Pithoragarh District

About Pithoragarh

Pithoragarh is the easternmost Himalayan district in the state of Uttarakhand , India. It is naturally landscaped with high Himalayan mountains, snow capped peaks, passes, valleys, alpine meadows, forests, waterfalls, perennial rivers, glaciers and springs. The district is administratively divided into five tehsils, namely Munsiyari, Dharchula, Didihat, Gangolihat, and Pithoragarh. Naini Saini is the nearest civil airport. The mineral deposits present in the district are magnesium ore, copper ore, limestones and slate stone.

The district is the part of Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state and which is also one of its administrative division. Pithoragarh has many temples and ruined forts reminiscent of the once flourishing reign of Chand Kings.

There is Tibet plateau situated to the north of the district. Nepal lies on the eastern borders. The River Kali originates from Kalapaani, forms its continuous eastern boundary with Nepal. It is an Indian border district with China. The Hindu pilgrimage route for Mount Kailash-Lake Manasarovar passes through this district via Lipu-Lekh pass in the greater Himalayas.

Panchachuli Peaks Pithoragarh Distict Map


Pithoragarh was ruled by many different dynasties and kings. According to the history Prithviraj Chauhan is said to rule this place. After him came the Pala Dynasty in 1364. Till the end of 14th Century Pithoragarh remained under the control of the Pala dynasty. At 1420 according to historic proofs came Brahm dynasty of Nepal but could not last long.

General Information

District Headquarters Pithoragarh
Population 4,62,149
Area 7,169 sq. Kms
Altitude 2734
Latitude 78° 24’ to 79° 23’ E
Longitude 80° to 81° East
Total Population 462,289
Literacy 76.48%
Language Kumauni and Hindi
Clothing Summer: Cottons/ light woolens
Winter: Heavy Woolens

How to reach

By Air The nearest airport for Pithoragarh is at Naini Saini (5 kms). However, the nearest operational airport is at Pantnagar, Udham Singh Nagar.
By Rail The nearest rail head is at Tanakpur (151 kms).
By Route Pithoragarh is well connected by road with important towns of the region and other states as well.

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