Pithoragarh is a Western Himalayas City in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. It’s a small town that jumps in with tourists is a prime example of the raw beauty of nature and is often referred to as ‘Little Kashmir’. Entrance to the Himalayan Range, the city serves as a stopover for pilgrims on their way to Kailash Mansarovar. Also, Pithoragarh is famous for its cultural and religious fairs. Pithoragarh district is named after the town of Pithoragarh in the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand. With the Kali River flowing through the town, beautifully decorated with tranquil temples, villages, forts, green forests, and natural resources, this place is a blessing in disguise for travel enthusiasts.
How to reach Pithoragarh –
There are no direct flights, trains, or buses from many locations to Pithoragarh. The easiest way to get from Kolkata to Pithoragarh is from Kolkata to New Delhi by flight; like Indigo, then from New Delhi to Pithoragarh by hired car. But there is a long way to reach Pithoragarh from Kolkata and that is by driving a distance of 1,568 km via NH27 road with no tolls. But it will take 33 hours to reach Pithoragarh.
Tourist places or sightseeing spots to visit –
Pithoragarh is a proper destination for tourists and it has so many places to visit. The best places are shown down there.
- Chandak – It denotes a hill that is famous for the accommodation of the temple dedicated to the Hindu god ‘Manu’ and is located at a distance of 8 km from Pithoragarh.
- Askot Sanctuary – It is also known as Ascot Musk Deer Sanctuary. Various species of wildlife such as musk deer, leopard, brown bear, and jungle cat are found with an abundance of different resident and migratory birds.
- Ralam Glacier – The Ralam Glacier is one of the major Himalayan glaciers. The glacier is one of the most popular trek routes in Uttarakhand and therefore attracts several tourists every year.
- Jhulaghat – Jhulaghat is located on the Indo-Nepal border which is best visited in winter where the climate is cool and the views of the valley are great. It is also known for rafting spots.
- Pithoragarh Fort – The Pithoragarh fort was built during the reign of the moon kings which is located on a hilltop on the coast of Pithoragarh town. Even though the fort is in wrecks today and most of the structures are in a dilapidated condition, but even now the place offers some beautiful views of the surrounding valley.
- Thal Kedar – The place is well-known for the temple devoted to ancient Shiva and is stated in ancient texts of Skandha Purana. Every year Shivaratri festival attracts different tourists.
- Gangolihat – This is the home of a renowned place of worship known as Hot Kalika which is committed to Goddess Kali. The deity is also recognized as the guardian of the Kumaon Regiment and is very popular among many members of the Indian Armed Forces.
- Dhwaj Temple – A famous and highly revered temple for the people of Pithoragarh, Dhwaj Temple is dedicated to Shiva and Goddess Jayanti. The forests around this temple are considered sacred which forbade any kind of activity around them.
Best time to visit –
In the summer season, i.e. from April to June the weather is not too hot or too cold but pleasant enough for sightseeing. The monsoon season in July and August experiences heavy rainfall resulting in landslides and slippery roads. It is advisable to avoid traveling in this season. The winters of Pithoragarh are cold with snow at higher altitudes. The best season to enjoy the city is suggested to be summer.