Excursion In Pithoragarh
June 30, 2009 | Post By: Vinay Dobhal | Editor: Swati Singh
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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