Excursion In Pithoragarh District


Excursion In Pithoragarh District

About Excursion

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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.


Excursion Destinations


Abbott Mount

Abbott Mount

Abbott Mount, situated 56 kms from Pithoragarh is noted for its exceptional view of the northern hill ranges which offers peaceful and picturesque environment. It is located at an elevation of 6400 ft above the sea level and remains covered with the sheets of snow during winters. It is one amongst the popular tourists’ places of India which is ideal for trekking, photography and birding. You can witness snow clad Himalayan peaks from Abbott Mount.



Askot Sanctuary

Askot Sanctuary

Askot Sanctuary is situated 54 kms from Pithoragarh at an elevation of 7000 meters above the sea level. Askot Sanctuary is also recognized as Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary and is spread over a region of 600 square kms. You can see bharals, monals, snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, chirs, koklas, pheasants, musk deers, snow cocks, tahra, and chukors. This sanctuary is not only rich in varied flora and fauna but it also affords the charming vistas of nature. Askot Sanctuary is visited by thousands of national as well as international tourists every year.



Champawat

Champawat

Champawat is situated 76 kms from Pithoragarh at an altitude of 1615 mts. Champawat is surrounded by Nepal on the east and is covered by four districts of Kumaon region. Champawat was the ancient capital of the Chand Dynasty. The place is rich in varied flora and fauna and also an ideal spot for bird watching.



Chaukori

Chaukori

Chaukori is situated 112 kms from Pithoragarh. It is a tiny hill station which is set among the lofty peaks, of the western Himalayan Range in the Kumaon Division of Uttarakhand. To the north is Tibet and to the south is Terai. Chaukori is famous for the tea Garden eastablished by Britishers and view of Himalayas snow clad ranges some of the massive peaks with a view at 175 degrees are Trishul, Nanda Devi, Maiktoli, Nandakot and Panchchuli.

It is approximately 10 kms from Berinag, another little hill station. Chaukori is connected through metalled hill roads with all the major towns in the area. It is 480 km from Delhi and 173 km from Nainital. The most convenient way to get here is to drive from Delhi, via Haldwani - Almora.



Devidhura

Devidhura

Devidhura is situated 45 kms from Lohaghat at an altitude of 2500 mts. Devidhura is the site of the famous temple of Barahi Devi, and also the venue of a grand fair on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.



Dharchula

Dharchula

Dharchula is situated on the border of Pithoragarh district at a distance of 83kms from the town of Pithoragarh. The name of this place is derived from ‘Dhar’ and ‘Chura’ separately that signifies ‘peak’ and ‘stove’ respectively. Dharchula is an important destination of the Kumaon region as the route to Kailash Mansarovar and Chota Kailash follows this place. This place can be assumed as the hub of tourists.



Gangolihat

Gangolihat

Gangolihat is situated 77 kms from Pithoragath at an altitude of 1800 mts above sea level. Gangolihat was once an important religious center of the Kumaon hills. An ancient temple dedicated to Kali and famous caves of Patal Bhuvaneshwar are sitauted near by. A colourful fair is held at the ancient Kali temple during Navratris.



Jauljibi

Jauljibi

Jauljibi is situated 68 kms from Pithoragath. The name of Jauljibi comes amongst small bazaar of Uttarakhand district situated at the convergence of Kali and Gori rivers. You will find the market at both sides of river. The fair is held here in the month of November which attracts people from different places. In the fair Bhotiya tribes use to sell their woolen articles. The people of Nepal also visit this place during this fair as the river holds great importance for them.



Munsiyari

Munsiyari

Munsiyari is situated 154 kms from Pithoragath at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level. Munsiyari commands a fascinating view of the Panchchuli Range and Gori river . It forms the base for treks to Milam, Namik and Ralam glaciers. Munsiyari is also the venue of numerous fairs during August and September.



Patal Bhuvaneshwar

Patal Bhuvaneshwar

Patal Bhuvaneshwar is only 91 kms from Pithoragarh. Patal Bhuvaneshwar is acknowledged as the small village where you will find shrine of Lord Shiva. The way to the temple is through a tunnel which leads into the cavern through a narrow dark passage of water. The place is completely dedicated to Lord Shiva and majority of rocks can be found here dedicated to several Gods and Goddess. This site is visited by thousand of pilgrims every year and especially on the auspicious day of Shivratri.



Purnagiri Temple

Purnagiri Temple

Purnagiri temple is situated in Tanakpur which is 147 kms from Pithoragath. Purnagiri temple is one of the most renowned temples in the Kumaon region. Purnagiri temple is around 20 kms from Tanakpur, out of which 6 kms is to be trekked. A tourist bungalow and dharamsalas are available for accomodation.



Rameshwar Ghat

Rameshwar Ghat

Rameshwar Ghat is situated 36 kms from Pithoragath and is located on the confluence of the Ramganga and Saryu Rivers. There are two main temples here which are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Rama. During Makar Sankranti a large fair is held here due to vital roles of these rivers in Pithoragarh district.