Bounded by Tibet in the north and Nepal in the east, Pithoragarh is the easternmost district of Uttaranchal state in northern India. The place is fondly referred to as Little Kashmir as it has been blessed with exotic natural beauty in abundance.
5 km in length and 2 km in width, Pithoragarh is a tiny valley that is placed at an altitude of 1650 m above the sea level. The locals mainly speak Hindi, Kumaoni and English. The Kumaon region of Uttarakhand has town as well as district with the same name, Pithoragarh.
Pithoragarh is also known for its historical significance. It was one of the strongholds of the Chand Rajas of Kumaon during their reign. Pithoragarh hill station is the base for journey to important Hindu shrine of Kailash Mansarovar. When here, treat your eyes to the picturesque views of snow-clad mountains of Nanda Devi, Panchachuli and Appi of Nepal from Chandak Hill.
The hill station of Pithoragarh is home to a number of tourist attractions. One of them is the wonderful Pithoragarh Fort that was erected in the 18th century by the Gurkhas. The other popular attraction is Kapileshwar Mahadev. This cave temple is placed on the town’s outskirts and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Admire lovely views of Soar Valley and the adjoining Himalayan peaks. The place is also known for offering viewing of several hills such as Nanda Devi West, Nanda Devi East, Hardeol, Trishul, Nandakhat, Rajrambha, Bambadhura, along with the Panchchuli group. Balati, Ralam, Namik, Milam and Meola are the important glaciers of Pithoragarh. Do not forget to get your hands on lovely souvenirs such as handicrafts, wooden items and woolen.
Pithoragarh has been blessed with a pleasant weather all round the year. If you are looking for a peaceful rejuvenating vacation, visit this place that is away from the stressful life of the city. Pack light woolens in summer months and heavy ones in winters.