthralling peaks like Nandakhat, Rajrambha, Trishul,Nanda Devi (east), Nanda Devi (west), Panchchuli group and many other small Mountains,Glaciers and Alpine pastures. Under the heel of these powerful pinnacles also lie the alpine valleys and glaciers like Namik, Ralam, Milam, and Sundardunga.
The lush and green forest, the woody grasslands, the glaciers the rivers and numerous temples have made Pithoragarh at least a once visit tourist destination, specifically for trekkers, nature lovers, pilgrims and botanists. The place is visited by tourists in large number throughout the year.
This captivating hill station is the Gateway to Himalayas from the north and the popular holy pilgrimage pathway to Mount Kailash or The Om Parvat. An interesting fact about Pittoragrah is that Lake Mansarovar passes through this town.
This mountainous district encrusted with dense woody forest fields and daring whirling terrains is an excellent spot for adventurous sports like paragliding, skiing, and trekking.
The local languages spoken in Pithoragarh of Kumaon division are Hindi and kumaoni.
Activities in Pithoragarh
Trekking: Pithoragarh town embarks the beginning of few treks into the Kumaon area of Uttarakhand including the pronounced Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra. The fascinating natural Splendous that surrounds the Pithoragarh valley is sublime.
Village Tourism: Pittoragrah bears small villages that represent the cultural lifestyle, ancestral tradition and natural elements associated to the territory. One can comfortably go on foot around the villages to have a glimpse of Indiaâ€™s lesser explored beauty and learn about the impressive way of life, festivals and rituals of the locales.
Before beginning trek to the higher latitudes of Kumaon Mountains, there are few hamlets and villages worth giving a going-over.
Paragliding: For those seeking recreational activity on a hill station must pay visit to Pittoragarh. Once can have a remarkable experience of the sport-of-free-flying in the valley of Pithoragarh.
Temple Visit: There are quite a few temples in Pithoragarh which hold a high regard for pilgrims as well as natives. Some of the shrines of importance includes Kapileshwar Mahadev Temples and Nakuleshwar Temple.
Best Places to Visit in Pittoragarh
The tourism attraction of Pittoragarh includes:-
An imposing Fort constructed in the 18th Century by the Gorkhas. The Buildings of the government are harbored in this Fort.
Situated at a distance of 8kms from Pithoragarh, is Chandak hills in the northern part of Soar valley, known for its beauty & visual panoramic perception. From the peak of the hills, a fascinated look of the snow covered pinnacles of Trishul, Nanda Devi (east), Nanda Devi (west), Panchchuli group etc can be clearly viewed at. With the picturesque view of the Soar Valley in the backdrop, it makes for a good trekking.
Askot Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated at a distance of about 54kms from Pithoragarh town, is based the Askot wildlife sanctuary which is home to the white Himalayan leopard. It is a rare leopard that can be seen in Uttarakhand region. There are various other animals such as Musk Deer and Himalayan Black Bears that are found here. The place is also quite popular to provide a beautiful view of the Himalayas. The sanctuary is highly recommended and lovable amongst animal enthusiasts and nature lovers.
54 km from Pithoragarh, Askot is an ancient kingdom of the Katyuri dynasty. The name is derived from Asi-Kot, which typically means 80 forts. This place is quite popular for Askot Wildlife Sanctuary entrenched for the preservation of musk deer.
Rooted at a height of 2,100 m, this temple pays homage to Lord Shiva and Goddess Jayanti. It stands at a point, which provides a striking view of the snow-capped peaks, hills and valleys around. One needs to cover a distance of 21 km by bus and 5 km trek to enjoy the natural beauty.
Kapileshwar Mahadev is a beautiful cave temple devoted to Lord Shiva. It is located at the periphery of the Pittoragrah valley. From this temple, one can get a far-reaching view of the Sor Valley and the circumscribing Himalayan mountain ranges.
Situated 20 km far from Pithoragarh, is this place revered highly by locales and pilgrims due to its religious conspicuousness. A massive fair takes place every year during Shivaratri.
Best Season / Best Time to Visit Pithoragarh
Summers (April to June) are a perfect time to pay visit to Pittoragarh. During this time, the Weather here is cool and pleasant with moderate temperature rangeing from 7-20Â°C. Moreover, Summers are best for all sightseeing, adventure activities, temple visit and also for wandering around nearby attractions.
Monsoons (August to November) co-occur with light showers. The days are cordial but the nights are chilly.
Winters (December to March) are chilly with minimum touching down to 4Â°C. The season is also accompanied by heavy snowfalls, thus ruining the essence of trip. Those who are interested in snowbound holidaying can opt for this season. Do not forget to keep heavy woolen clothes.
How to reach Pithoragarh
The nearest airport is â€“ Naini Saini based at Pithoragarh. It is only 5 km away from the town, but presently not in operation.
The nearest railhead isâ€” Tanakpur is which is at a distance of 151 km.
Pithoragarh offers good connectivity roads with all the major towns in the Uttarakhand area and neighbouring states.
The distance from the nearest major town are:-
Munsyari- 135 km
Champawat- 75 km
Lohaghat is 62 km