This district borders Tibet in the north and Nepal in the east. Due to this strategic location, the outer limits, due north and east, require permits to explore.
The pilgrim route to Kailash- Mansarovar (a mountain and lake highly revered by the Hindus), traverses through this region.
Pithoragarh has many temples and ruined forts to testify to its erstwhile position as a stronghold of the Chand rulers. The headquarters of the district is located in an open valley of immense charm.
The Rai Gufa (cave) provides an excellent example of queer Limestone deposits. Worth visiting is the local market place. The temple dedicated to Ulka Devi, an aspect of Shakti, has a hill top location (outside the town). Adjacent stands an obelisk in memory.
Mother Nature has been rather generous in the distribution of a very rich hydrographic features of irresistible beauty to district Pithoragarh traditionally held to be the chosen abode of the divine deities, cascading waterfalls, the splendid glaciers, natural reservoirs enclosed by fantastic variety of vegetation, serene lakes and noisy flamboyant rivers are all a part of the rugged charm that the district possesses to such a stupendous degree.
Once the bastion of the Chand rulers, Pithoragarh town is littered with temples and forts belonging to that era.
The town is set in a valley popularly known as Soar and lies in the centre of four hills Chandak, Dhwaj, Kumdar and Thal Kedar, and stretches in the southern flank to Jhulaghat demarcated by the Kali river adjoining the barren peaks of Nepal Hills. It is snuggled in the folds of four kots Bhatkot, Dungerkot, Udaikot and Unchakot.
What to See
Mosta Manu termple
Don't be misled by the simple, white appearance of this temple. Devotees believe its' goddess is powerful enough to bring rain to the mountains, if properly invoked. There is a large swing at the base of a flight of steps leading to the temple. Here the goddess and her sister from a distant temple swing playfully when the other goddess comes visiting. No one can see them, but the swing moves!
This small town on the Indo-Nepal border is the site of an annual autumn fair, where woolens, copper pots and small, shaggy-maned Himalayan horses are bought and sold.
Enjoy the sight of the five snow-covered peaks of Panchuli from this ridge, about 30 kms from Pithoragarh.
The nearest airport is Pantnagar - 151 km.
The nearest railhead is at Tanakpur - 151 km.
Taxis are available from Pantnagar and Tanakpur, and buses from Tanakpur.
Where to stay
Accomodation is available in the tourist bungalow run by the state tourism department. There are also a couple of budget hotels.
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