Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India

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Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand, India

About the City

Pithoragarh is a small town situated in the Soar Valley. It is known as the gateway to the Himalayas from the north.

Things to Do in the City

Being the seat of the Chand rulers in the past (15th to 18th Century), Pithoragarh houses many temples and forts from that time.

  • Visit temples
    Dhwaj Temple may be reached by following a walking track of 4 km., or by a 10 km. drive on picturesque road. The elevation of the Temple is 2100 m. above sea level. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Maa Jayanti. Chandak is situated 8 km. from Pithoragarth and hoses the Manu Temple. Chandak also houses the lepers asylum. Kapileshwar Mahadev is situated 3 km away from the town. This is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and also offers a fine view of the Soar valley and beautiful Himalayan peaks across the valley. Another place of worship to visit is the Hilltop Buddha Monastery. Nakuleshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated 10 km away. The temple architecture is the Khajuraho Style. Nagmandir of Berinag may be reached following a 1 km walk. This temple is also dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated in the woods.
  • Visit places of interest
    Pithoragarh Fort was built in 1789 and is situated in the outskirts of the town. Askot Musk Deer Sanctuary is situated 54 km. from Pithoragarth. It occupies about 600 sq.km. It is the favourite destination for nature lovers. Leopard, brown bear, snow cocks, musk dears and many other animals may be seen in the Sanctuary. Also, at Askot, there are ruins of forts from the Chand rulers. Another place of interest is Jhulaghat. It is situated some 35 km. from Pithoragarth on the banks of river Kali. There is a picturesque suspension bridge situated there, crossing the river. The bridge links India and Nepal. The travel lovers may, of course, continue their journey to Nepal.
  • The mountain
    Some 127 km. from Pithoragarth is Munshyari. It has an elevation of 2,135 m. above the sea level. This is the base point for treks to Milam and Namik glaciers. Near Munshyari, tourists also appreciate mountain lakes and sights.

STD Code of the City

Do you have someone living in Pithoragarh whom you want to contact? Well, then you might need the STD code of Pithoragarh if you are calling on a landline number. The STD code of Pithoragarh is 05964. You dial the landline number by using this code in the following two ways:

  • Dial 05964 and the telephone number. For example, if you want to dial 4532157, you will dial 059644532157.
  • Dial +915964 and the telephone number. For example, if you want to dial 4532157, you will dial +9159644532157.

Uttarakhand, India

Uttarakhand received its name just recently – in 01 January 2007. The name comes from the Sanskrit words “uttara” meaning “north” and “khanda” meaning “land”. If we need to translate the name Uttarakhand, it will be “The Land in the North”. This it is. Uttarakhand is a state situated in the northern part of India occupying a southern part of the Himalayas – some 53,483 square kilometers. The northern part of the state is covered with the mountain peaks and glaciers of the Himalayan mountain range. Another common referral to Uttarkhand is “Land of the Gods”. The reason for this, are the many Hindu temples and pilgrimage sites all through the land. Two of the most important rivers for Hinduism spring from the Himalayan glaciers in the region – the River Ganges and the River Yamuna. These two, together with the holy towns of Badrinath and Kedarnath form the Chota Char Dham or “The Small Circuit of Four Abodes” – one of the important pilgrimage destinations for the Hindus. Archaeologists have proved, studying stone paintings, rock shelters and stone tools that the state was populated since prehistoric times. Today, it ranks 19th in India with a population of 10,116,752, as per the 2011 census. Uttarakhand is divided into two regions – Kumaon to the South and Garhwal to the North.

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Airways: There are no direct flights to the city. The nearest airport is situated in Dehra Dun, which is situated 223 km. away from the city.
Train Routs: There are no direct trains to the town. The nearest train station is at Tanakpur, which is situated 115 km. away. The other option is the train station at Banbasa, which is 124 km. away from Pithoragarh.
There are regular buses to the town from all major cities. From Delhi, There are three possible root
1. through Haldwani and by taxi, Pass through Almora
2. The second option is the bus through Tanakpur. This is a direct bus line to Pithoragarh, however the road is not so good
3. The third option is from New Delhi through Bazpur, Nainital, Almora to Pithoragarh.

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