Pithoragarh is the easternmost district of Uttaranchal in north India, surrounded by Nepal to the east and Tibet to the north. It is popular for its exquisite natural beauty and is widely known as the “Little Kashmir“. Located at an altitude of 1,650mts above sea level, Pithoragarh is a small valley about 5kms long and 2kms wide. Its a wonderful view of the Soar Valley and the surrounding Himalayan Peaks from this place. Pithoragarh is also famous for its hills like Nanda Devi East, Nanda Devi West, Trishul, Rajrambha, Hardeol, Bambadhura, Nandakhat, and Panchachuli Peaks. Pithoragarh also boasts of some impressive glaciers like Ralam, Milam, Namik, Meola, and Balati Glacier. Pithoragarh is also famous for Woollen, Wooden, and handicrafts items.
Pithoragarh history has been referred to as ‘Rai Pithora‘ by the dynamic Rajput King, Prithviraj Chauhan. In 1364, after being defeated by Bhartpal, the Rajwar of Uku (now in Nepal), Pithoragarh was reigned for the rest of 14th century by the three generations of the Pal dynasty and the kingdom was annexed from Pithoragarh to Askot.
According to the old scriptures, Pal dynasty based out of Askot was soon uprooted by the Chands in 1420. At that time Vijay Brahm of the Brahm dynasty (from Doti) ruled the region as the King. It was after the death of Gyan Chand in a conflict with Kshetra Pal that the Pals were able to reclaim the throne. It is believed that in 1445, Bharti Chand had defeated the ‘Bams’ or Brahms who were the rulers of Pithoragarh and the Chand dynasty dominated the Pithoragarh town.
Places you can visit in Pithoragarh are:
- Kailash Ashram in the suburb of Wadda. The ashram is run by Mahamandaleshwar Santoshi Maa, who has her akhada in Haridwar. Every year around April, there is a yagna organized with grandeur.
- Chandak Reserve Forest, 7 kilometers from city center. Leopard sighting is common during the night.
- Mostamanu Temple is famous among locales for serenity and scenic beauty.
- Kamakhya Temple
- Maharajke Park is situated in the cantonment area. During the 1965 Indo-Pak war, Soldiers of Kumaon Regiment captured the Pakistani post of Maharajke in Jammu and Kashmir. This park is constructed in remembrance of the Shahids of that operation.
- Pithoragarh Cantonment area.
- Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple is situated on top of kapileshwar hill. I Temple has a 10-meter long cave.
- Thal Kedar Temple is located at approximately 18 kilometers from city center. Banj Oak trees are in abundance here. This forest is home to Asiatic black bears and Himalayan leopards.
- Askote wildlife sanctuary.
- Pithoragarh Fort.
- London Fort.
- Khaliya Top
- Daivchula Temple.
- Birthi Waterfall.
- Sirakot Temple.
- Ritha Sahib
- Manu Temple
- Kot Gari Devi
- The Narayan ashram
- Mahakali Temple of Gangolihat
- Chamunda temple
- Nagmandir of Berinag
- Ghunsera Devi Temple
- Nakuleshwar Temple
- Kamaksha Temple
- Buddha Temple
- Jayanti Temple
- Ulkadevi Temple
- Cave Temple of Koteshwar
Pithoragarh Tour Itinerary
Day 1- On reaching Pithoragarh, check-in to the hotel. Have a comfortable stay at night.
Day 2- Early morning you will begin your trip and go for the sight seen of Pithoragarh. While coming to this place you will get chance to view Patal Bhuneshwar, Gangolihat Kapileshwar Mahadev Thal Kedar and enjoy the trip. The full day you will enjoy your trip and at night, you enjoy dinner.
Day 3- Next morning after having breakfast, you will begin your trip towards local where you will enjoy shopping here and enjoy nature. At night you will stay in the hotel and enjoy the evening.
Day 4- Drive back to Kathgodam in the morning. Take back those lovely memories with you and cherish them all the way.
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